Minnesota Public Radio features by Jon Collins http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31188 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 23 May 2018 08:01:38 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Jon Collins http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Advocates blame lobbying for killing opioid fees on pharma The conference version of the budget bill sent to the governor this week includes $16 million in funding for opioid programs, although it would come out of the state's general fund. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/22/advocates-blame-lobbying-for-killing-opioid-fees-on-pharma?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2018 18:16:56 -0500 Museum to launch exhibit of art created after Castile shooting After Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer in a Twin Cities suburb in 2016, his mother, Valerie Castile, received art and condolences from around the world. Some of those pieces will come together in a new art exhibit this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/17/museum-to-launch-exhibit-of-art-created-after-castile-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2018 17:15:00 -0500 Minneapolis, Ramsey Co. cops pull from controversial training The Bulletproof training program has been subject to criticism since it became known that the former officer who fatally shot Philando Castile had taken the courses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/15/ramsey-county-pulls-deputies-from-criticized-training-class?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2018 18:03:10 -0500 Fentanyl deaths in Minnesota surge into 'public health crisis' The powerful drug that killed Prince and has shattered lives across the Twin Cities contributed to nearly all the 172 deaths tied to synthetic opioids last year. Officials worry fentanyl may be taking heroin's place on the street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/14/fentanyl-minnesota-deaths-surge-health-crisis?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2018 11:44:28 -0500 Senate passes bill to combat opioid addiction All but six senators voted for a bill that puts a fee on drug makers to fund treatment and other programs for those addicted to powerful painkillers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/10/senate-passes-bill-to-combat-opioid-addiction?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2018 16:52:36 -0500 Ex-cop Noor returns to court, but no plea in Ruszczyk killing Mohamed Noor's attorneys asked to work with prosecutors to schedule future court hearings. The Tuesday morning hearing was over after just a few minutes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/08/ex-mpls-officer-noor-in-court-ruszczyk-killing?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2018 05:49:07 -0500 Teamsters strike over safety issues, call for boycott of certain beers On Friday morning, strikers were picketing the J.J. Taylor distribution facility in northeast Minneapolis, which they've been doing since the strike started April 9. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/04/teamsters-strike-over-keg-safety-issue-at-beer-distributor-in-twin-cities?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2018 17:09:05 -0500 'What do we do now?' Many struggle to find alternatives in shift away from opioids As policymakers and doctors move away from treating chronic pain patients with opioids, there's concern that more comprehensive pain treatment isn't available to many current patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/03/opioid-alternatives-look-to-the-past-but-there-may-be-enough-clinics-to-cope-with-crisis?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2018 04:00:00 -0500 $20 million in opioid funding advances in Senate with slight change The way of financing the bill changed slightly, but supporters are still heartened that pharmaceutical companies would pay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/01/opioid-funding-advances-in-senate-with-slight-change?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2018 17:43:41 -0500 Minn. finalizes guidelines for opioid prescriptions The governor also announced new pilot projects on opioid abuse in greater Minnesota and pushed the Legislature to pass bills to reduce opioid overdoses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/27/minn-finalizes-guidelines-for-opioid-prescriptions-?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Noor signals he'll plead not guilty in Ruszczyk killing Ex-Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor intends to present self-defense and reasonable force defenses for the charges against him in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk, a court document filed Wednesday shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/25/noor-ruszczyk-killing-mpls-police-not-guilty-plea?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:38:23 -0500 Lawmakers call on Big Pharma to pay up in fight against opioid abuse A bipartisan group of supporters of a fee paid by pharmaceutical companies for every opioid they sell in the state continue to push. That's despite dimming prospects for the legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/18/lawmakers-call-on-big-pharma-to-pay-up-in-fight-against-opioid-epidemic?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:05:42 -0500 Law enforcement, truckers team up to fight human trafficking Employees from the trucking industry are meeting in St. Paul Tuesday to learn how to spot and respond to suspected human trafficking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/17/law-enforcement-truckers-team-up-to-fight-sex-trafficking?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:13:24 -0500 Desperate for relief, pain patients fear opioid limits Chronic pain patients who have been prescribed opioids fear that they're being overlooked as officials and doctors scramble to prevent overdoses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/12/desperate-for-relief-pain-patients-fear-opioid-limits?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 05:54:51 -0500 Family of slain Minneapolis activist calls for justice The family of Tyrone Rashad Williams, a well-known Minneapolis community activist, is asking for anyone with information about his death to come forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/04/family-of-slain-activist-calls-for-justice-tyrone-rashad-williams?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 17:52:43 -0500 Minneapolis police to be equipped with overdose-reversal drug Fifteen Minneapolis officers were the first to learn how to administer Narcan, which is also known as naloxone, at a training at the American Indian Center in south Minneapolis. They'll be followed by about 100 more officers in the next two weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/02/minneapolis-police-to-be-equipped-with-anti-overdose-drug?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 17:57:02 -0500 'Penny-a-pill' funding fades under pressure from pharmaceutical industry The so-called "Penny-a-pill" legislation faces an uncertain future after strong opposition from pharmaceutical companies and some business interests. Supporters of the bill, including many who've lost loved ones to overdose, are alarmed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/30/penny-a-pill-funding-fades-under-pressure-from-pharmaceutical-industry?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2018 17:35:57 -0500 Former Mpls. cop Noor released from jail in Ruszczyk shooting case Mohamed Noor's first court appearance Wednesday came with a packed crowd and heavy security. He faces murder and manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk after responding to her 911 call last July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/21/noor-court-appearance?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Freeman: Mpls. cop Noor 'abused' deadly force in Ruszczyk shooting Officer Mohamed Noor "recklessly and intentionally fired" his gun, killing 911 caller Justine Ruszczyk in July, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Tuesday. The complaint says Ruszczyk's last words were "I'm dying" or "I'm dead." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/20/noor-booked-jail-ruszczyk?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:48:21 -0500 Trump rhetoric on death penalty for drug traffickers overshadows opioid proposals The president wants to fund public service announcements about the dangers of opioids, expand treatment and cut down on opioid prescribing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/20/trump-rhetoric-death-penalty-for-drug-traffickers-overshadows-opioid-proposals?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:12:10 -0500 87 cases of salmonella, two in Minnesota, linked to kratom The Minnesota Department of Health is warning that some supplies of a plant sometimes used to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal have been contaminated with salmonella bacteria. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/16/salmonella-break-out-in-35-states-including-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:26:08 -0500 'Horrific' abuse case prompts Hennepin County review Hennepin County is launching a comprehensive review of how a case in Minneapolis that involved years of abuse of two developmentally-disabled twins was handled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/16/horrific-abuse-case-prompts-review-of-hennepin-county?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0500 First responders use Narcan to counteract opioid overdoses The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office says first responders in cities outside of Minneapolis used an antidote to successfully counteract an opioid overdose 50 times since early 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/01/first-responders-user-narcan-to-counteract-opioid-overdoses?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 15:42:39 -0600 Mpls. abuse case: What we know now The abuse and neglect case pending against the parents of two developmentally delayed 21-year-old twins disturbed even the prosecutor, who called their home a "house of horrors." Here is what we know to date. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/28/mpls-abuse-case-what-we-know-now?refid=0 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 15:00:00 -0600 Family of man killed by deputy last year criticize investigation Darren Jahnke's sister, Jenny Vance, said she's been making phone calls and writing letters to officials to try to find out what happened to her brother but hasn't received good answers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/27/family-criticizes-investigation-after-fatal-shooting-vadnais-heights?refid=0 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 16:28:33 -0600 Man gets life for killing Minneapolis woman as he targeted rival Joshua Ezeka killed Birdell Beeks in May 2016 as the 58-year-old woman sat in her minivan and Ezeka sprayed a north Minneapolis intersection with bullets aimed at a rival gang member. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/26/birdell-beeks-killing-mineapolis-joshua-ezeka-sentenced?refid=0 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:32:27 -0600 23 years after fatally shooting man, 'Guns turn my stomach' Richard McLemore was attracted to guns because of the power they gave him. But he's wrestled with the destruction he created when he used one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/22/after-fatal-shooting-man-struggles-with-destruction-he-caused-with-gun?refid=0 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:52:15 -0600 Dayton wants Big Pharma to fund Minnesota's anti-opioid battle Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday laid out a broad plan to tackle Minnesota's opioid crisis, including a penny-a-pill fee paid by drug companies to help pay for it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/14/minnesota-anti-opioid-fight-dayton-pill-fee?refid=0 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:21:34 -0600 Public may never know exactly how much the Super Bowl cost, made back The Super Bowl was expected to bring millions of dollars into the state. But economists say predictions of economic benefits for events like these are often inflated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/06/public-may-never-know-how-much-super-bowl-cost-made-back?refid=0 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis man guilty in killing of Birdell Beeks Joshua Ezeka was convicted on all charges for the shooting that killed Birdell Beeks in north Minneapolis in May 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/24/birdell-beeks-minneapolis-shooting-ezeka-trial?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:27:46 -0600 Witness testifies in case of Minneapolis grandmother's shooting death "I just feel like those bullets weren't meant for her, that's all," Freddy Scott said after prosecutors asked why he was remorseful. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/18/witness-testifies-birdell-beeks-shooting-death?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:19:53 -0600 Trial opens in crossfire killing of grandmother in Minneapolis Prosecutors allege Joshua Ezeka was shooting at a gang rival when one of the bullets hit Birdell Beeks, who was driving her granddaughter to get a job application. Ezeka faces first- and second-degree murder charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/16/birdell-beeks-minneapolis-killing-trial?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:54:36 -0600 In occupation where stress is ample, farmers have few options for mental health care Long distances and a stoic rural culture can keep farmers from seeking help, and that can lead to disaster. Therapists and fellow farmers are reaching out with a message: Don't keep it inside. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/16/rural-farmers-find-few-options-for-mental-health-care-services?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0600 A random bullet killed Birdell Beeks; her daughter wouldn't let her name die Holding on to grief, a voice for justice, the family of a grandmother shot in Minneapolis last year continues to fight to bring her killer to justice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/19/random-bullet-killed-birdell-beeks-her-daughter-wouldnt-let-her-name-die?refid=0 Tue, 19 Dec 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Photos: First ever mixed doubles curlers headed to the Olympics Amid the rattle of cowbells and applause from onlookers, pairs of curlers competed over the weekend in Blaine to become the first ever U.S. Olympics mixed doubles curling team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/17/mixed-doubles-curling-champions-headed-to-olympics?refid=0 Mon, 18 Dec 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Committee recommends ways to improve police, community relations The draft recommendations the committee included in their report cover everything from the role of law enforcement agencies in enforcing immigration policies to urging departments to bring in independent investigators when officers kill someone while on duty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/15/civil-rights-commission-report-offers-recommendations-for-community-police-relations?refid=0 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:53:37 -0600 Judge denies Chamber's request to block new Mpls. minimum wage The first phase of the city's eventual $15 an hour minimum wage will take effect Jan. 1, bringing some workers' wages up to $10 an hour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/11/judge-denies-chambers-request-to-block-new-mpls-minimum-wage?refid=0 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:17:55 -0600 State panel recommends limits on opioid prescribing At least 376 Minnesotans were killed last year by opioids. A state working group has released guidelines for health professionals that may change how the painkillers are prescribed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/01/state-panel-recommends-limits-on-opioid-prescribing?refid=0 Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:57:43 -0600 Diamond Reynolds reaches $800,000 settlements in Castile shooting The St. Anthony City Council on Tuesday night approved a settlement of $675,000 and disclosed an additional $125,000 settlement reached on behalf of the city of Roseville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/28/diamond-reynolds-settlement-st-anthony-castile?refid=0 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:59:10 -0600 St. Anthony to consider settlement with Diamond Reynolds St. Anthony city manager Mark Casey said officials have been in touch with Reynolds' attorney about potential litigation, although she has not yet filed a lawsuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/28/st-anthony-to-consider-settlement-with-diamond-reynolds?refid=0 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Why the Mpls. elections was tweeting bears, bacon and Tom Petty @VoteMpls tried to get important information about the election in front of residents, partly by making it fun to read, said 25-year-old Mitch Kampf of the City Clerk's office, who had the keys to the account. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/09/minneapolis-elections-twitter-account?refid=0 Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:00:01 -0600 Transgender candidates win Mpls. City Council seats, make history Minneapolis voters chose two transgender candidates to the council: Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham. They are the first out transgender candidates elected to a major American city council. Cunningham defeated City Council president Barb Johnson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/08/minneapolis-elects-transgender-candidates-to-city-council?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:22:51 -0600 Trash haulers, St. Paul have tentative deal to consolidate pickup Under the proposed deal the 15 already-licensed haulers will join together to form a corporation that will sign a single contract for trash collection with St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/03/trash-haulers-city-of-st-paul-have-tentative-deal?refid=0 Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:34:48 -0500 St. Paul metal recycler agrees to pay $20k after complaints of smelly runoff Metro Metals Corporation was storing stormwater runoff in an underground pool, then piping it into a railroad ditch that drained into nearby Bridal Veil Creek, an agreement with the MPCA said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/02/st-paul-metal-recycler-agrees-to-pay-20k-after-complaints-of-smelly-runoff?refid=0 Thu, 02 Nov 2017 18:52:18 -0500 New rink, restaurant and shopping venue nears completion in St. Paul's former Macy's The Treasure Island Center, including a 1,200-seat skating rink, nears completion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/02/planners-stake-downtown-st-paul-revival-on-former-macys?refid=0 Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis woman charged in opioid overdose death Leah Victoria Peterson is charged with third degree murder for selling tainted heroin that caused a Chaska man's death in January. Investigators say the heroin was laced with carfentanil, a powerful opioid that is used as a large-animal tranquilizer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/01/minneapolis-woman-charged-in-opioid-overdose-death?refid=0 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 08:09:53 -0500 U researchers raise money to investigate moose brainworm mystery The parasite has devastated Minnesota's moose population. But researchers say little is known about how it's transmitted to moose. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/01/umn-researcher-asks-for-your-help-funding-research-on-moosekilling-parasite?refid=0 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 07:58:55 -0500 American Indian activist Dennis Banks dies Dennis Banks was co-founder of the American Indian Movement in Minneapolis. He died Sunday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/30/american-indian-activist-dennis-banks-dies?refid=0 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 06:20:29 -0500 In Mpls., busted-up guns become 'surreal' art exhibit An art exhibit up now in Minneapolis aims to explore gun culture, and examine the impact that shootings that kill or injure people have on the community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/26/minneapolis-art-as-weapon-guns-shootings?refid=0 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 16:59:15 -0500 'We lost a great man': friends and family remember Bloomington man killed in Somalia Friends and co-workers gathered in the gymnasium of a Bloomington mosque on Sunday evening to memorialize 50-year-old Ahmed Eyow, who was killed in last week's bombing in Mogadishu. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/22/we-lost-a-great-man-friends-and-family-remember-bloomington-man-killed-in-somalia?refid=0 Sun, 22 Oct 2017 20:37:38 -0500 Group kneels at Vikings stadium to protest police brutality "This isn't about the Vikings," said organizer Mel Reeves. "It's not about the flag, it's not about the anthem, it's simply about trying to bring attention to this national problem." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/22/group-kneels-at-vikings-stadium-to-protest-police-brutality?refid=0 Sun, 22 Oct 2017 14:29:45 -0500 Minneapolis police lieutenant says Hodges labeled him racist In a lawsuit filed Friday, Lt. John Delmonico alleged Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges called him untrustworthy and racist in a text message to then-chief Janee Harteau. Hodges called the suit baseless and politically motivated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/13/delmonico-sues-mayor-hodges?refid=0 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:52:10 -0500 Justice Dept. changes community policing; St. Anthony uncertain about effect The Department of Justice announced changes Friday to a program that's been used to recommend reforms to police departments roiled by controversial shootings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/15/st-anthony-justice-department-community-policing?refid=0 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:29:44 -0500 Minn. overdose deaths averaged nearly 2 people a day last year Opioid overdose alone took the lives of 376 people in the state in 2016, an increase of 12 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/07/minnesota-opioid-overdose-death-increeasing?refid=0 Thu, 07 Sep 2017 17:19:36 -0500 Valerie Castile to receive full settlement in son's death A Hennepin County judge has ordered that Philando Castile's mother be allocated $2 million from a civil settlement in his death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/10/valerie-castile-to-receive-full-settlement-in-sons-death?refid=0 Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:45:21 -0500 Bail set for Mendota Heights murder suspect Prosecutors allege that Nguyen robbed a homeowner, fled from police, held a worker at a senior care facility at gunpoint and then shot and killed 48-year-old Beverly Cory on Saturday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/01/bail-set-for-mendota-heights-murder-suspect?refid=0 Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:45:51 -0500 Police board declines to name training fund in Castile's honor The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training, or POST board, declined the governor's recommendation to call it the Philando Castile Law Enforcement Training Fund. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/27/police-training-board-wont-name-fund-in-castile-honor?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:30:58 -0500 Photos: Remembering Philando Castile, one year later One year ago Thursday, Philando Castile was shot and killed by St. Anthony police officer Jeroniomo Yanez during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn. Castile's family and friends held two events in his honor to mark the day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/07/photos-philando-castile-memorials-one-year?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 18:26:42 -0500 A year after Castile's death, a changing Minnesota The shooting, the verdict and the protests that followed left their mark on Minnesota. They've touched police officers, activists and residents throughout the state, all the way to the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/06/atc-castile-shooting-anniversary?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jul 2017 20:48:01 -0500 Waiting for a verdict with a box fan and a single plug What it feels like to wait, wait, wait, inside the towering limestone courthouse, on the bluffs of the Mississippi, in the middle of downtown St. Paul. http://live.mprnews.org/Event/The_trial_of_officer_Jeronimo_Yanez/969384169?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 23:19:07 -0500 How juries are chosen Jury selection began this week in the trial of St. Anthony office Jeronimo Yanez, who's charged in the killing of Philando Castile during a traffic stop last July. As with any trial, the goal is to make sure the defendant gets a fair shake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/31/yanez-trial-jury-selection-how?refid=0 Wed, 31 May 2017 20:31:46 -0500 Yanez trial begins at a time when charges against officers are rare It's rare for a police officer to face charges for killing someone while on duty. But in Minnesota this week, St. Anthony officer Jeronimo Yanez faces charges in the shooting death of Philando Castile. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/30/yanez-trial-begins-amid-rare-charges-against-officers?refid=0 Tue, 30 May 2017 07:00:00 -0500 Trial of cop who shot Philando Castile to stay in Ramsey County The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a petition by St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez to move his trial outside the county. Yanez faces a manslaughter charge for killing Castile during a traffic stop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/16/yanez-trial-venue-appeal-rejected-minn-supreme-court?refid=0 Tue, 16 May 2017 16:38:39 -0500 Judge to hear arguments on what evidence should be allowed in Yanez case Yanez faces one second-degree manslaughter charge and two felony firearms charges for shooting Philando Castile during a traffic stop last July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/15/yanez-castile-pre-trial-hearing-preview?refid=0 Mon, 15 May 2017 17:19:30 -0500 Prosecution wants to exclude evidence about Castile's character The prosecution's filing in argues that the "only purpose in admitting any of this evidence would be to try to attack Castile's character." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/12/prosecution-wants-to-exclude-evidence-about-castiles-character?refid=0 Fri, 12 May 2017 16:15:56 -0500 Yanez attorneys want to bring up Philando Castile's driving record In a Thursday filing, attorneys for officer Jeronimo Yanez also said they want the court to hear about Castile's marijuana use, and allow Yanez to reenact parts of what happened the night he killed Castile. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/11/yanez-attorneys-want-to-bring-up-philando-castiles-driving-record?refid=0 Thu, 11 May 2017 16:37:54 -0500 Prosecutors oppose change of venue request in Yanez case Prosecutors argued in a court filing Monday that the Minnesota Supreme Court should not review a change of venue request in the trial of St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/08/prosecutors-oppose-change-venue-request-yanez?refid=0 Mon, 08 May 2017 17:30:00 -0500 Yanez's defense team loses appeal to move trial in Castile's death Defense attorneys have said they won't be able to find an unbiased jury to hear the St. Anthony police officer's case in the death of Philando Castile. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/27/yanez-appeals-court-rejects-move-to-change-venue?refid=0 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:43:46 -0500 Prosecutors press appeals court to reject moving Castile shooting trial Prosecutors continue to push back on efforts to move the trial of a St. Anthony police officer charged in the July shooting death of Philando Castile. The Minnesota Court of Appeals is weighing the request. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/20/yanez-prosecutors-tell-court-reject-trial-move-castile?refid=0 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:43:42 -0500 Officer charged in Castile shooting pursues venue change Attorneys for St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez have asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals to reverse the ruling against a change of venue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/18/yanez-pursues-venue-change-castile-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:18:30 -0500 Judge denies motion to move Yanez trial out of Ramsey County A Ramsey County judge has denied a request to move the trial of a St. Anthony police officer charged in the shooting death of Philando Castile last July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/06/yanez-castile-trial-motion-change-venue-denied?refid=0 Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:47:38 -0500 Prosecutors: Cop who shot Castile can get fair trial in Ramsey County Prosecutors say the trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the shooting death of Philando Castile should stay in the county despite the case's high profile and the public comments made by local leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/29/prosecutors-say-yanez-comments-castile-shooting-admissible?refid=0 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:20:39 -0500 Yanez defense asks that Castile shooting case be moved: Now what? Attorneys for a St. Anthony police officer who shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile during a traffic stop last summer have requested that the trial be moved out of Ramsey County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/15/officer-trial-castile-shooting-change-of-venue?refid=0 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:00:48 -0500 Minn. houses of worship prepare to offer sanctuary to some facing deportation As President Trump vows to crack down on undocumented immigration and step up deportations, some Minnesota religious leaders are preparing to offer immigrants shelter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/10/houses-of-worship-prep-to-offer-immigrants-sanctuary?refid=0 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0600 Charges dismissed against one of four men involved in Jamar Clark protest shooting All charges have been dismissed against Daniel Thomas Macey, one of the men involved in a confrontation at a Jamar Clark protest in north Minneapolis in 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/28/charges-dismissed-against-man-involved-in-jamar-clark-protest-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:01:56 -0600 Officer in Castile shooting death pleads not guilty; trial date set St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez faces a second-degree manslaughter charge and two felony weapons charges in the fatal shooting of African-American driver Philando Castile in July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/27/yanez-hearing?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Anoka Sheriff's Office offers some inmates medication to treat opioid addiction The Anoka County Sheriff's Office says it'll now offer some inmates addicted to opioids a medication that can lessen cravings and block them from using opioids like heroin or prescription painkillers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/22/anoka-sheriffs-office-offers-some-inmates-medication-to-treat-opioid-addiction?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:20:37 -0600 Maplewood nightclub to close after shooting The Maplewood City Council voted during an emergency meeting on Wednesday morning to close a troubled nightclub that was the scene of shooting that injured five people last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/22/maplewood-nightclub-to-close-after-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:51:39 -0600 Minnesota lawmakers launch overdose death prevention legislation Two lawmakers are spearheading a package of legislation they're calling the "opioid reform act," which includes five different bills aimed at different part of the opioid epidemic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/21/opioid-reform-act?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:38:42 -0600 'Kitchens are empty': Twin Cities marks 'Day Without Immigrants' Several dozen restaurants across the Twin Cities were shuttered Thursday as part of nationwide rally designed to show how important immigrants are to daily life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/16/day-without-immigrants-minnesota-closed-eateries-rally?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:26:31 -0600 Judge clears path for officer's trial in Castile shooting St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop in July. His attorneys argued the charges against him should be dismissed. A judge on Wednesday rejected those arguments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/15/yanez-hearing-castile-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:56:35 -0600 Mpls. moves along measures condemning Trump's orders on immigration, refugees A Minneapolis City Council committee on Tuesday moved forward a resolution condemning President Trump's executive orders on refugees and immigration, as well as a proposal directing city staff to recommend ways for the city to resist the president's orders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/07/mpls-moves-along-measures-condemning-trumps-orders-on-immigration-refugees?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:12:54 -0600 'NOverdose' campaign aims to decrease Hennepin County opioid deaths toll The new campaign follows the release of statistics showing that the state's most populous county saw an increase of more than 30 percent in opioid overdose deaths last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/01/hennepin-county-opiioid-death-numbers-2016-noverdose-campaign?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 14:57:36 -0600 Minnesota faith leaders denounce Trump's immigration ban Faith leaders said the ban, which temporarily bars travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and halts refugee admissions for 120 days, violates the core principles of their religions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/30/minnesota-faith-leaders-denounce-trump-immigration-ban?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 18:07:31 -0600 MN officials push health coverage sign-ups as deadline nears Officials want people who've delayed enrolling in insurance plans because of the cost to know there's $312 million in recently approved state aid available to offset the expense. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/27/minnesota-leaders-push-health-coverage-signups-deadline-near?