Minnesota Public Radio features by Conrad Wilson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31146 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:33:09 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Conrad Wilson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Xcel running tests on Sherco coal plant After some delays, Xcel Energy's Sherco coal plant is almost back online. The plant was damaged in 2011 and repairs were supposed to be completed in March of this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/04/sherco-coal-plant-xcel?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:35:08 -0500 Suicide numbers up for working age Minnesotans Suicides in the state hit an all time high in 2011 as 684 people took their own lives. Most occurred among working age adults between 25 and 64 years old, Minnesota Department of Health data released this morning show. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/30/health/suicide-numbers-up-for-working-age-minnesotans-?refid=0 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:58:06 -0500 Mille Lacs fishing traffic way down, businesses say When slashing the number and size of walleye fishermen could take from Mille Lacs, state officials said say they had to do it for the long term health of the fishery. But businesses with fortunes tied to the lake are paying the cost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/27/business/mille-lacs-fishing-traffic?refid=0 Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:12:23 -0500 Teen suffers apparent wolf attack at north central Minn. campsite The DNR is investigating an apparent wolf attack on a 16-year-old in northern Minnesota on Saturday. The boy was treated and released from the hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/26/wolf-attack?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 15:37:57 -0500 Zebra mussels decline in Lake Mille Lacs The number of zebra mussels in Lake Mille Lacs has declined this year for the first time since they were discovered in 2005, Department of Natural Resources researchers say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/22/environment/zebra-mussels-decine-in-lake-mille-lacs?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:10:12 -0500 New at the State Fair: Skating on plastic, Mancini's and 'canstruction' The Minnesota State Fair starts today. What's new at this year? Think ice skating, honey, and a little something called "canstruction." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/21/new-at-minnesota-state-fair?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Allegiant Air to offer service from St. Cloud to Orlando Allegiant Air officials say they will announce details about where they will be expanding service -- to a "leisure destination" -- Tuesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/19/regional/saint-cloud-airport-new-flight?refid=0 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 05:57:21 -0500 Bondholders set to take big loss on Monticello broadband project In June, the city made a formal offer to bond holders, paying back $5.75 million of the $26 million borrowed to finance the construction of the network in 2008, before aggressive competition from private companies put the publicly owned company in a financially precarious position. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/19/regional/monticello-broadband?refid=0 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Coalition seeks 'Good Samaritan' law to prevent overdose deaths A coalition of doctors and public health advocates wants Minnesota to join a growing number of states that have laws aimed at saving the lives of drug abusers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/08/news/samaritan-law-overdose-deaths?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 16:58:43 -0500 BCA: Dead man would've been arrested in cop's death A man who killed himself in January would have likely been arrested for killing Cold Spring, Minn., police officer Tom Decker, state officials said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/06/news/cold-spring-officer-shooting-would-be-charges?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 09:41:10 -0500 Xcel's Monticello nuclear power plant back online Xcel Energy's nuclear power plant in Monticello is back online after four months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/05/business/xcel-energy-monticello-nuclear-power-plant-back-online?refid=0 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:25:43 -0500 Cold Spring nursing home cited for neglect after patient's death The Minnesota Department of Health's investigation of Assumption Home found that the facility didn't assess the risks of using a bed rail for a patient suffering from dementia. The patient died of asphyxiation after becoming lodged between the bed's mattress and rail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/24/cold-spring-nursing-home-cited-for-neglect-after-patients-death?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:08:11 -0500 Mille Lacs Co. deputy accused of abusing boys on fishing trip Aaron Joseph Heuer appeared in Otter Tail County District Court Tuesday on four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/23/courts/deputy-charged-with-criminal-sexual-conduct?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:25:26 -0500 FEMA-led disaster drill today at nuclear plant The Federal Emergency Management Agency will assess how the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Xcel Energy, and local officials respond to a simulated emergency at the central Minnesota nuclear plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/23/news/femaled-disaster-drill-today-at-nuclear-plant?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:17:27 -0500 Lake Marion rejects improvement district Residents on Lake Marion, in northwestern Minnesota, decided against a lake improvement district in a vote over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/21/politics/residents-reject-lake-improvement-district?refid=0 Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:23:33 -0500 Regulatory environment affects Monticello nuclear plant upgrade costs Xcel Energy's Monticello nuclear power plant is going back online this week after an upgrade to boost its power generating capacity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/19/business/monticello-nuclear-plant-upgrade-costs?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 State Sen. Pederson joins CD 6 race Another candidate has joined the race for Congress in the 6th congressional district. Republican State Sen. John Pederson formally announced his candidacy today in St. Cloud. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/state-sen-pederson-joins-cd-6-race/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:16:06 -0500 Decker shooting case still unsolved after 8 months Eight months after police officer Tom Decker was murdered in Cold Spring, his killing remains unsolved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/11/news/decker-shooting-case?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Feds asking about transcript changes at St. Cloud State University Federal officials are asking questions and collecting information about student transcript changes at St. Cloud State University and their possible impact on student financial aid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/03/education/saint-cloud-state-university-federal-query-grade-changes?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:40:42 -0500 No plans to end coal-fired power at Sherco Xcel Energy sees no end to the burning of coal at its Sherco power plant in Becker in central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/01/environment/sherco-coal?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 18:36:46 -0500 Walleye population decline in Lake Mille Lacs concerns DNR researchers The walleye population in Lake Mille Lacs is the lowest in decades, and state Department of Natural Resources researchers are searching the lake for clues that could explain their falling numbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/24/environment/walleye-population-decline?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:41:05 -0500 2012 floods devastated NE Minnesota's environment; sustainable solutions planned The widespread flooding that hit northeastern Minnesota one year ago wiped away roads and bridges and damaged schools, businesses and homes. But the deluge also significantly damaged the environment, and Duluth is working with the Minnesota DNR to repair the damage in environmentally-sustainable ways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/18/weather/2012-flood-anniversary-environment-damage?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:50:00 -0500 Grades vanishing from some SCSU students' transcripts Professors and instructors aren't sure how widespread the problem is, but say -- except in rare instances -- the university's failure to notify them of grade changes is an ethical breach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/10/education/scsu-student-transcript-grades?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:37:54 -0500 2nd lawsuit filed under new sex abuse law The second lawsuit under the new Child Victims Act was filed Wednesday in Stearns County District Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/05/news/sexual-abuse-lawsuit-saint-johns?