Minnesota Public Radio features by Hart Van Denburg http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31009 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 23 May 2018 22:58:06 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Hart Van Denburg http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Remembering Minnesota's fallen troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond The following is a brief account of the almost 100 military personnel with Minnesota connections who have died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan since the onset of hostilities that followed the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, as well as non-combat deaths and non-military deaths related to the wars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/war/minnesota-war-casualties?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2015 00:01:02 -0600 Washington Post, Guardian share Pulitzer for Snowden-leaked NSA stories The Washington Post and The Guardian have Pulitzer Prizes in public service for their coverage of Edward Snowden and the NSA surveillance program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/14/pulitzerprize?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:32:23 -0500 Parking restrictions end Thursday for Minneapolis and St. Paul Drivers will be able to park on both sides of the street in St. Paul and Minneapolis starting tomorrow, when the cities lift emergency parking restrictions put in place earlier this month because of excessive snow. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/03/minneapolis-st-paul-end-emergency-parking-restrictions-thursday/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:54:12 -0500 Video: The beer drone grounded by the FAA You may have heard that Lakemaid Beer, brewed in Stevens Point, Wis., had a very local delivery gimmick that brought it to the attention of the Federal Aviation Administration: A beer drone. Here's some video of the contraption in action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/31/video-the-beer-drone-grounded-by-the-faa?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 06:39:53 -0600 Zimmern, Perennial Plate among Twin Cities James Beard award winners Travel Channel host and food writer Andrew Zimmern, and "The Perennial Plate" hosts Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine, get to bring James Beard Foundation media awards home to the Twin Cities. The prestigious awards were announced Friday night in New York City. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/05/zimmern-perennial-plate-among-twin-cities-james-beard-award-winners/?refid=0 Sat, 04 May 2013 09:32:12 -0500 2013 James Beard Awards nominees have a Twin Cities flavor Writers have the Pulitzers, actors have the Academy Awards, and foodie fans have the James Beard Awards, which are handed out tonight and Monday in New York City. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/05/2013-james-beard-awards-nominees-have-a-twin-cities-flavor/?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 15:38:36 -0500 Congressional Republicans targeted; flood forecast gloomy; 'snow bird' taxes; we go 'On the Road' Today on the MPR News Update: Gun sale background checks are again being debated at the Legislature, the latest Red River Valley flood forecast is out, the governor is raising eyebrows with another tax proposal, we talk to the movie director who drove 'On the Road' to the big screen, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/22/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:00:13 -0500 Prepared for the worst in New Prague; background checks for guns; surprise DFL budget cuts Today on the MPR News Update: We go to the state Legislature for a look at another gun bill, check in with the fallout from yesterday's shooting threat hoax in New Prague, hear about a smaller funding pie for the Department of Health and Human Services and visit a farmer looking ahead to planting season, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/21/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 12:18:33 -0500 All clear in New Prague; a bill for sex abuse victims; cross-border frac sand comparisons Today on the MPR News Update we're following the hoax call that led to a school lockdown in New Prague, the fate of gun control in the Legislature, the DFL budget plan, frac sand mining regulations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, 'culturally responsive' teaching, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/20/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:12:23 -0500 Bachmann's push for federal highway dollars; Minnesota's war casualties; education budget haggling Today on the MPR News Update: Remembering fallen soldiers with Minnesota times, one by one, since the 9/11 attacks. Also, questions over how to pay school districts back the money owed by the state, driver's licenses for illegal immigrants, concerns about the cost of a statewide anti-bullying bill, Michele Bachmann finds some government spending of which she approves, and lastly, is Rochester ready for growth? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:15:09 -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 The Basillica's link with Rome; background checks for gun sales; death from the flu Today on the MPR News Update were following gun, health care and budget battles at the Legislature. Also, we hear from Catholics reacting to news of a new pope, crime-fighting help for the White Earth reservation, Lou Belamy on the Penumbra Theatre's ordeal, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:19:56 -0500 Global warming is very old news; budgets, guns and marriage are still on the table Today on the MPR News Update: A Minnesota House leader chimes in on the governor's revamped budget; the prospects seem good for an increase in the minimum wage; one southeastern Minnesota community draws a line in the frac sand, meteorologist Paul Huttner discusses global warming that took place 55 million years ago, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/14/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:42:21 -0500 Party-line votes on same-sex marriage; 'Spunk' fires up Penumbra Today on the MPR News Update: The next stop for the same-sex marriage bill, the Wilder Foundation's new CEO targets racial disparities, a former boarding school teachers says he's not guilty of sex crimes, Penumbra Theatre is reborn, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 12:04:26 -0500 From 'Vote No' to voting yes on same-sex marriage in Minnesota Today on the MPR News Update: Hearings open on same-sex marriage at the Capitol, the Ojibwe take ownership of two St. Paul hotels, more TurboTax problems, worries about pollution from triclosan and nanoparticles, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/12/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:52:22 -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 Health care overhaul cornerstone one step closer to reality Today on the MPR News Update: The Minnesota Senate OKs legislation that would create a health insurance exchange website, advocates for Indian women cheer the Violence Against Women Act, the governor backs off part of his tax overhaul plan, same-sex marriage opponents rally to oppose a bill that keeps moving through the Capitol ... and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/08/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:19:44 -0600 Democrats nurse a key health care overhaul measure through the Minnesota House Today on the MPR News Update: The Minnesota House gives a thumbs-up to the health insurance exchange bill, many Republicans give a thumbs down to DFL-championed election changes, and the state's largest cities hope for a legislative bounty, and ketchup-flavored potato chips. But first, the weather: http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/05/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 12:53:10 -0600 Navigating peaceful coexistence between more mining and the environment on the Range Today on the MPR News Update we hear about legislation that opens early education to more students, the question of jobs versus the environment for northern Minnesota, why Xcel Energy wants to increase your rates, and game-changing news in the effort to find a cure for HIV-AIDS. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 12:17:57 -0600 Sequestration and economic recovery; less red ink and the state tax outlook Today on the MPR News Update: The impact of looming sequestration on Minnesota's economy, the outlook for taxes in light of a lowered state deficit projection, a deadline for tribal members in a federal settlement, and reaction to a Republican's surprising shift on same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/01/sequestration-and-economic-recovery-less-red-ink-and-the-state-tax-outlook?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 12:27:13 -0600 Red ink, gambling revenue, locked-up juveniles and smaller walleye Today on the MPR News Update: We hear arguments for and against Gov. Dayton's tax overhaul proposal, state officials worry - again -- about how they will pay for a new Vikings stadium, some people in state custody may have been held longer than necessary, and Lake Mille Lacs area folks sound off about a plan to cut fishing there in half. But first, the latest state budget forecast is out: http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:10:26 -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 Another winter storm, different ideas on taxes, and flu vaccine questions Today on the MPR News Update: Snow sends us into the weekend, there's more bad news from the St. Paul police crime lab, lawmakers consider alternates to the governor's budget proposal, other states are also fixing their budgets, and the flu vaccine isn't working that well for older folks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/22/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:20:51 -0600 Gun debate goes another round, this time in the Senate -- with limits Today on the MPR News Update: A state Senate committee is hearing from both sides of the gun debate today, Minnesotans are reacting to news about drivers license data breaches, there's some skepticism about Mayo Clinic's job-creation projections regarding its proposed expansion, and we hear from the wife of a soldier coping with personal battles at home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/21/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:54:03 -0600 The South High brawl, school spending and teacher testing: Education leads the cycle Today on the MPR News Update: Somali students say they don't feel safe at South High School in Minneapolis, legislators are getting their first look at the governor's proposed public school funding bill, educators are asking the Legislature to reconsider last year's law on teacher testing, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/20/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:47:07 -0600 Who gets to decide the best way to manage frac sand mining? Today on the MPR News Update: The frac sand debate moves from southeastern Minnesota to the State Capitol today, Minnesota industry is doing a better job of scrubbing mercury from its emissions, we get a hot beverage on a cold day from a Twin Cities coffee shop that specializes in Arctic Circle home brew, and we'll hear from a woman who's Army sergeant son took his own life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/19/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:59:25 -0600 Legislators dig into frac sand mining gun violence; fur trappers tend to the old ways Today on the MPR News Update: What the frac sand mining debate in St. Paul means for southeastern Minnestoa, the fate of a comprehensive health insurance exchange bill, a look at fur trapping past and present as a way of life in Minnesota, why there are more blizzards but less snow, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/18/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:48:59 -0600 Mortenson wins the Vikings contract, Mary Joe Copeland wins an award, and a meteor blasts Russia Today on the MPR News Update: We find out who's going to build the Vikings stadium, the president takes time to praise on Sharing and Caring Hands, a massive brawl gives a black eye to Minneapolis South High School, and we've got video of that 10-ton meteor smacking into Russia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:05:24 -0600 Oakdale shooting charges, same-sex marrage and kitties on a stick Today on the MPR News Update: A suspect is charged in the Oakdale shootings, the same sex marriage push has begun at the state Capitol, Gov. Dayton's tax proposal has Minnesota counties crying foul, childhood victims of abuse don't want prosecutions to be limited by time, and the Walker's Internet Cat Video Festival is on the move. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/14/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:06:58 -0600 Oakdale mourns, Obama goes big and it's 'Endless Summer' on Lake Superior Today on the MPR News Update: Trying to make sense of the shooting in Oakdale, Minnesota reaction to the president's State of the Union address, ranked-choice voting will gets a workout in Minneapolis, and we tag along with some serious surfer dudes ... on Lake Superior ... in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/13/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 11:58:53 -0600 A child is shot dead in Oakdale; Red Wing's mayor is also a lobbyist Today on the MPR News Update: A child is shot and killed in Oakdale, Minnesota's members of Congress stake out positions on immigration reform, Red Wing is concerned about its mayor's lobbying for sand mining, and Minnesota Catholics react to Pope Benedict's decision to resign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/12/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:28:01 -0600 The weather was here, the pope resigns and Minnesota represents at the Grammys Today on the MPR News Update: We're still counting snowfall totals and school closures from a two-day winter storm, Pope Benedict surprises Minnesota Catholics with his resignation, and the Okee Dokee Brothers win a Grammy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/11/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:28:55 -0600 Minnesota at the Grammys, sex trafficking victims, and a major winter storm looms Today on the MPR News Update we look forward to the Grammy's on Sunday night and the possibility of a win by the Minnesota Orchestra. We visit a ranch in southeastern Minnesota where young victims of sex trafficking find refuge. And our radar's up for what might be a major winter storm hitting the state at the end of the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/08/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 12:56:02 -0600 The State of the State, the decline of the moose and the meaning of 'The Book of Mormon' Today on the MPR News Update: The governor signals his support for same sex marriage, the impact of the sequester for Minnesota, the embattled St. Paul Police crime lab won't be drug testing anymore, the moose population is in dramatic decline and a theologian looks at a wildly popular show now playing in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/07/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:36:34 -0600 'You are now entering a killing zone. Run, run, run' Today on the MPR News Update: The gun debate at the state Capitol, campaign finance transparency, more free school lunches, and a potential alternative energy breakthrough in Pine River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/06/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:16:57 -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 Minnesota National Guard on point for women in combat roles; Dayton on notice over taxes Minnesota's citizen soldiers are helping to lead the way for women in military combat roles. Gov. Dayton continues to find resistance to his just-released budget plans. We have an update on flu deaths. There's a new homeless count. And we hear another perspective on the racial incident at Washburn High School in Minneapolis. All that and more in today's MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/25/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:50:21 -0600 Crashed Ice, climate change, data privacy and butter. That about covers it The borderline-crazy skaters of Crashed Ice are back in town. Lawmakers are looking into plugging data privacy breaches. Police want tougher laws preventing the mentally ill from arming themselves. And we look at butter. Fresh, creamy butter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/24/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:33:50 -0600 Taxing, spending, cutting: Parsing the governor's budget Today on the MPR News Update: Taking a deep dive on Gov. Mark Dayton state budget proposal. Also, Minnesota is setting some national benchmarks for Arctic weather, and some American Indian gang members go on trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/23/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:54:27 -0600 The budget drops, and so does the temperature Today on the podcast, the governor lays out a budget and tax agenda, lawmakers consider climate change, some businesses are trying harder to offer feedback to those they run away for jobs, and we have a photo gallery of frigid Martin Luther King Day events in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/22/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:48:29 -0600 How many bald eagles can a wind turbine kill? Today in the NPR News Update we look into a ruling affecting bald eagles near wind turbines, offer a photo tour of Minnesota's burgeoning breweries, note the increase in flu deaths, and review Prince's Minneapolis gigs. Also: Women at the gun range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/18/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:53:40 -0600 When firearms research doesn't agree with your position Today on the MPR News Update: Does having a gun in the home put family members more at risk? Also, a county sheriff in Minnesota says he won't enforce new federal gun restrictions. Expectations for pull-tab gambling revenues are shrinking. And we take a look at the burgeoning Minnesota brewery business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/17/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:05:51 -0600 Obama stokes the gun debate; protecting sex traffic victims Along with stories about U of M hiring, sex trafficking, the flu and food stamp programs, we spent a lot of time Wednesday talking about guns. President Obama offered his specific proposals to help decrease gun violence after the attacks at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater and the Dandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/16/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:28:33 -0600 Restrict the mentally ill, not guns, NRA president tells Minnesotans Today on the MPR News Update, the leader of the NRA visits Minnesota, assigning blame for bike-car crashes, lagging gambling revenue for the new Vikings stadium, and a new twist for ALS patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/15/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:17:53 -0600 Will a tax on clothing sales mean we lose our competitive shirts? Today on the MPR News Update, state lawmakers consider extending the sales tax to clothing, farmland prices are so high that new farmers can't find a row to hoe, Ramsey County officials take new steps to combat teen runaways and child sec trafficking, and the Bottineau light rail line in the Twin Cities faces another hurdle today at the Met Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/14/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:59:12 -0600 Looking for ways to deter gun violence; combating a deadly flu outbreak The flu death toll is climbing, Twin Cities schools are more segregated, civic leaders are looking for answers to gun violence, and the DFL-led Legislature is laying out its priorities, a landmark Minneapolis music venue that's closing up shop and photos of the week. That and more on today's MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/11/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:46:16 -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 Minneapolis gets a January soaking; St. Paul imagines a great city Today on the MPR News Update: Minneapolis dries out from a messy water main break, a GOP lawmaker resigns to be a lobbyist, St. Paul boosters imagine a great city without Macy's, the DNR likes a plan designed to keep Asian carp out of the state's waterways, and a nationwide child porn crackdown has a Minnesota link. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/04/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 11:46:39 -0600 Red Bull vets get to work; DNR assesses the wolf hunt Today on the MPR News Update, we learn about an effort to help war veterans integrate into the workforce, what the DNR hopes to learn from the state's first official wolf hunt, the impending closure of downtown St. Paul's only major retail store, and how the newest members of Congress will fare on bitterly divided Capitol Hill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/03/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 12:14:25 -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 'This job thrills me,' but not enough to run again, Minneapolis Mayor Rybak says Today on the MPR News Update. Here's some of what's been happening: Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak won't run for a fourth term; a grieving father is charged in the accidental handgun death of his young son; farmers are apparently increasingly digging up old cemeteries and Minnesotans are still keeping food shelves hopping. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/28/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:40:33 -0600 Dakotas commemorate massacre memorial; Dayton heads into surgery Today on the MPR News Update, as Gov. Mark Dayton enters the OR, we'll hear about the increasing use of fusion surgery to ease the pain of a bad back. Also, 150 years to the day from a mass execution of Dakota Indians in Mankato, many Dakota returned to city to remember. We'll hear about the collecting and selling of Minneapolis license plate data. And we have a story about a Minnesota farmer who's expanding his operation to Africa. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/27/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:07:37 -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 The NRA breaks its silence; a Minnesota sheriff has Joe Biden's ear Today on the MPR News Update: The NRA breaks its silence over the elementary school massacre in Connecticut. Also, news about the shuttered St. Paul Ford plant, legislative agendas for environmentalists and same-sex marriage proponents, a mobile food shelf that's become a model for the nation, and a "Christmas Carol" from "tha hood." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/21/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 13:03:24 -0600 Guns, guns, guns: Everyone's talking, but what's to be done? Today on the MPR News Update: The Connecticut elementary school massacre continues to resonate in Minnesota. Also, we take a look back at how quickly the shooting deaths of police officers are resolved, return for another visit with a man coping with ALS, and tell you about another key departure at Best Buy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/20/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 12:52:37 -0600 Tuning out the news of a massacre may be the best coping mechanism Today on the MPR News Update, Minnesota mental health professionals and educators address mass shootings. We hear from the son of a victim of a mass shooting in Minneapolis. Also, we have the latest on the Cold Spring police officer killing, a plan to move sand around in Wabasha, and on how the group that pressed for construction of a new St. Croix River bridge is keeping the pressure on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:29:43 -0600 The massacre in Connecticut, the reaction in Minnesota Today on the podcast, some of the areas hardest hit by flooding earlier this year still haven't received much government financial help. Disaster "preppers" gather in Minnesota. And, not knowing English can drag a student's performance down in a number of academic areas. But first, everybody's talking about the Friday shooting rampage in Connecticut. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 12:44:12 -0600 An elementary school shooting rampage; a bruising marriage amendment battle There's been another mass shooting, this time in Connecticut. Also, we hear about the battle over a park along the Mississippi River in St. Paul, and the Roman Catholic Church licking its wounds after a bruising battle over same-sex marriage. All that and more in today's MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/14/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 13:47:48 -0600 Latinos and the changing face of outstate Minnesota Today on the MPR News Update: Light rail construction is ahead of schedule, the poverty rate in Minnesota is leveling off, our two biggest cities pass budgets and levy increases, and communities in outstate Minnesota look for ways to move forward under changing - and permanent -- demographic and cultural changes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:33:08 -0600 London calling: The Delta Airlines-Virgin Atlantic deal We have more on the state health care insurance voucher program that doesn't seem to be working very well. Also, we hear from the police chief who lost one of his men nearly two weeks ago. And, Minnesota wildlife experiences the drought. But first up, news about Delta Airlines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/11/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 12:11:51 -0600 A Dakota trail of tears to Mankato; a return to winter Today on the MPR News Update, we report on questions being asked about the ethical behavior of a St. Cloud state lawmaker, a trail of tears from South Dakota to Mankato, and the more than 16 inches of snow that fell on parts of Minnesota over the weekend. We'll look at the weather first. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/10/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 12:03:04 -0600 'Chasing Ice' and climate change; mineral exploration on hold Today on the MPR News Update page: Top state officials have declined to approve the sale of 31 leases to explore for minerals. Players in this past spring's Vikings stadium endgame say they're reluctant to reopen the deal struck in May. And we speak with the filmmaker behind a new documentary on climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/07/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 12:13:24 -0600 Officer Decker is buried in Collegeville; Gov. Dayton grapples with the deficit Today on the MPR News Update we report on Officer Tom Decker's burial in Collegeville attended by thousands of police officers, take measure of how lawmakers plan to deal with Minnesota's budget deficit, look at the state's economic prospects, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/06/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:35:58 -0600 One officer is mourned in Collegeville; another makes Minneapolis history Today in the MPR News Update, Officer Tom Decker is buried, Janee Harteau is sworn in as the new top Minneapolis cop, the state faces a $1.1 billion deficit, both Twin Cities orchestras are in the red, too, and St. Paul pulls back the curtain on a massive Union Depot rehab project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/05/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:10:11 -0600 Minnesota same-sex marriage moves: Too soon? Welcome to the MPR News Update, Minnesota's news on your schedule. Today we're reporting about advocates for same-sex marriage gearing up for a fight in the Legislature. We also ask whether Minnesotans care about the fiscal cliff. And, why we be worried about "superbugs." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/03/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 12:33:17 -0600 A Cold Spring police officer ambushed and killed A small town southeast of St. Cloud reels after a police officer is shot. Minnesota's congressional delegation tackles the fiscal cliff. And those zany British television ads are back for viewing at the Walker Art Center. Those stories and more in the MPR News Update http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/30/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:17:18 -0600 More details on the Little Falls shootings; light rail plans get a rough ride Will Golden Valley go for a light rail line connecting Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park? Are we still in a foreclosure crisis in Minnesota? Will Janee Harteau be the next top cop in Minneapolis? Those questions, some answers and more on today's MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/29/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:21:36 -0600 Affordable housing without the bedbugs; no stalling light rail Today on the MPR News Update, a bedbug-infested apartment building in St. Paul debuts as affordable housing after a refurbishment, the state looks for a new way to pay for public education, Central Corridor light rail construction will continue, and we learn more about the two shooting deaths in Little Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:26:25 -0600 Who is Janee Harteau, and how will she run the Minneapolis Police Dept? Today on the MPR News Update we take a look at the next police chief of Minneapolis, learn about the rebirth of Duluth, hear more details from the shooting that claimed the lives of two teenagers near Little Falls and talk about a new trial for a priest who had an affair with a parishioner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/27/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:19:42 -0600 Following a teen where wolves go as trapping season starts Today on the MPR News Update, Minnesota's wolf hunt has moved into a trapping phase, state Republicans are warning taxpayers to hold onto their wallets, Norm Coleman assesses his political clout, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/26/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2012 12:31:05 -0600 Best Buy takes a licking, promises to keep on ticking Today on the MPR News Update we report on another bad earnings report from Best Buy, ill winds for Austin-based Hormel, the ethics of using unmanned aerial drones, how the classical music drought in the Twin Cities is impacting teachers and students, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/21/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 12:15:58 -0600 Sorry, I can't hear you. The jet noise is too loud Today on the MPR News Update, neighbors say new flight paths to and from the Twin Cities airport could bring more noise. Opponents of a proposed light rail line in the southwest metro fear it could mean the re-routing of freight trains. State lawmakers say seat licenses have always been a part of new stadium talks. Thirsty farmland still yields an impressive harvest. And, Minnesota's juvenile justice system has some serious racial disparity issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 11:45:54 -0600 Roe, roe, roe your boat for 'Lake Superior Gold' Today on the MPR News Update, we ride along with the herring fishermen of Lake Superior. And on the podcast, we report on the flap over personal seat licenses in a new Vikings stadium, the turnaround effort at Best Buy getting a skeptical read from analysts, changes on the horizon for Minnesota's environmental oversite, and a new growth in kindergarten school registration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/14/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:46:01 -0600 The general, the other general, the woman and the other woman: A scandal spreads Today on the MPR News Update: A sex scandal captivates and infuriates the nation's capital, the Minnesota construction sector is pulling out of the slump, U.S. Catholic bishops plan to stay the course after an Election Day thumping, and we hear from the author of "The Cursing Mommy." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/13/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:56:21 -0600 Did conservative hot-button social issues sink the GOP in Edina? In the MPR News Update today, we use Edina as a microcosm to explain the Legislature's flip from Republican to Democratic control, two small and rare late-season tornadoes touch down in the Twin Cities metro, congressman-elect Rick Nolan heads back to Washington after a 32-year hiatus from Capitol Hill, and Best Buy's new boss gets ready for a grilling from investors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/12/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:58:48 -0600 Behind the lines in the fight against the marriage amendment How Minnesota United For All Families took on the marriage amendment - and won. Also, DFLers pick leaders in the Legislature, how demographics affected this year's elections, and why some members of our two premiere orchestras are packing their bags. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/09/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 14:40:57 -0600 Aftermath: Who won, who lost, why, and what do we do now? Today on the MPR News Update, DFLers elect new leaders of their now-in-the-majority state House and Senate caucuses. The battle over same-sex marriage may just be beginning. Hennepin County talks about what went wrong with some voting machines. And Minnesota job seekers, employers and health reformers talk about the impact of Tuesday's vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/08/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 11:42:14 -0600 A blue wave breaks over the Legislature; the president wins four more years Today on the MPR News Update, the 2012 election is in the record books and, for the most part, it'll go down as a big win for Democrats. An estimated 3 million people voted yesterday in Minnesota -- which works out to about 75 percent voter turnout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 13:12:03 -0600 The marathon is over and Election Day is here Today on the MPR News Update, we're fanning out across the state to cover Election Day. Also, wind power jobs are dwindling, more numbers are in from the wolf hunt, Bob Dylan tickets are relatively easy to come by, why health insurance may be good for your health, and the Timberwolves stun Brooklyn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 10:08:12 -0600 Time's getting short as candidates make final pleas to voters Today on the MPR News Update, we're all over the 2012 campaign as the clock winds down, from candidates to ballot issues and beyond. Also, we hear from hunters gunning for wolves in Minnesota. And, there's news about the Nice Ride and another Minnesota Opera original. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/05/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 12:12:37 -0600 A glancing blow in the final days of the presidential race The vice president is up in Superior, Wis., today and the man who wants his job will be here Sunday. Religious rifts abounded at last night's debate over the marriage amendment. A Minnesota native may be hearing Oscar whispers. And there's sobering news about the walleye count on Lake Mille Lacs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/02/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 11:41:18 -0500 The White House race hogs the spotlight, but there's also a fight for the Legislature Can Democrats wrestle away control from one or both houses of the state Legislature? Also, was a Mankato coach engaged in "innocent family fun" or pornography? And, Minnesota tribes say no to a wolf hunt on tribal land. That and much more today on the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/01/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2012 12:07:57 -0500 The congressional incumbents face their challengers Today on the MPR News Update, news from 8th and 6th congressional district races, a debate on the Voter ID constitutional amendment, the retirement of the Minneapolis police chief, and the aftermath of superstorm Sandy -- including help from Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/31/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:11:03 -0500 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 What happened after Jack Baker and Mike McConnell tried to get married 40 years ago? Today, we go into the basement to track the history of the same-sex marriage debate in Minnesota. We also remember Paul Wellstone. Jim Graves is trying to unseat Michele Bachmann. Tempers are raised over voter ID. Ranchers celebrate the new wolf hunt. And there's a new anti-bullying panel in the Anoka-Hennepin schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/25/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 12:29:28 -0500 No more 'scumbag' talk from Ellison vs.Fields Today on MPR News Update the latest meeting between Rep. Keith Ellison and his Republican challenger, Chris Fields, proves to be more polite than their previous encounter. Also, we ask, "Where's the tea party?" The DNR sells mining leases. And, who's responsible for reporting suspected child abuse? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/mpr-news-updates?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:58:57 -0500 Horses and bayonets: The state of the world with Obama and Romney On the MPR News Update today, we pull together the post-mortem on the final presidential debate. The owners of Accent Signage say they're back in business after last month's shooting rampage. Outside groups are spending a lot on Minnesota's elections. And the Minnesota Orchestra isn't tapping its endowment during a contract dispute. First, let's get through the debate fallout: http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/23/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:05:04 -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 Terrorists, 'scumbags,' and wolves: The MPR News Update Today on the MPR News Update the government wins its case in the al-Shabab trial. A congressman and his challenger exchange heated words in an on-air debate. There's a Minnesota connection to the Boy Scouts sex abuse scandal. And we wrap up our road-trip reporting on the marriage amendment in Grand Rapids. All that and more in the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/19/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:09:52 -0500 Love, sin and uneasy bedfellows: MPR's marriage amendment special coverage Today on the MPR News Update we hear from marriage amendment supporters and opponents in Redwing and Moorhead. We have the latest on the Meningitis outbreack. The contract tussle at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is reaching a crescendo. The contract to build a new Saints stadium goes public. There's more fresh produce in corner stores. And we find out who calls 911 the most...and why. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/18/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:01:18 -0500 Flogging facts and women in binders: The second presidential debate Today: Separating fact from fiction with Obama and Romney, more Minnesotans are at risk of fungal meningitis, electronic pull tabs are a month old, Target will match online prices, Craavack and Nolan go another round, and a gunman's parents talk about his mental illness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/17/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:10:25 -0500 'There was nothing we could do,' Andrew Engeldinger's mother says Today on the MPR News Update the parents of the gunman in last month's shooting rampage in Minneapolis talk about his mental illness struggles. We look at the TV ad barrage in the 8th Congressional District. A Minnesota Lynx star speaks out against the marriage amendment. And the sugar beet harvest goes on despite a labor lockout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 11:57:49 -0500 The Lynx catch a Fever and fall behind Today on the MPR News Update we look back at a rough weekend for Minnesota sports fans. Some seniors worry how they might be affected by the proposed voter ID amendment. And we hear from Michael Brodkorb in the wake of his firing from the state Senate over a sex scandal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/15/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:15:55 -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 Abuse allegations loom over Faribault's elite prep school Today on the MPR News Update, Fairbault residents are coming to grips with news about suspected abuse at the city's iconic prep school. Another victim of the shooting rampage at a Minneapolis business has died. Hundreds turned out for a memorial service dedicated to the late Sen. Paul Wellstone. And some Minnesota schools are having a hard time meeting the state's high expectations for arts education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/11/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:06:45 -0500 Minnesota's orchestral strife is hardly alone Today on the update we put the state's orchestra turmoil in context. A Faribault prep school makes headlines with allegations of sexual abuse. The trial of an accused al-Shabab associate continues in Minneapolis. And in Anoka, a gay youth group is denied a place in the town's annual Halloween parade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/10/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:00:49 -0500 Buried riches? Mining companies are drilling for new deposits up north Today on your MPR News Update: There's copper in them thar soils. Also, we hear about the dismissal of a St. Paul crime lab case due to inaccurate testing. Some Canadians tell Minnesota to pass the state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage - while others disagree. Safety-net hospitals sound the alarm about reduced government funding. And Jerry Sandusky learns his fate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/09/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 12:03:33 -0500 Want to host the Super Bowl? Build a stadium first, Goodell says Today on the Update: Premature talk about hosting the Super Bowl, the latest tussle over voter ID involves the military, Kurt Bills tries to chip away at Amy Klobuchar's voter base, and the Lynx are going to the WNBA finals again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/08/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2012 11:20:06 -0500 The jobless news keeps getting better Today we learn that the unemployment rate has recovered to the point it was at when Barack Obama took office, we hear Minnesotans may have been exposed to a dangerous form of meningitis, the trial of a Twin Cities terror suspect continues, and a university professor speaks with us again about his journey with ALS. All that and more on the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/05/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 12:20:42 -0500 Thundersnow, wildfires and a wicked congressional race Early snow helps wildfire fighters, corn farmers profit in the drought, another shooting victim is laid to rest. And what did you think of last night's presidential debate? There's all that and more on the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 12:08:37 -0500 Fire and snow in northwest Minnesota The residents of a small town in northwestern Minnesota are back in their homes after fleeing wildfires. The state's tax burden is shifting from homeowners to commercial property owners. And, is requiring a photo ID to step into a voting booth an effort to suppress the votes of minorities? All that and more on today's MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/03/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:19:41 -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 A shooting rampage in Minneapolis A normally quiet neighborhood in Minneapolis is rocked by a workplace shooting that leaves five dead and more injured. The Vikings settle on an architect to design their new, billion-dollar home. Minnesota's two premiere orchestras may be headed for a lockout. And we have photos from the passing of an era at the Cottage View Drive-In. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/28/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:28:41 -0500 For University Ave. businesses, the light at the end of the tunnel may be light rail Today on the Update: Duluth's rush hour is slowed by unhappy logging truckers. University Avenue businesses in the Twin Cities are sprucing up to attract light rail customers. Other states offer little in the way of guidance on living with a voter ID law. And the president is promoting the idea of "economic patriotism." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/27/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:41:16 -0500 Jumping out of a perfectly good airplane Today on the Update, the lieutenant governor skydives, and we have photos. The marriage amendment causes friction in the black community. Norm Coleman has a new power base: money. And apple growers are facing a very tough harvest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/26/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:54:24 -0500 Outside political interference, or help? Today on the MPR News Update: Well-heeled outside political organizations are starting to pour money and other resources into Minnesota. The childeren of illegal immigrants are looking for ways to prove they qualify for a program allowing them to stay in the country. The state has embarked on am effort to increase safety for pedestrians. We have photos from that bizarely refereed NFL match last night between the Packers and Seahawks. And the feds are telling Minnesota to crack down on food stamp fraud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:58:27 -0500 Voter ID opponents unhappy with DFL Today on the Update: Voter ID opponents wonder why they aren't getting more help from the DFL. Iowans reflect on their experience with same-sex marriage. Minnesotans are coping with receding river water levels. Labor talks at the SPCO are stalled. And Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," wants creationists out of school classrooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/24/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:46:21 -0500 Orchestral maneuvers in the Twin Cities Today on the MPR News Update: Tim Pawlenty won't run for the US Senate anytime soon. The University of North Dakota is pioneering the flight safety of aircraft that don't have pilots in the cockpit. There's more on the local tussle over live classical music. And, the Twin Cities get funky. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/21/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 12:04:32 -0500 Minnesota's economy: Census suggests the worst may be over The latest Census data shows good news -- or is it bad news? -- for Minnesota. Fingerprint evidence at the St. Paul police crime lab adds to a brewing controversy. Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty is now a Washington, D.C. lobbyist. We get an update on the attempts to revive North High School in Minneapolis. And we have a three-part series on the challenges faced by rural healthcare providers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/20/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:58:59 -0500 The archbishop defends the marriage amendment Today on the MPR News Update, Archbishop Nienstedt defends the marriage amendment. The Occupy movement has a beachhead in Little Falls. Minnesotans have a new way to gamble. Lynn Rogers keeps feeding the research bears. And President Barack Obama joins those criticizing Mitt Romney for comments he made in a secretly-recorded video. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/19/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:41:49 -0500 Gambling on iPads boots up Minnesota is about to find out if a new way of gambling will really help pay for the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium. Voter ID proponents say they want to stop election fraud, but studies show that such fraud is practically non-existent. A new high school in Rochester is helping non-traditional students get a leg up in medical and technology education. And Mitt Romney is defending his controversial comments about Americans who use government services. All that and more in the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:00:41 -0500 Campaigning with friendly, compassionate conversation Marriage amendment foes are putting a premium on friendly and compassionate conversation. The fiscal cliff that looms in Congress could put Minnesota's economy through the shredder. Jim Graves is campaigning to not be the fourth Democrat to lose a congressional election against Michele Bachmann. And look at the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam - the single bloodiest day in United States history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/17/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 11:50:43 -0500 The world encroaches on Campaign 2012 Foreign policy forces its way back into the presidential race. We take a longer look at the winners in the competition for a slice of the state's economic development funding pie. Minneapolitans give a little love to thirsty trees. The Twins play safe -- maybe too safe -- with their "It gets better" video. And how is it possible that just a few years removed from an NHL season lost to a lockout that a contract dispute can be skating down that same path? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/14/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 11:36:44 -0500 A new day for baseball in St. Paul The Saints win their ballpark funding quest. Polling shows the voter ID constitutional amendment with strong support across the state, but how much would it cost or save to implement the change? We look at why the US House voted to swap Boundary Waters land with land in the Superior National Forest. Concordia College cuts its tuition costs. An infamous cold case is cracked. And we have the latest on unrest in the Middle East and its impact on the presidential race. First up: Play ball! http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/13/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:50:53 -0500 The death of the US ambassador to Libya The U.S. ambassador to Libya is killed during protests against an anti-Islamic film produced in the United States. The Vikings' Chris Kluwe stands by his outspoken opposition to the marriage amendment. The Pagami Creek wildfire fits with a pattern of extreme weather and climate change-driven events. And we take a look at the latest U.S. Census data about Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/12/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:30:35 -0500 On this 9/11, have we now passed a turning point? The 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Penn., and we have stories and photos. Also, we take a look at how much money our members of Congress spend in order to generate campaign funds. Paramedics can now get certified for non-emergency health care needs. A new baseball stadium for St. Paul scores well among state economic officials. And there are some sobering numbers about the homeless and those on food stamps in Minnesota. That and more in the Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/11/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:04:51 -0500 How do you separate campaign fact from fiction? The Daily Circuit asks whether this is a fact-free presidential campaign. Obama leads the fundraising race. Americans seem numbed to the slowly mounting number o0f troop deaths in Afghanistan. There's new signs of life in the Boundary Waters charred by last year's wildfire. And Twin Cities school districts are putting a new emphasis on keeping kindergardeners in their seats. That and more on the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/10/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2012 11:39:20 -0500 Minnesota DNC delegates fired up, ready to go Today we heard what Minnesota delegates to the DNC thought of their party's convention. Five design firms vie for the Vikings attention on a bid to build a new stadium. And cover the the nuts and bolts on strife between the valves and bows when it comes to management of the Minnesota Orchestra. That and more in the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/mprnewsupdate?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 11:52:21 -0500 'There they go again,' Bill Clinton says, tweaking Republicans On the second day of the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton gave Barack Obama a resounding endorsement, and we talked to blue-collar workers who may turn away from the president. A supporter of same-sex marriage makes his case in Minnesota. We'll hear about troubles in the arts here in the Twin Cities. And, an experimental pesticide may be working against zebra mussels. That and more in the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/06/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:55:57 -0500 R.T. Rybak makes the case for Barack Obama Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak addresses Democratic Party faithful. Minnesotans at the DNC discuss same sex marriage. There could be a breakthrough on West Nile virus in Minnesota. And the first day of school goes awry in St. Paul thanks to bus drivers who don't know their routes. All that and more on the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/05/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2012 11:46:22 -0500 Now, the Democrats take a turn Today on the Update, we hear from Minnesota DFLers in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention. Many Iron Range taconite mine workers have a new deal to continue mining. As colleges begin classes, many students in the Twin Cities promise not to drink or take drugs. Dairy farmers are getting squeezed by the drought. And a new study raises serious questions about whether organic food is healthier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/04/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 11:35:21 -0500 Romney wants Americans to 'turn the page' As the Republican National Convention ends, we talk to disgruntled Minnesota delegates, take a look at Mitt Romney's speech, and check in with the pundits and scratch our heads over Clint Eastwood. We've obtained emails showing that officials were slow to respond to the crisis at the St. Paul crime lab. Loggers tell us they're worried their industry is dying. And we ponder the meaning of 10,000 people showing up at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for a cat video festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/31/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:48:47 -0500 Pawlenty goes to bat for Romney and Ryan At the Republican National Convention, Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty gets a convention spotlight and Paul Ryan gets a fact check. On the Iron Range, we watching a taconite mine labor dispute and new pollution rules aimed at clearing the BWCA's air. And we talk to the State Fair's neighbors about how they put with all the crowds, noise and trash. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/30/politics/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:59:54 -0500 Bachmann proves she's still a GOP star At the Republican National Convention, Rep. Michele Bachmann shows that she's still a political star, former Sen. Norm Coleman tells reporters he's advising Mitt Romney on international affairs and Ron Paul's Minnesota delegates are still waiting to be courted. We have those stories, the latest on Hurricane Isaac, pediatricians opposed to the marriage amendment and more on today's MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/29/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:44:52 -0500 Sticking to the RNC convention script The GOP has returned to its convention script, even as Isaac is upgraded to hurricane status and heads for New Orleans. The debunked claims about rape and pregnancy from a Republican Missouri Senate candidate have migrated to Minnesota's congressional races. The marriage amendment campaign's focus shifts to Latino voters. The state Supreme Court hands Republicans two ballot question victories. And we explain why the Twin Cities needs two world-class orchestras. All that and more on the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/28/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 11:47:26 -0500 Paul supporters reason with hurricane season Ron Paul's Minnesota supporters didn't let a