Minnesota Public Radio features by Elizabeth Dunbar http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30513 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:49:43 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Elizabeth Dunbar http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 DNR: Encouraging signs in latest Mille Lacs walleye survey Walleye numbers on the lake remain the lowest in decades, but the fall survey found the highest number of yearling walleyes since 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/20/walleye-numbers-up-on-mille-lacs?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:42:09 -0500 EPA: Controversial pesticide offers little help to soybean farmers Because neonicotinoid pesticides don't help much with farm protection and could harm bees, research says use of the pesticides should be limited. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/17/neonicotinoids-soybean-farming?refid=0 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:12:23 -0500 Xcel to end coal burning at Burnsville plant in April Three coal-fired generators owned by Minnesota Power in northern Minnesota will also stop burning coal in 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/16/power-plant-ends-coal-burning?refid=0 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:03:07 -0500 Pheasant hunting season begins despite population decline The declining population could be a bad sign for other species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/11/pheasant-opener?refid=0 Sat, 11 Oct 2014 12:38:43 -0500 Ag secretary says new farm bill programs will make farming less risky The 2014 farm bill created separate risk mitigation programs that farmers must choose between. One is aimed at disasters and the other protects against sudden drops in crop prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/25/agriculture-secretary?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:12:48 -0500 Minnesotans participate in New York climate march The Minnesotans traveled by bus, van and train for the march to raise awareness about climate change and urge world leaders to act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/21/climate-march-minnesota?refid=0 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:02:57 -0500 Renovation making waves at U's St. Anthony Falls lab The University of Minnesota has completed its renovation of the famous lab on the Mississippi River, adding new research devices that will enable more extensive wind and wave tests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/16/st-anthony-falls-lab-renovation?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:26:17 -0500 Economists call for carbon tax, Midwest emissions market Top economists outlined ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/11/economists-climate-change?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:18:23 -0500 DNR tries Zequanox on Christmas Lake's invasive zebra mussels The Department of Natural Resources confirmed the presence of zebra mussels on Christmas Lake just last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/08/dnr-tries-zequanox-on-christmas-lakes-invasive-zebra-mussels?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:38:33 -0500 Enbridge wins Minnesota OK for oil pipeline The project still needs federal environmental review and State Department approval. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/29/enbridge-wins-minnesota-ok-for-oil-pipeline?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:14:06 -0500 Minnesota State Fair aims to be zero-waste event With all the food waste generated at the fair, there is great potential for more composting. The main stumbling block will be all those plastic cups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/26/zero-waste-state-fair?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:11:05 -0500 Ford dump site along Mississippi: Should it be cleaned up? Before hazardous waste laws existed, the auto manufacturer dumped paint waste and other material at the site near the Mississippi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/25/ford-dump-site-mississippi-river?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:03:38 -0500 Waseca weather station joins 100-year data club The town is one of a small, but growing, number of Minnesota communities with a century of weather records. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/21/weather-station?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:45:42 -0500 State must explain hog farm water permit decision Last year the Gourley Brothers company applied for and received a permit that would allow its farm to pump up to eight million gallons of groundwater a year. Neighbors who oppose the large feedlot say the Department of Natural Resources didn't do its homework before issuing the permit http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/18/hog-farm-water-permit-court-of-appeals?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:09:16 -0500 Horseback protest objects to pipeline route Environmental group says oil line comes too near wild rice beds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/18/laduke-pipeline-protest?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:30:00 -0500 Twin Cities environmentalists join fight over Cargill's Arkansas hog operations Some of the anger over the facility comes from the fact that it's located on a tributary just six miles from the Buffalo River, an area they gets special protection from the National Park Service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/14/cargill-arkansas-farm-operations?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 -0500 'Green Fleet' says all old Minnesota school buses running cleaner It's the pollution equivalent of taking 750,000 cars off the road every year, said Mike Harley director of the Environmental Initiative, which runs the effort. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/14/school-buses-cleaner?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:27:50 -0500 State agencies, citizens ask for alternatives to Enbridge Sandpiper route The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has said other routes as well as alternatives to the project should be considered, and MPCA officials disagree with the state Department of Commerce on how the route question should be handled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/07/enbridge-sandpiper-route?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 08:14:09 -0500 U of M flushes toilets with rainwater At the university, a new source of water for 200 toilets and 600 students is less than a year old but "working better than even we expected it to," said Cathy Abene, the university's principal civil engineer. http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2014/08/u-of-m-flushes-toilets-with-rainwater/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:02:13 -0500 Minnesota starts to think about re-using wastewater Treated sewage water is getting used again in a few places, watering golf courses, washing trucks and sweeping streets. The economics in a water-rich state make for slow change, but those who have tried it think it could be a way of the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/04/ground-level-beneath-the-surface-reuse?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500 MPCA says permit process meets state guidelines for quick processing Instead of a 150-day goal, the MPCA now faces a 90-day goal for about 70 percent of business applications for air, land and water permits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/01/mpca-permitting-time?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:59:51 -0500 DNR shuts down SE Minn. sand mine, requires new permit Houston County gave the Erickson Mine permission to start mining silica sand, but a 2013 law requires a DNR permit for mines if they are located near trout streams within an area known as the Paleozoic Plateau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/30/erickson-mine?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:37:26 -0500 State: EPA wrong to reverse Mesabi Nugget ruling The EPA approved the state's water quality variance for Mesabi Nugget in 2012, allowing the facility to exceed water quality standards for four pollutants: hardness, bicarbonates, conductivity and total dissolved solids. But the EPA reversed itself earlier this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/29/mpca-epa-mesabi-nugget?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:00:38 -0500 Whip smart: Cottonwood planting takes root as worries grow When people hear about Maria DeLaundreau's summer cottonwood planting project, they think she's crazy. Plant more of those messy, trees? What about the seeds? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/24/cottonwood-planting-takes-root?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:29:11 -0500 Minnesota backers praise EPA carbon rules The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency isn't holding any of its carbon emission rule hearings in Minnesota. So supporters of the rules held their own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/22/epa-carbon-rules?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:19:54 -0500 Dayton calls for eliminating coal from Minnesota's energy production He said converting coal plants to users of natural gas should continue, along with investments in renewable energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/17/dayton-calls-for-eliminating-coal?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:07:10 -0500 Quest to save groundwater aims at love for lush, green lawns Lawn watering is one of the biggest uses of groundwater in Minnesota, but a combination of technology, pricing and attitude change suggests that residents may be starting to change their behavior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/10/ground-level-beneath-the-surface-lawns?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500 Businesses want voice in Mississippi River regulations The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on how to regulate development along the 72-mile Mississippi River corridor in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/07/businesses-want-voice-in-mississippi-corridor-regulations?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 06:20:24 -0500 Memorial fund for cyclist triples fundraising goal Andrea Boeve, 33, of Steen, was riding on a Rock County road with her 4 and 1-year old daughters in tow when she was struck by a pickup truck. The girls survived the crash. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/04/memorial-fund-andrea-boeve?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:58:50 -0500 EPA rejects Mesabi Nugget water quality variance The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is explaining its reversal of a decision that would have given a Minnesota iron pellet facility more time to comply with water quality laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/04/epa-rejects-mesabi-nugget-water-quality-variance?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:51:26 -0500 Metro Transit bus loses control, damages property Minneapolis authorities are cleaning up after a Metro Transit bus lost control and drove onto the sidewalk in downtown Minneapolis, damaging garbage cans and smashing into light posts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/04/metro-transit-bus-loses-control-damages-property?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:25:19 -0500 What's up at the lake (or river)? There's a website for that The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's new web page allows people to look up specific bodies of water to be connected with information about everything from swimming conditions to fish consumption to invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/29/whats-up-at-the-lake-theres-a-website-for-that?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:26:20 -0500 Study: Chemicals spreading in Minnesota groundwater A state and federal study of Minnesota's groundwater has found increasing evidence of consumer and other chemicals known as 'contaminants of emerging concern.' http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/26/ground-level-beneath-the-surface-cec?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:19:21 -0500 EPA to examine Sherco pollution in haze dispute The federal agency and several environmental groups have agreed on a proposed consent decree that obligates the EPA to take action on a finding from the National Park Service in 2009 that haze from the coal-fired Sherco plant impairs the views at Voyageurs and Isle Royale National Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/25/epa-to-consider-if-sherco-contributes-to-park-haze?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:19:27 -0500 Dayton mulls special storm aid session; flood worry sinks Taste of MN on Harriet Island As Minnesotans waded through the damage caused by a shock of heavy rains, Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday opened the door to a special Legislative session to aid the state's flood torn areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/20/lawmakers-seek-federal-disaster-relief?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:05:11 -0500 State, industry puzzle over landfill problems MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine said limiting waste is imperative, because otherwise the state likely will have to clean up additional landfills that could later become a pollution problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/17/state-industry-puzzle-over-landfill-problems?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:59:57 -0500 Energy-use data could help Minnesota cities protect the environment The project has data from 2008 onward that include vehicle miles traveled, waste generation, water use, and the amount of electricity, natural gas and other fuel being used by everyone within city limits. The 22 cities that have signed up had to agree to make the data public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/16/minnesota-environment-data?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:05:14 -0500 Minn. judge backs Enbridge plan to pipe more oil from Canada The recommendations from Judge Eric Lipman, who concluded that Enbridge has demonstrated the need for the increased capacity, will now go before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/12/enbridge-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:52:28 -0500 Environmental groups want Xcel to use tiered energy pricing Currently, Xcel charges its residential customers a flat rate per kilowatt hour -- whether they are the type of person who conserves, or one who leaves the lights on all the time. But that doesn't encourage people to save energy, members of the environmental groups say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/05/xcel-energy-pricing?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:50:23 -0500 Golf courses start to reuse stormwater to keep grass green One of the first places Minnesotans are starting to find ways to reuse water is on the golf course. Two Twin Cities suburbs have launched projects to capture stormwater and use it for irrigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/05/ground-level-beneath-the-surface-golf?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. could have to reduce carbon by 40% under new rule The EPA's carbon rules are expected to change the way energy markets work, favoring low-carbon energy options including nuclear, wind and solar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/02/minnesota-epa-carbon-standards?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:06:19 -0500 Minneapolis' biggest buildings enlisted to fight climate change The largest buildings in Minneapolis must meet a June 1 deadline to report their energy and water use to the city. That data will eventually become public, and city officials hope it will lead those who manage and use those buildings to find ways to use less energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/30/minneapolis-climate-change?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Lawmakers: Closing lock best option to hold back carp President Barack Obama is expected to sign legislation soon that includes a plan to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock to all boat traffic within a year to prevent the spread of invasive carp. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/27/carp-lock-legislation?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2014 15:03:25 -0500 Lawmakers find money for White Bear groundwater problems, other environmental issues Money has been set aside to deal with White Bear Lake's water shortage issue, to beef up recycling goals for the Twin Cities metro, and to create a new research center for invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/19/legislature-environment?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2014 17:31:20 -0500 Scientists to survey eagles for contaminants this week Since eagles are at the top of the food chain, they make good test subjects to see how pollutants affect animals and humans. Researchers have seen contaminants like DDT, mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) decline. But in Lake Superior, DDT levels are still higher than what researchers expected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/19/scientists-to-survey-eagles-for-contaminants-this-week?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2014 12:06:44 -0500 Climate change's impact on minorities topic of discussion tonight in N. Mpls. Several environmental justice leaders and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison are scheduled to speak at the event at Kwanzaa Community Church in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/15/climate-change-meeting-north-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 12:19:06 -0500 Advocates host forum on disparities in climate change impact The national group Green for All helped organize the event. Executive Director Nikki Silvestri says disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy proved that communities of color are among those who can suffer disproportionate losses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/15/advocates-host-forum-on-disparities-in-climate-change-impact?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 10:43:14 -0500 Minn. could be first state to ban common antibacterial ingredient Both the House and Senate have voted to phase out Triclosan in consumer hand soap and body wash by 2017. The bill needs a final vote in the House before being sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, who is expected to sign it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/13/triclosan-ban-minn?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 18:08:09 -0500 Congress may close Mississippi River lock to slow spread of invasive carp Minnesota's congressional delegation pushed for the provision to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock in Minneapolis. The measure is in the water infrastructure bill, which now goes to the House and Senate for final votes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/13/invasive-carp-lock?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 18:00:06 -0500 Justices send 3M case back to lower court The suit has been at a standstill for the past two years as the two sides fight over representation. Attorneys for the Covington and Burling law firm previously worked for 3M on related issues, but later began representing the state of Minnesota in its lawsuit against the company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/30/justices-send-3m-case-back-to-lower-court?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:22:33 -0500 Twin Cities air clearing, report says The American Lung Association says air quality is improving in the Twin Cities, and gave the metropolitan area its best ranking yet on particulate pollution caused from vehicle exhaust, power plant emissions and wood burning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/30/twin-cities-air-clearing-report?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 08:52:27 -0500 Xcel 'studying' Supreme Court air pollution ruling The rule was designed to protect downwind states from power plant pollution produced in 27 Midwestern and Appalachian states. But several upwind states and power companies had sued, arguing they should have a chance to determine how much they were contributing to pollution in other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/29/xcel--supreme-court-air-pollution?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:58:39 -0500 Minneapolis lake boat launches set to open The boat launches on Calhoun, Nokomis and Harriet will have inspectors again this year to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/29/minneapolis-lake-boat-launches-set-to-open?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 06:47:39 -0500 Groundwater pumping deals with pollution but stresses supply Twin Cities companies and governmental organizations pump billions of gallons of water every year to prevent the underground spread of pollution. But that puts stress on aquifers already the object of growing concern. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/28/ground-level-our-legacy-of-contamination?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 06:50:00 -0500 Outfitters seek reset of Mille Lacs walleye rules; suit says DNR mismanaged fishery The lawsuit announced Thursday argues that in managing the fishery, the DNR hasn't considered walleye fishing heritage as required by the state's Constitution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/mille-lacs-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:37:14 -0500 Conservationists seek MN frac sand moratorium Silica sand is abundant in southeastern Minnesota and is a crucial ingredient in the oil and natural gas extraction process known as fracking. Still, more than 6,000 Minnesotans have signed the moratorium petition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/22/frac-sand-moratorium?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:04:31 -0500 Federal judge strikes part of Minn. energy law; Minnesota to appeal Minnesota's Next Generation Energy Act, which passed in 2007 with bipartisan support, says in part that utilities may not import additional coal-generated electricity into the state unless they offset the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/18/federal-judge-strikes-down-part-of-minn-energy-law?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:05:50 -0500 Minn. pipeline firm wants to expand capacity The company has asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to approve its plans to double the capacity of its Line 4 pipeline, built in 2008 to carry 165,000 barrels of crude oil per day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/17/pipeline-expansion?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:50:25 -0500 Volunteers clean up St. Paul The St. Paul Department of Parks and Recreation is organizing what will be the city's first volunteer-based cleanup effort it two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/12/volunteers-clean-up-st-paul?refid=0 Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:09:18 -0500 Park Service won't bite on aid to Isle Royale wolves Some researchers asked the National Park Service to intervene to help wolves survive, saying the animals are a vital part of the Lake Superior island's ecosystem. Officials, however, aren't ready to do that http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/09/park-service-wont-bite-on-aid-to-isle-royale-wolves?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:05:32 -0500 Tribal leaders gather to parse federal land settlement Hundreds of land managers from more than 70 American Indian tribes across the country are in the Twin Cities this week to discuss implementing a landmark settlement with the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/08/tribal-leaders-gather-to-parse-federal-land-settlement-?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 05:40:43 -0500 Quam named Nature Conservancy's chief operating officer Lois Quam had recently served as a special adviser to U.S. Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry focusing on global health and public-private partnerships. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/04/lois-quam-nature-conservancy?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:10:53 -0500 Enbridge oil pipeline expansion plan spurs heated debate Several hundred activists gathered Thursday to speak for an against a plan by Enbridge Energy to expand an oil pipeline project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/03/enbridge-energy-oil-pipeline-expansion-plan-spurs-heated-debate?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:47:04 -0500 Climate change activists to protest Minn. oil pipeline project State regulators have already signed off on Enbridge's plan to increase capacity to 570,000 barrels per day. Now the company is asking the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to approve an increased capacity of 800,000 barrels per day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/02/enbridge-oil-protest?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Kansas fires bring air pollution alert for SW Minn. Gusty winds have carried smoke from Kansas wildfires into Minnesota and the fine particles from the smoke are at a level that state officials consider unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children and the elderly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/31/environment/air-quality-alert?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:53:08 -0500 Minn. regulators make way for state's biggest solar project The Geronimo Energy Aurora project, which will be built on 20 different sites throughout the state next to Xcel substations, will give the state about eight times the solar energy output currently produced. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/27/minnesota-solar-project?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:17:36 -0500 Texas oil spill could hurt loons about to fly to Minn. The full effect of the spill is not yet known, but oil-covered loons have already been found and the oil could hurt many other birds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/26/environment/loons-texas-oil-spill?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:25:52 -0500 DNR extends Mille Lacs night fishing ban to aid walleye recovery Fisheries managers are liberalizing the rules for taking northern pike and smallmouth bass in an effort to revive the big lake's struggling walleye population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/25/environment/dnr-mille-lacs-regulations?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:16:43 -0500 Mpls. to share ash tree replacement plan The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will share its replacement plan for the city's ash trees during a series of public meetings starting this week http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/23/mpls-to-share-ash-tree-replacement-plan-?refid=0 Sun, 23 Mar 2014 12:56:55 -0500 Bison could come to Minneopa State Park The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is considering bringing bison to Minneopa State Park in Mankato. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/22/bison-could-come-to-minneopa-state-park?refid=0 Sat, 22 Mar 2014 13:53:14 -0500 Flint Hills: Tailpipe pollutants to be converted to fertilizer The system, which company officials say makes up roughly half of the overall project, will remove sulfur and nitrogen from gasoline and convert it into a liquid fertilizer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/19/environment/flint-hills-fertilizer-system?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:25:19 -0500 State promotes solar thermal as propane alternative To help Minnesotans make the switch, state officials are reopening an incentive program for homeowners and businesses that want to install solar hot water and space heating systems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/18/state-promotes-solar-thermal-as-propane-alternative?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:35:21 -0500 Tribes, health officials, Chamber of Commerce weigh in on PolyMet The nearly 50,000 comments the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has collected on the PolyMet copper-nickel mining proposal include e-mails, hand-written letters and postcards, and even full research reports containing hundreds of pages of graphs and data analysis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/14/environment/polymet-comments?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:49:28 -0500 EPA gives PolyMet mine study a passing grade, with conditions The assessment was far better than the rating PolyMet's environmental study received four years ago. EPA said then that the study provided an inadequate assessment of the proposed mine's effects on the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/13/polymet-mine-study-epa-assessment?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 06:00:27 -0500 As PolyMet mine comment window closes, all eyes turn to EPA Although the Department of Natural Resources has already received over 40,000 comments, there's one particular letter everyone following the project is waiting for: the EPA's. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/12/environment/polymet-mine-comments-close?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 06:20:12 -0500 Wild rice study reveals more questions for state officials Three years after the Legislature ordered a study on how a key pollutant affects wild rice, state officials said more questions remain about whether and how Minnesota water quality standards should change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/12/wild-rice-study?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:46:31 -0500 Critics of PolyMet mine want state to extend comment period The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness last week sent letters to the state Department of Natural Resources and the federal agencies overseeing the study, citing missing data associated with the nearly 2,200-page document. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/11/environment/polymet-public-comment-period?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:56:47 -0500 EPA reverses itself on iron facility pollution In a notice filed Monday in federal court, EPA officials said they were voluntarily vacating the agency's approval in December 2012 of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's variance for Mesabi Nugget, which produces iron pellets at a plant near Hoyt Lakes. The EPA instead plans to reject the variance, the filing said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/11/epa-reverses-itself-on-iron-facility-pollution?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:52:21 -0500 Wolf hunting debate set for this week at Capitol A bill sponsored by DFL Senator Foung Hawj will get a hearing in the Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/10/wolf-hunting-debate-set-for-this-week-at-capitol?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:56:25 -0500 EPA expected to comment on PolyMet study this week Supporters and opponents of a controversial copper-nickel mining proposal are making one last push to get people to comment on the project's environmental study. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/09/epa-expected-to-comment-on-polymet-study-this-week?refid=0 Sun, 09 Mar 2014 09:53:37 -0500 Marriage vote costs Loon GOP endorsement Republican delegates on Saturday declined to endorse state Rep. Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie, who was one of four House Republicans who voted in favor of same-sex marriage. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/03/gop-declines-to-endorse-loon-same-sex-marriage-vote-cited/?refid=0 Sat, 08 Mar 2014 16:40:35 -0600 4 killed in crash near Sleepy Eye The Pontiac was westbound on Highway 14 just west of Sleepy Eye when it lost control on a curve and was hit broadside by a Dodge Ram pickup in the eastbound lanes, the State Patrol said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/08/4-killed-in-crash-near-sleepy-eye-?refid=0 Sat, 08 Mar 2014 09:42:10 -0600 Strong solar power demand outstripping Minnesota subsidy program The Made in Minnesota incentive program helps homeowners and businesses install solar energy systems manufactured in the state. Demand is so high that applications that the state received in January and February will be selected by lottery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/07/solar-power-demand-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:07:33 -0600 Beekeepers call on state to suspend corn seed pesticides said to kill bees A petition signed by 40 beekeepers blames neonicotinoid pesticides for killing honeybees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/05/beekeepers-call-on-state-to-suspend-corn-seed-pesticides-said-to-kill-bees?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:00:00 -0600 DNR names agency veteran to run Minnesota parks and trails Minnesota Department of Natural Resources veteran Erika Rivers will take over the DNR's Parks and Trails Division when its current director, Courtland Nelson, retires in April. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/03/environment/erika-rivers-parks-and-trails?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:15:59 -0600 Iron Range lawmakers, wild rice interests frustrated by agency's moves on sulfate study Even if the MPCA releases its sulfate recommendations soon, the issue is unlikely to be resolved quickly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/28/iron-range-wild-rice-sulfate-study-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:50:52 -0600 Why would you ice fish? In the summer, you can find Julie Lane casting for bass. In the winter, Lane parks her "Ice Castle" on a frozen lake in search of panfish. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/28/why-would-you-ice-fish?refid=0 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 06:29:30 -0600 MPCA postpones wild rice recommendations State officials have put off a decision on whether changes are needed to the sulfate standards for wild rice. The agency gave no detailed explanation for canceling the release Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/27/mpca-postpones-wild-rice-recommendations?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:39:51 -0600 Minnesota could become first state to ban antibacterial chemical triclosan The chemical has been around since the 1960s and more recently has been added to a long list of products -- from deodorant and face cream to toothpaste. University of Minnesota researchers, who have found increasing amounts of triclosan in lakes and rivers, say it can interact with chlorine and sunlight to form harmful dioxins in the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/25/minnesota-proposed-tricolsan-ban?refid=0 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:37:04 -0600 Number of alleged sex abusers greater than church has revealed An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2014/02/19/investigation-more-priests-accused-of-sexual-abuse-in-twin-cities-catholic-church/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:13:33 -0600 Accused priests: Who they are, where they've served, what's alleged An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. Explore an interactive database with details of the allegations against those priests, deacons and monks, along with the locations of their service and their current status. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/priest-list/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:07:14 -0600 DFLers grill PolyMet over mining pollution fears A group of state lawmakers heard more than five hours of testimony Tuesday on how PolyMet Mining would pay for future cleanup costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/11/environment/polymet-house-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:25:04 -0600 The PolyMet mining damage deposit: A landlord's advice A landlord hopes a tenant's damage deposit will cover cleanup and repair costs, just as the state of Minnesota hopes financial assurance would protect the state's taxpayers from future cleanup and reclamation costs years from now at PolyMet's proposed copper-nickel mine and processing facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/10/polymet-damage-deposit-a-landlords-advice?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:45:35 -0600 Lawmakers look for ways to increase recycling, as bottle deposit bill is taken off the table In the Twin Cities metro area, the goal for the last nearly 25 years has been to recycle half of all waste. Some lawmakers say even without a deposit bill this year, the Legislature should at least boost that goal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/05/recycling-bottle-deposit-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:02:22 -0600 Why would you jump off a ski hill at 50? ''Spectacular,'' is how Edina ski jumper David Zarling described returning to the sport at age 50. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/05/why-would-you-ski-jump?refid=0 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Hennepin County to push Minneapolis to begin curbside organic waste collection Hennepin County officials plan to drop their bid to burn more garbage at the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center in favor of pushing the city of Minneapolis to collect residents' organic waste. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/31/curbside-organic-waste-collection-hennepin-county-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:13:04 -0600 Houston County could permanently ban new frac sand mining County commissioners this week unanimously extended a moratorium on new sand mining through March 2015. County commissioners also sent a letter to state officials asking for guidance on the potential permanent ban. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/30/houston-county-frac-sand-mining-ban?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:23:45 -0600 DNR clarifies PolyMet river flow data The data has been a source of controversy during the review process. Critics of PolyMet's mine proposal have said there are problems with the environmental study, including inaccurate data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/29/polymet-water-data-clarified?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:09:09 -0600 Thousands pack final public hearing for PolyMet copper-nickel mine proposal More than 2,100 people packed a Saint Paul RiverCentre ballroom, matching in size but surpassing in feistiness the combined 2,000 or so people who attended two earlier meetings in Duluth and Aurora. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/28/polymet-st-paul-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 04:04:32 -0600 PolyMet environmental study inconclusive on water treatment, fueling confusion Debate over the need for long-term water treatment has dominated public testimony surrounding PolyMet's proposed copper-nickel mine, but the agencies studying the plan didn't ask the one question seemingly everyone wants the answer to: How long exactly will that treatment be needed? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/27/polymet-water-treatment-confusion?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:33:41 -0600 Many job seekers expected at Mining Industry Day Marla Beaty, a business services representative for the state's employment office, says about 800 people attended a similar event last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/24/business/hundreds-of-job-seekers-expected-at-mining-industry-day-?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:14:03 -0600 DNR: New water data could alter PolyMet environmental study The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said the current draft of the environmental impact statement for PolyMet's mine and processing facility estimated the nearby Partridge River's flow using data that differs from other, more recent data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/23/water-data-poymet-environmental-study?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:05:29 -0600 Mining supporters dominate hearing on PolyMet proposal Aurora, a small town of 1,600 on the northeastern edge of the Iron Range, is a hotbed of support for the proposal. Many residents once worked at LTV Steel, a nearby taconite plant that shut down in 2001, causing more than 1,000 employees to lose their jobs. PolyMet is proposing to reuse the shuttered plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/22/polymet-hearing-aurora?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 06:39:43 -0600 Round 2: PolyMet mine hearing tonight in Aurora There has been strong local support for PolyMet. Labor unions are interested in the construction and mining jobs the company would bring to the area, and local officials are excited about the potential for an economic boost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/22/environment/polymet-mine-hearing-tonight-in-aurora?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:16:12 -0600 Why would you polar plunge? A series of stories about the unusual, entertaining and downright risky things Minnesotans do in the depths of winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/22/polar_plunge?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 04:00:00 -0600 PolyMet mine hearing in Duluth draws large, passionate crowd The first public hearing on what could be Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine drew some 1,300 people to Duluth on Thursday to rally for jobs, ask questions and poke holes in the 2,200-page environmental study that must pass muster before the project can go forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/17/polymet-hearing-draws-huge-crowd?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:24:29 -0600 Live: Public hearing on PolyMet mine proposal Minnesota is potentially on the brink of a copper mining boom. Tonight in Duluth is the first of a series of public hearings on a proposed copper-nickel mine in Hoyt Lakes. Follow updates from MPR News and Duluth News Tribune reporters. http://live.mprnews.org/Event/Public_hearing_on_PolyMets_proposed_copper-nickel_mine?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:49:11 -0600 First PolyMet hearing tonight in Duluth, but do comments matter? Department of Natural Resources officials said recently that they prefer substantive, technical comments on the environmental study rather than statements of support or opposition. So how important are the thousands of comments that have already been received? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/16/polymet-comments?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Bottle deposit? Better composting? Lawmakers to talk trash today Some DFL lawmakers and environmental groups will be pushing legislation to establish a 10-cent deposit on all beverage containers, citing data showing the 10 states with deposit laws have dramatically higher recycling rates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/14/environment/bottle-deposit-better-composting-lawmakers-to-talk-trash-today?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 06:31:27 -0600 DNR mobile website hopes to get people outside The maps, available on a mobile website, contain information that could otherwise be difficult to find online. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/11/smartphone-site-hopes-to-get-people-outside?refid=0 Sat, 11 Jan 2014 12:20:46 -0600 House panel to take up issue of copper-nickel mining cleanups The Feb. 11 hearing will take place during the public comment period for PolyMet's proposed mine and processing facility near Hoyt Lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/09/house-panel-set-to-take-up-issue-of-coppernickel-mining-cleanups?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:05:23 -0600 Study: Bottle deposit law would boost recycling, at a cost A deposit program would change the way beverage containers are currently being recycled in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/09/study-bottle-deposit-law-would-boost-recycling-at-a-cost?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:08:42 -0600 With White Bear as poster child, Minnesota tests new approach to limited water supplies A new effort involving just about anyone who flushes a toilet from Lino Lakes to Woodbury is about to eclipse the scattered sprinkling limits and water-saving campaigns to rescue a shrinking White Bear Lake. And that could be just a first step in getting Minnesota residents, businesses and others to think differently about how they use water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/08/ground-level-beneath-the-surface-white?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Thousands lose unemployment benefits Congress opted not to vote on an extension before the holiday break. Nationally, that leaves 1.3 million people cut off from the program, which was put in place during the recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/28/thousands-lose-unemployment-benefits?refid=0 Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:04:09 -0600 Northwest Minnesota wolf season closes The overall quota for this year was cut nearly in half from the state's inaugural hunt last year after a winter survey showed the wolf population had dropped between 2008 and 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/27/northwest-minnesota-wolf-season-closes?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 16:57:48 -0600 Warmer temps could mean more woody plants, evergreens in Minnesota The study is the most exhaustive research yet about when flowering plants and trees evolved certain traits to survive the cold weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/22/how-climate-changes-alters-minn-vegetation?refid=0 Sun, 22 Dec 2013 11:56:58 -0600 Environmental groups ask to extend comment period on PolyMet proposal The groups are requesting more time to analyze the environmental study of the proposed mine, given that the report is more than 2,000 pages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/20/groups-request-longer-polymet-comment-period?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:26:22 -0600 Target: 40M card accounts may be breached The news comes just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear. The chain said that customers who made purchases using their cards at its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have been exposed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/19/business/target-reports-40m-card-accounts-may-be-breached?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 09:24:59 -0600 PolyMet plans to offset wetland destruction PolyMet Mining has applied for its first permit for what it hopes will become Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/16/environment/polymet-copper-nickel-mine-permit?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:02:31 -0600 Christmas in Abu Dhabi jail for Woodbury man Shezanne "Shez" Cassim remains in prison in Abu Dhabi. Cassim's family said they are disappointed he won't make it back to Woodbury for Christmas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/16/detained-woodbury-man-will-spend-christmas-in-abu-dhabi-jail?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 08:07:10 -0600 Council advises $108M in Legacy spending for '14 A state council is recommending the Legislature spend about $108 million in Legacy Amendment funds next year on habitat projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/12/environment/legacy-spending?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:48:35 -0600 Minn. family, human rights activists call for release of man jailed in Abu Dhabi A Minnesota family and local human rights activists are calling on the United Arab Emirates to release a man who has been jailed since April for his involvement in a parody video. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/10/news/man-jailed-abu-dhabi?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:21:09 -0600 Water treatment a central question in PolyMet's environmental study A proposed copper-nickel mining operation in northeast Minnesota would need long-term water treatment to ensure potentially toxic rock won't pollute area waterways, according to an environmental review released Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/05/environment/polymet-environmental-review?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:55:58 -0600 Regulators: Xcel must study Sherco coal-fired power plant retirement Xcel Energy must take a detailed look at the future of its largest coal-fired power plant next year and study how soon its two oldest units could be retired, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/05/environment/sherco-coal-plant?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:17:36 -0600 Water fight over Minn. pig farm goes to court Neighbors trying to stop a large hog feedlot from being built in central Minnesota are now challenging the state's decision to let the operation draw millions of gallons of groundwater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/04/environment/pig-farm-water-dispute?refid=0 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:35:07 -0600 Rochester business denies MPR embezzlement claims A Rochester businessman who Minnesota Public Radio sued in October is denying the organization's claims that he and his company misappropriated nearly $315,000 over the last decade in a business deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/03/news/mpr-embezzlementlawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 15:31:54 -0600 Timeline: PolyMet's history in Minnesota PolyMet Mining hopes to be the first Minnesota company to mine copper, nickel and precious metals in northern Minnesota. The company's NorthMet project would be located north of Hoyt Lakes in the Superior National Forest. Below is a timeline of the company's history in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/02/polymet-timeline?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:00:00 -0600 Map: Proposed copper-nickel mines in Minnesota A study on how an open pit copper-nickel mine could change the landscape just north of the town of Hoyt Lakes will be released in a 1,800-page environmental impact statement available on Dec. 6. This map shows the locations of proposed sites for the PolyMet and Twin Metals copper-nickel mines northern Minnesota. /features/2013/12/mining/metalsmining.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:00:00 -0600 PolyMet copper-nickel mine: Economic opportunity or too environmentally risky? This Friday the public will get its first peek at a long anticipated environmental study of one of the state's most controversial development projects in years: copper and nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/02/environment/copper-mining-polymet-environmental-impact-statement?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:00:00 -0600 FAQ: Everything you need to know about PolyMet A detailed look at copper-nickel mining proposals in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/02/environment/copper-mining-faq?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:00:00 -0600 Minn. recycler wants your old holiday lights Hardware stores and government buildings throughout the state have put out collection bins for unwanted or broken holiday lights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/28/environment/holiday-lights-recycle?refid=0 Thu, 28 Nov 2013 08:33:23 -0600 Minn. agency wants CenterPoint rate hike slashed CenterPoint Energy does not need to increase customers' natural gas rates as much as it has requested, Minnesota Commerce Department officials said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/26/business/centerpoint-energy-rates?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:56:14 -0600 Minnesota Christmas tree buying guide Thanksgiving weekend is one of the most popular times between now and Christmas to buy a tree, so we put together some tips for those who plan to get one this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/25/minnesota-christmas-tree-buying-guide?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Wind energy advocates urge renewal of tax credit Minnesota environmental groups and wind energy advocates are urging Congress to renew federal tax credits for renewable energy projects that are set to expire at the end of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/20/environment/wind-energy-tax-credit?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:34:28 -0600 Auditor: Repeal or overhaul state sustainable forestry program A program that pays landowners to practice sustainable forestry lacks oversight and should be repealed or overhauled, according to the Minnesota Legislative Auditor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/19/environment/auditor-sustainable-forestry?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:10:41 -0600 State: Calhoun, Como & other Twin Cities lakes too salty Popular Twin Cities lakes that have long been considered "impaired" because of algae and contaminants are now facing another pollutant: road salt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/18/environment/salty-lakes?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:26:10 -0600 Minnesota garbage study offers 'wake up call,' pollution control agency head says Food waste and other organic material made up nearly a third of what Minnesotans sent to landfills in 2012, according to a new state study. MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine called the report a "wake-up call," pointing to the large amount of recyclable material being thrown away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/18/environment/minnesota-garbage-study-mpca?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 08:30:25 -0600 Legacy council members criticize invasive species plan The council that recommends how the state should spend Legacy Fund money on the outdoors is criticizing an invasive species project for being too vague and possibly violating the intent of the constitutional amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/14/environment/legacy-council-invasive-species?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:38:24 -0600 Report: Fewer homeless veterans in state Wilder said most male homeless veterans in Minnesota are over age 50, and about a third are black. A quarter of the homeless veterans reported serving in a combat zone, and nearly half of them reported health problems related to their service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/13/news/fewer-homeless-vets-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:41:09 -0600 State regulators, activists discuss Sherco power plant's future Carbon dioxide emissions from Xcel Energy's Sherburne County Generating Station, which puts out enough electricity to serve more than 2 million homes and businesses, raise concerns about climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/12/environment/state-regulators-activists-discuss-sherco-power-plants-future?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:38:01 -0600 Minnesota opens its 2nd wolf season About 2,000 hunters will participate in the early season, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has set a quota of 100 wolves to be killed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/09/minnesota-opens-its-2nd-wolf-season?refid=0 Sat, 09 Nov 2013 10:30:52 -0600 Climate change in MN: icy roads, wheezing, rattlesnakes? Minnesota's first statewide conference asking how we should adapt to a changing climate kicked off with a long list of possible impacts. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/11/climate-change-in-mn-icy-roads-wheezing-rattlesnakes/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:05:24 -0600 Minneapolis neighborhood warned about potentially harmful vapor plume The soil vapor is trichloroethylene, or TCE, and officials have known for more than 30 years about it contaminating groundwater in the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/07/environment/minneapolis-neighborhood-warned-about-potentially-harmful-vapor-plume?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:00:39 -0600 Isle Royale wants your ideas for wolf issues Isle Royale National Park will hold two public meetings in Minnesota later this month to discuss how to manage the island's wolf population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/07/environment/isle-royale-wolves?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 13:51:09 -0600 5 years later, taking stock of Legacy fund Minnesota state agencies are marking the fifth anniversary this week of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/07/environment/legacy-amendment-anniversary?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:10:44 -0600 Climate change conference aims at how best to adapt Climate change is already affecting everything from how doctors treat allergies to how cities rebuild storm sewers. With that in mind, transportation planners, public health officials and others will meet in St. Paul today to talk about how best to adapt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/07/environment/climate-change-conference?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 01:00:00 -0600 In Minn., U.S. Interior secretary boosts wildlife refuges National wildlife refuges pump more than $2 billion to the economy but proposed cuts in federal funds could hurt those lands, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told conservation leaders Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/05/environment/interior-secretary-wildlife-refuges?refid=0 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:52:49 -0600 Mixed reaction from Minneapolis voters to the city's long ranked-choice ballot Polls are open in cities and towns around Minnesota. In Minneapolis, voters are turning out to choose among 35 candidates for mayor. They're also voting to fill city council seats. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Elizabeth Dunbar, who was near the Brian Coyle Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/05/dunbar?refid=0 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 09:05:46 -0600 Xcel Energy seeks rate hike for wind investments, grid improvements Xcel Energy is seeking regulatory approval to increase its electricity rates in Minnesota by 4.6 percent next year and 5.6 percent in 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/05/business/xcel-energy-seeks-rate-hike?refid=0 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Xcel Energy releases rate hike plan details Xcel Energy is asking state regulators to approve a 4.6 percent rate hike in 2014 and another 5.6 percent increase in 2015 for electricity customers in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/04/news/xcel-rate-hike-plan?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:58:47 -0600 Changes coming for solar panel users Xcel Energy plans to revamp a rewards program for customers who have solar panels on their roofs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/02/news/changes-coming-for-solar-panel-users?refid=0 Sat, 02 Nov 2013 13:21:44 -0500 Mahtomedi frac sand mining forum draws hundreds over concerns There was consensus that Wisconsin's experience, where many mines have clashed with local communities and in some cases have violated environmental laws, should not be repeated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/30/environment/mahtomedi-frac-sand-mining-forum-draws-hundreds-over-concerns?refid=0 Wed, 30 Oct 2013 06:06:36 -0500 Forum to discuss possible frac sand mining in Washington County Washington County has one site where silica sand is being mined. But forum organizers say the oil drilling in North Dakota is expected to continue for decades, and more sand will be needed for the process known as hydraulic fracturing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/29/frac-sand-forum-mahtomedi?refid=0 Tue, 29 Oct 2013 10:46:34 -0500 Commission to determine Legacy spending on greater Minnesota parks meets for the first time Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed local officials and citizens from outside the seven-county Twin Cities metro area to the commission. They'll work on a master plan and will give the Legislature recommendations on which greater Minnesota parks and trails should receive grant money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/28/greater-minnesota-parks-legacy-money?refid=0 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:20:18 -0500 Ely copper-nickel mining opponents bring message to Twin Cities A group of Ely residents is working to spread the word about a possible expansion of mining in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/25/concerned-ely-residents-to-address-metals-mining?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 07:34:27 -0500 State's top elected officials approve mineral leases, with reservations The mineral leases are auctioned off periodically to companies interested in discovering minerals like copper, nickel or gold. The DNR held an auction for these leases a year ago, but the state's Executive Council decided not to sign off on them because of a court challenge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/25/elected-officials-vote-on-mineral-leases?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 07:20:05 -0500 Xcel to ask regulators for significant rate increase The utility says it will come up with a plan to spread out the increase over several years to minimize the impact on customers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/24/xcel-to-ask-for-rate-increase?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:58:51 -0500 13 people ejected in van crash on I-90 The crash remains under investigation, but State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske said officials suspect most of the passengers were not wearing seat belts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/24/news/13-people-ejected-in-van-crash-on-i90?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:46:01 -0500 Costco recalls ground beef due to E. coli The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the recall affects 383 units of 88 percent lean fresh ground beef sold between Sept. 4 and Sept. 7. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/23/health/costco-recalls-ground-beef-due-to-e-coli?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 07:58:44 -0500 Xcel Energy Sherco plant returns to service after repairs Nearly two years after a failure of one of its units led to extensive damage, Xcel Energy's Sherburne County Generating Station is back to normal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/21/environment/xcel-energy-sherco-plant-returns-to-service-after-repairs?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:43:54 -0500 Police: Man whose van almost fell onto I-94 lucky A fence held the van long enough for him to escape and for a tow truck to pull it away from the fence, clearing up a traffic jam on eastbound I-94 in downtown St. Paul, said police spokesman Sgt. Paul Paulos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/21/news/police-man-whose-van-almost-fell-onto-interstate-lucky?