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:06:30 -0500 Auction pending at shuttered Verso mill site The contents of the damaged Verso Paper Mill in Sartell will be auctioned off this week. The mill has been shut down since Memorial Day a year ago when an explosion killed one person and destroyed much of the facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/02/regional/auction-at-verso-paper-mill?refid=0 Sun, 02 Jun 2013 08:27:08 -0500 St. Croix bridge construction underway Community members joined local officials and members of Congress, many whom cited the bridge as one of the few signs of bipartisanship to come out of Washington in recent years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/28/news/saint-croix-bridge-construction?refid=0 Tue, 28 May 2013 15:27:29 -0500 State: 25 sick from homemade queso fresco State health officials say at least 25 people have become sick from Salmonella found in a Mexican-style cheese made with raw milk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/20/health/homemade-queso-fresco-salmonella?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2013 16:42:36 -0500 Same-sex marriage bill signed; thousands cheer at Capitol Many gay and lesbian couples in Minnesota are looking forward to Aug. 1, when the law legalizing same-sex marriage goes into effect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/15/politics/same-sex-marriage?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2013 06:42:33 -0500 Minnesota airport towers slated to close may remain open through summer All 149 air traffic control towers that were slated to close will now stay open at least through the summer, the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/10/news/faa-airport-towers-open-through-summer-?refid=0 Fri, 10 May 2013 20:28:05 -0500 Icy lakes put chill on business for walleye opener The walleye season is expected to get off to a slower than usual start this weekend. The walleye opener is typically one of the busiest weekends for resort communities. But this year many of the lakes in northern Minnesota still have ice on them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/10/news/icy-lakes-walleye-opener?refid=0 Fri, 10 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Train, semi collision releases chemical Authorities say a collision between a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train and a semi carrying anhydrous ammonia injured at least five people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/07/regional/train-accident?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 17:30:33 -0500 Levees going up in Fargo to protect from flood waters The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spent the day Saturday building levees in Fargo to protect against the rising Red River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/27/regional/army-corps-builds-levees-in-fargo?refid=0 Sat, 27 Apr 2013 14:34:14 -0500 Sandbag walls rise in Fargo ahead of Red River's crest In what's almost become a city-wide tradition, Fargo residents went about building sandbag defenses on Friday to hold back the rising Red River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/26/regional/fargo-sandbag-dikes?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:39:42 -0500 St. Cloud worried about shutdown of air traffic control tower The Federal Aviation Administration has slated 149 air traffic control towers around the country to close later this year because of federal budget cuts know as sequestration. Two of the towers are in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/18/news/faa-shutdown-air-traffic-control-tower?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Why spring storms mess up the roads As plows remove snow and exposed a melted layer of snow beneath, the blowing cold air quickly freezes it. That's what has quickly created the icy conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/news/why-spring-storms-mess-up-the-roads?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:56:40 -0500 Minn. corrections hope for bonding money The Department of Corrections hopes to update facilities with funding from state bonding proposals released this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/politics/department-of-corrections-bonding-bill?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:10:18 -0500 Translation device bridges language gap for emergency responders A screaming baby is badly burned, but the mother doesn't speak English and paramedics cannot communicate with her. But the stressful episode is diffused because of a new device that quickly helps locate a translator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/09/technology/translation-device-bridges-language-gap?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 17:22:41 -0500 Gov.'s bonding proposal includes money for Children's Museum For the first time, Gov. Mark Dayton included the Minnesota Children's Museum in his bonding proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/08/politics/daytons-proposal-includes-money-for-childrens-museum-?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 21:03:37 -0500 Andover man charged in overdose death Anoka County prosecutors charged an Andover man with third-degree murder of his girlfriend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/08/news/police-charge-andover-man-in-overdose-death?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:55:05 -0500 FAA delays closing towers; 2 in Minn. spared The Federal Aviation Administration says it will delay closing nearly 150 air traffic control towers until June 15. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/05/regional/faa-delays-closing-minn-towers?refid=0 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 14:43:07 -0500 Sequester cuts force St. Cloud to ax air show Signs of the sequestration are starting to show up around the state. Organizers on Tuesday canceled the St. Cloud Air Show because the Blue Angels, the Navy's flight demonstration squad that was scheduled to perform at the air show, do not know if they will be able to fly this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/02/regional/air-show-cancellation?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 19:51:05 -0500 20K gallons of crude spill in MN train wreck Authorities say at least three cars of a Canadian Pacific train have spilled or leaked crude oil after a derailment in western Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/27/regional/parkers-prairie-train-wreck-oil-spill?refid=0 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:49:10 -0500 Dayton questioned on gun law proposals, education in St. Cloud town hall More than 200 people attended a town hall meeting in St. Cloud Tuesday night to hear Gov. Mark Dayton discuss his budget proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/26/politics/dayton-town-hall-st-cloud?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:36:25 -0500 Xcel Energy spent $146.5M to repair plant Xcel Energy has spent more than $146.5 million so far to repair its damaged Sherco power plant in Becker, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/25/business/xcel-energy-reduces-minn-rate-hike-request?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:24:32 -0500 Allegiant plans temporary halt to flights Allegiant Air will temporarily suspend flights from St. Cloud this fall. Airline officials say flights will be suspended from Aug. 14 to Oct. 9. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/23/regional/allegiant-plans-to-suspend-service?refid=0 Sat, 23 Mar 2013 11:40:39 -0500 Walleye rules tightened for Mille Lacs Lake Anglers will be allowed to keep fewer walleyes when they fish Mille Lacs Lake this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/environment/walleye-rules-tightened-for-mille-lacs-lake?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:55:09 -0500 Problems continue to plague Xcel's Sherco generator Repairs following an accident in late 2011 at Xcel's Sherco power plant are proving more difficult to fix than company officials originally thought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/regional/xcel-sherco-generator-problems?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 14:12:40 -0500 Methadone clinic bill passes committee A bill that would further regulate methadone treatment clinics in Minnesota was approved by a Senate committee following a hearing Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/12/politics/methadone-treatment-bill?refid=0 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 06:00:00 -0500 Methadone clinic rules hearing this week A proposal under consideration would strengthen the state's current licensing laws for methadone clinics by incorporating federal standards into state law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/11/health/methadone-clinic-rules-hearing-this-week?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 06:38:03 -0500 Mille Lacs Band buys 2 hotels in St. Paul The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe will announce its purchase of two hotels in downtown St. Paul at a news conference at 9:30 a.m. Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/10/regional/mille-lacs-band-buys-st-paul-hotels?refid=0 Sun, 10 Mar 2013 09:46:55 -0500 Violence Against Women Act reauthorization hailed in Indian Country Minnesota advocates for Indian woman are hailing today's reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. For years, the law has supported domestic violence prevention programs aimed curbing things like sexual assault. It has also funded shelters and training for law enforcement. But until now, the law did not cover many cases involving American Indian women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/07/law/violence-against-women-act-indian-country?