Minnesota Public Radio features by Nancy Lebens http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30682 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 23 May 2018 00:24:42 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Nancy Lebens http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 At Como Zoo, endangered gorilla population gets one baby larger A newborn western lowland gorilla and her mom are doing well after the birth last Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/23/como-zoo-gorilla-birth?refid=0 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:24:45 -0500 Podcast 'In the Dark' wins Peabody award The podcast that explored the investigation into the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling has won one of the most prestigious awards in broadcasting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/25/podcast-in-the-dark-wins-peabody-award?refid=0 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:21:28 -0500 Minn. health officials confirm 5 more measles cases The Minnesota Health department has confirmed a total of eight cases of measles in children between the ages of 1 and 4. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/14/several-more-measles-cases-minnesota-confirms?refid=0 Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:24:21 -0500 Plaintiffs pull lawsuit against transgender student in Virginia, Minn. A group of parents who sued a Virginia, Minn. transgender student over the sharing of high school locker rooms has withdrawn its claim. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/13/plaintiffs-pull-lawsuit-against-transgender-student-in-virginia-minn?refid=0 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:36:40 -0500 After CBO report, here's where the MN delegation stands on health bill Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday the Republican bill could cost the state billions in federal funds in the first year and a half. But Minnesota Republicans say the bill fixes problems with the nation's healthcare law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/14/cbo-report-gop-health-care-bill-minnesota-congress-responds?refid=0 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:29:08 -0500 After driver accidentally plunges into pond, good Samaritans save the day When a driver's window fogged up, she tried to pull over. Instead, she ended up in a highway holding pond in Bloomington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/13/bloomington-good-samaritan-rescue?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 18:02:06 -0600 St. Paul woman, distrusting of banks, likely has life savings stolen from home Burglars took gold bars, a valuable diamond ring and $60,000 in cash from a St. Paul home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/26/st-paul-home-burglary-gold-bars-ring-cash?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:36:20 -0500 Man douses himself in gas, makes demands at Anoka-Metro treatment center A man carrying a lighter doused himself with gasoline and made demands in the lobby of Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center on Friday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/15/anoka-metro-treatment-center-man-covers-himself-in-gasoline-makes-demands?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 17:14:42 -0500 Commerce Dept.: PUC ruling means VoIP providers must follow Minn. law The PUC vote comes after a Commerce Department investigation of a company that, it said, tried to escape paying required fees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/10/voip-vote?refid=0 Sun, 10 May 2015 09:00:00 -0500 Hard number: 100 deaths on Minnesota roads Two crashes Tuesday that killed three people left Minnesota at a grim milestone for 2015. Last year it took until May 21 to reach 100 deaths. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/29/road-fatalities?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:12:47 -0500 Part of St. Paul Macy's site to be sold; will house unnamed national retailer Port Authority officials said they hope the move, which will bring a a still-to-be-identified national retailer to occupy about 10 percent of the building, will encourage other groups to claim their spots in the former department store. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/24/stpaul-macys-sale?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:24:31 -0500 2 vehicles break through Lake Minnetonka ice The drivers of two vehicles ignored "thin ice" warning signs and broke through the ice on Lake Minnetonka in separate incidents Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/05/thin-ice-lake-minnetonka?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:01:00 -0600 MSU Mankato student kills himself in school library The public was not in any danger during the incident, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/03/msu-mankato-student-suicide?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 07:01:31 -0600 Minnesota sees 4th pediatric flu death of the season The Minnesota Department of Health says a fourth child has died in this season's flu outbreak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/09/flu-death?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2015 06:25:10 -0600 Roseville patient under nurse's care dies weighing 80 pounds The Department of Health found the patient had not been given a thorough check up for months, despite a diagnosis of "failure to thrive and Parkinson's disease." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/09/interim-healthcare-neglect?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:35:13 -0600 Crews battle 4 fires in less than 24 hours in Minneapolis Assistant Chief Cherie Penn says the fires are unrelated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/09/mpls-3-fires?