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:40:16 -0500 Confronting the mental health gender gap in prisons Approximately 25 percent of males and 65 percent of females in Minnesota's prisons utilize ongoing mental health services, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Why are the percentages so different between the sexes? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/21/daily-circuit-mental-health-prison?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:56:11 -0500 Xcel wins approval to move forward on wind The decision by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission means Xcel Energy can go ahead with two projects in southern Minnesota and two in North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/18/xcel-wind?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:56:49 -0500 Fate of Minn. renewable energy law in judge's hands A federal judge could soon decide the fate of Minnesota's six-year-old renewable energy law, which North Dakota officials say is an unconstitutional overreach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/16/news/renewable-energy-law-dispute?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Report: Minnesota charitable giving climbs 15 percent Giving by foundations and corporations went up 15 percent from 2010 to 2011, accounting for $1.7 billion in gifts in 2011, the Minnesota Council on Foundations said. Individual donations also increased. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/15/report-minnesota-charitable-giving-climbs-15-percent?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 08:48:32 -0500 Pheasant population in decline at hunting season begins The state's pheasant population is down by about 30 percent this year over 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/12/fewer-birds-as-hunters-take-aim-at-pheasants?refid=0 Sat, 12 Oct 2013 09:03:50 -0500 Algae fixes may trigger more lake pollution According to a new University of Minnesota study published online Thursday in the journal Science, reducing phosphorus can result in less of the microbial processes that eliminate another unwanted nutrient: nitrogen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/10/phosphorous-nitrogen-university-of-minnesota-study?refid=0 Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:42:17 -0500 Lynx success has turned team into profitable venture It took a decade for the Minnesota Lynx to become a profitable operation. "This has just been a wonderful opportunity now that we have the team and are also profitable," says owner Glen Taylor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/04/lynx-success-has-turned-team-into-profitable-venture?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 08:42:47 -0500 Fall color show picking up momentum Peak fall color is arriving a bit later than it did last year, thanks to a warm September. Observers in state parks and recreation areas are reporting pockets of color. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/03/environment/fall-colors?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Solar energy backers criticize Xcel solar garden plan Xcel says it will put up to 20 megawatts of community generated solar power on its system in the next two years to help the utility meet a new solar energy standard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/01/solar-backers-criticize-xcel-solar-garden-plan?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 08:52:12 -0500 Would money make Minnesotans recycle more? Minnesota's recycling rates have been lagging in the past few years, and the state's considering whether money would change people's habits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/30/would-money-make-minnesotans-recycle-more?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 08:07:49 -0500 Could Mississippi River, conservation meet water needs of northeast suburbs? St. Paul residents don't water their lawns as much as they used to, and population growth has been modest. Those trends have left St. Paul's water treatment plant with less work than anticipated. But just four miles away from where St. Paul's water waits to be treated, water levels at White Bear Lake continue dropping, in part because local communities are taking too much water from a nearby aquifer. The Metropolitan Council says St. Paul could help the lake by providing water to some of the communities using the aquifer -- or even by piping water directly into the lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/27/could-mississippi-river-conservation-meet-water-needs-of-northeast-suburbs?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0500 MAP: Could St. Paul send water to suburbs? The Met Council is studying whether it's feasible to pipe St. Paul's water to some of the northeastern suburbs -- or take some of the raw water St. Paul is pumping from the Mississippi and send it to a new regional treatment plant. the idea is to lessen pressure on the aquifer beneath White Bear Lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/28/map-could-st-paul-send-water-to-northwest-suburbs-?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Report: Police confronted, nearly fired on Franklin before basement fight A police report released today reveals more details about the death of Terrance Franklin, who died May 10 following a foot chase and confrontation with several officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/26/terrance-franklin-police-report?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:03:51 -0500 Mississippi River's 1926 dead zone holds lessons for Gulf of Mexico today Here in the land of 10,000 lakes, zebra mussels and Asian carp have generally topped the list of recent marine environmental concerns. But in the 1920s, before wastewater treatment plants were built, there were far bigger problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/25/environment/mississippi-rivers-1926-dead-zone-holds-lessons-for-gulf-of-mexico-today?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 06:17:31 -0500 EPA: Goal to reduce Gulf 'dead zone' won't be met by 2015 Some environmental groups have criticized the EPA for not doing more. In 2012 several groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, filed two lawsuits aimed at forcing EPA action on reducing the size of the dead zone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/24/epa-dead-zone-goal-wont-be-met-by-2015?refid=0 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:41:41 -0500 Sierra Club to Xcel: Retire 2 Sherco coal generators Sierra Club is urging Xcel Energy to retire two of its coal-powered generators at the Sherco Plant as Xcel prepares to negotiate the plant's future with state regulators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/23/sierra-club-to-xcel-retire-sherco-coal-generators?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:48:12 -0500 Juvenile crime near 30-year low in Minn. A Minnesota Department of Public Safety report says juvenile arrests in 2011, the most recent year for which data was available, were about the same as in 1980. Property crimes were much less frequent, but the juvenile violent crime rate was slightly higher in the 2000s than it was in the '80s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/20/juvenile-crime-near-30year-low-in-minn?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 09:59:14 -0500 MnDOT pays pollution fine to other state agency MnDOT and its contractors have paid nearly $14,000 for allowing sediment-laden stormwater to enter the Rum River, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/19/mndot-pays-pollution-fine-to-other-state-agency?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:30:54 -0500 Damaged gas line causes evacuations in St. Paul 28 people were evacuated temporarily near Arlington Avenue and Farrington Street in St. Paul after a construction crew struck a gas line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/18/gas-line-hit-in-st-paul?refid=0 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:03:44 -0500 Environmental advocates don't want Hennepin County to burn more trash The Hennepin Energy Recovery Center is seeking a 20 percent increase in the amount of trash it can burn each day. But environmentalists say the city should reject the proposal because the incinerator already emits pollutants that can be harmful to people's health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/17/hennepin-county-burn-more-trash?refid=0 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:27:39 -0500 New Era Wind will no longer pursue wind farm in Goodhue County New Era Wind wrote to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission asking officials to terminate all pending matters in the case because the company does not intend to build the wind farm. The letter, which the PUC posted on Tuesday, caps a five-year fight a group of local residents have waged against the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/17/goodhue-wind-farm?refid=0 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:24:56 -0500 MnDOT chief: $50 billion needed for transportation Minnesota Commissioner of Transportation Charles Zelle joins us to discuss the shape of Minnesota's roads, different proposals on how to fund them and what happens if we don't. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/16/daily-circuit-charles-zell-transportation?refid=0 Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:00:00 -0500 Winona fire wrecks historic buildings, Islamic Center One of the largest fires in Winona history swept through parts of downtown, wrecking historic buildings and businesses and chasing 16 people from their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/13/fire-sweeps-through-downtown-winona?refid=0 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:27:06 -0500 Lawsuit claims driver's license data improperly accessed Eighteen Minnesota residents and their attorney today filed suit alleging their driver's license data was improperly accessed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/11/news/lawsuit-driver-license-data?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:30:00 -0500 White Bear Lake suit against DNR moves forward A Ramsey County judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the Department of Natural Resources. The suit claims the DNR has been allowing too much water to be drawn from an aquifer that affects White Bear Lake's water levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/11/white-bear-lake-lawsuit-dnr-moves-forward?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:14:35 -0500 General Mills recalls cinnamon rolls Consumers who purchased cinnamon rolls with "better if used by" dates of Oct. 30 or 31 should contact the company for a replacement. Two-pack cinnamon roll packages with "better if used by" dates of Oct. 18, 26 or 31 are also included in the recall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/10/news/general-mills-recalls-cinnamon-rolls?refid=0 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 09:08:21 -0500 Duluth council member: E-cig law could be model for state Users of electronic cigarettes will now face the same restrictions as cigarette smokers after the Duluth City Council voted to impose restrictions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/10/daily-circuit-e-cigarettes-duluth?refid=0 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 08:48:03 -0500 Rockford opens state's first community solar installation Rockford, Minn. is now home to the first community solar installation in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/09/solar-community-installation-rockford?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 12:10:44 -0500 Many more Minnesota farms relying on irrigation for bigger yields So far this year, farmers have applied for 466 irrigation permits -- more than twice the number of applications in all of last year. And data compiled by state officials show many farmers hope to irrigate even more of their fields. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/06/number-of-irrigated-farm-fields-in-minn-surges-?refid=0 Sun, 08 Sep 2013 18:00:00 -0500 Fewer people apply for permits to hunt wolves Minnesotans' enthusiasm to hunt wolves appears to be down from last year, when 23,000 applied for licenses. This year it's 13,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/06/fewer-people-apply-for-wolf-hunt-licenses?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:32:23 -0500 Last chance for Minnesota wolf hunters The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is making fewer wolf licenses available this year. The hunting season begins November 9. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/05/stiff-competition-for-wolf-hunting-permits?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 10:53:38 -0500 Sand mine gets approval in Mankato The Planning Commission has approved a conditional use permit for Jordan Sands, an affiliate of Coughlan Companies, which is planning to mine 70 acres and use another 40 acres just north of the city for processing the sand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/29/environment/frac-samd-maning-mankato?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:00:31 -0500 From New Ulm to Mankato, students swelter Schools across southern Minnesota on Tuesday canceled or postponed athletic practices and released students early from school buildings without air conditioning as a heat wave continued. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/27/minnesota-heat-students-swelter?refid=0 Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:34:31 -0500 2 shot dead, 2 injured in Minneapolis Minneapolis police said the shooting happened just before 8:30 p.m. in an alley between the 2600 blocks of Cedar and 18th Avenues South. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/26/news/2-shot-dead-2-injured-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 07:31:11 -0500 Minn. wolf hunt opponents launch signature drive Groups opposing Minnesota's wolf hunt launched a petition drive Wednesday to stop the hunting season set for November. They also pledged not to disrupt the hunt if it happens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/14/envinronment/wolf-hunt-petition?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:28:21 -0500 Goodhue wind project foes ready to celebrate its defeat A troubled wind energy proposal in Goodhue County has missed a deadline imposed by state regulators to make its intentions known, and opponents of the project are preparing to celebrate its defeat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/14/news/goodhue-wind-project-defeated?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:57:31 -0500 We 'should have known' about Washburn principal, Mpls. schools official says Minneapolis schools need to get better at vetting job candidates, the district's chief executive said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/13/daily-circuit-washburn-principal?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500 DNR attributes pine tree deaths to long-term drought Pines and other conifers in northern Minnesota are dying in slightly larger numbers than usual. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the trees have been stricken by drought. Eight of the last 11 summer and fall seasons have been very dry in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/11/environment/more-conifer-trees-dying?refid=0 Sun, 11 Aug 2013 09:36:27 -0500 Xcel Energy: Approved rate increase is 3.8 percent Xcel Energy told its investors Friday that Minnesota regulators have approved a rate increase of about 3.8 percent for the company, which would bring it $103 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/09/business/xcel-energy-approved-rate-increase?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:54:35 -0500 'White-nose' fungus found on bats in 2 Minnesota state parks A fungus that can prove devastating to bat communities has been found in a cave at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park and at the mine at Soudan Underground Mine State Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/09/environment/whitenose-fungus-found-on-bats-in-2-minnesota-state-parks?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 11:57:20 -0500 MSU-Mankato, ex-coach Hoffner in arbitration Arbitration hearings are taking place between Minnesota State University-Mankato and the school's former football coach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/09/news/mankato-football-coach-arbitration?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 11:32:41 -0500 Minnehaha Ave. closed Sunday for 'Open Streets' Part of Minnehaha Avenue in south Minneapolis will be closed to vehicles on Sunday as part the city's series of Open Streets events. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/09/news/open-street-minnehaha-avenue?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 07:47:11 -0500 Regulators OK smaller Xcel rate hike, cost overrun probe Xcel Energy will be able to raise electricity rates by less than half what the utility requested and will face additional scrutiny for cost overruns on its project to upgrade the Monticello nuclear plant, state regulators ruled Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/09/business/regulators-ok-smaller-xcel-rate-hike-cost-overrun-probe?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 07:10:12 -0500 Mpls. police union leader: Chief on right track with community dialogue The head of the union representing Minneapolis police officers said Thursday that Chief Janee Harteau is asking the right questions about how to prevent racially charged incidents involving officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/08/news/minneapolis-police-union-leader-community-dialogue?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 09:49:17 -0500 State officials: Xcel hasn't justified rate hike Xcel Energy has done a poor job justifying its request for an electricity rate increase, state officials said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/06/business/xcel-rate-hike?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:09:48 -0500 Goodhue Co. extends frac sand moratorium Goodhue County commissioners voted today to extend the county's moratorium on frac sand mining by 180 days when the current ban expires next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/06/environment/goodhue-county-frac-sand-moratorium?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:00:49 -0500 CenterPoint plans 5 percent rate increase CenterPoint Energy proposed increasing residential natural gas rates by 5 percent to help pay for pipeline improvements aimed at maintaining a safe and reliable system, the utility said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/02/business/centerpoint-rate-increase?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 17:52:10 -0500 Mpls. municipal electric utility hearing packed Citizens, business representatives and clean energy activists packed the Minneapolis City Council chambers on Thursday for a public hearing on whether the city should consider forming its own utility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/01/news/minneapolis-municipal-utility-hearing?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 11:22:26 -0500 Mpls. rally calls for tighter gun laws The mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul will join people whose lives have been affected by gun violence at a rally today in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/31/news/minneapolis-gun-rally?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 07:21:06 -0500 Xcel Energy awards solar project grants for Midway Target, MSP Xcel Energy has announced the 20 recipients of $30 million in renewable energy grants, including solar projects at the Midway Target store in St. Paul, Edison High School in Minneapolis and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/30/business/xcel-solar-grants?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:04:34 -0500 Minneapolis tries to stop zebra mussels with heightened prevention efforts Ever since zebra mussels infested Lake Minnetonka in 2010, Minneapolis officials have been bracing themselves for the discovery of the sharp-shelled invaders in one of the city's beloved lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/30/environment/zebra-mussels?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 First West Nile case of the season reported A man from southwestern Minnesota has contracted the state's first human case of West Nile virus this year, the Minnesota Department of Health said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/25/health/west-nile-virus-case-reported?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 13:30:13 -0500 State land on Lake Superior near Gitchi-Gami trail sells for $1.2M Two private individuals purchased the land. The auction of school trust fund land marked the first time the property and many other state-owned land located along other lakes had been up for sale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/24/land-sale?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:08:43 -0500 Xcel: City utility not in best interest of Minneapolis Electric company says city can reach greenhouse goals faster as a customer than as a provider. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/24/daily-circuit-city-gas?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0500 State officials warn of toxic blue-green algae If you're out at a lake this weekend, you might want to check for a form of toxic algae before taking a dip. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/20/environment/blue-green-algae-in-lakes?refid=0 Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:16:38 -0500 Lake Superior land sale irks Gitchi-Gami bike trail supporters The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is putting $3.3 million worth of mostly lakeshore property up for sale next week, including a parcel of land on Lake Superior's North Shore where outdoors advocates had hoped a state bike trail would be built. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/19/environment/lake-superior-land-sale-irks-gitchigami-bike-trail-supporters?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 07:18:50 -0500 Northern Sun to host community solar array The concept is similar to a community garden: People invest in the array to cover their electricity needs, just as they might invest time and labor into a garden that produces vegetables. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/07/community-solar-project-being-introduced-in-minneapolis/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 08:40:57 -0500 Minn. regulators approve Enbridge oil pipeline expansion Minnesota regulators on Wednesday approved the first phase of a plan by Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc. to transport more crude oil through the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/17/business/regulators-approve-enbridge-oil-pipeline-expansion?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:40:02 -0500 Enbridge oil pipeline expansion up for consideration by Minnesota regulators Enbridge's proposed expansion for its Alberta Clipper line, which opened in 2010, needs permission from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and a permit from the federal government before it can go forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/17/business/enbridge-oil-pipeline-expansion-up-for-consideration-by-minnesota-regulators?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 06:48:40 -0500 Xcel to up wind portfolio by a third Three new wind energy projects in Minnesota and North Dakota would help Xcel Energy boost its Midwest wind portfolio by a third, the utility said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/16/environment/xcel-wind-portfolio?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:50:04 -0500 Federal cuts mean furloughs for Minn. National Guard techs More than half of the Minnesota National Guard's full-time force will be forced to take to take a day off each week through the end of September, creating a 20 percent pay cut for 1,156 members. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/16/politics/minnesota-national-guard-furloughs?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:32:11 -0500 Mpls. kicks off Aquatennial celebration Organizers say they expect hundreds of thousands of people to attend a series of events over the next week as part of the Aquatennial festival in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/13/arts/aquatennial-events-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Sat, 13 Jul 2013 09:29:23 -0500 Minn. sues Calif. online lender CashCall State officials on Thursday filed a lawsuit against a California-based online lender accused of charging Minnesota consumers exorbitant interest rates and origination fees for loans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/11/news/attorney-general-cashcall-lending-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:51:24 -0500 Advocates want Minnehaha Ave. 'cycletrack' Hennepin County is planning a major reconstruction of Minnehaha Avenue in south Minneapolis, and planners are asking the public for advice about how to handle bicycle traffic along the busy corridor. Bike advocates know what they want. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/07/mpls-bike-coalition-presses-for-minnehaha-cycletrack-ahead-of-public-meetings/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:31:16 -0500 Minn. parents offer tips on keeping summer sane Plan ahead. Many camps fill up, and finding the camps that fit your kids' needs (and that are logistically possible) can take time. Families also should try to plan ahead for extra expenses they might have during the summer months to pay for child care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/10/human-interest/summer-child-care-tips?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 06:00:00 -0500 For working Minnesota parents, summer child care is a complex juggling act Navigating pressures to keep kids enriched and engaged in activities while school is out pushes the stress meter upward and requires families to live on tighter budgets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/10/economy/working-parents-summer-child-care?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 06:00:00 -0500 Minn. wolf population down since '08, but DNR says it's still strong New numbers show the state had 2,211 wolves last winter, down 710 wolves from five years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/09/environment/wolf-population?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 07:00:58 -0500 MPCA: Superfund list could add two sites, drop two others Two sites in St. Louis County may be added to the state's list of polluted places. The sites should be on the state's list of Superfund sites so that they may be eligible for additional state funding, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/08/environment/mpca-superfund-sites?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 17:36:14 -0500 Xcel rate hike rebuffed by judge An administrative law judge wants to limit Xcel Energy's proposed electricity rate hike to 4.7 percent, the utility said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/08/business/xcel-rate-hike?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 06:55:57 -0500 Experts hopeful in wasp fight against ash borers Three different species of stingless wasps introduced in Minnesota from China are being used to attack emerald ash borer larva and eggs. The program started in 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/05/environment/experts-hopeful-in-wasp-fight-against-ash-borers?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jul 2013 09:08:05 -0500 St. Paul tackles big Mississippi River logjam St. Paul city officials say a logjam on the Mississippi River could be a safety concern. Many of the floating branches and debris are leftovers from the recent storms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/03/news/saint-paul-logjam?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:49:06 -0500 Winona Co. frac sand permit challenged A group of Winona County residents is challenging the county board's decision to approve a frac sand mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/02/regional/frac-sand-permit-winona-county?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:37:04 -0500 Frac sand transload company sues Wabasha The owners of a facility used to load frac sand into rail cars are suing the city of Wabasha. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/02/news/frac-sand-transload-company-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 14:42:15 -0500 No texting 911, agency says; call instead The major cellphone carriers are working with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to let people know that texting 911 does not work. Starting Monday, Minnesotans who text 911 will get an automatic reply. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/30/regional/auto-reply-to-911-text?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Businesses pitch in to slow White Bear Lake's plunging waterline Water levels in White Bear Lake have been dropping over the past decade. Now, businesses in the community are starting an effort to keep levels from declining more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/01/white-bear-lake-levels?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Mpls. holds creek/lake cleanup event Sunday More than a thousand volunteers are expected to join an effort to clean up Minnehaha Creek and several lakes in Minneapolis on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/29/environment/minneapolis-lake-cleanup-event?refid=0 Sat, 29 Jun 2013 12:02:00 -0500 Pride, Petty, Twins mean crowded Minneapolis weekend Minneapolis city officials are urging people to use public transit to move around this weekend, because Target Field, the Traget Center and Hennepin Avenue are going to be choked with crowds. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/06/pride-twins-and-tom-petty-to-draw-thousands-to-downtown-mpls-this-weekend/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 09:31:30 -0500 With DOMA struck down, Minnesota activists cheer, jeer Maria De La Cruz screamed with joy after her colleagues at OutFront Minnesota told her that the U.S. Supreme Court had struck down a provision in the federal Defense of Marriage Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/26/supreme-court-marriage-minnesota-reacts?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:30:30 -0500 When trees crush homes and cars, who's responsible? In the vast majority of cases, it doesn't matter if it's your tree, the neighbor's tree or the city's. If it damaged your home, garage or car, your own insurance policy covers it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/24/news/storm-damage-responsibility?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:24:28 -0500 Whooping cough cases drop dramatically The Minnesota Department of Health has reports of 358 cases so far, compared to 4,485 in all of 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/21/health/whooping-cough-cases-drop-dramatically-?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:31:59 -0500 Helicopter crashes into Maplewood garage, killing pilot The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District confirmed the helicopter was releasing pellets to control the mosquito population in the area. Rod Andrew Wilson lives nearby and said he heard the helicopter sputter around 8 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/19/news/helicopter-crashes-into-maplewood-garage?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:40:59 -0500 Design experts: Nicollet Mall makeover has great potential Two University of Minnesota design experts said they hope a competition to redesign Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis leads to a makeover that will make the city famous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/19/daily-circuit-nicollet-mall?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Minnesota traffic deaths rise in 2012 Final crash data from 2012 shows a slight increase in fatalities for the first time since 2007, the state Department of Public Safety announced Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/18/news/minnesota-traffic-death?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:16:56 -0500 New enforcement chief takes over at DNR The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will have a new enforcement chief this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/16/environment/new-dnr-enforcement-chief?refid=0 Sun, 16 Jun 2013 09:17:04 -0500 Minn. solar power outlook sunny; Xcel forecast uncertain The solar industry and others who advocated for a new law are confident that more Minnesotans are willing to invest in renewable energy, and are excited about a section of the law that allows for community solar installations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/14/business/solar-law?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 FAQ: Minnesota's new solar energy law A new law provides money for incentives for homeowners and businesses that want to install solar panels on their property. Here are answers to questions regarding the law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/14/business/faq-solar-energy-law?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. farm water quality program launched Four Minnesota watersheds have been selected to test a voluntary pilot project that offers farmers incentives to reduce water pollution from their operations, federal and state officials announced Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/10/environment/farm-water-quality-program-launched?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:25:49 -0500 Costs uncertain for Xcel to meet new nuclear rule Xcel Energy said Friday it does not yet know how much it will cost to comply with new regulations issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission following the Fukushima nuclear accident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/07/news/xcel-monticello-nuclear-plant-new-rules?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 11:03:15 -0500 How to avoid, and if needed, respond to a bear attack It's very rare for a bear to attack a human. There have only been five documented injuries caused by bear attacks in Minnesota since 1987. But it does happen. A 72-year-old woman in Aitkin County was attacked by a sow bear just this week. She escaped with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with DNR Large Carnivore Specialist Dan Stark about how to prevent or survive a bear attack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/06/news/how-to-respond-to-a-bear-attack?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 08:43:09 -0500 Conservation group ranks Minneapolis parks No. 1 in U.S. The city of lakes long known for its park system now has a new designation to brag about: the best city for parks in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/05/news/minneapolis-parks-ranking?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Report: Minnesota a Top 10 clean energy state Minnesota ranked 9th in the report by Clean Edge, which does research and analysis on everything from renewable energy to technology investment to energy policies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/04/environment/report-minnesota-a-top-10-clean-energy-state?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 09:00:02 -0500 Medical costs for children with special needs declined in recession A new University of Minnesota study shows parents spent less on out-of-pocket medical expenses during the recession, and that hit children with special needs the hardest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/03/health/medical-costs-special-needs-children-recession?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Minnesota storm chaser reflects on tornado deaths A veteran storm chaser killed Friday by the tornado in Oklahoma was known for being one of the more conservative in his profession, Minnesota storm chaser John Wetter said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/03/weather/minn-storm-chaser-reflects-on-tornado-deaths?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 09:01:29 -0500 Police find missing Brooklyn Park boy Police in Brooklyn Park have found an 11-year-old boy who had been missing since being let out of school on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/31/news/brooklyn-park-boy-missing?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 11:32:01 -0500 Well water health risks prompt state action A contaminant found in well water in three east metro communities could be a bigger health risk than previously thought, leading state officials to install more filters to protect residents' drinking water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/30/environment/well-water-health-risks-prompt-state-action?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 10:57:07 -0500 Anoka-Hennepin to launch independent probe of Champlin Park incident Anoka-Hennepin School District leaders said Wednesday they will have an independent investigation conducted in the wake of an incident involving a teacher at Champlin Park High School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/29/education/anoka-hennepin-champlin-park-investigation?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 17:08:51 -0500 Fire pits get new scrutiny in quest for clean air People who are sensitive to wood smoke have long been concerned about backyard burning, but the growing trend of fire pits and chimineas has now caught the attention of state environmental regulators, who say wood smoke is becoming a bigger contributor to Minnesota's air pollution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/24/environment/fire-pits-get-new-scrutiny?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 10:59:28 -0500 Part of Lilydale Park to remain closed after fatal mudslide Rescuers in St. Paul have found the body of the fourth grade student missing after a mudslide in Lilydale Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/23/news/mudslide-boys-body-found?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 11:44:06 -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 What's cut, kept in divisive Legacy bill The $496 million Legacy bill lawmakers sent to Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday received the most 'no' votes ever recorded for spending through the amendment voters approved in 2008 to send sales tax money to clean water, the outdoors, arts and parks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/21/politics/whats-cut-kept-in-divisive-legacy-bill-?refid=0 Tue, 21 May 2013 10:36:16 -0500 Sportsmen, outdoors council: Legacy bill sets bad precedent The Nature Conservancy and nearly two dozen other habitat and sportsmen's groups are asking Gov. Mark Dayton to veto part of the Legacy bill after lawmakers added projects that weren't recommended by the Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/21/politics/sportsmen-outdoors-council-legacy-bill-sets-bad-precedent?refid=0 Tue, 21 May 2013 09:58:39 -0500 Legacy bill goes with commission's parks recommendations Parks in the Twin Cities metro area won't get a bigger piece of the Legacy bill's parks pie, but lawmakers decided the metro should get more outdoors money. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/05/legacy_bill_goe.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2013 17:20:08 -0500 Legacy deal hinges on rural vs. urban fight over parks money Every two years since voters approved a new sales tax to fund four different causes, state lawmakers representing the Twin Cities metro area have fought with those representing greater Minnesota on how to distribute millions of dollars of parks money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/16/news/legacy-deal-parks-money?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 12:08:50 -0500 Wildfires break out near Park Rapids and NW Wisconsin High temperatures and desert-like humidity readings are helping to drive an outbreak of wildfires in Minnesota and Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/15/weather/wildfires-break-out-near-park-rapids-red-lake-hinkley?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2013 08:15:46 -0500 DFL lawmaker: Compromise reached on frac sand regulations The lawmaker who has pushed this year for tougher state regulation of the frac sand mining industry on Tuesday said DFL legislative leaders have reached a compromise on the legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/14/politics/frac-sand-mining-deal?refid=0 Tue, 14 May 2013 13:46:51 -0500 Family of man killed by Minneapolis police want answers Family and friends of the man who was shot and killed during an altercation with two Minneapolis police officers say they want answers about what happened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/13/news/terrance-franklin?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 17:03:44 -0500 Bill mandating solar energy from utility companies passes Senate A bill that would require investor-owned utilities to provide at least 1 percent of their power through solar generation by late 2025 has been approved in the Minnesota Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/10/news/senate-solar-energy?refid=0 Fri, 10 May 2013 17:18:39 -0500 Hennepin service workers learn about infant brains Hennepin County social workers, librarians and others are gathering today to learn more about how young children's brains develop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/10/health/hennepin-county-young-children-brain-development?refid=0 Fri, 10 May 2013 11:44:38 -0500 Many proposed frac sand mines would fail 'trout stream' test Legislation that would prohibit frac sand mining within a mile of a trout stream or spring in southeastern Minnesota would prevent at least 10 proposed frac sand mines in the region from being developed, show an MPR News analysis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/09/environment/frac-mines-fail-trout-stream-test?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 22:30:18 -0500 Lyme disease: Price skyrockets for doxycycline antibiotic A common antibiotic used to treat everything from Lyme disease to chlamydia to acne is in short supply, leading the drug's price to skyrocket in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/08/health/antibiotic-shortage-drives-higher-minn-prices?refid=0 Wed, 08 May 2013 10:10:07 -0500 Meet Minnesota's new zebra mussel inspectors: dogs This year, zebra mussels might have a harder time escaping the state's new inspectors: three dogs specially trained to sniff out the tiny invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/07/environment/zebra-mussel-dog-inspectors?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 13:08:23 -0500 Johnson Controls cites trade secrets in court hearing over open records Johnson Controls says its subcontract with an architectural firm to design new schools and remodel others for the St. Louis County school district was not subject to the state's open records law because the agreement wasn't carrying out a government function. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/06/news/johnson-controls-st-louis-county-schools-open-records?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 14:01:36 -0500 Johnson Controls takes secret data case to Minn. Supreme Court The company hired to oversee a major reconstruction project for the St. Louis County Schools will argue today before the Minnesota Supreme Court that certain data involved in the project is not subject to the state's open records law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/06/johnson-controls-st-louis-county-open-records-minnesota-supreme-court?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 10:00:48 -0500 Residents appeal decision on frac sand mine Residents in Winona County have asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals to reverse a decision that would allow a proposed frac sand mine to move forward without an in-depth environmental review. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/02/regional/frac-sand-mine-appeal?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 15:12:58 -0500 State urges judge to dismiss driver's license data lawsuit The state of Minnesota is asking a federal judge to dismiss lawsuits filed by dozens of people whose driver's license information was accessed by a Department of Natural Resources employee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/01/news/drivers-license-data-lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 12:27:42 -0500 Frac sand mining: Cyclists concerned Several silica sand mines close to the Mississippi River in western Wisconsin are near areas where cyclists like to ride and stay in bed-and-breakfasts. Some of the proposed mines in southeastern Minnesota are also located in scenic areas where cycling is popular. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/01/environment/frac-sand-mining-cyclists?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 08:31:42 -0500 Bicycling advocates look to further improve safety in Minneapolis Minneapolis is often held up as an example of a bicycle-friendly city that is taking steps to improve safety. Advocates for the community met with government representatives to identify innovative ideas for further improving safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/30/news/bicycling-advocates-minneapolis-safety?refid=0 Tue, 30 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Bicycle safety: Minnesota's efforts held up as model for US When U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood picked Minnesota to host one of two bicycle safety summits, he held the state up as a model of how a place can increase the number of bikes on the road without increasing deaths. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/29/bicycle-safety-summit?refid=0 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:48:08 -0500 24 ways to reduce Minnesota's air pollution A group of representatives from industry, environmental groups and government agencies that worked for a year to come up with ways to reduce air pollution in Minnesota is announcing 24 recommendations to help the state avoid federal air pollution penalties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/25/environment/24-ways-to-reduce-minnesotas-air-pollution?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:34:02 -0500 Air quality report gives Minn. mixed reviews A new report from the American Lung Association shows some improvements in air quality in Minnesota's cities, but Ramsey County had poor grades for fine particle pollution for the third year in a row. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/23/environment/air-quality-report-gives-minn-mixed-reviews?refid=0 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:01:00 -0500 Minn. HIV/AIDS cases increased in 2012 More than 10,000 cases have been reported since the health department began tracking HIV and AIDS in the 1980s. About 7,500 Minnesotans are now living with HIV. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/23/health/minn-hiv-aids-cases-increased-in-2012?refid=0 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:36:13 -0500 Snow damages Wildcat Sanctuary A no-kill sanctuary for domestic and wild cats in Sandstone is working to repair several cages after last week's snowstorm left up to $100,000 in damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/23/weather/snow-damages-wildcat-sanctuary?refid=0 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 08:41:14 -0500 Two Minn. teens among growing number of girls competing in science The trend of more girls participating in high level science competitions has been demonstrated over the past several years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/19/more-girls-compete-science?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:32:52 -0500 Flint Hills, environmental groups settle on plans for refinery upgrade Flint Hills Resources has agreed to incorporate energy efficiency and emissions restrictions into a $400 million plan to upgrade its refinery in Rosemount as part of a settlement with two environmental groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/16/environment/flint-hills-deal?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:14:54 -0500 Pollution agency probing major manure spill The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is investigating what caused a major manure spill at a Fillmore County dairy farm, officials said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/16/environment/manure-spill-probe?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:57:10 -0500 What happened to the poached walleye? So far authorities have not found any evidence that tens of thousands of poached fish have ended up on dinner plates at Minnesota restaurants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/15/environment/what-happened-to-poached-walleye?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:19:27 -0500 HCMC supports mom, infant mental health An outpatient program at Hennepin County Medical Center opens Monday to help pregnant women and new mothers who are experiencing mental health problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/15/health/hcmc-mother-baby-program?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:35:52 -0500 Study: Cancer, work in taconite industry linked Researchers at the University of Minnesota told Iron Range workers to protect themselves from taconite dust, despite a new study that was unable to prove that exposure to the dust causes the rare cancer mesothelioma. The study linked time spent working in the taconite industry to a higher risk of mesothelioma but stopped short of pinpointing its cause. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/12/health/cancer-and-taconite-work-linked?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 16:21:14 -0500 Shattuck victim joins push to change Minn. sex abuse law A Minnesota man who came forward with sexual abuse allegations against a former Shattuck-St. Mary's School teacher stemming from a 1980 incident has joined the push to amend state law to give victims more time to file lawsuits against their perpetrators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/12/news/shattuck-victim-minn-sex-abuse-law?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:16:24 -0500 Power restored to downtown Minneapolis Power has been restored to 134 customers in downtown Minneapolis after an underground fire led to an outage after 6 a.m. Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/12/power-restored-to-downtown-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 09:01:18 -0500 Winter roars back in April, bringing hundreds of car crashes, canceled flights The Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport is listing more than 150 flights cancelled so far today, and MnDOT is listing roads in hazardous condition from the South Dakota state line to Slayton and Marshall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/weather/april-winter-storm?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:45:46 -0500 Mayo study: 'Smart' stem cells help heart failure patients Treating heart failure patients with a special type of stem cell can improve their condition, according to a new Mayo Clinic study published this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/health/mayo-study-smart-stem-cells?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis officer seriously bitten in arrest Police say an officer responding to a report of a man suffering a mental health crisis in south Minneapolis suffered a serious bite injury on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/news/minneapolis-officer-seriously-bitten-during-arrest?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:34:16 -0500 U of M arctic expedition aims to document climate change stories Four educators from Minnesota leave today for a two-and-a-half week arctic expedition in Canada, where they plan to ski and fend off polar bears in between stops in several communities to help schoolchildren document stories about how climate change has affected people's lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/environment/u-of-m-arctic-expedition-aims-to-document-climate-change-stories?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 08:38:35 -0500 Frac sand mining: What are the alternatives? As companies in Wisconsin and Minnesota move ahead with plans to mine frac sand, those drilling for oil and natural gas in other states are asking whether alternatives might someday be cheaper than shipping the sand hundreds of miles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/09/environment/frac-sand-mining-what-are-the-alternatives?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:52:08 -0500 Minn. survivors to mark Holocaust tonight The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas is marking Holocaust Remembrance Day Monday night with an event featuring Minnesota survivors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/08/news/holocaust-remembrance-day?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 12:48:21 -0500 Minn. companies eager to fill demand for frac sand despite uncertainty Despite a slowing trend in the frac sand industry, several Minnesota companies are moving ahead with their plans to open new mines in the southeastern part of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/08/business/frac-sand-mining-minnesota-firms?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 11:46:14 -0500 Charges dropped against 1 Shattuck teacher Charges have been dropped against a former Shattuck-St. Mary's School teacher who had been accused of abusing a 14-year-old boy in 1980. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/04/news/former-shattuck-teacher-abuse-charges-dropped?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 12:25:00 -0500 Fargo mayor optimistic as flooding nears Crews in Fargo will start filling sandbags Wednesday to prepare for possible flooding in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/regional/fargo-mayor-walaker-flood?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 08:25:53 -0500 Pothole season: Repair crews keeping up so far Road maintenance crews are bracing for some busy days of pothole filling as temperatures warm up, but one official said he doesn't expect it to be a bad year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/29/news/pothole-season?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:03:21 -0500 Can your robot throw a Frisbee? Minn. high schoolers compete to find out This year 180 Minnesota schools have FIRST Robotics teams. That compares with just two teams in 2006, when Lawrence first became involved. In fact, more Minnesota schools have robotics teams than hockey teams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/29/education/minnesota-high-school-robotics-competition?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 07:18:54 -0500 St. Paul police: Man killed wife and her brother with sharp object A 31-year-old man killed his wife and her brother with a sharp object during a domestic dispute, St. Paul police said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/26/news/saint-paul-killing?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:12:56 -0500 Supervalu eliminating about 600 Minnesota jobs Eden Prairie-based grocery giant Supervalu will cut about 1,100 positions from its national workforce, including about 600 in Minnesota, the company announced Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/26/supervalu-eliminating-about-600-minnesota-jobs?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 08:16:38 -0500 Frac sand documentary in Red Wing tonight A Minnesota filmmaker says he hopes his documentary about frac sand mining will help policy makers understand how the issue is affecting residents and communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/22/environment/frac-sand-documentary-in-red-wing-tonight?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 06:36:14 -0500 12-year-old arrested in New Prague Middle School hoax A 12-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after police say he falsely reported a shooting at New Prague Middle School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/20/news/new-prague?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:18:47 -0500 Senate majority leader previews budget framework Senate DFL leaders will release their budget priorities Wednesday, a day after House DFL leaders released theirs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/20/bakk_targets?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 07:31:26 -0500 How Minnesota and Wisconsin's frac sand mining rules differ A list of frac sand mining environmental regulations and a description of how each state approaches them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/politics/how-minnesota-and-wisconsins-frac-sand-mining-rules-differ?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:31:54 -0500 Minnesota's frac sand mining rules already outweigh Wisconsin's Mining experts say Minnesota's frac sand rules are already more stringent than Wisconsin's, and that could affect the industry's growth in the two states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/politics/frac-sand-mining-minnesota-wisconsin?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Mayo: Not enough girls getting HPV vaccine A larger percentage of parents say they won't have their teen daughters vaccinated for human papilloma virus, or HPV, a Mayo Clinic study has found. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/mayo-not-enough-girls-getting-hpv-vaccine?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 08:40:59 -0500 Triclosan ban bill in Minn. Senate stalls A state Senate committee has stalled efforts to ban a substance commonly found in antibacterial soap. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/14/politics/triclosan-ban-bill-in-minnesota-senate-stalls?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:07:06 -0500 St. Charles rejects major frac sand facility The St. Charles City Council on Tuesday rejected a land annexation request that could have made way for a major frac sand processing facility within city limits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/st-charles-rejects-major-frac-sand-facility?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:09:01 -0500 Partial BPA, formaldehyde bans considered Formaldehyde is sometimes released from chemicals in personal care products like bubble bath. BPA -- bisphenol -- has been used to line baby food jar lids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/health/bpa-formaldehyde-bans-eyed-by-lawmakers?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 07:10:19 -0500 Lawmakers consider banning triclosan, other chemicals A state Senate panel on Tuesday will consider making Minnesota the first state to ban triclosan, a common ingredient in antibacterial soap. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/12/environment/lawmakers-ban-triclosan?refid=0 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 IBM moving Rochester production to NY, Mexico IBM says it's moving three of its product manufacturing operations out of Rochester. The changes will start later this year and be completed in mid-2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/06/ibm-moving-rochester-production-to-mexico-ny?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 09:45:24 -0600 Lynn Seibel: Chronology of alleged abuse at Shattuck-St. Mary's The following is a timeline of the events that led to Lynn Seibel being charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct related to his alleged actions while teaching at Shattuck-St. Mary's, a private boarding school in Faribault, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/05/news/lynn-seibel-chronology-of-alleged-abuse-at-shattuckst-marys?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 06:22:00 -0600 Shattuck-St. Mary's victims silent on abuse, until one was charged with his own crime Shattuck-St. Mary's is a private Episcopal school with about 400 middle and high school students. Given the school's national reputation as a hockey powerhouse, as well as a general reluctance among victims of sexual abuse to talk about their past, the six victims listed in court documents might be the only ones who come forward. And for those six, the process for some has involved finally realizing that they were victims of sexual abuse, investigators said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/news/shattuck-st-marys-victims-silent-on-abuse-until-one-was-charged-with-his-own-crime?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 06:20:00 -0600 Minn. to stop buying products with triclosan Gov. Dayton has signed an executive order that moves Minnesota state agencies from buying hand soaps and other cleaning products that contain the chemical triclosan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/environment/tryclosan-ban?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 13:45:54 -0600 Seeking rate hike, Xcel defends employee pay In the midst of an effort to win a 10.7 percent rate hike that it says it needs to remain competitive, executives at energy utility Xcel are defending the money it spends on employee compensation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/business/xcel-rate-increase?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 08:34:20 -0600 Frac sand mining moratorium bill stirs debate After a state Senate committee approved a one-year moratorium on new silica sand mines, lawmakers are debating whether Minnesota should place tougher regulations on silica sand mining. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/27/news/silica-sand-mining-moratorium-bill-debate?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Senate panel approves frac sand mining moratorium The measure was approved despite warnings from industry officials that the legislation would stifle job growth and put Minnesota at a competitive disadvantage with its neighbor, Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/26/poitics/senate-panel-frac-sand-mining-moratorium?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:04:21 -0600 Committee to vote on frac sand regulation bill A busload of concerned citizens from southeastern Minnesota will attend a hearing today on legislation that would regulate the silica sand mining industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/26/news/committee-to-vote-on-frac-sand-regulation-bill?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Study: Flu vaccine only 9 pct. effective for elderly New data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that many older adults become sick with the flu despite being vaccinated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/21/health/flu-shot-efficacy?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:48:27 -0600 Frac sand firm agrees to voluntary environmental reviews for proposed SE Minn. mines A frac sand mining company proposing two mines in Winona County has agreed to conduct an in-depth environmental review of the projects voluntarily, officials said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/21/environment/frac-sand-firm-voluntary-review?