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:58:34 -0600 Friends, clients mourn Indian-rights lawyer Larry Leventhal The Minneapolis attorney represented American Indian clients in cases both high- and low-profile. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/18/friends-clients-mourn-indian-rights-lawyer-larry-leventhal?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:42:54 -0600 Higher Ground, new homeless shelter, open for first night in St. Paul Higher Ground replaces the overcrowded Dorothy Day Center, which provided emergency shelter in the city for the last 15 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/12/higher-ground-shelter-opens?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:05:50 -0600 Blaine's water deemed safe again, boil order lifted A test released on Monday afternoon found that the city's water is free of contaminants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/09/blaine-officials-still-trying-to-assess-source-of-water-outage?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:56:58 -0600 Trespassing woman hit by falling sheet of ice at Minnehaha Falls Minneapolis park police are stepping up patrols around Minnehaha Falls after a woman was injured while trespassing behind the falls over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/09/woman-hit-by-falling-ice-sheet?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:31:22 -0600 New judge assigned to Yanez case Judge William Leary III will preside over the trial of the St. Anthony police officer charged in the fatal shooting death of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights last July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/04/new-judge-yanez-castile-case?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:15:02 -0600 St. Anthony cop's attorneys request new judge in Castile case Lawyers for Officer Jeronimo Yanez filed a notice Thursday to remove Ramsey County District Court Judge Edward Wilson. In Minnesota, attorneys can strike one judge from a case without giving a reason. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/23/yanez-attorneys-request-new-judge-castile?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2016 07:33:56 -0600 Proposed change in drug-sentence formula draws fire A Minnesota law that took effect in August instituted milder penalties for some drug crimes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/22/drug-sentencing-guidelines-proposal?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:31:52 -0600 Addiction programs for women awarded more than $12 million in grants The programs that received the funds range from outright treatment programs to organizations that help women get resources like stable housing that make it easier to stay sober. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/22/addiction-programs-for-women-get-new-funding?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:41:35 -0600 Minneapolis firm Ovative/group expanding downtown A Minneapolis digital marketing and analytics firm is planning a multi-million dollar expansion that could create an estimated 100 new jobs within the next few years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/21/minneapolis-firm-ovative-group-expanding-downtown?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:14:33 -0600 Brief hearing, no plea from officer in Castile shooting St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez faces second-degree manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile. Ramsey County Judge Edward Wilson will hear the case, the court said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/19/yanez-hearing-philando-castile-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2016 04:00:39 -0600 What's a 'collaborative reform initiative'? Explaining the DOJ's review of St. Anthony police The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that it's launching an "independent and comprehensive assessment" of the police department involved in the shooting death of Philando Castile. But what does that mean? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/16/explaining-doj-stanthony-police-department?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Feds to assess St. Anthony police in wake of Castile shooting The city will be the 16th to enter into a collaborative reform process with the department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, which works to help police departments around the country advance community policing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/15/st-anthony-pd-department-of-justice?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 13:52:13 -0600 More than a thousand crashes, spinouts reported after snow The State Patrol reported 882 crashes and 402 spinouts across the state between Saturday morning and Sunday evening. Although 92 injuries were reported, no one was killed or seriously injured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/12/thousands-crashes-spinouts-snowstorm?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2016 09:05:44 -0600 Overdose deaths rise in Minnesota, hitting young people and rural areas hard At least 338 people died as a result of opioid overdoses in Minnesota in 2015, according to new CDC data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/09/overdose-deaths-rise-in-minnesota-hitting-young-people-and-rural-areas-hard?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:58:28 -0600 2 firms fined after U.S. Bank Stadium worker's death U.S. Bank Stadium's general contractor and a roofing company have both been fined in connection with the death of a worker during construction of the stadium in August 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/08/us-bank-stadium-contractor-roofing-company-fined-in-connection-with-worker-death?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:31:20 -0600 Semi crash, rollover snarls traffic on I-35E, I-694 The right three lanes of southbound I-35E near Little Canada were closed for much of the morning. The ramp to westbound I-694 was also closed for part of the morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/08/semi-crash-rollover-i-35e-i-694?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:35:08 -0600 Minnesota's changing: Here are key takeaways from new Census data Minnesotans are getting older and more diverse, and many of us go to college. But racial disparities have only worsened since the 2008 recession, Census data show. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/08/minnesotas-changing-here-are-key-takeaways-from-new-census-data?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0600 HCMC braces workers for some layoffs in 2017 A Hennepin County Medical Center spokesperson said it's too early to know how many jobs will be lost or what departments will be affected. More details are expected next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/01/hennepin-county-medical-center-plans-some-layoffs-2017?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:01:07 -0600 Day of Mpls. minimum wage actions begins with rally, arrests About 150 fast food workers and supporters kicked off a day of planned actions for a higher minimum wage with a rally in south Minneapolis on Tuesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/29/supporters-rally-for-minimum-wage-change-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:14:14 -0600 Catering truck crashes through airport barrier, injuring two Two people were injured after a catering truck crashed through a barrier at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and fell to the roadway below over the weekend. It took about five hours Sunday to clear the truck. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/28/two-injured-in-crash?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:01:49 -0600 St. Paul police investigate death in Hamline-Midway area St. Paul police have detained what they describe as a "person of interest" in the case. They are interviewing that person but have not released their name. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/21/st-paul-police-investigate-death-hamline-midway-area?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:56:01 -0600 Car2go suspending Twin Cities service at year's end Car2Go members received an email from the company shortly before 3 p.m. saying that the final day of service will be Dec. 31. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/18/car2go-suspending-twin-cities-service-at-years-end?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:06:31 -0600 Mpls. cops: Day care provider hanged 1-year-old; child survives A south Minneapolis woman is in custody after hanging a child in her care and then creating havoc as she careened her car through the streets. All those hurt, including the child, are expected to live. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/18/minneapolis-police-investigate-child-assault?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:31:22 -0600 Minneapolis Fed chief proposes pressuring big banks into breakups Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, is proposing strict regulations designed to prevent another financial crisis by pressuring big banks to break themselves up into smaller entities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/16/minneapolis-fed-chief-proposes-pressuring-big-banks-into-breakup?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:30:34 -0600 Officer charged in Castile shooting Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced Wednesday that he has charged police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the July 6 killing of Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/16/officer-charged-in-castile-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:30:00 -0600 Early childhood education advocates push for more funding The Children's Defense Fund of Minnesota says a funding boost would give more kids access to early childhood programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/15/early-childhood-education-advocates-push-for-more-funding?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:42:43 -0600 Trump victory spells uncertainty for Minnesotans feeling alienated by his rhetoric On Wednesday morning, the day after the election, immigrants, Muslims and others who felt scapegoated during the campaign say they now face an uncertain future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/09/trump-win-spells-uncertainty?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 17:01:31 -0600 With no-excuse absentee, scores of Minnesotans have already voted More than 400,000 people in Minnesota have already cast absentee ballots, which includes early voting. This is the first presidential election where voters didn't need an excuse to vote absentee, and the result already surpasses the 2012 total of 267,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/04/no-excuse-absentee-minnesota-early-voting?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2016 16:14:17 -0500 Man found shot in south Minneapolis alley dies Officers responded to reports of gunshots on the 3400 block of Cedar Avenue South shortly after 10 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Minneapolis Police Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/02/man-found-shot-minneapolis-alley-dies?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2016 08:13:03 -0500 Lakeville parents charged with child neglect A couple that was reported missing from Lakeville last week has been charged with neglecting their two young children during the five days they spent living in a car they'd taken from the man's mother. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/28/lakeville-parents-charged-child-neglect-missing?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:16:17 -0500 Minnesota insurers agree to ease access to anti-opioid drug Most major insurance companies offering plans in Minnesota have agreed to a policy change that will mean patients can more quickly get medication to treat opioid withdrawal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/27/minnesota-insurers-suboxone-opioid-treatment-access?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:04:26 -0500 Body found in burning car in farm field near Owatonna Officers with the Steele County Sheriff's Office are investigating how a man's body ended up in a burning vehicle in a farm field near Owatonna. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/27/body-found-burning-car-near-owatonna?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:52:40 -0500 Edina Mayor defends officer's actions in wake of citation The city of Edina has dropped charges of disorderly conduct and failure to obey a traffic signal against Larnie Thomas. Thomas, who is African American, was originally charged after a plain clothes officer stopped him last week for walking in traffic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/18/edina-mayor-reacts-to-pedestrian-case?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:41:25 -0500 Death of two children, man in Mpls. classified as murder-suicide The death of two children and an adult man in a south Minneapolis apartment last month has been classified as a murder-suicide, according to reports released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/18/death-two-children-man-minneapolis-classified-murder-suicide?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:23:33 -0500 2 teens hurt after being struck by car in Maple Grove The number of pedestrians getting killed and injured by vehicles in the state is up significantly this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/17/maple-grove-teens-hit-by-car?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:47:21 -0500 St. Paul police to hold meeting about child safety following May abduction The meeting will address the police response to an abduction and assault of a 7-year-old girl in the city's Cathedral Hill neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/12/st-paul-police-child-safety-meeting-may-abduction?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2016 07:45:27 -0500 2 killed in Burnsville crash after police chase A driver fleeing from Apple Valley and Burnsville police was fatally injured in a crash that also killed another motorist on County Road 5 on Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/11/2-killed-burnsville-police-chase?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 06:36:33 -0500 San Diego priest charged with criminal sexual conduct in Minnesota A Catholic priest has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in Dakota County for having sex with a woman he was spiritually counseling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/10/san-diego-priest-charged-sexual-conduct?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:50:33 -0500 2 confirmed dead in Lino Lakes helicopter crash Details about who was on board the helicopter remain unknown. No one on the ground was hurt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/07/lino-lakes-helicopter-crash?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2016 05:52:54 -0500 'You won't be seeing me again': FBI details St. Cloud mall attack Dahir Adan's actions suggest he "may have been radicalized, either with the influence of others or on his own," an FBI investigator said. Officials said an off-duty officer was justified in killing Adan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/06/st-cloud-mall-stabbing-investigation?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:54:02 -0500 Suburban commuter bus crashes in downtown Mpls. The three drivers of the vehicles involved in the crash were all transported to local hospitals for treatment. Between eight and 10 passengers on the bus received minor injuries as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/05/bus-crash-downtown-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2016 09:38:20 -0500 Students get notice Regency Beauty Institute immediately closing 79 campuses In a statement posted to the school's website, the company said "the organization does not have the cash to continue to run the business." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/29/regency-beauty-institute-closes?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:38:02 -0500 Como Zoo baby zebra named in honor of longtime volunteer Baby zebra Krump was born on Sept. 3, and is named for Frank Krmpotich, who served as a greeter at the zoo for more than two decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/28/como-zoo-baby-zebra-named-in-honor-of-longtime-volunteer?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:18:07 -0500 Space storms could play havoc with Minnesota power grid The Upper Midwest electrical grid is more susceptible than other parts of the country to solar storms that can trigger blackouts or damage equipment on the electrical grid, a researcher tells MPR News. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/28/solar-storms-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:55:11 -0500 After a week, more questions, few answers in St. Cloud mall attack Authorities say Dahir Adan, 20, slashed his way through a Saturday night crowd at the Crossroads Center mall last weekend. Since then, investigators, city leaders and Adan's friends are still trying to figure out what led the former college student to such violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/23/st-cloud-mall-stabbing-update?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. AG sues drug companies over opioid treatment The Minnesota attorney general has joined dozens of other states in filing a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies accused of manipulating the market for a medication used to treat opioid addiction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/22/opioid-treatment-drug-makers-sued?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:46:54 -0500 St. Cloud mayor says city 'steadfast and resolved' after mall attack St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis told MPR News host Cathy Wurzer that he and police St. Cloud Police Chief Wm. Blair Anderson were at the mall to reassure workers and customers of their safety on Monday morning as it reopened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/19/st-cloud-mayor-says-city-steadfast-and-resolved-after-mall-attack?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:15:30 -0500 Bicycle commuters on the rise in Twin Cities, census says An estimated 5 percent of Minneapolis commuters and 2.1 percent of St. Paul commuters said they bike to work in 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/16/bicycle-commuters-on-the-rise-in-twin-cities?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:20:22 -0500 Man released from prison after 11 years, says he didn't commit murder A man who spent 11 years in prison for a murder he insists he didn't commit was released this week thanks in part to the efforts of the Innocence Project of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/15/man-released-from-prison-after-11-years?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:46:52 -0500 Minnesotans' incomes bouncing back, census data show Wages across Minnesota are finally showing signs of recovering from the Great Recession. Census data show increases in median household income last year across most demographic groups, although racial disparities persist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/15/census-data-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:02:00 -0500 Minnesota has second lowest poverty rate in the U.S. The census data put the state's official poverty rate at 9.1 percent, with almost half a million people in the state living in poverty last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/13/minnesota-census-data-low-poverty-uninsured-rates?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:50:17 -0500 Fire destroys historic buildings in downtown Melrose At least three of the oldest buildings on the city's main street are a total loss, Mayor Joe Finken said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/09/melrose-fire?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:19:53 -0500 Heinrich confesses to taking, killing Jacob Wetterling Danny Heinrich, the Minnesota man who led authorities to the remains of Jacob Wetterling, admitted in court Tuesday to kidnapping and killing Jacob as part of a deal on federal child pornography charges. In brief comments following Heinrich's confession, Patty Wetterling thanked all who worked on the case and got some resolution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/06/danny-heinrich-wetterling-case-court-appearance?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2016 09:42:23 -0500 St. Paul cops probe North End death Officers responding to a robbery report on the 1200 block of Galtier Street North found a critically injured man outside a house at about 4 a.m. Police are looking for a suspect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/01/stpaul-cops-probe-north-end-death?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:56:59 -0500 Man killed during Eagan police confrontation Sunday is identified Officers said they were shot at when they arrived at an apartment building after reports of gunfire. They returned fire, striking Justin Lee Kulhanek-Derks. The BCA is investigating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/31/man-killed-by-eagan-police-sunday-identified?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:31:03 -0500 MN Supreme Court hears Mpls. minimum wage plan arguments Attorneys for the city of Minneapolis and supporters of a $15 minimum wage squared off before the Minnesota Supreme Court Tuesday over a plan to put the wage proposal on the Nov. 8 ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/30/minneapolis-minimum-wage-arguments-minn-supreme-court?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:51:49 -0500 APM investigative unit announces podcast series on Wetterling case In eight episodes, APM Reports will explore a pivotal child-abduction case that authorities have never solved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/29/apm-reports-announces-in-the-dark-podcast?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Mpls. officials appeal minimum wage ruling as supporters plot huge voter drive Supporters of a charter amendment for a $15 an hour minimum wage in Minneapolis are vowing to launch the biggest voter drive in the city's history. Meanwhile, the city has appealed the judge's order allowing the measure on the November ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/23/minimum-wage-campaign-preview?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:59:14 -0500 Counterfeit drugs found in Prince's home growing more common in MN An official close to the investigation of Prince's death has told the Associated Press that investigators found counterfeit drugs including synthetic opioids in the musician's home, and officials say the risky drugs are becoming more common. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/22/counterfeit-drugs-fentanyl-prince?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:12:01 -0500 $15 minimum wage should go to Minneapolis voters, judge rules Judge Susan Robiner has ruled that a proposal to put a $15 an hour minimum wage to Minneapolis voters should go on the ballot this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/22/judge-rules-minimum-wage-proposal-should-go-on-ballot-this-fall?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:00:43 -0500 State law school clemency projects help shorten drug sentences Attorneys working on the projects expect more clemencies to be announced as the end of Obama's term approaches, especially for those who would receive shorter sentences under current law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/04/state-law-school-clemency-projects-help-shorten-drug-sentences?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:00:00 -0500 Professor: Discomfort necessary to spur action on police treatment of blacks Duchess Harris said polls show more support for the goals of Black Lives Matter than previous movements like Civil Rights, but that many theoretical supporters don't realize the role that disruptive tactics play in bringing attention to an issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/28/discomfort-necessary-to-change-police-community-relations?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:08:28 -0500 It's an opioid overdose death. But is it a murder? Some Minnesota prosecutors are charging people who provide drugs with murder. But others claim they are going too far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/27/prosecuting-opioid-overdose-as-murder-heroin-addiction?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:57:32 -0500 Minnesota moves towards banning dangerous synthetic opioids Synthetic opioids called U-47700 and W-18 were developed by pharmaceutical companies as research chemicals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/20/minnesota-moves-toward-synthetic-opiates-ban?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:59:36 -0500 Heat wave could set all-time record for electricity demand This week's heat wave could set an all-time record for electricity demand, and burden the electrical infrastructure, as people set air conditioners on full blast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/20/electrc-grid-should-be-ok-during-heat-wave?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:28:19 -0500 41 arrests after 'non-black' coalition shuts I-35W during morning rush Traffic resumed at about 9:15 a.m. on southbound I-35W at University Avenue after protesters lined up across the highway bridge near downtown to protest police shootings. Authorities arrested 41 people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/13/protesters-block-i35w?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:08:08 -0500 Protesters charged with riot in I-94 protest post bail, released Attorneys are working to put together a legal team to represent the 46 adults charged with third-degree riot in the protest that shut down Interstate 94 this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/12/i94-protesters-post-bail-released?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:53:56 -0500 Charging decision about I-94 protesters expected by tonight The St. Paul city attorney will decide whether to file charges against protesters arrested for riot during demonstrations on late Saturday night and early Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/11/i-94-protest-charges?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:14:46 -0500 Feds OK expanded access to key opioid treatment Doctors who treat opioid addiction with buprenorphine will be allowed to prescribe to more patients, the Obama administration said Wednesday. Minnesota addiction specialists welcomed the change but said more needs to be done. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/06/buprenorphine-opioid-treatment-increase-gets-federal-ok?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2016 16:36:22 -0500 Thousands of Xcel customers could be without power until Friday Up to 3 inches of rain fell in some parts of the metropolitan area, triggering a flash flood warning. More storms are expected tonight across the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/06/severe-weather?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2016 05:38:17 -0500 Bingo, body art, gambling: Check out Minnesota's new laws State laws taking effect Friday touch on everything from higher bingo jackpots to compensating wrongly imprisoned men to the state's plan in case of a Zika virus outbreak. Here's a look at key changes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/01/new-minnesota-laws-zika-bingo-body-art-gambling-sulfate?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:08:21 -0500 Police probe fatal shooting in south Minneapolis Officers called to the 2400 block of Oakland Avenue South Thursday on reports of a gunshot found the body of a man in his 20s. No arrests have been made. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/30/police-probe-fatal-shooting-south-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:56:38 -0500 Juror pay to double starting next week Jurors called on or after July 5 will now be paid $20 for each day of jury duty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/30/juror-pay-raise?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:03:17 -0500 Family: Minneapolis shooting victim was young mother Family members identified the woman, who had been shot inside a car Monday night, as 19-year-old Coshay'e Brown. "She was a wonderful mom" of a baby girl, who's less than a year old, her sister said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/29/minneapolis-shooting-victim-coshaye-brown-was-young-mother?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:17:15 -0500 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in Minn. moved piece by piece to Pa. The house stood for more than 60 years in Cloquet. But it's now been dismantled and is being shipped to its new location in western Pennsylvania. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/28/frank-lloyd-wright-home-moved-to-pennsylvania?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:36:01 -0500 Woman dies after she's found shot in car in Minneapolis Police say other people were in the car at the time of the incident, but aren't yet releasing any more information about what led up to her death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/28/north-mpls-fatal-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:07:37 -0500 5,000 first responders trained for oil train derailment The trainings started two years ago in response to concerns that more crude oil was being shipped on rail from the Bakken fields in North Dakota and Montana. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/27/minnesota-oil-train-derailment-first-responder-training?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:24:22 -0500 Hispanics are fueling population growth, offsetting declines in Minnesota Minnesota is still one of the whitest states in the country, but about 87 percent of population growth in the state last year came from people who identify as black or African-American, Asian, American Indian or Hispanic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/23/census-data-hispanics-minnesota-fuel-growth?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Why are Allina nurses striking for 7 days? A U professor says the limited strike is a strategy to put pressure on the company without exposing workers to income loss and uncertainty of a traditional strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/21/why-allina-nurses-striking-7-days?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:47:29 -0500 Vikings stadium construction firms penalized after worker death Jeramie Gruber, 35, of Northfield died on Aug. 26 last year after he slid off the roof of the stadium and broke through a guardrail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/16/vikings-stadium-worker-death-construction-firm-penalized?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 11:18:44 -0500 Man accused of shooting 5 at 4th Precinct protest pleads not guilty Allen "Lance" Scarsella, who is white, is facing riot and assault charges in the incident that left five black men injured. His lawyers have filed notice that he will argue that he acted in self defense. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/15/scarsella-hearing-4th-precinct-shootings?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:05:34 -0500 After Orlando, Twin Cities Pride will boost security Twin Cities Pride organizers say this year's festivities will have an increased security presence following Sunday's massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub that killed 50 people and injured dozens more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/13/after-orlando-twin-cities-pride-boosting-security?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2016 18:29:52 -0500 $27 million rapid transit bus service launches Saturday The A Line runs between south Minneapolis and Roseville. It has fewer stops, quicker travel times and more frequent service than local buses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/10/metro-transit-rapid-bus-a-line-opens-saturday?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:14:40 -0500 Free tickets available today for new Vikings stadium The new stadium's open house weekend will take place on July 23-24. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/10/tickets-vikings-stadium-open-house-tour?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:06:31 -0500 Triceratops on the move at Science Museum The Science Museum of Minnesota's triceratops was one of the first major dinosaur specimens displayed in the region. Staff moved the skeleton in pieces to join other dinosaurs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/08/triceratops-moves-into-science-museum-dinosaur-fossil-collection?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 17:22:15 -0500 Medical marijuana is helping, patients say, but it's unaffordable While most patients are seeing benefits, medical marijuana is not covered by any health plan in the state, so patients must cover the costs themselves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/06/survey-minnesota-medical-marijuana-helps-patients-but-unaffordable?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:39:32 -0500 Robbinsdale apartment fire displaces residents; 3 firefighters injured More than a 100 firefighters from Robbinsdale and 13 neighboring departments helped put out the fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/03/robbinsdale-apartment-fire?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2016 07:29:34 -0500 Prince's death another loss in a decades-long opioid overdose epidemic The superstar died from an overdose of fentanyl, an opioid drug. The news makes him a high-profile victim among tens of thousands of others who die of opioid overdoses annually. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/03/prince-overdose-opioid-epidemic?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Prince died from an overdose of fentanyl, 'the Ebola of opioids.' What is it? Explaining the drug that caused the superstar's death. "Fentanyl is so potent, that any little error with the use of fentanyl leads to death," one addiction specialist said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/02/prince-overdose-death-what-is-fentanyl?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:50:04 -0500 Autopsy: Prince died of fentanyl overdose Prince's autopsy results show "fentanyl toxicity" killed the pop music icon. The report released Thursday says the opioid painkiller was self-administered and his death was accidental. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/02/prince-cause-of-death?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2016 11:10:36 -0500 Demand for new homes in Twin Cities hits pre-recession levels Some builders are struggling to make sure that they have enough workers to meet the demand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/01/new-home-demand-twin-cities-hits-pre-recession-levels?