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 18:36:39 -0600 Confusion may slow settlement payments to Minnesota tribal members Today marks the deadline for American Indians who wish to take part in a multibillion dollar settlement with the federal government. The deadline marks a halfway point in paying out $3.4 billion to tribes over the federal government's poor management of money and land owned by tribes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/01/news/confusion-may-slow-settlement-payments-to-minnesota-tribal-members?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0600 St. Cloud names new school superintendent The St. Cloud School District has named Willie Jett as new superintendent of schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/education/saint-cloud-names-new-school-superintendent?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:36:07 -0600 Mille Lacs walleye rules meeting draws standing room only crowd A town hall meeting Wednesday night on the north side of Lake Mille Lacs was packed, as Department of Natural Resources officials heard from area residents and business owners about how regulations on one of the state's most popular walleye lakes could impact the community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/environment/mille-lacs-walleye-limit-meeting?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:01:51 -0600 Planned Mille Lacs walleye limit up for discussion tonight The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will meet Lake Mille Lacs residents and business owners Wednesday night to discuss planned reductions in the walleye harvest this season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/27/environment/mille-lacs-walleye-meeting-set-up?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:30:25 -0600 Reduced Lake Mille Lacs walleye management input sought The annual meeting between Natural Resources officials and the Mille Lacs Fishery Input Group comes a month after the DNR announced the need to cut this year's harvest in half. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/25/environment/reduced-lake-mille-lacs-walleye-harvest-management-on-tap?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:02:44 -0600 134 layoffs in Brainerd paper mill closing Wisconsin-based Wausau Paper says it will close its mill in Brainerd and lay off 134 workers this spring because of stiff competition in overseas markets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/23/business/brainerd-paper-mill-closing?refid=0 Sat, 23 Feb 2013 09:47:33 -0600 Rep.-elect Theis to be sworn in Tuesday State Rep.-elect Tama Theis will be sworn into office on Tuesday. Theis, a Republican, won in a special election on Feb. 12 and will represent part of St. Cloud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/17/politics/theis-swearing-in?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Mille Lacs hotel deal part of tribe diversification trend In seeking to expand its portfolio, the Mille Lacs Band has plenty of company. The economic growth of tribal nations and threats to Indian gambling revenues have propelled tribes around the country to expand beyond gaming in recent years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/13/regional/mille-lacs-hotel-deal-part-of-tribe-diversification-trend?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:49:45 -0600 New owners will not reopen Verso paper mill A shuttered paper mill in the central Minnesota town of Sartell will not reopen under new ownership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/30/business/verso-paper-mill-new-owner?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:32:10 -0600 Walleye decline prompts harvest cuts in Mille Lacs It's going to be a little harder to keep fish at one of the state's most popular fishing spots this year. Concern about walleye in Lake Mille Lacs where the population is at its lowest level in decades has prompted regulators to cut the total amount of walleye that can be taken from the lake. It's a measure aimed to balance the needs of the lake's ecosystem and the region's economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/29/environment/mille-lacs-walleye?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:19:43 -0600 Report: Twin Cities heroin use rising, opiate use may be slowing A new report on drug trends in the Twin Cities shows heroin use remains a growing problem, while the abuse of opiate-based pain killers, like methadone and OxyContin, may be slowing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/28/news/heroin-opiate-drug-report?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:30:49 -0600 Murder charges in Minn. overdose cases on the rise Drug dealers have a new reason to consider the consequences of their trade. Last year, Minnesota prosecutors charged more dealers for murder in overdose cases than at any time in the last decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/23/regional/murder-charges-overdose-cases?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:59:48 -0600 Mille Lacs Band looks to purchase 2 hotels in St. Paul The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe announced plans Tuesday to purchase two hotels in downtown St. Paul. If the deal goes through, it will give the bands ownership of nearly half of the capital city's downtown hotel rooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/business/mille-lacs-band-hotel?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:32:56 -0600 4 weeks on, no suspect in Minn. cop killing Thursday marks four weeks since police officer Thomas Decker was killed outside a Cold Spring bar, and investigators still do not have a suspect in custody. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/27/regional/4-weeks-later-no-suspect-in-minn-cop-killing?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 11:58:53 -0600 Initial response may have hurt chances of capturing Cold Spring cop killer Police missed their best chances to catch the Tom Decker's killer in the minutes, hours and days following the shooting of the Cold Spring police officer, according to several people in the criminal justice system who have watched the case unfold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/21/news/tom-decker-investigation-first-moments?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 17:01:26 -0600 Verso Paper fined for fatal explosion The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Verso Paper Corp. for the explosion and fire that killed one employee and injured four others at its Sartell paper plant last May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/19/regional/verso-fine?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 17:30:29 -0600 In Cold Spring cop killing, 911 transcripts released The Stearns County Sheriff's Office has released transcripts of two 911 calls placed on the night Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker was killed. The transcripts provide a brief firsthand account of the shooting scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/regional/cold-spring-police-shooting-911-transcript-released?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 19:20:54 -0600 Accused Little Falls killer posts bail A central Minnesota man charged with killing two teenage cousins who broke into his home on Thanksgiving is out of jail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/regional/accused-little-falls-killer-bail?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:41:57 -0600 FBI searching Sauk River in Cold Spring case The FBI is in Cold Spring Monday searching the Sauk River for evidence in the killing of Cold Spring Police Ofc. Tom Decker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/news/fbi-divers-sauk-river-searching?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:02:03 -0600 Little Falls defendant to appear in court The man charged with the murder of two teens in Little Falls last month will appear in court on Monday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/16/regional/little-falls-shooting-hearing?refid=0 Sun, 16 Dec 2012 10:31:16 -0600 Cold Spring police chief supports investigation of officer's death Nearly two weeks ago, Officer Tom Decker was shot and killed in the central Minnesota town of Cold Spring. Police investigators don't have a suspect in custody. And they're still searching for the murder weapon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/11/news/tom-decker-cold-spring-shooting-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 06:18:00 -0600 Dispatch recording reveals some detail of police response on night of Decker's shooting Officers who responded to the shooting of Cold Spring police officer Thomas Decker outside a bar last week were confused about whether to allow bar patrons to leave and where to set up a perimeter, according to an audio recording of the dispatch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/07/news/decker-shooting-dispatch-recording?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 16:30:46 -0600 Cold Spring cop shooting probe continues Investigators are still searching for the .20 gauge shotgun they believed was used to kill Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker last Thursday night while responding to calls from the family of 34-year-old Ryan Larson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/06/regional/cold-spring-cop-shooting-probe-continues?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:23:42 -0600 Thousands attend slain Cold Spring officer's funeral State officials estimate several thousand people are attending a funeral service for slain Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/05/regional/tom-decker-funeral?