Minnesota Public Radio features by Matt Sepic http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30715 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:26:39 -0600 Minnesota Public Radio features by Matt Sepic http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Minnesota reports 2nd flu death of season Officials would not provide any details, nor would they say if the child had any other health problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/19/flu-death?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:02:55 -0600 Minnesota jobless rate dips to lowest since 2001 The state unemployment rate slipped to a seasonally adjusted 3.7 percent, officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/18/minnesota-unemployment?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:11:12 -0600 As oil prices drop, Minn. firms supplying the Bakken stay upbeat The big drop in oil prices affects anyone doing business with North Dakota oil producers, but some see it as temporary and Minnesota companies say they remain optimistic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/16/minnesota-bakken?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:10:54 -0600 Airline subcontractors now required to give workers sick leave The Metropolitan Airports Commission voted Monday to approve the policy, which covers workers including cabin cleaners, cart drivers, and wheelchair assistants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/16/airline-subcontractors-sick-leave-workers?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:19:38 -0600 The Target data breach, one year later The Target breach was the first in a series that one cyber security report called "a rampage of attacks on U.S retailers," and made data security a top-of-mind issue for many. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/07/target-breach-anniversary?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600 'A Prairie Home Companion' to get second guest host ever Garrison Keillor said Wednesday that one of his longtime musical guests will fill in as host of two shows in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/26/prairie-home-companion-guest-host?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:58:46 -0600 Mpls. police investigate protest car crash, seek public's help Police say a 16-year-old girl was treated for minor injuries after a man drove through a crowd at Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue. The driver is listed as a suspect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/26/mpls-police-investigate-protest-car-crash?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:08:02 -0600 Minnesotans rally over Ferguson ruling; car hits woman during protest Students and activists across the state Tuesday protested the Missouri grand jury's decision. Rallies were peaceful, although a woman was hit by a car during a late afternoon rally in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/25/twincities-ferguson-protests?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:10:12 -0600 Met Council offers bridge designs for controversial light rail span The Metropolitan Council released three different bridge concepts for the Kenilworth channel crossing in Minneapolis Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/24/southwest-kenilworth-bridges?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:40:15 -0600 Coffee House Press founder Allan Kornblum dies at 65 Minneapolis book publisher Allan Kornblum has died of complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was 65. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/24/kornblum-dies?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:39:49 -0600 UCare pulls ads from KSTP after #pointergate story UCare marketing director Dan Ness said the company canceled its contract because the report "truly offended" many of UCare's members, friends and business partners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/17/ucare-kstp?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:43:57 -0600 Mostly smooth sailing on first weekend of MNsure's 2015 open enrollment MNsure spokesman Joe Campbell said the online system has been stable — and callers to MNsure's telephone contact center only had to wait a minute or two to be connected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/17/mnsure-first-weekend?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:36:42 -0600 MNsure officials, consumers hope for smooth open enrollment The state exchange had a disastrous debut a year ago, but agency officials expect the process to go much more smoothly this time around. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/13/mnsure-open-enrollment?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:20:44 -0600 Medical marijuana program on track for summer launch, officials say July 1, 2015 is the deadline for the health department to fully implement the law and have medical marijuana available only for the people on the registry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/07/medical-marijuana-manufacturer?refid=0 Fri, 07 Nov 2014 06:51:22 -0600 U of M sues 4 cell phone companies, alleging patent infringement In four separate lawsuits, the University of Minnesota claims Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T are illegally using technology developed at the U. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/05/wireless-suit?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 06:10:50 -0600 Police ID man who allegedly attacked nurses, died in police custody Police and St. John's Hospital say 68-year-old Charles Logan, Sr. of St. Paul hit four nurses with a metal bar early Sunday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/03/hospital-attack?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19:49:02 -0600 Thousands protest Washington NFL team nickname before Vikings game Ahead of the march, Clyde Bellecourt, an organizer, repeated something he's been saying for decades: Washington's team name is a slur. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/02/nfl-protest-against-washington?refid=0 Sun, 02 Nov 2014 13:20:41 -0600 Protest against DC football team planned before Vikings game When football fans arrive Sunday at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium for the Vikings game, they'll be greeted by a group of protesters from across the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/30/washington-team-name-protest-university-of-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500 More than 2 dozen charged in identity theft, bank fraud conspiracy A bank supervisor, three check counterfeiters, and even a door-to-door meat seller are accused of stealing or planning to steal millions of dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/28/bank-fraud?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:27:28 -0500 Former Minneapolis cops file age discrimination lawsuit against chief The plaintiffs -- all former captains -- range in age from 48 to 60 and say they were forced out of their jobs after the department eliminated the captain's rank. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/28/former-minneapolis-cops-file-age-discrimination-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:33:43 -0500 Police release man arrested in fatal Maplewood shooting Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell said the 19-year-old arrested in connection with the weekend death of Terrence Jermaine Woods is no longer a suspect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/27/police-release-man-arrested-in-fatal-maplewood-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:50:39 -0500 Archbishop reinstates deacon after review finds kids not at risk Deacon Joseph Damiani has sued his brothers for defamation, arguing they falsely accused him of abuse. A review board found "distinct difference" in witness stories. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/27/deacon-reinstated-post-review?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:22:41 -0500 Arrest made in fatal Maplewood shooting Police are looking for additional suspects who were in the vehicle with the alleged shooter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/26/maplewood-arrest?refid=0 Sun, 26 Oct 2014 15:42:09 -0500 Game day rally at U to draw crowds protesting NFL, DC team's mascot American Indian Movement co-founder Clyde Bellecourt said he expects more than 5,000 protesters to gather outside TCF Bank Stadium for the Nov. 2 game against Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/24/game-day-rally-at-u-to-draw-crowds-protesting-nfl-dc-teams-mascot-?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:28:21 -0500 Murder charges for man accused of shooting neighbor over deer feeding A Ramsey County grand jury has brought first degree murder charges against Neal Zumberge of New Brighton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/23/murder-charges-for-neighborh-in-deer-feeding-case?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:18:59 -0500 Ramsey Co. authorities arrest 23 in domestic violence sweep Officers tried to serve 128 warrants in all, and will continue looking for people still not in custody. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/23/domestic-violence-sweep?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:54:05 -0500 Man struck by Northstar train in Elk River dies The pedestrian was walking in an area not meant for pedestrians at about 6:30 p.m. when he was hit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/23/man-struck-by-northstar-train-in-big-lake-dies?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:34:56 -0500 Michelle Obama urges Democrats to vote in November First lady Michelle Obama told a crowd of supporters in Minneapolis on Thursday that Democrats should not tune out the midterm elections because that will help Republicans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/21/michelle-obama-minnesota-visit?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:54:59 -0500 Photos: Vikings stadium construction on schedule The number of workers on the site will increase to around 800 in January, and more than 1,100 by the spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/21/photos-vikings-stadium-construction-on-schedule?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:27:44 -0500 Twin Cities Liberians lean on faith to fight Ebola A church service was part religious revival, part public health symposium that included a state health department epidemiologist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/20/twin-cities-liberians-lean-in-faith-to-fight-ebola?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:26:36 -0500 Twin Cities composer Stephen Paulus dies at 65 MPR News has confirmed the passing of Stephen Paulus. Paulus was among Minnesota's leading classical composers. He wrote hundreds of works -- including nearly 60 orchestral scores, 10 operas and 150 choral pieces. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/19/twin-cities-composer-stephen-paulus-dies-at-65?refid=0 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities composer Stephen Paulus dies at 65 He wrote hundreds of works, including nearly 60 orchestral scores, 10 operas and 150 choral pieces. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/19/stephen-paulus?refid=0 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:13:08 -0500 Community Action of Minneapolis suspends CEO The troubled nonprofit social service organization that is the subject of a state investigation has suspended CEO Bill Davis without pay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/14/bill-davis-suspended?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:36:40 -0500 Major law enforcement group endorses Gov. Dayton The Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis president John Delmonico said Dayton has always been a strong law enforcement advocate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/12/dayton-endorsement?refid=0 Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:11:08 -0500 Hennepin County to evaluate mental health of new inmates The new team of social workers, Hennepin County Medical Center personnel and other health specialists will ensure new inmates receive proper medical care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/09/hennepin-county-inmates-mental-health?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 17:46:59 -0500 DOJ audit finds Minneapolis police lag in spotting bad officer conduct Police Chief Janee Harteau requested the assessment, which looked at six years of records from the department's internal affairs unit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/08/mpls-police-doj-audit?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 19:52:26 -0500 Ebola epidemic: Liberian Americans warned to stay away from homeland In Minnesota, many people from Liberia know someone in their homeland who has been sickened or killed by Ebola. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/08/liberian-americans-ebola-travel-home?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:30:00 -0500 Leaders of Minnesota's West African community urge against travel to Liberia The north Twin Cities metro is home to one of the largest Liberian-American populations in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/05/ebola-travel?refid=0 Sun, 05 Oct 2014 15:33:07 -0500 4.5% average hike in 2015 MNsure health plan rates Minnesota's 2015 premiums will be the lowest of any in the nation, the Commerce Department says. Critics argue the 4.5 percent average masks some big rate hikes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/01/mnsure-rates-2015?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:27:24 -0500 Dayton directs state disaster aid to Dakota Co. The Federal Emergency Management Agency told Minnesota on Tuesday it had denied the state's appeal to add the southern metro county to a disaster declaration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/30/dakota-county-disaster-aid?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:00:16 -0500 With Gardenhire out, Twins begin to look ahead The team's general manager, Terry Ryan acknowledged the criticism from many fans that Gardenhire didn't have a good enough roster of players to work with. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/30/gardenhire-out-twins-begin-to-look-ahead?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:27:55 -0500 Gardenhire out as Twins manager The news comes one day after the team finished its fourth straight season of 90-plus losses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/29/twins-manager?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:15:32 -0500 Funeral Monday in Sartell for NDSU student Thomas Bearson The Ramsey County Medical Examiner ruled Bearson's death a homicide, but authorities are not saying how he was killed for fear of jeopardizing the investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/29/funeral-for-ndsu-student-bearson?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:04:51 -0500 Mpls. police searching for person who stole car with sleeping toddler inside Officers say they found the car — with the little boy still inside — about 25 minutes after it was stolen in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/25/mpls-police-search?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:34:13 -0500 Woman goes public with abuse claims against notorious priest Linda Carroll says the Rev. James Porter assaulted her repeatedly when she was a second-grader at St. Philip's school in Bemidji. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/24/james-porter?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:01:04 -0500 St. Paul curbs traffic on downtown bridge, citing structural concerns City officials say the Kellogg Boulevard-Third Street Bridge is safe but added they'll immediately pursue funding to rebuild it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/23/downtown-st-paul-bridge?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:57:09 -0500 Gun found in child care center crib Police found the weapon Friday while executing a search warrant at a house north of downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/22/gun-found-in-crib?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:11:56 -0500 Accent Signage, victim's family settle over 2012 workplace shooting Jacob Beneke's family sued Accent Signage, claiming the company should have known employee Andrew Engeldinger was a possible danger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/22/accent-signage-settlement?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:46:52 -0500 'Routine' updates frustrate MNsure clients Minnesota's health exchange is struggling to keep up with clients' changing lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/18/mnsure-updates-frustrate-clients?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:31:04 -0500 What MNsure's loss of PreferredOne means to health insurance customers Among the companies selling commercial plans through MNsure, PreferredOne was the smallest by revenue, but offered the lowest prices and won the biggest slice of the pie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/17/mnsures-preferredone?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:18:40 -0500 Vikings fans react to Peterson case, with opinions on all sides Running back Adrian Peterson faces an uncertain future with the Minnesota Vikings, now that authorities in Texas say he went too far in disciplining his 4-year-old boy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/15/vikings-fans-peterson-reaction?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:39:52 -0500 Hoffman bail set at $2 million in slaying of Boston Scientific exec A judge Friday set bail at $2 million for Lyle "Ty" Hoffman, the man suspected of slaying a Boston Scientific executive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/12/hoffman?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:19:04 -0500 Hundreds show for Ferguson discussion at Penumbra Theatre Sarah Bellamy, co-artistic director of the African-American theater company, says she wanted to gather people in a physical space to talk and listen about a difficult topic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/11/hundreds-show-for-ferguson-discussion-at-penumbra-theater?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:55:01 -0500 Entire child protection system under review, Jesson says The killing of a western Minnesota boy by his stepmother is leading some state legislators to reconsider a child protection law they passed just four months ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/09/lucinda-jesson?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 18:35:32 -0500 Minneapolis fast-food workers join nationwide wage protests The "Fight for $15" campaign has spread across the country in recent years. It's the first time that workers in Minnesota have officially joined in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/04/minneapolis-fast-food-workers?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:40:00 -0500 Upgrades to Hennepin bottleneck could be on the way More than 50,000 vehicles travel through the Hennepin-Lyndale corridor every day, and the pavement, signaling systems and pedestrian crossings are all in need of major upgrades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/01/hennepin-lyndale-corridor?refid=0 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:45:36 -0500 Southwest light rail proposal wins Minneapolis City Council approval Five months ago, the city appeared to be on a collision course with the Metropolitan Council over the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/29/minneapolis-southwest-light-rail-vote?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:00:33 -0500 Man gets maximum sentence for swindling vulnerable adult Thomas Syzdek of Minneapolis took money from his roommate William Meredig, shortly after Meredig suffered a stroke. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/29/identity-theft-hennepin-county?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:58:42 -0500 Minnesota World's Fair? Backers press for dollars, help Backers of the bid say a World's Fair would put Minnesota on a global stage and bring in millions of tourists and their money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/28/minnesota-worlds-fair?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:09:22 -0500 D.C.'s famous snowy owl dies in Minnesota The bird was rehabilitated at the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center after it was hit by a bus in the nation's capital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/22/snowy-owl?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:56:48 -0500 Health care success cuts revenue to Uptown clinic, forcing it to close Minneapolis clinic to close now that many patients have health insurance http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/21/uptown-clinic?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Medtronic sticks to plans to buy Irish firm The medical device maker's purchase of Covidien brings tax advantages, and a rash of rebukes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/19/medtronic-covidien-purchase?