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2016 12:33:49 -0500 Eastbound I-94 reopens in Mpls. after fatal crash involving pedestrian Three other people died in car crashes in the metro area Tuesday, including one death on the Mendota Bridge in Dakota County and two deaths in a crash on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/24/eastbound-i94-closed-fatal-pedestrian-accident?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2016 11:49:54 -0500 Dayton sees 'serious defects' in body camera bill Some critics say the final legislation is biased in favor of law enforcement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/24/dayton-sees-defects-body-cam-bill?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2016 07:59:24 -0500 Minneapolis Marathon denied permit to hold run The June 5 race's proposed route crossed both the Franklin Avenue Bridge and West River Parkway, which are both currently closed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/20/minneapolis-marathon-denied-permit-for-run?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2016 10:50:59 -0500 Driver who died after fleeing Mpls. police identified Minneapolis police say officers tried to pull Antwand Tyreese Cousins over after the car he was driving almost struck a police vehicle, but Cousins fled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/20/driver-who-died-fleeing-police-identified?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2016 08:02:27 -0500 RNC official: GOP delegates not bound to caucus results on 1st ballot The Minnesota State Republican convention will be held this weekend in Duluth. That's where the final delegates, who go on to the national convention in Cleveland, will be selected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/19/republican-official-says-delegates-free-to-vote-conscience-even-on-first-ballot?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2016 08:40:27 -0500 Target recalls menorahs sold last year due to fire hazard The Consumer Product Safety Commission has received at least eight reports of the menorahs melting and three reports of fire. No property damage or injuries have been reported. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/18/target-recalls-menorahs-sold-last-year-due-to-fire-hazard?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2016 08:26:13 -0500 Bill to stop opioid 'doctor-shopping' moves ahead in Legislature More than half of all drug-related deaths in Minnesota last year were due to prescription opioid painkillers rather than illegal street drugs, according to Department of Health data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/17/bill-to-stop-opioid-doctor-shopping-moves-forward-legislature?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2016 06:19:17 -0500 Drug overdose deaths continue to rise in Minnesota More than half of those deaths were related to prescription opioid painkillers, and at least 114 deaths were caused by heroin, another form of opioid drug. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/13/minnesota-overdose-deaths-on-the-rise?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2016 17:33:46 -0500 St. Paul man charged in weekend fatal shooting Scott Alan Klund was charged in the killing of 52-year-old Charlotte Ann Rawls early Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/10/man-charged-fatal-lowertown-st-paul-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2016 14:37:39 -0500 Judge: Prince's estate administrator may collect DNA A Carver County judge has authorized the special administrator of Prince's estate to collect DNA samples from his blood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/06/prince-estate-blood-access?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2016 15:03:41 -0500 Motorcyclist injured in crash with school bus in northeast Minneapolis Police are investigating a crash involving a school bus, motorcycle and two cars in Minneapolis. The motorcyclist received non-life-threatening injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/06/motorcyclist-injured-in-crash-with-school-bus-in-northeast-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2016 09:38:19 -0500 Explained: How medication-assisted treatment works for opioid addiction Although Minnesota is home to many doctors who can prescribe addiction medicines, they still have to jump through regulatory hoops to prescribe it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/05/how-medication-assisted-treatment-works-for-opioid-addiction?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2016 10:58:34 -0500 Boy, 15, hit by school bus in St. Paul and critically injured The Como Park High School student was hit by the bus near the intersection of Maryland Avenue and Dale Street at about 7:15 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/05/child-hit-by-school-bus?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2016 09:13:35 -0500 Another permit to carry office opens in Hennepin Co. There was a 16 percent increase last year in the number of residents applying for firearms permits in Hennepin County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/04/hennepin-county-opens-2nd-location-for-firearm-permits?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2016 10:00:00 -0500 Water issues transcend partisan rancor at state capitol, kind of Policies to ensure water quality and funding to repair the state's crumbling water infrastructure are some of the few areas where both Democrats and Republicans have found agreement this legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/03/water-policy-state-capitol?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2016 14:41:42 -0500 How Prince's death may be tied to national overdose epidemic If the reports that Prince died from an overdose of opioid painkillers are verified, the musician would be a high-profile victim of the overdose epidemic that kills tens of thousands of people in the United States every year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/29/opioid-test-prep?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:53:25 -0500 Prescription medication take-back day is Saturday There are collection sites around the state to drop off unused medication. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/29/prescription-pill-take-back-day?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:17:11 -0500 Science Museum chosen by NASA for new educational effort A $14.5 million contract will allow staff from the Science Museum of Minnesota to create new programming based on NASA research for museums and educators nationwide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/28/nasa-picks-science-museum-for-new-educational-effort?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:34:08 -0500 Jayhawks' Gary Louris on painkiller addiction: 'I didn't do my best work loaded' For more than a decade, Louris had struggled with an escalating addiction to opioid pain pills. Now sober, Louris and the Jayhawks are releasing a new album this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/21/gary-louris-jayhawks-opioid-addiction?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2016 06:00:00 -0500 'Unprecedented' need for Twin Cities heroin treatment The number of people entering treatment for heroin addiction in the Twin Cities reached a historic high last year and more people are being treated for heroin now than marijuana, a state drug abuse expert says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/20/unprecedented-need-for-twin-cities-heroin-treatment?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:48:45 -0500 MN senator proposing bills to make anti-overdose drug more available Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center, who lost her daughter to a heroin overdose, is proposing two bills that would increase availability of the anti-overdose medication naloxone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/19/minnesota-senator-chris-eaton-naloxone-legislation?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:28:51 -0500 Opioid overdose: How to get help Opioid overdoses kill tens of thousands of people each year across the United States. If you need immediate help with an overdose -- or if you know someone who needs treatment, here's where to find it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/18/opioid-drug-overdose-resources-get-help?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 This White Earth mom lost her pregnant daughter to overdose Rita Rogers still gets bills in the mail from the last treatment center her daughter was ordered to attend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/18/opioid-profiles-rita-rogers?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Son's overdose death drives this Minnesota legislator's work Rep. Dave Baker says the story of his son Dan's opioid addiction began with pain pills for a back injury. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/18/opioid-profiles-dave-baker?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 This Minneapolis man is on a mission to hand out needles, Narcan Minneapolis activist Lee Hertel hands out clean needles and Narcan to help drug addicts live long enough to seek help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/18/opioid-profiles-lee-hertel?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 After 17 times in treatment, this addict pins hope on new drug At 34, Liz Casper has spent more than a third of her life as a heroin addict. She's fighting to stay sober. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/18/opioid-profiles-liz-casper?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Three suburban friends got hooked on heroin; these two survived Young people have been hit hard by the opioid overdose epidemic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/18/opioid-profiles-dylan-pearson?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 She lost her fiance to painkillers and went on to fight for Narcan Steve Rummler and Lexi Reed Holtum were high school sweethearts who went their own ways after graduation. Years later, they reunited, fell back in love and planned to marry. A prescription for opioid painkillers -- and later, addiction -- intervened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/18/opioid-profiles-lexi-reed-holtum?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 He sold drugs to his own community; now he fights for redemption James Cross used to sell drugs in Minneapolis and on northern Minnesota's Native American reservations. After more than two decades in and out of jail, he's working to support recovery and addiction programs in Native American communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/18/opioid-profiles-james-cross?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Here's why Minnesota has a big problem with opioid overdoses Deaths from opioid drug overdoses have hit epidemic proportions nationwide. In Minnesota, the struggle with prescription painkillers and illegal drugs has left communities across the state grieving for people whose deaths could have been prevented. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/18/opioid-overdose-epidemic-explained?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Two men killed in shooting outside St. Paul motel Officers responding to reports of gunfire outside the Midway Motel on Snelling Avenue found two wounded men. Both men died before they could be taken to the hospital for treatment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/23/two-men-killed-in-shooting-outside-st-paul-motel?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2016 06:33:49 -0500 Pedestrians struck and killed in St. Paul, Brooklyn Park A 24-year-old woman was hit by an SUV and later died in St. Paul on Tuesday night. In a separate incident on Wednesday morning, another pedestrian was hit and killed in Brooklyn Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/16/mom-daughter-struck-by-suv?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2016 05:55:29 -0500 Body found in Savage identified as missing basketball coach The man's body was found in a pond behind a Target store in Savage on Friday and identified over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/14/body-found-in-savage-identified-as-missing-basketball-coach?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 06:42:57 -0500 Minnesota man who killed teens in his home denied new trial Byron Smith, 67, was convicted in 2014 of first-degree premeditated murder in the fatal shootings of 18-year-old Haile Kifer and her 17-year-old cousin, Nicholas Brady. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/09/minnesota-supreme-court-upholds-murder-conviction-little-falls-man?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2016 10:44:26 -0600 UMD investigated after discrimination complaint A federal agency is launching a civil rights investigation into gender discrimination at the University of Minnesota Duluth following a complaint by three ex-coaches and several current and former athletes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/08/umd-investigation-gender-discrimination?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2016 11:45:00 -0600 Bakk to co-author bill backing switch to primary Leaders of both the state House and state Senate say they're open to a proposal that would swap the state's caucus system for a presidential primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/08/bakk-co-author-primary-bill?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2016 09:22:57 -0600 Twin Cities janitors agree to tentative contract The union reached a tentative contract agreement at about 1 a.m. Monday, according to a statement from a union spokesperson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/07/twin-cities-janitors-contract-agreement?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2016 08:26:40 -0600 Black Lives Matter leader meets with St. Paul superintendent over posts Black Lives Matter St. Paul called for a Como Park High School teacher to be dismissed because of his social media comments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/07/black-lives-matter-silva-meeting?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2016 08:13:53 -0600 Feds to review Minneapolis response to shooting protests Protesters staged an 18-day occupation outside a north Minneapolis police station after Jamar Clark was fatally shot in November during what police said was a struggle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/03/feds-review-mpls-response-jamar-clark-shooting-protests?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 11:55:00 -0600 St. Paul Central teacher sues district over Dec. assault Science teacher John Ekblad's attorney says the school district failed to provide the teacher with a violence-free workplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/03/st-paul-central-teacher-sues-district-over-assault?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 08:08:59 -0600 Long lines, confusion soured the caucuses for some The parties were pleased with the high turnout, but some attendees found the process frustrating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/02/minnesota-caucus-problems-record-turnout?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:43:10 -0600 Beltrami sheriff: 'Monitor family, friends' after 4 suspected heroin OD's Law enforcement officials in Beltrami County asked the public to beware after one man died and three others were hospitalized after suspected heroin overdoses in the county over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/29/overdoses-beltrami-sheriff-investigates?refid=0 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 14:58:54 -0600 Crashed Ice will go on despite warm weather Temperatures are forecast to hit the mid-50s for St. Paul this weekend. But the Red Bull ice-cross races are expected to go on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/26/red-bull-crashed-ice-will-go-on?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2016 09:30:08 -0600 Charges: Caregiver assaulted woman, 89, in Hopkins facility The alleged assaults on the victim at the Glenn Hopkins assisted living facility were captured on a hidden camera installed by the family. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/24/ex-caregiver-charged-assault-hopkins-senior-home?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2016 15:41:37 -0600 How old is that sewer? Website has answers The Minnesota state auditor introduced a new online tool Wednesday designed to display the age and condition of some infrastructure, like water and sewer systems around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/17/aging-infrastructure-map?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2016 15:40:17 -0600 SEIU janitors begin pickets over wages, sick time Thousands of unionized Twin Cities janitors are expected to participate in a 24-hour strike Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/17/seiu-janitor-strike-twin-cities?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:02:27 -0600 Two children report abduction attempt in Rochester Local police are looking into the incidents and have increased patrols in the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/17/children-report-abduction-attempt-rochester?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2016 10:26:21 -0600 Mpls. Children's Theatre faces new suits alleging '70s sex abuse Two lawsuits argue that theater leaders should have known former artistic director John Clark Donahue was a danger to children even as they allowed him to work closely with teens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/16/minneapolis-childrens-theatre-faces-more-sex-abuse-suits?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2016 15:51:11 -0600 St. Paul settles lawsuit over skyway stun gun arrest Chris Lollie argued in the lawsuit police violated his constitutional rights by arresting him without reasonable suspicion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/12/skyway-stun-gun-arrest-lawsuit-settled?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:00:00 -0600 Roseville officers fatally shoot man who stabbed police dog Officers were called to an apartment building about 10 p.m. Wednesday because neighbors heard pounding and breaking glass coming from the man's unit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/11/roseville-police-shoot-man-police-dog-stabbing?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:20:56 -0600 Metro Transit hopes riders hop on speedy new bus line The new A Line, Metro Transit's first rapid bus line on an urban street, is designed to attract more riders by cutting travel time and improving bus service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/10/metro-transit-readies-new-twin-cities-rapid-bus-line?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:57:03 -0600 ACLU, NAACP sue to force release of Jamar Clark shooting video The BCA has said some video from the night of the police shooting of Jamar Clark exists, but it will not be released until after the case is closed. The investigation is ongoing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/09/aclu-naacp-lawsuit-jamar-clark-shooting-video?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:59:47 -0600 Group says Sanders to attend Minneapolis forum on racial equity A spokesperson for Hillary Clinton says Clinton declined the invitation from Neighborhoods Organizing for Change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/09/sanders-mpls-forum-racial-equity?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:48:31 -0600 Woman trying to 'end all' charged in crash that killed Bloomington city worker A Richfield woman said she was trying to "end all" when she crashed her car into a Bloomington public works truck, leading to the death of one city worker and serious injuries to another. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/05/woman-charged-crash-that-killed-bloomington-city-worker?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2016 08:40:08 -0600 House DFLers seek disclosure of all election-related spending House Democrats plan to introduce legislation for a state constitutional amendment requiring disclosure of all election-related spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/04/minnesota-democrats-push-campaign-finance-disclosure?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:27:27 -0600 State panel recommends new measures to protect children The state should help recruit child protection workers for rural counties and review law enforcement's role in removing children from their homes, according to a legislative task force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/04/child-protecion-task-force-recommendations?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2016 13:16:38 -0600 Black Lives Matter activist Mckesson with Mpls. ties runs for Baltimore mayor Civil rights activist and former Minneapolis Public Schools administrator DeRay Mckesson has joined the field seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor of Baltimore. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/04/civil-rights-activist-runs-for-baltimore-mayor?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2016 08:38:35 -0600 Baby tamarins debut at Como Zoo The twins were born last week and now make their public debut at Como Zoo. They'll likely be carried on their father's back for their first six or seven weeks of life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/04/baby-tamarins-debut-at-como-zoo?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:56:36 -0600 Pedestrian struck, killed in downtown Mpls. crosswalk Rachel David was in a crosswalk at 8th Street and Hennepin Avenue at about 5 p.m. Tuesday when she was hit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/03/pedestrian-killed-downtown-minneapolis-accident?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2016 10:35:00 -0600 Messy roads, record snow: Minnesota digs out after wintry punch MnDOT says all roads are open after the weather played havoc with southern Minnesota drivers on Tuesday. Wednesday driving, though, remains a challenge in parts of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/03/minnesota-digs-out-winter-snowstorm?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:43:31 -0600 Explosion sparked fire on Madelia's Main Street The mayor says a major fire has destroyed or damaged at least a half-dozen commercial buildings on Main Street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/03/madelia-businesses-fire?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2016 07:43:00 -0600 Forums set on Minnesota bill to give terminally ill right to die A listening session is scheduled in St. Paul on Saturday to give the public the chance to learn about the proposal to allow terminally-ill patients to end their lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/29/minnesota-right-to-die-bill-forums-set?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:38:39 -0600 Winter bicycling conference happening in Twin Cities Engineers and policy makers from as far as northern Europe and Canada are coming to Minneapolis for the annual conference on bicycling in wintry climates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/29/twin-cities-host-international-winter-bicycling-conference?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:08:55 -0600 16-year-old killed in head-on crash in Fillmore County A pickup truck crossed over the highway centerline and hit the teenage girl's car head-on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/29/16yearold-killed-in-headon-crash-in-fillmore-county?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:58:26 -0600 Second Mpls. officer fired after unspecified complaint The officer was the subject of a recent lawsuit filed by Luis Daniel Garcia, who alleged the officer kicked him in the face while has was handcuffed in the backseat of a squad car in 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/28/second-minneapolis-police-officer-fired?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:27:23 -0600 Green Line service resumes following morning fire in Mpls. A small fire on the Washington Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis temporarily interrupted service on a portion of the Green Line light rail line on Wednesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/27/fire-green-line-mpls?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:47:00 -0600 Craigslist sale gone bad ends in Shakopee Walmart parking lot shooting A Craigslist sale of a cellphone ended badly when the buyer stole the phone and flashed a gun. The victim opened fire in the parking lot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/27/walmart-parking-lot-shooting-craigslist-sale?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 08:58:44 -0600 Union likely to appeal firing of MPD officer who threatened teen Video that surfaced on social media last year showed a Minneapolis officer using profanity and threatening to break a teenager's leg if he fled during a traffic stop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/26/union-may-appeal-firing-of-mpls-officer?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:02:25 -0600 Black Lives Matter Mpls. Facebook page restored after removal Black Lives Matter Minneapolis is objecting after the group's Facebook page was temporarily unpublished. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/26/black-lives-matter-minneapolis-facebook?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:14:54 -0600 Activists: Police officer's offensive Facebook post wasn't his first Sgt. Jeff Rothecker admitted this week that he'd left comments on Facebook advising motorists to run over protesters during a march and rally on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. But a Twin Cities-based activist group said he'd made similarly offensive social posts in the past. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/22/stpaul-police-officer-facebook-post?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:55:58 -0600 Inver Hills college chief faces no-confidence vote over spending The faculty union at Inver Hills Community College has scheduled a no-confidence vote Monday on the school's president over disputes of what they see as inappropriate spending and cuts to student services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/20/inver-hills-college-faculty-questions-presidents-spending?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 13:38:58 -0600 Frozen football? Vikings old-school running back on playing in subzero temps Sunday's Vikings-Seahawks playoff is likely to rank as one of the coldest games in National Football League history. Dave Osborn played in two of those games in the '70s. Here's how he survived them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/07/nfl-vikings-frozen-football-grant-osborn?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2016 11:15:00 -0600 Minneapolis Seward Market killer resentenced but won't be free Mahdi Hassan Ali was a 17-year-old juvenile at the time of the 2010 crime, which made him eligible for resentencing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/06/minneapolis-killings-teen-life-sentence-supreme-court?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2016 17:01:55 -0600 New Year's Day gunshot victim is Minneapolis' first 2016 homicide The city's first fatal shooting of the year happened just 37 minutes after midnight on New Year's Day. Police are searching for witnesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/05/minneapolis-first-fatal-shooting-2016?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 15:57:45 -0600 St. Paul teen gets house arrest for attack on Central High teacher Science teacher John Ekblad was attacked by the 16-year-old student last month while trying to break up a fight. Ekblad suffered a traumatic brain injury and other injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/05/teen-gets-house-arrest-stpaul-central-high-teacher-attack?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 13:01:16 -0600 Brooklyn Center man charged with trafficking marijuana hidden in produce Minneapolis police were called to a warehouse in the city's Seward neighborhood on Jan. 1 after employees found a large amount of marijuana hidden in a produce shipment from California. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/05/marijuana-trafficking-in-produce?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 09:34:51 -0600 Most boating deaths in a decade last year in Minnesota A longer-than-usual boating season might be partly to blame. The majority of victims were adult men who were not wearing life jackets, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/04/increase-minnesota-boating-deaths?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2016 15:07:31 -0600 Man in wheelchair dies after light rail accident Investigators said man was not alone, but details of accident are not yet clear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/04/man-in-wheelchair-dies-after-light-rail-accident?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2016 08:46:35 -0600 Mankato man loses job after racist Facebook message to Black Lives Matter Brad Schultz sent a message to the group's Facebook page last week following a protest at the Mall of America. Threatwatch posted the message online and urged people to contact Schultz's employer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/30/mankato-man-loses-job-after-racist-facebook-message-to-black-lives-matter?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2015 11:09:22 -0600 Mpls. council's Cano won't back down on tweets Cano was criticized for posting correspondence and contact information on social media of people who disagreed with her. She says she was trying to have a conversation about racial justice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/30/cano-doubles-down-twitter-controvery?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2015 07:55:05 -0600 Slick roads in metro and southern Minn.; snow emergencies declared Snowfall overnight led to a slippery Tuesday morning commute and almost 10 inches of snow in some parts of the state. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul declared their first snow emergencies of the season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/29/mn-winter-storm-snow-emergencies-declared?refid=0 Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:41:22 -0600 Plows begin clearing snow-covered highways The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported that roads in the west-central, southwestern and northeastern parts of the state were completely snow covered on Saturday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/26/winter-storm-cleanup?refid=0 Sat, 26 Dec 2015 11:58:23 -0600 Mpls. leader faces heat for tweets after Black Lives Matter protest Minneapolis Ward 9 Council Member Alondra Cano posted personal information on Twitter of people who criticized her participation in Wednesday's Black Lives Matter protests. While the postings angered some, they are not illegal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/24/minneapolis-council-member-alondra-cano-faces-heat-black-lives-matter-tweets-protest?refid=0 Thu, 24 Dec 2015 12:23:48 -0600 Major from Plymouth among 6 dead in Afghanistan attack A 36-year-old from suburban Minneapolis is one of six American troops who were killed in a suicide attack near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/22/twin-cities-soldier-killed-in-afghanistan?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2015 20:06:52 -0600 St. Paul teacher attacked by student says violence should not be tolerated The St. Paul Central High School teacher who was attacked and injured by a student earlier this month said the lawsuit he's filed against the district is meant to send a message that district officials should not tolerate violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/22/stpaul-teacher-attacked-files-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2015 14:23:37 -0600 Charges: Man sold heroin in fatal Medina overdose Hennepin County authorities have charged a 31-year-old man with murder for selling heroin that led to a fatal overdose in October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/22/charges-brooklyn-park-man-sold-heroin-fatal-medina-overdose?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:24:30 -0600 Black Lives Matter vows MOA protest; judge weighs restraining order Black Lives Matter leaders left a Monday court hearing promising to go through with a Wednesday protest despite the Mall of America's attempts to stop it. A Hennepin County judge took no immediate action on the mall's restraining order request. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/21/mall-of-america-restraining-order-against-black-lives-matter-protest?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:06:09 -0600 Archdiocese, Ramsey Co. agree to settle civil charges in priest child abuse case Prosecutors and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have agreed on a plan that would dismiss civil charges tied to the clergy sex abuse case of former priest Curtis Wehmeyer. Criminal charges against the archdiocese remain in place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/18/archdiocese-stpaul-minneapolis-civil-abuse-case-settlement-clergy?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:50:00 -0600 Warm weather thwarts Twin Cities winter events Temperatures in December have so far been about 14 degrees warmer than average, according to MPR News chief meteorologist Paul Huttner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/17/warm-weather-thwarts-winter-events?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2015 14:21:18 -0600 Man killed by light rail train is identified Officials are describing the incident as an "accident." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/12/man-killed-by-light-rail-train-is-identified?refid=0 Sat, 12 Dec 2015 13:55:00 -0600 Woman dies in fire in St. Louis County apartment complex Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/12/woman-dies-in-fire-in-st-louis-county-apartment-complex?refid=0 Sat, 12 Dec 2015 13:05:00 -0600 Climate activists demonstrate in downtown Minneapolis Demonstrators say there's increasing awareness locally that climate change has direct repercussions on people in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/12/climate-activists-demonstrate-in-downtown-minneapolis?refid=0 Sat, 12 Dec 2015 12:20:00 -0600 3 charged in Lakeville girls' disappearance Three people have been charged with helping a Scott County woman hide her two teenage daughters from their father for over two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/11/3-charged-in-lakeville-girls-disappearance?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 15:20:35 -0600 Blue Line train hits, kills bicyclist in Minneapolis For the second day in a row, a person was hit and killed by a light rail train in the metro. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/11/blue-line-train-accident-46th-street?