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2014 08:36:19 -0600 Minnesota to name medical pot makers Monday State officials on Monday take the next step toward medical marijuana when they unveil the companies chosen to manufacture the cannabis products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/26/minnesota-to-name-medical-pot-makers-monday?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:23:04 -0600 Anti-Muslim graffiti in St. Paul prompts call for FBI probe The Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says the message written in motor oil appears to be a hate crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/14/anit-muslim-graffiti-st-paul?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:34:47 -0600 Second man charged with robbery of State Fair craft beer exhibit Federal authorities are handling the case because thousands of the customers who purchased beer during the Minnesota State Fair "were from out of state." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/02/state-fair-beer-robbery-charges?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:02:16 -0500 Feds: International drug ring flooded Twin Cities with methamphetamine A federal grand jury indicted 12 members of an international drug organization that allegedly used a Spring Lake Park auto repair business as a front. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/24/drug-indictment?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:02:43 -0500 Hennepin, Ramsey Counties eligible for flood aid Gov. Mark Dayton announced Thursday the Federal Emergency Management Agency added the two counties to the federal disaster declaration, bringing the total to 37 counties and three tribal governments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/21/hennepin-ramsey-disaster-declaration?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:57:49 -0500 Alleged cult fugitive charged with sexual assault spotted in Washington A Minnesota man accused of raping teen girls was spotted in Washington State Wednesday, according to the Washington State Patrol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/13/barnard-spotted-in-washington?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:48:04 -0500 Police searching for armed, dangerous man traveling toward BWCA The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says 51-year old Todd Neil Triebold is a "predatory offender" who may be suicidal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/19/police-searching-for-armed-dangerous-man-traveling-toward-bwca?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:55:57 -0500 Authorities focus on Isanti County site in search for girl missing since 1989 About 20 investigators and officers from the FBI, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Maple Grove Police and Isanti County Sheriff's Department were excavating the site Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/03/amy-pagnac-search?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:44:37 -0500 Several Minnesota Orchestra board members resign Several members of the Minnesota Orchestra's board of directors have resigned, board chairman Gordon Sprenger confirmed today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/28/minnesota-orchestra-board-resignations?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:41:53 -0500 Hennepin County shelters took in thousands of homeless people this week Hundreds of others slept in lobbies and other emergency centers and the county opened a warming center for homeless young people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/08/thousands-sought-shelter-in-hennepin-county?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:52:05 -0600 Rybak leaves hospital three days after heart attack Since entering the hospital Saturday, doctors at Abbott Northwestern Hospital performed two angioplasty procedures and inserted six stents. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/01/rybak-released-from-hospital/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:28:50 -0600 Charges filed in beating of ex-mayoral candidate Mark Andrew over iPhone Hennepin County authorities have charged a second teenager allegedly involved in robbing and beating former mayoral candidate Mark Andrew last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/30/news/mark-andrew-moa-beating-charges?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:40:53 -0600 Outgoing Moorhead mayor reflects on floods, oil patch impact After 12 years, Mayor Mark Voxland said his major accomplishment remains the city's response to severe floods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/27/voxland-leaves?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 19:48:44 -0600 Shelter operators, homeless search for places out of cold Shelter directors, like Jan Eliassen in Fargo, say they usually coordinate to find places to sleep for people who need them. But that effort becomes more intense when the weather turns bitterly cold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/06/homeless-qa?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 21:09:50 -0600 Powder that shut Ramsey County Courthouse found harmless The Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul was closed Wednesday after employees discovered a powdery substance in an envelope. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/31/st-paul-powder-alert-harmless?