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:42:40 -0600 Funeral services today for Cold Spring officer Officials expect up to 3,000 attendees, including numerous fellow officers, at funeral services Wednesday for the Cold Spring police officer who was shot and killed last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/05/news/funeral-service-tom-decker-cold-spring?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Suspect released in Cold Spring officer shooting case The Stearns County Attorney says she still doesn't have enough evidence to charge Ryan Larson with the murder of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/04/regional/cold-spring-shooting-ryan-larson-suspect-charges?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2012 10:05:33 -0600 Funeral services Saturday for Little Falls teens A funeral for the two teenagers who were shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day will take place in the central Minnesota town of Little Falls Saturday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/01/regional/funeral-haile-kifer-nicholas-brady?refid=0 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Bachmann still standing after bruising challenge from Graves A victory by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who narrowly won re-election to a fourth term, was one of few bright spots in an otherwise rough election for Republicans around the state as well as the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/politics/bachmann-folo?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 17:22:20 -0600 Bachmann holds off Graves; six incumbents win Rep. Michele Bachmann eked out a victory over DFL challenger Jim Graves. Meanwhile, six other incumbents won easily. Reps. Keith Ellison, Erik Paulsen, Betty McCollum, Tim Walz, Collin Peterson and John Kline all won re-election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/sixth-district-bachmann-graves?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 02:35:31 -0600 Ryan, Clinton in Minn. to rally their parties' faithful As Election Day comes down to the wire, Minnesota is getting some last-minute attention from both the Obama and Romney campaigns. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and former President Bill Clinton were both here on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/04/politics/paul-ryan-campaigns-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 08:10:45 -0600 Xcel Energy seeks 10.7% rate hike Xcel Energy filed a request for a $285 million rate increase on Friday with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/03/regional/xcel-rate-increase?refid=0 Sat, 03 Nov 2012 11:06:17 -0500 Study ordered of Sherco power plant The Public Utilities Commission has ordered Xcel Energy to study the future of its Sherco coal-fired power plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/02/business/xcel-sherco-power-plant?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 21:12:07 -0500 At Mille Lacs, worries over low walleye numbers This fall, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' annual gillnet survey in Lake Mille Lacs turned up half as many walleye as last year -- a 40-year low. But at least at this point, it's hard to know what the DNR's numbers mean. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/01/environement/mille-lacs-walleye-survey?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2012 14:54:31 -0500 Bachmann, Graves clash over issues in 1st debate Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann faced Democrat Jim Graves for the first time Tuesday in a debate that featured clashes over taxes, health care and a bridge that isn't even part of Minnesota's 6th District to the north and west of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/30/politics/michele-bachmann-jim-graves-debate?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:12:57 -0500 Bachmann's national profile elevated since last congressional run Rep. Michele Bachmann dropped out of the presidential race after a near last-place finish in the Iowa Caucuses. But despite the failed campaign, the run elevated Bachmann's national profile and her message reached more Americans than ever before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/26/politics/bachmanns-elevated-national-profile?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Businessman Jim Graves is new type of challenge for Bachmann In the 6th District, it's better to be known to all, than not known at all. As a political newcomer taking on a three-term incumbent, Jim Graves is putting his career in business at the center of his campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/25/politics/who-is-jim-graves?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Verso Paper reimburses city for firefighting costs Verso Paper has paid the city of Sartell nearly $400,000 for putting out a Memorial Day paper mill fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/22/accident/verso-paper-reimburses-city-for-firefighting-costs?refid=0 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Deep Catholic roots influence St. Cloud marriage amendment debate Religion, age and family drive a struggle for the votes of St. Cloud citizens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/deep-catholic-roots-influence-st-cloud-marriage-debate?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:22:09 -0500 Graves, Bachmann take swings at each others' business records Sixth Congressional District foes Michele Bachmann and Jim Graves are taking turns knocking each others' business records. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/12/politics/jim-graves-michele-bachmann-business-dealings?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2012 14:25:23 -0500 Unemployed Verso millworkers keep up Bachmann criticism Former employees of the now-shuttered Verso Paper Mill in Sartell kept up their complaints Tuesday that Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann didn't reach out to the mill workers following the company's Memorial Day fire and explosion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/10/politics/bachmann-verso?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 06:20:06 -0500 Bachmann questions Obama on Benghazi Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has questioned whether the Obama administration was forthcoming enough about what it knew following the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stephens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/09/politics/bachmann-libya?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 07:22:15 -0500 Bachmann stands by comments about Muslim Brotherhood Congresswoman Michele Bachmann said the recent anti-American violence in the Middle East proves that comments she made about the Muslim Brotherhoods influence on the US government are accurate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/03/politics/michele-bachmann-st-cloud?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 18:10:31 -0500 Sherco coal power unit to fire up in March A unit at the Xcel Energy Sherco coal-fired power plant is on schedule to be up and running by the end of March. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/business/sherco-coal-power?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 17:05:27 -0500 St. Cloud mayor plans for city's first raises in four years If the mayor's proposed budget passes in December, St. Cloud city employees could get their first cost-of-living raise in four years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/news/st-cloud-first-raises-four-years?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 State: Xcel Energy must continue Solar Rewards program Xcel Energy must fully fund a solar energy incentive program through 2015, according to a decision Monday by the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/01/business/xcel-solar-rewards?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 19:06:16 -0500 17-year-old charged in St. Cloud alley killing Stearns County prosecutors Tuesday charged a 17-year-old with murder for allegedly punching and killing a college student in a St. Cloud alley last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/regional/saint-cloud-killing-charges?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:33:22 -0500 Occupy movement inspires sign protest in Little Falls Little Falls is more than a thousand miles from lower Manhattan, the birthplace of the Occupy Movement that began a year ago this week. But in this central Minnesota town the movement has at least one champion who is now fighting to keep up her personal protest on behalf of the 99 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/politics/occupy-movement-inspires-sign-protest-in-little-falls?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 18:13:55 -0500 Taking on Bachmann, Graves goes where other Dems. failed Jim Graves, a property management executive, is trying to do what three other Democrats failed to do in the 6th District: defeat Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/15/politics/graves-bachmann?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 St. Cloud gets $3.3M for 'clean fuel' buses The U.S. Department of Transportation says St. Cloud Metro Bus will receive $3.3 million to help the system switch over to buses fueled by compressed natural gas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/14/news/st-cloud-gets-grant-for-clean-fuel-buses?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:22:08 -0500 Geringhoff opens first N. American plant in St. Cloud The German farm implement company Geringhoff announced on Tuesday plans to open it first North American manufacturing plant in St. Cloud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/12/business/geringhoff-first-north-american-plant?