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:50:55 -0600 Minn. bill would stop wolf hunting for 5 years The bill introduced Thursday also says the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources can implement a hunting season after five years only if a hunting season is deemed necessary for controlling the wolf population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/21/politics/wolf-hunt-ban-bill?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:25:55 -0600 Driver's license data privacy breach incites outrage, but also indifference A month after the DNR released details of an investigation concluding John Hunt had accessed thousands of driver's records for no work-related reason, many of the people he looked up are still left wondering why. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/21/drivers-license-data-privacy-breach?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:00:15 -0600 Driver's license data breach: More Public Insight Network reaction We asked members of MPR's Public Insight Network how they would react if they received such a letter. We also asked them how the state should prevent such incidents or respond to them when they happen. Here are some of their responses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/21/drivers-license-data-breach-public-insight-network?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 06:51:15 -0600 Auditor: State not adequately monitoring use of driver's license database The state does little monitoring of records searches to ensure the driver's license database isn't being misused, a new report says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/20/politics/data-privacy-drivers-license-database-legislative-auditor-report?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:34:18 -0600 Half of Minn. 3rd graders have had cavities Minnesota health officials on Tuesday said they plan to put new emphasis on oral health, saying it's an often-overlooked aspect of human health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/19/health/half-of-minn-3rd-graders-have-had-cavities?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:52:30 -0600 AG asks court to shut down wind energy firm Attorney General Lori Swanson on Wednesday asked a judge to shut down a wind energy development company accused of failing to keep its promises to dozens of Minnesota farmers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/13/news/swanson-wind-energy-firm-suit?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:29:02 -0600 Oakdale mother held son in arms after shooting Devin Aryal was riding home with his mother from day care when a man opened fire on their minivan, killing him, his mother Melissa said Tuesday. She looked in the backseat and saw the back windshield was broken and discovered her son slumped over and unconscious with a gunshot wound to his head. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/12/news/police-arrest-man-in-oakdale-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:39:22 -0600 New nonprofit supports DNR moose research A new nonprofit organization hopes to help save Minnesota's moose population after the DNR announced this week that the state's moose population has dropped by more than a third in just the past year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/09/environment/saving-minnesota-moose-fundraiser?refid=0 Sat, 09 Feb 2013 10:06:49 -0600 Charges filed in DNR data breach case A DNR probe found that the now-fired worker had accessed the records of 5,000 individuals without a job-related reason to do so. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/07/news/dnr-employee-charges-filed?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:43:28 -0600 Report: Health care overhaul would reduce hospitals' costs In 2011, uncompensated care cost hospitals $308 million, and without the federal Affordable Care Act it would grow to about $319 million by 2016, said the report issued Wednesday by the health department's Health Economics Program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/07/report-health-care-overhaul-would-reduce-hospitals-costs?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 08:43:04 -0600 DNR: No moose hunting season after population drop A new aerial survey of moose in northeastern Minnesota shows the population has dropped dramatically, prompting the DNR to cancel this year's moose hunting season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/06/environment/minnesota-moose-hunting-season-canceled?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:03:51 -0600 New data privacy lawsuit filed against DNR employee Four women have filed a lawsuit against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources employee accused of looking up their driver's license records. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/05/new-data-privacy-lawsuit-filed-against-dnr?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 09:45:19 -0600 Input sought on changes to DNR endangered species list The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants the public to weigh in on whether it should consider moose, Canada lynx, and about 180 other plant and animal species to be endangered, threatened or of special concern. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/02/environment/dnr-endangered-species-list?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Flu season in Minn. has peaked; more deaths reported With the number of hospitalizations and outbreaks down for the third week in a row, the illness has peaked, said Kris Ehresmann, director of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the Health Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/31/health/flu-season-has-peaked-more-deaths-reported?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:11:09 -0600 State links trauma as child to poor health More than half of Minnesota adults included in a 2011 survey had an adverse childhood experience that could be linked to poor health outcomes later in life, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/28/health/minnesota-department-of-health-adverse-childhood-report?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:10:12 -0600 Flu vaccine: Online forum helps clinics share info Some clinics are already out of the vaccine, but the viral illness is still widespread in Minnesota, and the demand for the vaccine is still high. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/28/health/flu-vaccine-online-forum-helps-clinics-share-info?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:59:38 -0600 DNR IDs employee involved in data breach The state employee accused of accessing the records of 5,000 Minnesota drivers was identified Friday as the administrative manager of the Department of Natural Resources' Enforcement Division. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/25/politics/dnr-names-employee-involved-in-data-breach?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:00:38 -0600 Minn. AG sues wind energy firm for cheating farmers Several Minnesota farmers are out hundreds of thousands of dollars after they say a wind energy developer failed to keep its promises when installing small-scale wind turbines on their property. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/25/news/swanson-sues-wind-energy-firm?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:47:59 -0600 Lawmakers to DNR: Reveal who looked up driver data State lawmakers and a public data expert on Wednesday said the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources should release the name of the employee who improperly accessed driver's license data on 5,000 individuals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/23/politics/lawmakers-dnr-private-driver-data?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:48:49 -0600 Triclosan pollutes Minnesota lakes, U of M study finds Increasing amounts of triclosan, a common antibacterial agent used in soaps and other products, has been detected in Minnesota lakes, according to the results of a new University of Minnesota study. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/22/environment/triclosan-pollutes-minnesota-lakes-u-of-m-study-finds?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2013 07:58:01 -0600 Reports of tech support scam in Minn. Consumer advocates are warning of a tech support scam in which someone is calling Minnesotans offering to help with computer problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/19/regional/tech-support-scam?refid=0 Sat, 19 Jan 2013 11:52:27 -0600 Lack of snow muddling some Minn. events The Minnesota tourism industry is facing a disappointing year for snow so far this winter. Already, the lack of snow in northern Minnesota forced the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon to push back the race by more than a month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/19/regional/lack-of-snow-muddling-minnesota-events?refid=0 Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:49:33 -0600 Teams gather in Mpls. for US Pond Hockey Hockey players from across the country have descended on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis for the annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championships. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/18/regional/teams-in-minneapolis-for-us-pond-hockey?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:16:29 -0600 Mississippi River needs consensus to ensure sustainable future, conservationists say Minnesota conservation groups, farmers and researchers joined a Louisiana-based group on Thursday to discuss threats to the Mississippi River and ways to overcome them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/17/environment/mississippi-river-sustainable-future?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:34:35 -0600 Minn. receives two failing grades in 'State of Tobacco Control' report The American Lung Association will release Wednesday its an annual report that tracks policies related to tobacco and tobacco prevention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/16/daily-circuit-state-of-tobacco?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:00:00 -0600 Legislation: more restrictions on debt buyers Debt buyers would have to supply more evidence when filing claims against Minnesota consumers under legislation being introduced this week, Attorney General Lori Swanson said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/14/law/legislation-aims-to-place-more-restrictions-on-debt-buyers?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:44:27 -0600 Metro Realtors predict home prices will rise The two groups representing real estate agents in the Twin Cities on Friday said they expect home prices will improve by 8 to 12 percent in 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/11/business/twin-cities-home-prices?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 14:28:56 -0600 Lawmaker wants paid sick time requirement A spike in flu cases in Minnesota has some questioning whether employers should be required to offer their workers paid sick time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/10/health/flu-paid-sick-time?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:45:23 -0600 Prep under way for U.S. Pond Hockey Championships at Lake Nokomis Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis will host the event again this year, and organizers say they have the 12 inches of ice needed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/10/news/pond-hockey-championships-prep?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:09:18 -0600 Vulnerable adults protection: Lawmakers push for tougher background checks Minnesota lawmakers gathered Wednesday to push legislation at both the state and federal levels aimed at protecting vulnerable adults from financial exploitation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/09/politics/vulnerable-adult-legislation?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2013 13:19:41 -0600 Minn. enviros urge against more crude oil transport Some Minnesota environmental groups are urging state regulators to prevent more crude oil from being transported through the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/environment/alberta-clipper-oil-pipeline-expansion?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 15:10:29 -0600 Metro Transit workers approve new contract Metro Transit workers voted Monday to approve a new three-year contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/07/labor/metro-transit-workers-vote-to-approve-new-contract-?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 19:00:23 -0600 Metro Transit workers voting on contract Union leaders say proposed contract gives workers a 2 percent raise in each of the next three years. Health benefits remain the same. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/07/news/metro-transit-workers-contract-vote?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 09:45:20 -0600 House to hold hearing on economic impact of NHL, orchestra lockouts As the the NHL lockout drags into it's fourth month, a Minnesota legislator is planning to hold a hearing about the economic impact the lockout is having. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/04/daily-circuit-house-hearing-nhl--lockout?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 08:51:16 -0600 Flu widespread; hospitalizations spike New preliminary statistics released by the Minnesota Department of Health show there were 226 people hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza. An additional two deaths were reported, bringing total deaths for the season to four. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/04/health/flu-widespread-in-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 08:30:09 -0600 2012 Minn. traffic deaths up slightly Traffic deaths in 2012 increased slightly -- the first time in a decade -- according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/03/accident/traffic-deaths-increase?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 15:05:37 -0600 Minn. orchestras to meet, negotiate contracts with musicians We'll talk with a mediator about the meetings scheduled today between management and locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Will mediators be able to break the impasse? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/02/daily-circuit-orchestra-negotiations?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 08:33:08 -0600 HealthPartners, Park Nicollet have merged The new organization will go by the name HealthPartners, but the hospitals and clinics that are part of the system will keep their current names. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/02/business/healthpartners-park-nicollet-complete-merger?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 08:16:21 -0600 Flu season could be worst one in years The state health department and Minnesota health systems say this could be the worst flu season they've seen in years, with flu case numbers so far rivaling those seen during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Hospitalizations are up, and some Twin Cities area hospitals are at or near capacity due to a surge in flu cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/31/health/flu-season-is-worst-in-years?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:22:05 -0600 Science Museum shines spotlight on diversity The Science Fusion series kicks off Jan. 5 with African Americans in Science, inviting museum visitors to interact with African Americans who have careers in science, technology, engineering and math. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/29/regional/museum-events-scientists-of-color?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 1 hurt in Mpls. fire; building to be razed One person suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation after a morning fire at an eight-unit condo building in Uptown Minneapolis, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/28/news/uptown-minneapolis-fire?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:30:00 -0600 Dayton spine surgery today at Mayo Clinic Gov. Mark Dayton will be at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester today for back surgery to deal with a painful condition known as stenosis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/27/politics/dayton-spine-surgery?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 11:10:14 -0600 High court will hear subcontracting appeal The Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from two companies that want to keep their contract for work on a school construction project private. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/26/regional/minn-construction-case-appeal?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 12:49:35 -0600 Bellecourt says he will fight 'illegal' arrest Longtime American Indian activist Clyde Bellecourt said he will fight any possible charges after being arrested earlier this week at a protest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/26/news/bellecourt-arrest?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 08:11:58 -0600 State extends deadline for flood aid Residents in northeastern Minnesota who suffered property damage from flash floods in June have more time to apply for loans to pay for repairs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/22/regional/minn-flood-assistance?refid=0 Sat, 22 Dec 2012 10:13:45 -0600 Minn. parents: How we talked to our kids about the Newtown shooting We asked Minnesota parents in MPR's Public Insight Network to share their thoughts following the school shooting in Connecticut on Friday. We also asked them what it's been like to talk to their children about the incident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/19/news/minnesota-parents-newtown-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:50:59 -0600 Minn. teachers reflect on Newtown, Conn. shooting We asked Minnesota teachers in MPR's Public Insight Network to share their thoughts following the school shooting in Connecticut on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/19/news/minnesota-teachers-newtown-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:47:23 -0600 Internet payday lender settles Minnesota lawsuit Sure Advance LLC, based in Delaware, also agreed to stop lending to Minnesota customers unless the company registers to do business in the state and complies with state interest rate caps and other consumer protection laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/19/business/internet-payday?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 10:20:54 -0600 Caribou Coffee sold; plans to keep Minneapolis HQ A German holding company has bought Caribou Coffee for $340 million, the companies announced Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/business/caribou-merger?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 08:14:24 -0600 School shootings: Are Minnesota schools prepared? After Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., we wanted to look at how Minnesota schools prepare for such an event. Did schools make changes after the 2005 Red Lake school shooting? How does Minnesota compare with other states? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/daily-circuit-minn-school-safety?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 07:10:05 -0600 Lilydale Park fans clash over upcoming makeover The St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department is using Legacy Amendment money to prepare to build a new road and picnic shelter in Lilydale Park, and encountering a controversy as it does so. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/14/environment/lilydale-park-makeover?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Minn. AG reaches settlement with big debt buyer Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson on Wednesday announced a settlement in the lawsuit she filed in 2011 against one of the country's largest debt buyers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/12/news/swanson-midland-funding-settlement?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:07:31 -0600 Car tips to stay out of the shop, on the road Stalled vehicles have been a common sight on Minnesota roads this week with the winter blast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/12/news/car-stalling-explainer?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 08:39:39 -0600 Luther Sem president resigns amid school's fiscal struggles Luther Seminary's president has resigned as the school struggles financially, officials said in a news release. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/12/luther-seminary-president-resigns?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 07:11:45 -0600 Minn. AG weighs next move on Asian carp Minnesota and four other states are discussing their next move after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit asking that government officials be ordered to place barriers in Chicago-area waterways to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/04/environment/state-response-asian-carp-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:44:55 -0600 Emerson in Shakopee will add 400 jobs A division of Emerson Electronics Co. is asking for state and local financial incentives to bring 500 jobs to a vacant plant in Shakopee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/04/business/emerson-shakopee-400-new-jobs?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2012 10:02:03 -0600 Police call Cold Spring officer's shooting an ambush A police officer was shot and killed in Cold Spring late Thursday night after responding to a call about a man thought to be suicidal, and authorities say they have arrested someone in connection with the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/30/news/police-officer-killed-in-cold-spring?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:07:59 -0600 Mpls. will use traffic signs to warn of snow emergencies Minneapolis city officials are adding one more way to notify residents of snow emergencies. This winter, electronic traffic signs in downtown Minneapolis will now tell people if a snow emergency is in effect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/27/news/minneapolis-snow-emergency-billboards?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:49:14 -0600 Northstar eyes Twins in ridership drop Metro Transit officials say there's been a slight decline in ridership on its Northstar Commuter Rail over last year and it's attributing the drop in part to a bad season for the Minnesota Twins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/27/business/northstar-ridership?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:13:29 -0600 Mpls. plans greenhouse gas reduction forums The draft Climate Action Plan will eventually go before the City Council and will lead to policy changes. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/11/minneapolis-seeks-input-on-climate-change-plan.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 08:41:52 -0600 4th year for holiday lights recycling effort As Minnesotans put out their holiday lights, recycling bins are waiting for the strands that don't work or are being replaced by energy efficient LEDs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/24/environment/holiday-lights-recycle?refid=0 Sat, 24 Nov 2012 15:57:38 -0600 Work group issues advice on parks Legacy funding A work group charged with studying how Legacy Amendment parks funding should be distributed presented its recommendations to Minnesota state officials Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/21/environment/legacy-funds-for-parks-system?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 14:41:39 -0600 Privacy and health monitoring: What you need to know Deven McGraw, director of the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington, spoke to MPR's Elizabeth Dunbar about the implications of the health monitoring programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/20/privacy-employee-healthcare-explainer?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:20:03 -0600 Employee health monitoring raises privacy concerns As Minnesota workers weigh their health insurance options for next year, more are being offered financial incentives to participate in wellness programs that monitor their health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/20/health-monitoring-raises-privacy-concerns?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:57:11 -0600 William Alexander: Winning National Book Award 'surreal' William Alexander's debut novel "Goblin Secrets," received the Young People's Literature Prize. The fantasy story is about a boy in search of his brother, set in a world where acting is illegal unless you are a goblin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/16/arts/alexander-goblin-secrets?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 08:45:31 -0600 Federal food safety program to end in Minn. State agriculture officials are phasing out a federally funded program that allows them to test produce for things like E.coli and salmonella. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/14/health/federal-food-safety-program-to-end-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:06:44 -0600 Fourth Minnesotan with meningitis sues A Ham Lake woman who contracted meningitis from contaminated steroid shots is suing a New England pharmacy company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/13/health/fourth-minnesota-meningitis-victim-sues?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:48:06 -0600 Many DFLers lead districts where marriage amendment passed Will legislators in districts where the amendment passed back legalization? It turns out, many of them are DFLers. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/11/many_dflers_in.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 09:01:14 -0600 Bakk: Amendment vote was not a mandate to legalize same-sex marriage Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate elected their leaders Thursday as they prepare to take control of the Legislature in January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/09/daily-circuit-tom-bakk-majority-leader?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 08:27:23 -0600 Graves concedes 6th District to Bachmann Graves was trailing Bachmann by about 3,900 votes with 99 percent of precincts reporting on Wednesday morning. The Associated Press called the race for Bachmann just before 4 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/politics/bachmann-graves-recount-possible?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 10:05:11 -0600 Hunting season opens amid wave of gear sales Minnesota's firearms deer season began Saturday. The season has a big impact on the retailers who sell hunting gear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/03/regional/deer-season?refid=0 Sat, 03 Nov 2012 15:01:44 -0500 Most wolf-hunt permits going to hunters in northern Minnesota When Minnesota's wolf-hunt season opens on Saturday, many of the permitted hunters will likely have seen a wolf before. Some have even felt the impact of the growing number of wolves. That's because wolves and most of the hunters with wolf permits call the northern half of the state home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/01/environment/wolf-hunt-permits-north-minnesota-hunters?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Recovery in metro housing market inches along The Twin Cities housing market has continued its slow recovery this fall helped out by record-low mortgage rates. Some realtors say they haven't seen the drop-off in buyer interest that usually comes when the weather gets colder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/29/twin-cities-housing-market-update?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Legacy grant audit: More public media, zoos scrutiny State officials should do a better job monitoring Legacy Amendment grants that go to zoos, museums, public radio and public TV, an audit released Thursday said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/26/news/legacy-grant-audit?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:38:18 -0500 Minn. Supreme Court asked to block wolf season Two groups have asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to block the state's wolf hunting and trapping season, which is scheduled to begin on Nov. 3. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/15/environment/minnesota-high-court-asked-to-block-wolf-season?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 13:25:58 -0500 Six injured when car strikes East Bank group Police say six pedestrians sought medical help after being hit by a suspected drunken driver near the University of Minnesota campus over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/15/news/six-injured-when-car-strikes-east-bank-group?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:02:14 -0500 Spotlight on Shattuck-St. Mary's felt beyond Minnesota's borders The private boarding and day school in Faribault is small, but it has a big reputation. Its 439 current middle and high school students hail from 39 different states and 31 countries. Some alumni pursue high-profile careers, including professional hockey and movie acting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/11/news/shattuck-st-marys-impact?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:34:16 -0500 Metro home market continues to improve The Twin Cities housing market continues showing signs of improvement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/10/business/twin-cities-housing-continues-to-improve?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:10:23 -0500 Nobel chemistry winner credits UMD years The Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to a Little Falls, Min., native who says that his experiences as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, Duluth made him want to pursue a research career. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/10/science/nobel-prize-chemistry-kobilka-umd?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 09:36:24 -0500 Appeals court: School contractor must reveal subcontracts A company hired by the St. Louis County school district to manage a major construction project cannot keep its agreements with subcontractors secret, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/09/regional/appeals-court-says-school-contractor-must-reveal-subcontracts?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:23:06 -0500 28K people taking part in marathon events Nearly 28,000 people are participating in running and walking events this weekend as part of the Twin Cities Marathon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/06/regional/marathon-weekend?refid=0 Sat, 06 Oct 2012 11:18:02 -0500 Audit finds a few problems with Historical Society Legacy grants Some Legacy Amendment grants administered by the Minnesota Historical Society did not follow all policies and procedures, according to an audit released Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/politics/historical-society-audit?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 13:45:28 -0500 Friends, family attend service for shooting victim Friends and family on Wednesday gathered at the funeral for Jacob Beneke, the youngest of the six people who died last week in the workplace shooting in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/03/news/funeral-for-shooting-victim-jake-beneke?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:00:56 -0500 Road rage incident ends in shooting outside police station Charges are expected Tuesday in a road rage incident that escalated into a shooting in Isanti over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/01/crime/road-rage-incident-ends-shooting-outside-police-station?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 18:07:55 -0500 Businessman, tinkerer Reuven Rahamim looked to a bright future Reuven Rahamim was a tinkerer with an entrepreneur's DNA. Hours before he was shot and killed, he talked enthusiastically of his newest projects and the legacy he one day hoped to leave behind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/28/news/profile-reuven-rahamim?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 18:04:07 -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 Timberwolves' Rubio exercises injured knee; not practicing with team Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio is exercising his injured knee on the treadmill but said he still can't practice with the team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/27/sport/timberwolves-ricky-rubio?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:45:08 -0500 Church vandalism suspect in custody Police in Buffalo, Minn., say they're making progress on an investigation into vandalism incidents at several churches. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/26/regional/vandalism-at-buffalo-churches?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 06:00:17 -0500 MnDOT wages October campaign for pedestrian safety October is the month public safety officials say is most dangerous for pedestrians. The days are shorter, the nights longer, and drivers have a harder time seeing pedestrians. The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be with waving signs in busy intersections today to encourage drivers and pedestrians to watch out for each other. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/mndot-october-campaign-pedestrian-safety?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Audit: Arts Board can improve oversight of Legacy funds The Minnesota State Arts Board should do a better job monitoring the artists and arts groups that receive Legacy Amendment funds, according to a new report by the Legislative Auditor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/20/politics/audit-says-arts-board-can-improve-oversight-of-legacy-funds?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:19:50 -0500 Census survey data: Minn. economy stabilizing After several years of recessionary declines, Minnesota's economy began to stabilize last year, according to new survey data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/20/social-issue/census-minnesota-economy-stabilizing?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Demographer: Minn. poverty, income census data not certain New census data showing Minnesota's median household income improving by 10 percent from 2010 to 2011 may not be accurate, the state's demographer said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/12/news/census-minnesota-poverty-rate-flat-income-up?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:30:26 -0500 Vikings' Kluwe: NFL players changing attitudes toward gays Chris Kluwe, the Minnesota Vikings punter who has made his position against the proposed ban on same-sex marriage public, said Wednesday he's received "overwhelmingly positive" feedback on his comments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/12/sports/vikings-kluwe-not-as-homophobic-as-it-once-was?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 07:42:38 -0500 MN woman loses song sharing appeal A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court and says a Minnesota woman who shared songs online owes record companies $222,000 for copyright violations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/11/news/minnesota-woman-loses-music-downloading-appeal?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:45:07 -0500 New Hastings bridge 'a gawker issue' The bridge span, weighing 6.5 million pounds, was rolled onto barges Sunday and is waiting upstream from the construction site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/10/news/hastings-bridge?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2012 08:28:36 -0500 Engaging teens in pregnancy prevention may be paying off Amid the lunchroom hubbub at South High School in Minneapolis, a group of students wearing matching black sweatshirts strikes up a conversation about teen pregnancy with a group of eight boys. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/16/teens-pregnancy-prevention?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Health care workers vote on possible strike The 3,500 members of the Service Employees International Union's health care unit work at Fairview, Children's, Health East, North Memorial and Park Nicollet hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/14/health-care-workers-strike-vote?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 08:09:25 -0500 Central Corridor light rail half-way complete Utility relocation, roadway removal and replacement, track installation and structures at 18 stations will be mostly complete by the end of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/14/central-corridor?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 08:06:23 -0500 Under fire, Accretive plans data release Sen. Al Franken had asked Accretive Health to answer questions about its debt collection activities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/11/accretive-data?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2012 10:13:32 -0500 Minn. Senate leaders review the session The Minnesota Legislative session adjourned sine die Thursday. The Senate leaders will join us to review the session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/11/daily-circuit-senate-review-bakk-senjem?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2012 15:00:00 -0500 May rains bring good news: Drought eases New data released Thursday show most of Minnesota is recovering from drought, thanks to wet weather in the first week of May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/10/drought-report?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2012 10:01:16 -0500 Accretive says AG probe impacts business Accretive Health, the Chicago-based company under investigation by the Minnesota attorney general, said Wednesday the case is causing delays in signing new contracts with health providers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/accretive-health-folo?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 12:35:15 -0500 Chicago mayor weighs in on Accretive Health-attorney general flap Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is asking Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson to resume talks with Accretive Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/08/politics/rahm-emanuel-swanson-accretive-letter?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 11:12:34 -0500 CDC: Obesity rate to hit 42 pct. by 2030 New data released Monday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show obesity will continue to be a costly epidemic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/07/health-obesity-rate?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 14:42:03 -0500 First female bishop of Mpls. synod installed The first woman to lead the Minneapolis synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America has officially begun her duties as bishop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/07/religion/elca-female-bishop?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 13:22:25 -0500 Two new approved projects are expected to bring jobs to Iron Range The board charged with investing in development on the state's Iron Range has approved funding for two projects that will create more jobs in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/iron-range-jobs?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 14:21:42 -0500 U of M Senate opposes marriage amendment The University of Minnesota Senate has voted to oppose a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/social_issue/university-of-minnesota-senate-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 08:13:25 -0500 Accretive Health accuses AG of misleading public The health contractor subject to a lawsuit and investigation by Attorney General Lori Swanson is fighting back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/02/accretive-response?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2012 18:51:29 -0500 New law to fund invasive species research Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a Legacy bill into law that provides funding for a new invasive species research center at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/02/environment/university-of-minnesota-invasive-species-research-center?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2012 12:07:38 -0500 Expert to parents: Secure window screens Safety experts are reminding parents to take care when opening windows to ensure children don't fall or jump out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/02/parents-window-screen-safety?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2012 11:32:16 -0500 More severe weather possible Wednesday Thunderstorms have moved out of Minnesota, but forecasters say there's another chance for severe weather tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/02/severe-weather?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2012 08:46:22 -0500 Group to share list of accused Catholic clerics Minnesota members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests are releasing Tuesday a list of 130 clerics accused of sexual abuse in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/catholic-abuse-victims-list?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 12:14:45 -0500 BNSF settles in Anoka crash A long legal battle for the families of four young people who died in a train crash in Anoka is over after the railroad decided not to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/bnsf-settlement?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 11:19:19 -0500 Accretive asks judge to dismiss attorney general's lawsuit The company that has helped Fairview Health Services and North Memorial Medical Center collect debts from patients has asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/accretive-seeks-lawsuit-dismissal?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:58:36 -0500 Dayton likely to sign higher fishing, hunting fees Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign a game and fish bill that raises new revenue for the Department of Natural Resources. The House and Senate gave final approval to the bill over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/dayton-signs-fish-and-game-bill?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:57:58 -0500 Citing safety, Dayton vetoes fireworks bill Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the sale and use of more powerful backyard fireworks in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/fireworks-veto?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 08:50:00 -0500 Dayton signs health and human services bill Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a health and human services bill into law that will restore some of the budget cuts made during last year's session. He's holding a ceremonial bill signing in his office Monday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/health-and-human-services-bill-signing?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 07:54:41 -0500 Allina Health launches healthy neighborhoods program A new initiative kicking off at the Minneapolis Farmers Market on Sunday hopes to support healthy communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/28/allinia-health-neighborhood-health-connection?refid=0 Sat, 28 Apr 2012 13:08:02 -0500 Health care union: Debt collector's work affects contract negotiations The state attorney general's investigation of a hospital debt collector is affecting union contract negotiations at two Twin Cities hospital systems, union leaders said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/health-care-union-debt-collectors-work-affects-contract-negotiations?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 16:38:00 -0500 AG: Fairview debt collector illegally used patient data Attorney General Lori Swanson on Tuesday released the results of her office's investigation into Fairview Health Services' relationship with a debt collection company she has accused of violating federal and state patient privacy and debt collection laws. Swanson said the results provide further evidence that Accretive Health engaged in illegal activity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/fairview-debt-collector-investigation?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:00:10 -0500 State urges parents to get infants immunized State health officials this week are reminding parents to have their infants vaccinated against a host of preventable diseases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/25/immunization?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 10:04:45 -0500 Human Services commissioner testifying before Congress on Medicaid Minnesota's Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson will testify Wednesday at a hearing in Washington on government oversight of Medicaid programs. MPR News reporter Elizabeth Dunbar gives us the details. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/25/daily-circuit-ucare-medicaid?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:28:20 -0500 Emergency pill distribution drill planned Federal public health officials will have their eyes on Minnesota on May 6, when local postal workers and the Minnesota Department of Health distribute pill bottles to about 37,000 households in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/23/emergency-pill-distribution-drill-planned?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 15:07:23 -0500 Abortion bills part of end-of-session mix The House and Senate both held floor votes this week on two separate abortion-related bills. The votes came as other work -- such as a health care spending bill and a tax bill -- remain unfinished, prompting criticism from opponents of the abortion measures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/19/abortion-bills-in-minnesota-legislature?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 17:13:36 -0500 STD cases rise to new high in Minn. A new report from state health officials says the number of sexually transmitted diseases has climbed to a new record in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/19/std-report?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:02:34 -0500 Human Services commissioner to testify before Congress on Medicaid A congressional hearing next week will focus heavily on questions over Medicaid accountability in Minnesota, state lawmakers announced Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/human-services-commissioner-to-testify?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 18:01:23 -0500 Abortion restriction bills advance at Capitol The House and Senate have each passed separate legislation that would place restrictions on clinics that provide abortions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/abortion-restriction-bills-advance-at-capitol?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 14:55:48 -0500 Free speech claimed in online suicide case A Faribault man's attorney on Wednesday will ask an appeals court to throw out his client's conviction for encouraging suicides over the Internet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/melchert-dinkel-online-suicides?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 06:41:12 -0500 W.V. contaminant study similar to Twin Cities concern A study from West Virginia links two types of cancer to exposure to a chemical similar to that also found in some east Twin Cities metro area wells. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/study-pfoa-cancer?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 17:32:49 -0500 Health department: Fridley cancer rate not unusual Minnesota Department of Health research concludes that an elevated cancer rate in Fridley was likely due to a high lung cancer rate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/health-department-fridley-cancer-rate-not-unusual?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 19:03:41 -0500 State funds for medical training in limbo University of Minnesota Medical School officials and clinic administrators throughout Minnesota say the state will find it difficult to retain young doctors without continued government support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/state-funds-for-medical-training-in-limbo?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 18:00:09 -0500 Corporate watchdog group: Get rid of hospital McDonald's restaurants Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis is one of 22 hospitals across the country being asked to get rid of its McDonald's restaurant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/11/corporate-watchdog-group-pushes-to-get-rid-of-hospital-mcdonalds-restaurants?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:58:35 -0500 Minn. teen birth rate drops 19% Minnesota's teen birth rate dropped 19 percent from 2007 through 2010, giving it the eighth-lowest rate in the nation, according to new numbers released Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/10/minnesota-teen-birth-rate?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:56:45 -0500 U of M study: soy helps ease hot flashes Certain soy supplements could help menopausal women experiencing hot flashes, according to new research from the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/09/soy-menopause-hot-flashes?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 17:34:29 -0500 Franken, Dayton lead higher-ed cost meeting Two Minnesota politicians will meet with higher education leaders Monday to talk about college affordability. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/09/higher-education-costs?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 06:52:04 -0500 St. Jude Medical wants retraction from health journal St. Jude Medical is asking a journal to retract a study by a Minneapolis cardiologist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/06/stjude-journal-retraction?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 20:50:06 -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 Senate passes health services bill, restoring some cuts The Minnesota Senate has passed its health and human services spending bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/06/senate-health-human-service-bill?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 MPCA: Skin products with mercury removed from store shelves State officials say they've successfully removed the skin-lightening products that contain mercury from store shelves, after an investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/04/mercury-in-skin-lightening-creams?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 16:19:04 -0500 Health rankings: Steele, Olmsted rank high; Cass, Beltrami struggle An annual rankings project on Tuesday named Steele County Minnesota's healthiest county, but the report shows some Minnesota counties continue to struggle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/minnesota-health-rankings?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 00:01:00 -0500 Mayo study: Skin cancer rates rising rapidly among young adults Melanoma rates among young women are eight-times higher than they were 40 years ago, according to a study published by Mayo Clinic researchers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/mayo-study-skin-cancer-rates-rising-rapidly?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Suspected synthetic drug lab raid in St. Paul Authorities in Ramsey County say they've found a suspected synthetic drug lab in a St. Paul apartment and arrested two people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/st-paul-synthetic-drug-lab?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 08:41:25 -0500 State setting health standards for emerging contaminants Health officials are turning their attention to little-known chemicals including those in fragrances, prescription drugs and bug spray. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/28/emerging-contaminents-state-standards?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 15:53:08 -0500 Study: Higher co-pays cut into medications for kids with asthma Children with asthma don't always get enough of their medications, say findings of a University of Minnesota study. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/study-asthma-medication?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 16:27:15 -0500 Activist sues over sidewalk chalk message Occupy Minnesota protester Melissa Hill argues in the lawsuit she filed with the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota that her constitutional rights were violated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/chalk-protest?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:38:41 -0500 Judge: Personal care assistants' pay can be cut A judge says the state can pay less money to personal care assistants who care for their relatives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/judge-says-personal-care-assistants-pay-can-be-cut?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 09:00:00 -0500 U study: Minn. primary seat belt law helped reduce traffic deaths A University of Minnesota study says the number of traffic deaths in the state has dropped much lower than it would have thanks to a new seat belt law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/26/minnesota-primary-seat-belt-law-study?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:35:37 -0500 Canterbury Park horses, jockeys fare better than most in NY Times report A New York Times investigation on horse breakdowns and jockey injuries at racetracks shows Minnesota's Canterbury Park has had fewer incidents than most tracks -- 3.2 incidents per 1,000 starts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/26/canterbury-park?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:35:35 -0500 Dayton, legislators to fix budget deal problems that hurt health, human services A House committee today will take up a bill that aims to fix some of the problems created from the budget deal that ended last summer's state government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/budget-deal-fix-health-services?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Senate panel OKs GOP alternatives to health exchanges A Senate committee has advanced two Republican proposals aimed at countering the federal health care overhaul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/14/senate-committee-health-care-exchange-alternatives?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:11:52 -0500 Mayo to partner with St. Cloud cancer clinic The Mayo Clinic on Tuesday announced a St. Cloud cancer clinic will be the first member of a Mayo cancer network aimed at giving patients access to services closer to where they live. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/13/mayo-to-partner-with-saint-cloud-cancer-clinic?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:18:01 -0500 Bill for managed care plans praised in Sen. committee A Senate committee on Monday heard testimony on legislation targeting health plans that do business with the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/13/bill-managed-care-plans-praised-committee?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 In response to Grassley, UCare says donation to state was 'appropriate' UCare is defending a $30 million donation to the state, a day after Sen. Chuck Grassley said he was concerned the gift was made to avoid reimbursing the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/09/grassley-ucare-gift?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 17:13:39 -0600 At hockey safety summit, calls for skill over toughness A panel of hockey coaches, referees and other experts on Thursday said that changes to the game -- from enforcing stiffer penalties for dangerous plays to emphasizing skill instead of intimidation -- could help make the game safer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/08/mike-jablonski-hockey-safety-summit?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 14:14:30 -0600 Hockey officials, parents place greater emphasis on reducing injuries, concussions As Minnesota's top high school hockey teams take the ice during the state hockey tournament, there is greater emphasis to reduce the kind of play that can lead to concussions and other serious injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/08/concussions-youth-hockey?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 07:30:00 -0600 U of M, Mayo receive grant to study blood cancer Researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic are planning more studies on a type of blood cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/05/myelodysplastic-syndrome-research-grant?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 15:08:19 -0600 Study: Quarter of reproductive-age women lack access to insurance The study, published Friday online in the journal Women's Health Issues, looked at national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey data from 2000 to 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/02/reproductive-age-women-access-to-health-care?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 16:15:43 -0600 Nurses union pushes legislation on hospital staffing levels The union representing about 20,000 Minnesota nurses on Tuesday announced new legislation that it says would address inadequate staffing levels at hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/nurses-union-pushes-hospital-staffing-level-bill?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 15:50:13 -0600 Republicans target abortion clinics with new restrictions A Senate committee Monday will debate two bills placing restrictions on abortions and clinics that provide abortions in Minnesota through licensure and requirements for use of medication designed to end pregnancy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/27/abortion-republicans?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 08:44:27 -0600 Two bills regulating abortion advance in Senate The Senate Health and Human Services Committee today advanced two bills that would place restrictions on clinics that provide abortions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/27/senate-abortion-bills?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Minn. hospitals encouraged by FDA's cancer drug approvals Minnesota hospitals and clinics that treat cancer patients said Tuesday they are encouraged by news that two important cancer drugs will become more widely available to alleviate nationwide shortages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/21/cancer-drug-availability-minnesota-reaction?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 17:16:12 -0600 Lawmakers urged to revoke 20 percent pay cut on personal care assistants Some personal care assistants in Minnesota are urging lawmakers to revoke a new law that cuts their pay by 20 percent. The Legislature last year reduced personal care assistant wages paid to family members. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/17/disability-cuts?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 School district's consolidation legal wrangling may have statewide impact Two legal disputes involving a rural northern Minnesota school district could impact how other Minnesota school districts communicate with their constituents about tax hikes and provide financial data to the public on construction projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/15/johnson-controls-st-louis-county-statewide-impact?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:30:00 -0600 Johnson Controls deal to preserve St. Louis County schools leaves voters confused, angry Today, thanks to a voter-approved bond referendum, construction of two new schools and upgrades to three others are nearly complete in St. Louis County. The $78 million reconstruction project was directed by the very same company that pitched the consolidation — Johnson Controls. And fallout from the deal is leaving a bitter aftertaste. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/15/johnson-controls-st-louis-county-schools?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:30:00 -0600 Report shows Legacy Amendment's progress on clean water A report released Monday says it will take time to measure the impact the Legacy Amendment is having on the state's water quality. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/13/legacy-amendment-water-quality-report?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 16:50:19 -0600 Grant to expand services for parenting college students Federal funds will help pay for special support centers for pregnant or parenting students at 11 Minnesota colleges and universities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/12/minnesota-receives-grant-for-parenting-college-students?refid=0 Sun, 12 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Retailers' tobacco compliance reaches all-time high Minnesota retailers are performing better than ever in following the law against selling tobacco to minors, a new report shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/03/tobacco-sales0compliance?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 17:42:06 -0600 Fewer Minnesotans sick with the flu this season Minnesota is experiencing the mildest flu season it's had in recent years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/02/mild-flu-season?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 17:30:00 -0600 Mayo: Possible link between anesthesia, ADHD Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found an increased incidence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder among children who have been repeatedly exposed to anesthesia before age two. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/02/link-anesthesia-adhd?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 08:30:00 -0600 Study: Photos in lunch trays can up kids' vegetable intake Increasing the amount of vegetables kids eat during lunchtime could be as simple as placing photos of vegetables in their lunch trays, according to a new study by University of Minnesota researchers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/01/lunch-tray-photos-study?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2012 11:21:24 -0600 Health department begins destroying newborn blood samples The Minnesota Department of Health has begun destroying newborn blood samples to comply with a recent court ruling, officials said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/newborn-screening?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 14:12:16 -0600 AMA president visits Minn., calls for solution to Medicare payment structure The president-elect of the American Medical Association will speak to Minnesota doctors tonight in Minneapolis about scheduled cuts to Medicare payments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/ama-president-visits-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:54:32 -0600 GOP lawmaker open to collecting Internet sales tax A proposal to collect Internet sales taxes in Minnesota has support from Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican chairman of the House Taxes Committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/27/salestax?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 09:13:51 -0600 Study linking PFCs to impaired immunity in kids draws MDH attention A study released this week suggesting a link between exposure to chemicals known as perfluorinated compounds and an impaired immune system in kids should prompt more research, Minnesota health officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/pfc-study?