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500 SuperValu discloses data breach involving Cub Foods and other stores The food distributor and retailer says hackers have broken into its computer network and might have stolen credit card data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/15/supervalu-discloses-data-breach?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 06:57:33 -0500 Target unveils plan to rescue Canada operations The new effort came just a day after new CEO Brian Cornell's first day at work, a sign of the urgency executives feel to get Canada on track. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/13/target-canada?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:26:47 -0500 Judge speeds challenge to sex offender program The lawsuit alleges that the Minnesota Sex Offender Program is unconstitutional because it keeps offenders locked up indefinitely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/11/judge-speeds-challenge-to-sex-offender-program-?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:21:11 -0500 Target takes $148M data breach hit The company says breach-related costs will reach $148 million in the second quarter. Insurance will cover one quarter of that amount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/05/target-data-breach?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:47:42 -0500 Minn. clinics $500k for mental health services The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $250,000 each to Open Door Health Center of Mankato and Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais. The funding comes from the Affordable Care Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/03/hhs-mental-health-mn?refid=0 Sun, 03 Aug 2014 10:14:06 -0500 New law will restore a financial lifeline to Somalia For years, many Somali-American money transfer businesses in the Twin Cities have had a hard time staying in business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/01/somalia-money-wiring?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:09:24 -0500 Thousands of Minnesota workers get a minimum wage raise today Labor and other advocacy groups began pushing for a higher minimum wage last year, when Democrats took control of the Minnesota legislature. But it took them until this year to pass a bill because of disagreements over how much to boost the wage floor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/01/minimum-wage-raise?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:11:07 -0500 Jury backs Ventura, awards $1.8 million in defamation suit over SEAL fight After days of deadlock, a jury has sided with former Gov. Jesse Ventura, finding that he was defamed in a book. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/29/ventura-verdict?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:09:22 -0500 Ventura defamation jury deadlocked; judge urges 'one more shot' The judge told jurors to "take one more shot" at coming to a consensus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/28/ventura-verdict?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:19:46 -0500 Sales of Minnesota vacation homes pick up, but buyers are still cautious If walls could talk, the ones inside an attractive house in the Brainerd Lakes area might tell the tale of boom, bust and incremental recovery in both the vacation home and wider real estate market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/24/sales-of-vacation-homes-pick-up-but-buyers-cautious?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:00:39 -0500 With no buyers, nine Rainbow grocery stores close today The shuttered locations include stores in Apple Valley, Cottage Grove, Shoreview, Bloomington, Coon Rapids, and Maple Grove. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/22/with-no-buyers-nine-rainbow-grocery-stores-close-today?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:41:18 -0500 State promotes new criminal background checks for caregivers Despite opposition from privacy advocates, state lawmakers and Gov. Dayton this year enacted legislation that overhauls Minnesota's criminal background check system for a variety of care givers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/18/state-promotes-new-criminal-background-checks-for-caregivers?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:50:14 -0500 Twin Cities boasts lowest jobless rate among big U.S. metros Unemployment is low across the upper Midwest and should drop further, Minnesota State Economist Laura Kalambokidis said. Demand for workers in neighboring Iowa and North Dakota is also helping to keep the Twin Cities unemployment rate down, she added. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/02/twin-cities-unemployment-rate?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:43:46 -0500 Minnesota economy prepped for strong summer, business survey shows Minnesota is poised for continued economic growth, though there is concern about its biofuels industry, the latest Creighton University economic index shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/01/minnesota-economy-prepped-for-strong-summer-business-survey-shows?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:30:01 -0500 Somali-Americans push for access to money wiring Somali-Americans in Minnesota say time is running out to resolve longstanding difficulties wiring money to relatives in east Africa. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/27/somali-american-money-wiring?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:00:40 -0500 Bremer trustees paying themselves too much, watchdog says The Washington, D.C.,-based National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy is asking the Minnesota attorney general to investigate the Otto Bremer Foundation after it fired its executive director. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/27/bremer-foundation-investigation?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 06:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities housing values still growing but slowing Metro area home prices rose 9.4 percent over the year ending in April, the widely followed. Annual gains for March were 11 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/24/twin-cities-housing-values-still-growing-but-slowing?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:47:34 -0500 Bremer Foundation executive director pushed out amid restructuring In an email to professional colleagues and friends, executive director Randi Ilyse Roth said her position is being eliminated because the foundation's three trustees have become co-CEOs. She said trustees Charlotte Johnson, Brian Lipschultz and Daniel Reardon will directly manage the foundation's staff and operations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/19/bremer-foundation-executive-director-pushed-out-amid-restructuring?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:51:27 -0500 Chart: Minn. jobless rate at lowest level in 7 years Minnesota's economy added 10,300 jobs in May, and the state's jobless rate fell one tenth of a percent to 4.6 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/19/minnesota-jobless-rate-at-lowest-level-in-7-years-?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:12:58 -0500 Amid an apartment boom, a shortage of affordable options Demand for apartments in the metro is strong, and average monthly rents are rising. That's making it hard for many people to find an affordable place to live. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/18/amidst-an-apartment-boom-a-shortage-of-afffordable-options?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:01:03 -0500 Monetary lifeline home for Somali-Americans under increasing threat Remittances may account for as much as 40 percent of Somalia's entire economy, according to Oxfam. This critical source of economic support could be cut off as Somalia struggles to regain stability following a quarter century of conflict. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/18/bank-decisions-could-hurt-somaliamerican-efforts-to-help-relatives?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:51:54 -0500 Mexico trade helps boost Minnesota 1Q exports Minnesota exported $5 billion worth of manufactured goods, mining, and farm products in the first three months of the year, a 2 percent increase over the same period in 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/12/minnesota-exports?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:28:23 -0500 Clergy abuse allegation surfaces against ex-St. John's Prep headmaster A former member of a central Minnesota boys' choir says a St. John's Abbey priest, who went on to become headmaster of St. John's Prep school in Collegeville, abused him while on a trip to Europe more than two decades ago. The alleged victim's family say they decided to go public with their allegations after learning the priest is still in public ministry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/11/clergy-abuse-allegation-surfaces-against-exst-johns-prep-headmaster-?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:38:47 -0500 Former church chancellor reveals little in deposition St. Louis archbishop Robert Carlson — who served in the Twin Cities for 24 years — testified last month that he wasn't sure whether he knew it was illegal for priests to have sex with children when he served as chancellor of the Twin Cities archdiocese in the 1980s, according to a transcript released Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/09/archbishop-carlson-deposition?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:53:25 -0500 Economy surges, yet food stamp demand remains high Nearly 504,000 Minnesotans still rely on food stamps, more than double the number of 10 years ago. For many recipients, that financial assistance isn't enough to keep food on the table. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/08/despite-minnesota-surging-economy-many-rely-on-food-stamps?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 05:00:00 -0500 Number of underwater homeowners in metro drops slightly According to the property information company CoreLogic, 57,008 residential mortgage holders, or 9.9 percent, were underwater on their mortgages. That compares to 10.2 percent in the fourth quarter of of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/05/number-of-underwater-homeowners-in-metro-drops-slightly?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:15:51 -0500 Most Minn. whites own homes; people of color far behind Minnesota has the highest rate of homeownership among white households in the country, but the lowest rate among households of color. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/30/minnesota-homeownership-disparities?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 16:59:12 -0500 Thousands of Minnesotans could get payments in insurance settlements Two life insurance companies have reached settlements with Minnesota officials who accused the companies of failing to pay up when policyholders died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/27/minnesota-insurance-settlement-metlife-transamerica?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2014 17:27:12 -0500 Twin Cities home prices continue to rise Compared to March of last year, housing prices in the Twin Cities are up 11.5 percent, slightly higher than the national average. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/27/twin-cities-home-prices-continue-to-rise?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2014 14:23:41 -0500 Racial differences in foreclosure crisis recovery, advocate says A report out today Tuesday from a homeowners advocacy group says communities of color are lagging far behind majority white neighborhoods in recovering from the foreclosure crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/27/racial-differences-in-foreclosure-crisis-recovery-advocate-says?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2014 07:36:43 -0500 Little Canada chiropractor charged with raping patient The Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners put the Little Canada chiropractor on probation in 1991 following allegations he inappropriately touched several female patients and an employee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/22/little-canada-chiropractor-charged-with-raping-patient?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2014 18:46:07 -0500 Affordable housing advocates 'excited' for bonding bill cash Homeless service agencies across Minnesota are eyeing a slice of the $100 million state lawmakers set aside for affordable housing in this year's construction bonding bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/20/affordable-housing-bonding-bill?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Hagedorn re-enters race for Congress A candidate who pledged not to force a Republican primary in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District has changed his mind. Jim Hagedorn was one of three GOP candidates vying for the party's nomination last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/18/hagedorn-creenters-race-for-congress?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2014 13:21:11 -0500 Search renewed for missing Amy Sue Pagnac, quarter century later "I don't understand their logic but they know, and they're doing something," said her mother, Susan Pagnac, on Sunday. "That's a big start in the right direction." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/19/search-renewed-for-missing-amy-sue-pragnac-quarter-century-later-?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2014 04:57:04 -0500 Call about gun at St. Paul school a 'false alarm' Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Paulos says police responded to Parkway Middle School just before 2 p.m. following a single phone call. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/14/saint-paul-school-shooting-hoax?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2014 14:27:55 -0500 After 'miracle' child survives 11-story fall, questions arise about safety Fifteen-month old Musa Dayib is in critical but stable condition after falling from an 11th floor balcony on Sunday evening. Musa's relatives believe he slipped through the balcony's railing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/14/after-miracle-babys-11story-fall-questions-begin?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2014 06:31:12 -0500 Mpls. hires firms to renovate Target Center The Minneapolis City Council's Community Development & Regulatory Services Committee today signed off on a staff recommendation that the city hire Architectural Alliance of Minneapolis and Denver-based Sink Combs Dethlefs to design an update of the arena, built by the Timberwolves in 1990. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/05/13/mpls-hires-firms-to-renovate-target-center/?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 17:19:33 -0500 House bill may ease Somali remittance program worries The remittances, or money transfers, help form the backbone of the economy in Somalia. But over the last decade, many American banks quit working with Somali money transfer operators over fears of breaking anti-terrorism laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/13/house-bill-may-ease-somali-remittance-program-worries?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 06:53:44 -0500 Dayton signs women's equal pay legislation The Women's Economic Security Act requires businesses that contract with the state to certify they provide equal pay to men and women in the same job categories. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/11/equal-pay-bill?refid=0 Sun, 11 May 2014 13:53:30 -0500 All aboard: Amtrak returns to downtown St. Paul, but not without challenges Ramsey County, the federal government and other funders spent more than $240 million the past few years to refurbish the train station as a regional transportation hub serving Amtrak, light rail and buses, and the return of passenger rail to downtown St. Paul is being heralded as a major civic event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/08/amtrak-returns-to-downtown-st-paul?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2014 06:33:55 -0500 Stormy outlook for Minnesota in climate change report A new report from the White House on climate change says problems related to global warming will become "increasingly disruptive" across the country, including Minnesota, for the remainder of the 21st Century and beyond. We have some initial reaction to the report's findings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/07/the-national-climate-assessments-minnesota-outlook?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 07:17:26 -0500 Stabbed, one victim helps another hurt in robbery Police say two University of Minnesota students were walking to their home in northeast Minneapolis when a knife-wielding robber stabbed them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/05/mpls-stabbing?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 18:31:09 -0500 Former Minnesota Boy Scout's abuse lawsuit settled Peter Stibal was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison in 2011 for abusing four boys while leading a Boy Scout troop in Burnsville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/05/former-minnesota-boy-scouts-abuse-lawsuit-settles-?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 18:27:06 -0500 English teacher named Minnesota's Teacher of the Year An English teacher who teaches classes in Minneapolis and Crystal has been named Minnesota's Teacher of the Year for 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/04/english-teacher-named-minnesotas-teacher-of-year?refid=0 Sun, 04 May 2014 16:26:56 -0500 HIV infection rate virtually unchanged in Minn. HIV/AIDS cases dropped 4 percent in Minnesota last year - a change state health officials say is statistically insignificant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/30/infection-stats?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:39:57 -0500 Byron Smith found guilty in Little Falls murders, sentenced to life Byron Smith has admitted shooting and wounding, then killing the intruders. His attorney had argued that Smith acted in self defense and out of fear for his life when he killed 17-year-old Nicholas Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/29/little-falls-murder-case?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:41:42 -0500 Defense rests in Little Falls murder trial Byron Smith is charged with first degree murder in the shooting deaths of two teenaged intruders on Thanksgiving Day of 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/28/byron-smith-little-falls-trial?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:10:01 -0500 Currents hamper search for car sunken in Mississippi Police got a report just before 9 a.m. Sunday of a car sinking in the river. It happened under a pedestrian bridge just downstream from the 10th Avenue Bridge. It wasn't immediately clear if anybody was inside. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/27/car-in-misssissippi?refid=0 Sun, 27 Apr 2014 16:13:58 -0500 In rare move, high court reverses sex offender's post-prison civil commitment In a rare move, the Minnesota Supreme Court has overturned the civil commitment of a man confined to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. The ruling does not mean the convicted rapist at the center of case, Cedrick Ince, will walk free immediately. But it may point the way for lawmakers who are trying to overhaul the controversial program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/sex-offender-program-ruling?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:23:24 -0500 New details on Christian leader facing 59 charges of criminal sexual conduct As the Washington State Patrol joins in the search for the leader of a Christian group charged in Minnesota with 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct, a former member of the group's parent organization is shedding new light on 52-year old Victor Barnard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/17/new-details-on-christian-leader-facing-59-charges-of-criminal-sexual-conduct?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:06:46 -0500 Hoffner to return to MSU football coaching job After an independent arbitrator ruled that Minnesota State University, Mankato must reinstate him with back pay, and flanked by his wife and lawyers at a Minneapolis news conference, an often emotional Todd Hoffner said he's glad to have his old job back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/15/hoffner-msu-mankato-coaching-job?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:18:17 -0500 Minn. man who shot, killed teens in his Little Falls home heads to trial Byron Smith faces two counts of premeditated, first-degree murder of two teenagers in a case that rocked Little Falls, Minn. and stirred debate about just how far a person can go to protect one's home from a potential threat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/13/minn-man-who-shot-killed-teens-heads-to-trial-?