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2013 06:20:22 -0500 Police: woman missing after Burnsville bar homicide The Minnesota Bureau of Apprehension is trying to locate a woman who was at the scene of an apparent homicide at a Burnsville bar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/24/woman-missing?refid=0 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:53:11 -0500 Police searching for missing teen Minneapolis police are searching for a 15-year-old girl missing since Saturday. Police say the teen left on her own but now believe she is in a dangerous situation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/10/police-search-for-charo-white-missing-teen?refid=0 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:03:49 -0500 Man killed in river crash was college student The driver whose car plunged into the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis has been identified as a student at North Central University. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/13/news/river-crash-student-identified?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:56:38 -0500 Falling tree kills Eden Prairie woman An Eden Prairie woman died Friday after being pinned under a 90-year-old basswood tree. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/06/regional/falling-tree-kills-eden-prairie-woman?refid=0 Sat, 06 Jul 2013 11:32:38 -0500 Fargo police searching for missing child Fargo police are asking the public's help finding a missing boy with autism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/24/news/fargo-draven-rickenberger-missing?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 06:15:42 -0500 Murder-suicide probe in Shoreview Authorities say they're investigating Tuesday's shooting deaths as a murder-suicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/05/news/shoreview-shooting-murdersuicide?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 07:11:26 -0500 Hazelden, Betty Ford Center reach 'alliance' in principle Minnesota-based Hazelden Foundation and the Betty Ford Center announced Tuesday they are pursuing a formal alliance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/04/hazelden-ford?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 07:45:05 -0500 Missing Duluth boy found The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has cancelled an alert for a missing Duluth boy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/06/boy-12-missing-in-duluth?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 18:34:58 -0500 Police: Girl, 13, escapes kidnap attempt A 13-year-old girl was the victim of an attempted kidnapping not far from Lake Calhoun, according to the Minneapolis Police Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/06/news/girl-kidnap-attempt?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 16:28:23 -0500 Autistic man missing near White Bear Lake Authorities are looking for a missing teen with autism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/05/news/kyle-konkler-autistic-man-missing?refid=0 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 16:26:08 -0500 Vikings play Houston in first preseason game The Minnesota Vikings will play the Houston Texans at Mall of America Field in the first game of the preseason. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/04/sports/vikings-preseason?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 16:52:38 -0500 Xcel Energy spent $146.5M to repair plant Xcel Energy has spent more than $146.5 million so far to repair its damaged Sherco power plant in Becker, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/25/business/xcel-energy-reduces-minn-rate-hike-request?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:24:32 -0500 Hearings begin for proposed Xcel rate hike Xcel Energy customers in the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota will be able to comment on Xcel's proposed $285 million rate hike during the month of March. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/03/business/xcel-rate-increase-hearings?refid=0 Sun, 03 Mar 2013 10:19:13 -0600 Afton X-C skier helps U.S. team win gold at world championship A Minnesota cross country skier teamed with another woman Sunday to win the first world championship for the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/25/sport/afton-xc-skier-helps-us-team-win-gold-at-world-championship?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:59:24 -0600 Rybak won't bid for 2024 Olympics Mayor R.T. Rybak has declined the U.S. Olympic Committee's invitation to submit a bid for the 2024 summer games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/21/news/rybak-turns-down-offer-to-bid-for-2024-summer-olympics?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 18:51:42 -0600 Man charged in accident killing 2 passengers A 21-year-old St. Paul man has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide after an early Friday morning car wreck killed two passengers in his car. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/news/st-paul-man-charged-in-accident-killing-2-passengers?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:29:36 -0600 Missouri man who stabbed police dog is shot, killed by officers St. Paul police say a man was shot and killed by officers Tuesday afternoon after he fatally stabbed a police dog. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/12/news/missouri-man-who-stabbed-police-dog-is-shot-killed-by-st-paul-officers?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:28:44 -0600 Teen pleads guilty to 2011 shooting homicide A teenager pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing 13-year old RayJon Gomez in 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/05/crime/teen-pleads-guilty-2011-shooting-homicide?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 21:50:22 -0600 Baby pulled from Minn. lake dies An infant girl has died after being pulled from her family's submerged sport utility vehicle in Lake Minnetonka last Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/22/news/baby-dies-after-car-goes-through-ice?