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Strong crowds reported as fair winds down Monday was the final day of the Minnesota State Fair, and fair organizers say the 12-day event has drawn strong crowds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/03/regional/state-fair-end?refid=0 Mon, 03 Sep 2012 15:19:34 -0500 Report: Minn. DWI deaths drop 40% Drunken driving deaths in Minnesota are down 40 percent from 2002, according to a new report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/03/regional/dwi-deaths?refid=0 Mon, 03 Sep 2012 11:49:24 -0500 Limited-contact workouts work for winningest coach Limited contact in practice flies in the face of conventional football culture, in which many coaches seek to build tough and imposing teams. But as concerns about injuries and concussions in contact sports grow, one coach's approach is becoming more mainstream. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/31/sport/limitedcontact-workouts-work-for-winningest-coach?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2012 18:06:23 -0500 Xcel Energy should continue solar incentive, Dept. of Commerce recommends The state's Department of Commerce today recommended that Xcel Energy continue its solar energy incentive program for another three years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/28/business/xcel-energy-solar-rewards?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 15:27:51 -0500 High corn prices force ethanol plant shutdowns Across the nation, spiking corn prices and limited supply are forcing a growing number of ethanol plants, including this one in Little Falls, Minn., to temporarily close — yet another symptom of the worst drought in half a century. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/28/business/agriculture-ethanol-drought?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 New St. Cloud police chief to be sworn in The city of St. Cloud is scheduled to swear in its new police chief at 11 a.m. Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/26/regional/stcloud-policechief?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 St. Cloud teachers begin voting on contract Teachers in St. Cloud are due to start voting on a new contract on Monday. The tentative agreement would give teachers their first raise since 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/26/education/stcloud-teachers?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Activists in Mpls. rally against voter ID amendment About 200 people marched through parts of South Minneapolis on Sunday to voice opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voters to show a valid ID at the polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/26/politics/voter-id-rally?refid=0 Sun, 26 Aug 2012 16:43:49 -0500 Summer graduation for 100 St. Paul students The St. Paul Public School District held a commencement ceremony this weekend for more than 100 students who graduated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/26/education/stpaul-grad?refid=0 Sun, 26 Aug 2012 14:11:00 -0500 Stanley Crooks, leader of Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux, dies at 70 Stanley Crooks, chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community - one of the nation's wealthiest tribes - has died. He was 70 years old. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/25/regional/crooks-obit?refid=0 Sat, 25 Aug 2012 16:38:34 -0500 Commercial air service returns to St. Cloud Allegiant Air announced Thursday it will begin regular flights between St. Cloud's Regional Airport and the Phoenix area. The announcement brings air service back to a community that's been without it for nearly three years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/23/business/stcloud-airport-gets-new-airline?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 16:56:08 -0500 Solar business owners face end of Xcel incentive program Xcel Energy wants to end a solar energy incentive program in Minnesota by the end of 2013 that many in the solar business say has been the main driver of growth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/19/business/xcel-solar-rewards?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Report: Overheated compressor caused Verso Paper fire The Memorial Day explosion and fire at Verso Paper in Sartell was caused by overheating in one of the mill's air compressors, according to a report by investigators. The explosion killed one employee and injured four others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/13/accident/verso-fire-report?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 19:36:57 -0500 Bachmann concerned for national security, not religion Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says her concern about the Muslim Brotherhood's influence on the U.S. government and allegations she made regarding links to fellow Congressman Keith Ellison are about national security, not religion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/09/politics/bachmann-national-security?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:27:33 -0500 State shuts down gambling operation in St. Cloud Officers on Thursday raided Triple Crown Sweepstakes and seized what authorities allege are illegal gambling devices, similar to video slot machines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/09/regional/state-shuts-down-gambling-operation-in-saint-cloud?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 15:20:47 -0500 Officials pledge help after mill closed Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar met with leaders in Sartell Friday afternoon to discuss the future of the now-shuttered Verso paper mill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/03/business/verso-mill-closed-dayton-visit?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 21:44:27 -0500 Sartell looks to future after Verso plant closes Verso Paper Co. officials announced this afternoon that they won't reopen their paper mill in Sartell, Minn., which was heavily damaged by a fire in late May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/02/regional/verso-wont-reopen-sartell-mill-after-fire?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 00:23:03 -0500 St. Cloud U to begin tobacco ban Tobacco use will be banned on the campus of St. Cloud State University starting Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/31/health/university-tobacco-ban?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 20:01:06 -0500 FEMA: State would need new evidence to overturn aid denial The Federal Emergency Management Agency says that Minnesota will have to present compelling new information if it's to be successful in appealing the decision to deny individual assistance to flood victims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/26/regional/fema-appeal?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:46:08 -0500 Local officials: FEMA decision a 'travesty' The state of Minnesota says it's going to fight the Federal Emergency Management Agency decision to deny individual homeowner assistance to the victims of this summer's flooding in and around Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/25/regional/duluth-flood-fema-denies-individual-assistance?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:28:41 -0500 Law enforcement's strategy to choke heroin trafficking Police in Duluth await official word whether heroin caused a person's death last weekend. Four others are suspected of overdosing on the drug. It's the latest in a string of heroin-related incidents that law enforcement and public health officials have come across. Officials say they have a strategy at work to cut down on heroin coming into Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/19/crime/heroin-strategy?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2012 06:55:00 -0500 St. Cloud names new police chief The city of St. Cloud has hired a new police chief. William Blair Anderson, a deputy sheriff for Carver County, will take over the department at the end of next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/16/news/st-cloud-police-chief?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2012 19:07:30 -0500 Repairs preceded Sartell paper mill blaze Police reports released this week shed some light on the Memorial Day explosion and fire at a paper mill in central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/11/news/repairs-preceeded-sartell-mill-blaze?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:00:56 -0500 Dayton offers help to Sartell mill in flood special session The floods that devastated parts of northern and southern Minnesota last month could end up benefiting a central Minnesota paper mill destroyed by fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/10/politics/dayton-verso-paper-mill-special-session?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:31:36 -0500 Dayton urges Verso Paper to seek aid Governor Mark Dayton says aid to rebuild a central Minnesota paper mill could come up in a special session, but the company must work with state economic development officials before the session takes place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/09/disaster/sartell-mill-dayton?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2012 21:18:26 -0500 State solar industry worried about loss of rebate Representatives in Minnesota's solar industry say a change to one of Xcel Energy's incentive programs could hurt the industry just as takes hold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/06/business/excel-solar-energy-rebate?