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:00:37 -0500 Grand Forks girl safe after mother's vehicle stolen Police in Grand Forks say a five-year-old girl is safe after someone stole her mother's vehicle with the child inside it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/09/grand-forks-girl-kidnapping?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:22:21 -0500 Stollings wants Gopher women hoopsters to 'accomplish great things' A 1998 graduate of Ohio University, new Gopher women's basketball coach Marlene Stollings started her college playing career at Ohio State. Before coming to the U she led VCU, and ha also been an assistant at Mississippi, Saint Louis, Wright State, New Mexico State and Jacksonville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/08/stollings-wants-gopher-women-hoopsters-to-accomplish-great-things?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:06:24 -0500 Behind the scenes for Twins home opener, Target Field staff are ready As in the game of baseball, running a modern ballpark requires careful attention to detail. Someone has to take charge of the things most fans wouldn't think about, necessities such as trash cans, and niceties, like the red, white and blue bunting that hangs in the stands every opening day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/07/behind-the-scenes-for-twins-home-opener-target-field-staff-are-ready?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:25:03 -0500 Jury finds Twin Cities man guilty in wind energy scam Prosecutors say 52-year-old Gregory Jaunich of North Oaks took $1.5 million from investors in 2006 and 2007 and promised to use the money to develop a wind energy project near Fargo in Clay County, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/02/jury-finds-twin-cities-man-guilty-in-wind-energy-scam?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:02:33 -0500 St. Croix bridge work will slow Hwy. 36 this week The span is scheduled to open in 2016, and will replace the aging Stillwater Lift Bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/31/news/saint-croix-bridge-delays?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:39:47 -0500 Construction resumes on St. Croix River bridge Major construction work resumes Monday on the Minnesota approach to the new St. Croix River bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/30/construction-resumes-on-st-croix-river-bridge?refid=0 Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:34:29 -0500 1 person dies after St. Paul fire Two people were hospitalized after an early morning fire broke out at a home in St. Paul's Hamline-Midway neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/30/2-hospitalized-after-st-paul-fire?refid=0 Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:51:55 -0500 Amtrak tweaks Empire Builder schedule over freight traffic The passenger train travels daily between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest. Westbound trips starting in St. Paul will take 90 minutes longer beginning on April 15, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/27/empire-builder-schedule-changes?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:23:08 -0500 Vanska's possible rehiring cheers orchestra fans, musicians This year is turning out to be a much better for the Minnesota Orchestra than either of the previous two. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/27/vanskas-possible-rehiring?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 07:31:54 -0500 Hundreds still looking for mental health services after clinic closings Riverwood Centers Community Behavioral Healthcare, a nonprofit that operated in five counties, shut down abruptly last week because of financial problems. The nonprofit operated in five counties in east-central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/25/riverwood-closing-impact?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:25:52 -0500 Highway 55 at Mendota Bridge reopens after crash The crash started just before 1 p.m., the Minnesota Department of Transportation said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/24/news/highway-55-crash?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:56:20 -0500 Bemidji man in custody after 10-mile police chase Authorities in northwestern Minnesota say a suspect is in custody following a 10-mile chase Friday evening that involved a stolen squad car. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/23/bemidji-man-in-custody-after-10mile-police-chase?refid=0 Sun, 23 Mar 2014 14:42:00 -0500 Robbinsdale police chief resigns Robbinsdale's police chief resigned abruptly Saturday, a month after he was caught in a prostitution sting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/23/robbinsdale-police-chief-resigns?refid=0 Sun, 23 Mar 2014 13:03:05 -0500 Safety or right? Bill banning firearms for those under domestic violence order draws a crowd Bill author Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, and other supporters say a proposal that would make it illegal for people under domestic violence restraining orders to possess firearms could save lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/21/politics/gun-bill-hearing?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:26:09 -0500 Mental health centers abruptly shut in east central Minn.; officials scramble to aid clients State and county officials are working to find a way to find care for people with mental illness in east central Minnesota after a major mental health care provider abruptly shut its doors Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/18/health/riverwood-centers-close?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:51:41 -0500 Woman charged in murder of Minneapolis man Prosecutors say telephone records show that just before he was killed Anthony Lee Fairbanks spoke with Maureen Ndidiamaka Onyelobi who provided Fairbanks with heroin, and who's now charged in his death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/17/woman-charged-in-murder-of-minneapolis-man?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:29:32 -0500 Pothole season is here, and it really is worse than last year If you've been out on the roads at all in the last week, you know that much of Minnesota is in the throes of that short season between winter and road construction. We're talking about pothole season. And after this year's especially harsh winter, just how bad are the potholes? They're bad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/17/weather/pothole-season-is-here-and-it-really-is-worse-than-last-year?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 06:56:50 -0500 Dayton: Overhaul of Minn. Sex Offender Program unlikely this year About 700 offenders live under civil commitment in two prison-like facilities in Moose Lake and St. Peter, even though most have completed prison sentences. In a lawsuit, they claim their confinement is unconstitutional. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/13/minnesota-sex-offender-program-dayton?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:17:03 -0500 Hiawatha Ave. reopened after gas leak Hiawatha Avenue in south Minneapolis was closed this evening after a natural gas leak. Employees at ADM Milling on Hiawatha were evacuated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/12/hiawatha-avenue-closing?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:50:45 -0500 Lake Superior ice caves to close this weekend, or sooner The National Park Service said today it will close the Apostle Island Sea Caves at the end of the day Sunday -- or possibly sooner -- because of rapidly changing ice conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/12/lake-superior-ice-caves?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:39:10 -0500 Drone curbs find support in state House Unmanned aerial craft are considered the next key tool for law enforcement, and a bipartisan group of legislators is considering how police might still use the technology without intruding on law-abiding citizens' right to privacy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/11/privacy-bills?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:56:25 -0500 Dorothy Day Center to stay in downtown St. Paul The Dorothy Day Center has dropped its plan to build new facilities northeast of its present location in downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/10/news/dorothy-day-center-st-paul?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:55:08 -0500 10 with Minn. ties on new list of accused priests The Crosiers have made public the names of 11 priests and brothers who'd been accused of abuse. All are either deceased or no longer with the order. Ten of the 11 either served in Minnesota parishes, or at the Crosier seminary in Onamia, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/10/10-priests-with-minn-ties-on-new-list-of-accused-?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 05:47:03 -0500 Mpls. police looking for fatal shooting suspects Police Department spokesman John Elder said officers responded to a report of shots fired on the 2700 block of Longfellow Avenue on the city's south side just after 10 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/09/mpls-police-looking-for-suspects-in-two-fatal-shootings?refid=0 Sun, 09 Mar 2014 14:51:48 -0500 Harshest winter in decades gives Minnesotans frozen water pipe headaches Frozen indoor pipes are common every winter. But this year, it was so cold for so long that the pipes that bring water to your house from the main in the street have been freezing deep underground. It's costing some homeowners hundreds of dollars to get their water flowing again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/07/harshest-winter-in-decades-gives-minnesotans-frozen-water-pipe-headaches?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 06:09:18 -0600 Three charged in food stamp fraud scheme The three allegedly bought food stamp cards from homeless people for 50 cents on the dollar and then purchased more than $11,000 worth of non-perishable items such as soda pop and ramen noodles, which they shipped to Liberia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/05/food-stamp-fraud?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:46:33 -0600 State: No effort to revive resident at nursing home According to the report, the unnamed resident at St. Benedict's Senior Community died in June after becoming dizzy and unresponsive in the dining room. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/05/state-no-effort-to-revive-resident-at-nursing-home?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:53:36 -0600 Polar vortex hasn't chilled Minnesota's economy Even though this winter's harsh weather has been tough on some people's bank accounts, others have benefited. So the nasty winter isn't having much of an effect on Minnesota's overall economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/04/minnesota-economy-winter?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 04:00:00 -0600 The Dalai Lama returns to Twin Cities The Buddhist spiritual leader also gave the keynote address at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/02/the-dalai-lama-returns-to-twin-cities?refid=0 Sun, 02 Mar 2014 14:17:46 -0600 Mpls. teachers union and district reach agreement The district and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers reached the agreement after what they said were "three consecutive days of productive talks." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/02/mpls-teachers-union-and-district-reach-agreement?refid=0 Sun, 02 Mar 2014 12:11:53 -0600 Lawmakers seek to shore up energy assistance program as demand increases Because of this year's spike in propane prices, Democrats say they plan to fast-track the measure during the 2014 legislative session, which begins tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/24/low-income-energy-assistance-money?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:29:47 -0600 Heavy snow brings Minneapolis parking restrictions for remainder of winter City officials put the ban in place Sunday morning. There is no parking on the even side of non-snow emergency routes. Cars parked on the even side risk tagging and towing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/23/mpls-parking-restrictions-started-sunday?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 04:33:06 -0600 Lawsuit challenging Minnesota Sex Offender Program can proceed, judge rules A federal judge is refusing to throw out a lawsuit challenging Minnesota's treatment system for sex offenders and again suggesting he might scrap the whole program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/20/news/sex-offender-program-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 21 Feb 2014 06:50:31 -0600 Reconvened Mpls. DFL caucus throws support to Mohamud Noor Residents of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis turned out in large numbers on Wednesday night for a do-over of a precinct caucus that ended in chaos two weeks ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/20/politics/minneapolis-caucus?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 06:19:22 -0600 Archdiocese asks court to block depositions, stop release of names In a statement, the archdiocese said it's appealing the order because it's overly broad, and disclosure of the names -- even under seal -- could harm priests who've been accused falsely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/18/archdiocese-asks-appeals-court-to-block-depositions-stop-list-release?refid=0 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:43:52 -0600 Mourners pray and sing for five children who died in house fire Mourners sang, prayed and vowed to support the children's father, Troy Lewis, and two surviving children, who are hospitalized for their injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/15/news/house-fire-mourning?refid=0 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 17:56:18 -0600 No more freight trains in exchange for light rail, some St. Louis Park residents say A key sticking point remains in lining up final support for the Southwest light rail line linking downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie: What to do with the freight rail tracks that are along the proposed route. One idea calls for moving those freight trains to St. Louis Park. But some residents opposed to that notion were out in force Wednesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/13/southwest-light-rail?refid=0 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 06:41:54 -0600 Cedar-Riverside caucus rescheduled for next week The caucus last week in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood drew a large crowd. School board member Mohamud Noor is challenging State Rep. Phyllis Kahn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/11/politics/cedar-riverside-caucus-rescheduled?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:41:35 -0600 Charges filed over teen's alleged school bus theft Authorities have filed charges against a 14-year-old boy who allegedly stole a school bus in Roseville Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/11/news/school-bus-charges?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:47:57 -0600 Minnesota sues BP for double dipping into state fund Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman says BP received more than $25 million from the state's Petrofund between 1988 and 2012 for decontamination work at 1,407 service stations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/10/minnesota-sues-bp?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:07:22 -0600 No lunch money, no lunch allowed in 46 Minnesota school districts Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid says 15 percent of Minnesota school districts that responded to a recent survey report their policies allow lunchroom staff to refuse hot meals to students who can't pay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/10/lunch-money?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 07:28:22 -0600 North St. Paul apartment evacuated after shooting North St. Paul police say they are still looking for the suspect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/09/north-st-paul-apartment-evacuated-after-shooting-?refid=0 Sun, 09 Feb 2014 10:18:58 -0600 State to stop selling driver's license data in bulk Deputy Public Safety Commissioner Mary Ellison says the change is meant to improve data security. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/06/bulk-data?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 19:35:03 -0600 Dayton expands eligibility for heating assistance The expanded heating assistance is available to any qualifying household — not just propane users, the state Commerce Department said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/04/dayton-heating-assitance?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:11:04 -0600 Joan Mondale, wife of former VP Walter, dies at 83 "We are grateful for the expressions of love and support we have received. Joan was greatly loved by many. We will miss her dearly," said former Vice President Walter Mondale of his late wife. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/03/news/joan-mondale-obit?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 07:00:43 -0600 Minnesota's propane hotline lighting up The price of propane in the Midwest has skyrocketed this winter because of high demand and changes to the pipeline delivery system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/02/propane-hotline-lighting-up?refid=0 Sun, 02 Feb 2014 12:28:03 -0600 Feds release $450M to help ease propane shortage; $15.8M for Minnesota As thousands of Minnesotans struggle with the price of the propane used to heat their homes and businesses, politicians at the state and federal levels are boosting aid to hard-hit residents and pressuring industry to try to end the propane shortage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/31/feds-release-450m-to-help-ease-propane-shortage-158m-for-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 06:36:09 -0600 Feds release $16M to Minnesota in home energy assistance funds Many people in Minnesota, particularly in rural areas, buy hundreds of gallons at a time to heat their homes. But propane is hard to find, so hard that Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday declared a state of emergency because of the shortage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/30/home-energy-assistance-propane-hotline?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:30:15 -0600 Gender wage gap targeted in new bills, report The wage gap between men and women earned a mention in President Obama's State of the Union speech this week. And it will get some attention this morning in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/30/news/gender-wage-gap?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:18:26 -0600 DNR: Hunters took fewer wolves preying on livestock A Minnesota DNR wildlife biologist said the number of wolves trapped or shot for preying on livestock fell by more than half between 2012 and last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/28/wolf_hunt?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:56:15 -0600 Dayton declares emergency over propane shortage Many rural Minnesotans buy hundreds of gallons at a time to heat their homes, and this winter propane is getting harder to find. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/27/dayton_propane?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:10:08 -0600 Rural Minnesota copes with tight propane, natural gas supplies, rising prices The problem of dwindling gas supplies is nothing new for the many rural Minnesotans who heat their homes with propane. The blasts of arctic weather the region's been getting this winter have helped drive up prices for propane -- which is already in short supply for a host of other reasons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/27/rural-minnesota-copes-with-tight-natural-gas-supplies-rising-prices?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:44:18 -0600 Polar temps, heavy winds close schools and roads, strand travelers Schools are closed, the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus has canceled classes, dozens of roads are closed and travelers were stranded Sunday night as another polar deep freeze descended on Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/27/weather/cold-weather?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 06:47:12 -0600 Xcel asks some customers to cut natural gas usage The Minneapolis-based company is asking residential customers who use natural gas to heat their homes to turn their thermostats down to 60 and avoid using natural gas appliances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/26/xcel-asks-some-customers-to-cut-natural-gas-usage-?refid=0 Sun, 26 Jan 2014 10:15:56 -0600 April trial set for Little Falls shooting case Byron Smith has pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree murder in the deaths of 17-year-old Nicholas Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/23/news/little-falls-trial-set?