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Charges announced against 'Native Mob' gang A 24-hour lockdown at all of Minnesota's correction facilities was lifted early Wednesday after federal investigators worked a case, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/25/minnesota-prison-lockdown?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 12:45:57 -0600 DFL leader urges GOP to skip hot-button ballot questions Republicans remain in control both the House and Senate when the Legislature convenes starting today, and DFL members say they hope the focus of their will be on job creation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/24/thissen-urges-gop-to-skip-hot-button-ballot-questions?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 10:07:17 -0600 AG sues health care service firm for alleged patient privacy violations Attorney General Lori Swanson on Thursday filed a lawsuit against a health care service firm that works with Fairview and North Memorial Hospitals, accusing it of failing to protect patient health care records and failing to disclose to patients how their records are used. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/19/swanson-accretive-health-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:09:51 -0600 Rybak disputes Dayton claim on stadium development Mayor R.T. Rybak continues to believe the current Metrodome site would be a better place to put a new stadium than Linden Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/19/vikings-stadium-rybak-dayton?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 07:39:29 -0600 Hospital mistakes causing serious injury or death lowest since 2007 The number of hospital mistakes last year that resulted in a serious injury or death was the lowest it has been since 2007, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/19/-hospital-mistakes-causing-serious-injury-or-death-lowest-since-2007?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 00:01:00 -0600 Minnesota angles to become diabetes industry leader More than a dozen small companies based in Minnesota are dedicated to some aspect of treating diabetes. And dozens more Minnesota companies have included diabetes in their work in recent years as the epidemic grows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/17/diabetes-part4?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2012 05:00:21 -0600 Nursing home staff re-trained after resident's wound is infested by maggots No citations were issued to a Plymouth nursing home where staff were re-trained after a male resident's foot wounds were infested with maggots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/10/nursing-home-retrained?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2012 15:51:27 -0600 Man who was dragged by car is in serious condition A man who was dragged by a vehicle when he tried to stop a friend from driving is in serious condition at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/09/man-dragged-from-vehicle?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2012 16:20:18 -0600 Minn. DNR announces new wolf hunting season for fall The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Friday it will propose a new wolf hunting season for as early as this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/06/new-minneosta-wolf-hunting-season?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jan 2012 16:05:17 -0600 Conservation groups: Is clean water Legacy money making a difference? Ensuring water projects funded through the state's Legacy Amendment are making a difference -- and proving it to the public -- is a major challenge, conservationists and those who oversee Legacy money acknowledged. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/05/legacy-water-conservation?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jan 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Bachmann ends White House bid Rep. Michele Bachmann announced Wednesday morning that she is suspending her bid for the White House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/04/bachmann-south-carolina-decision?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jan 2012 10:30:00 -0600 Minnesota State Arts Board to simplify grant process Many arts organizations had complained that the application process was cumbersome and confusing. In addition, some applicants had been left out of consideration for grants because they were declared ineligible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/09/minnesota-state-arts-board-simplifies-grant-process?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Bachmann puts faith in undecided voters The Minnesota congresswoman said "it's anyone's guess" who will come out on top in the Iowa caucuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/03/bachmann-morning-edition?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 10:40:58 -0600 More people relying on Salvation Army red kettles The Salvation Army is finishing up its holiday fundraising campaign and trying to reach its goal of $11.4 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/24/red-kettles?refid=0 Sat, 24 Dec 2011 16:19:33 -0600 Seasonal bombardment still paying off for charity groups It's one day closer to Christmas and your mailbox and inbox are stuffed with charity solicitations. Bells ring in your ears as you run errands. So how are you responding? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/22/seasonal-bombardment-still-paying-off-for-charity-groups?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 07:35:38 -0600 Researchers: Zebra mussels spreading fast on Lake Minnetonka Study results from June through September show the mussels have spread to nearly all of the lake's eastern bays and are moving to western areas of the lake. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2011/12/researchers-zebra-mussels-spreading-fast-on-lake-minnetonka.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 12:39:21 -0600 For some interfaith families, the holidays are a juggling act For interfaith families who celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas, December can be a hectic time -- especially this year as Hanukkah and Christmas overlap. For this family in Minnetonka, it's welcomed chaos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/21/interfaith-families?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Metal detectors not a given at Minn. courthouses Authorities in Cook County are reevaluating their security measures after a shooting Thursday left three people injured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/16/metal-detectors-courthouses?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 17:20:50 -0600 'Controversial topics' policies in Minn. school districts compared The Anoka-Hennepin School District, Minnesota's largest, on Monday will consider adopting a new controversial topics curriculum policy. Many other schools have similar policies, though each is worded slightly differently. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/12/controversial-topics-school-districts?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 10:23:21 -0600 Anoka-Hennepin's proposed 'controversial topics' policy not unique The debate over the controversial issues policy isn't likely to take place quietly in the Anoka-Hennepin district, where interest groups have been battling for years over how school officials should handle the topic of homosexuality. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/12/anoka-hennepin-compared?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 10:06:40 -0600 Anoka-Hennepin reconsiders sexual orientation policy Minnesota's largest school district is considering changes to its neutrality policy on sexual orientation, a stance that critics contend has left gay and lesbian students without protection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/08/anoka-hennepin-reconsidering-bully-policy?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2011 10:30:07 -0600 Lake Phalen holiday lights dimmed by copper thief Thieves have stolen electrical cords from the display three times in the past week, presumably for the copper. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/02/holiday-lights-cable-stolen-for-copper?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 09:10:10 -0600 Legislative Auditor: More documentation needed for Legacy Amendment The state Legislative Auditor today recommended more documentation be kept about how Legacy Amendment funds are spent to ensure lawmakers are complying with the law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/29/legacy-amendment-auditor-report?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Chesney-McGraw tickets for Target Field on sale Dec. 10 Chesney and McGraw will perform July 8 in the outfield of Target Field as part of their "Brothers in the Sun" tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/29/tickets-for-chesney-mcgraw-target-field?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2011 08:23:19 -0600 Christmas tree growers push 'green' message Christmas tree growers are trying to capitalize on their message that their products are good for the earth with a growing environmentally conscious segment of the population, including the young. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/28/green-christmas-trees?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Minn. AG pushes for tougher anti-bullying law Attorney General Lori Swanson today urged lawmakers to pass a tougher law modeled after the measure North Dakota adopted recently. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/23/minnesota-attorney-general-lori-swanson-tougher-anti-bullying-law?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2011 10:32:44 -0600 Small arts groups say programs would suffer if Legacy funds directed to stadium Legacy money is among the funding options under consideration for a new Vikings stadium. But arts groups say diverting the money would mean a drop in the quality and quantity of art programs statewide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/21/arts-groups-oppose-diverting-legacy-to-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2011 10:00:00 -0600 Report: 8 percent of Minn. mortgages made during bubble end in foreclosure A little more than 8 percent of the mortgages made in Minnesota during the height of the housing bubble have ended in foreclosure, according to a national consumer group's report released Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/17/minnesota-mortgages-foreclosure-bubble-report?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 14:56:29 -0600 Oak Park Heights mayor opposes St. Croix bridge through his city Oak Park Heights Mayor David Beaudet has been fighting efforts to build a freeway-style bridge across the St. Croix River and through his city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/16/st-croix-bridge-opposed-by-mayor?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 08:11:05 -0600 Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw to give Target Field's first concert The singers will bring their "Brothers in the Sun Tour" to Minneapolis on July 8. It's one of 18 stadium shows across the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/14/chesney-mcgraw-first-target-field-concert?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 08:57:55 -0600 Nonprofit Aeon buys foreclosed Shingle Creek Towers property for $1 The nonprofit group that will likely become the new owner of a foreclosed apartment complex in Brooklyn Center said Friday it plans to improve the property without raising rents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/11/aeon-buys-foreclosed-shingle-creek-towers-for-1-dollar?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 10:47:46 -0600 Klobuchar confident St. Croix bridge bill will move forward Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday that a plan she's backing for a new bridge over the St. Croix River has support from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/10/klobuchar-confident-st-croix-bridge-move-forward?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2011 08:22:37 -0600 Mpls farmers markets will require more vendors to be farmers A new city ordinance says at least 60 percent of the vendors at farmers markets have to be food growers. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2011/11/new-mpls-ordinance-requires-more-vendors-to-be-farmers.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 11:36:06 -0600 New citizens committee will advise on Legacy parks spending A new advisory committee made up of citizens and professionals will soon be formed to help oversee Legacy Amendment spending for the state's parks and trails. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/07/legacy-parks-committee?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2011 16:15:00 -0600 House Legacy chairman: Reports on spending will improve The representative who oversees Legacy spending in the Minnesota House said he expects reporting on where money from the constitutional amendment is being spent will improve under new rules. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/07/house-legacy-chairman-says-reports-on-spending-will-improve?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2011 11:00:34 -0600 Air pollution violators in Minnesota: the story behind the data A closer look at the Minnesota facilities that show up on the Environmental Protection Agency's list of "high priority violators." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/07/air-pollution-violators-in-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2011 05:26:15 -0600 State revenues from proposed electronic pull tabs a gamble Tax revenue from electronic pull tab gambling appears to have the broadest political support as a public funding source for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. But there's no guarantee the new devices would bring in the cash state officials expect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/03/electronic-pull-tabs-revenue-gamble?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2011 14:14:40 -0500 Prairie Home Companion sound effects man Tom Keith remembered Tom Keith, a sound-effects creator for A Prairie Home Companion and former Minnesota Public Radio personality, died Sunday after collapsing suddenly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/31/tom-keith-obit?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 11:02:58 -0500 La Salle Lake land in northern Minn. opens to the public A 1,000-acre piece of land in northern Minnesota that contains the second-deepest lake in the state is now open to the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/28/la-salle-lake-land-in-northern-minnesota-opens-to-the-public?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:45:03 -0500 Koch open to using Legacy funds for stadium Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch said Thursday she would consider using money from the state's Legacy Amendment for a Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/27/koch-open-to-legacy-funds-for-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2011 08:12:17 -0500 Reports to public lagging on how Legacy funds being spent A quarter of the $456 million allocated in the first two years of the Legacy Amendment is missing from the state website required to be the resource for displaying where the tax money is spent, according to an MPR News analysis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/reports-lagging-to-public-about-how-legacy-dollars-spent?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 11:40:00 -0500 Legacy reporting: What's there, what's missing from state's website A list of what information about the first two years of Legacy funding is missing or available on the website required to be a public resource for displaying where and how the tax money is spent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/what-is-missing-from-legacy-website?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 11:40:00 -0500 MnDOT considering extra safety measures in construction sites after fatal crash The Minnesota Department of Transportation says it will evaluate safety measures in the work zone on Interstate 35W where two construction workers were hit and killed Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/14/interstate-35w-crash-folo?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2011 15:08:54 -0500 Legal powerhouse Faegre & Benson merges with Indianapolis law firm Faegre & Benson LLP and Baker & Daniels LLP will become Faegre Baker Daniels on Jan. 1., with a staff of 815 lawyers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/13/faegre-and-benson-merger?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2011 08:12:23 -0500 Mpls. event highlights growing efforts by teens to stop bullying Students have organized a bullying awareness event at the Blake School today. Efforts led by students to change the culture within their own school have become more common in recent years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/11/teen-bullying-efforts?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2011 10:18:54 -0500 Mansky predicts latest redistricting fight will again end up in court The elections official who oversaw a citizens' advisory commission on the redistricting process in 2000 said he expects the process will be decided by the courts again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/10/manskey-redistricting-courts?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 09:00:00 -0500 Top 10 most popular Minnesota Historical Society Press e-books A list of the Minnesota Historical Society Press' top-selling e-books http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/30/minnesota-historical-society-press-top-selling-e-books?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 11:06:32 -0500 Historical Society adds e-book titles in rapidly changing small publishing world The rise of e-books has caught many small publishers off guard — they've had to learn how the technology works, acquire digital rights, create a new marketing strategy and even scan in older titles, all without knowing how successful e-books will eventually become. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/30/minnesota-historical-society-adds-e-book-titles?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 10:58:22 -0500 Gas bills could change this winter after 'tiered pricing' ends Residents who saw their gas bills rise under CenterPoint Energy's tiered pricing system will likely get some relief this winter as the pricing system is suspended to address concerns over fairness. But those who conserved could see higher bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/30/what-changes-in-energy-pricing-mean-for-consumers?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 06:37:12 -0500 Possible hazing leads to multiple Rochester high school student suspensions School officials in Rochester are investigating a possible hazing incident involving a group of seniors and a group of younger students at John Marshall High School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/29/rochester-hazing?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 09:50:42 -0500 Officer who fatally shot woman on I-394 identified Golden Valley Police said Robert Zarrett has been with the department since May 1998 and is a patrol officer assigned to street shift. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/27/-394-shooting-officer-robert-zarrett?refid=0 Tue, 27 Sep 2011 12:25:20 -0500 Lynx owner Glen Taylor hopes playoff run grows fan base Having dispatched the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday in the Western Conference playoffs, the Lynx will play their first final game in Minneapolis on Oct. 2 against the winner of the Atlanta-Indiana series. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/26/lynx-owner-glen-taylor-celebrates-team-success?refid=0 Mon, 26 Sep 2011 10:54:47 -0500 Map: Minn. income continued downward slide in 2010 Median income by county from American Community Survey estimates 2005-2009. Twelve Minnesota counties are included in the 2010 American Community Survey estimates released Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/22/map-census-survey-data-minn-income?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Census survey data: Minn. income continued downward slide in 2010 Minnesotans' income took another hit in 2010, and the poverty rate edged up, according to new data released today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/21/census-survey-data-minn-income-continued-downward-slide-in-2010?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 17:48:38 -0500 List of projects recommended for Legacy outdoors funds List of projects recommended for Legacy outdoors funds http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/recommended-for-legacy-projects?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 17:41:54 -0500 Legacy council approves Asian carp fight funds The council charged with distributing Legacy Amendment funds for projects that benefit the outdoors voted Tuesday to set aside $3 million for the fight against invasive Asian carp. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/legacy-council-approves-funds-asian--carp-mississippi-habitat?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 14:04:51 -0500 Biologists: BWCA fire will help moose habitat Count Minnesota's moose experts among those quietly celebrating the fire that has burned more than 150 square miles in the Boundary Waters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/16/bwca-fire-moose?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2011 11:43:26 -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 BWCA Pagami Creek Fire slows its spread Calmer winds and cooler temperatures are helping slow the spread of a fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/14/bwca-pagami-creek-fire-slows?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2011 09:05:14 -0500 Pagami Creek Fire in BWCA now estimated at 100,000 acres The Pagami Creek Fire that started in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has now engulfed about 100,000 acres, prompting officials to consider more evacuations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/13/pagami-fire-60000-acres-evacuations-underway?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Federal government to expand E. Coli testing in meat The federal government said Tuesday that it will expand its testing of E. Coli in meat to identify more foodborne illnesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/13/e-coli-testing?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 11:25:40 -0500 Legacy zebra mussel research proposal meets turbulence Members of the council charged with distributing Legacy Amendment funds for the outdoors disagreed on Thursday whether a proposal to research bacteria that can kill zebra mussels should be considered for funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/09/legacy-zebra-mussel-research-proposal-floated?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2011 08:16:23 -0500 Zebra mussel research project a long shot for Legacy funds A $350,000 research project on Zequanox, the name given to the product containing the zebra mussel-killing bacteria, landed at the bottom of a list of projects being considered for up to $96 million that will be available next year as part of the Legacy's Outdoor Heritage Fund. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/08/zebra-mussel-research-legacy-funds?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 08:17:01 -0500 Map: Zebra mussels in Minnesota The shaded counties all have at least one body of water infested with zebra mussels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/08/zebra-mussel-map?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 08:07:25 -0500 Conservationists seek Legacy money for riverside land, moose habitat The Trust for Public Land and its partners are seeking $14.5 million from the Legacy Amendment's outdoors fund to buy a 2,000-acre parcel on the south side of the Mississippi River north of Brainerd. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/07/conservationists-seek-legacy-money-for-riverside-land-moose-habitat?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 10:02:09 -0500 State Fair attendance dips slightly in 2011 About 6,000 fewer people visited the Minnesota State Fair in 2011 compared to 2010, but there was one record: This year, the last Sunday of the fair attracted 229,943 people, the most visitors ever for that day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/06/state-fair-attendance-dips-slightly-in-2011?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 12:57:03 -0500 Minnesota AG is suing 5 payday lenders Attorney Lori Swanson said the lenders, all based in Delaware or Utah, took advantage of Minnesotans who were especially vulnerable during the recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/06/minnesota-attorney-general-is-suing-five-payday-lenders?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 12:07:38 -0500 Victim's family files wrongful death suit against Sensers The family of a man killed in a hit-and-run on Interstate 94 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser and his wife, Amy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/06/wrongful-death-lawsuit-filed-against-senser-and-his-wife?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 12:04:58 -0500 Minn. tourism recovering, but shutdown didn't help About 70 percent of lodging businesses in Minnesota said this summer was better or the same as last year, but the state government's 20-day shutdown left many visitors with a bad taste in their mouths. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/05/tourismrecovering-shutdown-did-not-help?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis schools try to get dropouts back to class The Minneapolis Public Schools are recruiting volunteers to knock on doors and encourage dropouts to come back to school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/01/minneapolis-dropouts?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2011 14:58:23 -0500 Report: Spring job vacancies in Minn. up by a third, signaling recovery Job vacancies in Minnesota were up by nearly a third this spring compared to the same time last year, state employment officials announced Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/01/job-vacancies?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2011 13:23:09 -0500 State to continue providing funds for honor guard at veterans' funerals The Legislature and governor had cut the program's funding for the next two years, but the Veterans Affairs commissioner said his organization will continue to provide funds to veteran service groups for funerals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/31/honor-guard-folo?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:04:43 -0500 Anoka-Hennepin board challengers mum on sexual orientation policy Gay rights advocates and some teachers want the district to get rid of the policy, but those running for school board aren't offering specific views about whether they support it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/30/anoka-hennepin-board-challengers-mum-on-sexual-orientation-policy?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2011 10:38:38 -0500 Mahamud Said Omar collapses in court during al-Shabab hearing Mahamud Said Omar was standing beside his attorney and an interpreter when he lost consciousness and fell to the floor in a federal courtroom in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/26/mahamud-said-omar-collapses-in-court?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 11:52:12 -0500 State reaches stimulus weatherization goal More than 17,000 low-income Minnesota homes have been weatherized using stimulus funds Congress approved in 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/24/state-reaches-stimulus-weatherization-goal?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 14:38:46 -0500 Plymouth City Council unanimously approves mosque The move follows a city Planning Commission meeting last week in which a few residents objected to the plans, saying a Muslim place of worship didn't belong in their city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/24/plymoputh-mosque-wins-unanimous-approval?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 11:02:02 -0500 'Statewide Plan to End Violence' unveiled by advocacy groups, government agencies The plan's vision is to end violence and oppression "by building communities that value human rights and diversity." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/23/statewide-plan-to-end-violence?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:20:16 -0500 Midday host Gary Eichten announces retirement Eichten plans to retire in January after more than 40 years at Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/22/gary-eichten-announces-retirement?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:56:33 -0500 County fairs look to use Legacy money for barns, cultural programs Fair managers say they will pursue some of the money to improve fairgrounds facilities, but some are questioning whether that would fit the Legacy Amendment's intent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/22/legacy-funding-for-county-fairs?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2011 08:06:21 -0500 St. Paul heat and power facility pays $55,000 to resolve air quality violations The companies involved in supplying heat to most of the buildings in downtown St. Paul by burning wood waste have paid $55,000 to resolve alleged violations of their air quality permit, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/19/saint-paul-facilities-pay-fine-over-air-quality-violations?refid=0 Fri, 19 Aug 2011 13:06:47 -0500 RNC chairman appears in Cannon Falls ahead of Obama event Reince Priebus spoke at a rally in Cannon Falls, where about 150 Republicans gathered ahead of Obama's scheduled town hall event in the city in southeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/15/rnc-chairman-ahead-of-obama-visit?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2011 09:58:46 -0500 Crash data: Women injured at higher rates than men Experts are scratching their heads over data that suggests men account for two-thirds of all traffic fatalities, while women are injured at a higher rate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/27/car-crash-disparities?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2011 09:39:07 -0500 WNBA's Candice Wiggins cheers her first-place Lynx The Lynx are in first place in their conference about halfway through the season. They haven't finished better than fifth place in the last six seasons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/26/wiggins?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:03:53 -0500 Minn. groom-to-be released from hospital after Wis. boat crash A Minnesota man injured in a boat crash that killed four people on the eve of his scheduled wedding has been released from the hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/25/groom-to-be-released-from-hospital-in-boat-crash?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 08:48:26 -0500 Legal experts: Lawsuit forces Anoka-Hennepin to prove it responds to bullying The lawsuit about Anoka-Hennepin's sexual orientation policy will place additional scrutiny on the district's record in handling bullying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/22/legal-experts-say-anoka-hennepin-must-prove-response-to-bullying?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2011 14:23:03 -0500 Civil rights groups weigh in on school district's sexual orientation policies Two national civil rights groups will hold a news conference today to talk about the Anoka-Hennepin school district's sexual orientation policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/dunbar-school-harrassment?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:42:14 -0500 Lawsuit details harassment claims at Anoka-Hennepin schools Two national civil rights groups announced a lawsuit against the Anoka-Hennepin School District over a sexual orientation policy they say contributes to a hostile environment for gay students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/lawsuit-filed-in-anoka-hennepin-suit?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:34:46 -0500 Gay rights groups: Change Anoka-Hennepin policy or we won't rule out lawsuit The Anoka-Hennepin school district said Wednesday it will keep its sexual orientation curriculum policy, but has agreed to work with civil rights organizations to develop more employee training to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/anoka-hennepin-policy-remains-in-place?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:45:26 -0500 Shutdown ends as Dayton signs budget DFL Gov. Mark Dayton has signed the state budget, ending a 20-day state government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/minnesota-shutdown-over?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 08:52:13 -0500 Lawmakers pass tax bill, borrowing on tobacco payments The Minnesota Legislature has passed a package of changes to state tax law that maintains state aid to cities and counties at levels from last year. The bill also includes the provision to let the state borrow against future tobacco settlement payments, which is a key piece of new revenue that led to the budget deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/19/special-session-announced?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:01:26 -0500 Dayton aims for special session on Monday DFL Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday called state employees the "real heroes" of the budget stalemate and shutdown and said he's hopeful they will get back pay to make up for lost wages. During an appearance on MPR's Midday program, Dayton said he hoped to call lawmakers back into special session on Monday to approve the budget deal and end the shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/shutdown_solution_work?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:18:21 -0500 Census data show potential for rising demands on state government Data from the 2010 census show a rising number of Minnesotans likely to need state-subsidized services ranging from nursing home care to extra help in school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/14/census-data-show-potential-for-rising-demands-on-state-government?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 10:41:00 -0500 Dayton, GOP leaders announce budget agreement Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders have announced a deal on a budget "framework agreement" to end the Minnesota state government shutdown. The agreement was reached after about three hours of talks among the parties this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/14/dayton-republican-offer?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Mother of bullied gay teen to deliver petition against Anoka-Hennepin policy A gay-rights supporter and the mother of a teen who committed suicide will deliver a petition of more than 12,000 online signatures to protest the Anoka-Hennepin School District's sexual orientation curriculum policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/11/gay-rights-supporter-petition-school-policy?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2011 13:41:45 -0500 What's the budget fight about? $1.4 billion and much more Policy differences are making the task of solving the state's projected $5 billion budget deficit over the next two years so difficult. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/11/minnesota-budget-fight-is-over-policy-differences?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Breaking down the $1.4 billion gap between Dayton, GOP This week, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton released figures that he said shows the gaps between the Republican-controlled Legislature and his spending proposals, a difference that comes to $1.4 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/11/dayton-list?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Zellers renews call for 'lights on' bill, says gambling a revenue option Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers said delaying payments to school districts and raising revenue through new gambling are both options when it comes to balancing the state's budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/zellers-lights-on-gambling?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 08:49:44 -0500 Dayton, GOP leaders talk briefly this afternoon The DFL governor called the government shutdown "a terrible situation." He met with GOP legislative leaders for a little more than an hour this afternoon, with no apparent progress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/05/dayton-shutdown-talks-monday?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2011 15:46:55 -0500 Shutdown stress begins for state workers, others The government shutdown that began early today was affecting state workers, the private sector and families who tried to visit the Minnesota Zoo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/minnesota-state-government-shutdown-stress?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 11:18:35 -0500 Minnesota government shuts down For the first time since 2005, the Minnesota government has shut down after lawmakers failed to resolve a budget stalemate, leaving thousands of state employees without work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/01/am-minnesota-government-shuts-down?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 10:38:16 -0500 Countdown to a shutdown Protesters rallied at the Capitol on Thursday as rest areas, state parks and the Minnesota Zoo prepared to close — all likely victims of a state budget that might not beat the clock. Without a budget agreement between Gov. Dayton and the Legislature, a state government shutdown will officially begin at midnight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/30/shutdown-wrap?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 16:02:44 -0500 Shutdown picture becomes clearer; budget solution remains elusive The consequences of a Minnesota state government shutdown became clearer on Wednesday, when a court decided only "critical core functions" would continue. But the budget solution that would prevent it remained elusive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/shutdown-ruling?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:11:08 -0500 Conservative group to Anoka-Hennepin: Keep sexual orientation policy The conservative Alliance Defense Fund said Tuesday it supports the Anoka-Hennepin School District's sexual orientation curriculum that has been scrutinized in recent weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/28/alliance-defense-fund-anoka-hennepin-sexual-orientation-policy-school-board?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:37:11 -0500 FEMA to state: What's the plan for nuclear incident during shutdown? The Federal Emergency Management Agency is asking state officials if a state government shutdown would affect their ability to respond to an incident at one of the state's two nuclear power plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/27/fema-emergency-preparations-shutdown?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2011 17:11:23 -0500 Potential shutdown could cost millions while causing long-term damage Costs include lost productivity, delays and financial penalties. They're beginning to add up even before the shutdown, which will begin Friday if Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature don't agree on how to close a $5 billion budget gap. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/27/minnesota-shutdown-costs?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2011 11:33:53 -0500 List of the potential costs of a shutdown No one knows exactly how much a shutdown would cost the state. A lot of it will depend on how long a shutdown lasts and what state services a court allows to continue without a budget deal. Even if Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature work out a deal before Friday, there will still be planning and preparation costs being incurred now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/27/shutdown-costs?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2011 10:30:10 -0500 Former GOP lawmaker: Raising revenue likely needed for budget deal Raising additional revenue will likely be needed in a negotiated budget deal between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders, former Rep. Paul Kohls said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/24/kelliher-kohls-shutdown?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2011 08:12:29 -0500 Former FEMA official: Politics won't help Mpls. get tornado aid The fact that Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Gov. Mark Dayton and President Barack Obama are all political buddies won't help the city of Minneapolis get extra aid, a former FEMA official said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/21/politics-and-minneapolis-tornado-aid?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 08:28:26 -0500 Timeline: The Anoka-Hennepin School District's experience with sexual orientation issues A timeline of the Anoka-Hennepin School District's experience with sexual orientation issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/20/anoka-hennepin-sexual-orientation-timeline?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:08:40 -0500 Anoka-Hennepin sexual orientation policy has roots in 1995 school board action The board accepted a recommendation to its health curriculum 16 years ago that said homosexuality shouldn't be taught as a normal, valid lifestyle. The remnants of that language are still being felt today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/20/anoka-hennepin-sexual-orientation-policy-school-board-action?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 07:35:43 -0500 Map: Ski areas that have violated their water permits Map shows whether more than a dozen ski areas have violated permits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/17/ski-area-water-permit-map?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Rochester women: We were fired from jobs as drivers for Saudis Three Rochester women who were hired last year to drive Saudi Arabian visitors around town as part of a visit by the royal family say they were fired because of their gender. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/16/rochester-women-fired-saudi-drivers?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 12:28:39 -0500 Nursing homes alarmed over Dayton's shutdown recommendations Gov. Mark Dayton's recommendations for which services should continue receiving state funding in a predicted government shutdown has caused alarm among nursing homes and other facilities that care for seniors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/16/state-government-shutdown-nursing-homes?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 08:19:49 -0500 Nonprofit leader: Shutdown would force big reduction in services A state government shutdown would prevent many nonprofit organizations from delivering services ranging from counseling to youth job training to health services, the executive director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/15/shutdown-would-force-big-reduction-in-services-john-pratt?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 08:43:47 -0500 Charges: Man assaulted paramedic on flight to Rochester An 83-year-old Nevada man has been charged with assault for allegedly grabbing a female paramedic on a private flight to Rochester in September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/14/man-charged-with-assaulting-paramedic-on-flight-to-rochester?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 13:28:58 -0500 Some teachers conflicted over Anoka-Hennepin's sexual orientation policy An Anoka-Hennepin school district policy under threat of a lawsuit requires teachers to remain neutral on matters of sexual orientation. But in practice, the policy is interpreted a variety of ways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/10/anoka-hennepin-sexual-orientation-policy?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 10:39:51 -0500 Toddler dies after chiropractor table lowers onto him An 18-month-old Moundsview boy who died after an incident at a Shoreview chiropractic office was gravely injured when he got caught under a mechanical chiropractor's examination table, authorities said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/10/child-death-shoreview-chiropractor-office?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 07:58:03 -0500 Wolf shot and killed after escaping at Minnesota Zoo A Mexican gray wolf was shot and killed at the Minnesota Zoo on Wednesday after it escaped through a hole in the fence and appeared on the walking path for visitors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/08/escaped-wolf-shot?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2011 12:38:58 -0500 Air pollution alert issued as temperatures soar The high temperatures, which hit the 100-degree mark in the Twin Cities, helped pushed ozone levels up, prompting officials to issue an air pollution health alert through midnight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/tuesday-weather-heat?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 09:03:45 -0500 Journalist Roxana Saberi joins hunger strike for hikers in Iran Journalist and Fargo, N.D., native Roxana Saberi has joined a rolling hunger strike to show solidarity for two American hikers being held in prison in Iran. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/03/saberi-iran-hikers?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 16:26:15 -0500 Group opposing abortion withdraws lawsuit against St. Michael-Albertville schools A student group that opposes legalized abortion has withdrawn a lawsuit against the St. Michael-Albertville school district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/03/abortion-opponents-lawsuit-saint-michael-albertville-schools?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 13:51:47 -0500 GOP, DFL legislators remain far apart on health budget Republican and DFL legislators remain deeply divided over one of the largest and fastest growing parts of the state budget: health and human services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/03/one-on-one-health-debate?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 08:07:54 -0500 Koch: Decision on government shutdown would be on Dayton GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch says the decision on a government shutdown "lies with the governor." Koch, R-Buffalo, spoke to MPR's Morning Edition. She said she's looking forward to the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy hearing today. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/06/koch_decision_o.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 10:35:50 -0500 Judges appointed to redistricting panel Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea has appointed five judges to a redistricting panel that will begin hearing challenges over the process to redraw congressional and legislative district boundaries using 2010 census data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/02/redistricting-panel?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 09:10:32 -0500 Group launches effort to repeal Legacy Amendment A citizens group on Thursday launched a campaign to repeal Minnesota's Legacy Amendment, which dedicates a small percentage of sale tax proceeds to the outdoors, clean water and the arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/26/legacy-amendment-repeal?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 16:28:29 -0500 Surly begins search for new brewery site after winning political support With a new law that allows beer sales at their brewery, Surly Brewing Company is now looking for the best spot in the Twin Cities area to build a new home. Surly founder and president Omar Ansari said he plans to build a $20 million brewery somewhere in the metro area, but no site has yet been finalized. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/26/surly-owner-interview?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 13:51:24 -0500 Coleman proposes statewide drink tax to solve stadium issues St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has proposed a 2-cent per drink statewide sales tax to raise money to build a new Vikings stadium, remodel the Xcel Energy Center and help finance a new ballpark for the St. Paul Saints. But most of the major stadium players are already dismissing the plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/coleman-stadium-drink-tax?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 15:04:01 -0500 Health officials: Some skin-lightening products contain mercury The Minnesota Department of Health on Wednesday said some types of skin-lightening creams have dangerous levels of mercury and shouldn't be used. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/skin-lightening?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 11:46:08 -0500 More than 5,000 still without power in north Mpls. Xcel Energy says 5,105 north Minneapolis customers are still without power Wednesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/north-minneapolis-power-outages?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 10:12:24 -0500 Dayton says some in GOP 'don't know what government does' DFL Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday called some Republican members of the Legislature "anti-government." /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/05/dayton_says_som.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 07:49:16 -0500 Legislature adjourns without passing Legacy bill Lawmakers will have to take up the $450 million spending measure in a special session. The House debated it up until the midnight deadline for adjournment without taking a vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/legacy-bill?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 01:38:14 -0500 Special session all but certain as budget talks go nowhere With only a few hours to go in the legislative session, state lawmakers are plodding toward a midnight adjournment with no hope of reaching a budget agreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/23/dayton-capitol-budget?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 12:54:25 -0500 No movement on the budget divide as session winds down There's little movement on the budget, with some lawmakers even suggesting making contingency plans should a stalemate cause a government shutdown at the end of June. But the House appears poised to debate a same-sex marriage ballot measure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/21/session-roundup?refid=0 Sat, 21 May 2011 18:19:38 -0500 Voter photo ID bill goes to Dayton after House approves The Minnesota House voted 74-58 to require voters to show photo ID at the polls. Gov. Dayton has said he does not support the bill and will likely veto it. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/05/voter_photo_id.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 21 May 2011 14:27:50 -0500 GOP leaders 'disappointed' after morning meeting with Dayton GOP leaders said a morning meeting with Dayton was "disappointing," yet they say they're still optimistic a budget deal will be reached by Monday's deadline. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/05/gop_leaders_dis.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 21 May 2011 12:16:26 -0500 Vote on same-sex marriage less certain after appearance by anti-gay pastor A freshman GOP legislator apologized Friday for inviting a pastor who has frequently spoken out against homosexuality to deliver a prayer -- an appearance legislators of both parties denounced. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/20/vote-on-same-sex-marriage-less-certain-after-appearance-by-anti-gay-pastor?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 13:45:05 -0500 House opens session with prayer by controversial pastor, DFL protests The House opened its floor session today with a prayer by a pastor who has frequently spoken out against gays. The House could take up a vote today on sending a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage before voters in 2012. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/05/house_opens_ses.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 10:26:23 -0500 New Legacy grants process could present challenge for libraries A conference committee will decide soon whether to go along with some lawmakers' plans to make more groups apply for grants and compete for the money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/18/legacy-amendment-changes?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 15:49:31 -0500 MnDOT stands by cost estimates for proposed Arden Hills stadium Minnesota transportation officials are standing by their estimate of how much it would cost to build and improve roads if a new Vikings stadium were built in Arden Hills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/16/mndot-arden-hills?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 08:25:44 -0500 Lawmakers hold a bad hand when it comes to a stadium Essentially, there are only three options: Minneapolis, Arden Hills and no stadium at all. And all three have flaws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/12/vikings-options?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Pew report: Minn. gets top marks for transportation planning A new report says Minnesota is among five states doing the best job at keeping track of data used to make transportation policy and funding decisions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/11/transportation-study?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2011 08:02:18 -0500 List of proposed constitutional amendments Legislators have introduced a flurry of proposed constitutional amendments at the State Capitol this year. Below is a list divided by House and Senate. You'll notice that many of the bills have versions circulating in both the House and Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/constitutional-amendment-list?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 15:54:02 -0500 Amending the constitution: Easier in Minnesota? It takes just a simple majority in both the House and Senate to send a constitutional amendment to the ballot -- a lower legislative threshold than in most other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/amending-constitution-easier-in-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 13:58:15 -0500 The long history of the Stillwater Lift Bridge The Stillwater Lift Bridge has a long and storied history, and in recent years the issue over building a new bridge has become a political football in Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/04/stillwater-history?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 06:08:41 -0500 Congress hears testimony on new Stillwater bridge plan A proposed bill that would waive federal environmental laws to allow for a new bridge over the St. Croix River have environmentalists up in arms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/03/stillwater-bridge?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Drinking water from most Minn. cities' systems is safe Minnesota health officials say most drinking water from municipal systems had safe levels of contaminants in the department's most recent round of testing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/03/water-quality-study?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 17:23:19 -0500 Justice, not jubilance, for Minnesotans who lost family members For Minnesotans who lost loved ones either in the attacks or in the war that followed, the news that bin Laden had been killed renewed their grief and delivered a long-held desire for justice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/02/brother-of-minnesota-native-reflects-on-bin-laden-death?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2011 15:00:51 -0500 Bin Laden's death 'satisfying' for Minnesota military families More than 2,000 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, including several Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/02/military-families-minnesota-osama?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2011 12:08:15 -0500 Police searching for man accused of abducting St. Paul girl Police are searching for the man they say abducted a 7-year-old girl from the Giant Wash Laundry in St. Paul Sunday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/02/missing-child-st-paul?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2011 12:04:18 -0500 Police monitoring Spring Jam parties near U this weekend Minneapolis and University of Minnesota police officers will be watching for big parties in the Dinkytown area this weekend as the university holds its annual Spring Jam festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/29/police-presence-spring-jam?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 09:50:50 -0500 Expert: Infor's purchase of Lawson could mean more development Atlanta-based business software company Infor Inc. has a past reputation of being more of a holding company, buying up smaller ventures but not doing much with them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/27/infor-lawson?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 07:55:09 -0500 Fewer HIV/AIDS cases reported in Minn. in 2010 Fewer new HIV cases were reported in Minnesota in 2010 than in the previous year, but concerns remained about the overall numbers, the Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/26/aids-cases?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 11:59:40 -0500 Crews removing big snow pile at Midway Stadium Crews from the city of St. Paul are removing a massive pile of snow from the Midway Stadium parking lot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/25/midway-stadium-snow?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 11:01:18 -0500 Arrest made in Dinkytown hit-and-run of pedestrian A 29-year-old man has been arrested in a hit-and-run incident in Dinkytown last week that resulted in the death of a pedestrian, police said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/22/hit-and-run-arrest?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2011 13:09:16 -0500 Sex offender who boarded Mpls. school bus investigated for 2004 bus incident A sex offender charged this week with performing a sex act in front of students on a Minneapolis school bus had been investigated for an incident on a school bus in 2004. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/22/sex-offender-bus?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2011 10:23:37 -0500 Minn. DNR: Floodwaters ease spread of invasive carp A 27-pound bighead carp's journey up the Mississippi River might have been eased by floodwaters, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expert said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/21/dnr-carp-floodwaters?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 09:49:20 -0500 Radio veteran to lead MPR into a digital future Minnesota Public Radio's second chief executive, Jon McTaggart, takes command of the company July 1, at a time when it appears to be flourishing, with strong finances and a big audience. But the radio business is facing new challenges due to the unrelenting change in the media landscape. If that's not challenge enough, McTaggart has to follow the act of the company's iconic founder, Bill Kling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/20/mpr-mctaggart-folo?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 MPR chooses new CEO from within the company The parent company of Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media on Wednesday appointed its chief operating officer to succeed chief executive officer Bill Kling, who will step down this summer from the organization he started 44 years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/20/mpr_ceo-ipad?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:51:21 -0500 Kling's successor comes from within MPR's ranks Jon McTaggart, the chief operating officer of Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media, was appointed CEO of their parent company Wednesday, becoming the second leader in the company's 44-year history. McTaggart said he's "honored to lead this exceptional organization." He will succeed founder Bill Kling, who steps down June 30. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/20/mpr-new-ceo?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 12:30:00 -0500 GOP leader: Room for budget compromise, but not on taxes Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch said Wednesday there is plenty of room for compromise on Minnesota's budget, but not when it comes to raising taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/20/amykoch?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 07:41:37 -0500 Dayton: GOP not being honest about effects of budget cuts Gov. Mark Dayton is renewing his challenge to the Republican-controlled Legislature to come up with a balanced budget without raising taxes -- and without hurting the state's most vulnerable residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/19/dayton-morning-edition?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 07:25:00 -0500 Feds propose de-listing gray wolves from endangered species list The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday that the population of gray wolves in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin has recovered enough to be removed from federal protection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/15/delist-wolves?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 10:37:34 -0500 Driver injures 3 pedestrians in Dinkytown near U A hit-and-run driver struck three pedestrians as they walked home in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota campus, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/15/hit-and-run?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 08:47:03 -0500 Central Corridor businesses to get additional support The Metropolitan Council, the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis and some private funders are now providing a total of $11.1 million in grants, forgivable loans and other support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/central-corridor-businesses-more-financial-support?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:19:29 -0500 Auto insurance changes make headway at the state Capitol The auto insurance industry wants to make it harder for accident victims to sue for pain and suffering damages. And they want to restrict payouts for less serious injuries like strains and sprains. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/dunbar-auto-insurance?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 09:54:09 -0500 Senate panel approves auto insurance bills that limit lawsuits, restrict treatment One bill would make it harder for crash victims to sue in order to seek damages for things like pain, suffering and inconvenience. The other bill would place restrictions on the treatment covered by auto insurance companies under a victim's personal injury protection policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/insurance-bills?