tropical storm stand in the way of a massive rally for their candidate in Tampa, Fla. A long, hot summer eased by air conditioning raises the question: Is cooling the house heating the planet? And, Best Buy founder Richard Schulze gets the go ahead for the next phase of his plan to buy back the company. All that and more on the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/27/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 11:30:16 -0500 The marriage amendment battle moves to the State Fair Over at the State Fair, supporters and opponents of the marriage amendment are vying for attention and votes. Lawmakers are meeting in Saint Paul today for a special session to consider a $167 million package of aid to communities in Northern Minnesota hit by storms and flooding earlier this summer. And Mitt Romney raised money in a sprint through the western Minneapolis suburbs yesterday and declared that big businesses in the U.S. are "doing fine." All that and more in today's Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 11:47:00 -0500 The State Fair opens, with everything from wine to swine In the Update today, the Minnesota State Fair gets underway, Minnesota State Mankato deals with a scandal involving allegations of child pornography, and a legislative seat the DFL once had locked up is now up for grabs. And we look at the challenges faced by Minnesotas two premiere orchestras, and whether both can survive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/23/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 11:43:44 -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 More trouble for Best Buy Best Buy's second quarter earnings report is not good. A leading Minnesota disease expert says pigs should be kept away from the Minnesota State Fair. Minnesota gets a Supreme Court nominee who could make history. Prosecutors say the St. Paul Police Department's troubled crime lab will get independent review. And President Barack Obama draws a line in the sand over Syria. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/21/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 11:23:06 -0500 A tale of two CEOs Today on the Update, we're following the a shakeup in leadership of two large Twin Cities companies, Best Buy and the Carlson Companies. Also, we're reporting on a new trend, more young college graduates signing up for food stamps. Xcel Energy wants to end incentives for solar power and the children of illegal immigrants want deferred deportation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/20/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 11:54:54 -0500 Minnesota's uncivil war Aug. 17, 1862 is a date that lives in infamy in Minnesota, marking the start of the US-Dakota War. We're covering that, as well as state workers saying they've been wrongly removed from health insurance rolls, the Minnesota State Fair preparing for swine flu, and a live-action game in the Twin Cities suburbs that recreates the attack on Osama bin Laden. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/17/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:57:14 -0500 Primary redux: Almost the lowest turnout ever On the MPR News Update today, three Minnesota Lynx stars share their Olympic gold medals and thoughts, we look at the state's meager primary election turnout and Al Franken's money-raising prowess, throw some light the proliferation of video security cameras in Duluth, and interview a mysterious American pop singer from the 1970s who was really, really big in South Africa -- but not much of anywhere else. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/16/mprnewsupdate?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:55:17 -0500 The return of the old timers Welcome to the first full day of the state's general election campaign. We're reporting on the results of primary races in the Minnesota Legislature, and in two key congressional districts, and what the results mean looking ahead to November. We're also following the Minneapolis City Council debate over firefighter staffing levels, a shutdown at the Prairie Island nuclear facility, and continuing out look at the impact of budget cuts on rural law enforcement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/15/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:18:24 -0500 Do you know where to vote? Today is primary election day in Minnesota, so it's only right on the Update that we're leading with a lot of work on voting, politics, budgets and elections here in Minnesota and out on the campaign trail. We also have a mixed bag of national economic news and good news on Minnesota foreclosures. And there's a commentary on climate change, the drought, and "extreme" rainstorms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/14/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 12:00:27 -0500 What comes next for Tim Pawlenty? We're trying to get at two of of the biggest questions in Minnesota this morning following Mitt Romney's selection of Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate. How will his choice impact the vote here, and what will former Gov. Tim Pawlenty do next, having once again been passed over in the veepstakes? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/13/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:31:07 -0500 Slogging through the bogs Mother Nature is keeping our attention: We report on a new, large-scale initiative to assess the health of Minnesota's wetlands, as well as Farmfest concerns about the drought's impact on the corn crop. We also take note of how women war veterans are changing the look of VFW posts, and tell the story of a Vietnam War photographer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/10/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 12:02:52 -0500 1 dead in Minneapolis shooting Police are looking for a suspect in a fatal shooting on the north side of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/10/news/1-dead-in-minneapolis-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 07:31:47 -0500 Where's the beef? On today's MPR News Update we're checking into the new federal rules for public school lunches, what to do about the dangerous amoeba in a Stillwater lake, the government not being able to keep your email address secret, and an Austin e-book author moving titles by the trucklod, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/09/news/mpr-news-update-podcast?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 11:46:33 -0500 A death in Stillwater Today, we report on another child dying after swimming in a Twin Cities area lake, Republicans who have "sticker shock" after seeing the price tag for flood relief, the governor denouncing accusations that he's pill popper as "a lie," and Minneapolitans shake hands and pass the mustard on National Night Out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/08/news/mpr-news-update-podcast?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 11:46:06 -0500 Looking at Wisconsin, Twin Cities Sikhs open their temple doors Minnesota Sikhs know about the prejudice that may have played a part in a mass shooting in Wisconsin. Analysts consider if Richard Schulze's offer is a best buy for Best Buy. And we hear hear about two Minnesotans taking it to the bad guys; one who uses education to try and curb teen gun violence, and a vigilante from long time ago who who eventually became the first superintendent of Yellowstone National Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/07/news/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 12:05:00 -0500 From Mars to Minnesota and a Concordia professor Welcome to the MPR News Update, a roundup of Minnesota's news on your schedule. Today, Best Buy founder Richard Schulze makes a play to take the company private, Democrats in northeastern Minnesota try to topple Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack, and a Minnesota scientist talks about getting her hands on data from Sunday night's Mars landing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/06/podcast/mars-lander-cravaack-challengers-minnesota-olympians?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 14:40:53 -0500