Minnesota Public Radio features by Michael Olson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30845 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:03:58 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Michael Olson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Should the minimum wage law be repealed? "The four Republicans running for governor in next week's primary do not like Minnesota's new minimum wage law. One of them is proposing to freeze the hourly rate at the current $8," reports Tim Pugmire for MPR News. http://blogs.mprnews.org/todays-question/2014/08/should-the-minimum-wage-law-be-turned-back/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:46:27 -0500 17 great places to watch July 4th fireworks Flooding has shifted some of the festivities this year, but Independence Day is expected to go off with a bang this year across Minnesota. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2014/07/17-great-places-to-watch-july-4th-fireworks/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:02:08 -0500 5 beers you should try right now Craft beer enthusiasts swear there is more room in the beer market for additional craft beer. But room for additional craft breweries could be another matter. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2014/06/5-beers-you-should-try-right-now/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:40:44 -0500 Minn. brewers bring home World Beer Cup Awards A handful of Minnesota breweries have won 2014 World Beer Cup Awards. August Schell Brewing brought home two awards, one included a gold for their Vienna-Style Lager. Steel Toe Brewing won a gold for their Scotch Ale. Canal Park Brewing Co. Summit Brewing Co. and Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub also won awards this year. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2014/04/minn-brewers-bring-home-world-beer-cup-awards/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:35:57 -0500 Live: Public hearing on PolyMet mine proposal Minnesota is potentially on the brink of a copper mining boom. Tonight in Duluth is the first of a series of public hearings on a proposed copper-nickel mine in Hoyt Lakes. Follow updates from MPR News and Duluth News Tribune reporters. http://live.mprnews.org/Event/Public_hearing_on_PolyMets_proposed_copper-nickel_mine?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:49:11 -0600 Summit Brewing gets a face lift The redesign is the latest in a series of moves by the company to try and keep pace with the wave of new craft beers. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2014/01/summit-brewing-gets-a-face-lift/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:50:55 -0600 Photos: 13 beautiful Minnesota Scenes It's been another great year of Minnesota Scenes. Photographers across the state have shared over 5,000 photos with MPR News. See some of the year's best. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/12/photos-13-beautiful-minnesota-scenes/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 14:19:30 -0600 Is it getting easier to find products made in the U.S.? "Since 2010, U.S. manufacturers have added 665,000 jobs. Now some economists say that doesn't mean much. Manufacturing lost nearly 7 million jobs in the 30 years before that, so historically this could be just a blip. They expect job losses will soon continue in the long, sad story about the decline of manufacturing jobs in America," writes NPR's Chris Arnold. http://blogs.mprnews.org/todays-question/2013/12/is-it-getting-easier-to-find-products-made-in-the-u-s/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Dec 2013 19:33:20 -0600 Bad weather bike racers coming to Minnesota What started as a way for road bike riders to pass the time in off season has become a serious sport. Minnesota's abundance of bad weather and passionate cyclists has helped grow cyclocross in the state. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/12/bad-weather-bikers-head-to-state/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 06:31:08 -0600 Summit tries to keep it cool amid craft competition There are perks to being the oldest existing craft brewery in the state. But with the wave of new brewers, Summit's flagship lineup starts to look and taste dated to craft brew enthusiasts that are seeking new experiences with their beer. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/11/summit-brewing-tries-to-keep-it-cool/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:54:36 -0600 Craft beer production in Minnesota, 2006 to 2012 This chart displays beer production by the top ten Minnesota craft producers for years 2006 to 2012. The chart compares production by Summit (Minnesota's top producer) against the next nine top producers in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2013/11/beerweek/beerproduction.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:00:00 -0600 Buzzkill: A health conscious craft beer drinker's guide Brewers and craft beer industry folks suggest that people drinking stronger higher quality beers tend to have fewer in one sitting. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/11/buzzkill-a-health-conscious-craft-beer-drinkers-guide/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:15:30 -0600 Top 8 facts about Minnesota's brewing history During the drought before the beer boom it could have been easy to forget that brewing has long been an important presence in the state. http://live.mprnews.org/Event/Amber_Waters_history_of_brewing_in_Minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:05:42 -0600 Grand Marais couple completes epic wilderness journey Amy and Dave Freeman, a couple from Grand Marais, Minn., paddled, dog sledded, and hiked 11,647 miles across North America. Their epic journey led them to be named among National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/11/grand-marais-couple-completes-epic-wilderness-journey/?refid=0 Sat, 16 Nov 2013 14:38:47 -0600 Live chat: What can small town America learn from Medora, Indiana? Davy Rothbart, creator of FOUND Magazine and regular This American Life contributor, discusses his new documentary Medora with MPR News' Ground Level project.Medora is an in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling, underdog basketball story, and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them. On a grander scale, it's a film about America, and the thousands of small towns across the country facing the same fight. As one towns-person told us, "Once we lose these small towns, we can't get them back." http://live.mprnews.org/Event/What_can_small_town_America_learn_from_Medora_Indiana?refid=0 Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:55:21 -0500 Not a soul in sight for 15 days, Ely bushwhacker emerges from the wild Outfitter and guide Jason Zabokrtsky has emerged from two weeks in the wilderness after bushwhacking his way from the depths of Quetico Provincial Park, through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and into Ely, Minn. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/10/not-a-soul-in-sight-for-15-days-ely-bushwhacker-emerges-from-the-wild/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:00:00 -0500 Photos: Prime time for fall color Most of the state is now at or near peak fall color. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/10/photos-prime-time-for-fall-color/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:25:43 -0500 If you could take a pill to slow aging, would you? While the anti-aging "cures" being marketed these days are largely snake oil, in the laboratory scientists have managed to extend the lives of laboratory animals. That's good news if you're a lab rat, but at present there are no treatments that delay aging in people. Would you use that treatment if you could. http://blogs.mprnews.org/todays-question/2013/10/if-you-could-take-a-pill-to-slow-aging-would-you/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 07:04:20 -0500 Tell us: Is there a better option than "limited strikes" in Syria? As members of Congress decide whether to support President Obama's request for authorization to attack the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad for allegedly using chemical weapons on civilians and rebels, other potential responses have received less attention. What do you think of them? http://blogs.mprnews.org/todays-question/2013/09/is-there-an-alternative-to-limited-strikes-in-syria/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 08:10:37 -0500 Today's Question: Are you a fan of pedal pubs? Critics of pedal pubs seized upon yesterday's pedal pub crash in Minneapolis to vent their frustrations over the bikes. http://blogs.mprnews.org/todays-question/2013/08/are-you-a-fan-of-pedal-pubs/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 07:56:33 -0500 How Minnesota became a heavyweight in the bicycle industry Minnesota's bike culture is a big reason why the state is on top of any bicycling list that matters. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/08/how-minnesota-became-a-heavy-weight-in-the-bicycle-industry/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:57:52 -0500 Tell us: What would you do with jackpot? "At least three people in two states have beaten astronomical odds to become the nation's latest Powerball millionaires," writes Associated Press reporter Barbara Rodriguez. One of the tickets was sold in Minnesota http://blogs.mprnews.org/todays-question/2013/08/what-would-you-do-with-149-3-million/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 07:13:53 -0500 St. Paul bike shop took a nice ride to global tool giant Park Tool, a bike shop in St. Paul's Hazel Park, is the largest maker of bike tools in the world. Maybe more impressive: Most of the 300-plus parts the company makes now are manufactured here. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/08/for-park-tool-a-nice-ride-from-st-paul-bike-shop-to-global-bike-tool-giant/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:29:33 -0500 Tell us: Should CNN, NBC pull Clinton shows? RNC chairman Reince Priebus called a planned NBC miniseries on Clinton and a CNN documentary on the first lady an "extended commercial" for a future Clinton presidential campaign. http://blogs.mprnews.org/todays-question/2013/08/should-cnn-and-nbc-pull-clinton-shows/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 06:47:31 -0500 5 things to do in Hudson, Wis. Hudson, Wisconsin isn't your average Twin Cities suburb. Sure, it has many of the same chain stores and restaurants as most other suburbs in the region. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/07/5-things-to-do-in-hudson-wisconsin/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:13:36 -0500 Photos: Your fireworks paint the night sky We asked you to share your Fourth of July fireworks photos on Twitter and Instagram. Here are some of our favorites. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/07/photos-fireworks-paint-the-night-sky-across-minnesota/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jul 2013 08:55:25 -0500 Top 10 Independence Day events in Minnesota Before the fireworks take to the sky, Minnesotans will celebrate Independence Day in a myriad of ways and locations. Here are a few suggestions. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/07/top-10-independence-day-events-in-minnesota/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Surly taproom coming to Brooklyn Center Before Surly Brewing opens its $20 million "destination brewery" in Minneapolis it will open a taproom in the brewery's current Brooklyn Center location. http://mntoday.mprnews.org/2013/06/need-a-surly-beer-closer-to-the-source-taproom-on-tap-in-brooklyn-center/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis bike advocates call for more routes The Portland to Portland bicyclists stopped in Minneapolis last week and discussed the city's support structure for the biking community. http://mntoday.mprnews.org/2013/06/minneapolis-bike-advocates-call-for-more-routes/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 11:59:16 -0500 Portland to London bike tour passes through Twin Cities A group of 16 British cyclists started in April on a bike ride that stretches a total of 4,347 miles, from Portland, Oregon to Portland Place, London. http://mntoday.mprnews.org/2013/05/portland-oregon-to-portland-place-london-bike-tour-passes-through-twin-cities/?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 11:11:46 -0500 Minn. explorer Dupre begins Denali ascent Grand Marais Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre has safely landed at base camp on the Kahiltna glacier and is making headway with good light. http://mntoday.mprnews.org/2013/01/dupre-begins-denali-ascent/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:05:19 -0600 Marriage Amendment Debate The debate over same-sex marriage is explored through a four-week dialogue. /collections/special/2012/campaign/amendments/marriage/discussion/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:26:04 -0500 Norm Coleman: Fraud undermines the integrity of elections Former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman penned an editorial expressing his support for the amendment that would require Minnesotans to present photo identification before casting a ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/05/fraud-undermines-election-integrity?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 10:25:30 -0500 This week in Minnesota Here's a look at some of the stories that made headlines in the past week in our Minnesota Today section. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/14/this-week-in-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 This week in Minnesota Spring, too much of a good thing?; Twin Metals moves forward with 80,000-ton-per-day mine near Ely; What liberals and conservatives like about each other and other stories this week found on Minnesota Today from MPR News. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2012/03/underground-city-water-park-woes-budding-concerns-over-early-spring.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 31 Mar 2012 13:30:00 -0500 This week in Minnesota What's going on in our state? Spring has spring; Brodkorb threatens to out affairs of others at Capitol; Minnesota Nice keeps newcomers on the outside. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2012/03/this-week-in-minnesota-1.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 17 Mar 2012 18:49:08 -0500 Some key stories from Minnesota Today The limits of free speech are being debated in Little Falls. The mayor of Duluth is getting threatening messages from around the world. And the Fargo Forum is looking at the importance of water to the history of that area. Those are just of the few of the stories you'll find by reading Minnesota Today, a daily guide to what's being reported around the region. You can find it at MPRNews.org. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/olsontoday?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:44:02 -0600 Around MN: Bachmann running; jobless in Grand Rapids Every day, MPR's Minnesota Today team highlights important stories throughout the state. Find more statewide news any time at www.minnesotatoday.org http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/14/aroundmn?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 14:40:26 -0500 Around MN: Cravaack's car; no budget progress Every day, MPR's Minnesota Today team highlights important stories throughout the state. Find more statewide news any time at www.minnesotatoday.org http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/08/aroundmn?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2011 16:33:50 -0500 Around MN: Amendment pressure is on; Waiting on NFL stadium offer Every day, MPR's Minnesota Today team highlights important stories throughout the state. Find more statewide news any time at www.minnesotatoday.org http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/17/aroundmn?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2011 11:49:27 -0500