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 21:46:26 -0500 Auto insurance bills at a glance Several bills being considered at the state Legislature would change Minnesota's auto insurance laws. Here's a look at a few of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/auto-insurance-sb?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 06:34:47 -0500 Lawmakers consider auto insurance overhaul Minnesota is among fewer than a dozen states with a no-fault auto insurance system. A Senate committee will hear testimony today on several bills that could change the system that's been in place since 1975. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/auto-insurance-overhaul?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 06:32:19 -0500 Authorities: Man was killed after pointing handgun at officers The man who was shot and killed Thursday by authorities following a high-speed chase through the Twin Cities pointed a handgun at officers, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/08/shot-car-chase-suspect-identified?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 18:04:04 -0500 Carjacking suspect shot to death after interstate chase A suspect was shot and killed after an armed carjacking in Minneapolis turned into a chase that ended on Interstate 35E north of the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/07/shooting-vehicle-fire-block-traffic-in-north-metro?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 13:35:20 -0500 DNR investigating extent of fish winterkills in Minn. lakes Hundreds of dead fish are appearing as the ice melts on some Minnesota lakes this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/07/lakes-winterkill?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 07:46:17 -0500 Health officials: Chlamydia and syphilis on the rise in Minn. Minnesota health officials on Thursday said they're alarmed by the high number of sexually transmitted disease cases reported in the state in 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/chlamydia-syphilis-minn?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 12:01:17 -0500 Community college rocket team ready for NASA contest Inver Hills Community College isn't known for rocket science, but a team of 15 students from the school in Inver Grove Heights is ready to put their rocket up against engineering powerhouses like MIT and Purdue University. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/college-rocket-team?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 06:18:15 -0500 Minn. AG accuses debt buyer of chasing wrong folks Attorney General Lori Swanson is taking steps to sue a debt collection company that she says has filed false and deceptive court documents against Minnesota consumers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/28/swanson-lawsuit-midland?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 13:13:35 -0500 NWS hydrologist: Second rise could come on most rivers Cold weather could cause a second rise on most rivers in the state, National Weather Service hydrologist Steve Buan said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/25/floods-hydrologist?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 09:06:34 -0500 One on one: Legislators debate changes to teacher tenure system A bill that would eliminate the traditional teacher tenure system in Minnesota's K-12 public schools gets a hearing at the Legislature today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/24/one-on-one-teacher-tenure?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 09:44:52 -0500 Snow, slush make for sloppy commute, fuel flood fears A spring snowstorm blasted much of the state on Wednesday, closing schools and making for a sloppy commute in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/23/snowstorm?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 08:02:40 -0500 Political analyst: Pawlenty stronger candidate than Bachmann An analyst with the Cook Political Report said Tuesday that former Gov. Tim Pawlenty appears to be a stronger candidate than U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/22/analyst-pawlenty?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 09:41:02 -0500 Blaine overdose case is uncharted territory for prosecutors In charging a 21-year-old Blaine man in the overdose death of a fellow partygoer, authorities are pursuing a case that involves a drug new to Minnesota through rarely used federal and state laws http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/22/prosecutors-follow-rare-path?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 08:09:23 -0500 Investigators working long hours at site of gas line fire Investigators worked overnight to reach the ruptured gas line in south Minneapolis that became the scene of a major natural-gas fueled fire on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/18/gas-fire-folo?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 10:54:53 -0500 Minn. expert warns of buying drugs online A 19-year-old died and 10 other teens and young adults were hospitalized Thursday after apparently overdosing on the drug "2C- E" at a home in Blaine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/17/drugs-mass-overdose-online-2c-e?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 17:41:43 -0500 After Minneapolis gas fire, search for answers begins Investigators are trying to determine what caused an explosion and fire Thursday morning at a gas line near a major highway intersection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/17/hwy-fire?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 09:03:51 -0500 Census data confirms suburban growth, greater diversity in Minn. Minnesota has become slightly more racially diverse, and Minneapolis and St. Paul have lagged behind population growth in other parts of the state over the past 10 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/16/census-date-confirms-growth-outside-twin-cities?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:37:34 -0500 Guilty verdict in suicide case; appeal likely The attorney for a former nurse found guilty of assisting two suicides through online communication said he and his client will likely appeal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/15/melchert-dinkel-former-nurse-assisting-suicide-guilty?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 13:35:33 -0500 Police investigate sexual abuse at Rochester assisted living facility Police are investigating incidents at a Rochester assisted living facility in which two residents reported being sexually assaulted by a staff member. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/15/sexual-abuse-investigated-at-rochester-assisted-living-facility?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 08:27:43 -0500 Former Mpls convention center workers allege discrimination Six former and current Minneapolis Convention Center employees have filed a lawsuit against the city and their supervisors alleging discrimination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/former-mpls-convention-workers-allege-discrimination?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:55:00 -0500 Wis. public employees reconsider their careers after union rights defeat A law ending most collective bargaining rights for unionized public employees goes beyond concerns about cuts to wages and benefits -- some workers are looking for other jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/11/wisconsin-public-employees-reconsider-careers-after-union-rights-defeat?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 12:03:52 -0600 Minneapolis medical clinic destroyed by fire A three-alarm fire damaged a medical clinic in Minneapolis early Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/09/clinic-fire?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 13:40:00 -0600 Mother recalls soldier's love of classical music, numbers Lori Wilfahrt spoke with Morning Edition about her son Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt, who died Sunday in Afghanistan when insurgents attacked his patrol. He is the first known gay member of the military from Minnesota to be killed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/04/mother-remembers-soldier-killed-in-afghanistan?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2011 09:41:07 -0600 Bear researchers want killing of collared bears banned Supporters of the North American Bear Center in Ely are asking lawmakers to make it illegal for hunters to kill research bears tagged with radio collars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/03/bear-hunting-collared-bears?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2011 18:47:19 -0600 Consumer guide: Protecting yourself vs. paying someone else to do it Consumers considering signing up for a fee-based credit monitoring or identity theft protection service through a bank or credit card company want to know one thing: Is it worth it? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/03/identity-theft-sidebar?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2011 12:42:45 -0600 Consumers questioning need to pay for identity theft, fraud protection Big data breaches in the last decade led millions to sign up for extra protection through their banks and credit card companies. But consumers' interest in these products appears to be waning -- right when banks are looking for more revenue sources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/03/consumers-question-need-for-identity-theft-protection?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2011 12:26:05 -0600 Advocate: Protective orders usually help domestic violence victims A longtime advocate for victims of domestic violence said the recent domestic homicide in Brooklyn Park is a reminder that orders for protection don't always keep victims safe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/02/domestic-violence-advocate?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2011 08:08:08 -0600 Central Corridor report: Businesses' revenue losses would be minimal A report on the Central Corridor light rail project says the average impact of construction on businesses along the University Avenue route will be minimal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/01/central-corridor-impact?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 15:15:22 -0600 Explainer: Factors contributing to Minnesota's economic forecast Minnesota State Economist Tom Stinson mentioned several factors that contributed to the state's economic forecast. The state's budget shortfall is now estimated at $5.03 billion instead of $6.2 billion. Below are explanations of two factors to watch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/28/budget-forecast-explainer?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:55:49 -0600 Dayton drops 'surcharge' on rich plan as deficit shrinks Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday he will restore proposed cuts to nursing homes and eliminate a temporary surcharge on the state's wealthiest after a new budget forecast showed the state's deficit should shrink by $1 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/28/budget-forecast?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 09:50:40 -0600 Trial underway for former nurse accused of assisting suicides A judge in Rice County is hearing oral arguments today in the case of a former nurse charged with aiding two suicides through Internet communications. Legal observers are following whether the trial results in a First Amendment challenge to Minnesota's aiding suicide law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/23/assisted-suicide-trial-just-the-beginning?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Crews clearing snow in Minn., but MnDOT urges driver caution The snow stopped on Monday, but plows are still trying to clear roads in the southern half of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/22/snow-plowing?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2011 11:55:41 -0600 Wis. political scientist: 'Slowdown' is Dems' only hope Slowing down the legislative process is the only hope Democrats in Wisconsin have in fighting a bill that would eliminate collective bargaining for most of the state's public employees, a University of Wisconsin political scientist said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/18/wis-political-scientist?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 09:05:15 -0600 Legislators tangle over bill that would require police to investigate immigration status Ordinances in Minneapolis and St. Paul that prohibit police from asking about or investigating an individual's immigration status would go away under a bill being considered at the state Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/18/sanctuary-cities?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 06:06:44 -0600 Bill limiting uninsured motorists' power to sue moves forward A bill that would limit uninsured motorists' ability to sue others when involved in accidents received broad support in its first committee hearing on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/16/bill-would-limit-uninsured-motorists-power-to-sue?refid=0 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 12:00:00 -0600 FAQ: Making sense of Dayton's budget proposal An explanation of the highlights in Mark Dayton's budget proposal released Tuesday in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/15/faq-dayton-budget-proposal?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 14:35:21 -0600 Dayton, GOP to square off over proposed tax hikes Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing far more tax increases than spending cuts in his plan for erasing a projected $6.2 billion state budget deficit. The Democratic governor's plan sets up a sharp conflict with Republicans, who say the budget should be balanced exclusively by cutting government spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/15/dayton-budget-release?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 10:33:05 -0600 Foreclosure sales up 11 percent in Minnesota The groups said a decline in foreclosures late last year due to concerns about banks not having proper paperwork to approve foreclosures didn't translate into fewer foreclosure sales overall for 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/minnesota-foreclosure-report?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 09:33:43 -0600 Dayton will propose tax increase as part of budget solution The GOP-controlled Legislature likely won't embrace Dayton's tax hike proposal, meaning the two sides will have to negotiate a budget deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/09/dayton-state-of-state?refid=0 Wed, 09 Feb 2011 11:53:28 -0600 Delta 757 engine catches fire at MSP One of the engines on a Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 caught fire Wednesday morning as it was preparing to take off from the Twin Cities airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/09/delta-engine-fire?refid=0 Wed, 09 Feb 2011 11:05:20 -0600 Bill encouraging joint custody gets first hearing The House Civil Law Committee hears testimony Tuesday evening on a bill that aims to make joint child custody the norm in cases where parents are separated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/08/joint-custody-bill?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2011 16:31:43 -0600 Wells Fargo will reimburse for fees after ATM outage Wells Fargo said Tuesday that customers who paid fees to use out-of-network ATMs during an outage a day earlier will be reimbursed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/08/wells-fargo-atm?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2011 11:01:26 -0600 Mpls. woman trying to get parents out of Egypt Dina Gad has been trying to find a way to get her parents out of Egypt, but she says the violence that broke out in recent days is making it hard to even reach the airports. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/04/parents-egypt-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 07:56:30 -0600 Mpls. woman who tried to mail puppy wants it back Stacey Champion has been charged with animal cruelty for trying to mail a puppy from Minneapolis to Georgia last week. But now she wants the dog back. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2011/02/mpls-woman-who-tried-to-mail-puppy-wants-it-back.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 12:10:08 -0600 Snow in Chicago causing cancellations at MSP The snowstorm in Chicago and the eastern U.S. is affecting travel at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/02/winter-storm-local?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2011 08:05:22 -0600 Dayton, allies outspent GOP to win governor's race Democrat Mark Dayton and his allies spent significantly more than Republican Tom Emmer and his allies to win the race for Minnesota governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/01/dayton-labor-donors?refid=0 Tue, 01 Feb 2011 09:00:34 -0600 List of major projects Dayton proposes for bonding bill Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed $531 million in projects funded through state bonds. He hopes the Legislature will come up with $470 million in additional projects that will add up to a $1 billion bonding bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/bonding-bill-sidebar?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 12:45:09 -0600 Dayton unveils $531M bonding plan, GOP scoffs Gov. Mark Dayton has revealed $531 million in projects that he hopes become part of a $1 billion bonding bill to improve public buildings and create construction jobs across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/dayton-reveals-bonding-projects?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 11:27:38 -0600 Coon Rapids boy, 13, killed in snowmobile crash A 13-year-old Coon Rapids boy died Sunday after his snowmobile went over a snow bank and hit a group of trees, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/snowmobile-accident?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 10:58:22 -0600 Snow keeps falling, threatens PM commute Snow continued to fall in the Twin Cities on Monday, threatening to mess up commuters' trips home from work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/snowstorm-local?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 07:36:16 -0600 Roseville building evacuated, 9 sick in natural gas leak Up to 200 people were evacuated and nine reported flu-like symptoms after a suspected natural gas leak in Roseville Friday morning, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/28/roseville-gas-leak?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 12:17:39 -0600 Court ruling challenges residents' identity as students This month's Supreme Court ruling defining medical residents as employees rather than students only applies to payroll taxes. But the decision could have a broader impact -- raising questions about residents' status for everything from limiting work hours to granting student perks like discounted bus passes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/27/medical-residents?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 10:38:24 -0600 Motive unknown in Vadnais Heights murder-suicide No motive has been determined in the murder-suicide deaths of a Minnesota National Guard soldier and his wife, authorities said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/27/vadnais-murder-suicide?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 08:38:47 -0600 From grassroots projects to White House gigs, work for Minnesotans in DC varies Minnesotans move to Washington D.C. for many different reasons, but naturally politics tops the list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/26/minnesotans-in-washington?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 08:13:09 -0600 Oberstar: 'I'm moving in another direction' Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar says he doesn't see himself running for Congress again in Minnesota's Eighth District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/26/jim-oberstar?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 06:45:11 -0600 Twenty-five influential Minnesotans in Washington While many of these names are likely unfamiliar to most people in Minnesota, these 25 people are making an impact in Washington, D.C. The list includes a former senator, advisers to President Barack Obama and members of the media. /projects/2011/01/minnesotas-clout-in-washington/influential-minnesotans/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 03:01:00 -0600 Minnesota's Congressional delegation by the numbers Members of Minnesota's congressional delegation have served an average of 5.7 years in Congress. Forty states' delegations have more seniority on average, and eight states have less. Years served matters, because experience can impact what committees or party caucus leadership roles the members are given. /projects/2011/01/minnesotas-clout-in-washington/minnesota-delegation/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 03:01:00 -0600 Peterson: Media hype about State of the Union seating 'foolish' MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota's 7th congressional District. Peterson is the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, and with the defeat last November of Rep. Jim Oberstar, Peterson is now the dean of Minnesota's congressional delegation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/24/morning-edition-in-dc-collin-peterson?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 00:00:20 -0600 Raid handed to police internal affairs after reports of injuries, property damage The Minneapolis Police Department's internal affairs unit is investigating a police raid carried out this week that resulted in injuries and property damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/21/police-raid-injuries?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 11:39:44 -0600 For outdoors lovers, cold snap won't wreck nearly perfect winter Many Minnesotans -- especially those who love winter sports -- are more impressed with this season's real story: The snowy and relatively mild temperatures have made it great so far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/19/cold-weather?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Nestle Nutrition to close Minn plant, cut 243 jobs Nestle HealthCare Nutrition has notified the state that it will close its plant in St. Louis Park and lay off about 243 workers by the end of 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/17/nestle-job-cuts?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jan 2011 11:44:00 -0600 Mondale: 'This is the year' for Metrodome replacement Ted Mondale, the newly appointed chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, said Friday that this is the year to reach a deal on a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings that would also benefit the public in the way the Metrodome has. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/14/mondale-stadium-chances?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 15:34:50 -0600 Vadnais Heights man given 76 years for killing family A 43-year-old man has been sentenced to 76 ½ years in prison for killing his wife and two of their children at the family's Vadnais Heights apartment last fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/14/vadnais-heights-man-given-76-years-for-killing-family?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 14:16:07 -0600 Wind tower collapses near Rochester, 2 injured Two construction workers were injured Friday in Rochester Township when the wind tower they were assembling collapsed, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/14/wind-tower-collapse?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 09:14:29 -0600 Twin Cities Realtors: 2010 worst in 8 years; 2011 should be slightly better The Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors released 2010 numbers on Thursday showing the worst sales year in eight years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/13/twin-cities-housing-numbers?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2011 12:43:53 -0600 Closing Dinkytown bookstore offers glimpse of the past For years, students and professors at the University of Minnesota haven't had to travel far to find out-of-print titles and great bargains at used bookstores. But the selection will get smaller when Biermaier's Books closes next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/13/bookstore-closing?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2011 06:27:45 -0600 Snow continues, traffic still slow on slippery roads Traffic was still slow in many parts of the metro area Tuesday morning as authorities worked to clear crashes and spinouts on slippery highways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/11/snowy-weather?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jan 2011 09:07:14 -0600 Dayton picks Sertich for Iron Range board; Jesson for human services Gov. Mark Dayton has tapped Hamline University professor Lucinda Jesson to direct the Department of Human Services and state Rep. Tony Sertich to run Iron Range Resources Board. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/11/dayton-sertich-iron-range?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jan 2011 06:08:22 -0600 Ellison, media experts discuss role of political speech The shooting in Arizona that left a U.S. congresswoman critically wounded has prompted many politicians and the media to raise questions about whether hate-filled political speech plays a role in fueling such violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/10/ellison-media-midmorning?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 11:03:14 -0600 DNR argues for higher fishing, hunting license fees Officials at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources say the state needs to consider hunting and fishing license fee hikes to prevent the state's Game and Fish Fund from being depleted by 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/07/dnr-fees?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 16:42:19 -0600 Hmong leader reacts to Vang Pao's death A leader in Minnesota's Hmong community said Friday that Vang Pao's death represents a great loss to the community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/07/vang-pao-sidebar?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 07:56:02 -0600 Dayton: Let's work together to move Minn. forward Mark Dayton vowed Monday to put Minnesotans back to work as he was sworn in as the state's 40th governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/03/dayton-becomes-governor?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jan 2011 10:39:58 -0600 Young Lutheran pastors rebuild their lives after Haiti tragedy Eleven months after the earthquake in Haiti, Renee Splichal Larson is doing what she and her husband had hoped to do together: serve a Lutheran congregation. Benjamin Larson died when the orphanage where he was staying with his wife and cousin collapsed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/24/young-pastors-rebuild-after-tragedy?refid=0 Fri, 24 Dec 2010 15:41:18 -0600 Census expert: Minnesota 'on the bubble' for losing seat The president of a Washington D.C.-based firm making predictions about which states will lose or gain congressional seats as a result of the 2010 census says Minnesota is "on the bubble" for losing one if its eight U.S. House seats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/21/census-minnesota-bubble-house-seats?refid=0 Tue, 21 Dec 2010 07:37:51 -0600 Survey: Nearly 1 in 3 US Somalis live in Minnesota That estimate comes from new survey data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. It says there are about 25,000 people with Somali ancestry in Minnesota and about 85,700 in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/american-community-survey-initial-findings?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 12:17:19 -0600 Crashes close eastbound I-90 over Mississippi Multiple crashes have closed the eastbound Interstate 90 bridge over the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/crashes-i90?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 08:13:18 -0600 FAQ: American Community Survey For the first time, the U.S. Census Bureau is releasing data collected through its American Community Survey over a five-year period. /features/2010/12/acs-faq/index.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 07:26:46 -0600 New data to shed light on Minn. towns, big city neighborhoods For the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday is releasing data collected through its American Community Survey over a five-year period. The information about cities and towns will be the most detailed data available since the 2000 census. /features/2010/12/14-acs-preview/index.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Officials: Metrodome functional despite roof collapse Metrodome officials said Monday that the collapse of the stadium's roof doesn't make it obsolete. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/13/metrodome-snow-vikings?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2010 08:28:02 -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 Major winter storm moves into Minnesota Minnesota was bracing Friday for a massive winter storm that threatened to shut down interstates, ground flights and bury much of the state in more than a foot of snow. The metro area could see as much as 20 inches -- the most since the 28 inches of snow that fell in late October 1991. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/10/winter-storm-friday?refid=0 Fri, 10 Dec 2010 14:55:21 -0600 Minn. health department urging flu vaccinations before peak season The Minnesota Department of Health is urging everyone to get vaccinated before peak influenza season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/09/health-dept-flu-shots?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 11:50:52 -0600 Hospitals pleased with Dayton's Medicaid expansion plan Mark Dayton said he will fulfill a campaign promise to enroll Minnesota in a Medicaid expansion plan soon after taking office in January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/09/dayton-medicaid-plan?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 08:05:56 -0600 Mark Dayton declared winner, finally Democratic Gov.-elect Mark Dayton vowed Wednesday to make improving Minnesota's economy his first order of business when he takes office as governor in January. "Now the real work begins," Dayton said during a news conference at the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/08/emmer-recount-concession?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 06:53:04 -0600 Minn. delegation reacts to tax deal between Obama, Republicans At least two Minnesota members of Congress said Tuesday they oppose a deal on tax cuts reached by President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans. Several others say they have not yet decided. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/07/mccollum-tax-plan?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2010 14:15:20 -0600 Recount is done; board lets Emmer review frivolous challenges The manual review of ballots in the Minnesota governor's race has concluded. Hennepin County wrapped up its recount Friday evening, joining the other 86 counties that finished their hand tallies earlier in the week. Meanwhile, ballot challenges called frivolous will get additional scrutiny from lawyers in the Minnesota governor's recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/03/emmer-recount-press-conference?refid=0 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 17:09:02 -0600 Expiring federal jobless benefits won't affect Minnesotans yet Minnesota's unemployed are not among the estimated 2 million people nationwide who are losing their federal unemployment benefits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/02/expiring-federal-jobless-benefits-wont-affect-minnesotans-yet?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 08:42:24 -0600 Number of job postings up slightly in Minnesota Online job postings grew by 500 last month in Minnesota, according to a research organization that tracks job postings nationwide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/job-vacancies--up-slightly-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 11:52:21 -0600 U of M students attending climate talks hope for progress Several of the 15 University of Minnesota students attending the climate change conference in Mexico this week report back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/students-attend-climate-conference?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 08:24:00 -0600 State to launch website to track Legacy funding A new website being launched early next month will give Minnesotans a chance to see how sales tax money from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment is being spent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/29/legacy-website?refid=0 Mon, 29 Nov 2010 10:50:00 -0600 Bracing for the calorie cornucopia Don't worry, this holiday food story isn't a total downer. Yes, we'll tell you a slice of pecan pie has 526 calories, but we'll also give you some tips from a nutrition expert who says you don't necessarily have to give up your favorite foods to avoid expanding your waistline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/23/calorie-cornucopia?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:53:34 -0600 Explainer: Could Emmer's possible 'overvote' claim swing the election? Republican Tom Emmer suggested Tuesday that there could be an overvote big enough to change the results in the governor's race. An overvote happens when there are more votes than the total number of voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/23/explainer-emmer-recount?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 13:16:41 -0600 Emmer says possible 'overvote' issue still unresolved Republican Tom Emmer said Tuesday that the possibility of there being more ballots than voters on Election Day needs to be resolved before a winner can be declared in the state governor's race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/23/emmer-morning-edition-recount-minnesota-gop?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 07:27:57 -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 Dayton calls Republicans' court attempt 'desperate' Democrat Mark Dayton on Friday called the Republican Party's attempt to have the state Supreme Court weigh in on the election for governor "desperate." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/19/dayton-transition?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2010 08:00:56 -0600 Energy efficiency tax credits: What's eligible and can it be installed in time? A summary of what's eligible, along with information on how long it might take to do the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/19/energy-efficiency-tax-credit-sidebar?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Contractors working to beat deadline as energy efficiency tax credits set to expire Everything from biomass stoves to energy-saving windows and doors are eligible for the up to $1,500 credit, but projects must be finished by Dec. 31. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/19/tax-credits-energy-business?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Minnesota employers add 14,000 jobs in October The state's unemployment rate was up a tenth of a percentage point in October at 7.1 percent. The nation's unemployment rate was 9.6 percent in October, DEED reported Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/18/jobs-numbers?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 09:27:04 -0600 Kline looks to scale down federal education department Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., said Thursday that he will look to scale down the federal Department of Education when he takes over the House committee that oversees it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/18/john-kline-interview?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 08:35:08 -0600 Klobuchar: Senate rules need adjusting Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., told MPR's Morning Edition on Wednesday that she hopes the U.S. Senate will be able to make some rule changes that will allow more progress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/17/klobuchar-interview-morning-edition?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 08:49:55 -0600 House fire in Minneapolis sends 3 to hospital The fire was reported early today in the 2200-block of Garfield Avenue South. The three victims were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/16/minneapolis-fire?refid=0 Tue, 16 Nov 2010 10:43:28 -0600 McCollum defends earmarks, vows to save light rail funds U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., on Tuesday defended congressional earmarks, saying limits have been put in place and that the money spent on them represents only a small part of the overall federal budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/16/mccollum-earmarks?refid=0 Tue, 16 Nov 2010 09:44:05 -0600 Charities gear up for Tuesday's 'Give to the Max Day' Minnesota nonprofits are expected to receive a quick boost in funding during a 24-hour online giving event that will start at midnight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/15/give-to-the-max-day?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 2010 08:38:31 -0600 MnDOT to mark end of I-35W-Highway 62 reconstruction Workers are putting the finishing touches on reconstruction of the Interstate 35W and Highway 62 interchange in the south metro. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/12/crosstown-completion?refid=0 Fri, 12 Nov 2010 10:24:07 -0600 Politics in the 8th: A red blip or something more? If anything can be concluded from last week's election, it's that -- like many areas of the country -- the 8th District has become less predictable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/10/8th-district-profile?refid=0 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 11:20:58 -0600 Police receive 6th report of attempted luring St. Paul Police are still trying to determine whether luring incidents involving teen girls are related after a sixth case was reported on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/05/attempted-luring?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 08:12:57 -0500 Former Coleman attorney, law experts: Emmer has steep hill to climb Emmer trails Dayton by 8,774 votes, but there would have to be widespread, systematic errors for Emmer to overcome the deficit, a law expert said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/04/emmer-dayton-minnesota-governor-recount-tough-hill-to-climb?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2010 12:34:21 -0500 Attorney to serve 6 1/2 years in prison for embezzlement An attorney who pleaded guilty to embezzling $2.5 million from clients and his law firm was sentenced this week to 6 1/2 years in prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/04/attorney-sentenced?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2010 08:50:00 -0500 Rep. Jim Oberstar's concession speech Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, who has served Minnesota's 8th District for 36 years, lost his bid for re-election against Republican Chip Cravaack. Surrounded by his staff and longtime supporters at his office in Duluth, Oberstar offered an emotional farewell on Wednesday. Below is an edited transcript of his speech. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/oberstar-concession-transcript?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 17:48:07 -0500 Oberstar says the people have spoken, bids goodbye Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar began to reflect on his 36 years in Congress on Wednesday, telling his staff and reporters during an emotional news conference that he had no regrets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/oberstar-political-career?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 17:14:40 -0500 Dayton not declaring victory in governor's race Democrat Mark Dayton said Wednesday that he will wait for election officials to tally and certify the results before declaring victory in the state's governor's race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/minnesota-tom-emmer-mark-dayton-governor-race-republicans-push-recount?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 14:30:02 -0500 Cravaack widens lead over Oberstar in 8th District The see-saw battle in Minnesota's 8th District has shifted again, putting Rep. Jim Oberstar back in the lead. With three-quarters of the precincts reporting, Oberstar had a near 3,000-vote lead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/02/congress-blog-story?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 03:20:18 -0500 Republican surge takes down Oberstar The Republican surge that swept across the country last night ousted the longest serving member of the Minnesota congressional delegation -- Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/oberstar-cravaack?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 03:08:04 -0500 St. Paul police investigating recent abduction attempts St. Paul police are investigating four recent reports of men trying to lure teen girls into their vehicles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/02/abduction-reports?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2010 10:49:54 -0500 Two key leadership posts in Congress on the line for Minn. Two key leadership posts held by Minnesota members of the U.S. House will be on the line tonight as Democrats across the country brace for what could be a change in power in Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/02/congressional-races?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2010 06:31:23 -0500 Groups increase political text message activity in Minn. More Minnesotans are receiving unsolicited political text messages in the final days before the election, causing an added annoyance for some voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/01/text-political-msgs?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2010 17:05:17 -0500 Dayton, Emmer and Horner take last shots at each other in final debate With two days before Election Day, the three leading candidates for governor are making their last pitch to Minnesota voters. Watch Mark Dayton (DFL), Tom Emmer (R), and Tom Horner (IP) debate live at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/31/fitzgerald-debate?refid=0 Sun, 31 Oct 2010 15:37:32 -0500 Vadnais Heights man pleads guilty to killing family Justus Ogendi Kebabe on Friday pleaded guilty in Ramsey County District Court to three counts of second-degree intentional murder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/29/vadnais-heights-kebabe-pleads-guilty?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 16:49:17 -0500 Vote 4 me: Text message political ads showing up in Minnesota Voters expect to see political ads on TV, or even in their e-mail inboxes -- but on their cell phones? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/28/political-text-messages?refid=0 Thu, 28 Oct 2010 13:37:44 -0500 NTSB: Air traffic control caused near-collision at MSP A preliminary federal report blames an air traffic control error for a near-collision between a US Airways jet and a cargo plane over Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/27/us-airways-near-collision?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2010 11:11:07 -0500 Arbitrator rules Minneapolis schools owe teachers back pay Arbitrators working to settle a dispute over teacher pay raises in the Minneapolis school district has ruled that the district owes teachers back pay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/27/teacher-back-pay?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2010 10:05:23 -0500 More voter fraud charges filed amid concerns over voter intimidation Hennepin County's top prosecutor said Tuesday that 47 people will be charged with voter fraud stemming from the 2008 general election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/26/hennepin-county-voter-fraud?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 16:35:58 -0500 Small banks look to preserve free checking as bigger banks drop it Some smaller banks plan to play up their free checking account offers in hopes that more big-bank customers will wander their way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/22/free-checking-small-banks?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2010 13:22:33 -0500 Family protests after DNR sells land they donated near Stillwater The family who donated land to the state Department of Natural Resources in 1974 so it would be preserved says they will pursue legal action after the land was sold recently. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/22/dnr-land-dispute?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2010 10:34:18 -0500 Another mixed bag in Minn. job stats: losses but flat jobless rate Minnesota lost 9,900 jobs in September while the unemployment rate held steady at 7 percent, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reported Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/21/jobs?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 08:59:21 -0500 Teen birth rate low, but racial disparities persist New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Minnesota has the eighth-lowest teen birth rate in the nation, but the rates are much higher among teens of color. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/21/teen-birth-rate?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 07:51:00 -0500 Judge orders Hecker jailed until sentencing On Monday, U.S. District Judge Michael Davis jailed Hecker, saying he needed a "wake-up call." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/19/hecker-jailed?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 13:33:38 -0500 Charges filed in scam targeting elderly in Minnesota A 68-year-old man has been charged with transferring at least $800,000 in a scam that targeted mostly elderly victims, authorities said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/19/elderly-scam?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 10:37:12 -0500 Elderly woman dies of flu in southeastern Minn. A woman in her 80s from southeastern Minnesota has died from flu complications, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/18/flu-death?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2010 10:00:17 -0500 National Park Service says 'no' to St. Croix River bridge The National Park Service on Friday said a proposed bridge over the St. Croix River near Stillwater can't be built. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/15/bridge?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 14:21:11 -0500 Advocates renew push for mental health education after recent suicides Mental health advocates are calling for a renewed effort to teach adolescents about depression and other mental health issues -- including suicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/15/mental-health-education-suicides?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 13:09:56 -0500 State opens flood relief recovery centers State officials on Thursday announced they will open three disaster recovery centers for people affected by the flooding last month in southern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/14/flood-disaster-centers?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2010 14:04:26 -0500 Teens' deaths in park ruled homicide-suicide Jacob Zachary Campbell, 14, died by committing suicide, while 15-year-old Lisa Marie Grijalva's death is being considered a homicide, the medical examiner said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/14/teen-deaths-ruled-suicide-homicide?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2010 12:40:46 -0500 Study mapping brain's connections to provide answers on what's normal U of M researchers are part of a team hoping to find what goes wrong in a brain affected by a disease like Alzheimer's or a mental disorder like schizophrenia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/14/brain-research?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2010 11:09:42 -0500 Students grieve as teens who died in park are identified Jacob Zachary Campbell, 14, of Lakeland and Lisa Marie Grijalva, 15, of Oak Park Heights were found dead Tuesday in a Lakeland park, officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/13/2-juveniles-found-dead-at-e-minn-park?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 14:00:36 -0500 $533K from Forest Service to help Minn. fight ash borer The U.S. Forest Service is providing Minnesota with three grants totaling $533,000 to fight the invasion of the emerald ash borer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/12/ash-borer-grant?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 09:20:35 -0500 Cold weather will hinder already chilly housing market As temperatures drop, there's less incentive for people to buy a home -- especially given that at this time last year, the federal government was offering tax credits for new homebuyers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/11/twin-cities-housing?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 08:44:41 -0500 Crash survivor recalls last moments with two U of M teammates Carlos Rios was fixing a flat tire with two of his teammates when a suspected drunken driver crashed into them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/08/crash-survivor-recounts-deaths?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2010 10:44:46 -0500 Three killed, including 2 U of M students, on Wisconsin interstate The three victims were killed early today when a suspected drunken driver hit them as they tried to fix a flat tire on Interstate 39/90 near Madison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/07/3-killed-on-interstate?refid=0 Thu, 07 Oct 2010 13:46:19 -0500 Fraud charges filed in Hurricane Katrina probe A man and woman who lived together in St. Paul after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans have been charged with fraudulently claiming disaster relief benefits, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/07/katrina-probe?refid=0 Thu, 07 Oct 2010 10:41:43 -0500 Marathon Oil sells Minn. SuperAmerica stores, refinery Marathon Oil Corp. will sell a Minnesota oil refinery and SuperAmerica stores throughout the state to an investment firm for $900 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/07/marathon-oil?refid=0 Thu, 07 Oct 2010 07:54:31 -0500 iPads to be studied as learning tool for group of U of M freshmen About 450 members of the freshman class at the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development are getting free iPads by the end of the month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/06/umn-ipads?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 10:15:00 -0500 Uninsured nonresidents must prepay for some HCMC services The Hennepin County board on Tuesday approved a change to Hennepin County Medical Center's admission and treatment policy that will require uninsured individuals who live outside the county to prepay for non-emergency care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/06/hcmc-prepary?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 07:40:35 -0500 Man plans lawsuit over injuries during St. Paul arrest A 25-year-old Maplewood man says he's filing a lawsuit against several St. Paul police officers after he was injured while being arrested. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/05/police-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 05 Oct 2010 08:55:00 -0500 U of M professor: 3M plan could make retirees nervous 3M has notified employees that it will phase out group health insurance for its retirees, citing the new health care law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/04/3m-retirement?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2010 09:48:39 -0500 Hazelden releases 'Alcoholics Anonymous' original manuscript The original manuscript of the so-called Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous is being published this week, 70 years after it was first written by AA's founder Bill Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/30/alcoholics-anonymous-big-book?refid=0 Thu, 30 Sep 2010 16:07:38 -0500 Judge rules Shiue should enter sex offender program An Anoka County judge has ruled that a man serving time for kidnapping a woman and her daughter in 1980 should be committed to the state's sex offender program if he's released from prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/29/shiue?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 14:55:49 -0500 Organic farming appears to have weathered recession in Minn. But some organic farmers in the state say they're still facing tough times, which may affect the number of farmers who make the transition to organic in coming years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/29/organic-farming-weathers-recession?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 09:58:15 -0500 Census survey data: Minnesotans' incomes took a hit in 2009 The number of Minnesota households earning less than $15,000 grew but the number of households earning greater than $100,000 a year dropped ---indicating the recession has affected the earnings of both the rich and poor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/28/minnesota-census-survey?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2010 12:22:27 -0500 Legislators set early October session for flood money Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he'll call legislators into special session for one day in early October to approve flood relief money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/27/pawlenty-considers-special-session?refid=0 Mon, 27 Sep 2010 08:13:49 -0500 First-degree murder charges in Deputy Dewey's death The man accused of shooting Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Dewey -- who died last month of his injuries -- is now charged with first-degree murder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/dewey-death-charges?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 11:28:16 -0500 USDA to upgrade Minnesota's bovine TB status The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to upgrade the bovine tuberculosis status in most of Minnesota to TB-Free in October, state officials announced Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/23/bovine-tb-status?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 13:43:28 -0500 Unnamed donor paid for Catholic DVD against same-sex marriage An anonymous donor paid for the Catholic Church in Minnesota to produce and distribute a DVD opposing same-sex marriage, Archbishop John Nienstedt said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/same-sex-nienstadt?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 15:58:26 -0500 Minn. officials on lookout for bat-killing disease White-nose syndrome has killed more than 1 million bats in the U.S. and Canada, but wildlife researchers know it can spread fast and are watching for it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/white-noise-syndrome-bats?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis police arrest man in fatal hit-and-run Minneapolis police have arrested a man in a hit-and-run crash in south Minneapolis that left one person dead and three others injured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/21/minneapolis-police-arrest-man-in-fatal-hitandrun?refid=0 Tue, 21 Sep 2010 14:21:44 -0500 Black Dog coal plant shut down after explosion Xcel Energy's Black Dog coal power plant in Burnsville was shut down Tuesday after a small explosion and fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/21/black-dog-plant-explosion?refid=0 Tue, 21 Sep 2010 08:29:07 -0500 U of M researchers: Studies overestimate hearing loss in teens A study published last month showed that 20 percent of teens in the U.S. have noise-induced hearing loss, but U of M researchers say that figure is too high. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/20/hearing-loss-in-children-overestimated?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 14:48:58 -0500 Man shot dead in north Minneapolis A man was shot and killed Friday in north Minneapolis during daylight hours, Minneapolis police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/17/mpls-fatal-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 17 Sep 2010 14:12:40 -0500 Correctional officer admits accepting $5,000 in bribes A former correctional officer pleaded guilty Friday to accepting $5,000 in bribes from the relatives of two inmates, federal prosecutors announced. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/17/correctional-officer-bribes?refid=0 Fri, 17 Sep 2010 13:32:31 -0500 Outdoors panel recommends projects for legacy funding La Salle Lake, located near the headwaters of the Mississippi River, is set to receive funding from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/16/legacy?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 07:52:39 -0500 Artists bring Dylan's music to manhole covers destined for Duluth A group of artists decided this year to create two artist-designed, Bob Dylan-inspired manhole covers to be placed on Bob Dylan Way in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/14/dylan-manhole-cover?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2010 16:48:17 -0500 Researchers: Put public health first when regulating chemicals Two prominent researchers studying the impact of chemicals on fish and other animals hope enough people will become educated about the issue to push for tighter environmental regulations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/14/guillette-swackhamer-regulating-chemicals?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:14:32 -0500 No charges against teen in Cambridge crash that killed 6 The teen driving the car that collided with a drunk driver in April in a crash that killed six people will not face criminal charges, Isanti County authorities said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/13/cambridge-crash-no-charges?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 13:01:55 -0500 Retired teacher's translated Swedish children's book hits the shelves Judy Gustafson sees her translation of a 19th-century Swedish children's book as a way to help modern society appreciate how humble and simple life once was while also exposing people to literature that teaches moral values. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/30/swedish-childrens-books?refid=0 Mon, 30 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Man charged with murder in Moorhead fire deaths A grand jury in Moorhead has charged a Naytahwaush man with first-degree murder in the deaths of two people found in a burned apartment complex in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/26/man-charged-with-murder-in-moorhead-fire-deaths-?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 10:05:54 -0500 Elk River football team suspended over hazing incident The school district is having a lawyer conduct an investigation into the allegations, and the Elk River Police Department is also involved, a school district spokesman said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/26/elk-river-football-team-suspended-over-hazing-incident?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 09:08:12 -0500 Three beach advisories lifted in Duluth, one added Officials have lifted advisories that had been in place at three Duluth beaches after new tests showed bacteria levels were back within normal range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/beach-advisories-duluth?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 08:25:38 -0500 Money manager gets 25 years, but some left with nothing Trevor Gilson Cook of Apple Valley was given the statutory maximum of 25 years in prison for defrauding at least 1,000 people out of $190 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/trevor-cook-sentencing?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 10:33:16 -0500 Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice: State's justice system "at the brink" Lorie Gildea, chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, said Tuesday that part of the solution to addressing the justice system's budget woes is educating people about the its role in society. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/minnesota-supreme-court-chief-justice-states-justice-system-at-the-brink?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 08:39:25 -0500 Memorial service to be held for Sandra Gardebring Ogren A memorial service will be held Tuesday for Sandra Gardebring Ogren, a former state Supreme Court justice and longtime Minnesota public servant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/23/memorial-service-to-be-held-for-sandra-gardebring-ogren?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 05:45:00 -0500 Engineering firm to pay $52.4M in bridge collapse More than 100 victims and their family members have reached a settlement agreement with an engineering contractor over the Interstate 35W bridge collapse in 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/23/35w-bridge-announcement?refid=0 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 10:28:30 -0500 Swanson: Swift action needed to keep carp out of Great Lakes Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson said Monday that Asian carp pose a real threat to the Great Lakes, and she hopes a judge will order temporary measures to stop the fish from spreading. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/23/swanson-carp?refid=0 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 08:34:37 -0500 Mpls. agrees to pay 'zombie' protesters $165,000 The city of Minneapolis has agreed to pay $165,000 to settle a lawsuit seven protesters filed over their arrests while dressed as zombies in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/23/zombie-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 08:01:19 -0500 Duluth nurses, hospitals to resume talks next week The union representing 1,350 nurses at two Duluth hospitals said Friday that federal mediators have called the two sides back to the bargaining table. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/20/nurses-talks?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 12:47:15 -0500 Authorities launch statewide DWI crackdown Law enforcement officers across the state will work overtime in the next few weeks to keep drunk drivers off Minnesota's roads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/20/dwi-crackdown?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 12:22:59 -0500 New beach advisories as testing resumes on Lake Superior Officials are advising people to stay out of the water at three Duluth beaches where elevated E. coli bacteria levels were found. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/20/beach-advisories?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 10:23:40 -0500 Debris from I-35W bridge collapse to be moved from park Debris from the Interstate 35W bridge collapse in 2007 will soon be moved to a storage site in Afton, Minnesota Department of Transportation officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/20/i35-debris?