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 07:37:59 -0600 University of Minnesota athletics probe largely clears school An external review released Tuesday doesn't find fault with the university's vetting of Norwood Teague before he was hired as athletics director. A separate audit found thousands of dollars in questionable spending and deal-making by Teague. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/08/mn-to-detail-investigation-of-athletics-department?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2015 10:35:00 -0600 Latest student violence leaves teacher injured, St. Paul leaders vexed Authorities vowed action after an alleged student attack left a St. Paul Central High teacher with a traumatic brain injury. The number of school assaults has jumped this year, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/08/police-say-brothers-attacked-school-officials?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2015 06:44:38 -0600 Support available at Lakeville South after teens' deaths Seventeen-year-old Jake Flynn and 18-year-old Johnny Price died after they were thrown from a pickup in which they were passengers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/07/lakeville-south-crash?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 16:20:20 -0600 Minn. law enforcement train for responding to mass shooting Hennepin County's 37 law enforcement agencies regularly practice responding to events and share special equipment, including a $400,000 vehicle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/04/training-in-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2015 13:25:00 -0600 Mpls. police clear out 4th Precinct protest site Police arrested eight people. Black Lives Matter organizers protested Thursday afternoon at Minneapolis City Hall, then marched to police union headquarters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/03/4th-precinct?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2015 05:21:23 -0600 Mpls. school locked down after report of armed student Police confiscated a BB gun from a student and Anwatin Middle School was reopened by 9 a.m., a Minneapolis Public Schools spokesperson said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/01/mpls-school-locked-down-after-report-of-armed-student?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 09:51:53 -0600 Minnesota workers press wage, scheduling demands on Black Friday Workers marched through the skyways of downtown Minneapolis on Black Friday asking for $15 an hour and advance scheduling. Their banging drums and chants were met with amusement by many shoppers and workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/27/workers-press-wage-scheduling-demands-on-black-friday?refid=0 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:33:05 -0600 Cheap gas fueling Thanksgiving travel; snow possible Thursday The average price for a gallon of regular gas is $1.98 in the Twin Cities. Meanwhile, we could be in store for a white Thanksgiving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/25/thanksgiving-travel?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:30:24 -0600 Minnesota mom charged for hiding daughters in custody fight The Dakota County Attorney's Office has charged an Elko, Minn., woman with hiding her two teenage daughters from their father for more than two years by bringing them to a horse farm in Grant County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/23/minnesota-mom-charged-for-hiding-daughters-in-custody-fight?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:53:40 -0600 Eastbound Hwy. 212 in Chanhassen reopened after fatal crash Eastbound U.S. Hwy. 212 was closed for several hours this morning following the accident. The State Patrol reported slippery conditions in some parts of the state Monday and urged drivers to be cautious. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/23/fatal-crash-closes-212?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:20:00 -0600 Protesters: Feds must take over Mpls. police; national NAACP coming The head of the Minneapolis NAACP Thursday called on federal authorities to take control of the Minneapolis Police Department in the wake of Sunday's police shooting of Jamar Clark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/19/jamar-clark-protest-demands?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:28:39 -0600 Why video of Jamar Clark's death may not be released soon Activists are demanding authorities release video evidence they've gathered related to Sunday's fatal shooting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/19/why-video-of-jamar-clarks-death-may-not-be-released?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2015 08:23:53 -0600 Experts: Justice probe may not bring closure in Mpls. police shooting Federal officials will launch a civil rights investigation into Sunday's fatal police shooting in Minneapolis. But former federal officials say such an investigation can be long and may ultimately frustrate community members. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/17/justice-probe?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:34:02 -0600 Wedge becomes first Twin Cities co-op to form union The Twin Cities has more cooperative groceries than any other urban area in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/17/wedge-becomes-first-twin-cities-coop-to-form-union?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 08:20:34 -0600 Wedge Co-op workers to vote on union The union drive launched in December and will include about 136 employees. The National Labor Relations Board is overseeing voting during two separate sessions today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/16/wedge-union-vote?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:52:59 -0600 Hodges backs new police investigation team to stem Minneapolis crime In the wake of increased violence in Minneapolis, Mayor Betsy Hodges Friday announced new initiatives designed to focus on repeat violent offenders, including a new violent crime investigations unit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/13/minneapolis-crime-fight?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 13:52:29 -0600 Claeys named Gophers head football coach Tracy Claeys, who was named interim head coach following Jerry Kill's resignation last month, signed a three-year contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/11/claeys-named-head-coach?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:33:24 -0600 Workers march through Minneapolis for wages, scheduling Fast-food and janitorial workers and their supporters are marching in Minneapolis today to demand higher wages, fair scheduling and safe workplaces. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/10/workers-march-for-wages-scheduling?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:52:04 -0600 Investigation probes what caused 2 Wis. train derailments A 25-car derailment near Alma on Saturday morning spilled about 20,000 gallons of ethanol into the Mississippi River. Another train spilled crude oil in Watertown on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/09/train-derailments-wisconsin?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:43:07 -0600 Still fresh: Pillsbury Doughboy turns 50 The ticklish man has been ranked as one of the country's most widely recognized company mascots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/06/pillsbury-dough-boy?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2015 07:55:51 -0600 Mpls. property deal 'significant step' to reopening Nicollet Avenue Minneapolis leaders say a new agreement may lead to reopening Nicollet Avenue, the iconic street severed in the 1970s by a Kmart store. The city must still negotiate with Kmart. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/05/kmart-redevelopment?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 11:05:00 -0600 Minnesota Historical Society bids $4.5M for archdiocese building The society would use the St. Paul property for parking for people visiting the Minnesota History Center and James J. Hill House. The building itself would be used for offices, meetings and storage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/04/archdiocese-hayden-center-offer?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 15:12:34 -0600 Boy's Make-A-Wish dream feeds community -- with food trucks Lucas Hobbs, 13, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in January. He spent Tuesday on his final Make-A-Wish rounds, delivering food-truck fare to the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/03/make-a-wish-food-truck?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 15:03:47 -0600 Funeral planned for trick-or-treater hit by car The 5-year-old was struck near the intersection of Knox Avenue North and Victory Memorial Parkway at about 9:25 p.m. on Halloween. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/03/funeral-planned-for-child-killed-trick-or-treating?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 09:10:29 -0600 Chelsea Clinton, Henry Winkler to honor student volunteers at We Day We Day Minnesota is a celebration of volunteering and positive social change. About 18,000 students from more than 500 schools in the state are expected to attend the event at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/03/we-day?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 08:07:17 -0600 Group seeks easier access to opiate overdose antidote The most recent data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that opioids were a factor in at least 280 deaths in Minnesota in 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/30/as-opiate-deaths-rise-group-seeks-better-access-to-antidote?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 14:54:23 -0500 Sun Country pilots approve new contract The new contract, five years in the making, will bring pilots' wages in line with those of other airlines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/30/sun-country-pilots-approve-new-contract?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 08:46:59 -0500 Father accused of trying to kill 2 sons, himself Two young boys who were reportedly abducted by their father were found Thursday morning in Dakota County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/29/man-accused-of-trying-to-kill-sons-himself?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2015 08:54:20 -0500 5 audio clips of Jerry Kill's news conference you need to hear University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill on Wednesday said he's decided to leave coaching due to health concerns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/28/5-audio-clips-coach-kill?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 11:22:39 -0500 Photos: Jerry Kill retires as U football coach Minnesota coach Jerry Kill says he is retiring because of health reasons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/28/gallery-jerry-kill?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 08:12:41 -0500 U football coach Jerry Kill retires due to health reasons Kill has struggled with epilepsy. He took a temporary leave of absence from the team in 2013 to deal with seizures. He said the seizures have returned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/28/coach-kill-retires?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 07:31:18 -0500 Suspect arrested after man fatally stabbed in S. St. Paul The suspect apparently knew the victim and was arrested a short distance from the scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/28/south-st-paul-stabbing?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 06:36:44 -0500 Minnesota United makes it official: Soccer, stadium coming to St. Paul Almost six months after Major League Soccer announced that it was bringing a professional team to Minnesota, a deal has been struck to build a $120 million stadium in St. Paul's Midway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/23/mls-stadium?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2015 06:19:33 -0500 Man charged in St. Paul mom's shooting death Alvin Rudolph Bell faces charges of second-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Sarah Wierstad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/22/st-paul-shooting-charges?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2015 12:58:31 -0500 3M to cut 1,500 jobs worldwide A 3M spokesperson said about 500 of the job losses will occur in the U.S., although it isn't yet clear how many of those jobs will be in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/22/3m-to-cut-jobs?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2015 07:28:48 -0500 2 MN towns: Attacks on cops should count as hate crimes The city councils of Cambridge and Austin have unanimously passed resolutions that call for protecting police under hate crime laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/20/hate-crimes?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2015 11:00:00 -0500 Man who killed deputy was charged with terrorizing wife Danny Leroy Hammond, 50, had a long history of criminal convictions in Aitkin County, according to court documents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/19/danny-leroy-hammond?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2015 13:40:48 -0500 Minnesota's first pet food shelf opens The aim is to help people keep their animals, even during times of economic hardship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/16/pet-food-shelf?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2015 16:23:58 -0500 Minnesota slams nursing home tactic to keep disputes out of court The small type in many nursing home facility contracts often require disputes go to an arbitrator chosen by the facility rather than in open court. That's unconscionable, says Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/16/nursing-home-tactics?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2015 14:04:01 -0500 Senate Dems push new gun control laws Some Democrats in the U.S. Senate are pushing a package of legislation that would strengthen gun background checks and increase penalties for people who buy guns for others who are ineligible to possess them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/16/bcst-senate-dems-push-new-gun-control-laws?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:03:25 -0500 Paid sick leave becomes focus in Mpls after 'fair scheduling' effort stumbles Minneapolis leaders are vowing to push for a proposal that will require employers in the city to provide all workers with paid sick time off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/15/bcst-paid-sick-leave-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2015 16:35:48 -0500 Police: 3 dead in South St. Paul house fire A 60-year-old man and his 5-year-old and 2-year-old sons died as a result of the house fire in South St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/14/south-st-paul-fire?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:12:00 -0500 Woman fatally shot in south Minneapolis Investigators believe that the woman and another person were involved in a dispute, which escalated to the shooting. Police are searching for a suspect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/14/woman-fatally-shot-minneapolis-bus-stop?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2015 07:31:08 -0500 MSP officials: MEA weekend means packed airport, so come early With public schools closing early this week, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport officials expect a crowded airport and are cautioning people to get to the airport earlier than usual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/13/crowded-aiport?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:54:16 -0500 Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor pleads guilty to drunken driving Sydor was sentenced Monday to 60 days in jail, which will be staggered across four years, although he could avoid most of that jail time by staying sober. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/13/wild-assistant-coach-dwi?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:30:26 -0500 Columbia Heights school board member to quit over Muslim comments Grant Nichols, a Columbia Heights school board member whose Facebook page contained comments disparaging Muslims, plans to resign. He continues to insist that he did not write the comments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/12/group-says-grant-nichols-to-resign?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 08:48:18 -0500 Iron Range fossil may open door to Minnesota's dinosaur past A dinosaur claw fossil found on Minnesota's Iron Range over the summer could help researchers better figure out what sort of dinosaurs lived in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/09/dinosaur-claw-minnesota-iron-range?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:36:03 -0500 CVS offering anti-overdose drug without prescription CVS pharmacists in Minnesota can now distribute naloxone over the counter. CVS says the drug is a safe overdose antidote for heroin and other opiates. A southern Minnesota pharmacy chain plans a similar effort. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/08/naloxone-over-the-counter-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:58:50 -0500 U finds ties to mentors, families help keep at-risk kids in school University of Minnesota researchers in 1990 believed an intensive relationship among a mentor, student and family could keep teens from dropping out. Officials recently met to share data on 25 years of Check & Connect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/08/mentoring-program?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2015 12:20:46 -0500 Minnesota organizers to speak at White House labor summit The two Minnesotans who'll speak lead groups of low-wage workers including fast food employees and janitors, people who typically haven't been represented by organized labor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/06/labor-summit?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:34:03 -0500 Pedestrian hit, killed by vehicle in St. Paul Police said the female victim was struck at the intersection of St. Clair Avenue and Seventh Street West.The driver has been cooperative and has not been arrested, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/01/pedestrian-hit-killed?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2015 10:48:47 -0500 St. Paul vows arrests if Twin Cities Marathon disrupted St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Police Chief Tom Smith are warning Black Lives Matter that trying to shut down Sunday's marathon would be dangerous and won't be tolerated. Coleman and group leader Rashad Turner are set to meet Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/30/marathon?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:07:53 -0500 1.3M bicycles recalled over front wheel lever defect Bicycles involved in the recall have front disc brakes and a quick-release lever on the hub. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/30/bike-recall?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:31:15 -0500 Six charged in underage sex trafficking sting The sting is the most recent victory for an operation based out of the Minneapolis Police Department that targets the sex trafficking of minors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/29/sex-trafficking-sting?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:53:26 -0500 St. Paul police investigate suspicious death in Hazel Park A body was discovered early Tuesday near the Hazel Park Recreation Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/29/hazel-park?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 07:05:02 -0500 Feds heading to Minnesota to talk ID cards A failure to implement the standards could complicate air travel for Minnesotans as early as next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/24/feds-id-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 08:54:50 -0500 Building sale pushes back plan for MN African-American museum A years-long effort to create an African-American history museum in Minnesota hit another setback this week after the mansion housing the museum was sold in auction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/24/levypounds?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 08:47:10 -0500 Will Minnesotans really need a new ID to fly by 2016? If state lawmakers don't reassess their 2009 stance resisting federal security requirements for ID cards, Minnesotans could find themselves unable to use their driver's licenses to board domestic flights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/22/minnesota-id-travel?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 07:03:11 -0500 Vikings deal could quell concerns about barring public from Mpls. park The Vikings hope to have a semi-permanent structure built on a Park Avenue parking lot during the football season, which would allow the park to be open to the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/18/vikings-parking-lot?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:33:19 -0500 Census: Wages flat as Minn. unemployment drops, racial disparities remain Typical wages in Minnesota and across the country remain flat despite a low unemployment rate and economy that's largely recovered from the recession, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/17/census?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:47:52 -0500 Minnesota's pro wrestling scene is thriving -- and more independent than ever Don't dismiss the sport -- with its staged plots and dramatic gestures -- too quickly. "It's a unique blend of theater and athleticism," says one seasoned wrestler. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/16/pro-wrestling?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2015 11:30:00 -0500 Community grieves after family of 5 found dead Brian Short, Karen Short, and their three teen children were found dead, according to a family member. Grief counselors were available for students at Minnetonka High School today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/11/minnetonka-deaths?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 09:31:30 -0500 Minneapolis teen who killed toddler will stand trial as adult Cody Samuel Feran-Baum, 18, agreed in Hennepin County District Court on Tuesday to give up efforts to keep the case in juvenile court as he faces second-degree murder charges in the death of 2-year-old Sophia O'Neill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/09/teen-tried-as-adult?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2015 08:43:52 -0500 Light rail trains suspended over the weekend Trains on parts of both the Blue and Green lines will stop running at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, and are expected to resume at 3 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 14. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/09/lrt-weekend-suspension?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2015 08:40:45 -0500 Sunday Amazon deliveries land in Minnesota Almost two years after Amazon first launched Sunday package deliveries in New York and Los Angeles, the service has finally come to Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/04/amazon-sunday?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 19:03:00 -0500 Civilian panel: Mpls. cops must expand body camera use A civilian advisory panel is calling on Minneapolis cops to flip on body cameras for nearly every encounter with the public and face punishment if they don't. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/04/body-cameras?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:55:00 -0500 Minnesota cops storing thousands of backlogged rape kits Some 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies are holding 3,449 untested rape kits, according to data requested by MPR News. The kits are vital in collecting evidence in sexual assault cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/03/backlogged-rape-kids?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:41:48 -0500 Details released in roofer's death at Vikings stadium Jeramie Gruber, who died last week while working on the stadium, slid down the roof and broke through a guardrail before falling to an elevated platform below. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/02/roofer-deaths?refid=0 Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:27:10 -0500 Busting up the party: The visceral appeal of Donald Trump How Donald Trump is winning hearts, if not minds on the campaign trail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/01/bcst-the-visceral-appeal-of-donald-trump?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:50:12 -0500 Candlelight vigil for overdose deaths in Minneapolis tonight Organizers hope to draw attention to the thousands of victims who die from drug overdose every year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/31/vigil?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:25:00 -0500 MN DNR cites tribal members in second day of treaty rights challenge The state's longtime position has been that it's illegal to harvest wild rice without a state license off reservation land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/28/rice-protest?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:47:58 -0500 Work resumes at new Vikings stadium after worker's death The subcontractor Berwald Roofing, which employed the worker who died, has received nine citations in the past five years, including one for failing to provide safety measures on scaffolding or roofs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/27/stadium-work-resumes?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:45:30 -0500 Police chase, collision briefly close 2 blocks of downtown Mpls. Police attempted to pull over a vehicle on suspicion of a narcotics violation, but the driver refused to stop. After a low-speed chase, the driver crashed into a squad car at 14th Street and Nicollet Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/27/crash-nicollet?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:52:27 -0500 U of M Regents delay vote on $190 million athletics village Fundraising shortfalls are not at the heart of the time-out, U officials say. "This is part of the ebb and flow of a major project," a spokesperson said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/26/regents-delay-vote?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:20:00 -0500 1 construction worker dead, 1 injured at Vikings stadium site Minneapolis fire crews Wednesday rushed to rescue two roofing workers injured at U.S. Bank Stadium. Construction officials say they're still trying to piece together what happened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/26/vikings-stadium-workers?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2015 08:34:26 -0500 Painkiller abuse in Minnesota vexes doctors, cops, politicians Medical professionals, police and lawmakers met Tuesday in Minneapolis to discuss painkiller abuse in their communities. It's a problem driven by legally produced and distributed prescription drugs rather than street drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/25/opioid-abuse?refid=0 Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:52:49 -0500 9 teens injured in Wright County rollover Emergency responders found a damaged pickup truck in a bean field in French Lake Township late Sunday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/24/teens-injured?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:44:31 -0500 Video: Chris Farrell on why you should relax as global markets fall Despite the global stock sell-off, the U.S. economy is showing signs of strength, Marketplace's Chris Farrell tells MPR News. He cautions: "You don't want to join the panic." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/24/bcst-stock-market-plunge-explained?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:01:10 -0500 Wild assistant coach charged with drunk driving A test showed Darryl Sydor's blood alcohol level was almost four times the legal limit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/21/sydor?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:34:17 -0500 Mpls. police's prostitution stings criticized The Minneapolis Police Department will review practices used in undercover prostitution stings after three criminal cases were dismissed in the last month because male officers had sexual contact with the subject during the sting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/20/prostitution-cop?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:51:46 -0500 U.S. agency pledges $20 million to save monarch butterfly The money will be spent over the next five years and is spurred by a steady decline in the number of monarch butterflies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/20/money-for-monarch?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:08:29 -0500 Minneapolis light rail collision briefly delays morning commute A train collided with a car just beyond the Target Field transit station. The scene was cleared within a half-hour, but Blue Line and Green Line riders experienced some delay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/20/light-rail-collision?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:48:28 -0500 Confederate battle flag supporters to rally at Minnesota Capitol BC Johnson, who applied for the rally permit on behalf of "Minnesota 10,000 for Southern Heritage," is an African-American man originally from South Carolina, who said he supports the controversial flag because it represents states' rights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/19/confederate-flag-rally?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:02:10 -0500 U president: More complaints against former AD Teague University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler said Wednesday that more women have come forward to report sexual harassment by former Athletic Director Norwood Teague. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/19/kaler-teague-complaints?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2015 08:41:07 -0500 Brewpubs gain entry to State Fair's 'Land of 10,000 Beers' The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild expects to add 10 brewpubs to the collection of breweries and taprooms in the exhibit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/18/state-fair-brewpubs-beer?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:16:59 -0500 Three injured in early morning Mpls. shooting Police said the three men transported themselves to the Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment for injuries that were not life-threatening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/18/mpls-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2015 07:35:28 -0500 NFL, U win appeal of gun case involving off-duty cops The new ruling is confined to which Minnesota laws apply in the dispute, not whether guns should be allowed at TCF Bank stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/17/handguns-vikings-games?refid=0 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:18:09 -0500 Driver who assaulted Minneapolis cyclists wanted in more crimes Police said the same driver who assaulted three bicyclists in Minneapolis by throwing chunks of concrete at them is wanted for two other assaults. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/13/bicyclist-assaults?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:28:11 -0500 MSP baggage area cleared after bag tested positive for explosives An airport spokesperson said the test for explosives can sometimes pick up residue from firearms or fireworks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/13/msp-airport-bag?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 08:10:45 -0500 Inspectors probe First Avenue ceiling collapse; no violations history Minneapolis inspectors say the cause of the collapse that hurt three during a Wednesday night show remains unknown. The venue's main room will stay closed at least through Saturday. Repairs have begun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/12/part-of-ceiling-at-first-avenue-collapses?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2015 22:54:59 -0500 Former Minneapolis official alleges sex harassment The former deputy director of emergency preparedness says in a lawsuit that longtime city official Rocco Forte made regular sexual comments and engaged in a variety of other inappropriate behaviors http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/12/dressler-minneapolis-lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:30:00 -0500 Activists call for charges in MN pig farm abuse claims Last Chance for Animals Tuesday released videos taken covertly during a four-month investigation at Christensen Farms in Rock County, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/11/hog-farm?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:45:00 -0500 Astronomy fans get ready: It's Perseids time The best meteor shower of the year will light up the night skies this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/11/perseid-meteor-shower?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:53:32 -0500 U student union will reopen Tuesday after 'security threat' Students were advised to not enter the Coffman Memorial Union, which is located on the university's East Bank campus. The university said Coffman will stay closed for the rest of the day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/10/u-of-m-student-union?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:30:46 -0500 MN hog farm suspends 7 employees after animal rights investigation Sleepy Eye, Minn.-based Christensen Farms announced in a statement that they've launched an internal investigation into "possible improper animal care" at the facilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/10/hog-farm-suspensions?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:06:59 -0500 Police ask for help in concrete attack on Mpls. bicyclists Police say a driver threw bricks or pieces of concrete at four bicyclists in four separate assaults in south Minneapolis on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/10/assault-on-bicyclists?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:55:22 -0500 Curbside composting starts in Minneapolis The program will cost about $8 million to launch, covered by an additional trash service charge for all residents in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/10/mpls-composting?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 08:47:49 -0500 Little Mekong Night Market is bigger this year The two-day event is modeled after night markets in Southeast Asia with a 'St. Paul sort of twist.' http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/07/little-mekong-night-market?refid=0 Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:31:03 -0500 Guests evacuated in Hilton downtown Mpls. standoff Minneapolis police took a man into custody Thursday who allegedly threatened staff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/07/hotel-standoff?refid=0 Fri, 07 Aug 2015 10:16:40 -0500 Minneapolis Institute of Arts wants you to call it 'Mia' Museum officials announced that they're rebranding the century-old museum with a new name and logo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/06/mia?