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:53:19 -0600 Patient at Minn. Security Hospital kills fellow resident A patient at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter died Wednesday night from injuries inflicted by another patient, the state's Department of Human Services said Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/23/news/security-hospital-patient-death?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:27:47 -0600 After latest Target layoffs, analysts wonder if more are coming New York retail analyst Howard Davidowitz says there could be even more cuts coming down the pike. "If business continues soft, management must react on the expense line. In other words you can't allow overhead to grow out of proportion. Target is a discount business," he said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/23/business/target?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 07:56:25 -0600 Against industry wishes, Klobuchar promotes smart phone kill switch law The DFLer says the ability to remotely disable a stolen phone would both deter theft and help protect users' data, and the measure has the support of law enforcement. But critics say such technology won't work -- and could have some bad consequences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/22/politics/against-industry-wishes-klobuchar-promotes-smart-phone-kill-switch-law?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 07:08:21 -0600 St. Paul march, ceremony to mark MLK Day Events started Monday morning at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul with a discussion of the upcoming legislative session sponsored by the Council on Black Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/19/news/st-paul-march-ceremony-to-mark-king-holiday?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jan 2014 06:39:40 -0600 Lawsuit over park near Vikings stadium dropped The 400 million dollar development is expected to include two office towers, parking for the stadium, housing and a public park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/19/suit-over-park-near-vikings-stadium-dropped?refid=0 Sun, 19 Jan 2014 15:40:34 -0600 Green line light rail construction is nearly complete Construction of the Green Line -- also known as Central Corridor -- is almost finished. Metro Transit will announce a launch date for the line on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/19/more-light-rail-trains-expected-next-month?refid=0 Sun, 19 Jan 2014 14:09:51 -0600 Target breach appears to be part of broader scam Russian words were found in one of the variants of the virus, and parts of the malware were developed by a Russian criminal, said Tiffany Jones, a senior vice president at iSight Partners, a Dallas company that focuses on cyber threat intelligence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/16/malware-target-data-breach?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:37:04 -0600 Driver sentenced to 16 years for hitting Army recruiters Both U.S. Army recruiters survived. Authorities say one of the victims was stuck under Enrico Taylor's Jeep SUV for almost a mile. The other rolled over the top of the vehicle but was largely uninjured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/15/driver-sentenced-to-16-years-for-hitting-army-recruiters?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:52:10 -0600 Vikings stadium authority hits back at lawsuit Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen said the agency is seeking to have the plaintiffs post a $50 million surety bond. Kelm-Helgen said that would allow the authority to recover costs associated with any delays. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/01/13/sports-facilities-authority-moves-to-intervene-in-bond-suit/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:46:09 -0600 Out of Dubai prison and home, Shezanne Cassim describes his ordeal Cassim was arrested in April for posting a satirical video on YouTube about youth culture in Dubai. After intervention by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and the State Department, Emirati officials deported the 29-year-old man back to Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/09/news/out-of-dubai-prison-and-home-shezanne-cassim-describes-his-ordeal?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:38:19 -0600 Man jailed in United Arab Emirates over YouTube video returns to Minn. Shezanne Cassim, 29, of Woodbury, was accused of violating the country's cyber crimes law. He was arrested in Dubai in April after posting on a 20-minute video on Youtube poking fun at the country's hip-hop culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/09/news/cassim-jailed-in-dubai-over-youtube-video-returns-to-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 08:18:24 -0600 Southwest light-rail planners hear concerns at community meeting How will the light rail tracks co-exist -- if it all -- with existing freight tracks, especially near Cedar Lake? The slender strip of land between Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles known as the Kenilworth Corridor is too narrow to add light rail alongside the existing freight rail and bike paths. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/08/news/southwest-lightrail-planners-hear-concerns-at-community-meeting-?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 07:47:59 -0600 Arctic vortex: The worst is over. Here's how some coped From athletes to bike commuters to homeless shelters, folks in the Twin Cities found ways to cope with Monday's journey into what weather forecaster's came to call the "Arctic vortex." Some kept to their bike commuting schedules. Others coped with crowded homeless shelters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/07/weather/arctic-vortex-the-worst-is-over?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 06:39:25 -0600 Attorneys argue that state's sex offender program is unconstitutional Attorneys for the residents of Minnesota's sex offender treatment program are arguing that the program doesn't work and is unconstitutional. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/18/news/sex-offender-program-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:43:12 -0600 Child survivor of pond crash home from hospital A 5-year-old boy who was trapped underwater after a car accident last month has been released from the hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/10/kid-home?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:21:27 -0600 St. John's Abbey releases list of 18 monks accused of abuse The list of 18 current and former monks includes nine living at Saint John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., under "supervised safety plans," the abbey said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/09/news/saint-johns-monk-list?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 06:45:09 -0600 Inmate found strangled in Oak Park Heights prison Prison staff said they found 30-year-old Shane Lawrence Cooper dead Monday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/03/inmate-homicide?refid=0 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:15:57 -0600 Panel calls for overhaul of Minn. sex offender law Judges would have the option of sending sex offenders who have completed their sentences to less restrictive treatment programs instead of to prison-like treatment facilities where most are detained indefinitely if state legislators decide to accept the recommendations of a special state panel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/02/news/sex-offender-law?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:55:23 -0600 Proposed hydroelectric plant seen as green energy source, eyesore The Mississippi River plant needs the OK of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Army Corps of Engineers and a number of state agencies before it can proceed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/27/proposed-hydroelectric-plant-mississippi-river?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:58:19 -0600 Request to drop 1st-degree murder charge against Little Falls man denied A judge has denied a request to drop first-degree murder charges against a Little Falls man accused of killing two teens in his house. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/25/news/request-little-falls-murder-charge?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:19:02 -0600 Judge denies motion to dismiss charges in Little Falls shooting First-degree murder charges will stand against a Little Falls, Minn., man accused of killing two intruders last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/25/news/little-falls-charges-stand?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:49:00 -0600 Jury convicts another member of family sex-trafficking ring A Ramsey County jury today convicted another member of a family prosecutors say operated a wide-ranging sex trafficking ring in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/20/news/family-sex-trafficking-ring?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:25:18 -0600 Isle Royale wolf panel finds no clear path at hearing Just eight adult wolves and possibly a few pups remain in the protected wilderness area. That's down from a peak of 50 in 1980, and the animals are showing signs of inbreeding. The question facing park officials: Intervene to save the pack, or let nature run its course? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/20/environment/isle-royale-wolf-panel-finds-no-clear-path-at-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 06:30:18 -0600 Sheriff: Suspect was angry with doctor over mother's care The suspect in the death of Dr. Stephen Larson expressed hostility toward the doctor before shooting him to death last week, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/18/news/orono-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 05:55:11 -0600 Lawmakers want answers after investigation into nurses' backgrounds Minnesota lawmakers are asking questions about licensing procedures for nurses following a newspaper investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/13/news/lawmakers-nurses-backgrounds?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:01:26 -0600 Cambridge on edge over sex offender transfer plans Officials with the Minnesota Sex Offender Program say they are moving forward with plans to move a half-dozen civilly-committed offenders from a treatment facility in St. Peter to a less restrictive campus in Cambridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/07/crime/cambridge-on-edge-over-sex-offender-transfer-plans?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 06:41:11 -0600 Nicollet Mall renovations promoted for state funding Business and civic leaders in Minneapolis are continued Wednesday to press state lawmakers for bond funding to upgrade Nicollet Mall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/30/nicollet-mall?refid=0 Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:30:46 -0500 Princeton pilot in crash was business owner Kevin Covlin, 51, was the only person aboard the Piper PA-22 when it crashed on takeoff from Princeton's municipal airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/29/plane-crash?refid=0 Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:25:01 -0500 Minnetonka police ID officers who shot man with gun Minnetonka police have released the names of the officers who fatally shot Michael Tray of Austin, Minn., at an apartment complex last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/29/news/minnetonka-police-id-officers-who-shot-man-with-gun?refid=0 Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:24:50 -0500 One dead in plane crash near Princeton, Minn. City Manager Mark Karnowski said the crash occurred about 12:45 p.m. He said the plane went down about 150 yards west of the runway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/28/one-dead-in-princeton-plane-crash?refid=0 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:02:39 -0500 E. coli strikes pumpkin patch visitors The patients range in age from 15 months to seven years and are from the Twin Cities metro area. They all had contact with animals at Dehn's Pumpkins in Dayton, Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/26/e-coli-strikes-pumpkin-patch-visitors?refid=0 Sat, 26 Oct 2013 09:23:53 -0500 Teen sentenced in East Side St. Paul beating A juvenile court judge has sentenced a 15-year-old boy for the near-fatal beating of a St. Paul man last August. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/23/teen-sentenced?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:04:42 -0500 Teen to be tried as adult in East Side beating Prosecutors say Cindarion De'Angelo Butler was among the five people who attacked 26-year-old Ray Widstrand on Aug. 4 as he tried to walk past a street fight near his home on St. Paul's East Side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/16/teen-to-be-tried-as-adult-in-east-side-beating?refid=0 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:56:33 -0500 Music teacher charged with criminal sexual misconduct The father of a 15-year-old boy told Eden Prairie police that Robert James Ladwig inappropriately touched the boy during private flute lessons at the family's home. The alleged abuse was reported in June and happened over the previous three months, when the boy was 14. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/15/news/music-teacher-charged-with-criminal-sexual-misconduct?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 17:56:13 -0500 Furloughs for some in Corps of Engineers The furlough mainly affects people seeking construction permits along corps-managed waterways. About 10 percent of the St. Paul district's 700 employees have been furloughed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/15/politics/furloughs-for-some-in-corps-of-engineers?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:08:49 -0500 Thousands turn out for Lynx parade and celebration The Minnesota Lynx got a warm reception Monday morning as thousands of fans turned out to celebrate the team's second WNBA championship title in three years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/14/sports/lynx-parade-draws-thousands?refid=0 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:11:33 -0500 Police arrest more than a dozen reputed gang members Authorities say all the suspects are members of the East Side Boys. They were arrested as part of an effort by Minneapolis and St. Paul police, plus the FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/09/gang-roundup?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 19:34:03 -0500 Ray Widstrand, St. Paul beating victim, forgives his attackers Ray Widstrand is undergoing therapy at the Courage Center in Golden Valley after he was severely beaten on Aug. 4 in his St. Paul neighborhood -- and says he feels sorry for his attackers http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/09/news/st-paul-beating-victim-forgives-his-attackers?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 07:19:08 -0500 With QBs Cassel and Freeman, where does Ponder fit with Vikings? On a team conference call, Josh Freeman said he's glad to have time to ease in to his new surroundings, after signing with the Vikings on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/08/sport/freeman-cassel-ponder?refid=0 Tue, 08 Oct 2013 06:28:47 -0500 Minn. Supreme Court vacates conviction of defendant who died during appeal Mark Burrell was convicted of aggravated forgery for pretending to be his brother Steven when he signed some property tax documents in Austin, Minn. in 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/02/dead-defendant?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:06:23 -0500 N.D. college football player charged in shooting death A North Dakota college football player has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a man in south Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/02/news/college-football-player-second-degree-murder?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 16:17:15 -0500 Police: missing girls found safe The five girls between the ages of 11 and 13 had been missing since Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/01/five-missing-girls?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 17:28:06 -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 Several victims of Kenya attack have ties to Minnesota Authorities still don't know if the militants who attacked a shopping mall in Kenya hold Minnesota ties. But there's no doubt some of their victims have family connections here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/24/kenya-victims-ties-to-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 09:16:34 -0500 Star Tribune editor Barnes heads to Texas Nancy Barnes, who led the Star Tribune newsroom as editor for six years marked by staff cuts, bankruptcy, stability and two Pulitzers, has announced that she's leaving the paper for a leadership post with the Houston Chronicle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/19/business/star-tribune-editor-barnes-heads-to-texas?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 07:41:10 -0500 Extra caution while driving, State Patrol advises After three separate fatal accidents on Monday, State Patrol and MnDOT are warning drivers to exercise extra caution on the roads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/17/news/driver-caution?refid=0 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:18:07 -0500 No injuries after Mpls. house explosion Firefighters responded to a house fire after an apparent gas explosion Tuesday afternoon near 31st St. and Grand Ave. South in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/17/news/house-fire?refid=0 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:11:29 -0500 Federal public defender won't cut staff with sequester The federal public defender's office in Minnesota is taking another big budget cut, but it's not as bad as first thought. Other public defender offices have had to cut staff after the sequester cuts kicked in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/16/publicdefender-cuts?refid=0 Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:05:31 -0500 Police still searching for Eden Prairie woman missing since May 1 With the fall hunting season underway, Eden Prairie police are urging hunters to be mindful of an ongoing missing person investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/16/news/police-missing-eden-prairie-woman?refid=0 Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:23:07 -0500 Investigation ends in deadly squad collision with motorcyclist The State Patrol has finished its investigation of a fatal accident in May, when a Minneapolis police squad vehicle collided with a motorcycle, killing the rider. The results have been sent to the Hennepin County Attorney's office for review. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/09/news/investigation-ends-in-deadly-squad-car-collision-with-motorcyclist?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 18:20:26 -0500 Sex offenders at treatment facility OK to marry, state says A top official at the Department of Human Services now says the department is trying to clear the way for people detained in Minnesota's Sex Offender Treatment Program to marry one another if they choose. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/09/news/marriage-sex-offenders?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:30:17 -0500 Police searching for man in Granite Falls shooting While they're not calling him a suspect, authorites say they're looking for Andrew Joseph Dikken, 28, in connection with the fatal shooting of Kara Ann Monson, 26, on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/04/granitefalls-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 18:59:14 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra finances detailed in new report According to a new report paid for by The Minnesota Orchestra, the ensemble is in precarious financial shape. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/03/minnesota-orchestra-finances-detailed-in-new-report?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 17:18:39 -0500 Meow-wow: Cat Video Festival packs the State Fair Grandstand Last year, an estimated 10,000 people gathered in Minneapolis for the Walker Art Center's first Internet Cat Video Festival. This year, organizers moved it to the Minnesota State Fair and last night the audience followed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/29/human-interest/meow-wow-cat-video-film-festival-packs-the-state-fair-grandstand?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 06:59:00 -0500 Mpls. teachers say it's too hot for school More than a third of the city's schools have limited air conditioning or lack it entirely. Minneapolis Federation of Teachers President Lynn Nordgren said she's been getting a lot of complaints from teachers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/27/hot-schools?refid=0 Tue, 27 Aug 2013 19:17:03 -0500 Stifling heat breaks records, steaming the State Fair and school openings After a late-starting and fairly mild summer, Minnesotans are getting a real blast of heat this week, and it's breaking records. The mercury is expected to hit 98 degrees Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/27/weather/stifling-heat-breaks-records?refid=0 Tue, 27 Aug 2013 06:37:00 -0500 National Night Out block parties Tuesday People across the state are closing their streets to traffic Tuesday night for National Night Out block parties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/06/national-night-out-block-parties-tuesday?