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2013 17:12:53 -0600 Alert reissued for man missing since Oct. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has reissued an alert for a man missing since October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/07/law/missing-person-matthew-pulis?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 20:56:14 -0600 Native Mob gang member pleads guilty to murder A member of the Native Mob pleaded guilty in federal court in Minneapolis Friday to killing a fellow gang member. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/21/news/native-mob-murder?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 18:57:23 -0600 Last wolf hunt licenses sell out quickly Wolf hunt licenses sold out within five minutes Monday afternoon in a first-come, first-served sale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/29/environment/last-wolf-hunt-licenses-sell-out-quickly?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 15:32:46 -0500 Driver killed as he attempted to ram St. Paul police carss St. Paul police have released more details in one of two separate officer-involved shootings on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/crime/driver-killed-as-he-attempted-to-ram-st-paul-police-cars?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:15:03 -0500 General Mills recalls mislabeled granola bars General Mills is recalling some packages of granola bars that were mislabeled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/26/health/granola-bar-recall?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 06:05:42 -0500 Johnsonville recalls turkey sausage A Wisconsin company is recalling turkey sausage that may contain pieces of gloves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/15/business/johnsonville-sausge-recall?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 18:33:26 -0500 3 river locks reopen to recreational traffic in Mpls. Three Mississippi river locks in Minneapolis have reopened to recreational boat traffic. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had closed the locks and dams to small boats because of high water two weeks ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/04/regional/locks-reopen?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jul 2012 14:50:17 -0500 Mpls. teacher contract approved Minneapolis public school teachers' new contract adds four days to the school calendar beginning this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/mpls-school-board-approves-teacher-contract?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 21:57:24 -0500 Minneapolis Police release name of officer in shooting Minneapolis Police have identified the officer involved in a shooting Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/police-shooting-robert-yellow-wolf?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 23:31:16 -0500 Missing boy believed to be with father The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is looking for Wyatt Nordrum, 7, who officials believe was abducted from St. Louis County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/alert-child-missing-wyatt-nordrum?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 19:47:00 -0500 Archdiocese employee fired over credit card irregularities The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says it has fired an employee investigated for irregularities involving credit card transactions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/08/archdiocese-employee-investigated?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Vikings official says extending Metrodome lease won't play Vikings vice president Lester Bagley says the team will fight against the Metropolitan Sports Facilities' new interpretation of the Metrodome lease, in which they say that the team has to play in the facility through next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/12/vikings-will-fight-metrodome-lease-extension?refid=0 Sat, 12 Nov 2011 10:55:00 -0600 Rep. Walz: Farm subsidy programs 'difficult to defend' Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn, said the Congressional budget supercommittee will probably need to make changes in farm subsidy programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/11/tim-walz?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 20:43:23 -0600 Public warned of sex offender who fled release program The Minnesota Department of Corrections is searching for a sex offender who fled his supervised release program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/08/sex-offender-escape?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2011 16:39:27 -0600 Crews forced to use smaller equipment on NW MN fire Crews are using non-traditional tactics to fight a fire burning in the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/01/northwestern-minnesota-fire-update?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 11:41:24 -0500 Tainted eggs in recall tied to illnesses in 6 in Minn. Health officials have linked six cases of salmonella to contaminated organic eggs from an Owatonna farm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/19/recall-eggs-tainted-with-salmonella?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2011 12:11:00 -0500 Freeway closure to complicate rush hour on I-35E Freeway closures will complicate rush hour for commuters Friday on I-35E in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/29/freeway-closure-rush-hour-i35e?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 18:07:18 -0500 Officials ID woman killed by Golden Valley police officer A woman killed by a Golden Valley police officer has been police officer as 58-year-old Katherine Marie Gordon of California. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/23/officials-id-woman-killed-by-golden-valley-police-officer?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 19:48:29 -0500 State Patrol seeks witnesses in pedestrian fatality The State Patrol is still trying to reconstruct how an Augsburg freshman was fatally injured midnight Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/21/state-patrol-seeking-witnesses-in-pedestrian-fatailty?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 22:36:07 -0500 Medtronic wins patent infingement suit Medtronic has won a $101.2 million dollar award in a patent infringement case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/meditronic-wins-patent-infingement-suit?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 22:02:41 -0500 DPS: Minn. parents need to do more to buckle kids Minnesota parents aren't doing enough to properly secure their children in car seats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/19/dps-minn-parents-need-to-do-more-to-buckle-kids?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2011 23:14:58 -0500 Three discovered dead in Oakdale home Two women and one man were found dead after a neighbor notified police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/15/oakdale-death?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 19:11:13 -0500 Sanford Bemidji nurses, management reach contract agreement After months of negotiations and a threatened strike, nurses at Sanford Bemidji Health Center approved a new contract Tuesday night that includes a 3 percent pay increase over three years and more say in staffing and scheduling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/14/sanford-bemidji-nurses-management-reach-contract-agreement?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2011 10:07:55 -0500 Feds grant preliminary approval to third rail line Approval has been given for preliminary engineering work on a new light-rail line that if built would become the third in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/02/feds-grant-preliminary-approval-to-third-rail-line?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2011 17:02:38 -0500 W. I-94 reopened after fatal motorcycle accident Westbound I-94 is open again after fatal motorcycle accident involving a motorcycle shut down the highway for about two hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/29/w-i94-reopened-fatal-motorcycle-accident?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:43:33 -0500 3 new cases of measles break out An adult has come down with measles in the latest outbreak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/26/new-cases-of-measles-dakota?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 18:42:20 -0500 State officials: Minn. teen immunizations up, but not enough State health officials say more teens are getting immunizations, but still too many are going unprotected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/26/teen-immunizations?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 13:09:05 -0500 Lane closures to hamper I-35W travel in Mpls. Travel on a busy section of Interstate 35W in downtown Minneapolis will be complicated by detours late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/18/interstate-35w-lane-closures?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:50:58 -0500 Repairs still needed to half of MN deficient bridges Half the bridges rated deficient will be repaired or replaced by the end of this construction season, Minnesota's bridge inspector said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/02/bridge-inspection-interval?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 FEMA aid coming to parts of Minn. after July storms The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today federal disaster aid is available to Minnesota counties affected by storms and flooding during the first half of July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/28/fema-declaration-minn?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2011 15:10:17 -0500 Report: TC home prices still depressed by foreclosures The UST Residential Real Estate Market Index shows slight improvement of Twin Cities home prices in May and June, when traditional sales are measured by themselves. But the study shows distressed property sales are still high. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/27/home-sales?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2011 22:25:13 -0500 Getting to the U2 concert; gates open at 6 a.m. General admission ticket-holders to Saturday evening's U2 concert can line up beginning at 6 a.m. at The University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/22/u2-concert-getting-there?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2011 22:18:37 -0500 Emerald ash borer spreads to N. Ramsey county Emerald ash borer appears to have spread to another neighborhood in the Twin Cities metro. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/22/emerald-ash-borer-spread-in-twin-cities?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2011 21:50:58 -0500 Capitol to reopen Tuesday The Minnesota State Capitol reopens 9 a.m. Tuesday,. Gov. Mark Dayton's office released the announcement Monday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/18/state-government-reopens?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 20:55:56 -0500 Wis. pays Minn. $59.7M in delayed taxes Wisconsin has paid Minnesota $59.7 million in tax reciprocity, the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/12/reciprocity-agreement?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 19:54:12 -0500 U.S. Bank offers reprieve from loans for customers hit by shutdown U.S. Bank said it will allow a month reprieve from most loan payments to customers affected by Minnesota's state government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/11/usbank-payment-leniency?