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 09:02:46 -0500 FCC commissioner: Google-Verizon plan would 'cannibalize' the Internet A Federal Communications Commissioner visiting Minneapolis on Thursday said that implementing a policy proposal by Google and Verizon on how the Internet should work in the future would "cannibalize" the Internet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/19/atc-net-neutrality?refid=0 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 15:58:49 -0500 National debate over net neutrality in Mpls. tonight Two members of the Federal Communications Commission are visiting Minneapolis today for a public hearing on what role the government should play in regulating the Internet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/19/net-neutrality-minneapolis-debate?refid=0 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 15:00:46 -0500 IRS agent pleads guilty to soliciting $9,700 bribe An Internal Revenue Service agent pleaded guilty Thursday to receiving a $9,700 bribe from a small business owner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/19/irs-agent-bribe?refid=0 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 14:38:17 -0500 Unemployment rate flat; state adds jobs Minnesota's unemployment rate stayed flat in July at 6.8 percent as the state gained 9,800 jobs during the month, DEED reported Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/19/state-unemployment?refid=0 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 09:27:42 -0500 Wrong-way driver killed in crash on I-35E; road open A man who drove several miles north on southbound Interstate 35E was killed early Thursday morning in a head-on crash, closing the interstate for several hours, the Minnesota State Patrol said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/19/wrong-way-crash?refid=0 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 07:35:12 -0500 Minnesotans may have been at the cabin, but they voted As the State Canvassing Board today certifies votes in last week's primary election, it doesn't appear voting during vacation season had a detrimental effect on turnout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/17/primary-voter-turnout?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 10:23:47 -0500 Deer shot in NW Minnesota test negative for bovine TB Deer shot by sharpshooters in northwestern Minnesota have all tested negative for bovine tuberculosis, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/16/deer-bovine-tb?refid=0 Mon, 16 Aug 2010 13:54:46 -0500 For immigrants, new cable a long-awaited connection Immigrants from East African countries living in Minnesota believe a new fiber-optic undersea cable might eventually help them better communicate with loved ones in Africa. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/16/fiber-optic-cable-impact?refid=0 Mon, 16 Aug 2010 10:54:57 -0500 Calif. ruling on overdraft fees could spark lawsuits in Minn. But consumer protection attorneys in Minnesota said it will take some time before Wells Fargo customers here have any hope of getting their overdraft fees back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/13/wellsfargo-lawsuits-could-follow?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:47:39 -0500 Rolnick: No numbers to support claim of jobs leaving Minn. for South Dakota Despite the billboard blitz, there's no way to quantify if jobs are leaving Minnesota for South Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/12/minnesota-jobs-to-south-dakota?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2010 13:06:41 -0500 Realtors: Twin Cities housing market still in 'holding pattern' The median sales price for a home in the Twin Cities was up slightly in July, but pending sales during the month were down more than 37 percent from a year ago, the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/twin-cities-home-prices?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 10:46:07 -0500 Dayton looks to unify DFL as he takes on Horner, Emmer With more than 99 percent of Minnesota's precincts reporting, Mark Dayton has a nearly 6,000 vote lead in the DFL gubernatorial primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/dayton-looks-to-take-on-opponents?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 10:04:39 -0500 Primary turnout in Minnesota highest in 10 years More than 15 percent of eligible voters in Minnesota cast ballots in Tuesday's primary, the highest turnout in a decade for a primary, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/recount-unlikely-in-dfl-primary?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 09:02:51 -0500 Low turnout, high temps mark August primary For the first time in more than 70 years, Minnesotans headed to the polls Tuesday for a summer primary. The combination of the earlier election date and relatively few close races will likely result in low turnout at the polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/10/primary-day-turnout?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 16:34:40 -0500 Minn. records first West Nile virus case of 2010 A man in western Minnesota who was hospitalized late last month is the state's first case of West Nile virus, the Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/10/minnesota-west-nile-virus?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 14:40:46 -0500 Firefighters take extra precautions in hot weather If you think it's hot out there, imagine what it's like to fight fires in this weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/10/firefighters-fight-heat?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 12:37:41 -0500 Heavy rain brings minor flooding to SW Minn. Residents and businesses in the southwestern Minnesota city of Luverne were cleaning up Monday after flash flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/10/heavy-rain-brings-minor-flooding-to-sw-minn?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 10:42:43 -0500 $1,000 reward offered in St. Paul hit-and-run death A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a driver suspected of intentionally running over a 54-year-old man in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/10/crash-reward?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 09:43:32 -0500 Artist plans massive time-lapse of Minnesota State Fair Twin Cities artist Ochen Kaylan plans to make a film showing the activities at the fairgrounds before the fair starts until after it's over. Kaylan, an online editor at Minnesota Public Radio, hopes to show how the state fairgrounds transform every year into a gathering place for people from across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/10/ochen-film-state-fair?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 07:38:31 -0500 Absentee ballot total surpasses last 20 years of Minn. primaries As of Monday morning, election officials have accepted 26,211 absentee ballots for Tuesday's election in which the field of governors' candidates will be narrowed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/absentee-voting?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 13:43:06 -0500 Mahnomen deputy wounded while on duty dies Chris Dewey, the Mahnomen County sheriff's deputy who was shot in the line of duty in February 2009, has died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/mahnomen-deputy-wounded-while-on-duty-dies?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 12:01:31 -0500 Kayaker finishes paddling 1,007 lakes in Itasca County Mary Shideler has battled mosquitoes and crawled through the woods on beaver trails in her quest to kayak every lake in Itasca County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/06/kayak-lady?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 16:00:00 -0500 Former Wells Fargo teller charged with stealing $100K A former Wells Fargo teller has been indicted in federal court with stealing $100,000 from two customer accounts, prosecutors announced Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/06/former-wells-fargo-teller-charged-with-stealing-100k?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 14:26:59 -0500 Disease kills 900 birds on Marsh Lake in western Minn. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is blaming a large bird die-off in western Minnesota on Newcastle disease, a viral disease that commonly infects cormorants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/06/bird-die-off?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 13:42:44 -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 Somali community reacts to new indictments, arrests The arrests of two women in Rochester on Thursday shocked the Somali community living there, community leaders said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/somali-reaction?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 14:48:28 -0500 Northstar rail service for Twins games extended Metro Transit said Thursday it will make the Northstar commuter rail available during most Twins games in September and October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/twins-northstar-service-extended?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 09:29:18 -0500 Xcel Energy: Wind-to-battery project a success so far Xcel Energy says a project in southwestern Minnesota that transfers power generated by wind turbines onto a large battery pack is working as hoped. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/04/xcel-wind-battery?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 15:21:06 -0500 US Bank online banking restored; power outage blamed US Bank online banking customers have had trouble getting into their accounts following a power outage at one of the bank's operation centers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/04/power-outage-causes-us-bank-online-banking-problems?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 14:05:00 -0500 Your end of summer to-do list: county fairs, outdoor concerts, ice cream With only a month left before Labor Day, there's still plenty of Minnesota summertime activities to put on your list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/04/summer-winding-down?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 11:39:00 -0500 Hahn says his lack of government experience is an asset Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Rob Hahn said Wednesday that his lack of experience in government could be an asset. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/04/rob-hahn-morning-edition?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 07:39:54 -0500 911 outage in NE Minn. not causing major problems The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said 911 service in Ely, Babbitt, Floodwood, International Falls, McGregor, Aurora, Tower, Two Harbors and Ranier might be interrupted between now and about 9 p.m. Tuesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/03/st-louis-county-fiber-optic-line-cut?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 13:40:30 -0500 Minneapolis aims to be National Night Out leader again Neighborhoods across the country will be holding block parties Tuesday evening as part of National Night Out, the annual event that encourages people to get to know their neighbors and work together to prevent crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/03/national-night-out?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 08:27:05 -0500 State Department: Hikers are victims of 'nuclear game' The three American hikers held in Iran are victims of an dispute between the two countries over Iran's nuclear program, the State Department said today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/30/iran-hikers-senators?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jul 2010 13:10:17 -0500 Bemidji beach reopens after E. coli outbreak The beach was closed Thursday after three people became ill July 12 and 13 from E. coli. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/30/bemidji-beach-e-coli?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jul 2010 10:37:16 -0500 Man identified in 31st Minneapolis homicide The man who was shot and killed Wednesday night in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis has been identified. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/30/31-homicide?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jul 2010 08:36:05 -0500 Former Minn. U.S. Attorney praises new tribal law Former U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger said Friday that a new law signed by President Obama giving greater powers to tribal courts and law enforcement was long overdue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/30/heffelfinger-tribal?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jul 2010 08:20:47 -0500 Former prosecutor charged with promoting prostitution John Paul St. Marie, 66, faces six felony charges stemming from the alleged operation that paired prostitutes with customers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/29/st-marie-prostitution?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2010 13:21:04 -0500 Man shot and killed in Minneapolis Phillips neighborhood A man suffered a gunshot wound and died in a shooting Wednesday night in the Phillips neighborhood, Minneapolis police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/29/mpls-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2010 07:23:33 -0500 Mille Lacs tribal police ID body as that of missing man Tribal police have confirmed that a body found on the Mille Lacs Reservation is a 19-year-old man who had been missing for a week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/26/mille-lacs-body?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 16:23:30 -0500 Brother charged in 2005 double homicide in Minneapolis Second-degree murder charges were filed Monday against the brother of one of two men shot and killed in Minneapolis in 2005. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/26/charges-filed-in-2005-minneapolis-homicide?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 14:17:46 -0500 Hastings teen who brought gun to school pleads guilty A 15-year-old boy who brought a gun to Hastings Middle School in April and threatened students and staff with it has pleaded guilty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/26/hastings-plea?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 12:32:40 -0500 Authorities ID man shot and killed at Mpls gas station The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified the man who was shot and killed at a Minneapolis gas station early Sunday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/26/shooting-id-mpls?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 07:43:23 -0500 Firefighters injured in blaze at vacant St. Paul building Five St. Paul firefighters were being treated for heat exhaustion while fighting a fire at a vacant commercial building, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/23/firefighters-injured-in-st-paul?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 14:13:12 -0500 Beachgoers beware: Not all beaches are tested for bacteria Some beaches will be closed this weekend because of high levels of E. coli bacteria. But not all of Minnesota's beaches are being tested this summer, including many on Lake Superior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/23/beaches-not-tested?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 11:32:19 -0500 Dayton: Higher taxes needed because cuts would be 'drastic' Former Sen. Mark Dayton said Friday that balancing the budget through substantial cuts would ignore the state's priorities and values. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/23/mark-dayton-me?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 07:17:17 -0500 Former justice Gardebring Ogren remembered as 'a star' Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Sandra Gardebring Ogren, whose career in public service spanned four decades and touched government, the courts and higher education, has died after a nine-year battle with cancer. She was 63. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/21/gardebring-obit?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jul 2010 16:10:59 -0500 Man shot to death in Minneapolis Minneapolis police are investigating the shooting death of a man who was found lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the neck early Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/21/mpls-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jul 2010 07:46:30 -0500 Body found in Theodore Wirth Park was Brooklyn Park teen The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified the body found in Theodore Wirth Park on Sunday as a Brooklyn Park teen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/21/body-identified-park?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jul 2010 07:29:03 -0500 Minneapolis police arrest man in 2005 double shooting Police in Minneapolis said Tuesday that they have arrested a man in the shooting deaths of two others in 2005. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/20/2005-murder-arrests-made?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 2010 15:58:40 -0500 Indictment: Nursing assistants took $60K from vulnerable A federal grand jury has indicted two nursing assistants for allegedly stealing more than $60,000 from vulnerable adults in their care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/20/indictment-nursing-assistants-took-60k-from-vulnerable?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 2010 08:09:53 -0500 DNR plans first-ever Minn. sandhill crane hunting season Minnesotans will be able to hunt sandhill cranes this fall for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/19/crane-hunting?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jul 2010 11:29:38 -0500 Lake of the Isles drowning victim named The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified the man who drowned in Lake of the Isles on Friday morning. Twenty-six-year-old Minneapolis resident Daniel Gulbrandson apparently drowned while swimming with friends sometime before 5 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/16/drowning-lake-isles?refid=0 Sun, 18 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Man charged in fatal shooting at Rosemount car wash Authorities have filed second-degree murder charges against a 27-year-old Burnsville man in the shooting death of another man at a car wash in Rosemount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/16/shooting-charge?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jul 2010 12:56:10 -0500 Beatles fans relive memories of Minnesota concert The Beatles made their only appearance in Minnesota in the summer of 1965. Some of the fans who attended that concert 45 years ago plan to visit the Minnesota History Center's new exhibit displaying photos from the event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/16/beatles-fans-relive-minnesota-show?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jul 2010 10:35:47 -0500 State unemployment rate drops to 6.8 percent, as more Minnesotans stop looking for work The state lost 3,700 jobs, but the rate likely dropped because nearly 14,000 works left the state labor force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/15/unemployment-report?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jul 2010 09:30:43 -0500 Entenza talks health care, budget deficit on Morning Edition Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Entenza said Thursday that a single-payer, state government health care system in Minnesota would cost too much to set up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/15/entenza-morning-edition?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jul 2010 07:22:39 -0500 Farmer charged with lying to USDA about moldy beans A federal grand jury has indicted a northwestern Minnesota farmer, charging that he lied to the U.S. Department of Agriculture about adding moldy beans to a load of already inspected beans to be sent to Honduras. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/14/moldy-beans?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jul 2010 13:04:51 -0500 Gabe's Roadhouse 'business as usual' after taxes paid The owners of Gabe's Roadhouse in St. Paul have paid the sales taxes owed to the state and the bar has resumed full operations, the bar's manager said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/14/gabes-follow?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jul 2010 08:12:03 -0500 Storms drop tornadoes, hail south of Twin Cities Trees and power lines were down and a semi-trailer overturned on a highway as a storm system bringing high winds, rain and possible tornadoes moved through Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/14/severe-weather?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jul 2010 07:55:15 -0500 Authorities seize liquor, cash from St. Paul bar The Minnesota Department of Revenue said Tuesday officials were seizing cash and liquor from Gabe's Roadhouse because the St. Paul bar owes more than $39,000 in state sales taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/13/wozniak?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 15:11:45 -0500 U2 reschedules Mpls. show for 2011 U2 canceled its June 27 concert after the band's frontman, Bono, injured his back and had surgery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/13/u2-reschedule-show?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 14:04:12 -0500 Second teen dies in northeast Minneapolis crash Five teenagers who had apparently been at a sleepover were in a car when it crashed into a streetlight pole. One passenger died at the scene, and the driver died later at HCMC. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/13/high-speed-crash?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 07:22:56 -0500 Wife of scuba victim: 'They weren't going to leave their buddy' While diving on a central Wisconsin lake over the weekend, Milton Floyd and diving partner James Jordan might have violated a key scuba rule: Never make a second victim. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/12/scuba-deaths?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jul 2010 12:46:01 -0500 Homicide count in Mpls at 28 after weekend shootings Two men died in shootings in Minneapolis over the weekend, bringing the number of homicides in the city to 28. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/12/mpls-shootings?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jul 2010 01:54:02 -0500 Names of officers who shot man in Cottage Grove released Authorities have released the names of the four officers from the Washington County Special Response Team who shot and killed a man in Cottage Grove this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/09/cottage-grove-shooting-police?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jul 2010 15:25:55 -0500 Police trying to find person who shot rifle on July 4 Police in Minneapolis are trying to find the person who shot a hunting rifle and injured a bicyclist during the Fourth of July fireworks last weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/09/rifle-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jul 2010 13:00:13 -0500 Kelliher: Minnesota should boost minimum wage DFL gubernatorial candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher said Friday she wants to see Minnesota increase its minimum wage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/09/kelliher-morning-edition?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jul 2010 08:11:55 -0500 Former teacher pleads guilty to child porn charges A former St. Paul special education teacher pleaded guilty Thursday to producing and possessing child pornography in connection with photographs he took of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/08/teacherporn?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jul 2010 16:34:11 -0500 Man killed by police during weapons probe ID'ed Four officers shot and killed one man and injured another during a felony weapons investigation Wednesday night in Cottage Grove, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/08/cottage-grove-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jul 2010 16:01:58 -0500 New DNR program offers novices a chance to try camping The program's goal is to introduce families to the outdoors so they develop an appreciation for the state's natural areas and pass it on to younger generations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/08/i-can-camp?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jul 2010 11:30:59 -0500 Immigration authorities arrest 18 in gang bust Eighteen men have been arrested in the Twin Cities area during an operation targeting gang members, immigration authorities announced Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/08/ice-raid?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jul 2010 10:05:01 -0500 Bachmann nearly doubles Clark's fundraising in 2Q The campaign cash is piling up in the 6th congressional district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/07/6th-district-funds?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 08:20:19 -0500 Eagan police: No charges in case of boy found on highway A 3-year-old boy, wearing only a T-shirt, was unharmed after a motorist found him by the side of Highway 55 in Eagan early Tuesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/06/wandering-boy-on-highway?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 09:00:19 -0500 Search brings mixed emotions for the Wetterlings Law enforcement officials continued searching Thursday at a farm near where 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was abducted more than 20 years ago, but his mother said she doesn't think the search signals a break in the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/01/wetterling-search?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 2010 07:51:08 -0500 Minnesotans ready for fireworks at favorite spots You might already have a favorite Fourth of July fireworks show, but is it among the best in the state? We asked members of MPR's Public Insight Network to weigh in on the debate, and tell us if if their community's fireworks have survived the recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/29/best-fireworks-in-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jun 2010 11:00:06 -0500 60 percent of Hennepin inmates test positive for drugs More than 60 percent of people booked into the Hennepin County jail during a four-month period last year tested positive for drug use, according to a study released Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/28/drug-use-in-hennepin-county-prisons?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jun 2010 08:49:00 -0500 What to watch out for on Minnesota lakes It's the best time of year to hit Minnesota's lakes -- it's hot outside and most of the water is at a comfortable temperature to swim. But you're likely to encounter a thing or two that might make you squirm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/25/watching-out-for-milfoil?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jun 2010 10:31:53 -0500 Weeds clog Minnesota lakes earlier this year Eurasian watermilfoil isn't new to Lake Calhoun, above, and other Minnesota lakes. But it peaked earlier than usual, getting in the way of swimming and boating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/25/weeds-clog-minnesota-lakes-earlier-this-year?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jun 2010 10:17:30 -0500 Blaine man faces additional charges over e-mail threats A Blaine man accused of using a neighbor's e-mail address to send threats and other inappropriate material now faces more serious charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/24/email-threats?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 11:32:14 -0500 Parking loans for Central Corridor businesses approved The St. Paul City Council on Wednesday approved $1.3 million in forgivable loans for businesses along the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit route to deal with the loss of street parking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/lrt-parking?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 15:36:50 -0500 Arrest made in shooting of 16-year-old in Minneapolis Police on Tuesday arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy in south Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/shooting-arrest?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 11:57:04 -0500 Lake Superior walkers nearly halfway done The Minnesota husband and wife hiking the entire shore of Lake Superior have nearly reached their halfway point, seven weeks after beginning the trek in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/lake-superior-walkers?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 08:19:34 -0500 Minneapolis, St. Paul populations up slightly Minnesota's two largest cities and the state as a whole showed small increases in population, according to census estimates released Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/22/census-side?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jun 2010 15:51:25 -0500 Cleanup begins after deadly tornadoes National Guard troops and volunteers with chainsaws were helping residents in this northwestern Minnesota town begin a massive cleanup effort, a day after a tornado destroyed homes and uprooted trees in its path. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/18/minnesota-tornadoes-severe-weather?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2010 06:26:33 -0500 Apple growers sue U of M over SweeTango agreement More than a dozen Minnesota and Wisconsin apple growers have filed a lawsuit against the University of Minnesota over a licensing agreement to sell the SweeTango apple. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/sweetango?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 13:35:20 -0500 Final traffic death tally released, lowest since '44 The state Department of Public Safety on Thursday released the final tally of traffic deaths for 2009, and the total number remained the lowest since 1944. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/traffic-deaths-low?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 11:20:48 -0500 Minnesota's unemployment rate drops to 7 percent Last month's jobless rate is the lowest it's been since December 2008 and below the national rate of 9.7 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/minnesota-unemployment-falls?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 09:29:12 -0500 Judges face a fight as they ban Internet use more often As the Internet becomes a more vital part of everyday life, those charged with crimes are seeing their Internet rights taken away more often -- and some of them are fighting it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/judges-face-fight-over-banning-internet-use?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 09:12:37 -0500 Oberstar, Bachmann react to Obama's speech MPR's Morning Edition interviewed Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar and Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann on Wednesday for their reaction to President Barack Obama's speech on the Gulf Coast oil spill. Below are excerpts from those interviews. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/16/oberstar-bachmann-obama-address?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2010 08:29:20 -0500 2,600 deer test negative for chronic wasting disease Most of the deer tested were taken within a 15-mile radius of an elk farm near Pine Island in southern Minnesota where chronic wasting disease was found in 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/15/deer-chronic-wasting-disease-tests?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 14:22:33 -0500 Groups protest health care cuts outside Pawlenty's office A coalition of groups offered health screenings outside the governor's office today to protest cuts to a state health care program for the poor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/15/groups-protest-healthcare-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 11:58:39 -0500 Report: Foreclosures rise sharply in Minnesota Minnesota recorded more than 6,700 foreclosures in the first three months of 2010, the highest number since mid-2008, according to a report released Monday by the Minnesota Housing Partnership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/14/foreclosures-rise?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 15:31:52 -0500 Crews monitor Minn. waterways as part of 10-year project Waterway monitoring crews have begun their work throughout the state to track the health of the state's rivers, streams and lakes over a 10-year period. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/14/mpca-waterways?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 15:19:38 -0500 Rally planned in Mpls. on anniversary of Iran elections A group of Minnesotans on Saturday will mark the one-year anniversary of the elections in Iran in which the opposition leader they supported lost to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/iran-rally-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 15:00:00 -0500 Health officials link 3 more E. coli cases to raw milk Three more E. coli illnesses have been linked to raw milk or other dairy products at a farm in Gibbon, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/raw-milk?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 14:39:55 -0500 Man posing as Mpls. police officer scams elderly woman A man claiming to be a forgery investigator for the Minneapolis Police Department successfully persuaded an elderly Richfield woman to withdraw nearly $10,000 in cash for him, police said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/man-posing-as-cop-scam?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 14:18:11 -0500 Human rights officials: Ladies' nights discriminatory The Minnesota Department of Human Rights said Friday that it appears five bars in the Twin Cities are discriminating against male patrons by holding "Ladies' Night" promotions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/ladies-night?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 10:11:48 -0500 Lanes reopen after fatal crash on I-94 in Woodbury A fatal crash on Interstate 94 in Woodbury this morning caused traffic to back up for miles, but authorities said lanes have since reopened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/lanes-reopen-after-fatal-crash-on-i94-in-woodbury?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 09:05:45 -0500 Stimulus money helps diesel train engines run cleaner Two diesel locomotives that run between the metro area and South Dakota used to sit with their engines idling for hours to keep from freezing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/09/diesel-idle?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 15:50:45 -0500 Workers to demolish bridge over I-35 in North Branch A bridge spanning Interstate 35 in North Branch is set to be demolished during overnight shifts starting Tuesday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/08/35-closure?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 2010 16:08:29 -0500 Twin Cities attorney guilty of embezzling $2 million A Twin Cities attorney charged with embezzling $2 million from his clients and law firm has pleaded guilty in federal court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/08/attorney-guilty?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 2010 14:42:23 -0500 Minn. prisons agency to pay $724K in age bias case A federal judge is ordering the Minnesota Department of Corrections to pay $724,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/08/agebias-corrections?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 2010 12:37:11 -0500 Appeals court: Big transmission line project may go forward Eleven utilities, including Xcel Energy and Great River Energy, are building the 600 miles of lines to upgrade and expand the electric transmission grid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/08/grid-project-may-go-forward?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 2010 10:15:45 -0500 Contaminated cocaine linked to 2 Minn. deaths Minnesota health officials say cocaine cut with an anti-worming drug used by veterinarians is making people sick, and has contributed to the deaths of two people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/07/tainted-cocaine?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 14:43:52 -0500 Bike Walk Week culminates Thursday with bike-share program This year's week-long celebration to encourage commuters to bike and walk to work culminates Thursday with the launch of what organizers say is the largest bike sharing program in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/07/bike-walk-week?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 12:08:28 -0500 Four injured in New Brighton shooting; suspect sought Police were still looking Monday for a man suspected of shooting and injuring four people at a New Brighton mobile home park the night before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/07/four-people-injured-in-new-brighton-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 09:06:10 -0500 Deaf man's case against Hibbing Taconite set for trial A deaf man's discrimination lawsuit against Hibbing Taconite Co. is set for trial after a federal judge denied the company's request for an immediate ruling in the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/04/deaf-hibbinglawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 11:44:39 -0500 Illinois couple guilty of defrauding Best Buy of $41M A federal jury has found an Illinois couple guilty of defrauding Best Buy out of $41 million by over-billing the Richfield-based company for computer parts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/04/couple-defrauds-best-buy?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 08:05:35 -0500 National anti-gay marriage group seeks to intervene in Minnesota lawsuit A Minnesota group seeking to maintain the state's ban on same-sex marriage will get help from a national conservative Christian group that has helped fight similar cases in other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/03/national-group-to-intervene-in-gay-marriage-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 12:41:14 -0500 Legal fight to lift Minnesota's gay marriage ban faces tough odds Rather than changing Minnesota law, some state and national gay rights leaders fear the lawsuit will instead attract the kind of attention they'd rather avoid -- especially in an election year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/03/fight-to-lift-gay-marriage-ban-faces-tough-odds?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 10:34:51 -0500 Rwandan prosecutor says Erlinder retracted statements on genocide The Rwandan government's controversial detention of a Minnesota law professor took a series of unexpected turns Wednesday, with Rwandan officials announcing that the professor retracted his statements on the country's genocide and tried to commit suicide in jail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/02/erlinder-returns-to-hospital?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 2010 18:05:27 -0500 Missing cub found at Ely bear center Researchers at the North American Bear Center in Ely said Wednesday that they have found the cub that had been separated from her mother for a second time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/02/bear-cub-missing?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 2010 07:49:57 -0500 Abuse survivors reunite 9 months after kidney transplant Phil Saviano and Susan Pavlak have become good friends since Pavlak reached out to the fellow survivor of clergy abuse and gave him one of her kidneys. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/01/clergy-abuse-survivors-reunite-after-kidney-transplant?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 10:31:01 -0500 Changes to state's GAMC program for poor adults start today About 30,000 low-income Minnesotans who rely on General Assistance Medical Care were able to stay in the program as part of budget negotiations at the State Capitol last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/01/gamc-today?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 08:14:43 -0500 Duluth police investigate possible dog poisonings Police in Duluth are investigating several suspected dog poisonings in the city's Lakeside neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/28/dog-poisonings?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 2010 12:06:51 -0500 Autism center settles over improper billing allegations The Minnetonka-based Minnesota Autism Center has agreed to pay $600,000 to settle allegations it improperly billed Medicaid for services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/28/autism-center-settlement?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 2010 07:41:34 -0500 Bear biologist: Mama-cub reunion 'most satisfying moment' Lily the bear and her cub Hope are back together, roaming around for food a day after they were reunited by biologists in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/27/bear-reunion?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2010 11:48:40 -0500 Aquarium seeks toothbrushes to clean Gulf animals Minnesotans are sending peat and human hair to the Gulf of Mexico to help with the giant oil spill. Next on the list? Toothbrushes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/27/toothbrushes-for-turtles?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2010 10:51:25 -0500 Challenges lie ahead in child pornography lawsuits St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson's plans to pursue those who download and view child porn are likely to come up against substantial legal hurdles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/27/challenges-for-porn-lawsuits?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2010 09:09:18 -0500 Rybak: Marijuana trade fueling gang activity, violence Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said Thursday that the demand for marijuana is fueling gang activity and the violence that sometimes results. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/27/rybak-gangs?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2010 08:01:23 -0500 Attorney charged with embezzling $2 million A Twin Cities attorney was charged in federal court Wednesday with embezzling $2 million from his clients and the firm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/26/embezzlement-charges?refid=0 Wed, 26 May 2010 18:36:28 -0500 St. Paul teacher charged with making child porn now being sued by lawyer known for clergy abuse cases A former St. Paul special education teacher charged with producing child pornography now faces a lawsuit filed by the Twin Cities attorney who has made a career out of suing the Catholic Church over clergy sex abuse allegations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/26/child-porn-suit?refid=0 Wed, 26 May 2010 12:02:38 -0500 Charges: Carver sheriff's deputy stole drugs from dept. A veteran Carver County sheriff's deputy has been charged with removing drugs from the department's evidence room, authorities said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/25/drug-theft?refid=0 Tue, 25 May 2010 14:52:05 -0500 Water report: 33 of 964 Minn. systems had problems An annual report on the state's 964 community drinking water supply systems shows that 33 of them had problems ranging from bacteria to excessive arsenic in 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/25/water-report?refid=0 Tue, 25 May 2010 11:33:13 -0500 U2 to reschedule tour, including concert at U of M U2's tour of North America, including a concert at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, will be rescheduled for 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/25/u2-tour-reschedule?refid=0 Tue, 25 May 2010 08:20:16 -0500 I-35 reopens after fatal crash in Lakeville Authorities are responding to a fatal crash in Lakeville involving a truck that was hauling bees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/24/lakeville-fatal?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2010 19:52:00 -0500 Drywall contractor to pay workers in discrimination suit A Mahtomedi drywall contractor has agreed to pay a group of Latino workers $2.5 million in a discrimination settlement that was recently approved by a federal judge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/24/discrimination-suit?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2010 10:35:57 -0500 Two of the detained American hikers get engaged while in prison Two of the American hikers being held in Iran are engaged to be married. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/24/iran-hikers-engaged?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2010 08:44:44 -0500 Ill. river being poisoned today in search for Asian carp Officials in Illinois are poisoning part of a river that connects to Lake Michigan in search for Asian carp, an invasive fish that could threaten the Great Lakes ecosystem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/20/illinois-river-being-poisoned-today-in-search-for-asian-carp?refid=0 Thu, 20 May 2010 13:04:10 -0500 Father of Minn. native held in Iran happy to see son on TV The father of a Minnesota native being held in Iran said he's waiting anxiously to hear more news from the Middle East. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/20/al-bauer?refid=0 Thu, 20 May 2010 11:21:46 -0500 $26 million in environmental projects to start in July Research covering sustainable biofuels, bee colony collapse disorder and a new microbe discovered in the Soudan mine are among the projects receiving money from this year's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/19/enviro-projects?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2010 15:56:08 -0500 Last year's solar installations break state record More solar energy systems were installed in Minnesota in 2009 than in any other year, state energy officials said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/19/last-years-solar-installations-break-state-record?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2010 14:52:55 -0500 Veteran Minn. lawyer considers joining oil spill suits An attorney who spent 21 years representing Alaska residents and fishermen after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill said he's considering getting involved in the recent spill in the Gulf of Mexico. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/18/oilspill?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 10:47:47 -0500 Former state finance official: Big changes needed in budgeting John Gunyou, who served as finance commissioner under Republican Gov. Arne Carlson in the '90s, spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about the state's budget problems. Below is an edited transcript of their conversation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/18/gonyou-budget?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 10:22:56 -0500 Twin Cities nurses: Potential strike would last one day Twin Cities nurses considering a strike to protest staffing levels and cuts to their pension plan say the possible walkout would last only one day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/18/nurses-strike?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 08:55:51 -0500 Budget is done, but what's in it for me? You've heard the latest: They pulled an all-nighter at the State Capitol. The Republican governor and Democrats in the Legislature agreed on how to solve the budget deficit. So what's in it for me, you ask? It depends who you are. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/17/budgetfolo-whatsinitforme?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Budget deal reached at last minute; special session called to pass it Gov. Tim Pawlenty and state lawmakers have reached an agreement on how to close a nearly $3 billion budget deficit, with only a few minutes to spare before the midnight deadline. The Legislature is meeting in a brief special session to approve the deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/16/budget-deal?refid=0 Sun, 16 May 2010 23:43:03 -0500 Lawmakers, Pawlenty still working on budget deal with little time left With less than 24 hours to solve Minnesota's nearly $3 billion budget deficit, Gov. Tim Pawlenty and lawmakers were still working out a plan that could satisfy members of both parties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/15/budget-saturday?refid=0 Sat, 15 May 2010 18:15:40 -0500 Minn. among 38 states facing budget shortfalls Minnesota isn't alone as it struggles to fill a nearly $3 billion budget gap. The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that 38 states and Puerto Rico are facing budget shortfalls to the tune of $89 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/13/otherstates?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2010 17:37:02 -0500 Pawlenty strikes down Minn. health care bill Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Thursday vetoed a Health and Human Services spending bill, saying it had too many cost increases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/13/pawlenty-vetos-health-bill?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2010 12:59:28 -0500 Gildea named to take Magnuson's place on high court Supreme Court Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea was named Thursday as the new chief justice of the state's high court, replacing Chief Justice Eric Magnuson who is stepping down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/13/magnuson-replacement?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2010 10:34:04 -0500 Few new ideas on budget as deadline nears With less than five days remaining in the legislative session, few new ideas emerged today at the State Capitol on how to solve a nearly $3 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/few-new-ideas?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 15:11:34 -0500 Votes planned on health and welfare bill today despite veto threat The Minnesota House and Senate planned to vote Wednesday on a new Health and Human Services bill that cuts $114 million from the budget in 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/vote-today-on-health-human-services-bill?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 12:43:09 -0500 Pawlenty, lawmakers meeting again on budget DFL and Republican legislative leaders were meeting with Gov. Tim Pawlenty for a second time Tuesday to discuss possible solutions to the state's nearly $3 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/11/pawlenty-veto?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2010 12:20:47 -0500 A look at the DFL's tax plan DFL legislative leaders have introduced a plan to increase income taxes for the state's wealthiest residents to help fill a nearly $3 billion deficit. Another part of the plan calls for $2.5 billion in cuts. Here's a look at the plan, which the House and Senate plan to vote on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/10/dfl-budget-plan?refid=0 Mon, 10 May 2010 14:00:03 -0500 Senate, House pass budget bill; veto looms With just one week left in the session, state legislators on Monday took a first step toward solving a budget deficit created when the state Supreme Court ruled against the unilateral cuts Gov. Tim Pawlenty made last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/10/dlf-proposes-tax-for-budget-gap?refid=0 Mon, 10 May 2010 09:59:14 -0500 Effort to lift nuclear ban still alive, but with restrictions An effort in the Minnesota Legislature to lift the state's ban on new nuclear power plants is still alive, but restrictions placed within the legislation have made some wonder if anything would really change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/07/nuclear-ban-lift-alive?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2010 11:37:34 -0500 Police funerals: History of "full honors" rituals Hundreds of police officers and other law enforcement attend the service when one of their colleagues is killed, and the full-day ceremony includes many rituals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/06/police-funeral-rituals?refid=0 Thu, 06 May 2010 08:48:15 -0500 Maplewood police officer laid to rest In a day filled with somber ritual, some 3,000 law enforcement officers and members of the public said goodbye to fallen Maplewood police Sgt. Joe Bergeron. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/06/bergeron-funeral?refid=0 Thu, 06 May 2010 06:52:22 -0500 Marshall man charged in kidnapping, rape of girl A 25-year-old Marshall man was charged Wednesday with kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct, a day after he allegedly abducted a 14-year-old girl as she was delivering newspapers and raped her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/fairfax-abduction?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2010 15:50:00 -0500 Court's ruling makes state budget picture more complicated A Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that struck down a unilateral cut Gov. Tim Pawlenty made last year could make the Legislature's task of balancing the budget more complicated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/05/unallotment-ruling?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2010 10:04:38 -0500 Group pushing changes in teacher licensing to unveil ads A group of DFL and Republican lawmakers will join school officials today to introduce new TV and radio ads in support of legislation allowing teachers to get certified more easily. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/05/alt-teacher-certification?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2010 08:34:14 -0500 A closer look at Gov. Pawlenty's unallotment cuts A list of areas that were cut through unallotment in June 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/12/closer-look-at-unallotment?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Senators: U.S.-Iran dispute separate from hikers' plight Minnesota's U.S. senators joined two others Tuesday to urge Iran's president to release the three American hikers that have been held in his country since July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/iran-hikers-senators?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 14:30:01 -0500 Two arrested for aiding shooting suspects are released The two people St. Paul police arrested in connection with the shooting death of the Maplewood police officer have been released from jail without being charged. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/arrested-released?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 11:42:53 -0500 State officials want Xcel rate hike dramatically reduced Xcel Energy is trying to make a case for a $16.2 million annual rate hike for its natural gas service, but the proposal has failed to get backing from state energy officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/xcel-rate-hike?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 10:20:41 -0500 Section of I-35W to close each night this week The Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to close northbound Interstate 35W at Highway 62 each night this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/03/35w-closures?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 2010 16:50:01 -0500 Authorities: Boy dies after walking into car's path The car that hit a 16-year-old boy in Fridley on Sunday had a green light, and the driver likely won't be charged, authorities said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/03/fridley-fatal?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 2010 12:57:57 -0500 Charges filed in Maplewood police officer's death Prosecutors charged a 21-year-old St. Paul man with second-degree murder Monday in the weekend shooting death of a Maplewood police officer. Authorities said they don't think Joshua Martin actually fired the shot that killed Sgt. Joseph Bergeron, but he is still legally responsible for his death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/03/shooting-charges-filed?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 2010 12:09:50 -0500 Hastings bridge reopens after fatal crash A fatal accident in Hastings has shut down the Highway 61 bridge over the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/03/highway-61-closed?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 2010 11:18:00 -0500 Brooklyn Park police investigate teen's shooting death Police in Brooklyn Park are still trying to determine who shot and killed a 17-year-old boy during a fight near a house party over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/03/brooklyn-park-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 2010 10:21:20 -0500 Minneapolis to city residents: Don't prune ash trees City officials in Minneapolis are asking residents to refrain from pruning ash trees in their yards in order to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/30/ash-borer-mpls?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 10:33:41 -0500 Duluth Air National Guard unit to welcome new F-16s A celebration is scheduled for this afternoon to welcome a group of new F-16 fighter jets to the Duluth Air National Guard base. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/30/fighter-jets?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 08:00:15 -0500 Minn. asks feds to help 6 more counties with flooding Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management officials said Thursday they are requesting that six more counties be included to the state's major disaster declaration for spring flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/29/flood?refid=0 Thu, 29 Apr 2010 14:34:27 -0500 Macalester alum will donate Kentucky Derby winnings A Macalester College alum whose co-owns a horse racing this Saturday in the Kentucky Derby said he plans to donate money to his alma mater if the colt wins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/29/derby-winnings?refid=0 Thu, 29 Apr 2010 08:26:47 -0500 Minneapolis man admits he stole from same bank 3 times A 21-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday to robbing the same U.S. Bank branch three different times, federal authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/28/bank-robbery?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 15:58:51 -0500 Coleman bans city travel to Arizona over immigration law St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said Wednesday he would ban all publicly funded travel to Arizona to take a stand against that state's new law targeting illegal immigrants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/28/coleman-bans-travel-over-crackdown?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 13:08:44 -0500 St. Paul librarian charged in theft of more than 1,400 items A 30-year-old woman who worked for the St. Paul Public Library system for more than a decade has been charged with stealing more than 1,400 books, DVDs and other items from her employer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/26/librarian-charged?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 14:20:50 -0500 Passenger in fatal crash was on probation for DUI The teen driver had received her license just three weeks before and was subject to Minnesota's Graduated License rules, meaning she shouldn't have been driving at that time of night. The teens who died apparently weren't wearing seat belts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/26/prom-no-cancel?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 13:01:09 -0500 Minn. couple to begin Lake Superior trek this week A retired Minnesota couple hopes to become the oldest pair to circumnavigate Lake Superior on foot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/25/lake-superior-walkers?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 07:30:00 -0500 Robbinsdale apartment fire displaces about 50 people An apartment fire in Robbinsdale on Friday morning will force about 50 people to find a new place to live, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/23/robbinsdale-fire?refid=0 Fri, 23 Apr 2010 08:21:05 -0500 Environmental group: Target's e-recycling not transparent An environmental group says Target should be more open about what happens to the electronics it takes back for recycling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/22/target-recycling?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 17:48:57 -0500 Pipeline leaks oil in wetlands on Leech Lake reservation Officials said Wednesday they are still cleaning up an oil spill that was discovered after a wildfire moved through part of the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/21/oil-leak?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:10:12 -0500 U of M begins sending books to Google for digitization project The University of Minnesota library system is beginning to send books from its collection to Google as part of a digitization project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/21/google-digital-books-uofm?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 10:04:26 -0500 Hecker's girlfriend pleads guilty to making false statement The girlfriend of fallen auto mogul Denny Hecker has pleaded guilty in federal court to making a false statement in Hecker's bankruptcy case and defrauding a credit union. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/hecker-girlfriend-guilty?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 16:06:38 -0500 Target to stop issuing Visa credit cards Target Corp. said Tuesday it will stop issuing Target Visa credit cards and instead issue Target credit cards to qualified applicants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/target-visa-cards?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 14:09:52 -0500 Experts inspect Toyota involved in fatal St. Paul crash A Toyota Camry involved in a fatal 2006 crash is being inspected today to find out whether there were problems with the car's accelerator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/toyota-inspected?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 11:30:13 -0500 Is your contractor certified by the EPA in lead safety techniques? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set a deadline for painters, electricians, general contractors and anyone else who might disturb lead-based paint during a job to get trained in techniques to keep themselves and others safe from lead chips and dust. The techniques are required for any home or other building built before 1978. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/is-your-contractor-certified-in-lead-safety?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 08:31:09 -0500 Flights from MSP to Europe on schedule, for now Delta Air Lines said it hopes its flights from the U.S. to Europe will run as scheduled this afternoon and evening, including flights to Amsterdam, London and Paris leaving from the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/msp-flights?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 08:05:42 -0500 Thousands of Minn. contractors will miss EPA's lead deadline Only a fraction of Minnesota contractors will receive lead training by this Thursday's deadline, and the rest could face hefty fines if they continue to work on homes built before 1978. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/19/contractors-to-miss-deadline-for-lead-training?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Judge: Marshals may enter Denny Hecker's home as attorneys inventory and seize items A judge in former auto dealer Denny Hecker's bankruptcy case is allowing U.S. marshals to enter Hecker's home in Medina as attorneys inventory and seize items. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/19/marshals-may-enter-hecker-home?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2010 12:57:26 -0500 Officer shot, man killed in Woodbury A 55-year-old man died after exchanging shots with and injuring a police officer at a home in Woodbury, authorities said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/16/woodbury-officer-shot?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2010 07:13:00 -0500 Summer will be test for upcoming EPA ozone standard Air quality regulators will be watching to see how many alerts Minnesota issues this summer because of high ozone levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/15/ozone-air-pollution?refid=0 Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:57:04 -0500 Roseville school locked down after shots fired nearby A school in Roseville was locked down briefly on Wednesday after the owner of a liquor store across the street fired shots at some robbery suspects. Although two groups of students were outside at the time, nobody was hurt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/14/roseville-lockdown?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 14:34:00 -0500 St. Paul library worker suspected of stealing 1,400 items St. Paul police say they arrested the 30-year-old woman after finding books, magazines and CDs at her home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/14/librarian-theft?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 12:13:30 -0500 Celebrating spring with a trip to the Hmong market Food writer Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl has some tips for sampling Hmong food and finding the ingredients to make your own Hmong dishes at home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/13/hmong-cooking?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Money manager pleads guilty to $190 million Ponzi scheme A former money manager from Apple Valley has pleaded guilty to defrauding investors out of $190 million through a Ponzi scheme. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/13/money-manager?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 11:18:18 -0500 Minnesota native talks about winning the Pulitzer Prize T.J. Stiles, a native of Minnesota and a Carleton College graduate, won a Pulitzer Prize in the biography category for his book "The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt." He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/13/stiles?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 10:18:59 -0500 St. Cloud school superintendent resigns St. Cloud Superintendent Steve Jordahl plans to resign, effective June 30, school district officials confirmed Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/13/st-cloud-superintendent?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 09:54:31 -0500 Judge rules against corrections dept. retirement plan A federal judge has ruled that an early retirement incentive plan at the state Department of Corrections discriminates against older employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/judge-rules-against-retirement-plan?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 14:47:12 -0500 Fort Snelling State Park reopens after flooding Some of Fort Snelling State Park has reopened three weeks after floodwaters forced officials to close the park to visitors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/fort-snelling-reopens?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 14:18:34 -0500 Former President Jimmy Carter plans visit to Twin Cities Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn plan to visit the Twin Cities in October as part of a Habitat for Humanity project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/carter?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 10:47:31 -0500 Authorities rescue man from Duluth's Blatnik Bridge Authorities shut down the Blatnik Bridge in Duluth for about 90 minutes this morning to rescue a man who was apparently trying to jump off of it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/bridge-rescue?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 08:50:49 -0500 More dry weather means more burning rules State officials are still concerned about wildfires across the state, and on Monday they will implement even stricter rules on open burning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/burning-restrictions?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 16:26:37 -0500 Ceremony to honor 1,200 Red Bull National Guard soldiers More than 1,200 Minnesota National Guard soldiers will be honored at a welcome home ceremony on Saturday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/red-bulls-ceremony?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 16:00:00 -0500 Funeral set for Rochester Marine killed in action A funeral service and visitation hours are set for a Rochester Marine who died in Afghanistan last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/soldier-funeral?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 15:47:37 -0500 Vigils to be held in Minnesota for hikers jailed in Iran Vigils will be held in Minnesota and several other states on Sunday to mark the 250 days three American hikers have been held in Iran. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/hiker-vigil?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 14:17:59 -0500 Hecker's girlfriend charged with making false statement Prosecutors have charged the girlfriend of fallen auto mogul Denny Hecker with making a false statement in Hecker's bankruptcy case and defrauding a credit union. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/hecker-charges?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 11:08:56 -0500 Authorities look for girl who could be with sex offender Authorities in Minnesota are looking for a 6-year-old girl they believe is with a sex offender from Michigan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/08/missinggirl?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 17:19:25 -0500 Reaction to Petters' 50-year prison sentence Here's a sampling of how people who were involved in the case or who followed it reacted to Petters being sentenced to 50 years in prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/08/reactions-to-petters-sentence?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 15:40:15 -0500 Road projects that could cause the biggest headaches Because this season includes more projects than usual, the impacts on traffic could be bigger as well. Here's a look at some of the projects expected to cause delays this spring, summer or fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/road-construction-headaches?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 16:54:56 -0500 Records: Apartments where 6 died not inspected for years Minneapolis city inspectors had visited the two-story building at 3001 E. Lake St. many times for everything from graffiti complaints to routine fire code checks in the bar on the first floor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/fire-update?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 09:04:49 -0500 Mpls. school to honor restored 1930s therapeutic swimming pool Dowling Urban Environmental School officials and members of the community today will rededicate a pool which has played an important role in serving children with special needs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/pool-honored?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Harvey Mackay's tips for job seekers The Minnesotan entrepreneur and business author offers ways to navigate your career during the recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/05/mackay-job-hunting?refid=0 Mon, 05 Apr 2010 10:42:02 -0500 State estimates flood damage at $14.7 million Spring flooding caused an estimated $14.7 million in damage, state officials announced Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/02/flood-damage?refid=0 Fri, 02 Apr 2010 14:28:36 -0500 Six dead in Minneapolis fire A fire swept through a two-story Minneapolis building that housed several apartments and an Irish pub Friday, killing six people - including three children - who friends and family feared were a bartender and several of his girlfriend's relatives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/02/pub-fire?refid=0 Fri, 02 Apr 2010 12:15:53 -0500 Mpls. woman dies after being stabbed in domestic dispute A woman died Friday morning after police found her with serious stabbing wounds at a home in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/02/fatal-stabbing?refid=0 Fri, 02 Apr 2010 08:03:30 -0500 550 Minn. National Guard soldiers returning from Iraq More than 550 Minnesota National Guard soldiers are expected back on Friday and Saturday after serving a year in Iraq and Kuwait. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/01/national-guard-solidiers-returning?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 16:21:28 -0500 Minn. attorney stands by abuse case amid church's denial During ceremonies marking Holy Thursday, some church officials today denied covering up abuse allegations that have reached Pope Benedict XVI himself. Above, ceremony at the Vatican. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/01/church-allegations?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 11:39:28 -0500 Rochester authorities seek tips on suspicious fire Authorities in Rochester are asking members of the public to come forward with information about a suspicious fire that happened over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/01/suspicious-fire?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 08:19:39 -0500 U of M president cancels speech due to laryngitis University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks has canceled his State of the University Address because of laryngitis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/31/um-president-education?refid=0 Wed, 31 Mar 2010 12:20:19 -0500 St. Paul parks see high demand for spring break programs Thousands of Twin Cities children are on spring break this week, and many are spending their time off at recreation centers while their parents work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/31/spring-break-demand?refid=0 Wed, 31 Mar 2010 08:03:55 -0500 Streets used after bridge collapse to be resurfaced Motorists in downtown Minneapolis who had to find a detour after the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed might have to find yet another detour as those streets are repaired. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/30/road-resurfacing?refid=0 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:06:41 -0500 Feds charge former money manager in $190M Ponzi scheme A former money manager from Apple Valley has been charged in federal court with tax evasion and mail fraud in connection with a $190 million Ponzi scheme he allegedly orchestrated, authorities said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/30/ponzi-scheme?refid=0 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 14:45:26 -0500 Man fatally shot by police officer in Cottage Grove A man suspected of passing counterfeit bills dragged a Cottage Grove police officer with his car before the officer fatally shot him, police said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/30/cottage-grove-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 10:11:45 -0500 Groups want voters in city elections to show photo ID Two groups concerned about the potential for voter fraud in Minnesota elections are trying to get people to sign a petition that calls for a photo ID requirement at the polls in city elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/30/minn-groups-seek-photo-id-requirement-at-the-polls?refid=0 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 08:54:33 -0500 Need a ride in Duluth? Cabbie will ask for fare upfront Hundreds of people getting nighttime cab rides in Duluth last year failed to pay for them, leading police officers to spend hours writing up reports and causing cab drivers to lose business time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/29/duluth-cabbies?refid=0 Mon, 29 Mar 2010 16:52:39 -0500 Burning restrictions take effect today in 25 counties Burning restrictions have taken effect in 25 Minnesota counties to prevent dry, dead vegetation from igniting and causing wildfires. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/29/burning-restrictions?refid=0 Mon, 29 Mar 2010 09:31:37 -0500 Faribault man pleads guilty to producing child pornography A Faribault man has pleaded guilty to producing child pornography by recording sexually explicit acts on his cell phone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/faribault-child-porn-conviction?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 15:13:23 -0500 U of M to take bids on eco-house built for international competition The University of Minnesota plans to take bids on the solar-powered home a group of students helped build as part of an international competition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/solarhouse?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 14:58:20 -0500 Videos: Cities try to get Google's attention in competition for ultra-high speed Internet network Some cities, including Duluth, have gotten creative in competing for a chance to have Google test out its new ultra-high speed Internet network in their communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/videos-from-cities?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 13:50:11 -0500 Minn. cities vying for super-fast Internet wait for Google's reply For the past month, cities around the country and throughout Minnesota have pulled out all the stops to convince Google they should become a trial location for Google's ultra-high speed broadband network. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/awaiting-google?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 13:43:56 -0500 Police arrest man in fire that killed 2-year-old boy St. Paul police say they have arrested a 27-year-old man in connection with a house fire that left a toddler dead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/fatal-fire?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 11:10:25 -0500 New floodwall keeps Nat'l Guard facility dry at St. Paul airport Nine years ago, Minnesota National Guard troops were scrambling to build a wall out of concrete barriers and sandbags to protect their facility at the downtown St. Paul airport from the rising Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/25/holman-field?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 16:07:23 -0500 Minn. AG: Parents duped into buying college prep software State Attorney General Lori Swanson on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against a California-based nonprofit corporation that sells college test prep materials, alleging the organization's representatives misled Minnesota parents about the materials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/24/swanson-scholarships?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 2010 16:13:09 -0500 Southbound I-35W to close two nights for bridge decking work The Minnesota Department of Transportation is warning motorists on southbound Interstate 35W about a detour they'll have to take Wednesday and Thursday nights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/24/35w-close?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 2010 14:00:00 -0500 Postal union leader pleads guilty to embezzling $50K The former president of a postal union branch in St. Cloud has pleaded guilty to embezzling $51,000 from the organization. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/24/postalworker?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 2010 12:20:30 -0500 Former nursing assistant pleads guilty to mistreating patient A former nursing assistant who worked at a western Minnesota care facility has pleaded guilty to stuffing an elderly resident's mouth with a sock to silence her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/24/abuse?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 2010 12:02:49 -0500 Congressional committee approves child nutrition bill A bill in Congress that aims to improve and enforce nutrition standards for children in federally funded food programs on Wednesday cleared the Senate Agriculture Committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/24/nutrition-bill-approved?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 2010 11:31:02 -0500 Two plead guilty in Red Lake murder case A 27-year-old man and 23-year-old woman have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of a Red Lake man in October 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/murderplea?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 15:25:07 -0500 Grand jury indicts 15 in alleged drug conspiracy A federal grand jury im Minneapolis has charged 15 people in an alleged conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and ecstasy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/drug-indictments?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 12:35:35 -0500 Charges: Leader embezzled $50K from postal union The former president of a postal union branch in St. Cloud has been charged with embezzling $51,000 from the organization. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/postal-worker-embezzlement?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 10:30:00 -0500 Researcher: Healthier lives can start with family meals As part of MPR's series "Fighting obesity one meal at a time," MPR's Steven John spoke with a University of Minnesota researcher who recommends families share meals together. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/talking-to-teens-about-weight?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 09:52:37 -0500 Stillwater Lift Bridge closes Commuters from western Wisconsin will have to find another route while the Stillwater Lift Bridge is closed because of high water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/22/stillwaterbridge?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 07:55:01 -0500 Toyota in fatal St. Paul crash to be inspected in April A Toyota Camry that was involved in a 2006 crash that resulted in three deaths will be inspected next month to determine if its accelerator was defective. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/22/fatal-toyota-crash-inspection?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 17:43:36 -0500 Chisago County approves North Branch power plant Chisago County officials have approved a development agreement for a proposed natural gas-fired power plant near North Branch, allowing the project to move forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/19/powerplant?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2010 16:24:27 -0500 Swanson sues mortgage modification companies over up-front fees Attorney General Lori Swanson on Friday sued two companies that modify homeowners' mortgages, accusing them of charging fees before delivering their services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/19/swanson-mortgage?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2010 14:21:15 -0500 Analysis: Cost of flood diversion vs. damage Diverting part of the Red River to lessen the risk of flooding in Fargo and Moorhead could cost $1.3 billion, and it's still not clear where the money would come from. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/19/cost-of-diversion?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2010 09:44:02 -0500 Groups launch contest to address obesity in Minn. A coalition of community groups launched a new Web site Thursday that urges Minnesotans to contribute their ideas for addressing obesity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/18/obesity-ideascontest?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 2010 18:04:06 -0500 Census data helps genealogists trace family histories But those interested in tracing back their family roots look to census data to find out where their ancestors lived, when they were born and in some cases, how they made their living. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/18/census-tool-for-geneaologists?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 2010 08:14:10 -0500 Despite channel leak, Browns Valley stays dry Three years ago, the sign welcoming visitors to Browns Valley in western Minnesota was overtaken by floodwaters along with more than 100 homes and businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/17/browns-valley?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2010 11:19:48 -0500 DNR asks feds to remove gray wolf from endangered list Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials want the federal government to remove the gray wolf from the list of endangered and threatened species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/17/gray-wolf?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:21:56 -0500 Appeals court to hear from citizens' group opposed to CapX2020 transmission lines The Minnesota Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Wednesday over a transmission project that two citizens' groups are trying to block. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/appeals-court-utility-lines?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2010 05:30:00 -0500 Third guilty plea reached in credit fraud ring Federal prosecutors said a third person has pleaded guilty in what's been described as a large counterfeit credit card scheme. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/credit-fraud-ring?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 09:54:54 -0500 4 days until crest, Red River flood prep continues City officials and volunteers will work Tuesday to build sandbag walls and temporary levees in Fargo and Moorhead's low-lying neighborhoods as the cities prepare for the Red River to crest on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/flood-tuesday?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 08:09:27 -0500 Pawlenty cuts construction bill by $313 million Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Monday cut the size of a construction projects bill by $313 million, telling the DFL-controlled Legislature he was "deeply disappointed" leaders hadn't heeded his warnings to pare it down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/15/pawlenty-cuts?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:05:56 -0500 Explainer: What is unallotment anyway? Unallotment is executive power the governor of Minnesota may exercise under certain circumstances to cut the state budget or delay payments without the Legislature's approval. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/12/what-is-unallotment?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Chinese restaurant founder Leeann Chin dies Leeann Chin, who founded the Minnesota chain of Chinese restaurants bearing her name, has died in Seattle. She was 77. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/12/leeann-chin?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 11:59:53 -0600 Officials, schools ponder how to handle threats from other countries The Twin Cities case isn't the first time a school threat has been traced to a computer in another country. It raises questions about how quickly police and school officials are able to determine whether a threat is credible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/11/lockdown-lifted?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 12:51:09 -0600 North Dakota attorney general brings energy concerns to St. Paul North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem visited the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday to try to persuade lawmakers to change an energy law that he says treats his state unfairly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/north-dakota-energy-concerns?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 15:34:22 -0600 Authorities ask more victims to come forward in sex abuse case Hennepin County authorities are asking the public to help them identify any additional people who might have been sexually abused by a former police captain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/authorities-ask-for-victims-to-come-forward?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 14:28:58 -0600 Hikers being held in Iran call loved ones Three American hikers being held in Iran were able to call home on Tuesday to let their loved ones know they are OK. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/iran-hikers?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 07:26:15 -0600 Budget shortfall leads state mental health programs to cut 200 positions The Minnesota Department of Human Services on Tuesday announced it will cut 200 full-time positions from a program that provides direct care to people with mental illnesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/09/mental-health-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:00:26 -0600 Hecker faces more charges in fraud case Former Minnesota auto mogul Denny Hecker faces eight additional counts of wire fraud and new bankruptcy fraud charges in an alleged multi-million dollar scheme to defraud lenders, according to a new indictment returned Tuesday by a federal grand jury. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/09/hecker-faces-new-charges?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 15:32:01 -0600 School bus driver suspended after alleged drunk driving A school bus driver has been suspended from his job after being arrested for allegedly driving the bus while drunk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/09/busdriver-suspended?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 09:28:42 -0600 Proposal to lift Minn. nuclear ban faces uncertain future The nuclear bill that stalled in a Senate energy committe this week could still make its way to the House and Senate floor for a vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/05/nuclear-bill-faces-uncertain-future?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 13:54:34 -0600 Nursing home resident dies after being given wrong medication A nursing home in Wadena has been blamed for errors in administering medication for three residents, including one who died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/05/nursing-home-medication?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 12:23:36 -0600 Minneapolis lifts winter parking restrictions Thanks to warmer temperatures, Minneapolis residents will no longer be forced to drive around and around looking for parking in the city's busiest neighborhoods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/05/parking-restrictions-lifted?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 10:29:21 -0600 Minnesota native up for Oscar in film editing Minnesota native Stephen Rivkin has a chance at an Oscar in film editing for Avatar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/05/avatar-editor?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 08:35:01 -0600 Graphic: Nuclear power's political landscape As Minnesota officials search for the answers to the state's energy needs, calls have increased to lift a moratorium on building new nuclear power plants. /features/2010/03/nuclear-power/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 21:05:52 -0600 Prison guard sentenced for smuggling contraband A 27-year-old former corrections officer was sentenced Thursday to one year in prison for taking $6,500 from an inmate in exchange for smuggling contraband into the Federal Medical Center in Rochester. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/guard-charged?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 15:58:00 -0600 Girl Scout troop leader charged with stealing cookie money A Mendota Heights Girl Scouts troop leader has been charged with using money raised from cookie sales to play blackjack at a casino and buy sports equipment for her daughters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/03/girl-scout-theft?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 14:04:50 -0600 For better or worse, Facebook has changed many lives in just 6 years Minneapolis couple Abbey and Nick Bryduck credit Facebook for their marriage -- and it's rapidly transforming the way the rest of us interact. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/03/facebook-changes-lives?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 13:38:41 -0600 Employers add jobs; unemployed wait for their turn Minnesota employers added 15,600 jobs in January, an impressive number to see in the midst of a recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/02/jobs-up-unemployed?refid=0 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 17:08:34 -0600 Appliance rebates gone after one day An appliance rebate program in Minnesota, funded by $5 million in federal stimulus money, has closed just 24 hours after it began. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/02/appliance-rebate?refid=0 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 12:41:45 -0600 Minneapolis police find missing 10-year-old boy Police have found a 10-year-old boy who was missing from his south Minneapolis home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/02/missing-kid?refid=0 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 07:34:33 -0600 Minnesota adds 15,600 jobs; jobless rate declines slightly Minnesota added more jobs in January than any month since April 2005, an encouraging sign for the state's economy, officials announced Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/02/job-numbers?refid=0 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 06:10:51 -0600 Cash for appliances program overwhelmed The contractor running Minnesota's appliance-rebate program says suspicious activity may have contributed to the crash of the Web site on the first day of the program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/appliance-rebate-program-overwhelmed?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 17:26:12 -0600 Candidates for governor split on lifting Minnesota's nuclear moratorium Gov. Tim Pawlenty has said he would support lifting a ban on the construction of new nuclear power plants in the state. But if an effort in the Legislature to repeal the ban fails again this year, it could be an issue the new governor will have to consider. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/candidates-on-nuclear?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 14:15:12 -0600 State again considers ending ban on new nuclear plants Past efforts to lift the ban failed, but there's more political pressure to back nuclear power in this election year http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/nuclear-debate-resumes?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 12:04:24 -0600 State Supreme Court to hear challenge of rebuilt I-35W bridge contract The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in a lawsuit that claims the state's process for selecting a contractor for the new Interstate 35W bridge was flawed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/35w-bridge-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 07:54:49 -0600 Freight derailment interrupts Northstar commuter service A freight train derailed early this morning on the same tracks used by the Northstar commuter line, causing delays for people headed to work in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/25/train-derailment?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 07:33:21 -0600 Ramstad signs on as consultant for Hazelden Former Republican Congressman Jim Ramstad has agreed to be a policy consultant for Hazelden, a Minnesota-based organization that has addiction treatment centers in several states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/ramstad-new-job?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 18:16:34 -0600 Minnesota 17th in stimulus weatherization progress A new report by the U.S. Department of Energy's inspector general shows most states have only spent a tiny fraction of the stimulus money allocated to them a year ago to weatherize homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/weatherization-money-not-distributed?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 14:56:42 -0600 Police: Toddler's death in Maplewood a 'regrettable accident' A toddler was struck and killed while playing in the driveway of a home in Maplewood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/22/toddler-struck?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 14:50:08 -0600 Ex-offenders ask lawmakers to give them a 'second chance' Dozens of ex-offenders gathered at the State Capitol on Monday to urge lawmakers to make it easier for people like them to find jobs and access housing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/22/ex-offender-rally?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 13:41:31 -0600 Infant dies after being bitten by Siberian husky dog A Siberian husky dog bit a 10-day-old infant who then died, authorities in western Hennepin County said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/19/infant-dies-by-dog-bite?refid=0 Fri, 19 Feb 2010 12:03:59 -0600 Missing Mexican wolf found in New Brighton Authorities have tracked a missing Mexican gray wolf to New Brighton in the northeastern Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/18/missing-wolf?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 10:56:10 -0600 Wetterling Center merges with Winona training program The Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, named for the 11-year-old boy abducted from his central Minnesota town in 1989, has become part of a child protection training center based in Winona. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/18/wetterling-merger?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 08:27:41 -0600 Son charged in father's shooting death in St. Paul An 18-year-old man was charged Tuesday in the death of his father, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/16/st-paul-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2010 14:44:17 -0600 Mother of detained hiker awaits word from Iran on visit The mother of one of three American hikers detained in Iran said Tuesday that she and the other families have received no official word yet on whether they will be able to visit their children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/16/iran-hikers-detained?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2010 12:36:41 -0600 Blowing snow causes hazardous road conditions in SW Minn. State transportation officials were advising against travel in southwestern Minnesota on Monday because of blowing snow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/15/snowy-roads?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 09:04:44 -0600 Pawlenty proposes cuts to local governments, health and welfare Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposed a series of deep cuts to local governments and health and welfare programs on Monday, to fill a $1.2 billion state budget deficit and pay for tax cuts he says will create jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/14/budgetpreview?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 04:00:00 -0600 Athletes scrape by to fund Olympic dreams Most athletes competing in this year's Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver are forced to scrape together their savings, ask for donations and put together a few modest sponsorships to pay for their training. Caitlin Compton, a cross-country skier from Minneapolis, is a case in point. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/14/olympics-compton?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 8 children taken to hospitals after bus crash near Kingston Eight children were taken to hospitals on Thursday after their school bus crashed with a pickup truck west of the Twin Cities, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/12/children-hospitalized-after-bus-crash?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 10:09:14 -0600 Nothing says 'I love you' like a lot of manure Manure, a huge snow-covered field and a local pilot have helped a southern Minnesota farmer show his love for his wife, just in time for Valentine's Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/12/manure-heart-for-valentines-day?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 09:49:59 -0600 Police: Stolen cell phone helps solve U of M shooting A University of Minnesota student's stolen cell phone helped authorities track down two people they say are connected to a shooting on campus last month, police said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/11/robbery-arrest?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 13:28:00 -0600 Pawlenty focuses on jobs in State of State speech Governor Tim Pawlenty used his eighth and final State of the State speech Thursday to outline a plan for jump-starting the economy through a variety of tax breaks for businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/11/pawlenty-sos?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 11:05:48 -0600 Rochester man poisoned by snow blower fumes A Rochester man who had been in a garage filled with carbon monoxide was in critical condition early this morning when rescue workers rushed him to the hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/11/carbon-monoxide?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 09:38:47 -0600 Auto dealer Denny Hecker faces federal fraud charges A federal grand jury has issued an indictment against former auto dealer Denny Hecker, charging him with fraud and money laundering involving a lender, Chrysler Financial Services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/10/hecker-indicted?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 00:00:47 -0600 Airport police chase suspicious man with stuffed animal Police at the Twin Cities airport have stepped up patrols after an incident last night that ended with officers chasing a suspicious man holding a stuffed animal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/10/msp-suspicious-man?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2010 11:34:57 -0600 Minneapolis to implement extended parking ban Parking restrictions in Minneapolis will stick around until April -- unless warmer temperatures melt enough of the snow piled on city streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/09/winter-parking-rules?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 19:59:51 -0600 Winter storm tapering off but roads still snowy Transportation officials were still advising against travel in southern Minnesota on Tuesday because of snowy, icy conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/09/winter-storm?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 09:30:33 -0600 Loved ones recall Ben Larson's last day in Haiti The widow and cousin of Benjamin Larson, a seminary student who died in the Haiti earthquake, describe their escape, and their loss. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/08/loss-in-haiti?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 15:01:56 -0600 War injuries by the numbers Iraq and Afghanistan injuries by the numbers. /projects/2010/02/beyond-deployment/injuries/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 08:18:42 -0600 Coming home in pain The most common type of battle injury today isn't gunshot wounds or missing limbs. It's back, neck and knee pain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/05/living-with-injuries?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Study: More Minnesotans are without health insurance The percentage of uninsured Minnesotans crept up in the last two years, reaching 9 percent, according to a new survey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/05/uninsured?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2010 14:40:48 -0600 Philip Von Blon, a Guthrie Theater founder, dies Von Blon, who helped start the Guthrie Theater in the early 1960s and had remained an active board member, died Wednesday from complications from a fall. He was 88. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/05/vonblon-obit?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2010 13:01:03 -0600 Another snowy, slippery commute this morning Snow continued to fall Friday morning, making for a slick trip to work for some in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/05/snowy-commute?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2010 07:44:03 -0600 Minn.-based Ceridian reports data security breach The names, Social Security numbers and bank account numbers of some 27,000 people were exposed when a hacker breached a Twin Cities-based payroll company's pay system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/04/ceridian?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2010 14:15:38 -0600 After LaHood comment, Toyota dealers concerned A representative for Minnesota car dealers on Wednesday blasted U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for telling the owners of recalled Toyotas to stop driving them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/03/toyota-reaction-from-minnesota-dealers?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2010 14:23:39 -0600 Snow slows morning Twin Cities commute Up to 3 inches of snow has fallen in the Twin Cities metro area, making for another slow commute this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/02/snow-traffic?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2010 07:32:33 -0600 Preview: Caucus day tomorrow Minnesotans will have their first chance to signal who they like so far in the governor's race when all three major parties hold caucuses throughout the state on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/01/caucus-preview?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2010 10:51:23 -0600 Furnace malfunction blamed for weekend carbon monoxide poisonings Authorities said Monday that a malfunctioning furnace was to blame for the carbon monoxide poisonings at a home in northern Minnesota over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/01/carbon-monoxide-deaths?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2010 10:46:34 -0600 Reactions to the State of the Union speech from Minnesota's congressional delegation Reactions to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech from Minnesota's congressional delegation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/28/state-of-the-union-reactions?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2010 08:58:06 -0600 U of M officials: Campus shooting was rare occurrence University of Minnesota officials said Tuesday they were shocked by a random shooting that left a 19-year-old student injured the night before, saying such incidents remain rare on the Twin Cities campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/26/u-student-shot?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2010 15:10:00 -0600 Minnesota HIV/AIDS cases jump 13 percent in 2009 The number of new HIV cases in Minnesota increased by 13 percent from 2008 to 2009, and Minnesota Department of Health officials said the number was a 17-year high. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/26/mn-aids?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2010 11:27:31 -0600 Lawsuit filed in Albert Lea nursing home abuse case The families of four residents who were allegedly abused by nursing assistants at an Albert Lea nursing home have filed a lawsuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/26/lawsuit-in-nursing-home-case?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2010 10:58:02 -0600 First wave of Minn. National Guard troops to land Sunday The first wave of Minnesota National Guard soldiers will return from deployments in Iraq Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/23/red_bull_return?refid=0 Sat, 23 Jan 2010 12:06:57 -0600 Former police captain charged with criminal sexual conduct A former captain with the Minneapolis Park Police Department has been charged with criminal sexual conduct for a series of alleged incidents with a teenage boy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/22/sexual-assault-police?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2010 14:06:14 -0600 Sen. Steve Murphy won't seek re-election State Sen. Steve Murphy, a Red Wing Democrat first elected in 1992, announced Friday he won't seek re-election in 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/22/steve-murphy-senate?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2010 10:29:04 -0600 Ely bear gives birth to cub on den webcam Researchers watching the black bear's den near Ely announced the birth online and noted the high-pitched cries of a newly born bear cub on the center's webcam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/22/ely-bear-cam-birth?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2010 10:15:37 -0600 Comparing the Somali experience in Minnesota to other immigrant groups A closer look at how Somali refugees fit in to Minnesota's history of immigration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/25/comparing-the-somali-experience-in-minnesota-to-other-immigrant-groups-of-immigrants-?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 GOP sends mailings that look like census forms Some Minnesota residents have received surveys in the mail called the "2010 Congressional District Census," which asks for demographic information, opinions on issues, and checks made payable to the Republican National Committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/21/census-gop?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2010 14:10:12 -0600 State loses 4,100 jobs in December, jobless rate flat Minnesota's unemployment rate stayed flat in December, though the state lost 4,100 jobs during the month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/21/jobless-rate?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2010 09:28:24 -0600 Pawlenty wants tougher sanctions for drunken drivers Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants those convicted of driving drunk in Minnesota to face tougher penalties, including having to use breath-activated ignition systems when they drive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/19/tougher-dwi-pawlenty?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 14:49:02 -0600 BCA: Minn. businesses victims of major check fraud scheme Authorities in Minnesota are warning more than 700 businesses Tuesday of a potential case of check fraud involving a former state employee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/19/check-fraud?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 12:47:26 -0600 Pawlenty proposes $685M bonding bill Gov. Tim Pawlenty is proposing $685 million in state borrowing in building projects this year. Pawlenty had promised what he called an "austere" package, and his proposal is well below what some leading Democrats have suggested. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/15/bonding2?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 12:08:55 -0600 Complaint about Minnesota 'anti-robocall' law withdrawn A political action committee that had asked the Federal Election Commission to strike down Minnesota's law against so-called robocalls has withdrawn its request. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/15/robocall-law-complaint-withdrawn?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 10:40:01 -0600 Seward shooting suspects charged with murder First-degree murder charges were filed Thursday against two 17-year-old males in the shooting at a Minneapolis corner market that left three men dead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/14/charges-filed?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 13:11:15 -0600 Son of Duluth pastors believed dead in Haiti earthquake Two Duluth pastors believe their son was killed in a collapsed building in the earthquake in Haiti. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/14/pastor-son-killed-in-haiti?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 11:42:30 -0600 DNR reports good turnout for mining lease sale The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said turnout was strong this week for a mining lease sale officials held for state lands that could contain metallic minerals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/14/mining-leases?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 10:16:46 -0600 Minnesotans launch Haiti aid efforts Thousands of miles away from the disaster, Minnesotans were doing what they could to help the people of Haiti after an earthquake left the country's capital city in ruins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/14/minnesotans-offer-help?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 08:21:13 -0600 Minn. groups assess damage in Haiti, look for ways to help Minnesota groups that provide aid to Haiti were trying to assess the damage, a day after a powerful earthquake shook the country's capital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/13/minnesota-groups-seeking-information?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2010 16:00:50 -0600 Drunk driver sentenced to 20 years for St. Paul woman's death A Crystal man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for being drunk during a crash that killed a St. Paul woman and injured her husband. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/12/dwi-case?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 16:08:01 -0600 Weatherization program to be recognized by federal energy officials A state weatherization program that received $132 million in federal stimulus money will be recognized by federal energy officials for putting the dollars to work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/12/weatherization-program?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 14:56:09 -0600 Officials partially lift lockdown at Stillwater prison The Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater has partially lifted a lockdown after an incident Sunday in which inmates refused to return to their cells. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/12/stillwater-lockdown-lifted?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 11:19:02 -0600 Pawlenty asking for quick action on unallotment appeal Attorneys for Gov. Pawlenty are asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to take quick action on their appeal of a ruling that undercuts his authority to balance the budget by himself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/12/allotment-challenge-dismissed?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 10:13:15 -0600 Teen shooting victim's name released, friend arrested A 17-year-old boy fatally shot at a home in St. Paul on Sunday has been identified, and his friend has been arrested. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/12/teen-shooting-victims-friend-arrested?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 07:59:54 -0600 Teen shot to death in St. Paul Police are investigating the shooting death of a teen at a St. Paul home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/11/teen-shot-in-saint-paul?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 07:50:49 -0600 Man charged in St. Paul shooting, robberies Prosecutors on Friday filed charges against a 20-year-old St. Paul man in two robbery incidents, one of which resulted in another man being shot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/08/st-paul-shooting-charges?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 15:03:51 -0600 Roads reopen in southwestern Minn. Transportation officials have reopened roads in southwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/07/traffic-conditions?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 07:54:00 -0600 How reliable are bomb-sniffing dogs? The bomb-sniffing dog that indicated a bag at the Twin Cities airport might contain explosives was back at work on Wednesday. But the false alarm it caused a day earlier proved surveillance systems have a ways to go before they detect only real threats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/06/last-bag-msp?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2010 17:00:00 -0600 2009 state fire deaths lowest number ever Minnesota had fewer fire deaths in 2009 than any other year on record, state fire officials said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/06/firedeaths?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2010 14:32:47 -0600 Prison for man who stole $8 million from investors in Liberia scam An Eden Prairie man has been sentenced to 7 ½ years in prison for defrauding investors by falsely claiming to be a former government official with ties to a lucrative business venture in Liberia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/06/liberia-scam?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2010 10:29:30 -0600 It's still too cold to clean up icy streets A couple of inches of powdery snow is in the forecast for the Twin Cities tonight, but there's no end in sight to the arctic weather that's hampering road cleanup efforts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/04/cold-snows-ice-removal?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2010 15:18:26 -0600 Advocates applaud judge's call for child porn victim restitution Victim advocates on Tuesday applauded a Minnesota federal judge for demanding that prosecutors explain why they haven't asked those convicted on child pornography charges to pay restitution to their victims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/05/advocates-applaud-judge?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2010 15:13:31 -0600 'All clear' at MSP airport after security scare A suspicious piece of luggage led to the shutdown of parts of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for about an hour on Tuesday afternoon. Authorities gave the "all-clear" after they found no threat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/05/airport-evac?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2010 15:06:57 -0600 Judge: Why no restitution in child porn cases? A federal judge in Minnesota wants prosecutors to explain why they haven't pursued restitution in a child pornography case even when one of the victims had requested it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/05/child-porn-restitution?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2010 08:37:50 -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 Burnsville mayor to take national post Burnsville's mayor will become the next president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors during a ceremony next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/01/burnsville-mayor?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jan 2010 16:50:41 -0600 Museum lives on to remember NWA A museum dedicated to the history of Northwest Airlines will continue operations, even as the Northwest name is phased out early this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/01/nwa-history?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jan 2010 15:44:10 -0600 State offers leases for metallic minerals exploration Mining companies are showing interest in state lands that could contain gold, copper and other metallic mineral deposits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/01/mining-leases?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jan 2010 09:08:00 -0600 People offer to help 88-year-old robbery victim The St. Paul Police Department has been flooded with calls from people asking to help an 88-year-old man who was robbed of $300 while planning his wife's memorial service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/31/help-for-robbery-victim?refid=0 Thu, 31 Dec 2009 08:08:52 -0600 Carbon monoxide cases treated in state's only emergency hyperbaric chamber Found unconscious in their St. Paul home because of a defective boiler, Tom and Nancy Nordeen were rushed this week to the state's only facility that offers emergency hyperbaric oxygen treatment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/30/hcmc-hyperbaric-chamber?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2009 16:24:01 -0600 Light snow on top of ice causing crashes, spinouts A light snow in parts of Minnesota is falling on already icy roads, making for a slippery combination for motorists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/30/icy-roads-causing-accidents?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2009 13:41:22 -0600 Fox shot in runway disruption at MSP A brief flight delay at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Wednesday morning had nothing to do with snowstorms or terrorism. Blame the foxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/30/fox-disrupts-air-traffic?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2009 13:01:00 -0600 N.D. eyes suit against Minn. over carbon pricing A requirement by Minnesota regulators for electric utilities to factor costs for emitting carbon dioxide into their power generating plans affects utilities that export electricity to the state, and at least one of Minnesota's neighbors is ready to fight the requirement in court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/29/carbon-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 29 Dec 2009 08:04:34 -0600 How Dayton's disclosure will affect his campaign The race for Minnesota governor now includes the issue of how public candidates' personal matters should be, after DFL candidate Mark Dayton disclosed his battle with depression and alcoholism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/28/dayton-talks-about-depression?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2009 12:37:30 -0600 Security lines running smoothly at MSP airport Security has been tightened at the Twin Cities airport but most long lines are due to normal holiday crowds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/28/airport-security-unchanged?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2009 11:12:19 -0600 Minn. AG joins fight against Asian carp invasion Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting Michigan's lawsuit seeking to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/28/asian-carp-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2009 09:21:42 -0600 Minnesota braces for more snow The winter storm bearing down on Minnesota and much of the Midwest has delivered what it promised: treacherous travel conditions and an extra white Christmas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/23/weather-airports?refid=0 Thu, 24 Dec 2009 01:39:57 -0600 One hospitalized, two arrested when copper theft goes awry A 33-year-old St. Paul man was being treated at a hospital Wednesday for severe burns, and two other people were arrested after police in Eagan said the three tried to steal copper wire from a substation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/23/copper-theft-gone-awry?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2009 13:38:34 -0600 Lawsuit settled over religious discrimination at Mesaba Airlines A federal judge has approved a settlement in a discrimination lawsuit involving Mesaba Airlines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/23/mesaba-settlement?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2009 09:45:16 -0600 Winter storm on track to thwart holiday travel, church plans The Upper Midwest is about to get slammed by a winter storm, just in time to interrupt holiday travel, last-minute shopping and Christmas Eve church plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/22/winter-storm-on-its-way?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2009 11:52:35 -0600 Deer from hunting season tests positive for bovine TB A deer harvested during hunting season in Minnesota has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/21/deer-bovine-tb?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2009 16:16:23 -0600 Sid Hartman releases CD of old sports interviews Longtime Star Tribune sports columnist Sid Hartman has released a new CD called "Sid Hartman and his Close Personal Friends--The Lost Tapes." The CD includes Hartman's interviews through the years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/21/sid-hartman-cd?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2009 11:16:27 -0600 Schell's brewery in New Ulm to mark 150th anniversary The second-oldest family owned brewery in the U.S. has survived the ups and downs of the business since the Civil War. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/21/schells-brewery-150?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2009 09:54:58 -0600 Supreme Court: Couple must give up SUV for wife's DWI A vehicle owned by two people can be seized by authorities even if only one of them has been convicted of a crime, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/18/supco-dwi?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2009 10:50:21 -0600 Minneapolis firefighters to receive donated pet oxygen masks The Minneapolis Fire Department will have more equipment to save pets from house fires when it receives 19 new pet oxygen masks during an event Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/18/pet-oxygen-masks?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2009 08:05:37 -0600 Prosecutors consider evidence in Minn. bus crash It's been a month since a tour bus crash in southern Minnesota killed two and injured 20, and Freeborn County prosecutors are considering the evidence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/17/bus-crash?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2009 16:32:30 -0600 Fridley man pleads guilty to distributing child porn A 37-year-old Fridley man on Thursday pleaded guilty in federal court to sending 600 sexually explicit pictures of children over the Internet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/17/porn-plea?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2009 16:25:14 -0600 Minn. jobless rate falls slightly, employers add 2,000 jobs Minnesota's unemployment rate dropped slightly and employers added 2,000 jobs last month, signaling that the state's economy is improving, officials said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/17/minnesota-jobs-numbers?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2009 09:58:12 -0600 Klobuchar: Health care bill not perfect but should pass Despite two key provisions being stripped from the health care legislation that's moving through the Senate, both of Minnesota's senators still support the overall bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/16/klobuchar-franken-healthcare?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2009 08:56:21 -0600 Texas trumps Minnesota in tap water quality rankings St. Paul and Minneapolis scored high in an environmental group's rankings of tap water quality in major U.S. cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/15/tap-water-rankings?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2009 11:25:35 -0600 Doctor: Ski helmet saved 6-year-old's life A helmet may have saved the life of a 6-year-old girl injured in a downhill skiing accident last Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/15/ski-helmet-saves-life?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2009 10:20:29 -0600 Coldwater Spring, near Mississippi River, to become parkland A former federal research site along the Mississippi River that contains a 10,000-year-old natural spring will be opened to the public as parkland, the National Park Service announced Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/14/research-site-parkland?