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:14:39 -0500 Minneapolis streetcar open house tonight The proposed route would take riders three miles, from Lake Street and Nicollet on the city's south side, through downtown and over the river to East Hennepin Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/06/government/minneapolis-streetcar-open-house-tonight?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 08:05:23 -0500 FEMA to assess Minn. thunderstorm damage State and federal officials begin assessing damage today from the severe thunderstorms that hit Minnesota last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/08/fema-assessment-tstorms?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 06:27:02 -0500 North Shore motel damaged by fire An explosion and fire at a North Shore motel Wednesday injured two people and destroyed a building at the Lake Breeze Motel Resort on Scenic Highway 61. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/03/northshore-fire?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:22:04 -0500 Gas prices dip below national average Gasoline prices are below the national average in Minnesota this holiday weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/03/business/gas-prices?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 19:56:05 -0500 Dayton issues emergency declaration for storm-struck areas An emergency declaration has been issued for more than two dozen Minnesota counties affected by recent thunderstorms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/03/news/dayton-emergency-declaration-storm?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:28:00 -0500 Urban high water warning out to kayakers, canoeists Dry weather across Minnesota this week means that water levels on the state's brimming lakes and creeks finally may start to drop. Spring's heavy rainfall raised Lake Minnetonka to near-record highs, feeding Minnehaha Creek in the west metro until it became a bursting creek. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/03/environment/creek-high-water?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 08:00:00 -0500 Vikings stadium: Ryan gets nod for new parking construction The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority on Monday approved negotiations with Ryan Companies for new parking ramps and skyway bridges associated with the new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/02/news/downtown-east-stadium-project?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 06:59:00 -0500 Family of Nazi commander seeks retraction of report The family of an alleged war criminal who lives in northeast Minneapolis called on the Associated Press to retract its story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/15/news/nazi-commander-family-seeks-retraction?refid=0 Sat, 15 Jun 2013 10:38:21 -0500 Critics want independent investigation of Terrance Franklin's death Demonstrators Monday evening called for an independent investigation into the last month's death of a burglary suspect in a south Minneapolis home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/10/news/march-terrance-franklin?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:56:40 -0500 Health officials: More ticks bring greater Lyme-disease threat State health officials are expecting greater numbers of Lyme disease-carrying ticks this summer, after a lull last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/10/health/tick-season?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 18:14:21 -0500 Metro counties start accepting applications from same-sex couples Starting Thursday, gay and lesbian couples will be able to submit early applications for marriage licenses in several Minnesota counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/06/news/same-sex-marriage-license?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 20:30:00 -0500 ACLU: Black people more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession A new study says there is a growing disparity in marijuana possession arrest rates between white people and black people in the United States, and that gap has grown especially wide in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/04/news/marijuana-arrest-rate?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 19:27:52 -0500 Hopkins HS senior charged with prostituting fellow cheerleader A Hopkins High School student is facing two felony charges for allegedly prostituting a fellow student on the Internet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/04/news/hopkins-cheerleader-sex-traffick?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 18:39:49 -0500 Deadly crashes take rural toll over weekend Public safety officials say six people were killed in just over 24 hours in another rash of traffic fatalities across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/03/news/deadly-crashes-take-rural-toll?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 19:54:47 -0500 Hudson parole office hit with vehicle, incendiary device The front door of a state probation and parole office in Hudson, Wis. was smashed with a vehicle and the lobby set afire early morning Monday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/03/news/hudson-parole-office?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:28:41 -0500 Michele Bachmann won't run again for Congress Rep. Michele Bachmann says she won't seek re-election in 2014. The four-term congresswoman announced her decision in a nearly 9-minute video posted on her website early Wednesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/29/politics/bachmann?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 06:01:19 -0500 House tables bill on unions for care workers After more than four-and-a-half hours of debate overnight, the Minnesota House has set aside for now a controversial bill that would let state-subsidized home health and child care workers form unions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/19/politics/house-sets-aside-unionization-bill?refid=0 Sun, 19 May 2013 10:47:17 -0500 Man charged in MOA, MSP bomb hoaxes Federal authorities charged a 22-year-old man Tuesday on charges that he called in phony bomb threats to the Mall of America and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/14/news/bomb-hoaxes-charges?refid=0 Tue, 14 May 2013 15:08:38 -0500 Crowd gathers in advance of House vote on same-sex marriage Big crowds are expected at the Minnesota Capitol Thursday as the Minnesota House prepares to vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/08/politics/crowd-house-vote-same-sex-marriage?refid=0 Wed, 08 May 2013 20:23:15 -0500 Anhydrous ammonia cleanup near Murdock Students at Murdock Elementary School in west-central Minnesota are expected to return to their classrooms Wednesday after a leak of anhydrous ammonia prompted a precautionary evacuation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/08/news/anhydrous-ammonia-cleanup-near-murdock?refid=0 Wed, 08 May 2013 06:44:47 -0500 Train, semi collision releases chemical Authorities say a collision between a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train and a semi carrying anhydrous ammonia injured at least five people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/07/regional/train-accident?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 17:30:33 -0500 Police: missing woman's DNA found on jacket in ex-boyfriend's car Police in Eden Prairie say analysis shows the presence of Matula's DNA in a blood sample from a jacket found in Roe's vehicle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/07/news/matula-missing-eden-prairie-woman-evidence?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 16:02:02 -0500 Judge won't stop St. Croix bridge project over lawsuit A judge has refused to stop the St. Croix River bridge project amid a federal lawsuit over minority contractor participation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/06/news/judge-lawsuit-st-croix-bridge-project?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 20:41:58 -0500 Senate backs Minn. tuition for immigrants' kids The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill that extends in-state public college tuition rates to children of people who are not in the country legally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/01/senate-dream-act?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 15:34:44 -0500 MnDOT: Lawsuit could delay, run up costs of St. Croix Crossing project A lawsuit could delay the St. Croix Crossing bridge project and cost the state millions, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/30/business/st-croix-crossing-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:46:05 -0500 State updates vaccination requirements for schoolkids State health officials are planning to add new vaccination requirements for children in school and day care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/29/health/state-updates-vaccination-requirements?refid=0 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:09:45 -0500 Worker dies in lumber mill fall State officials are investigating after a worker was killed on the job at a northern Minnesota lumber mill over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/29/accident/worker-dies-in-lumber-mill-fall?refid=0 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:11:14 -0500 Sequestration cuts hit court system The top federal judge in Minnesota says the sequestration budget cuts are having a major impact on the court system here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/17/news/sequestration-cuts-hit-court-system?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 22:03:43 -0500 US Bank to help Somali wire transfer businesses with transactions The owner of a Minneapolis company that helps Somali immigrants send money to relatives in east Africa says it will be much easier to do business now that a major bank in Minnesota has agreed to process the transactions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/16/news/us-bank-to-help-somali-wire-transfer-businesses-with-transactions?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 22:43:58 -0500 Online glitches interrupt MCA testing Server glitches interrupted online administering of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment test Tuesday. However students who were not able to finish may resume their exams on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/16/education/online-glitches-interrupt-mca-testing?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:16:56 -0500 Minnesotans recount Boston Marathon experience More than 500 Minnesotans were among the thousands who ran the Boston Marathon today. One of those who narrowly escaped deadly explosions was Hennepin County Judge Jay Quam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/15/news/minnesotans-boston-marathon?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:40:04 -0500 Vandals spray-paint Minneapolis synagogue Workers spent the day Wednesday removing graffiti from Temple Israel synagogue in Minneapolis. The vandalism happened on the second night of Passover, but it doesn't appear to be anti-Semitic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/27/news/minneapolis-synagogue-vandalized?refid=0 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 07:38:35 -0500 St. Paul cops cleared in suspect's death A Ramsey County grand jury has found prosecutors have no probable cause to charge two St. Paul police officers in the shooting death of a drug suspect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/27/news/st-paul-cops-cleared-in-suspects-death?refid=0 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 07:37:32 -0500 Lacking diversity, Isle Royale wolves failing to breed Scientists who study wolves at Isle Royale National Park say no new wolf pups were born last year, and the population is dwindling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/26/environment/isle-royale-wolves-breed?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:06:24 -0500 Senate committee approves measure on nurse staffing levels Legislation on minimum nurse staffing levels at Minnesota hospitals is moving forward at the state Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/20/politics/senate-committee-approves-measure-on-nurse-staffing-levels?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:42:18 -0500 House lawmakers ditch universal background checks The House Democrat pushing for broader restrictions to Minnesota gun laws has abandoned imposing universal background checks for firearm sales. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/politics/house-lawmakers-ditch-universal-background-checks?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:09:57 -0500 Spring's just a rumor at this point; a cornerstone of health care overhaul appears closer to reality Today on the MPR News Update, a late-season snow storm slows down the commute across the region, legislative leaders get ready to release their spending targets for the next two years, the state Senate votes on Minnesota's proposed health care exchange, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:23:09 -0500 Minnesota minimum wage hike cheered by workers; employers critical A bill raising minimum wage in Minnesota would make it the highest of any state in the country and has cleared its final committee in the state House. Some economists say the effect of a minimum wage hike on the overall economy is negligible, but will likely make big difference in the lives of minimum wage workers and their employers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/14/business/minimum-wage-hike?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 07:45:00 -0500 What's killing the loons? Do lawmakers need a raise? And, what's the problem with Turbo Tax? Today on the MPR News Update: Scientists a worried that invasive species may be behind the deaths of hundreds of migrating loons. There's word that the governor and legislators may be in for a pay raise. The state is putting the brakes on Turbo Tax filers, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/11/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:38:22 -0500 Dilworth man arrested in $250K pot bust A western Minnesota man is facing felony drug charges after authorities say they found 32 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated quarter-million dollars in his home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/06/news/dilworth-man-pot-bust?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 19:30:13 -0600 Maplewood teen charged in girlfriend's death The Ramsey county attorney charged a 17 year old Maplewood boy Tuesday with second degree murder in the death of Anna Hurd, 16. She was found stabbed in a park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/05/stabbing-death?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:23:58 -0600 Mpls. City Council committee to hear trash burning proposal A Minneapolis City Council committee hearing Thursday morning will discuss a long-delayed proposal to burn more trash at the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center downtown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/27/news/trash-burning-proposal?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:49:47 -0600 Schizophrenic man sues over jail treatment A man who suffers from schizophrenia is suing Hennepin County, claiming he did not receive proper care while in jail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/26/news/schizophrenic-minnesota-man-sues-over-jail-treatment?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:33:24 -0600 Frac sand rules, same-sex marriage, child care unions and more Today on the MPR News Update: Lawmakers consider new restrictions on frac sand mining, Minnesota Republican lawmakers who support same-sex marriage are targeted for defeat by a conservative group, and DFLers at the state Capitol hope to ease restrictions on illegal immigrants who want to attend state colleges and universities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/26/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:22:01 -0600 Security guards vote to strike; Minnesota braces for sequestration Twin Cities office security guards threaten to strike, Minnesota schools could take a hit if federal budget cuts kick in this week, and we take a look at whether the Mayo Clinic can bring in enough cash to finance its planned $6 billion expansion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/25/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:14:31 -0600 Metro janitors avert strike as security guards prepare for one About 4,000 Twin Cities janitors have reached a tentative contract agreement with about a dozen office cleaning companies, averting a possible strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/24/business/janitors-guards-seiu-contracts?refid=0 Sun, 24 Feb 2013 10:21:00 -0600 Missing Mpls. baby found safe Minneapolis Police say they've found an abducted 8-month-old boy and that a suspect is in custody. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/20/news/minneapolis-missing-baby?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:42:57 -0600 Oakdale boy killed by gunfire 'loved life, loved everybody' Family, friends and neighbors of 9-year-old Devin Aryal and his family gathered Tuesday night in Oakdale to remember the fourth-grader who loved playing soccer and dreamed of flying in space. "What now? What now?" said the pastor leading the service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/13/oakdale-boy-killed-by-gunfire-loved-life-loved-everybody?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 06:40:30 -0600 Obama puts guns and Minneapolis in the national spotlight Today on the MPR News Update: President Obama brings his gun control message to Minneapolis. State lawmakers introduce measures aimed at improving the state's mental health system. And the St. Paul Police Department investigates one of its own after a photo on Twitter shows him dressed like a Muslim woman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/05/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:13:02 -0600 Guns and ammo: President Obama visits Minneapolis Today on the MPR News Update: President Obama visits north Minneapolis to talk about guns. Twin Cities homebuyers are finding surprisingly few homes for sale as the housing market recovers. And Minnesotans have a chance to comment this week on whether moose and other animals should be considered endangered species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/04/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2013 12:48:25 -0600 The Boy Scouts deal with yet another challenge; Klobuchar and Franken deal with gun violence Welcome to the MPR News Update. In the news today, a Minnesota judge orders the Boy Scouts to release more secret files about sexual abuse, advocates for immigration reform gather at the state Capitol, the walleye population in Lake Mille Lacs reaches its lowest level in decades, and Minnesota's two U.S. senators will take part in the first congressional hearings today on gun control following the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/30/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:11:02 -0600 State employees nearer to pay raise; plant fanatics up a tree It's the MPR News Update. In the news today, Minnesota state workers are getting closer to their first pay raise in more than three years. St. Paul considers shutting down drug evidence testing at its troubled police crime lab. Sen. Amy Klobuchar introduces a plan to make it easier for American companies to hire skilled foreign workers. And Edina schools will start before Labor Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/29/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:00:52 -0600 It's time for Dayton's budget close-up; and if you're an overweight smoker, is it time to die? In the news today, freezing rain and snow has greased up the roads in the southern third of the state. Minnesota lawmakers begin sifting through the details of Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal. A Twin Cities business finds new uses for unwanted city trees. And medical experts wonder about the business of saving people who can't, or won't, help save themselves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/28/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:51:44 -0600 Unwanted urban trees become retail gold at Mpls. wood shop When crews must cut down trees after an infestation, the wood is normally chipped up and burned. But some are being salvaged and reused along with many other unwanted urban trees at Wood from the Hood in Minneapolis, another outpost in the trend toward all things local. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/26/environment/salvaged-urban-trees?