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2015 09:51:25 -0500 Prosecutors: Crime spree preceded shooting death of 16-year-old Four teenage boys from the east Metro have been charged for a string of offenses that happened before the fatal shooting of a teen by the man he was trying to rob. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/05/teens-charged?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 15:57:35 -0500 Target to start beaming coupons to your phone -- while you shop The new technology automatically offers discounts and product suggestions through iPhones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/05/target-beacons?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 08:17:46 -0500 Chisago Co. man drowns in St. Croix River Rico Marice Davis was with friends in an area of the river a few miles northwest of Nevers Dam when he started having trouble staying above water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/05/st-croix-drowning?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 07:10:04 -0500 Mpls. youth basketball team could face future ban following assault arrests Police say 8 to 10 teens insulted and then threw rocks and concrete at three homeless people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/04/basketball-team-arrests?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:19:28 -0500 Mille Lacs businesses brace for change with early end to walleye season The Department of Natural Resources ended this year's walleye season early on Lake Mille Lacs because the annual harvest target has already been exceeded. There are plenty of other fish in Mille Lacs -- bass, muskie and northern pike -- but walleye is by far the most popular to pursue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/04/roach-walleye-mille-lacs?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:52:12 -0500 Police chase man who stole MN construction truck The 35-year-old driver was booked for theft of a motor vehicle and fleeing police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/03/police-chase-man-who-stole-mn-construction-truck?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:23:20 -0500 Bee research lab gets buzzing at U The 10,000-square-foot building will include space for new labs, honey extraction and hive spaces. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/03/bee-research-lab?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:17:00 -0500 Gas leak leads to evacuation in Hiawatha neighborhood The leak, which occurred shortly before 11 a.m., was under control in about 20 minutes, according to an official. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/03/gas-leak?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:59:58 -0500 Texting while driving and experimental meds: New laws taking effect Aug. 1 Among the laws going into effect on Aug. 1 are new limits on how Minnesota law enforcement agencies can harvest and store data collected by automatic license plate readers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/31/new-laws-aug-1?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:41:33 -0500 Feds concerned, protesters angry over MN dentist killing Cecil the lion Some 150 protesters gathered Wednesday at the Bloomington dental practice of a man who hunted and killed a beloved lion in Zimbabwe. U.S. conservation officials, meanwhile, are gathering facts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/29/cecil-the-lion-protest?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:19:30 -0500 MN dentist regrets killing Cecil the lion, says hunt was legal A Minnesota dentist under fire for his part in hunting and killing a popular lion in Zimbabwe earlier this month says he regrets the kill but that he secured proper permits and believes the hunt was legal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/28/cecil-the-lion?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:24:38 -0500 Heavy rain tangles morning commute Storms included high winds, frequent lightning and torrential rains. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/28/commute-traffic-storms?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:09:33 -0500 Man drowned on Lake Vermilion as his boat circled him The occupants of another boat spotted Richard Dziewit in the water and attempted to rescue him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/28/lake-vermilion-drowning?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:30:31 -0500 Minnesota, Wisconsin small plane crashes claim 7 Separate small plane crashes Monday night in southwest Minnesota and western Wisconsin killed seven people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/27/plane-crash?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:15:04 -0500 Three dead, multiple wounded in Minneapolis weekend shootings The latest shooting happened early Monday morning in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/27/mpls-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:09:18 -0500 Flash flooding could accompany this morning's storms Thunderstorms sweeping across western Wisconsin and central and southern Minnesota on Friday could lead to flash flooding, high winds and hail, according to the National Weather Service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/24/storms?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 06:50:00 -0500 BCA names officer who killed suspect in Plymouth Arby's The officer involved in the shooting is a seven-year veteran of the force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/23/arbys-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:18:00 -0500 What a drag it is to see you? St. Paul mulls street name change to honor Dylan The resolution claims renaming 4th Street to "Positively 4th Street" for the famously bitter song would "add to the positive experience of fans and visitors arriving in downtown to cheer for its baseball team." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/22/st-paul-dylan-downtown?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:25:26 -0500 Shorter Minneapolis Aquatennial begins with torchlight parade Organizers decided this year to shorten the festival from 10 days to four. They also eliminated some traditional events like the Milk Carton Boat Races. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/22/aquatennial?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:00:48 -0500 Missing Minneapolis girl found Brianna Tamara Williams had last been seen on the 100 block of 15th Street East in south Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/22/missing-mpls-girl-found?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:12:13 -0500 Key to bats' health to be researched in Minnesota Scientists across Minnesota are doubling down efforts to understand one species in particular: the northern long-eared bat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/21/bats?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:15:00 -0500 First medical marijuana dispensary outside Twin Cities opens in Rochester Minnesota Medical Solutions will open its second facility on Thursday. The company is one of two allowed to manufacture and distribute medical marijuana in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/20/medical-marijuana?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:58:36 -0500 Xcel: Power back to nearly all customers after storms Xcel Energy says it's restored electricity to nearly all of its 250,000 Minnesota customers who lost power after strong storms hit the state late Friday and early Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/20/storm-power-outage?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:39:35 -0500 Twin Cities suburban poor outnumber those in urban core Twin Cities suburbs that are home to increasing numbers of poor residents are struggling to maintain housing, build transportation infrastructure and make sure residents have access to social services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/17/bcst-suburban-poverty?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:02:33 -0500 Cycling conference highlights diversity and rides around Twin Cities African-American bicyclists from all over the country have come to Minneapolis this week to take part in a six-day conference to promote more diversity in cycling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/17/taylor?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 07:55:04 -0500 Man killed by St. Paul police had threatened to commit suicide Marcus Golden, who St. Paul police shot and killed outside an apartment in January, was agitated by the suicide of his brother -- who was memorialized in Golden's bedroom (pictured) -- and had threatened to kill himself, according to police interviews with his family. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/17/marcus-golden?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0500 1 killed, 1 injured in overnight Minneapolis shooting The shooting occurred at about 2:30 a.m. on the 2300 block of Thomas Avenue North. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/16/mpls-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:40:35 -0500 Police search for missing Minneapolis 16-year-old Police describe Elena Alison Geiger as a 5'3" white female with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white tank top, green cut-off shirt, shorts and flip-flops. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/15/missing-teen?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:37:15 -0500 MPR parent company confirms sale of Florida stations American Public Media Group lost money on its Classical South Florida venture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/14/mpr-parent-company-confirms-sale-of-florida-stations?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:15:00 -0500 Grand Forks Walmart evacuated over hoax hostage report The store was the site of an unrelated fatal shooting in May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/13/walmart-hostage-hoax?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:00:00 -0500 Funeral for teen who died of suspected brain infection after swimming Hunter Boutain, 14, died last Thursday after apparently being exposed to the freshwater amoeba Naegleria fowleri while swimming in Lake Minnewaska near Alexandria, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/13/funeral-set-for-teen-who-died-of-suspected-brain-infection-after-swimming?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2015 07:18:51 -0500 Lowertown hosts a St. Paul hip-hop fest The festival celebrates elements of hip-hop culture including breakdancing, MCing, graffiti and beatboxing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/09/for-the-love?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2015 14:24:19 -0500 Supporters of U of M sexual consent policy worry delay sends wrong signals The consent policy proposed by President Eric Kaler last month requires that "each person who wishes to engage in the sexual activity to obtain consent" from their partner through words or body language. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/09/supporters-of-u-of-m-sexual-consent-policy-worry-delay-sends-wrong-signals?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Citing defects, Mpls. may sue designer of 35W memorial Flowing water was supposed to be part of the memorial, but it usually isn't working, according to the city attorney. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/08/35w-memorial-lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 15:01:33 -0500 Children's Museum to open site at Mall of America The temporary play space will coincide with a construction project at the museum's downtown St. Paul location. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/08/moa-museum?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 12:15:49 -0500 Funding to help lighten public defender caseloads Public defenders in Minnesota represent poor clients charged with felonies, gross misdemeanors and misdemeanors, as well as juveniles and children in need of protective services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/08/public-defenders?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 08:43:01 -0500 Teen stabbed fisherman on St. Croix in self-defense, attorney says Levi Acre-Kendall's lawyer is arguing that he should be covered by Wisconsin's "Castle Doctrine," which presumes that Acre-Kendall used force to prevent himself from being killed or harmed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/07/fisherman-stabbing?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:25:25 -0500 Air clearer, but wildfire smoke could return Air quality in most of the state is now rated as "good," according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/07/wildfire-smoke-air-quality?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:38:29 -0500 Heavy rain causes accidents, slows commute The National Weather Service predicts rainfall of between 2 and 4 inches throughout the morning and afternoon. Storms should clear the region by about 4 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/06/rain-commute?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:02:32 -0500 Digital boot camp graduates break with coder image Prime is trying to change the industry to make it more diverse and kinder than the culture of the 'brogrammer.' http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/03/digital-boot-camp-graduates-break-with-coder-image?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:57:30 -0500 Man fatally shot at Coon Rapids bar Police were called to Willy's Bar on Coon Rapids Boulevard early Thursday morning. A suspect has been arrested. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/02/coon-rapids-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:07:09 -0500 Five St. Paul taprooms that will sell growlers on Sunday Taprooms in St. Paul will be able to sell beer in growlers on Sundays starting on July 5. The Legislature voted earlier this year to let taprooms sell the 64-ounce jugs of beer on Sundays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/02/st-paul-sunday-growler-sales?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:22:37 -0500 Medical marijuana for kids: A Mayo doctor explains why Dr. Katherine Nickels is one of 203 health care practitioners registered to participate in Minnesota's medical marijuana program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/01/nickels-marijuana?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:47:29 -0500 Dayton: MN commissioner pay raises average $20K Republicans said Minnesotans will be shocked to see what commissioners are receiving and predicted Democrats will pay a political price at the polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/01/dayton-pay-raises?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:39:25 -0500 10 new Minnesota laws that kick in July 1 Here's a look at some of the more interesting changes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/30/new-laws?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:55:00 -0500 Two residents, firefighters injured in Minneapolis house fire The fire, on the 2700 block of 18th Avenue South, was reported at about 3:40 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/30/mpls-fire?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:02:24 -0500 Newsmaker interview: Glen Taylor MPR News' Tom Weber discussed with Glen Taylor what the future holds for him and Taylor Corp. as he passes the reins to his niece, Deb Taylor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/29/glen-taylor-owner-startribune-timberwolves?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:09:14 -0500 Three injured by lightning strikes in northern Minn. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says a 51-year-old from Virginia was at a Cherry Township recreational facility carrying his daughter when lightning struck them Sunday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/29/sheriff-2-injured-by-lightning-strike-in-northern-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 06:11:10 -0500 DNA collection in Dakota County faces likely legal challenge The county revived Minnesota's practice of collecting DNA samples from those charged with some violent crimes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/26/dna-collection-dakota-county?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:20:00 -0500 Woman fatally stabbed in Minneapolis parking ramp A woman nearby was arrested in the stabbing. Police said it appears to be an isolated incident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/25/parking-ramp-stabbing?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:48:55 -0500 MN faith leaders: Whites must help blacks battle racism "The only way to combat white supremacy is for whites to say it exists and we will help you fight against it," the Rev. Nazim Fakir tells MPR News' Tom Weber. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/24/bcst-mn-faith-leaders?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:34:12 -0500 Alleged shoplifter who pulled gun at Walmart is charged The Wisconsin man fled a St. Paul police officer, who fired shots while chasing him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/23/walmart-charges?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:48:20 -0500 Stillwater Lift Bridge reopens after truck damage Lanes in both directions closed shortly after 9 a.m. A spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Transportation said repairs would take about two hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/23/stillwater-bridge?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:01:04 -0500 I-35W southbound reopens after pedestrian death The two left lanes on the interstate were closed shortly after 7 a.m. and reopened shortly before 9:30 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/23/i35w?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 08:21:24 -0500 Powerful thunderstorms hit morning commute The forecast calls for a second round of storms through late morning and early afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/22/severe-weather?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:50:10 -0500 General Mills to remove artificial colors, flavors from cereals The company will begin with the launch of more natural versions of Trix and Reese's Puffs sometime this winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/22/general-mills-artificial?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 08:23:23 -0500 Off-duty officer shoots at suspected shoplifter at St. Paul Walmart The officer approached a 34-year-old Wisconsin man at the entryway of the store shortly before 3 p.m. on Sunday. Police said the man pointed a weapon at the officer then fled into the parking lot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/22/walmart?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 06:46:45 -0500 Vikings remain tight-lipped on stadium naming rights deal Despite the public funding, Vikings officials say what they got for the stadium naming rights is team business and that reports of a $220 million deal aren't accurate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/19/vikings-stadium-naming-rights?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:48:35 -0500 Vikings stadium board politics get ugly; treasurer quits, blasts chair Duane Benson said Friday he's resigning from the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, claiming board chair Michele Kelm-Helgen called him a liar and impugned his character. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/19/vikings-stadium-board?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:25:58 -0500 Twin Cities vigils for victims of S.C. church shootings A 6 p.m. vigil will take place at Sumner Library in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/18/twin-cities-vigils?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:53:01 -0500 Police probe north Minneapolis shooting A man was shot and killed during a possible drive-by shooting Tuesday evening in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/17/north-mpls-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:44:51 -0500 Archdiocese asks for big-name legal help The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said it needs the help of Joseph Dixon in defending itself against criminal and civil charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/17/archdiocese-joseph-dixon?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:29:57 -0500 Proposed plaque would mark Mpls. scene of 'Bloody Friday' strike Though violence cost strikers' lives, the event was a victory for the labor movement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/16/bloody-friday-strike?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:21:42 -0500 Extradited priest sentenced for child sexual conduct in NW Minnesota Joseph Jeyapaul, 60, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for the 2005 incident where he kissed, grabbed and inappropriately touched a girl on her 16th birthday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/16/priest-sentenced?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:54:05 -0500 All clear in Anoka after gas leak forced evacuations Anoka authorities have reopened a roadway closed earlier in the day following a construction-related gas main break. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/16/anoka-evacuations?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:29:09 -0500 Eden Prairie teen dies after wisdom teeth extraction Sydney Galleger had been hospitalized since June 9, when her blood pressure rose dramatically and she went into cardiac arrest during the dental procedure, according to her family. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/16/sydney-galleger?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:40:54 -0500 Profile: Archbishop Bernard Hebda, temporary caretaker of the Twin Cities archdiocese Hebda will take on all responsibilities of leading the archdiocese following Nienstedt's resignation. He will fill the role until Pope Francis appoints a new, permanent archbishop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/15/hebda?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:39:41 -0500 Nienstedt resigns in cover-up scandal Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche resigned Monday after prosecutors charged the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis with having failed to protect children from a pedophile priest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/15/nienstedt-resigns?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:44:55 -0500 For Minnesota rescue doctor, danger comes with the job Dr. John Hick is one of a handful of Minnesota doctors who enter dangerous rescue situations and must weigh risking their own lives to save others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/12/rescue-doctor?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:56:22 -0500 Motorist flees police, rams multiple vehicles in Wayzata The Thursday morning incident left a Wayzata police officer slightly injured. The suspect is in custody. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/11/driver-flees-police?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:00:00 -0500 MarijuanaDoctors.com scrutinized in Minnesota as patients seek medicinal pot A New York company says it's in Minnesota to help patients, state officials wary of "quick-approval" medical marijuana operations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/09/marijuanadoctors-scrutinized?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 09:13:11 -0500 Man fatally shot in Cedar-Riverside neighborhood Suspects fled before police arrived. A Minneapolis Police Department spokesperson said it does not appear that the shooting was random. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/08/cedar-riverside-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2015 09:02:51 -0500 Twin Cities archdiocese criminally charged in priest child abuse case Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said Friday the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis must be held accountable for its "role in failing to protect children" from a priest's sexual abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/05/archdiocese-investigation?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2015 17:45:43 -0500 Mpls. 'tied houses' fought for local beer long before taprooms Tied houses that sold a brewery's beer directly to customers took off in the 1880s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/05/tied-houses-taprooms?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2015 09:09:29 -0500 What's it like to perform with the Rolling Stones? The group sang "You Can't Always Get What You Want" with the rock stars. The choir was able to practice the song with the band just once before the performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/04/brunelle?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2015 08:54:32 -0500 Skateboarder killed in St. Paul truck crash The collision occurred around Tuesday evening. The 35-year-old skateboarder was not wearing a helmet and had earbuds in, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/03/skateboarder-fatality?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 11:07:59 -0500 Gimme shelter? Weather looking better for Rolling Stones show Tonight's Rolling Stones concert in Minneapolis will continue as scheduled as long as lightning stays away. But latest reports suggest that the rain might even cooperate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/03/rolling-stones-weather?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 10:33:07 -0500 Tweets about Obama cost MN man his job Jeff Gullickson of Plymouth was among the most vitriolic of tweeters when he wrote, "hope to see you hang soon you treasonous fraud" in responding to Obama's new Twitter account. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/02/job-loss-for-tweets?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:00:55 -0500 Distracted driver hits 4 people on Grand and Snelling avenues The driver was apparently searching inside the car for his keys, police Sgt. Paul Paulos said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/29/distracted-driver-hits-4?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2015 08:11:43 -0500 Security guard shoots, kills man outside Maplewood nightclub The 20-year-old St. Paul man was shot after apparently attacking the nightclub security guard early Friday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/29/maplewood-nightclub-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2015 07:16:28 -0500 41 indicted in drug trafficking ring on 2 Indian reservations Authorities say the ring distributed drugs including heroin, methamphetamine, oxycodone and others in and around the Red Lake and White Earth Indian reservations starting in April 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/28/drug-trafficking-ring?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2015 08:38:52 -0500 Minneapolis police shoot, wound suspected carjacker Department spokesperson John Elder said the suspect's injuries are not life-threatening. Two suspects were arrested. Police also recovered a handgun at the scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/28/mpls-carjacking?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2015 07:21:44 -0500 Patron buys Lee's Liquor Lounge in order to save it Owner Louis Sirian, 80, didn't want to sell the place to someone who didn't plan to keep it as it is. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/26/lees-liquor-lounge?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2015 17:17:44 -0500 2 boys rescued from abandoned pool; 1 in critical condition St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard says the older boy saw his brother struggling in the water Monday afternoon and got in to save him, but also got into trouble. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/26/2-boys-rescued-from-pool?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2015 05:42:12 -0500 Minnesotan's anti-Obama tweets attract Secret Service attention The president's new Twitter account drew lots of attention, not all of it supportive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/22/obama-tweets?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2015 15:25:50 -0500 Twin Cities growing fast, census estimates show Minnesota's population increased by more than 35,000 last year. Minneapolis and St. Paul alone accounted for about a quarter of the state's population growth last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/21/census-data?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2015 13:21:00 -0500 Grand jury clears 2 St. Paul officers who fatally shot man The officers won't be charged in the death of Marcus Ryan Golden. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/21/grand-jury-clears-st-paul-officers-in-fatal-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2015 12:55:00 -0500 Car balk? Report reveals many in Twin Cities walk, bike to work A new University of Minnesota analysis shows far more people are getting to work on foot or bike than census numbers show. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/21/more-twin-cities-residents-biking-walking-to-work?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2015 10:05:25 -0500 MN police must return grenade launchers to feds under new military equipment rules Over the last decade, more than 240 state and local law enforcement agencies in Minnesota have received 5,200 pieces of military equipment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/20/mn-police-must-return-grenade-launchers?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2015 06:54:30 -0500 Bird flu costs top $300 million in Minnesota If the virus continues at its current pace through another cycle of turkey production, losses in the state could double, a University of Minnesota analyst says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/18/bird-flu-costs?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2015 10:13:39 -0500 Mpls. police chief orders protest probe amid reports of child hurt Minneapolis officials are promising a thorough investigation after protesters say police on Wednesday night sprayed a chemical irritant on a group of demonstrators, including a 10-year-old. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/14/minneapolis-police-chief-calls-for-investigation-after-protest?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2015 02:24:00 -0500 The debate over banning plastic bags explained At least two Minnesota cities are exploring whether to ban businesses from distributing complementary lightweight plastic bags. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/13/plastic-bags?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2015 12:13:18 -0500 St. Michael man charged with killing father, brother Prosecutors say Christopher Besser had a "strained relationship" with his father and that there was a confrontation between the two men before the shootings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/12/murder-charges?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 2015 11:26:34 -0500 Minnesota named second most bike-friendly state again Wisconsin is ninth on the list. South Dakota and North Dakota are 38th and 39th, respectively. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/12/mn-second-most-bike-friendly-state?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 2015 08:55:45 -0500 2 of 3 inmates who escaped from Wisconsin prison captured Kyle John Peterson was arrested in Whitewater this morning. Eight hours later, Andre Lee Vance was arrested in Madison. Police are still searching for Jesse Jamal Fairley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/08/inmate-captured?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2015 17:40:13 -0500 Como Zoo's baby gorilla to make public debut Arlene, born Feb. 22, will appear at the zoo's Gorilla Forest exhibit starting today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/08/como-zoo-baby-gorilla?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2015 06:55:59 -0500 New eatery hopes to bring sizzle to St. Paul's Como Lake Como Dockside starts Friday with limited hours before a grand opening May 31. Officials hope to match the vibe of popular restaurants that draw summertime crowds to Minneapolis parks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/07/como-dockside?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2015 14:40:47 -0500 3 inmates escape from western Wisconsin prison Three inmates escaped from a minimum security facility in New Richmond, Wis., on Wednesday night, prompting the school district to cancel classes on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/07/wisconsin-inmates-escape?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2015 08:45:09 -0500 'Eco-village' to replace symbol of neglect on Lake Street, Hiawatha The former Brown College building in Minneapolis and its sea of parking spaces had become a magnet for crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/05/redevelopment-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2015 13:04:48 -0500 Students walk out to join Black Lives Matter rally, protests Hundreds of Twin Cities students left school Friday to protest the prosecution of activists arrested at the Mall of America and the killings of black people by police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/01/black-lives-matter?refid=0 Fri, 01 May 2015 11:31:48 -0500 Vikings draft Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes in first round Waynes told reporters he believes he'll be a good fit with the Vikings and is ready to get to work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/01/vikings-trae-waynes?refid=0 Fri, 01 May 2015 07:35:03 -0500 Green Line train hits, kills pedestrian in St. Paul Lynne Thomas, a Minnesota Senate staffer, was identified as the woman hit and killed in the morning train accident. The Senate held a moment of silence in her honor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/30/green-line-train-pedestrian-accident?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 08:47:31 -0500 Get ready for lane closures, detours this weekend Much of the construction work this weekend is planned as part of the Interstate 35E MnPASS project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/30/road-closures?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 08:08:17 -0500 Man charged with murder in trailer home fire Witnesses describe seeing the man beaten and then left in a burning mobile home in Finlayson, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/29/charges-in-mobile-home-fire?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:25:58 -0500 Minneapolis schools plan new adult education building Initial plans call for a new building in the 2000 block of Lake Street in south Minneapolis. The project's price tag is estimated between $15 and $30 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/28/adult-education-facility?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:44:44 -0500 Wrestling icon Verne Gagne dead at 89 The Minnesota native had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for a number of years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/28/verne-gagne?