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2009 16:17:30 -0600 Authorities plan extra patrols in Minnesota's 'deadliest counties' The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said Friday it plans extra patrols next year in 13 counties that had more than half of the state's alcohol-related deaths and serious injuries in the past three years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/11/extra-highway-patrol?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2009 15:16:29 -0600 Railroad appeals jury award for families of 4 crash victims Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway is appealing a jury's decision that found the railroad mostly responsible in a car-train crash that killed four young people in Anoka in 2003. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/11/bnsf-appeal?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2009 08:50:02 -0600 Man charged in St. Paul fatal shooting Prosecutors on Thursday filed second-degree murder charges against a 25-year-old man accused of firing the shot that killed a man outside a St. Paul apartment building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/shooting-charge?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 16:34:30 -0600 The snow is plowed, but icy roads still a problem Most of the snow has been cleared from Minnesota highways, but roads were still slippery Thursday, leading to hundreds of spinouts and crashes throughout the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/black-ice?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 13:06:07 -0600 Sasquatch watch: Camera near hunting shack captures strange creature Casey Kedrowski has seen wolves and bobcats on the game trail camera he and his brother Peter set up every year outside their family's hunting shack in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/sasquatch-sighting?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 11:29:21 -0600 Harrington: 'It's time for new leadership' for St. Paul PD St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington says he's accomplished most of the goals he set for his tenure, and he's not going to seek another six-year term in office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/harrington?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 09:09:41 -0600 Authorities: Elephant parts, dead birds smuggled into Minn. A 56-year-old woman arriving to the Twin Cities from Laos has been charged for allegedly trying to smuggle parts of an Asian elephant and several dead birds into Minnesota, federal authorities said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/09/animal-parts-smuggle?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 15:48:38 -0600 Snow ending, cold moving in overnight Most of southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area will experience sub-zero temperatures overnight, as residents continue to dig out of the first snowstorm of the season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/08/winter_weather?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 15:07:41 -0600 Two indicted in alleged mortgage fraud scheme A federal grand jury has charged two people in an alleged mortgage fraud scheme that federal prosecutors said involved stealing more than $2.5 million from lenders across the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/09/mortgage-fraud?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 14:41:29 -0600 St. Paul police arrest 2 in shootings Two people have been arrested as St. Paul police continue to investigate a fight and two shootings they believe are related. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/09/st-paul-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 13:27:21 -0600 Parking rules for Minneapolis and St. Paul Snow emergencies were declared Wednesday in Minneapolis, St. Paul and several suburbs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/09/parking-rules-for-minneapolis-and-st-paul?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 10:01:47 -0600 Police ID two men killed in St. Paul shootings Authorities have released the names of the two men who died of gunshot wounds in two shootings Monday night and early Tuesday morning in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/08/st_paul_shooting?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 17:06:25 -0600 Minnesotans press for change at Copenhagen global warming conference Thousands of people are in Copenhagen for the international conference on global warming, including dozens of environmentalists, educators and students from Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/08/minnesotans-in-copenhagen?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 14:32:37 -0600 One Northstar train breaks down; parts replaced on all of them Metro Transit is replacing a part on its five Northstar trains after one train broke down on Sunday, just three weeks after the commuter rail service began. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/08/northstar-breakdown?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 12:00:44 -0600 East Grand Forks family mourns death of second Marine son A Minnesota family has lost a second military son in a non-combat accident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/05/minn-marine-killed-during-parachute-training?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 11:43:00 -0600 Cap and tradeoffs: Introduction Many of the world's leaders believe cutting greenhouse gas emissions is the key to addressing global warming, and they're gathering in Copenhagen this month to work out an agreement on reductions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/06/global-warming-intro?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Minn. woman sues Cargill for $100M over tainted meat A Minnesota woman who was paralyzed after being sickened by an E. coli-contaminated hamburger is seeking $100 million from the company that supplied the meat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/04/cargill-trainted-meat-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2009 10:51:21 -0600 Petters Q&A with Assistant U.S. Attorney Hank Shea MPR's Morning Edition took a deeper look at the Tom Petters case in and interview with Hank Shea, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney who is now a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and is an expert in white-collar crime. Below is an edited transcript of the interview. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/03/petters-qa?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 17:11:57 -0600 Authorities: Suspect shot during chase made threats toward police A 27-year-old man shot by law enforcement officers during a chase had told relatives he was going out "in a blaze of glory" and planned to kill police officers, authorities said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/03/chase_shooting?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 12:52:17 -0600 Copper thieves leave $10,000 in damage at Midway Stadium Thieves who forced open eight breaker boxes to steal copper along the outfield wall at the St. Paul Saints baseball stadium left about $10,000 in damage, officials said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/02/copper-thieves-hit-midway-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2009 14:00:55 -0600 Salvation Army bell ringer fired after shoplifting incident Black Friday turned out to be an atypical day at the St. Paul Wal-Mart, and not just because of the increased volume in shoppers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/02/salvation-army-bell-ringer-fired-after-shoplifting-incident?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2009 08:59:35 -0600 Lakeville airman in Afghanistan gets Thanksgiving call from Obama A Lakeville native serving in Afghanistan was among 10 troops President Barack Obama called last week to wish them a happy Thanksgiving and thank them for their service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/01/airman_phone?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 05:57:00 -0600 Man charged with supplying gun in teen's death A 19-year-old man was charged Monday with supplying the gun that killed a 15-year-old boy on Thanksgiving Day at a St. Paul home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/30/shooting-charges?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2009 15:31:26 -0600 Minneapolis police dog dies after fall from roof A Minneapolis police dog who had served since 2007 died Monday after falling from the roof of a three-story building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/30/minneapolis-police-dog-dies-after-fall-from-roof?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2009 10:31:58 -0600 Officials urge caution on one of year's biggest travel days With thousands of Minnesotans expected to hit the road for the holiday weekend, transportation officials urged motorists to plan ahead for the weather and use caution in some areas that are still under construction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/25/holiday-travel?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2009 12:35:11 -0600 Woman arrested after alleged threats against abortion protesters A woman on her way into a Duluth building that houses a clinic where abortions are performed threatened two abortion picketers with a knife, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/25/duluth-abortion-clinic-incident?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2009 09:35:19 -0600 Mpls garbage incinerator's plan for expansion hits snag A garbage incinerator in downtown Minneapolis that wants to expand its burning capacity faces another hurdle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/25/mpls-garbage-incinerators-plan-for-expansion-hits-snag?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2009 09:01:15 -0600 More Minnesotans to get vaccine; 6 more H1N1 deaths reported Minnesota's H1N1 vaccination campaign reached a pivotal point today Tuesday when health officials substantially expanded the group of people eligible for vaccine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/24/flu-update?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2009 12:59:47 -0600 Investigators: Deputy who shot unarmed man feared for his life A southern Minnesota sheriff's deputy who fatally shot an unarmed man returning from a swim feared for his life when the man put him in a chokehold as they struggled outside an apartment building, according to new details released Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/24/deputy-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2009 11:00:18 -0600 NPR's Carl Kasell retiring from morning newscaster role NPR's Carl Kasell, whose distinctive voice has informed Morning Edition listeners of the day's top stories since 1979, is stepping away from his role as a radio newscaster. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/24/carl_kasell?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2009 09:13:51 -0600 Health officials to expand flu vaccine target groups The Minnesota Department of Health will soon announce plans to make more people eligible to receive the H1N1 flu vaccine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/24/h1n1_expanded?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2009 08:04:06 -0600 Air quality advisory issued for Twin Cities, Rochester The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said poor air quality in the Twin Cities and Rochester could affect some people through Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/23/air-advisory?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2009 16:05:53 -0600 Searching for answers in southern Minn. bus crash The search for answers in a fatal bus crash in southern Minnesota continued Friday as investigators continued looking at whether the bus had any equipment failures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/19/bushcrash-thursaft?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 16:24:57 -0600 Group known for criticizing violent video games to end operations An institute that has made a name for itself by criticizing violent video games said it will close its doors by the end of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/20/violent-videogames-group?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 11:26:23 -0600 Unemployment rate ticks up, but state adds 2,200 jobs The state's unemployment rate rose slightly in October, even as state employers added 2,200 jobs, according to new numbers released Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/19/unemployment?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2009 09:47:05 -0600 Charter school fined $140K for license violations Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, a charter school which caters to Muslim students, was found to have eight teachers on staff who didn't hold valid teaching licenses. State money will be withheld from the school starting Dec. 15. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/18/tiza-fine?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2009 14:45:53 -0600 Five more H1N1 deaths confirmed in Minn. Cases of H1N1 influenza continue to decrease in Minnesota schools, even while five more deaths from the illness were confirmed in the past week, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/18/h1n1-numbers?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2009 12:25:42 -0600 Searchers find body of missing hunter amid plane wreckage Authorities have found the body of a pilot whose plane crashed in a remote area of Clearwater County as he headed north to go deer hunting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/18/wreckage-of-small-plane-spotted-in-clearwater-co?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2009 11:07:50 -0600 Ash borer threatens trees on Twin Cities' U campuses Up to 1,300 ash trees on the Twin Cities campuses of the University of Minnesota could eventually die from the invasive emerald ash borer, whose larvae destroy the trees' ability to transport water and nutrients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/18/emerald-ash-borer-spreads-through-twin-cities?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2009 08:41:55 -0600 Some county Web sites lacking in clinic information Public H1N1 flu vaccine clinics are happening in most counties throughout the state this week, but it might be easier for the public to get information about the clinics in some counties than others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/17/h1n1-clinics?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 15:36:16 -0600 Former inmate's lawsuit: Ramsey County failed to treat TB A former inmate is suing Ramsey County and medical staff at the county's workhouse after he said his tuberculosis went untreated for 54 days while he served time there last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/17/prison_tb?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 08:08:02 -0600 Groups push Christmas lights recycling effort The Recycling Association of Minnesota is launching the first major statewide effort to recycle Christmas lights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/15/xmaslights-recycling?refid=0 Sun, 15 Nov 2009 15:39:34 -0600 Jewish, Muslim congregations to participate in joint events The conflict between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East has often caused tension between people of the two different faiths living in other parts of the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/13/jewish-muslim-meeting?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 20:00:00 -0600 Ritchie proposes new design for absentee ballots Minnesota's top election official believes redesigned absentee ballot envelopes and instructions will help reduce voter error in Minnesota elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/13/absentee-ballots?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:48:26 -0600 Woman who caused lockdown at college used different name A woman who police said falsely reported seeing a man with a gun at Saint Paul College was using another woman's name to attend school, police said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/13/false-name-college-lockdown?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 11:47:40 -0600 FAA: Military should have been alerted sooner of lost contact The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that its air traffic controllers should have contacted air defense officials much sooner in the case of a Northwest Airlines jet last month that flew past its destination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/13/faa-flight-188-overshoot?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 11:23:17 -0600 Xcel Energy proposes natural gas rate hike Xcel Energy on Thursday filed a request with Minnesota regulators to increase natural gas rates by 2.8 percent beginning next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/12/xcel-ratehike?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2009 16:38:41 -0600 U of M records second-largest year for donations The University of Minnesota brought in $267 million in gifts and pledges in the past year, the second-largest amount ever collected, officials said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/12/university-of-minnesota-donations?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2009 12:25:10 -0600 Plane lands safely at MSP without landing gear A private plane landed safely at the Twin Cities airport late Wednesday night without its landing gear, an airport spokesman said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/12/crash_landing?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2009 08:36:26 -0600 Minn. minister installed today in top national post The director of the Minnesota Council of Churches will become president of the National Council of Churches in a ceremony Thursday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/12/national_church_leader?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2009 08:02:08 -0600 Man fatally stabs mugger on Minneapolis Greenway A man who was being mugged by two teenagers while walking on the Greenway bike and walking path in Minneapolis on Saturday pulled out a knife and fatally stabbed one of them, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/11/man-stabs-mugger-on-greenway?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2009 08:38:35 -0600 Authorities seize $100,000 in counterfeit goods in Duluth Police and U.S. Customs officials have seized about $100,000 worth of counterfeit purses and designer clothing from three stores in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/11/counterfeit-goods?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2009 08:15:43 -0600 Minnesota veterans relieved as VA recognizes Agent Orange link New research has led the Department of Veterans Affairs to change its policy on Agent Orange, a chemical widely using during the Vietnam War which is linked to illnesses in Vietnam veterans. The VA will now allow thousands of veterans to connect their illnesses to their Agent Orange exposure, making them eligible for more benefits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/10/agent-orange-veterans?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2009 07:30:00 -0600 Winning bidder in DWI recliner auction says he can't pay The man who won an auction for a motorized recliner being sold on eBay has told the Proctor Police Department that he can't pay for the chair, the city's police chief said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/10/dwi-recliner-bidder?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2009 11:30:16 -0600 Police: Woman gave false report leading to St. Paul College lockdown An investigation into a lockdown at St. Paul College in September has led to charges against a woman accused of filing a false police report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/10/false_statement?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2009 09:54:10 -0600 Charges: Day care provider pinned child to mattress as punishment A Golden Valley day care provider used pajamas as straitjackets and pinned young children to mattresses as a form of punishment, authorities said in charges filed in Hennepin County District Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/10/day_care_straitjacket?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2009 07:45:01 -0600 Attorney General defends law against 'robocalls' Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson on Monday defended the state's law against so-called robocalls after an Iowa-based political group complained to the Federal Election Commission that the ban isn't allowed by federal election law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/09/robocalls-challenge?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 16:12:50 -0600 Police investigating St. Paul teen's death A 15-year-old St. Paul boy has died after drinking alcohol at a party, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/09/death-investigation?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 14:00:22 -0600 Star Tribune cutting 100 more jobs The Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis is cutting another 100 jobs companywide, the newspaper reported Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/09/star-tribune-cuts?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 11:36:25 -0600 Multi-semi crash near Winona causes major delays Transportation officials are warning of major delays after two semis rolled over in a crash involving multiple vehicles on Highway 14 in southeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/09/hwy-14-semi-crash?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 09:06:14 -0600 Minnesota deer hunting opener will be a warm one With high temperatures in the 50s or even 60s for Minnesota's deer hunting opener on Saturday, anyone who harvests a deer will have to make sure the meat isn't left out in the open for too long. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/06/deer-opener-warm?refid=0 Sat, 07 Nov 2009 06:00:00 -0600 Infamous motorized recliner sold for $10,099 The motorized recliner seized by a northern Minnesota police department has sold for $10,099, but the chair's new owner hasn't come forward yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/06/proctor-motorized-chair?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 10:22:09 -0600 U of M police issue crime alert after robbery near campus Police at the University of Minnesota have issued a crime alert after a student was robbed and assaulted at a restaurant near the Minneapolis campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/06/u-of-m-police-issue-crime-alert-after-robbery-near-campus--?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 08:53:20 -0600 St. Paul woman one of 30 wounded An Army reservist who was living in the Twin Cities area was one of 30 people wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, her family said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/06/st-paul-woman-fort-hood?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 08:33:12 -0600 67-year-old St. Paul man charged with killing wife A 67-year-old St. Paul man was charged Thursday with unintentional second-degree murder in the death of his wife, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/murder-charges?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 15:53:39 -0600 Pawlenty wants constitutional amendment to limit spending Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Thursday called for an amendment to the state Constitution that would cap state spending at an amount equal to what is raised by revenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/spending-amendment?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 15:30:19 -0600 U of M researchers receive stimulus grants Fifteen University of Minnesota research projects have received more than $10.3 million in federal grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, officials announced Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/uofm-stimulus-grants?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 15:27:34 -0600 Environmental group produces film on sulfide mining A Minnesota environmental group plans to release a film next week about a new type of mining that organizers said could threaten the state's lakes and rivers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/slufide-mining-film?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 13:53:44 -0600 Copper stolen from new St. Paul fire station The opening of a new fire station and fire department headquarters in St. Paul has been delayed by a thief who made off with copper wiring and pipes, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/coppertheft-firestation?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 10:37:08 -0600 St. Thomas Opus Prize recognizes Morocco women's org. The founder of an organization in Morocco that provides services to unmarried women with children has been awarded a $1 million from the University of St. Thomas and the Opus Prize Foundation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/opus-prize-winner?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 08:06:06 -0600 Police arrest woman in Duluth hit and run A 27-year-old Duluth woman has been arrested in a hit-and-run incident that left an 18-year-old man critically injured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/duluth-hit-and-run?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 07:48:27 -0600 New Minn. law spurs 10,000 seat belt citations Minnesota law enforcers are making full use of a new seat belt law, issuing 10,081 citations during a special crackdown in October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/04/new-minn-law-spurs-10000-seat-belt-citations?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 14:00:00 -0600 Four more flu deaths reported, school outbreaks wane Four more deaths have been linked to the flu in Minnesota, but the number of schools reporting outbreaks dropped considerably in the past week, health officials said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/04/more-flu-deaths?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 12:13:44 -0600 Cat in Iowa tests positive for H1N1 flu virus State officials in Iowa have confirmed a case of H1N1 in a cat, the first known instance of a cat contracting the virus from people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/04/h1n1-catflu?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 11:02:53 -0600 Plastic bag recycling effort begins in Duluth Two environmental organizations are kicking off an effort Wednesday to bring plastic bag recycling and recycling receptacles for cans and bottles to grocery stores in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/04/duluth-plastic-bag-recycling?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 10:10:40 -0600 Chinese officials to visit Minnesota to observe food safety efforts A group of government, industry and academic leaders from China will visit Minnesota this week as part of a trip designed to help them examine food safety efforts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/04/chinese-food-safety?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 07:00:00 -0600 Off-duty officer involved in shooting in St. Louis Park put on leave The Hennepin County medical examiner's office has released the name of the man who was shot by an off-duty police officer during a traffic stop in St. Louis Park Tuesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/off-duty-officer-shoots-suspect?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 15:30:20 -0600 Construction worker dies after fall in Duluth A construction worker from Ohio died after a fall at the site of a future Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Duluth, police said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/construction-death?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 14:29:37 -0600 Man found dead in corn bin in southern Minnesota A 75-year-old man has died after he became trapped in a corn bin in southern Minnesota, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/grain-bin-death?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 13:52:28 -0600 Paulsen: Detainees shouldn't get first wave of H1N1 vaccine A Minnesota congressman is concerned about reports that detainees at Guantanamo Bay will soon get the H1N1 flu vaccine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/vaccine-detainees?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 10:40:28 -0600 Bidding starts all over on DWI recliner A northern Minnesota police department that had been looking forward to getting more than $40,000 for a motorized recliner has had to repost the item on eBay with bidding starting at $500. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/dwi-recliner-ebay-auction?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 09:56:20 -0600 Police investigating homicide in St. Paul A 67-year-old woman was found dead in her home last night, and police are investigating her death as a homicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/st-paul-homicide?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 08:28:13 -0600 Agri-Growth Council to discuss sustainability Leaders in Minnesota agriculture and agribusiness will make sustainability the focus of an annual meeting on Tuesday in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/agribusiness-sustainability?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 07:07:27 -0600 Rybak: Campaigning for governor, running the city will be tough If Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak decides to run for governor, he knows it wouldn't be easy to run the state's largest city at the same time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/02/rybak-kolstad-debate?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 15:10:11 -0600 Public meetings scheduled to gather comments on proposed metals mine Two public meetings will be held next month on a proposed copper, nickel, cobalt and precious metals mine near Hoyt Lakes in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/02/mining-meetings?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 14:33:52 -0600 Report ranks Minnesota tops in civic engagement Minnesota has long been a leader in voter turnout, and now a national index combining voter participation with factors like volunteering shows Minnesotans are more civically engaged than the residents of any other state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/02/minnesota-civic-engagement?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 14:31:25 -0600 Duluth police looking for vehicle in hit-and-run Police in Duluth are still looking for an SUV that hit an 18-year-old pedestrian over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/02/duluth-hit-and-run?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 09:57:30 -0600 Offers for DWI La-Z-Boy reach $40,000, one day to go There's one day left in an eBay auction for a motorized La-Z-Boy chair that was seized from a drunken driver in northern Minnesota, and the top bid has already surpassed $40,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/02/la-z-boy-auction?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 08:06:35 -0600 Face paint not as scary as report suggests Experts say national report out this week warning of lead in kids' face paint is overstating the danger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/30/lead-in-face-paint?refid=0 Sat, 31 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Hospitals see big jump in H1N1 cases, restrict visitors The Health Department says there were 275 patients hospitalized with influenza-like illness in the last week. That's the biggest jump in hospitalizations since the department began tracking the H1N1 flu outbreak in April. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/30/hospital-visitors?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 14:01:20 -0500 Twin Cities airport to reopen runway Relief is in sight for Twin Cities travelers as airport officials reopen a reconstructed runway Friday evening, marking the end of a two-month project that caused flight delays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/30/runwayopens?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 10:23:11 -0500 Thief attempts to flee police by jumping into cold lake A Lakeville man who police say had been driving a stolen truck was treated at a hospital this week after he decided to run away from an officer by jumping into a lake, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/30/man-jumps-in-lake-fleeing-police?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 09:34:28 -0500 Pedestrian killed on I-94 in Wright County A pedestrian was hit and killed Thursday night while walking into traffic on Interstate 94 in Wright County, the Minnesota State Patrol said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/30/pedestrian-killed?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 08:34:31 -0500 State to lower flags on day of volunteer deputy's funeral A funeral service with a police procession will be held Friday for a Ramsey County reserve deputy who was killed while directing traffic near a Haunted House attraction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/flags-halfstaff?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 07:15:00 -0500 Negotiations continue on U of M light-rail deal The University of Minnesota and planners of the Central Corridor light-rail line are under the gun to work out their differences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/light-rail-update?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 17:34:34 -0500 Twins to host Metrodome moving sale Bargains on Minnesota Twins memorabilia will abound when the team holds a "moving sale" to clean out their stuff from the Metrodome early next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/dome-sale?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 14:15:23 -0500 MinuteClinic, Allina announce partnership Allina Hospitals & Clinics will team up with MinuteClinic to coordinate health care and develop a way for providers to communicate about patients' medical records. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/allina-minute?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 14:08:32 -0500 Ethanol plant penalized for environmental violations A company that runs an ethanol plant west of the Twin Cities must pay a $425,000 civil penalty for environmental violations, including exceeding its wastewater discharge limits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/ethanol-violation?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 12:48:55 -0500 Three cities receive loans for water projects Water projects in three Minnesota cities will move forward with help from $20.6 million in federal stimulus dollars and state loan funds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/water-projects?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 10:52:39 -0500 Pawlenty to travel to Mexico Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Thursday that he will travel to Mexico next month to meet with the country's president and speak with business leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/pawlenty-mexico?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 09:02:49 -0500 DNR supervisor reinstated; officials investigate her discrimination claim Capt. Cathy Hamm will get her job back after an arbitrator ruled last week that the DNR terminated her employment without just cause. Hamm has also filed a discrimination complaint, alleging she was fired because of her gender. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/28/dnr-employee?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2009 16:20:14 -0500 Environmental study on proposed metals mine now available The Minnesota DNR has released a study that examines the potential environmental effects of the proposed Polymet metals mine in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/28/polymet-eis?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2009 14:05:25 -0500 State confirms two more H1N1 deaths The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed two more deaths linked to H1N1 flu, raising the state's total to 12 since spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/28/h1n1-deaths?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2009 13:33:40 -0500 Authorities seize cows from Stearns County farm Authorities in central Minnesota have seized 47 cows from a dairy farm after they found the animals were living in poor conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/28/cows-seized?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2009 11:21:01 -0500 U of M researchers receive grant to use bacteria for biofuels The Department of Energy has awarded University of Minnesota researchers and a start-up company $2.2 million to use bacteria to produce biofuel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/27/u-of-m-biofuels-grant?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2009 12:22:38 -0500 Twin Cities home prices show steady gains Home prices in the Twin Cities rose over four straight months in the period ending in August, according to new data released Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/27/homeprices?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2009 10:12:27 -0500 Warrant ordered for man charged in Brett Favre goat case A warrant will be issued for a 24-year-old man who failed to appear in court Monday on charges related to an incident this summer involving a goat police found dyed purple and gold, bound in the trunk of a car. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/27/brett-favre-goat-warrant-issued?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2009 09:06:44 -0500 U of M police warn of robberies near campus Police at the University of Minnesota have issued a crime alert after four robberies in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood near the East Bank campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/27/u-of-m-campus-robberies?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2009 09:02:57 -0500 Man found in parked car died of multiple gunshot wounds Authorities say a man fatally shot while inside a parked car Monday morning in Minneapolis died of multiple gunshot wounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/26/man-shot-in-parked-car?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2009 15:38:40 -0500 Driver charged in fatal Minneapolis hit and run A 22-year-old man was charged Monday with criminal vehicular homicide in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian in south Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/26/hit-run-victim?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2009 14:43:37 -0500 Volunteer sheriff's deputy remembered for service A reserve deputy with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office who suffered fatal injuries while helping at a haunted house over the weekend is being remembered for his service to the community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/26/sheriffs-volunteer-killed?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2009 08:28:08 -0500 Commerce officials join Klobuchar to discuss Minnesota exports U.S. commerce and Small Business Administration officials on Monday will join Sen. Amy Klobuchar to discuss opportunities for Minnesota businesses to export their products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/klobuchar-commerce?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2009 07:00:00 -0500 Petters trial delayed by another 2 days The trial on fraud charges for Wayzata businessman Tom Petters has been delayed another two days, with jury selection now starting Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/petters-trial-delay?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 14:40:39 -0500 Coverage prompts more tips on Wetterling case Stearns County authorities have received about 30 more tips in the Jacob Wetterling case in the past week or so as his family marked the 20th anniversary of his abduction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/wetterling-tips?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 13:42:13 -0500 State Supreme Court to hear challenge of rebuilt I-35W bridge contract The Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to review a claim that the state's process for selecting a contractor for the new Interstate 35W bridge was flawed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/supco-rebuilt-35w-bridge-contract?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 10:42:11 -0500 Faribault man charged with producing child pornography A federal grand jury has charged a Faribault man with producing child pornography with his cell phone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/faibault-child-pornography?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 09:48:45 -0500 Man killed in Minneapolis hit and run Police are looking for the driver of a Chevrolet Suburban or Tahoe who hit and killed a pedestrian in south Minneapolis last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/hit-and-run-in-south-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 08:01:26 -0500 Improved jobless rate means fewer jobless benefits for some The state's unemployment rate has dipped below the threshold that allowed jobless Minnesotans to collect unemployment benefits for 79 weeks. The new maximum will be 72 weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/unemployment-benefits?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 15:41:57 -0500 Mound man charged in $2.5 million real estate fraud scheme A federal grand jury on Thursday charged a Mound man with fraud in a real estate scheme that allegedly bilked investors out of more than $2.5 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/realestate-fraud?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 15:35:40 -0500 Thief River Falls police officer charged with theft A Thief River Falls police officer was charged Thursday in two counties with possessing and receiving stolen property including lawnmowers, all-terrain vehicles and a boat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/thief-river-falls-police-officer-accused-of-theft?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 15:31:27 -0500 New flu hotline seeing heavy usage Long wait times or busy signals have been reported one day after Minnesota health officials launched a new flu phone line for people who think they might be sick. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/fluline-response?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 14:52:36 -0500 Minnesota train-pedestrian fatalities at 10-year high The state has recorded 11 train-pedestrian deaths this year, the highest number since 1999, after two more pedestrians were killed by trains this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/train-fatals?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 11:40:44 -0500 Twenty years on, hope lives for Jacob Wetterling It's been 20 years since Jerry and Patty Wetterling's son, 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling, went missing and little has changed in the case, however it has changed how law enforcement officials handle missing children cases track those who might kidnap or otherwise harm children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/wetterling?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Former Boy Scout leader charged with molesting troop members Prosecutors in Dakota County have charged a former Boy Scout leader with criminal sexual conduct for allegedly molesting three boys who were members of his Burnsville troop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/21/boyscout-charges?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 12:42:21 -0500 Hundreds strip-searched in Meeker County to be compensated Hundreds of low-level offenders who had been strip-searched while being booked into the Meeker County jail will begin receiving their shares of a $1.75 million settlement with the county beginning next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/21/stripsearch-settlement?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 12:35:44 -0500 Health officials announce new flu phone line Minnesotans who think they have the flu can now call a new phone line to talk to a nurse about their symptoms and learn about treatment options. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/21/flu-hotline?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 11:44:39 -0500 Owner of nursing care agency charged with fraud The owner of a nursing care agency has been charged with fraud for allegedly billing the state Medical Assistance program for skilled nursing services that were never provided. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/21/attorney-general-sues-nursing-home-for-fraud?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 10:02:04 -0500 Frozen H1N1 vaccine prompts revaccination in N.D. Health officials in North Dakota are warning that some H1N1 flu vaccine used for health workers and vulnerable individuals might have frozen on its way to health clinics and other sites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/21/north-dakota-frozen-vaccine?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 08:09:29 -0500 More I-35W/Highway 62 ramp closures scheduled More detours are scheduled this week during reconstruction of the Interstate 35W and Highway 62 interchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/tc-ramp-closures?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 07:00:00 -0500 DFL governor candidates to converge on Rochester All ten candidates seeking the DFL endorsement for governor will be in Rochester on Wednesday for a forum, Olmsted County DFL party officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/dflers-rochester?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 06:00:00 -0500 Man who bought wolf on Craigslist must find it a new home An Austin, Minn., man bought the pet wolf after seeing an ad for it on Craigslist. But it's illegal to own a wolf in the city, so he must find another home for the animal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/wolf-purchase?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 16:00:00 -0500 3 1/2 years for former human services employee convicted of fraud A former state human services employee was sentenced Tuesday to 3 1/2 years in prison for defrauding Medicaid out of $1.1 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/fraud-conviction?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 15:59:33 -0500 Teens asked to help discourage texting while driving Public safety officials are asking teenagers to help get the word out about Minnesota's ban on texting while driving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/texting-driving?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 14:16:44 -0500 Crookston schools take half-day off due to flu School officials in Crookston have decided to cancel a half-day of classes on Wednesday in response to a flu outbreak that led to 15 percent of students in the district being absent on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/crookston-schools-flu?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 12:13:47 -0500 Target begins nationwide reusable bag policy Target stores across the country are giving customers 5 cents for every reusable bag they use while shopping, in an effort to reduce the number of paper and plastic bags that get thrown away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/target-reusable-bags?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 12:03:02 -0500 Corrections officer charged with stealing Prius A Dakota County corrections officer has been charged with stealing a Toyota Prius he had rented at the Twin Cities airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/jailer-arrested-steals-prius?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 09:05:25 -0500 Legislative panel recommends $26 million in environmental projects A commission made up of state legislators and citizens is recommending 48 environmental projects to receive $26 million from a state trust fund next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/lottery-environment-funds?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 08:35:26 -0500 Train fatality in Winona ruled an accident Police in Winona said Tuesday that an incident a day earlier in which a 51-year-old man was hit and killed by a train appears to be an accident http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/winona-train-crash?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 08:32:04 -0500 State park permit sales up 30 percent in September Sales of annual and daily state park permits were up by more than 30 percent in September, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/stateparks?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 15:57:10 -0500 Bookkeeper charged with embezzling from Knights of Columbus A bookkeeper who already had theft and fraud convictions on her record has been charged with embezzling nearly $65,000 from the Bloomington Knights of Columbus chapter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/embezzlement?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 15:53:24 -0500 Hospitals revise visiting policies due to H1N1 As hospitals take steps to protect patients from H1N1, children, like a girl in California getting her temperature checked, above, are not necessarily welcome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/h1n1-hospital-visitor-policies?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 15:06:16 -0500 Final suspect found guilty in attack on disabled man A 22-year-old man was found guilty Monday for his role in an attack on a 24-year-old mentally disabled man in October 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/beating-conviction?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 13:43:29 -0500 Man dies after being hit by train in Winona The man was walking across some railroad tracks early this morning when he was struck by an eastbound Canadian Pacific Rail train. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/trainfatal?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 12:59:16 -0500 Marquette Avenue set to reopen in downtown Minneapolis A major reconstruction project in downtown Minneapolis nearing completion and will reopen Marquette Avenue to motorists and pedestrians this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/marquette-avenue-set-to-open-in-downtown-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 07:53:15 -0500 Antiwar protests planned Dozens of antiwar protests will take place across the country on Saturday, including at least two in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/15/antiwar-protests-weekend?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 18:30:00 -0500 Two Harbors 'Honking Tree' to live again as sculpture Vandals may have cut down the "honking tree" in Two Harbors, but residents will be able to forever cherish the landmark after a chainsaw artist sculpts its trunk into a replica of the northern Minnesota town's lighthouse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/16/honking-tree-sculpture?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 14:06:01 -0500 Railroad ordered to pay $4.6 million for misconduct in crash inquiry A judge has ordered a railroad to pay the families of four people killed in a 2003 car-train collision in Anoka an additional $4.2 million for misconduct in the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/16/bnsf-ruling?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 12:54:25 -0500 Actress Hilary Swank to chat with UMD students via webcast Students at the University of Minnesota-Duluth will get a chance tonight to interact with actress Hilary Swank and the director of the new film "Amelia" about the life of Amelia Earhart. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/16/swank-umd-webcast?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 10:42:13 -0500 U of M takes fifth in solar home competition The University of Minnesota has finished fifth in a national competition between teams trying to build the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/15/solar-house-results?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 08:20:00 -0500 Women veterans, military members gather for inaugural summit The number of women in the military has increased over the years, but it's been only recently that Minnesota has set aside a special state program for women veterans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/15/women-veteran-summit?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 07:00:00 -0500 Prosecutors: Petters expressed shame for fraud Tom Petters sent flowers to his business associate more than two years before he was arrested in a multi-billion dollar fraud scheme, expressing shame and promising to fix their company, according to an e-mail cited by prosecutors in a new court filing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/15/petters-case?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 10:07:54 -0500 Employment picture not as rosy as numbers suggest Although Minnesota's unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in September, employers continue to shed jobs, and thousands of Minnesotans have left the labor market, state officials announced Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/15/unemployment-rate?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 08:56:06 -0500 Crosstown/35W ramps closed for night work this week The ramp from northbound Interstate 35W to westbound Highway 62 is scheduled for night closures tonight through Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/14/crosstown-ramp-closure?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 14:15:47 -0500 Rybak collects on Vikings-Packers bet with Green Bay mayor Wisconsin-made cheese, chocolate and hamburgers arrived in Minneapolis on Tuesday as part of a wager between the mayors of Minneapolis and Green Bay, Wis., over the recent Vikings-Packers game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/14/rybak-vikings-packers-bet?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 12:37:38 -0500 Cargill's 1Q earnings down 65 percent Food production giant Cargill reported Tuesday that its earnings in the first quarter of its fiscal year are down 65 percent from a year ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/14/cargills-earnings-down-65-percent?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 08:40:20 -0500 Hennepin County workers charged with fraud Prosecutors have charged two current and one former Hennepin County human services workers in schemes that they said involved stealing about $162,000 in county emergency assistance and public assistance funds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/14/hennepin-county-fraud-scheme?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 08:23:59 -0500 Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in Hibbing The Minnesota Supreme Court is traveling to Hibbing this week to hear oral arguments in a case before an audience made up of northern Minnesota students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/supreme-court-to-hear-oral-arguments-in-hibbing?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 06:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis asst. police chief nominated for U.S. Marshal President Barack Obama Tuesday nominated Sharon Lubinski, a 20-year veteran of the Minneapolis police department, to the post. Obama said Lubinski has dedicated her career to protecting her fellow citizens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/lubinski-marshal?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 15:45:02 -0500 Weather hampers runway work, increasing delays at MSP Reconstruction of a runway has caused some flight delays at the Twin Cities airport in the last couple of months, but bad weather can make having fewer runways even worse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/airport-construction-delays?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 12:34:56 -0500 Icy roads lead to crashes, spinouts in Twin Cities The winter driving season has already begun, and Twin Cities commuters have gotten their first taste of it this week with snow one day and icy roads the next. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/icyroads?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 10:17:31 -0500 Woman pleads guilty in Brett Favre goat case A 21-year-old woman from St. Paul has pleaded guilty to cruelty in transportation of an animal, after mechanics repairing her car opened her trunk to find a live goat dyed purple and gold with No. 4 shaved in its side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/brett-favre-goat-guilty-plea?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 08:53:37 -0500 Interest rate on deliquent taxes hits all-time low Struggling Minnesotans who fall behind on paying state taxes could at least soon see one upside: the lowest interest rate on delinquent taxes in state history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/12/taxes-interest-rate?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2009 10:56:26 -0500 Region gets early preview of winter The snow that covered grass and made roads wet in southern Minnesota on Monday began to taper off by the afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/12/light-snow-falls-across-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2009 09:07:00 -0500 Crosby Farm to close for deer hunt Archery hunts have been scheduled for this month and next to help reduce the deer population in St. Paul's Highland Park area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/12/archery-hunt-scheduled-to-thin-st-pauls-deer-population?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2009 08:35:17 -0500 Franken, Bruininks to talk college affordability University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks will join Sen. Al Franken on Monday to discuss how to make college more affordable for students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/franken-education-affordability?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2009 05:00:00 -0500 U of M homecoming parade features Mondale, Keillor Walter Mondale and Garrison Keillor are among six University of Minnesota alumni who will lead tonight's homecoming parade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/u-of-m-homecoming-parade-features-mondale-keillor?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 10:55:08 -0500 Light rail closures this weekend; service to resume for Twins game Construction projects at several Hiawatha light rail stations means riders might have to hop on a bus this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/light-rail-closures?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 07:52:07 -0500 Downtown Minneapolis streets switch to two-way traffic Weather forced crews to wait until Sunday to post new signs and apply new stripes to Hennepin and First avenues in downtown Minneapolis as the streets prepare to handle two-way traffic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/downtown-mpls-thoroughfares-switch-to-twoway-traffic?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 07:20:20 -0500 Closures planned at Crosstown this weekend; delays expected Closures planned for work on the Crosstown reconstruction project are likely to cause extra congestion south of Minneapolis this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/07/crosstown-closures?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 06:00:00 -0500 Man charged in north Minneapolis homicide An 18-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death last week of another young man outside a Burger King in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/08/murder-charge?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 15:06:21 -0500 Supreme Court: Life terms for 17-year-olds OK The Minnesota Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the life sentence of a man who was convicted of committing a murder when he was 17 years old. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/08/scomin-lifesentence?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 14:42:50 -0500 U.S. military challenges Marine's story of PTSD Military officials released a statement Thursday saying a Minnesota Marine diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder never engaged in combat while deployed to Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/08/hafterson-marines?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 11:00:31 -0500 Cargill settles E. coli lawsuit with 11-year-old Minnesota girl The parents of an 11-year-old Minnesota girl who spent more than a month in the hospital because of an illness caused by E. coli have reached a settlement with Cargill, the family's attorney said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/08/cargill-ecoli-suit?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 07:59:43 -0500 Vet students hope to prevent Whiskers from going hungry Even in a struggling economy, Rover and Whiskers still need to eat. Some veterinary students at the University of Minnesota have launched an effort to keep pets from going hungry by holding a pet food drive this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/07/petfooddrive?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 12:28:51 -0500 Minneapolis council candidate unfazed by assault charge A candidate for Minneapolis City Council said Wednesday he's hopeful that a pending criminal charge against him won't hurt his chances in the November election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/07/council-candidate-assault-charge?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 11:48:23 -0500 Rybak selected for national urban land use fellowship Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is one of four mayors chosen for a fellowship at a Washington D.C.-based organization that focuses on urban land use and development. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/07/rybak-urban-land-institute?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 08:21:01 -0500 Experts call for stronger E. coli prevention Amid heightened concern about E. coli contamination in the nation's beef supply, food safety experts are calling for stronger measures at processing facilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/06/ecoli-prevention?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2009 15:28:27 -0500 Students, motorist injured in school bus crash Several children who were on a school bus that collided with another vehicle suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning in Dakota County, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/06/school-bus-crash?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2009 10:22:32 -0500 Felony charges for Princeton teens in bombs case Two Princeton High School students have been charged with placing six homemade bombs around their city last week, the same day school was canceled because of an investigation into three suspicious packages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/06/charges-princeton-bombs?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2009 09:02:14 -0500 Pilot injured in small plane crash in Eden Prairie A single-engine plane crashed Monday afternoon a few hundred feet from an Eden Prairie neighborhood, injuring one, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/05/plane-crash?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2009 14:45:28 -0500