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 5,000 notified of DNR security breach The Department of Natural Resources is notifying about 5,000 Minnesotans that an employee improperly accessed their driving and motor vehicle records. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/15/news/dnr-employee-public-records?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:50:52 -0600 Hearing delayed for Little Falls man accused of killing two teens The next court date for the central Minnesota man accused of killing two teenagers in his home has been postponed to spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/15/law/little-falls-byron-smith-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:23:46 -0600 Environmentally friendly builders sought for Mpls. program Minneapolis city housing officials say there is strong interest for developers in a green building program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/14/environment/green-building-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:16:53 -0600 Ash borer infestation forces removal of 400 trees Forestry crews are removing hundreds of ash trees from the Fort Snelling Golf Club this week because of emerald ash borer infestation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/14/environment/ash-borer-infestation?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:37:40 -0600 Flu claims another teen; efforts underway to reduce sex trafficking; expecting Minn. tax increases? Today on the MPR News Update, a ninth grader from suburban Minneapolis has died of the flu. DFLers in the Minnesota Legislature outline their priorities for the session, and the mayor of Duluth tries to raise awareness about sex trafficking in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/09/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2013 11:25:43 -0600 Flu death: 14-year-old girl identified The fifth person to die of the flu this season in Minnesota was a 14-year-old girl. The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed the teen's death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/09/health/flu-death-identified?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2013 06:57:57 -0600 Minnesota Legislature: Same-sex marriage will be on DFL's agenda Minnesota lawmakers kick off their 2013 session and some DFLers are promising to introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage; a health insurance exchange is also on the agenda. The need to repair aging municipal water systems is gaining attention. And what happened to Minnesota's once enviable recycling habits? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 12:10:20 -0600 Minnesota's Legislature set to convene: What's on the agenda? Who are the players? Today on the MPR News Update, Minnesota legislators are getting ready for the start of the 2013 session this week, and an MPR news analysis finds the public is unable to find out a lot about their possible conflicts of interest. Bar and restaurant owners in downtown St. Paul await the return of the Minnesota Wild. And last year's drought has dried out the soil so much that some homes in southeastern Minnesota are sinking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/07/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 12:14:27 -0600 Steering away from the cliff; tuning up for orchestra negotiations Today on the MPR News Update: Legislation averting the so-called fiscal cliff passed the House Tuesday night with half of the Minnesota delegation voting yes. Musicians and managers of both the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are back at the negotiating table. And state health officials say we could be in for a really bad flu season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/02/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 11:35:19 -0600 Vikings beat Packers, face them again in playoffs. Also: Not such a bad cliff Today on a holiday-shortened version of the MPR News Update: The Minnesota Vikings clinch a spot in the playoffs after beating the Packers by a field goal. What will 2013 bring after a beastly year for Best Buy and Supervalu? And as 'fiscal cliff' negotiations get down to the wire, some economists say we shouldn't worry if it takes a few weeks longer to hammer out a deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/31/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:13:03 -0600 Whooping cough record; accidental child shootings; Dakota war hanging Today on the MPR News Update, 2012 was a record year for cases of whooping cough in Minnesota, an MPR News analysis of state court data shows prosecuting parents for leaving guns around kids is rare, and native Americans honor the 38 Dakota men hanged in Mankato 150 years ago today in the nation's largest-ever mass execution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/26/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 11:34:17 -0600 Opinions vary widely on how to control guns, if at all Dozens of gun owners responded to an inquiry into what they thought should be the legislative reaction to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Some said a ban on "assault weapons" would be ineffective, while others said there should be a ban. Yet others said teachers should be allowed to carry weapons at school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/20/news/pin-opinions-gun-control?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Golden Valley approves fourth light-rail route Early plans for what could be the Twin Cities' fourth light-rail transit spoke are moving ahead, with the blessing of the city of Golden Valley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/regional/golden-valley-considers-approval-of-bottineau-rail-route?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 07:45:31 -0600 Bemidji pilot killed in plane crash A pilot from Bemidji was killed when his plane crashed in northern Illinois Tuesday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/04/accident/plane-crash-pilot-killed?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2012 19:50:37 -0600 Tiller mining proposal on Scandia agenda A proposal to mine sand and gravel on the St. Croix River faces more scrutiny Tuesday evening in Scandia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/04/environment/scandia-st-croix-mining-pit?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2012 09:00:00 -0600 St. Paul to expand affordable housing along Central Corridor St. Paul city officials have approved a plan to expand affordable housing along the Central Corridor line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/business/central-corridor-affordable-housing?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 19:58:49 -0600 Advocates say progress made in fight against homelessness in Hennepin County Advocates for the homeless say they have made progress to end homelessness in Hennepin County. There are 40 percent fewer people sleeping on the streets since 2010 and many more apartments for low-income people. But there's still work to be done, they told a Minneapolis City Council meeting Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/social-issue/homelessness-hennepin-county?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 State appeals court rules religious doctrine used to convict priest of sexual misconduct The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a Roman Catholic priest convicted of sexual assault. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/27/law/state-appeals-court-rules-religious-doctrine-convict-priest-sexual-misconduct?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 47-pound bighead carp caught in Lake Pepin Commercial fishermen caught a 47-pound bighead carp in the Mississippi River near Frontenac. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/21/environment/largest-bighead-carp-caught-in-lake-pepin?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 20:47:24 -0600 St. Louis Park residents protest SW light rail plans As plans for a third light rail line move forward in the Twin Cities, some people who live along the proposed route between Minneapolis and Eden Prairie are concerned about their quality of life. It isn't light rail that worries them, it's heavy freight trains that would be rerouted there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/news/st-louis-park-residents-protest-sw-corridor-light-rail-plans?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 07:00:00 -0600 Minn. settles last case in I-35W bridge disaster Several years of legal battles related to the Interstate 35W bridge collapse are finally over. On Tuesday, the state has resolved the last lawsuit related to the 2007 disaster. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/14/law/i35w-bridge-settlement-jacobs-engineering?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 08:00:00 -0600 15 car accident deaths were people not wearing seat belts October was the deadliest month this year for traffic accidents where the victims were not wearing seatbelts, Minnesota public safety officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/05/accident/seat-belt-accident-rate?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 21:38:15 -0600 Couple charged with abusing 8-year-old boy Prosecutors say a southern Minnesota couple starved their 8-year-old adopted son to the point that he was severely malnourished and weighed less than 35 pounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/05/law/couple-charged-abuse-boy?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 20:20:13 -0600 Judge dismisses former student's lawsuit alleging sex abuse at Breck School A Hennepin County judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the Breck School for a former student who alleged that he was abused by a teacher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/05/law/breck-school-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 20:13:15 -0600 Darkness, chaos and death follow a raging storm Today on the MPR News Update, we have the latest on superstorm Sandy. Also, the Hennepin County Attorney's office has charged 10 people in a complex case of witness tampering. A new study shows how just how deeply homelessness hurts the academic performance of students in Minneapolis. And opponents of the marriage amendment stage a big rally and report their latest fundraising totals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/30/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:10:25 -0500 Candidates reason with hurricane season Today in the MPR News Update, we're keeping a weather eye on Hurricane Sandy, supporters and opponents of the marriage amendment are conducting get-out-the vote efforts, Bill Clinton is planning stops in Minnesota to campaign for fellow Democrats, and the Twin Cities housing market continues to show signs of improvement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/29/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 12:25:56 -0500 How Bachmann leverages a big loss; how pierogis get made On the MPR News Update today: A profile of Michele Bachmann's re-election bid, two more meningitis cases, big money and more controversy in the amendment battles, Paul Wellstone remembered, and a visit with a pierogi practitioner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/26/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:00:53 -0500 Body found in Lake Nokomis Hennepin County Sheriff's deputies recovered a body from Lake Nokomis in south Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/23/news/lake-nokomis-body-found?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 06:10:52 -0500 Stadium builders begin process for environmental review The environmental review process is underway for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/business/stadium--environmental-review?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Saying goodbye to George McGovern and Russell Means Today on the MPR News Update we remember former South Dakota Sen. George McGovern, who died this weekend in Sioux Falls, and also note the passing of American Indian activist Russell Means. Managers of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra have locked out musicians. And the Minnesota Lynx's bid for a second consecutive WNBA championship title is over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/22/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:55:21 -0500 Lynx shake Fever 83-71, tie WNBA finals The Minnesota Lynx defeat the Indiana Fever, 83-71, in the second game of the WNBA Finals. The series is tied at one game each. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/17/sports/minnesota-lynx-championships?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 06:33:19 -0500 Electronic pull-tabs distributor paints rosy picture of launch The distributor of electronic pulltabs in Minnesota says the response has been good to the first month of the new games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/news/electronic-pulltabs-first-month?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 07:10:05 -0500 Racing commission officials say they're being unfairly targeted Two officials at the Minnesota Racing Commission said through attorneys that they don't know exactly why a state agency is investigating them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/racing-commission?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 19:36:44 -0500 The Cravaack-Nolan congressional race is drowning in outside money In the MPR News Update today: Outside groups are poised to spend more than the candidates themselves in the 8th district congressional race. Labor unions are calling for a boycott of American Crystal Sugar. And, what was behind the suicide of a former Shattuck-St. Mary's dorm director? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/12/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:42:32 -0500 GM recalls granola bars possibly tainted by salmonella General Mills is recalling some of its Cascadian Farm-brand granola bars which may contain peanuts from a producer linked to a salmonella outbreak, according to the company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/09/business/gm-recalls-granola-bars-salmonella?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 20:09:30 -0500 In Mpls., Hiawatha traffic headaches ahead Hiawatha Avenue will close in both directions later this week so workers can install new high-voltage electric lines under the road. Crews will start cutting off access to the road Tuesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/09/news/hiawatha-traffic?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 08:28:25 -0500 Hiawatha Ave. to be closed for work Hiawatha Avenue will close in both directions later this week so workers can install new high-voltage electric lines under the road. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/08/news/hiawatha-road-closure?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2012 17:53:09 -0500 Otter Tail Power keeping coal plant till '20 Otter Tail Power plans to keep its coal-fired plant in Fergus Falls operating through mid-2020 before building a gas-fired plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/regional/otter-tail-coal-plant?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 21:30:00 -0500 As gunman's shots rang out, they fought for their lives Today on the Update we learn how Andrew Engeldinger 's shooting victims fought for their lives, the willingness of lakeshore residents to raise their own taxes in the fight over invasive species, a court battle over a Minnesota man's alleged links to Somali terrorists, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 11:48:57 -0500 The Minnesota Orchestra and the sound of silence Today in the MPR News Update: The Minnesota Orchestra is canceling its fall concerts after management locked out musicians amid a labor dispute. A trial begins for a Minneapolis man accused of helping the terror group al-Shabab in Somalia. And mourners remember those who died in Thursday's shooting at a Minneapolis business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/01/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 12:00:17 -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 3M announces new R&D facility 3M says it will begin construction next year on a new research and development facility at its suburban Twin Cities headquarters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/26/business/3m-research-development?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 19:57:10 -0500 Owners of City Pages to split company City Pages newspaper in the Twin Cities is splitting away from the classified site Backpage.com, along with a dozen other alternative newsweeklies owned by Village Voice Media. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/24/business/city-pages-split?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 21:58:21 -0500 Record price set in farmland sale A parcel of farmland in southeastern Minnesota today sold for more than $14,000 an acre, a record for Winona County and near the all-time high for the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/19/business/record-price-set-winona-county-farmland-sale?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 22:24:08 -0500 A year after championship win, Minn. Lynx to finally meet president Nearly a year after winning the WNBA championship, the Minnesota Lynx are finally making a long-planned trip to the White House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/sport/lynx-meet-president?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Protestors mark year of OccupyMN Several dozen OccupyMN protestors marked the anniversary of their movement Monday evening with a demonstration at Government Plaza. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/17/social-issue/protestors-mark-year-of-occupymn?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:02:42 -0500 Two parts of BWCA reopened after fire The U.S. Forest Service has re-opened two parts of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness that had been closed because of wildfires. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/17/environment/bwca-fire?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:02:42 -0500 Fatal shooting was murder-suicide Authorities say the fatal shooting of two people in Robbinsdale last week was a murder-suicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/17/crime/robbinsdale-murder-suicide?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:08:11 -0500 Ellison: Complex situation in Libya In the wake of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., says Americans need to understand the complexities of the political situation in the north African country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/16/politics/ellison-libya?refid=0 Sun, 16 Sep 2012 15:59:33 -0500 Biden stumps in Minneapolis Vice President Joe Biden brings the presidential race to Minneapolis. The head football coach at Minnesota State University-Mankato was arrested and is facing possible child pornography charges. A Minneapolis park police officer is recovering from a stab wound after a confrontation with a robbery suspect. Pigs will be welcome at the state fair, despite concerns about influenza. And Minnesota high school students continue to perform above average on the ACT college entrance exam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/22/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:58:40 -0500 Appeals Judge Wright is state's newest Supreme Court justice Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Wilhelmina Wright will soon take her place on the state Supreme Court. Wright will be the first state Supreme Court justice who is both African American and female. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/21/news/justice-wilhelmina-wright?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Salmonella: Iowa farmer issues tomato recall An organic farmer from northern Iowa is recalling grape tomatoes distributed in stores in three states, including Minnesota and Wisconsin because they may contain salmonella. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/08/business/organic-tomato-recall?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 07:30:56 -0500 Wolf hunt opponents campaign to stop season A group opposed to the hunting and trapping of gray wolves is petitioning the Department of Natural Resources to cancel this year's planned wolf hunt in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/09/environment/wolf-hunt-opponent?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 National Night Out helps heal Minneapolis tragedies Minnesotans closed their streets, fired up their grills and hosted block parties for National Night Out. In north Minneapolis, neighborhoods where two young boys died in shootings say they remain resilient. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/08/news/national-night-out?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 06:28:00 -0500 Four hurt in separate explosion, fire incidents Four people were hurt in two separate incidents Monday afternoon at agricultural facilities in southwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/06/accident/explosion-fire?