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 07:42:43 -0500 Data show big drop in Hennepin County opiate deaths Hennepin County's efforts to get an anti-overdose drug in the hands of first responders may have made a difference in 2014. Ramsey County saw an uptick in deaths. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/27/opiate-deaths?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:45:01 -0500 Canada's governor general makes first Minnesota visit Governor General David Johnston plans to focus on education and trade during his three-day trip. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/27/bcst-canada-governor-general?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:46:49 -0500 Man drowns after canoe overturns in Little Canada The man's sister says he and two childhood friends with him in the canoe were not wearing life jackets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/27/little-canada-drowning?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:02:41 -0500 Farmers markets around the Twin Cities 2015 It's a sure sign of spring: farmers markets all over the region are opening for the season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/25/farmers-markets?refid=0 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:43:26 -0500 Protected bikeways get a boost in revised Mpls. plan The city of Minneapolis has released an update to its master bike plan that aims to increase the number of protected bikeways in the city by about 35 miles by 2020. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/23/bike-lanes-planning?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:55:11 -0500 St. Paul man called mother during police standoff, 911 records show Police were called to the 400 block of White Bear Avenue on the afternoon of March 16 after neighbors reported that Justin Todd Tolkinen, 28, was armed and yelling. He was shot and killed by police after a roughly 45-minute standoff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/22/tolkinen-phone-call?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:04:12 -0500 Amazon explores distribution center in Shakopee that could employ 1,000 The online retailer is asking for as much as $6.4 million in tax incentives, according to a draft plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/22/amazon-distribution-center?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:42:18 -0500 Maplewood woman charged for ignoring child abuse evidence Five-month-old Genesis Xiong was found dead by police in February with bruises on her face, stomach and back. Her mother's boyfriend has been charged in her death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/22/maplewood-mom-charged-for-ignoring-abuse-evidence?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:16:30 -0500 Quality Bicycle Products of Bloomington issues recall Civia Cycles is recalling aluminum Civia fenders and all Civia Hyland bicycles equipped with the fenders sold between April 2008 through March 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/21/bike-recall?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:57:49 -0500 Minnesota keeps obesity rates lower than neighboring states The report highlighted that Minnesota has kept its obesity rate below 26 percent since 2010, while states like Iowa and North Dakota have seen rates climb above 30 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/21/mn-obesity?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:12:44 -0500 Police on guard as MN gears up for medical marijuana program The state's program is set to launch July 1. Minnesota Medical Solutions and LeafLine Labs were chosen last year to manufacture medical marijuana products in pill or oil form. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/21/medical-marijuana?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:32:50 -0500 MPR News wins Peabody Award for 'Betrayed by Silence' This is the sixth time MPR News or its parent company, American Public Media, has won a Peabody Award. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/20/peabody-award?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:58:29 -0500 Distracted driving crackdown in Minnesota reveals bad habits It turns out that texting while driving isn't the only thing that distracts Minnesota drivers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/17/distracted-driving-habits?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:21:44 -0500 Overdose deaths rising among older Minnesotans A growing number of aging Baby Boomers are struggling with prescription drug addiction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/16/overdose-deaths-rise?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:30:22 -0500 MN Supreme Court: Giving wife drugs to hide is not 'selling' The ruling lets a Rice County man withdraw a 2011 guilty plea made after police found cocaine he had given to his wife to hide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/16/court-ruling-giving-someone-drugs-to-hide-not-sale?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:50:42 -0500 Twin Cities workers join national call for $15-an-hour wage About 150 workers and supporters rallied early Wednesday outside a McDonald's on Lake Street in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/15/wage-protest?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:25:02 -0500 A badge, a gun and a box of oatmeal Besides their standard tools, Hennepin County sheriff's deputies patrolling the streets of downtown Minneapolis this summer will be packing a box filled with oatmeal and other healthy foods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/09/healthy-foods?refid=0 Thu, 09 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's breweries on tap to top 110 this year A decade ago there were just five breweries in Minnesota. State officials are now projecting 111 by year's end. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/07/minnesota-breweries?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2015 12:13:57 -0500 St. Paul schools Superintendent Silva up for Florida job Silva is one of 72 applicants for the job in a much bigger district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/07/silva-up-for-florida-job?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2015 07:37:51 -0500 7 major Hennepin Co. construction projects coming soon The projects tally $86 million in improvements and include everything from new traffic lights to the rehabilitation of a historic bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/06/hennepin-co-construction?refid=0 Mon, 06 Apr 2015 13:07:54 -0500 Andersen Corp. to add 300 jobs in $45M expansion The jobs will be added this and next year at three Minnesota facilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/06/andersen-windows?refid=0 Mon, 06 Apr 2015 07:29:26 -0500 After Indiana amends law, Minneapolis drops ban idea Indiana's "religious freedom" law had prompted other states and cities to ban official travel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/03/religious-freedom-mpls?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 2015 11:08:09 -0500 New lending service helps people curb payday-loan debt Borrowers can become trapped in a cycle of loans to repay loans, with high interest and fees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/02/payday-loan-debt?refid=0 Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:29:10 -0500 Fatal shooting in south Minneapolis Police responding to reports of gunfire found the man dead on the 2200 block of 13th Avenue South shortly before 11 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/01/fatal-minneapolis-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:57:48 -0500 Steel 'dumping' blamed for Iron Range layoffs In the most recent case, U.S. Steel announced Tuesday that it would idle part of its taconite plant in Mountain Iron, Minn., starting on June 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/01/steel-dumping-iron-range-layoffs?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:32:26 -0500 Biofuels gain traction at Legislature The so-called advanced biofuel tax credit was initially opposed by environmentalists because the most common ingredient, corn, can be very polluting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/31/morse?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:26:25 -0500 Authorities bust Colorado-Minnesota pot pipeline The group falsely posed as licensed medical marijuana caregivers and small business owners and moved as much as 400 pounds of pot outside of Colorado, mostly to Minnesota, each month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/26/minnesota-colorado-pot-pipeline?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:45:38 -0500 1 dead, 2 injured in Woodbury senior complex fire The early morning fire started in one unit on the lower level of Woodbury Senior Living. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/27/woodbury-senior-living-fire?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:33:20 -0500 Security hospital tries to rebuild after murder, dysfunction The state Department of Human Services commissioner says the agency is making progress in improving conditions at the Minnesota Security Hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/26/bcst-st-peter-hospital?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:45:10 -0500 Vikings pitch bricks, Twitter throws them back The Minnesota Vikings launched an online campaign Thursday to sell bricks inscribed with personal messages. Social media responded with brickbats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/26/vikings-brick?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:12:54 -0500 Mall of America not backing down from #ItsMyMall The mall's goal was to "give voice to other fans of the mall." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/25/mall-of-america-not-backing-down-from-itsmymall-?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:54:46 -0500 Major League Soccer team coming to Minneapolis The franchise was awarded to investors led by Bill McGuire, who owns a minor league soccer team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/25/mls-soccer-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:44:00 -0500 Light rail trains delayed due to crash A car hit the side of a train in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/25/lrt-accident?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:35:38 -0500 Seven charged in St. Paul skyway, light rail attacks Alleged members of a "notorious and active" St. Paul gang were charged with attacks in the city's skyway and at a downtown light rail station in January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/24/skyway-attacks-charges?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:27:12 -0500 Charges filed in St. Patrick's Day chaos in downtown Mpls. Minneapolis police said that hundreds of young people swarmed downtown on St. Patrick's Day. They fought with one another and blocked traffic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/24/st-patricks-day-charges?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:21:23 -0500 Task force recommends 93 reforms to child protection system Reforms focus on child safety, cultural sensitivity and funding, according to a draft document released by the Governor's Task Force on the Protection of Children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/23/child-protection?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:17:02 -0500 Heavy, wet snow creates slippery road conditions Reported snowfall totals reached almost 10 inches in Lakeville and 9 inches in Zumbrota, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/23/spring-snow?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:35:21 -0500 How many Twin Cities cops live where they work? Both Minneapolis and St. Paul trail most other large cities in the proportion of officers who reside in the cities they serve. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/20/police-officer-residency?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:18:26 -0500 One woman's long quest to identify a victim's body The identity of a murder victim who had been unidentified for 35 years has been revealed, thanks in large part to the efforts of Deborah Anderson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/18/anderson?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:10:26 -0500 Woman slain by Minnesota trooper in 1980 finally identified The body of 18-year-old Michelle Yvette Busha was identified thanks to DNA testing. Her killer is serving a life sentence in a Texas prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/17/slain-woman-identified?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:00:54 -0500 Louise Erdrich wins Library of Congress fiction prize Librarian of Congress James Billington told The Associated Press that Erdrich's novels have uniquely explored the cultural challenges faced by Native Americans and mixed-race Americans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/17/books-erdrich-wins-fiction-prize?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:41:35 -0500 Feds uncover problems among MN child care providers Inspectors visited three child care centers and 20 home care providers in Minnesota and found violations of state health, licensing and safety requirements at most locations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/16/child-care-inspections?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:16:50 -0500 Nice Ride bicycles out earlier due to warm weather The Twin Cities bike-sharing service is also bulking up its bright green fleet, adding more docking stations and streamlining payment options. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/13/nice-ride?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:03:25 -0500 Attorney general: Landline deregulation would raise prices, cut service Meanwhile, opponents say the current proposal is a "metro-centric" bill that would hurt the elderly and the poor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/12/phone-deregulation?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:22:22 -0500 Couple dies after being hit by 1,200-pound hay bales The hay bales fell off a tractor-trailer and hit the couple's car. Criminal charges could be possible against the truck driver. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/12/hay-bale-deaths?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:39:37 -0500 Police chiefs on community policing: Neighborhood partnerships key Activists, including those in Minnesota, have asked that police officers receive more cultural competency training. But at its core, the concept of community policing is a partnership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/11/bcst-community-policing?refid=0 Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:30:00 -0500 Metro Transit wants you to name its new mascot Entries should "be gender-neutral and reflect the mascot's role as a friendly, helpful and enthusiastic transit user," officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/11/transit-mascot?refid=0 Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:01:34 -0500 Minneapolis council moves to ban city investments in Big Oil It's largely symbolic, since the city doesn't invest in fossil fuel firms. But a committee hearing on the matter drew many residents and students in support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/03/fossil-fuels-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:38:27 -0600 North Star bike festival will return this summer The summer bike race attracts about 50,000 spectators and 250 professional bicyclists to the region. There are six races scheduled over five days from June 17-21. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/03/north-star-bicycle-festival?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:47:00 -0600 Snow causes hundreds of accidents; 1 dead Blowing snow caused havoc Tuesday in parts of Minnesota. A mid-morning crash shut down Interstate 94 in Wright County. The State Patrol reported 150 metro-area crashes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/03/winter-weather?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:26:41 -0600 Airline plans end to Duluth-Las Vegas flights Declining passenger numbers are leading Allegiant to end scheduled flights from Duluth to Las Vegas. The service, which began in 2006, will end Aug. 18, airport officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/02/allegiant-duluth?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:02:49 -0600 Como Zoo expands with baby gorilla birth A baby western lowland gorilla was born at St. Paul's Como Zoo last week. The infant appears to be strong and healthy, zoo officials said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/02/baby-gorilla-birth?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:16:59 -0600 Semi driver hit, injured in I-35W accident The driver had gotten out of his cab following a fender bender Monday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/02/semi-driver-hit-injured?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:37:03 -0600 Apostle Islands ice caves opening draws 11K Despite slippery conditions and a new fee, 11,200 people took in Wisconsin's Lake Superior ice caves over the weekend. The weather is likely to shut the caves by March 17. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/02/ice-caves?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:38:40 -0600 Minnesotans head east to fix Boston's extreme ice dams Minnesota's ice dam removers are being greeted in Boston 'like Santa Claus.' http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/26/boston-ice-dams?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:22:50 -0600 Sun Country pilots authorize call to strike if contract talks fail Pilots say they don't want to strike but that they earn well below industry standards. Negotiations began in 2010. Federal mediators have been involved since 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/25/sun-country-pilots?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:20:44 -0600 U of M changes criteria for when it identifies race of suspects in crime alerts Descriptions of suspects will still be included when they help identify a potentially dangerous suspect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/25/u-crime-alerts?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:49:34 -0600 State officials highlight congestion, push for transportation funding MnDOT estimates the number of state roads in poor condition will increase by 75 percent by 2025 if no changes are made. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/24/transportation-funding?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:52:51 -0600 Minnesota Somalis condemn terrorist video A leading expert on al-Shabab said the video it posted encouraging attacks on the Mall of America could be a ploy to regain international attention. Minnesota's Somali community leaders condemned the call for attacks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/23/mall-of-america-threat?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:10:22 -0600 Mother of son who died of overdose calls for more Narcan awareness There is growing concern that the drug's distribution remains too limited and that not enough people know about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/23/mother-calls-for-narcan-awareness?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:31:51 -0600 Twin Cities snow delivers slippery commute, 305 crashes The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported partially snow-covered roads on Friday morning in all but the southwestern corner of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/20/winter-weather-commute?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:19:23 -0600 Why would you snowkite? One snowkiter says the feeling of being dragged across the ice and snow while attached to a kite is euphoric. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/18/why-would-you-snowkite?refid=0 Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:13:22 -0600 Guthrie Theater names Joseph Haj new artistic director Haj said he believes the theater can find a balance between performing classic productions and producing new work. He takes over in July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/17/new-guthrie-director?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:36:28 -0600 Tower replacing Nye's Polonaise Room clears hurdle Developers are hoping to start construction by February 2016, although that date depends on how long the approval process takes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/11/nyes?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:44:51 -0600 Ice, ice, baby: Slick roads make for messy commute The winter storm continues to pose problems on the road as snow covers slick roads across Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/10/winter-weather?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:48:14 -0600 Big python survives fire that destroyed Cottage Grove home Firefighters rescued a 4-foot python after a Cottage Grove home caught fire on Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/10/python-survives-fire?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:02:48 -0600 15 years for woman who ran over man after bar tab fight A Minneapolis woman who pleaded guilty to attempted murder for running down a man with her car after a night out at a bar was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/06/bar-tab-fight?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 13:51:23 -0600 Bus grocery store aims to close gaps in the food system The bus aims to close gaps in the food system by tailoring the groceries it sells to the needs of specific communities -- and bringing the store to them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/05/mobile-market?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2015 15:01:47 -0600 Police: Suspect killed himself after west metro manhunt David Winters died of a self-inflicted gunshot and was dead when officers entered the Jordan, Minn., home where he was hiding, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/04/man-found-dead-jordan?refid=0 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 14:45:09 -0600 CEO departs Fairview 15 months after taking job The Fairview Board of Directors announced Tuesday that Rulon Stacey's final work day at the Minneapolis-based company will be March 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/04/fairview-ceo?refid=0 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 12:19:02 -0600 Sheriff: Fishermen's vehicle may have broken through ice Authorities are still searching for two people who went missing this weekend during an ice fishing trip at Lake Benton in southwest Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/04/two-missing-ice-fishing?refid=0 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:38:43 -0600 Privacy laws may need updates with emergence of police body cameras As some law enforcement agencies across the state start to outfit officers with body cameras, a debate has arisen about how much of the footage should be available to the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/04/mcgeveran?refid=0 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:30:06 -0600 Police: Man found dead after west metro manhunt Hennepin County authorities are searching for a suspect connected to a shootout with police Tuesday. The incident triggered a manhunt that led to searches of a St. Louis Park Byerly's and an Edina neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/03/byerlys-police?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 11:54:22 -0600 Feathers ruffled over backyard chicken changes Chickens are getting some serious political attention in Minneapolis -- and it's more than mindless squawking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/30/chickens?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:35:15 -0600 Sheriff: New Hope shooter wasn't supposed to possess gun Raymond Kmetz was prohibited by state law from possessing the shotgun used in the shooting, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said Wednesday. Kmetz bought ammo the day of the shooting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/28/new-hope-shooter?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:10:22 -0600 Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to get 21st-century redesign If the proposal is approved, construction could start as early as August and will last until the fall of 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/28/sculpture-garden?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:45:13 -0600 Warm weather alters City of Lakes Loppet's plans The festival's cross-country ski route typically begins at Theodore Wirth Park and ends at Minneapolis' Chain of Lakes, but this year will be contained within Wirth Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/27/loppet-moved?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:41:29 -0600 Suspect charged in killing of Cottage Grove High School teacher Bailey Garcia, 19, of Pine Springs faces a single count of second degree murder in connection with the shooting death of art teacher and bar owner David Frigaard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/26/teacher-killed?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:30:00 -0600 Lack of snow could mean new location for City of Lakes Loppet The City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival said cancellation of the cross-country ski event isn't an option. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/26/loppet?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:41:54 -0600 Citywide curbside composting coming to Minneapolis City residents will support the program through an additional service charge of $3.40 per month -- regardless of whether they participate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/26/curbside-composting?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:24:33 -0600 Migrating seniors won't be stopped by tax policy, research shows Professor Karen Conway said other Midwestern states that have eliminated taxes on Social Security benefits have not had any measurable change to senior migration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/26/conway?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:20:42 -0600 Police shoot, injure burglary suspect in Blaine A woman called police to report a break-in. She said the intruder was fighting her boyfriend in the kitchen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/22/blaine-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:13:39 -0600 Patience, Laura Ingalls Wilder fans: More copies of 'Pioneer Girl' are coming The drought may soon be over for Laura Ingalls Wilder fans. The South Dakota State Historical Society Press expects another huge shipment of books in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/21/books-pioneer-girl?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:08:43 -0600 Study: People mostly ignorant or wrong about old age health care costs A recent study from the University of Minnesota shows that middle-aged adults underestimate the likelihood that they'll need long-term health care services as they grow older. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/21/long-term-care?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:53:31 -0600 Red Lake Band mulls growing marijuana legally following Justice ruling Red Lake's tribal council OK's a feasibility study after federal officials said tribes can legalize marijuana in their territories under certain conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/16/redlake?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2015 08:11:30 -0600 U.S. attorney: Community connections key to fighting extremist recruitment The recent terror attacks in Paris are renewing attention on recruitment by foreign terror groups. Federal officials say Minnesota is a center for such activity in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/15/lugar?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:07:59 -0600 Target's Canadian exit puts some MN jobs at risk With its expansion plans in tatters, the Minneapolis-based retail giant will close its 133 Canadian stores. Some 600 Twin Cities jobs are tied to Target's Canada operations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/15/target-canada?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jan 2015 07:39:37 -0600 Several noteworthy old buildings face demolition Historic preservationists are feeling on the defense in the state as real estate pressures threaten some high-profile historic buildings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/14/hanafinberg?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:15:39 -0600 St. Paul police fatally shoot man during confrontation Police said the shooting occurred when officers responded to a report that a man had threatened a woman via cell phone. The St. Paul NAACP called for an independent investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/14/stpaul-police-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2015 06:01:22 -0600 AAA: Minnesota gas prices among the lowest in U.S. The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Minnesota is $1.94 as of Tuesday. That's down almost 50 cents from just a month ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/13/gas-prices?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:27:29 -0600 Grand Marais climber Lonnie Dupre reaches summit of Mount McKinley If confirmed, it would make him the first person to successfully make the 20,237-foot climb in January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/12/lonnie-dupre?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 09:44:16 -0600 New Mpls. system to crack down on those who don't shovel The city is shifting responsibility for doing the actual work of clearing the sidewalks from city public works employees to a private contractor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/09/minneapolis-shoveling?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2015 14:26:35 -0600 It's a girl! Como Zoo welcomes a baby orangutan A 27-year-old Sumatran orangutan named Markisa gave birth to the 3.45-pound female at the University of Minnesota's Veterinary Medical Center this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/09/baby-orangutan-zoo?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2015 11:14:04 -0600 Icy roads clog for dangerous commute The Minnesota State Patrol warns that bridges, ramps and highway overpasses could be covered in black ice, and is urging motorists to drive cautiously and take their time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/09/traffic?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2015 08:25:31 -0600 How to keep dogs healthy and happy during extreme cold and snow Dog experts around the state offer advice on how to keep Emmy and Fido and Max happy and healthy during winter's roughest weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/08/dogs-and-cold?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2015 09:17:55 -0600 Charities, shelters struggle to aid needy as temperatures plunge Charities are stepping up efforts to help the homeless as bone-chilling cold grips Minnesota this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/06/charities-step-up-efforts?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2015 10:07:36 -0600 Rough commute as crashes block roads Icy conditions on Twin Cities roads stalled traffic and caused more than 150 accidents on Tuesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/06/traffic?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2015 07:34:52 -0600 Humane Society accuses Minnesota chicken processor of animal cruelty Representatives of Butterfield Foods Co. deny the allegations and say the company complies with all laws and industry standards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/05/accusations-of-animal-cruelty?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 12:50:31 -0600 Black Lives Matter Mpls to urge no charges at Bloomington meeting The group is asking supporters to urge the city's attorney not to press charges against Mall of America protesters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/05/black-lives-matter?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 09:11:55 -0600 Man killed in crash with semi in Kandiyohi Co. The Minnesota State Patrol said Shawn Murphy, 34, of Graceville, Minnesota, who at the wheel of the Cadillac Deville, died in the crash. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/02/hwy-12-crash?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jan 2015 12:58:02 -0600 Drunken driving arrests on New Year's dropped Law enforcement agencies from across the state arrested 174 drivers for DWIs between Wednesday and early Thursday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/02/drunken-driving-arrests?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jan 2015 08:10:36 -0600 1 of 2 found dead in Plymouth identified The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified the woman found dead in a Plymouth home on Monday as Susan Marie James. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/02/plymouth-id?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jan 2015 06:44:28 -0600 Maple Grove crash kills two Police identified the victims Saturday as Sheron Swanson, 68, and Michael Kelley, 54. Police said Kelley was driving an SUV that crossed the center line of County Road 81. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/27/maplegrove-accident?refid=0 Sat, 27 Dec 2014 14:01:38 -0600 Snow leads to accidents, snow emergency declarations Between three and six inches of snow fell across a wide swath of the state Friday night and Saturday morning, leading to over 300 accidents and one death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/27/snow-emergencies-and-accidents?refid=0 Sat, 27 Dec 2014 11:20:33 -0600 St. Paul schools pay most employees who missed checks St. Paul Public Schools has paid most of its employees who didn't receive scheduled direct deposits this week, the district announced Friday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/26/missed-paychecks-st-paul-schools?refid=0 Fri, 26 Dec 2014 13:05:52 -0600 Mother charged in drowning death of child A young mother told police that she drowned her 6-year-old daughter in the bathtub "to save her from the world." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/24/drowning-death-charges?refid=0 Wed, 24 Dec 2014 11:52:14 -0600 2 Wis. men die after being swept into Lake Superior A 66-year-old man tried to rescue a 40-year-old, but got pulled into Lake Superior himself by a large wave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/24/lake-superior-drowning?refid=0 Wed, 24 Dec 2014 06:36:09 -0600 Fergus Falls councilman remembered as 'marvelous public servant' A Fergus Falls City Council member and business school professor died in a car accident following a police chase in Otter Tail County on Monday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/24/timothy-rundquist?refid=0 Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:50:01 -0600 Three injured in Lowertown St. Paul shootout Police said they received reports of a shooting at the SuperAmerica at 296 E. Seventh St. shortly before 6:30 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/23/lowertown-shootout?