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2012 16:54:19 -0500 Broken pipe spews sewage into river A broken sewer pipe spewed up to 700,000 gallons of sewage that had to be diverted into the Mississippi River near Sauk Rapids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/05/environment/sewage-spill?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jul 2012 16:04:46 -0500 Storm causes damage in northern Minn. Authorities in northern Minnesota recommended limited travel in residential areas Tuesday as they dealt with downed trees and power lines in the wake of severe storms that killed a fisherman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/03/region/weather-roundup?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2012 17:06:54 -0500 Study: American Indian education stalled The National Indian Education Study found roughly one-half to two-thirds of fourth- and eighth-grade students score at, or better than basic reading and math levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/03/education/study-american-indian-education-stalled?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2012 14:22:52 -0500 In wake of the flood, assessors grapple with private property damage Damage to public infrastructure from heavy flooding nearly two weeks ago in northeast Minnesota has been estimated at about $108 million. But private property owners have also taken a hit, and counties are now assessing the damage and what it might mean for property tax revenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/02/region/flood-private-property-damage-assessment?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2012 06:47:48 -0500 Cleaning up and assessing the damage in northern Minn. Parts of northeastern Minnesota continue to battle high water, while others spent the week cleaning up and totaling the damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/30/regional/flood-aftermath?refid=0 Sat, 30 Jun 2012 20:00:00 -0500 Flood damage to public infrastructure tops $108M The cost of damage caused by flooding in northeastern Minnesota is more than $108.6 million. Gov. Mark Dayton released the figure today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/29/disaster/flood-damage-cost?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 18:03:03 -0500 Floodwaters recede, revealing more widespread damage The City of Duluth turns its attention to its badly damaged Fond-du-Lac neighborhood. About 200 homes there sit near the banks of the swollen St. Louis River. And about 80 have been damaged by the flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/25/region/duluth-floodwaters-recede-revealing-more-widespread-damage?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 06:31:05 -0500 Water levels drop as NE Minn. takes a look at disaster Water levels are slowly dropping in northeastern Minnesota, but some parts of Duluth are cut off and many roads are closed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/23/regional/flood-folo?refid=0 Sat, 23 Jun 2012 20:46:28 -0500 Moose Lake residents survey damage as flood waters recede Residents in Moose Lake watched Friday as the water began receding, giving people a first look at the damage to homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/22/regional/moose-lake-rutledge-willow-river-flood-damage-friday?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 15:58:28 -0500 In Moose Lake, a stunned, flooded community comes together Flooding spread around northeastern Minnesota Thursday, after record rains earlier this week. Outlying communities southwest of Duluth spent much of the day doing whatever they could do to fend of rapidly rising water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/22/region/moose-lake-flood?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 06:28:18 -0500 Law enforcement fighting 'epidemic' of heroin use Concerned about a spike in heroin use around the state, Minnesota's law enforcement and public health agencies are trying to cut off the source of the heroin and at the same time get hold of what has quickly become an epidemic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/19/crime/report-heroin-epidemic?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2012 08:25:00 -0500 Monticello hopes private company can help struggling municipal broadband A new company will run a financially struggling, municipally-owned broadband network, the city of Monticello decided Monday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/12/monticello-picks-company-to-move-municipal-broadband-forward?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2012 06:24:54 -0500 Monticello chooses new company to run municipal broadband A new company will run a financially struggling, municipally-owned broadband network, the city of Monticello decided Monday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/11/monticello-broadband?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 08:12:24 -0500 Court curbs licenses to store nuclear waste A federal court ruled today that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission can no longer license or re-license any power plant until it examines the effects of long-term storage of onsite nuclear waste. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/08/business/xcel-nuclear-energy?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 17:03:46 -0500 Monticello stops broadband bond payments Monticello announced Monday that less-than-expected revenue is forcing it to stop making payments toward $26 million worth of bonds that were used to build its public broadband network. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/06/ground-level-broadband-monticello?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 St. Cloud State hires first female athletic director St. Cloud State University has a new athletic director. Heather Weems is the first woman to hold that position at the school. She's also one of a small number of female athletic directors across the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/01/st-cloud-state-hires-first-female-athletic-director?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 14:38:11 -0500 Cost of paper mill firefighting balloons Local officials say the cost of fighting a smoldering fire at the Verso paper mill in Sartell could climb to six figures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/01/sartell-verso-paper-mill-firefighting-costs?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 10:30:56 -0500 Sartell residents wait for word of paper mill's future More than 250 people employed by the central Minnesota plant have their lives on hold as they wait to hear news of the plant's future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/31/sartell-residents-wait-for-word-of-paper-mills-future?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 17:12:34 -0500 More Minn. children living in poverty A new report by the Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota shows more children are living in poverty. In 2000, roughly 110,000 children statewide lived at or below the poverty line. In 2010, that number was up to nearly 200,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/30/report-says-more-minn-children-living-in-poverty?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 07:01:50 -0500 Dayton pledges support to burned Sartell paper mill Gov. Mark Dayton toured a central Minnesota paper mill Tuesday that was the site of a deadly fire Monday. The governor pledged the state's support to help get the Verso paper plant back up and running. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/29/disaster/dayton-pledges-support-to-burned-sartell-paper-mill?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2012 17:21:36 -0500 Future of Minn. paper mill unclear after fatal fire The future of a paper mill that's one of the main employers and taxpayers in the central Minnesota town of Sartell is unclear as crews spend a second day fighting a fire that killed one worker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/29/sartell-fire-victim-identified?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2012 10:08:51 -0500 Brainerd wants to tap sewers for energy savings Brainerd officials say an unconventional source of energy to heat holds huge energy potential for heating and cooling buildings, likely starting with the city police station and a school building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/25/brainerd-sewer-energy?refid=0 Fri, 25 May 2012 07:20:00 -0500 A near-sweep for Paul's backers A solid majority of the delegation Minnesota Republicans will send to this Summer's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., will be going in support of Texas Congressman Ron Paul for President. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/19/gop-convention?refid=0 Sat, 19 May 2012 16:55:23 -0500 Kurt Bills wins GOP Senate endorsement, will face Klobuchar State Rep. Kurt Bills won the Minnesota Republican Party's endorsement for U.S. Senate after two ballots at the party convention Friday. He will face incumbent Democrat Amy Klobuchar in the November election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/18/kurt-bills-wins-gop-senate-endorsement?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 16:41:09 -0500 Government support could shift for farmers Government support has long served as a safety net for farmers. But Congress could end the program in the farm bill that pays farmers that money whether crop prices are high or low. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/18/government-support-farmers?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Document: Bands aim to take more walleye on Mille Lacs Get ready for this weekend's walleye opener, when thousands of anglers take to the lakes. Lake Mille Lacs, the state's most popular walleye lake, is in the last year of a five-year plan that outlines how the state and Indian bands will manage the fish harvest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/11/bands-walleye-mille-lacs?