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 20:41:32 -0500 Info sought on desecration of veteran's grave The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office are offering a $10,000 reward for information about the desecration of a grave at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/31/crime/knife-found-veteran-grave?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 19:52:04 -0500 Search for missing pilot at 7th day Volunteer pilots and observers with the Civil Air Patrol will take to the air for a seventh day tomorrow to search for a missing Twin Cities pilot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/13/accident/missing-pilot?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2012 19:42:17 -0500 Grand Prix cycling rolls into Twin Cities The six-stage bicycle race begins with women's and men's time trials this morning on South Mississippi River Boulevard in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/13/sports/grand-prix-cycling-rolls-into-twin-cities?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2012 09:08:49 -0500 4 teens face charges for locker room photos Four teenagers at Century Middle School in Lakeville are facing gross misdemeanor charges for allegedly taking and forwarding pictures of two girls undressing in a locker room. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/12/crime/teens-charged-photos?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2012 18:53:23 -0500 Search continues for missing plane, pilot Civil Air Patrol crews are continuing to search the Arrowhead region of northeastern Minnesota for a twin-engine plane that went missing Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/11/accident/missing-pilot?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 20:11:01 -0500 Vikings' Simpson suspended 3 games for drug conviction The Vikings' new wide receiver Jerome Simpson is facing a three-game unpaid suspension and an NFL fine because of a drug conviction earlier this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/11/crime/jerome-simpson-suspension?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:41:24 -0500 Canterbury Park, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community nose out competitors A Canterbury Park horse racing track is getting a major financial boost from former competitor, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Over the next decade, $75 million will be given to the racetrack to subsidize prize purses and in return, Canterbury will oppose legislative effort to establish trackside casinos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/04/canterbury-racino-agreement?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 21:17:47 -0500 Metro hospital workers OK contract Support staff at eight Twin Cities hospitals have approved a new three-year contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/23/hospital-union-contract?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2012 06:19:37 -0500 Hennepin Co.: No new library for N. Mpls neighborhood The Hennepin County board has scuttled plans for a new $12 million library in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/23/north-minneapolis-library-cancelled?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2012 18:41:24 -0500 Amy Senser: Motion for new trial gets hearing A Hennepin County judge has set a May 31 hearing on a motion for a new trial for Amy Senser or have verdicts thrown out. Attorney Eric Nelson says the trial judge should have informed the court of a note passed along from the jury that said they believed Senser believed that she had hit another vehicle and not a person. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/22/amy-senser-new-trial-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2012 21:23:15 -0500 New criminal investigation into Chipotle hiring practices The Chipotle restaurant chain is facing a new criminal investigation related to its hiring practices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/22/chipotle-labor-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2012 19:37:03 -0500 Minn. DNR releases wolf hunting, trapping plans The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is releasing details about its plans for the state's first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season in decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/21/environment/wolf-hunting-season?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2012 12:33:44 -0500 Firefighters work to tame blaze near Ely Firefighters in northeastern Minnesota say they are making progress battling a fire near Ely. The fire remains 60 percent contained, an official said, and crews have lowered their estimate of the number of acres blackened to 175. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/19/ely-fire?refid=0 Sat, 19 May 2012 10:13:45 -0500 Health advisory warns of shellfish from S. Korea Avoid eating shellfish imported from South Korea, advises the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/16/korea-shellfish-advisory?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2012 20:49:46 -0500 Two nursing home workers accused of stealing pain medication The state health department says workers at two nursing homes reportedly stole pain medication from their employers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/16/two-nursing-home-workers-accused-of-stealing-pain-medication?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2012 20:47:43 -0500 No strike at 8 Twin Cities hospitals Support staff at eight Twin Cities hospitals will not strike, having reached a tentative agreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/16/hospital-support-staff-union-avoids-strike?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2012 06:53:20 -0500 70 miles of Mpls. streets set for repair City residents can expect to see road work through spring and summer, as road crews in Minneapolis will repave 70 miles of city streets this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/15/city-street-resurface?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2012 06:38:05 -0500 Hospital union vote authorizes strike Support staff at eight Twin Cities hospitals have authorized a strike. Ninety-one percent of the 3,500 members of the Service Employees International Union voted in favor of a walkout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/15/hospital-support-staff-union-vote-authorizes-strike?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2012 06:30:25 -0500 Minn. Zoo to close dolphin exhibit Visitors to the Minnesota Zoo only have a few months left to see the two dolphins there. The animals will be sent to other aquariums while the zoo's Discovery Bay building is under renovation, and they will not be coming back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/15/zoo-dolphins?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Study: Reservation homelessness persists Housing improvements housing over the last several years has not led to fewer homeless people on Minnesota's Indian reservations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/reservation-homeless?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 20:13:47 -0500 Bonding bill includes funds for affordable housing The bonding bill Minnesota lawmakers passed Tuesday includes more than $35 million for affordable housing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/bonding-bill-affordable-housing?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Prison sentence for storekeeper who trafficked in food stamps A federal judge has sentenced a Twin Cities man to nearly three and a half years in prison for food stamp fraud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/08/prison-sentence-for-storekeeper-who-trafficked-in-food-stamps?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 19:47:10 -0500 Critics of war on invasive carp decry cost, environmental impact For about two decades, several species of fish collectively known as Asian carp have crept up the Mississippi River and its tributaries, eating the food native fish need. Millions of dollars are spent to keep these invasive fish from moving into the Great Lakes. But critics say the fight may be too expensive and biologically unsound. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/07/asian-carp?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 15:56:12 -0500 Mpls. City Council votes 7-6 for mayor's stadium plan Members of the Minneapolis City Council have gone on record in support of public funding for a new Vikings stadium -- by the slimmest of margins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/city-council-votes-stadium-plan?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 06:25:10 -0500 Oak Park Heights officials not sold on St. Croix River Crossing The bridge has been discussed for decades, but now the reality of the St. Croix River Crossing Project is finally sinking in for residents of Oak Park Heights, who got to question officials at public forum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/12/oak-park-heights-river-crossing?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 10:30:00 -0500 Minneapolis mayor promotes Vikings stadium finance plan to skeptical voters Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is making his case for a plan to have the city pay for part of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/11/vikings-stadium-rybak?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 07:35:26 -0500 Occupy movement returning to Mpls. After a winter hiatus, members of the Occupy movement are planning to return to downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/occupy-movement-returning-to-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 07:02:38 -0500 Charities get some clawback protection A new Minnesota law aims to help charities that face paying back donations from Tom Petters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/charities-tom-petters-fraud-protection?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 20:47:41 -0500 New preservation guidelines for St. Anthony Falls historic area City planners in Minneapolis are making the first major changes in 30 years to the preservation guidelines for the St. Anthony Falls Historic District downtown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/29/st-anthony-falls-guidelines?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Firefighter arrested after drug search A Minneapolis firefighter was arrested after a search of the firehouse where he worked turned up an item believed to be methamphetamine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/firefighter-arrested?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 21:27:10 -0500 Supervalu to cease selling products made with 'pink slime' The parent company of Cub Foods said Wednesday it plans to stop selling packaged meat that includes finely textured beef — an ingredient some are calling "pink slime." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/supervalu-pink-slime-beef?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:07:19 -0500 Minn. DNR to impose burning restrictions March 26 The Department of Natural Resources is imposing burning restrictions over much of Minnesota next Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/19/burn-restrictions?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 14:57:25 -0500 Trade deal will boost state's business with S. Korea State economic development officials say a new trade agreement between the United States and South Korea will be a boon to Minnesota businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/13/south-korea-trade-deal?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 19:17:33 -0500 Jablonski cheers as Benilde-St. Margaret's beats Edina The boys high school hockey tournament in St. Paul is down to four teams in the class 2A semi-finals. One team fans have been keeping an especially close eye on is Benilde-St. Margaret's. That's because one of the players - 16-year-old Jack Jablonski - was paralyzed after he was checked from behind during a game in December. Last night Benilde's Red Knights upset Edina 3-2. And Jablonski was there to cheer them on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/09/jack-jablonski?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 07:23:20 -0600 Report says fewer people living on street in Hennepin County Fewer people are living on the streets in Hennepin County, shows a report out Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/07/report-fewer-homeless?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2012 20:00:53 -0600 Man missing after police charge him with throwing items into traffic A Bloomington man is missing after Hennepin County authorities accused him of throwing items at moving cars, severely injuring the driver in one incident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/07/gerret-daniel-parks-arrested-missing?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2012 19:05:02 -0600 Sex offender's release draws hundreds to Golden Valley meeting The Department of Human Services had planned to let 64 year old Clarence Opheim out quietly. But last month a new law took effect that requires communities to be notified if a sex offender is released to residential treatment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/sex-offender-public-notification?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Summit Brewing plans $6M expansion to production facility Summit Brewing will build a $6 million expansion to the brewery's production facility in 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/27/summit-brewing-expansion?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 20:40:55 -0600 I-94 reopened after fatal fuel truck accident Interstate 94 is reopened in both directions after a fatal tanker truck accident early Monday morning (Monday) east of Hudson, Wis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/27/fatal-fuel-truck-accident?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 20:07:27 -0600 Light rail gets a name, new logo Under a plan the Metropolitan Council approved Wednesday, it will be known as "Metro" once the Central Corridor line opens in 2014 http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/22/central-corridor-metro?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 19:18:12 -0600 Study: Groundwater pumping depleting White Bear Lake New research from the U.S. Geological Survey shows White Bear Lake water levels are falling because communities north of the lake are pumping too much water from an aquifer connected to the big lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/21/white-bear-lake?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 18:43:18 -0600 U of M begins search for new athletic director The University of Minnesota officially began its search for a new athletic director Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/21/u-of-m-begins-search-for-new-athletic-director?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 16:15:37 -0600 Chemical accident shuts down water treatment plant A chemical accident Tuesday afternoon has shut down one of the two water treatment plants that serve Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/14/water-plant-chemical-accident?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 19:48:58 -0600 Travelocity customers to get refunds for unwanted insurance Nearly 82,000 Minnesotans who booked trips on Travelocity.com in the last two-and-a-half years will get refunds for travel insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/14/travelocity-refund?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 19:41:05 -0600 Minnesota housing agencies getting fewer federal dollars The tight federal budget means Minnesota's public housing agencies are getting less money for building improvements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/13/hud-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 20:08:10 -0600 Judge recommends alternate route for CapX2020 utilities line A judge has made a route recommendation for a high-voltage power line in southeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/09/capx2020-alternate-route?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Toy company owner pleads guilty to defrauding investors A federal judge Wednesday sentenced the former owner of a Twin Cities toy company to five and-a-half years in prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/08/princess-soft-toys-plea?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2012 20:35:03 -0600 Cause of dolphin death under investigation A young dolphin has died unexpectedly at the Minnesota Zoo. It was the sixth to die in six years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/07/dolphin-death?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2012 20:40:19 -0600 Historian says Ford plant should be saved from demolition An architectural historian in St. Paul says the Ford Motor Company should hold off on demolishing two buildings at its Twin Cities Assembly Plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/07/historian-ford-plant?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2012 20:30:13 -0600 Transit planners want light rail hub for future expansion Transit planners hope to build a new rail hub in Minneapolis before the Central Corridor light rail line is complete. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/02/light-rail-interchange?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Mayor Coleman voices concerns about stadium funding St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said Tuesday he is concerned about a plan to tie state funding for a Vikings stadium to Target Center renovations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/regional-stadium-debate?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:25:33 -0600 Candlelight vigil for couple aboard cruise ship Family and friends at a candlelight vigil prayed for the safe return of the White Bear Lake couple who have been missing since Friday, when a cruise ship ran aground along the coast of Italy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/18/heil-vigil?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 22:17:47 -0600 Prayer vigil tonight for missing Minnesotans Barbara and Jerry Heil are the only Americans among the more than 20 people who remain unaccounted for. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/18/prayer-vigil-hiels?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 07:38:07 -0600 End of historic line, as last Ford Ranger rolls from plant in St. Paul A century of auto manufacturing in Minnesota ends Friday as the last Ford Ranger rolls off the line in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/16/ford-plant-closing-last-ranger?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Kari Dziedzic wins DFL state senate primary Kari Dziedzic, the daughter of a longtime city councilman, won a crowded DFL primary for a northeast Minneapolis state senate seat Tuesday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/06/kari-dziedzic?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 U study: Global food demand could double by 2050 A new study from the University of Minnesota projects that global food demand could double by 2050. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/21/global-food-demand?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2011 17:50:47 -0600 Minneapolis holds out hope that Vikings stay downtown Civic boosters, architects and developers in Minneapolis still hope the Minnesota Vikings will stay downtown, despite the Ramsey County board's approval to purchase land in Arden Hills for a new stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/15/vikings-downtown?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2011 21:51:48 -0600 OccupyMN will sleep in plaza in defiance of county rule OccupyMN protestors said they'll sleep in defiance of new rules Monday evening in Government Plaza, downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/14/occupymn-plaza?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 20:16:21 -0600 Ford outlines plans for demolition of Twin Cities plant At a public meeting Wednesday night, company officials said equipment will be hauled off beginning early next year, with demolition of the buildings to follow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/10/ford-plans-for-plant-closure?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2011 07:46:25 -0600 Twins dismiss GM Smith, return Ryan as interim Bill Smith was one of Terry Ryan's assistants who took the job four years ago when Ryan stepped down to become a special assistant, citing burnout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/07/bill-smith-fired-as-twins-general-manager?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2011 14:53:42 -0600 Flooding in Thailand forces Hutchinson Tech. to hire stateside temp workers Minnesota-based hard drive parts maker Hutchinson Technology has hired temporary workers for its state-side factory because of flooding at its plant in Thailand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/01/hutchinson-tech-temp-workers?