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 09:37:34 -0600 City attorney to file charges 'to make an example' of MOA protest organizers City Attorney Sandra Johnson said her office may also seek restitution for additional security costs incurred by the Mall of America and city of Bloomington due to the protest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/23/moa-protest-charges?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 08:22:17 -0600 Driver dies after police chase in Otter Tail County The man died after crashing into an unoccupied police car while fleeing from law enforcement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/23/otter-tail-chase?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 06:51:31 -0600 Twin Cities police departments react to NYPD killings Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder said there are "heightened states of awareness" about officer safety, but the department's message to officers is to focus on public safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/22/stpaul-mpls-police-respond-to-nypd-deaths?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:59:36 -0600 Northstar rail line to offer refunds for late trains in January The program launches Jan. 1, but commuters can sign up for the program on Metro Transit's website right away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/19/northstar-rail-refunds?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:31:28 -0600 Police say teenager killed on I-694 charged officers with knife Authorities also identified the two officers who shot Johnathon Dean Mar, 18, of Kennewick, Wash., following the discovery of a dead man at a rest stop and a high-speed pursuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/19/i-694-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:09:23 -0600 18-year-old Washington man ID'd in I-694 police chase, shooting Authorities have confirmed the identity of two men who died Wednesday in a string of incidents that included an apparent killing at a Maple Grove rest stop and a fatal police shooting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/18/i-694-deaths-details?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:38:10 -0600 Minnesota's volunteers are a generous bunch, but there are fewer of them The volunteer rate in Minnesota remains higher than other states -- but it is falling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/18/minnesota-volunteer-rate?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:59:02 -0600 Two dead, 'more questions than answers,' after I-694 police chase An apparent killing at a Maple Grove rest area early Wednesday led to a police chase that ended with officers killing the suspect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/17/i-694-closed?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:47:23 -0600 Ventura sues publisher HarperCollins over 'American Sniper' The latest lawsuit by the former Minnesota governor claims HarperCollins is profiting from defamatory references in a book by Chris Kyle, a deceased Navy SEAL. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/16/jesse-ventura-sues-harpercollins?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:00:25 -0600 Software engineer in 18 weeks? Twin Cities tech groups launch training Backers say the effort will help fill the growing demand for high tech workers in Minnesota. Tuition costs $12,500. Applications are due Jan. 22 http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/15/prime-digital-academy?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:33:25 -0600 What the decision allowing tribes to legalize marijuana on reservations means In a memo Thursday the U.S. Department of Justice said American Indian tribes can legalize marijuana in their territories as long as they follow the same conditions required of states that have legalized the drug. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/12/what-the-decision-allowing-tribes-to-legalize-marijuana-on-reservations-means?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:11:05 -0600 Cyclist Greg Lamond is back with science fitness book after anti-doping vindication Cyclist Greg LeMond has released a new book called "The Science of Fitness." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/12/lemond?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:32:27 -0600 Bent Paddle Brewing in Duluth settles logo lawsuit Duluth-based Bent Paddle Brewing has settled a lawsuit alleging that a logo used on some of its beers infringed on the trademark of a Vermont-based brewery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/12/bent-paddle-brewing-lawsuit-settled?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:28:46 -0600 Crash in Lowry Hill Tunnel stalls I-94 traffic in Minneapolis Traffic was backed up on westbound Interstate 94 on Friday morning after an accident in the Lowry Hill Tunnel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/12/traffic-minneapolis-lowry-tunnel?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:49:42 -0600 Homelessness fell in St. Paul in national survey report But St. Paul's data in the U.S. Conference of Mayors Task Force on Hunger and Homelessness report indicates that shelter capacity in the city is currently stretched to the limit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/11/st-paul-homelessness-report?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:07:37 -0600 How Minnesota will decide medical marijuana dosages The state is setting up a system to manage the medical marijuana program, which will track patient outcomes to help guide prescriptions in the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/11/arneson-medical-marijuana-dosages?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 08:14:41 -0600 In Richfield's 66th Street bike-friendly revamp, 18 homes must go The renovation will transform the busy four-lane street by adding protected bike lanes, wider and buffered sidewalks, medians and left-turn lanes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/10/richfield-oks-revamping-66th-st?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:29:40 -0600 Crews battle 4 fires in less than 24 hours in Minneapolis Assistant Chief Cherie Penn says the fires are unrelated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/09/mpls-3-fires?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2014 08:36:19 -0600 Police training comes into focus for some Minnesota departments "The public needs to see us as more transparent," Roseville Police Chief Rick Mathwig told MPR News' The Daily Circuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/08/minnesota-police-protest-reaction?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:12:20 -0600 1 killed, 6 hurt in Meeker County crash The State Patrol says a truck driven by Fidencio Ramirez Rojas lost control and hit a Chevrolet Malibu headed in the opposite direction on Highway 12 shortly after 6 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/08/1-dead-6-hurt-in-meeker-county-crash?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 09:07:25 -0600 Airport workers' wage protest briefly hobbles MSP Traffic has returned to normal at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after an afternoon rally at the main terminal where airport workers called for a $15 an hour minimum wage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/05/airport-protest?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16:15:46 -0600 St. Paul bike plan would more than double bikeways A comprehensive bike plan would set a long-term goal of adding about 200 miles of bikeways to city streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/05/st-paul-?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 12:42:03 -0600 Judge: Banks' data breach claims against Target can proceed Target lawyers challenged arguments the company was negligent in the data breach and violated a Minnesota credit card security. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/03/target-data-breach-lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 09:57:17 -0600 One dead in head-on collision with semi The accident occurred on Highway 12 just east of Maple Plain at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/03/fatal-head-on-crash?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 06:38:21 -0600 Heroin deaths prompt Duluth to spread the word on anti-overdose drugs Area health workers are pressing to get anti-overdose medicine into the hands of drug users following three opiate overdose deaths during recent days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/02/duluth-opiate-overdose-reaction?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2014 13:56:03 -0600 Minnesota's first medical pot makers get the OK to get growing LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions were chosen from among 12 applicants. Production will start in Cottage Grove and Otsego. State officials hope the products are ready for sale by July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/01/minnesota-medical-marijuana?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 08:51:38 -0600 Map: St. Paul fined more people higher fees for not shoveling Both Minneapolis and St. Paul send work crews to clear sidewalks at property owners' expense. But last winter, St. Paul cleared more sidewalks and assessed higher fees against scofflaws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/01/st-paul-snow-shoveling-fines-and-assessments?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600 KFAI could run out of money next year The board will meet tonight to decide how to fill a more than $100,000 deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/24/kfai-finances?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:45:47 -0600 Troublesome tech? Mpls. offers free workshops to get online Residents can learn about online security and get help repairing Internet devices. The first workshop is Saturday. Anyone is welcome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/22/minneapolis-tech-classes?refid=0 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:00 -0600 Two heroin dealers charged in Maple Grove fatal overdose Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said his office's goal is to send a message to drug distributors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/19/maple-grove-overdose-charges?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:11:01 -0600 Bitter cold: Temperature drop adds to misery for Minnesotans in need For the 10,000 homeless Minnesotans and many others in need, the harsh mid-November cold that dropped into the state is more than just an early hassle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/19/cold-effects?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Peterson suspended without pay through end of season The NFL Players Association said Peterson will immediately appeal. Peterson pleaded no contest earlier this month to a misdemeanor charge of child abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/18/peterson-suspended?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:03:54 -0600 Where the Ice Bucket Challenge money will go in Minnesota Donations will end waiting lists for needed equipment and technology, the state ALS chapter announced. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/13/ice-bucket-challenge-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:57:55 -0600 Minneapolis' Grain Belt sign could shine again The August Schell Brewing Company hopes to refurbish and preserve the sign, which has been dark for nearly two decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/12/minneapolis-grain-belt-sign?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:19:54 -0600 What will happen to Adrian Peterson and when? The star running back and Vikings' fans can expect a resolution sometime in coming weeks, says writer Ben Goessling, who covers the team for ESPN. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/11/goessling-on-adrian-peterson-and-the-future?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2014 08:46:35 -0600 School bus joy ride ends in early morning crash A stolen bus driven by a 15-year-old boy sideswiped another vehicle on Highway 32 near Ulen, Minnesota, northwest of Detroit Lakes, officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/11/school-bus-theft-crash?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2014 08:39:33 -0600 Many accidents, 4 deaths in season's first snowstorm; cold moving in Forecasters predict a weeklong deep freeze that could see temperatures dropping into the single digits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/11/and-now-the-cold?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2014 05:22:58 -0600 Community group demands on-air apology for #pointergate Neighborhoods Organizing for Change wants KSTP to apologize for a story alleging Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges made a gang sign as she posed for a picture with a local organizer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/10/community-group-demands-onair-apology-for-pointergate?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:54:44 -0600 Mother Nature delivers a one-two punch in Minnesota Slippery slopes, semis in the ditch and a grinding commute are all part of Minnesota's snowy landscape as the state grapples with the season's first major winter storm. Another wave of snow is expected Monday night into Tuesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/10/winter-snow-arrives-in-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2014 08:23:09 -0600 Minneapolis police start using body cameras Friday The body camera pilot program will last six to nine months and includes 36 officers from precincts across the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/06/minneapolis-body-cameras?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:25:16 -0600 Map: Here's who didn't shovel in Minneapolis and got fined Each winter, as snow piles higher and ice hardens in the cold, some people just don't shovel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/06/minneapolis-map-snow-shoveling-fines?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek re-elected Stanek earned more than twice as many votes as his opponent, Minneapolis Deputy Police Chief Eddie Frizell. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/05/hennepin-county-sherrif-rich-stanek-reelected?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 12:06:58 -0600 Voters scrap alcohol sales restrictions on Minneapolis The result means the end of the 70/30 rule, a decades-old code that restricted alcohol sales at some restaurants with beer and wine licenses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/05/voters-scrap-alcohol-sales-restrictions-on-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 08:39:54 -0600 Minneapolis boosts elected office filing fees The city's previous election filing fee was set at $20. The city will now require a $500 fee to run for mayor, among other increases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/05/minneapolis-votes-to-bump-up-elected-office-filing-fees?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 08:34:12 -0600 Judge denies U.S. request to block Honeywell wellness program The federal government had asked the judge to bar the company from imposing tests and threatening to fine those who refuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/03/honeywell-tests?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:00:00 -0600 Nice Ride Minnesota pedals to a banner year, weighs winter cycling The program's continued success could pave the way for bike sharing in all seasons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/03/nice-ride-season-in-review?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 08:49:27 -0600 Free transit rides on tap for Election Day The complementary rides are the result of a law passed earlier this year that's designed to increase voter participation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/31/election-day-transportation-options?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:16:30 -0500 A year of abundance for Minnesota's trails, parks The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources spent more than $8 million building new projects or rehabbing old ones this construction season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/31/new-trails-park-projects-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:54:48 -0500 At Honeywell, required biometric and medical testing prompt a lawsuit The tests required by the company would measure blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, as well as check for evidence of smoking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/29/honeywell-biometric-medical-testing-lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:47:31 -0500 Unsafe arsenic levels in 10 percent of new Minn. private wells The number is significant because one out of every five state residents relies on private wells for drinking water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/27/unsafe-arsenic-levels-in-10-percent-of-new-minn-private-wells?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:08:19 -0500 Police chase in White Bear Lake ends in garage crash Two would-be car thieves attracted the attention of police after driving the wrong way down a street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/27/police-chase-car-crash?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:21:49 -0500 Minnesota atheists sue over right to perform marriages They want the same rights as mainstream churches, Hindu associations and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/24/minnesota-atheists-sue-over-right-to-perform-marriages?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:10:39 -0500 Woman indicted for helping undocumented immigrants obtain false IDs Mireya Reyes, 31, was charged in U.S. District Court with five counts of aiding and abetting the misuse of Social Security numbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/23/immigrants-false-ids-charges-minnesota-woman?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:32:49 -0500 Delta investigates minor accident involving two planes on the ground Authorities reported no injuries to passengers or crew. Both planes sustained minor damage and returned to hangars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/23/airplanes-minor-accident-msp?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:40:36 -0500 Portable standing desk business in Superior gets Kickstarter boost Three friends aim to mass produce a portable standing desk manufactured regionally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/22/standstand-superior-wisconsin?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:07:58 -0500 Opus-Greco eyes another St. Paul site for luxury development The Seven Corners Gateway Site is proposed to replace an existing parking lot located across the street from the Xcel Energy Center and near a center for homeless services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/22/proposed-development-for-st-paul?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:09:44 -0500 Single-sort boosts Minneapolis recycling by 25% The city has also reduced the amount of trash sent to the incinerator by 16 percent or 13,511 tons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/21/minneapolis-recycling?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:41:56 -0500 Coal truck accident, spill shuts Hwy 61 The accident occurred near the junction with Interstate 494 shortly after 6 a.m. The northbound lanes of the highway were closed as crews cleaned up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/21/highway-61-closed?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:54:33 -0500 Senser leaving work release, can return home with conditions Amy Senser can return home Monday after finishing a work release program, part of her sentence from a 2012 conviction tied to a high-profile hit and run death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/20/amy-senser?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:04:40 -0500 2 injured in downtown Minneapolis fire Apartments on the third and fourth floors were damaged and much of the building sustained smoke damage, officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/20/downtown-mpls-fire?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:26:48 -0500 Four stabbed in late night St. Paul dispute The man who initiated the fight was arrested and is in custody at the Ramsey County Jail. Police are investigating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/14/st-paul-stabbing?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:04:49 -0500 MN leaders press for Ebola screening of W. Africa travelers at MSP The lesson from Texas is that even one case of Ebola can have devastating consequences, Gov. Dayton and Sens. Klobuchar and Franken say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/13/ebola-screening-wanted?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:35:45 -0500 Como Zoo cougar scratches man who climbed exhibit barrier A man was scratched on the hand by a cougar Thursday at the Como Zoo after he allegedly climbed on the outer railing of the animal's exhibit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/10/man-scratched-by-cougar-como-zoo?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:14:13 -0500 Minnesota charitable giving plunges as wealthy pull back The state has dropped to 39th in charitable giving as the wealth gap increases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/10/charitable-giving-drops?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:42:06 -0500 Pedal power: 2040 plan outlines boost for bike infrastructure in Hennepin Co. The plan aims to add 20 miles of bikeways in Hennepin County annually, providing more options for recreational riders as well as commuters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/08/hennepin-county-bike-plan?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 08:42:27 -0500 After an assault on two women downtown, Minneapolis issues crime alert The assaults happened in parking Ramp C on the 300 block of 2nd Avenue North. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/08/after-an-assault-on-two-women-downtown-minneapolis-issues-crime-alert?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 06:49:34 -0500 Authorities seek help to identify man found dead in utility shed The victim was wearing glasses and a leather motorcycle jacket. He had a hoop earring in his left ear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/07/police-public-help-id?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2014 08:32:40 -0500 High court clears way for gay marriage in Wisconsin, 4 other states The justices did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. However, the question of same-sex marriage nationwide remains unresolved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/06/supreme-court-clears-way-for-wisconsin-gay-marriage?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 09:00:07 -0500 Complaint: Vikings player pepper sprayed, stunned after resisting arrest Minneapolis police subdued and arrested Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson after he was repeatedly asked to leave a downtown building early Sunday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/06/vikings-dt-johnson-arrested-for-disorderly-conduct?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 07:36:02 -0500 Near normal at MSP after weekend Chicago fire scrambled flights Air traffic experts say the system worked well to make sure passengers already in the air arrived safely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/29/update-air-travel?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:38:38 -0500 Officer Patrick's accused killer makes court appearance Prosecutors allege that Brian Fitch Sr. shot Patrick during a routine traffic stop in West St. Paul on July 30. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/25/officer-patricks-accused-killer-makes-court-appearance?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:29:28 -0500 400 Bar to be evicted from Mall of America An ambitious effort by a legendary Minneapolis rock club appears to have failed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/24/400-bar-to-be-evicted-from-mall-of-america?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:45:51 -0500 St. Paul curbs traffic on downtown bridge, citing structural concerns City officials say the Kellogg Boulevard-Third Street Bridge is safe but added they'll immediately pursue funding to rebuild it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/23/downtown-st-paul-bridge?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:57:09 -0500 St. Paul poised to pay $95,000 settlement in police assault claim City documents show there was no internal affairs investigation of the incident by St. Paul police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/23/st-paul-police-assault?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:41:28 -0500 3 injured in early morning shooting at Minneapolis gas station The victims appear to have been shooting at each other, according to police who are still investigating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/23/early-morning-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:25:13 -0500 Overturned semi blocks I-35W traffic The accident spilled auto parts across Interstate 35W, the State Patrol said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/22/overturned-semi-blocks-i-35w-traffic-?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:52:47 -0500 Minneapolis cops capture man who fled courthouse after conviction Michael Henderson ran from the Hennepin County Courthouse Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/19/escaped-convict-captured?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:38:10 -0500 Race, poverty tied to metro transportation funding The policy ties transportation money to equity for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/18/race-poverty-transportation-funding?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:10:12 -0500 Hoffman tipster to collect $40K reward "Words cannot express the thanks we extend to the individual who led law enforcement to the suspect," the friends and family of victim Kelly Phillips said in a statement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/16/hoffman-tipster-reward?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:42:49 -0500 Serial rapist withdraws petition for release Convicted rapist Thomas Ray Duvall, 59, was appealing his civil commitment before a judicial panel in Hennepin County. Duvall's release was initially supported by state and county officials, but they withdrew support late last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/16/sex-offender-release-petition-withdrawn?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:34:55 -0500 Boy's treehouse must come down, Mpls board rules Clem Pryke built the treehouse in the summer of 2012 for his 13-year-old son Daniel http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/12/boys-treehouse-must-come-down?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:48:41 -0500 Fugitive Ty Hoffman arrested in Shakopee The man who police suspect of shooting and killing his former business partner was taken into custody without incident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/11/fugitive-ty-hoffman-arrested?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:45:44 -0500 Babes in Bikeland race expects hundreds of riders The 8th annual Babes in Bikeland race for mostly 'WTF' -- women, transgender and femme -- riders happens in Minneapolis on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/12/cycling-babes-in-bikeland-race?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:13:11 -0500 Prosecutors ask to reinstate charges against LaDue for school plot The Waseca County Attorney's office originally charged LaDue in early May with four counts of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of attempted criminal damage to property and six counts of possessing explosives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/10/john-ladue-charges?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:24:57 -0500 Dozens of bands to play front porches for Powderhorn PorchFest in Minneapolis A Minneapolis neighborhood will host the third annual Powderhorn PorchFest, which features 25 bands, along two blocks of 17th Avenue on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/08/porchfest-music?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 07:27:40 -0500 Southwest light rail foes file lawsuit The nonprofit Land and Parks Alliance of Minneapolis argues an appropriate environmental review hasn't been conducted on the route. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/08/swlrt-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:32:42 -0500 Father charged in shaken baby death Stearns County prosecutors say that a 32-year-old man shook his baby son hard enough to cause a brain injury that led to the child's death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/08/father-charged?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:53:51 -0500 Girl struck by train in Anoka The accident occurred near Highway 47 at about 8:30 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/08/girl-struck-by-train-in-anoka?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2014 07:28:20 -0500 Minneapolis Public Schools halts suspensions for youngest students Minneapolis Public Schools has declared a moratorium on suspending its youngest students for non-violent behavior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/05/suspension-moratorium?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 07:41:47 -0500 Minneapolis fast-food workers join nationwide wage protests The "Fight for $15" campaign has spread across the country in recent years. It's the first time that workers in Minnesota have officially joined in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/04/minneapolis-fast-food-workers?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:40:00 -0500 Coon Rapids fire department to carry opiate overdose drug Narcan All seven vehicles used by the department to respond to medical emergencies will be stocked with Narcan, a drug that can reverse opiate overdoses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/04/narcan-coon-rapids-fire-department?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:24:04 -0500 2 Dorset restaurants burn down as severe storms pummel northern Minnesota Storm clusters will also take aim at Minnesota's Arrowhead and northern Wisconsin Thursday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/04/severe-storms?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:00:53 -0500 State Fair robbers take $10K in craft beer cash Late night incident is the first armed robbery of a vendor in Minnesota State Fair history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/03/stolen-beer?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:18:48 -0500 Edina OKs housing project for homeless youth The project still needs final approval from the City Council and city Planning Commission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/03/edina-oks-housing-project-for-homeless-youth?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 08:13:25 -0500 Union: 'Decorated' cops showed respect in STP skyway arrest In a statement released Saturday, union president Dave Titus said he stands behind the officers involved. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/08/union-decorated-cops-showed-respect-in-stp-skyway-arrest/?refid=0 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:43:31 -0500 St. Cloud State University facing up to $10M budget deficit Administrators at St. Cloud State University are instituting a "flexible hiring freeze" in an attempt to stabilize the school's finances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/30/st-cloud-state-university?refid=0 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:25:37 -0500 Motorcyclist dies after crash A motorcyclist who crashed in St. Francis earlier this week has died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/30/motorcyclist-dies?refid=0 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:15:36 -0500 Officers in Ramsey shooting named; probe continues The results of the BCA's investigation will be turned over to the Anoka County Attorney's office for consideration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/29/ramsey-shooting?refid=0 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500 St. Paul officer shoots, kills suspect on West Side St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith said officers responded to frantic 911 calls about a man acting violently. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/28/shooting-st-paul?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:41:31 -0500 Justice Dept. sues St. Anthony over rejection of Islamic center Abu-Huraira Islamic Center proposed a mosque at the old Medtronic headquarters in St. Anthony at 3055 Old Highway 8. The City Council voted 4-1 in June 2012 not to issue a conditional use permit for the mosque, citing appropriate land use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/27/islamic-center-st-anthony?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:04:21 -0500 Where ALS 'bucket challenge' money goes in Minnesota The viral fundraising campaign that's clogging up social media with videos of people pouring a bucket of ice water over their head is also bringing tens of millions of dollars to organizations that combat the debilitating disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/27/where-als-bucket-challenge-money-goes-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:42:25 -0500 Photos: When crashes, mayhem and fire drew State Fair crowds to Thrill Day The Thrill Day theme continued through much of the 1930s and 1940s with stunts like a man setting himself on fire and diving into a pool, or acrobats performing on the wings of planes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/26/photos-minnesota-state-fair-thrill-day?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:48:00 -0500 Woman charged with running over friend after Uptown bar bill fight Angela Dawn Jackson, 37, is being held on $500,000 bail at Hennepin County Jail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/26/uptown_bar_bill_fight?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:06:24 -0500 Lightning strikes start fires in Duluth Three separate buildings in Duluth were hit by lightning during storms on Sunday night, causing two fires and damage to the structures. The Duluth Fire Department said no one was injured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/25/duluth_lightning_strikes?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:45:02 -0500 First 2014 Minnesota West Nile virus case confirmed Public health officials say the risk for contracting West Nile virus appears to be much lower this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/22/first-2014-minnesota-west-nile-virus-case-confirmed-?