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Sheriff's deputy pleads guilty, will register as sex offender A Stearns County Sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty today to one count of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct, and two counts of providing alcohol to minors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/07/phil-meemkin?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 19:43:30 -0500 Aviation program's closure is bad timing for airline industry Critics of the decision to close the aviation program at St. Cloud State University say the move comes at exactly the wrong time and is at odds with an industry in need of employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/02/aviation-program-closure?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Severe storm, hail hits central Minn. A storm producing tornadoes, heavy rain and hail hit central Minnesota this evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/severe-storm-hail-hits-central-minn?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 20:02:49 -0500 Returning Minn. Guard members glad to be home More than 250 Minnesota National Guard members returned Friday from service assisting in the draw-down of the war in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/27/minn-guard-members-return?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 21:03:49 -0500 Sibley commissioners OK public broadband project Sibley County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to take part in a $70-million public broadband project. The vote means farms in the most rural parts of Sibley County could soon have the option of high-speed Internet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/25/sibley-broadband?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 23:00:00 -0500 Hutch Tech.'s 2nd quarter better than 1st Minnesota-based Hutchinson Technology posted slightly better second-quarter earnings after markets closed Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/hutchinson-tech?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:58:00 -0500 Vote could bring fiber-optic broadband access to farms A vote in Sibley County to bring high-speed access to the area affects everything from school technology programs to the county's multimillion-dollar agriculture industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/23/rural-broadband?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:00:00 -0500 Graves wins DFL nod to challenge Bachmann Hotel company executive Jim Graves won the DFL endorsement Saturday in the state's 6th Congressional District to run against Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/14/graves-wins-dfl-endorsement-to-challenge-bachmann?refid=0 Sat, 14 Apr 2012 15:04:32 -0500 Federal $1 billion settlement attempts new direction with tribes Some Minnesota Native American tribes will benefit from a $1 billion settlement with the federal government over mismanagement of funds held in trust. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/12/tribal-settlement?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 17:56:53 -0500 Feds reach settlement with US Indian tribes Some of the claims by tribes date back over 100 years. In all, 41 tribes in the US will receive payments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/12/feds-indian-tribes?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 07:16:09 -0500 Hotel owner Graves announces run for Congress A hotel company chief executive is running for Congress as a Democrat in Minnesota's 6th District, in hopes of facing incumbent Republican Michele Bachmann in the November election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/10/jim-graves-announces-run-for-congress?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 16:03:33 -0500 Nimrod burn confirms state's fire concerns Fire crews battling large wildfires in the northern parts of the state raise concerns about the dry conditions so early in the season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/09/state-fire-concerns?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 17:12:32 -0500 At U of M-Morris, alternative energy on par with low-priced fossil fuels Officials at the University of Minnesota Morris were thrilled to find out this week that even with natural gas prices at 10-year lows, heating the campus with biomass was a competitive alternative to burning fossil fuels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/06/morris-biomass-fuel?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Leech Lake Band threatens to derail land settlement The Leech Lake Band of Chippewa reaffirmed their legal stance over a disputed land settlement in a warning letter sent to the U.S. Department of Justice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/31/leech-lake-chippewa-dispute?refid=0 Sat, 31 Mar 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Emerald ash borer traps deployed Traps will start going up next week to try to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/29/emerald-ash-borer-traps?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:09:12 -0500 Willmar's Chinese language classes underscore trend Tang Beiyi is no stranger to teaching an unfamiliar language. But usually she teaches English back home in Chengdu, a city of 14 million and growing in southwest China. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/29/chinese-mandarin-students?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 MPR's Conrad Wilson checks in from Collegeville Cathy Wurzer talks with reporter Conrad Wilson about the latest news out of central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/28/conrad0328?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 08:46:53 -0500 Monticello municipal broadband slugs it out Residents of Monticello started seven years ago to push for faster Internet service, and the bruising public-private battle that ensued is still going on. Residents have fast cheap service but the city's fledgling operation is struggling and under continued pressure from private competitors. Meanwhile, some lawmakers want to ban other cities from doing the same. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/26/ground-level-broadband-monticello?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Law could lead to federal prosecutions of reservation crime Some Native American tribes in Minnesota are hoping a relatively new federal law will help reduce high reservation crime rates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/23/tribal-law-federal-prosecution-reservation-crime?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 ACLU sues Minnewaska schools in Facebook incidents The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court on behalf of a Minnewaska Area Schools student who was punished for negative comments she made on Facebook. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/aclu-student-facebook?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 19:37:32 -0600 When starting a business is the only choice Facing economic uncertainty, entrepreneurs turn to start-up creation for opportunity creation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/05/ground-level-when-starting-a-business-is-the-only-choice?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 11:22:18 -0600 Leech Lake Ojibwe testify to House panel over land dispute On Thursday, a House committee in Washington discussed a bill that would resolve a more than 120-year-old land dispute between Minnesota's Chippewa Tribe and the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/leech-lake-ojibwe-testify-to-house-panel-over-land-dispute?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 13:51:38 -0600 Chippewa land compensation deal near with U.S. government It's taken 123 years, but the federal government is the closest it's ever been to compensating Minnesota's Chippewa bands for tribal land that the U.S. government sold unfairly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/chippewa-land-payment-delay?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 06:30:00 -0600 Foley to re-start police department The Foley City Council voted Tuesday to once again start up its police department, ending months of uncertainty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/22/foley-police-department?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 19:27:29 -0600 Possible walleye limit worries Garrison business owners Data and projection models from the DNR show that if the current rate continues, the state's walleye limit could be reached too early in the season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/17/possible-walleye-limit-garrison?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 08:22:48 -0600 Foley exploring options for policing the city Every Wednesday MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with one of our reporters in greater Minnesota to learn about some of the news they're tracking. Today Conrad Wilson joined her from Collegeville. He's been following a story in Foley, Minn. where the city is still without a police force to patrol its streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/15/regional-reporter-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 09:02:20 -0600 Sen. Franken introduces bill to improve courthouse security Minn. Sen. Al Franken introduced legislation Tuesday to improve safety in smaller courthouses throughout the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/07/franken-courthouse-security?