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2011 20:02:51 -0500 Roads buckling again in heat around metro The high heat has caused roads to buckle on various highways around the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/roads-buckled?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 17:19:02 -0500 Bishop steps in to help Minn. congregation heal The Minneapolis bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is resigning his position to become the interim pastor at the largest ELCA congregation in the U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/27/craig-johnson-mount-olivet-church?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2011 16:58:02 -0500 Heat buckles pavement, snarling Twin Cities traffic MnDot says the high humidity and heat are causing older highways to break apart, sometimes giving motorists little time to react. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/06/buckledpavement?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2011 19:46:12 -0500 Ramsey county declines to charge Pulkrabek for felony assault The Washington county commissioner faced a possible felony domestic assault charge. But Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said Monday afternoon there wasn't enough evidence to bring the felony charge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/06/pulkrabekcharge?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2011 18:38:29 -0500 Chaska man killed in bar fight Jason David Foster, of Chaska, died of multiple stab wounds after a fight outside Kelley's Bar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/03/chaska-bar-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 19:31:06 -0500 Victim dies, one of 6 injured in multiple Minneapolis shootings Police are investigating several shootings that took place in downtown and south Minneapolis Sunday morning and early Monday morning. All six people who were shot were male and three were shot in the head. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/31/minneapolis-shooting-1?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2011 16:00:25 -0500 Pawlenty says raising of debt ceiling a 'false choice' Speaking on ABC's "This Week" today, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty talked about his own plans for Medicare, the debt ceiling and vouchers for low-income public school students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/29/pawlenty-this-week?refid=0 Sun, 29 May 2011 15:19:10 -0500 Three locks and dams on Mississippi closed to recreational boats The locks are considered unsafe because the high water is flowing too fast. The three locks are the Upper St. Anthony Falls and Lower St. Anthony Falls locks and dams in downtown Minneapolis and Lock and Dam No. 1, next to Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/locks-closed?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 19:59:49 -0500 Polaris adds Indian Motorcycle to its stable Polaris announced the agreement with two U.K. investment firms that control Indian Motorcycle, Stellican Limited and Novator Partners LLP. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/19/polaris-buys-indian-motorcycle?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 21:51:56 -0500 Rosemount National Bank fails, FDIC steps in The FDIC announced at the end of the day Friday that the single bank would become a branch of Central Bank of Stillwater effective Saturday. It's the first Minn. bank failure of 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/15/rosemountbank?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 21:38:53 -0500 Alleged Brooklyn Park shooter identified Suspect was 23-year-old Aaron Parson of Brooklyn Park. The Hennepin County medical examiner says Parson was found under the Washington Avenue bridge in Minneapolis with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/11/brooklyn-parker-shooter?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2011 22:00:03 -0500 Target affected by Epsilon security breach Target, along with two other Minnesota companies -- Best Buy and US Bank -- sent email notices to customers warning them not to respond to emails asking for personal information. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/target-security-leak?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 19:41:11 -0500 Minn. health plans report good year in 2010 Health plans reported an operating margin that was much wider than in recent years, which indicates most plans profited in 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/02/health-plans?refid=0 Sat, 02 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Road closures due to flooding Here's a roundup of road closures around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/23/snowstorm-road-conditions?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 20:47:48 -0500 Flood closes roads, spurs legislative response Road closures threaten commutes in southwest suburbs of the Twin Cities. Legislators consider bonding projects related to floods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/23/floodseason2011?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 20:25:32 -0500 2 teens dead after shooting in western Minnesota A 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy are both dead after a shooting Monday night at their home in western Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/22/girl-shot-school-lockdown?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 17:21:26 -0500 Immigrant farmers look to move from markets to grocers Immigrant farmers are fixtures at farmers' markets in the Twin Cities, but they are not nearly as well represented in other parts of the local food scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/07/immigrant-farmers-ground-level?