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 20:56:19 -0500 Minnesota Stars plan championship party at Brit's Pub The Minnesota Stars beat the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the first-ever championship of the new North American Soccer League. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/31/minnesota-stars?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 07:51:51 -0500 MSP airport neighbors let fly at MAC with noise complaints People who live near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport say new flight patterns are creating unbearable noise in areas that didn't have the problem before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/26/msp-airport-noise-complaints?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 07:33:53 -0500 Airports commission: Delta plans no more Minnesota layoffs The airline failed to meet Wall Street earnings expectations, and is paying off a $270 million loan from the state approved 20 years ago for Northwest Airlines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/26/airports-commission-delta-jobs?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 06:59:08 -0500 St. Cloud school district reaches agreement on complaint that Somali American students were harassed A tentative agreement to resolve complaints that Somali-American students were harassed in St. Cloud calls for the school district to report any future incidents to the U.S. Department of Education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/24/settlement-st-cloud?refid=0 Mon, 24 Oct 2011 16:52:41 -0500 Assembly workers at Ford plant get shutdown notice Workers at the Ford Assembly Plant in St. Paul received news this week, but it was something they'd been expecting for more than five years: the Twin Cities plant will close for good by Dec. 19. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/19/assembly-workers-ford-shutdown?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 St. Paul Ford assembly plant confirmed closing Mayor Chris Coleman expressed his sadness at the announcement of the closure of the Ford Motor Company assembly plant in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/17/st-paul-ford-assembly-plant-close?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 17:12:34 -0500 Excess ethanol in mixture prompts gasoline recall A fuel distribution company is recalling gasoline from 21 communities in southern Minnesota because too much ethanol was mixed in with the gas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/12/excess-ethanol-prompts-gasoline-recall?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 21:43:30 -0500 U of M opens center to aid fight against bedbugs The University of Minnesota has set up a resource center where homeowners and businesses can learn about fighting bedbug infestations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/12/university-center-bedbugs?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:04:29 -0500 GREATER MSP launches business attraction, investment campaign Civic and business leaders in the Twin Cities are pledging greater cooperation to attract investment to the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/11/business-attraction-development-group?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2011 22:45:54 -0500 River traffic to be closed for Lowry Ave. bridgework Workers building the Lowry Avenue Bridge in north Minneapolis will mark a major milestone Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/11/lowry-ave-bridge-work?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2011 19:49:42 -0500 Lynx to celebrate championship win with fans The Minnesota Lynx will publicly celebrate their WNBA championship victory Tuesday in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/10/lynx-celebrate-championship?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 20:52:26 -0500 Finals-bound Lynx at height of popularity; still reaching for profitability It's the first trip for the Minnesota Lynx to the women's professional basketball championship, and the team is more popular than ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/30/finals-bound-lynx-popularity?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 15:00:00 -0500 State agencies opening and ramping up The government shutdown officially ended Wednesday when Gov. Mark Dayton signed the budget bills. However, Thursday is when things really get moving again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/agencies_restart?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 08:54:34 -0500 Government restart: What's open? When? Minnesota's government restart brings the reopening of state parks and other services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/whats-open-when?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 19:56:48 -0500 State agencies plan for slow restart State agencies planned for weeks to cope with the shut down, and now they have to throw all their plans into reverse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/slow_restart?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 06:36:13 -0500 Charter school advocates want exemption from payment delay Minnesota charter school advocates said the tentative budget agreement between the governor and Republican lawmakers will hit charters harder than traditional schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/18/charter-school-payment-delay?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 21:20:39 -0500 Hot weather causes freeway pavement failure Hot weather has caused two freeway pavement to buckle, holding up traffic on Interstate 94. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/18/freeway-concrete-heat-failure?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:06:34 -0500 Northstar rail service resumes Tuesday Northstar commuter rail line will be back on track by Tuesday morning, a Metro Transit official said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/18/northstar-service-resumes?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:15:33 -0500 State employees brace for loss of paychecks With no budget compromise in sight at the Minnesota Capitol, the reality of a potenital government shutdown is sinking in for thousands of state employees. About 22,000 will be laid off as of midnight Thursday. Many of them are preparing for a big financial shock. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/shutdown-state-employees?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Shutdown could devastate critical mental health programs Advocates for the mentally ill say a government shutdown could be devastating for people who rely on state medical assistance to pay for care, and could leave critical programs underfunded. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/shutdown-mental-health-care?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Near St. Cloud, constituents push GOP lawmakers to make deal At a town hall forum Monday night near St. Cloud, three Republican legislators took heavy criticism for Minnesota's budget impasse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/21/saint-cloud-town-hall?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 06:19:57 -0500 In Bachmann's district, a mixed response to presidential bid This week, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., announced a formal bid for the White House. The conservative Republican remains popular in her district and her constituents are reacting to her decision to run for president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/15/bachmann-disctrict-reaction?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 17:20:07 -0500 Same-sex marriage supporters raise money to defeat amendment About 150 others people filled a downtown Minneapolis restaurant Monday night for a fundraiser hosted by one of the organizations fighting a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/13/dayton-same-sex-amendment?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2011 18:27:23 -0500 Amtrak service between St. Paul and Spokane to resume Tuesday Flooding in North Dakota and Montana continues to hamper passenger rail service from Minnesota to the Pacific Northwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/05/amtrak-empire-builder-service-to-resume-tuesday?refid=0 Sun, 05 Jun 2011 12:23:47 -0500 For housing, it's still a buyer's market With summer approaching and home buying season underway, you're likely to see more and more "for sale" signs in front yards. But despite clear signs of recovery in the economy, people selling homes are still facing stubbornly low prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/21/housing-market?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Twins great Harmon Killebrew dies at 74 Baseball fans in Minnesota are mourning a legend. Twins Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew died today after battling esophageal cancer. Killebrew was a top power hitter in the 1960s and he helped the fledgling Twins put down roots in a place that until 1961, never had major league ball. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/13/harmon-killebrew-obit?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities Presbytery approves gay clergy The national church endorsed the policy last year but needed ratification from the majority of its 173 presbyteries. The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area in Minneapolis provided the key 87th vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/10/gay-clergy?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2011 21:53:10 -0500 Minneapolis superintendent wants a North High freshman class The school district wanted 125 students but only has 52 commitments. Nonetheless, it sees enough from the community to go ahead with the plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/09/minneapolis-north?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2011 20:00:30 -0500 Legislators unveil stadium plan for Saints The $50 million facility would replace the minor league baseball club's 29-year-old Midway Stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/04/saints-ballpark?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 22:41:32 -0500 New cases of HIV decline in Minn., but experts still worry There were fewer new cases of HIV in Minnesota last year, but Minnesota health officials worry about its prevalence among young adults and minorities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/27/hiv-cases-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 13:21:35 -0500 Polaris on a shopping spree, buys Global Electric Motorcars Polaris is known for snowmobiles, ATVs and motorcycles. But it also makes several types of low-speed NEVs, or neighborhood electric vehicles very similar to golf carts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/25/polaris-buys-global-electric-motors?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 21:36:24 -0500 U of M building reopens after evacuation The University of Minnesota has reopened a building evacuated Monday afternoon because of a bomb threat. U spokesman Dan Wolter says no questionable items were found during a public safety sweep. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/25/u-m-threat?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 14:20:50 -0500 Coleman questions GOP plans to balance state's budget The mayor also praised the St. Paul Public Schools' overhaul plan approved last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/18/coleman-city-of-the-city?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2011 22:28:06 -0500 Education Minnesota rips union dues proposal Republican Sen. Pam Wolf of Spring Lake Park wants to block union dues from funding political activity unless employees ask to contribute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/18/teachers-union-dues?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2011 22:16:13 -0500 Dayton issues state of emergency order for 46 counties The counties in the emergency order are along the Red, Crow, Minnesota and Mississippi rivers and are expecting near-record flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/dayton-declares-state-of-emergency?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 19:23:39 -0500 Spectre of Ohio and Wis. lives at Capitol union rally in St. Paul Thousands of people marched from the St. Paul Cathedral to the State Capitol Monday night to protest what they see as attacks on workers' rights and the middle class. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/mlk-rally-union?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 21:18:34 -0500 Hennepin County expands no smoking zone to all property Hennepin County commissioners have made a smoking ban even tougher. After July 1, smoking anywhere on county property -- even inside private vehicles -- will be prohibited. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/29/hennepin-county-smoking-ban?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2011 23:16:38 -0500 Abuse victims hope St. John's settlement leads to change People who attended St. John's Preparatory School in Collegeville may soon receive an unusual letter in the mail. According to a settlement announced Monday, St. John's must send a letter to all alumni of its prep school that lists 17 monks and priests who are "credibly accused of abuse, exploitation or misconduct." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/28/stjohns-clergy-abuse-folo?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Fire in Iron Range's Soudan mine nearly out Heat and carbon monoxide levels are continuing to drop at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park on the Iron Range, firefighters said Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/20/soudan-fire?refid=0 Sun, 20 Mar 2011 11:44:24 -0500 Judge says breath analyzer works well enough A Minnesota judge says a machine that's used to measure the blood alcohol level of drunk driving suspects has some flaws, but results from it are still admissible as evidence in DWI cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/09/breath-analyzer-trial?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:33:27 -0600 Hutchinson braces for economic jolt after layoff news Hutchinson Technology says its headquarters will stay in Hutchinson, along with around 500 jobs held by executives and those doing research and development. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/09/hutchinson-technology-layoff-effect?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty touts religious faith, unallotments to Iowa social conservatives Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty made an appearance last night at an evangelical church near Des Moines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/08/pawlenty-iowa?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 05:59:53 -0600 Weatherization stimulus program called a success Two years ago the state got $132 million in federal stimulus money to help low-income people cut their utility bills by installing insulation and tuning up boilers and furnaces. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/02/weatherization-stimulus-funds?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2011 20:26:12 -0600 Wis. school districts prepare for major budget cuts School districts across Wisconsin are preparing to make major budget cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/02/wisconsin-schools?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2011 06:19:22 -0600 Most Twins games to be on cable, satellite only next season The Minnesota Twins said Wednesday they'll broadcast nearly all of their regular season games on cable and satellite only. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/17/twins-tv-cable?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2011 07:01:51 -0600 Bill would end federal subsidies in 3 rural Minn. airports A bill just passed in a U.S. House committee would end subsidies for passenger flights to small rural airports, including three in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/17/airline-subsidy-end?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2011 06:41:26 -0600 Home Depot, Lowes hiring in anticipation of busy spring season The nation's big-box home improvement stores are hiring in anticipation an expected busy spring shopping season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/16/stores-hiring?refid=0 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 08:58:52 -0600 Study claims recalled medical devices not properly tested A new study has found a majority of medical devices recalled because they harmed patients were part of a class of devices that were not tested in humans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/15/medical-device-study?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 06:50:22 -0600 Winner named in Mpls. riverfront design competition Organizers announced Thursday that a jury has picked TLS/KVA, a team comprised of architecture and design firms from Boston and Berkeley, to come up with a new vision for 5.5 miles of the Mississippi riverfront north of downtown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/minneapolis-riverfront-design-competition-winner?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 12:57:46 -0600 FDA finds salmonella at southern Minn. dairy plant The Food and Drug Administration says inspectors have found dangerous levels of salmonella at a southern Minnesota dairy plant. There were no reported illnesses linked to the contamination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/02/smn-salmonella-dairy-plant?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:45:36 -0600 U of M studies intoxication levels at sporting events A new study from the University of Minnesota finds 8 percent of people who attend professional sporting events leave too drunk to drive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/18/u-of-m-alcohol-study?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 15:12:12 -0600 Dayton: State-owned casino would be best gambling addition Gov. Mark Dayton says if Minnesota expands gambling, a state-owned casino would be the best way to go about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/04/dayton-gambling?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jan 2011 15:38:39 -0600 Twin Cities officials trying to find money for snow emergenices City officials in Minneapolis and St. Paul are trying to find the money to pay for this year's unusually high number of snow emergencies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/22/twin-cities-snow-budgets?refid=0 Wed, 22 Dec 2010 16:05:26 -0600 Dayton taps former lawmaker for top Minn. farm job For the first time in 15 years, Minnesota farmers will see a new face at the helm of the state Department of Agriculture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/21/dayton-taps-former-lawmaker-for-top-minn-farm-job?refid=0 Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:15:09 -0600 Mpls. police say violent crime at lowest level in 25 years Authorities credit a crackdown on illegal guns, and stronger partnerships with residents and community groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/20/minneapolis-crime-lowest-level?refid=0 Mon, 20 Dec 2010 20:13:53 -0600 Man severely beaten in May says he forgives assailants The African-American man severely beaten in May by a group of young Somalis says he's ready to forgive, but will never forget what was done to him. And now, he's at the center of an effort to bridge the divide between African Americans and Somalis in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/08/somali-beating?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 06:00:12 -0600 MOA joins 'see something, say something' anti-terror campaign The Mall of America has joined with the Department of Homeland Security in an anti-terrorism publicity campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/mall-of-america-anti-terrorism-campaign?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 19:45:54 -0600 Mpls. riverfront designers visit city this week The four teams of architects competing to redesign the north Minneapolis riverfront are in town this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/29/riverfront-planning?refid=0 Mon, 29 Nov 2010 07:11:46 -0600 2 Minn. teachers win $25,000 award Jennifer Mitchell, above, of Sojourner Truth Academy in Minneapolis and Carolyn Ruhnow of Rice Lake Elementary in Lino Lakes received the Milken Educator Award Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/16/milken-educator-award?refid=0 Tue, 16 Nov 2010 14:36:36 -0600 Right-field scoreboard, Wi-Fi planned for Target Field A second video screen and graphics display tower top the list of improvements the Minnesota Twins are planning for Target Field in 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/10/target-field-new-scoreboard?refid=0 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 14:52:25 -0600 Mpls. park design competition finalists announced Design teams from New York, Boston, Beijing, and Berkeley, California will compete to revamp 5.5 miles of Mississippi riverfront north of downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/08/minneapolis-park-design-competition-finalists-announced?refid=0 Mon, 08 Nov 2010 14:11:33 -0600