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2012 18:51:12 -0600 Ron Paul emphasizes limited govt., individual values Texas Rep. Ron Paul campaigned through parts of Minnesota Monday ahead of the state's Tuesday caucuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/06/ron-paul-caucus?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 20:26:33 -0600 Freeport mill fire cause unknown, fire marshal says State fire officials say they can't determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a historic mill in central Minnesota late last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/freeport-mill-fire-cause-unknown-fire-marshal-says?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:06:09 -0600 Central Minn. vets mark end of Iraq war Veterans from central Minnesota gathered at the Veterans Affairs center in St. Cloud Monday night to mark the end of the war in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/central-minnesota-vets-mark-end-of-iraq-war?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 11:33:44 -0600 Anderson campaigns to publish names of alleged abusive priests For at least the last 10 years, Catholic dioceses across the country have created lists of priests credibly accused of sexual misconduct. None of the six dioceses in Minnesota have yet published the names of the priests credibly accused. But some want that to change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/catholic-priests-list?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 After failed presidential bid, Bachmann aims again at 6th District The congresswoman says she wants to repeal the federal health care overhaul Congress passed in 2010 and overturn the Dodd-Frank Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/bachmann-reelection?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Courthouse security measures evaulated in wake of shooting A month after a shooting in a Cook County courthouse, several courthouses statewide have either added security or are considering doing so. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/19/courthouse-security-evaulation?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 DNR, Mille Lacs Band meet to discuss walleye harvest A two-day meeting between the Department of Natural Resources and the Mille Lacs Band is underway to determine the size of the walleye harvest at Lake Mille Lacs this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/18/dnr-mille-lacs-band-meet-to-discuss-walleye-harvest?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:26:53 -0600 Minn. Supreme Court to determine validity of repressed memory in sex abuse case The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear a case Monday to determine if repressed memories can be used in a church sexual abuse lawsuit. If the case moves forward, the decision could lead to more sexual abuse lawsuits going to trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/08/minn-supreme-court-sex-abuse?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Voters assess Bachmann's future in 6th District U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's decision to drop out of the contest for Republican presidential nominee brought mixed reviews from her constituents in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District, where voters are assessing her bid for the White House and weighing her future as their congresswoman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/05/bachmann-future-sixth-district?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 For one Minn. economist, stadium debate more than academic Rep. King Banaian, an economist at St. Cloud State University, says public stadiums aren't worth the money. But he also must weigh the wishes of his constituents, many of whom are Vikings fans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/03/king-banaian-stadium?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 15:22:45 -0600 Freeport residents stunned by Swany White Flour fire Freeport residents are in shock after a fire destroyed the very thing that many say put the central Minnesota town on the map. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/28/swany-four-fire-freeport?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2011 06:50:00 -0600 Possible Mille Lacs walleye limits raise eyebrows, concerns There's a chance the Department of Natural Resources could reduce the number of walleye that anglers can keep on Lake Mille Lacs next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/26/walleye-limits-lake-mille-lacs?refid=0 Mon, 26 Dec 2011 15:07:59 -0600 First phase of power grid upgrade goes online Electricity began running through power lines along Interstate 94 from Monticello to St. Cloud Wednesday as part of a massive power grid update that spans four states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/21/capx2020-powered-up?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 18:13:54 -0600 Priests in St. Cloud Diocese monitored for misconduct Several priests in St. Cloud Diocese are being monitored for misconduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/20/priests-st-cloud-diocese-monitored?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2011 16:42:39 -0600 St. Cloud Diocese to meet on alleged sex abuse by former deacon The St. Cloud Catholic Diocese will meet for a second time to hear from possible victims of Michael Weber, a former church deacon who is accused of sexual abuse during the 1960s and early 1970s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/19/michael-weber-st-cloud-diocese?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2011 18:01:24 -0600 St. Cloud Diocese hosting second public meeting on alleged sex abuse The St. Cloud Diocese will hold a second listening session Monday evening on a former deacon accused of sexual abuse. One of the alledged victims filed a lawsuit against Weber and the St. Cloud Diocese last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/18/alleged-deacon-sex-abuse?refid=0 Sun, 18 Dec 2011 15:55:18 -0600 Property owners frustrated by power grid update A massive power grid update under construction through the state is causing consternation for some homeowners in its path. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/14/capx2020-property-value?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Lawsuit against St. Cloud Diocese alleges sexual assault, cover-up A lawsuit filed Tuesday morning accuses a former Catholic church deacon of sexual assault and charges the St. Cloud Diocese with covering it up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/13/lawsuit-sexual-assault-coverup?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2011 16:59:24 -0600 DNR considers lowering walleye harvest on Lake Mille Lacs The concern is if winter fishing is too good on the lake, the state could exceed its allowable harvest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/13/walleye-harvest?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2011 08:09:28 -0600 With former deacon accused of sexual abuse, St. Cloud Diocese listens to accusers The Catholic Church in St. Cloud has called for healing after allegations of sexual misconduct by a former deacon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/05/st-cloud-deacon-sexual-abuse-allegations?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2011 06:53:48 -0600 St. Cloud Diocese hosting public meeting to address alleged sex assault Allegations of sexual assault by a former Catholic Church deacon are prompting the St. Cloud Diocese to hold a public meeting Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/04/st-cloud-church-sex-assault?refid=0 Sun, 04 Dec 2011 09:16:28 -0600 County places bounty on coyotes; breaks 45-year hiatus Starting today, Chippewa County will pay $10 for every coyote killed in the county. It's the first time in 45 years a bounty will be offered on the animals in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/01/coyote-bounty?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Guard members home in time for Thanksgiving Hugs and smiles reunited family members and friends inside a large military hanger at the St. Cloud airport as 70 members of the Minnesota National Guard returned home from nine months duty in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/24/guard-members-thanksgiving?refid=0 Thu, 24 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Nazi death camp chronicler won't let victims' stories be forgotten For 20 years, Larry Tillemans has been telling people what he witnessed in war tribunals in 1945. Tonight, he'll tell his story again in Red Wing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/11/nazi-death-camp-chronicler-larry-tillemans?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 11:57:47 -0600 Strong approval for school referendums in most of state School referendums generally did well at the polls with roughly 70 percent of district requests for money approved. Only in the Rocori School District in central Minnesota did voters reject an extension. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/09/strong-approval-school-referendums?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 18:04:42 -0600 Supporters turn out for Ron Paul in St. Cloud About 2,500 people turned out to hear presidential candidate Ron Paul speak Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/05/ron-paul-rally-st-cloud?refid=0 Sat, 05 Nov 2011 14:42:25 -0500 Ron Paul brings campaign to Minnesota Saturday Thousands are expected to attend a rally Saturday for presidential candidate Ron Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/05/ron-paul-st-cloud?refid=0 Sat, 05 Nov 2011 10:00:00 -0500