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Food safety bill passes with exemption for small farms The Food Safety Modernization Act passed by the U.S. House Tuesday strengthens government oversight of food processing facilities and farms, but a controversial part of the bill exempts small farms from most safety oversight. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2010/12/food-safety-with-an-exemption-for-small-farms.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 22 Dec 2010 14:00:00 -0600 Retail grocers compete for customers - and local food Increasing consumer interest in the presumed health and economic benefits of local food has meant that not only do store like Lunds need to keep up with customer demand, they also have to compete with other retailers like Walmart -- both for customers and for the growers that produce the food. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/10/ground-level-local-food-grocery-retail-producers?refid=0 Fri, 10 Dec 2010 14:41:22 -0600 Schools work to bring local food to the cafeteria Food service directors say the programs will improve students' health and might lead to better success at school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/03/schools-local-food-cafeteria-ground-level?refid=0 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Wadena bistro puts local food on the menu, when in season Harvest Thyme Bistro in Wadena has a simple message for its customers: fresh food in season tastes better, and it's healthier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/26/ground-level-local-food-bistro?refid=0 Fri, 26 Nov 2010 09:00:00 -0600 Your guide to a local-food Thanksgiving A list of co-ops, local farms and grocers where you can find local ingredients for your Thanksgiving meal. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2010/11/local-food-thanksgiving.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 13:04:18 -0600 Chefs, farmers in Brainerd meet online to buy local food An experiment to get more locally grown food on resort menus this summer by six Brainerd chefs and eight area farmers was one of a variety of efforts on the local food front. It showed both how things might work and why it's difficult. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/16/ground-level-local-food-brainerd-dirt?refid=0 Tue, 16 Nov 2010 14:45:36 -0600 Local aid brings local government into race for governor What a city spends on its police force or its parks doesn't usually get any attention in the Minnesota governor's race, but because the state's budget problems loom so centrally this year, local spending issues have been pulled in as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/29/governors-race-local-government-aid?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Minn. domestic violence shelters get $20K grants Two Minnesota domestic violence shelters are getting national grants from the Dallas, Texas-based Mary Kay Foundation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/22/domestic-violence-shelter-grants?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2010 15:08:26 -0500 Incinerator could be latest service cut in Red Wing What seemed like a good idea in the early 1980s -- build a municipal facility that would pull recyclable material from the garbage residents generate and then burn the rest to create usable steam -- has become a target in this budget-strapped city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/12/ground-level-cities-in-crisis-red-wing?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Cities' reserve funds under pressure Minnesota cities with regular bills and salaries to pay typically set aside several months' worth of cash in a fund balance, but those fund balances are now taking a hit because of the recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2010/10/cities-try-to-keep-reserves-healthy.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2010 15:42:38 -0500 Shorter contracts the trend for union city employees Budget uncertainty is leading many Minnesota cities to negotiate one-year contracts with their unionized employees, instead of for longer terms. Neither the unions nor the cities want to lock in agreements that are not going to be financially workable. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2010/09/shorter-contracts-the-trend-for-union-city-employees.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 16:10:56 -0500 Struggling cities turn off street lights to save money As the days get shorter, many people might take it for granted that city streetlights will burn longer. But struggling with falling revenues and cuts in state aid, some Minnesota cities are turning off streetlights in selected areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/cities-streetlights-cost-cutting?refid=0 Tue, 21 Sep 2010 21:53:47 -0500 Angst-filled cities look for budget cuts, new ways to do things If you're trying to balance a budget in a rural Minnesota city, chances are you have run through all the options. Lay off personnel, check. Increase fees, check. Raise property taxes, check and perhaps re-think. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/14/ground-level-cities-in-crisis-budget-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Cities scrape for dollars, even in police budgets As city officials try to reach agreement on how much money to spend, how much to tax and how much to guess they will receive from the state the fall, a lot of attention focuses on police and public safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/09/ground-level-cities-in-crisis-public-safety?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 2010 15:19:44 -0500