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:33:05 -0500 3-car crash in cone zone near Willmar Spokesperson Judy Jacobs said no one was injured -- the flagger was able to jump out of the way before the cars crashed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/22/3car-crash-in-cone-zone-near-willmar?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:56:03 -0500 Drifting driver hits 11-year-old boy Police say an 11-year-old boy has been struck by a vehicle while walking along a street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/22/drifting-driver-hits-11yearold-boy?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:25:16 -0500 Police activity, big backups on I-94, I-394 Officials say road closures in the area are due to police activity but have not elaborated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/22/police-activity-means-big-backups-on-i94-i394?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:03:26 -0500 State seeks fairgoers' help for honeybees Campaign aims to recruit people to protect pollinators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/21/honeybee-help?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:52:18 -0500 Carver County teen crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way To kick off Jeni Haler's official duties, she will sit in a refrigerated cooler for six hours while a 90-block of butter is sculpted in her likeness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/21/princess-kay?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:07:35 -0500 Minn. Supreme Court limits property seizures The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that evidence obtained illegally may not be used to deny a civil complaint against seizure of property. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/20/supremecourt-searches?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:00:52 -0500 NHL concussion cases head to court Lawyers hope the three lawsuits will gain class-action status. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/20/concussion-cases?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:54:52 -0500 After Kelly Phillips' murder, reward offered in search for suspect Kelly Phillips was gunned down Aug. 11 outside an Arden Hills gas station. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/20/after-kelly-phillips-murder-reward-offered-in-search-for-suspect?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:30:29 -0500 Vikings, Kluwe reach settlement Team will pay an undisclosed amount to gay-advocacy groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/19/viking-kluwe-settlement?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:01:14 -0500 Warroad nickname opponents end fight A group that criticizes racism in sports has dropped an effort to force the Warroad, Minn., school district to change its name and logo after the local American Indian community objected to the change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/19/warroad?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:05:15 -0500 Traffic deaths pass 200 for 2014 so far The number of traffic fatalities is still lower than at this time in 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/18/traffic-deaths?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:56:24 -0500 Suspect charged in murder of Boston Scientific executive Law enforcement officials warned that anyone aiding the suspect or concealing his whereabouts could face up to 20 years in prison. The Ramsey County Attorney's Office said it will press charges against those found to have helped him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/15/hoffman-charges?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:36:48 -0500 Ferguson memorial turns into protest in Minneapolis A Thursday evening vigil meant to honor the 18-year-old killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri turned into a protest after Minneapolis officers in at least six squad cars detained a young woman who attended the event as she walked outside carrying a sign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/15/minneapolis-vigil-becomes-protest?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 06:17:50 -0500 Minnesota Security Hospital gets OSHA citation The Minnesota Security Hospital, which houses patients committed for being mentally ill or dangerous, has been wracked by findings of patient neglect and allegations of administrative chaos. A report released in May contained internal interviews with employees, who said they feared for their safety because of new policies on how to deal with patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/14/minnesota-security-hospital-osha?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:28:53 -0500 Primary 2014: Kahn, Loon hold on to legislative seats In two of the most hotly contested political races in the state, challengers are poised to unseat a longtime Democratic legislator and a veteran Republican one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/11/legislative-primary-2014?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:45:00 -0500 School start time change plan divides St. Paul parents A meeting to consider changing school start times was sometimes contentious. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/12/school-start-times-proposal?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 06:41:32 -0500 Fans embrace Vikings' new home at preseason opener There was a festive atmosphere in and around the stadium despite the heat. It was just six and half minutes into the first quarter that the Vikings put their first points on the board with a touchdown by Matt Asiata. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/09/vikings-preseason-opener?refid=0 Sat, 09 Aug 2014 07:43:47 -0500 Second 'supermoon' of the year happens today The second -- and closest -- of three 'supermoons' rises today. That's the term for a full moon at its closest point to Earth, which means the moon looks bigger and brighter than usual even though it's still hundreds of thousands of miles from us. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/08/second-supermoon-of-the-year-happens-sunday?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:27:33 -0500 State Patrol seeks help finding driver that killed bicyclist in hit-and-run Authorities are searching for a driver who hit two bicyclists on Saturday evening in Oak Park Heights, killing a 35-year-old woman and critically injuring her husband. The driver did not stop at the scene of the accident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/07/hit-and-run?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:24:45 -0500 1 teen killed, 3 injured in SUV rollover accident One teenage boy was killed and three others were injured when the SUV they were riding in veered out of control south of Rosemount on Wednesday night. All the victims were current or recent Burnsville High School students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/07/suv-rollover-accident?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:18:57 -0500 Target declares support for gay marriage Target signed onto the amicus brief for two cases dealing with same-sex marriage that are under appeal in the Seventh Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. The cases seek to overturn bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/06/target-declares-support-for-gay-marriage?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2014 06:35:04 -0500 Speed thrills: CenturyLink rolls out super-fast Twin Cities Internet access CenturyLink said its new high-speed internet will cost $80 to $110 a month, depending on how residents bundle their services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/05/centurylink-minnesota-high-speed-internet?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:32:42 -0500 Hennepin Co. first responders now carry drug to reverse opiate overdose Deaths from opiate overdoses have continued to rise in Minnesota and across the country in recent years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have described the level of opiate overdose deaths as an epidemic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/02/hennco-narcan?refid=0 Sat, 02 Aug 2014 12:32:59 -0500 Police officer's widow: "We truly all carry this burden" "You share our grief, and because of that, you lighten our burden," Michelle Patrick told the crowd gathered at the makeshift memorial in West St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/02/officer-patrick-memorial?refid=0 Sat, 02 Aug 2014 08:15:31 -0500 1st-degree murder charges in Schunk killing Anarae Schunk's ex-boyfriend Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, 32, and his current girlfriend Ashley Marie Conrade, 24, each face one count of first degree murder and one count of second degree murder. The indictment supersedes the previous charges of second-degree murder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/29/charges-in-schunk-killing?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:14:58 -0500 State presses feds to widen disaster declaration from spring storms President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration last week for parts of Minnesota damaged by flooding, but only eight of 51 counties cited by the state as damaged were on the list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/29/disaster-declaration?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:38:44 -0500 16-year-old charged in bus rider's death The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said that the victim died of multiple gunshot wounds. Police found at least six cartridge casings at the scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/29/minor-charged-in-bus-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:33:53 -0500 Domestic violence victims get better housing options under new law Soon, victims of domestic abuse will no longer need a court order to be eligible to get out of the lease early. And a requirement of paying an extra month's rent will go away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/29/domestic-violence-victims-housing?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:17:49 -0500 BBB: Scam uses victims' phone numbers The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is warning the public about a suspected identity theft operation that targets people by spoofing their cell phone numbers on caller ID. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/28/scam-caller?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:20:25 -0500 Hillary Clinton greets big crowd in St. Paul More than a thousand people stood in line to meet the former Secretary of State in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/20/hillary_clinton_book_signing?refid=0 Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:48:04 -0500 Willmar drug bust arrests dozens Officers have arrested 27 people. They're suspected of selling marijuana, prescription drugs and meth, among other drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/19/willmar-arrests?refid=0 Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:25:10 -0500 Invasive carp found in Miss. River near Cottage Grove The Minnesota DNR has found invasive carp farther upstream in the Mississippi than the fish has previously been encountered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/18/silver-carp?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:54:04 -0500 Heroin overdose treatment training set for Hennepin County launch Deaths from opiate overdoses, including heroin, have skyrocketed in Minnesota and across the country in recent years, leading the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to call it an epidemic. "people are dying and we need to do what we can to save them," Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/17/narcan-training?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:30:53 -0500 Former principal charged with not reporting abuse allegations against janitor A former principal and assistant principal have been charged with failing to report allegations against Walter Happel of sexual misconduct with students at a St. Paul school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/14/adminstrators-charged?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:21:43 -0500 Rapid bus favored for St. Paul to Woodbury line A bus system that operates more like a train is emerging as the top choice for a new corridor linking St. Paul to the eastern suburbs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/11/gateway-brt?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:24:13 -0500 St. Paul street car proposal brings out critics The proposed starter line is one of seven routes in the city's long-term streetcar plan. That line could cost an estimated $250 million if approved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/10/st-paul-street-car-proposal?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:34:45 -0500 Duluth's Mayor Ness may not run for re-election Duluth Mayor Don Ness said Thursday that he's leaning against running for office in 2015, although he won't make a final decision until fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/03/ness-deciding?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:28:26 -0500 Less room to roam as rotunda renovations pick up A new phase in the $272 million restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol that begins next week will force the closure of some parts of the building to the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/03/capitol-renovations?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:41:23 -0500 Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus found in Minn. West Nile virus has been found in Minnesota every year since its arrival in the state in 2002. Last year, there were 73 cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/03/west-nile-virus-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:44:51 -0500 Voters to consider raising Mpls filing fees The proposal approved Wednesday allows voters to decide whether to raise filing fees for city offices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/02/mpls-filingfees?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:20:39 -0500 Rogers stops radio-collaring bears for research Controversial bear researcher Lynn Rogers said he has removed radio collars from bears involved in a long-running northern Minnesota research project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/30/rogers-collars?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:57:48 -0500 Drug cuts heroin cravings, but is expanding use worth the risk? Buprenorphine is fairly new and has shown promise helping addicts. But there's a catch: Congress capped the number of patients each doctor can treat with the drug and a doctor must request a waiver to prescribe it. Some doctors and public health officials say it's time to remove the caps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/29/heroin-treatment-buprenorphine-cap?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:31:00 -0500 Waseca teen 'wanted as many victims as possible,' he says in court documents The night of his arrest, 17-year-old John LaDue told Waseca police that he had made plans to kill his family and then attack classmates at Waseca Junior and Senior High School, according to court records released Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/24/ladue-police?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:33:19 -0500 Record-breaking deluge brings 35-county emergency declaration In Minnesota history, the 25 inches of rain that has fallen through June 20 passes the previous record year of 2001 by over 4 inches. Nearly a year's worth of rain has fallen on the Twin Cities in the first six months of 2014, the National Weather Service said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/20/record-breaking-rain?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 04:09:24 -0500 Rains bring mudslide outside U hospital; Dayton declares emergency in 35 counties Minnesotans across the state woke up to thunder and torrential rain Thursday that triggered flash flooding and dangerous driving conditions in some places. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/19/heavy-rains-cause-traffic-headaches-in-twin-cities-around-the-state?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:24:43 -0500 Overdoses killed loved ones. Now, volunteers learn a remedy: Narcan The group, mostly made up of mothers, was instrumental in pushing for a new state law that makes it easier for doctors to more widely prescribe a drug called naloxone, or Narcan, that can bring someone back from an opiate overdose. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/19/narcan-drug-overdose-training?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:38:16 -0500 U of Minn. rowing team rescues woman in Mississippi River University of Minnesota women's rowing coach Wendy Davis and two team members were in a motorboat when they spotted the woman, waist-deep in the water and clutching a tree. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/18/u-rowing-team-river-rescue?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:18:48 -0500 U of M chemistry lab explosion injures one The explosion was limited to one lab on Smith Hall's fourth floor and didn't include a fire, university spokesman Chuck Tombarge said. U officials believe the explosion was caused by an organic compound, he added. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/17/u-of-m-chemistry-lab-explosion-injures-one?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:03:22 -0500 Arrests at MSP as disabilities workers protest pay About 70 supporters and airport workers had attended the Metropolitan Airports Commission's board meeting on Monday afternoon to voice grievances about the low wages they say are paid to some airport workers who assist people with disabilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/16/arrests-at-msp-as-disabilities-workers-protest-pay?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:10:24 -0500 Abusive priest: Church officials never asked for list of victims A former Catholic priest who has admitted to sexually abusing children said in a deposition made public Wednesday that he was never asked by church officials to identify all the children he'd abused, even though some officials knew he'd abused young boys as early as 1964. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/11/abusive-priest-church-officials-never-asked-for-list-of-victims?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:54:40 -0500 Child hit, injured by school bus Authorities are not yet releasing the child's identity or condition. Hoffman said the child was conscious while being evacuated by medical helicopter to a Twin Cities hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/05/child-hit-injured-by-school-bus?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:20:43 -0500 Minn. National Guard soldiers return from Afghanistan President Barack Obama last week laid out a plan to wind down the war in Afghanistan. The president wants to keep 9,800 troops there after combat missions end later this year before completely leaving the country in 2016. About 162 Minnesota guardsmen are still serving in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/05/minn-national-guard-soldiers-return-from-afghanistan?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:22:43 -0500 Video: Speeding semi narrowly misses stopped school bus The State Patrol posted a video on YouTube today of the May 30 incident recorded by the school bus camera. The footage shows the semi illegally passing the bus, which has its lights flashing and stop arm down, and then continuing on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/03/video-speeding-semi-narrowly-misses-stopped-school-bus?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:15:55 -0500 'White powder' in letter to governor's mansion brings out hazmat team; no danger The letter was processed at a location outside of the governor's residence, officials said, adding that it posed no threat to the governor. Officials have not identified the substance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/02/white-powder-governor?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:28:17 -0500 St. Thomas faculty member embroiled in sex abuse investigation to retire The announcement comes amid an internal investigation into whether Don Briel, director and founder of the Center for Catholic Studies, or others at the university knew that an archdiocesan board had recommended that the Rev. Michael Keating, a professor of Catholic Studies, not mentor young adults. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/30/saint-thomas-don-briel-retirement?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 It's mosquito season: How to keep them at bay The Twin Cities' annual war against mosquitoes is set to shift into full gear as mosquito control crews start spraying adult mosquitoes in the northern suburbs as early as this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/27/how-to-keep-mosquitoes-at-bay?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2014 20:49:00 -0500 Fresh produce trucks are a go in Minneapolis Trucks selling chef-crafted wares are as common a sight as ice cream trucks, perhaps even more so downtown. Soon another breed of trucks will sell fresh produce direct to consumers. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/05/fresh-produce-trucks-are-a-go-in-minneapolis/?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2014 11:49:40 -0500 Archdiocese releases more names of clergy accused of sex abuse None of the men's names had previously been disclosed by the Twin Cities archdiocese, even though media reports had named two of them previously and one former cleric had been convicted of sexual misconduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/22/archdiocese-releases-more-names-of-clergy-accused-of-sex-abuse?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2014 17:38:45 -0500 Advocates demand Minn. Security Hospital changes in wake of critical report Advocates said that hospital staff should be held accountable for failing to do their jobs adequately, but that broad accountability was more important than one or two staff members taking all the blame. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/22/advocates-demand-minn-security-hospital-changes-in-wake-of-critical-report?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2014 16:49:28 -0500 Charges: Parents raised red flags about St. Paul Schools custodian A former St. Paul school custodian already charged with looking under a bathroom stall at an 11-year-old boy is facing seven more sets of charges for sexually abusing and inappropriate behavior with children after new victims came forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/20/st-paul-schools-custodian-charges?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 20:49:48 -0500 Report: Security Hospital staff failed to protect patients A state investigation released Tuesday found that staff members at Minnesota Security Hospital failed to adequately supervise patients on the January evening that authorities say one patient assaulted and killed another in his cell. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/20/report-security-hospital-staff-failed-to-protect-patients?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 18:14:40 -0500 Lawyers press St. John's Abbey to open all files on suspected clergy abuse A lawsuit filed Monday accuses the Rev. Richard Eckroth of sexually abusing boys at a cabin in northern Minnesota. Internal documents show that Eckroth took more than 350 children to the cabin without their parents, but attorney Jeff Anderson said it's not clear how many of them may have been abused. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/19/saint-johns-abbey-abuse-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2014 17:04:49 -0500 Bones found in park identified as belonging to missing Lakeville man Human bones found in a Lakeville, Minn. park by high school students on a field trip Thursday have been identified as the remains of a 50 year-old man who has been missing for two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/16/bones-found-in-park-identified-as-belonging-to-missing-lakeville-man?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 17:33:08 -0500 Declaring same-sex marriage battle won, Project 515 ends Erica Mauter never imagined when she was growing up that she'd be able to get married. Polls in Minnesota as recently as a decade ago showed that a large majority opposed same-sex marriage. But as advocates publicly pushed the issue, opinions began to change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/16/declaring-samesex-marriage-battle-won-project-515-ends-?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 09:12:25 -0500 Al-Shabab recruiting video shows a fake Minnesota airline boarding pass Extremist group al-Shabaab released a video in English this week that calls for supporters to carry out a "lone-wolf mission" of terrorism or travel to Somalia to join the terrorist group. The video closes with a mock-up of an airplane boarding pass showing Minnesota as the point of origin and the slogan, "Next flight to Mogadishu the only one missing is you." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/15/al-shabab-recruiting-video-shows-a-minneapolis-airline-boarding-pass?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 06:04:16 -0500 Hops sprout for craft beer fans in Minneapolis community garden Gardeners in the Longfellow neighborhood of south Minneapolis are planting a community garden where they grow only hops, the bitter plant used to brew beer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/13/hops-mpls?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 21:40:51 -0500 Shattuck-St. Mary's sued again over sexual abuse allegations This lawsuit, the third against the school, alleges it neglected to protect students from a teacher who sexually abused them, even after school officials were informed of inappropriate behavior and allegations of sexual misconduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/13/shattuck-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 13:28:24 -0500 Man who jumped into Mississippi River charged Joseph Mark Sanislo, 19, was filmed last week jumping off the 610 West River Bridge in Brooklyn Park as part of the "Cold Water Challenge," an online campaign that originally was intended to raise money for charity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/12/man-who-jumped-into-mississippi-river-charged-?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 18:03:40 -0500 Sponsors promise Sunday growler fight next session The union has argued that any Sunday sales could cause their members to reopen contract negotiations with the distributors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/09/sponsors-promise-sunday-growler-fight-next-session?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 18:50:54 -0500 Study: Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan wars more likely to face hunger The study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found 27 percent of young veterans from those wars do not have consistent access to food. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/07/study-hunger-vets?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 19:59:03 -0500 Whistleblower suit alleges Wildcat Sanctuary head retaliated against workers The suit alleges that all six paid staff members contacted former board chair Charles Durant in March 2013 to report that Thies had misused funds and supplies and that Thies retaliated against the employees by unfairly criticizing their performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/06/wildcat-whistleblowers-suit?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2014 16:30:11 -0500 Twin Cities Catholic Church fundraising $2 million short at midway point The Catholic Services Appeal Foundation asked priests in the May 2 letter to boost fundraising at parishes, but said the effort remains on track compared to the same period last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/06/twin-cities-catholic-church-fundraising?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2014 13:58:06 -0500 Former Minnesota Boy Scout's abuse lawsuit settled Peter Stibal was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison in 2011 for abusing four boys while leading a Boy Scout troop in Burnsville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/05/former-minnesota-boy-scouts-abuse-lawsuit-settles-?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 18:27:06 -0500 Man charged after crashing into Lowertown's Bulldog bar Matthew Michael Damman, 31, faces one charge for fleeing police and five counts of criminal vehicular operation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/02/man-charged-after-crashing-into-lowertowns-bulldog-bar?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 18:33:55 -0500 Report: Minn. second most bicycle-friendly state The yearly ranking scored Minnesota high for its policies and programs, although the state was ranked low for infrastructure and funding. It's the seventh year in a row that Minnesota has made it into the top five. Only Washington state received a higher overall ranking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/01/report-minn-second-most-bicyclefriendly-state?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 19:57:32 -0500 Primary picks two to race for Hennepin County Board seat Former state Rep. Marion Greene won almost 36 percent of the vote in the six-way race to fill the board seat in Hennepin County's 3rd District, which covers all of St. Louis Park and much of southwest Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/30/hennepin-county-board-primary?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:14:51 -0500 Key vote today in race for Hennepin County Board seat The top two vote getters in today's special primary election will proceed to the special election on May 13. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/29/hennepin-county-board-primary?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:15:30 -0500 Montevideo militia member sentenced on weapons charges Buford Braden Rogers, 25, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for one count of illegally possessing a firearm and one count of possessing homemade bombs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/28/militia-member-sentenced-to-3-years-4-months?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:52:43 -0500 New Minn. law requires crime labs to meet national standards The new law gives labs until July 2015 to begin the accreditation process. Accreditation often requires lengthy paperwork and can cost several thousand dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/25/new-minn-law-requires-crime-labs-to-meet-national-standards?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:41:44 -0500 Columbus Day may get renamed in Minneapolis: Indigenous Peoples' Day The American Indian Movement emerged in the 1960s from the streets of south Minneapolis, a longtime cultural crossroads for American Indian communities in the Midwest. And the burst of activism that followed has focused on all sorts of issues from treaty rights to sports mascots. But the celebration of Columbus Day still rankles Bill Means. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/columbus-day-may-get-renamed-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:35:58 -0500 Wildcat Sanctuary restructures after fund abuse State investigators confirmed that founder and executive director Tammy Thies spent the group's funds on personal items like underwear, makeup, movies and hair removal products, as well as books like "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" and "My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/22/misuse-of-funds-sparks-investigation-at-the-wildcat-sanctuary-?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:20:40 -0500 Police ID man killed outside Minnesota ballroom The man killed in a Mankato shooting over the weekend has been identified. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/22/police-id-man-killed-outside-minnesota-ballroom-?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:22:44 -0500 Central Corridor trains to roll 24/7 from opening Trains will run all night long on the light rail line connecting downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis when it opens in June. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/21/trains-overnight?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:05:28 -0500 1 dead, 3 injured in Mankato shooting Mankato police say gunfire broke out at a club, leaving one person dead and three others injured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/20/gunfire-at-mankato-club-leaves-1-dead-3-injured?refid=0 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:25:25 -0500 General Mills reverses itself on consumers' right to sue the company The company said in an e-mail late Saturday night that public concern forced it to remove new terms of service from its website. The Minnesota-based food company had planned to require consumers to agree to arbitration or informal negotiation instead of pursuing lawsuits if they've engaged with General Mills online through coupon downloads, sweepstakes, and other activities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/20/general-mills-reverses-itself-on-consumers-right-to-sue-the-company?refid=0 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:40:21 -0500 Rehabilitated snowy owl released into the wild An apparent collision with a Washington, D.C. bus sent the owl to the U of M's Raptor Center for new feathers and rehabilitation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/18/owl-release?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:59:07 -0500 Heroin sweep nets 65 arrests, 'punch' against cartels, officials say Nicknamed Operation Exile, the arrests began early Thursday morning led by a coalition of local, state and federal law enforcement officers in seven counties across the state, U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said. More arrests and charges are coming, he added. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/17/heroin-arrests-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500 Nicollet Ave. Kmart plan moves to full Minneapolis City Council A redevelopment plan that could lead to the reopening of Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street in Minneapolis took another step forward on Tuesday with approval from a City Council committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/15/minneapolis-kmart-plan?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:03:46 -0500 Christian group leader charged with 59 counts of sexual misconduct Victor Arden Barnard, 52, is charged with having sexual contact with at least two underage girls whose families were part of the ministry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/15/sexual-abuse-charges?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:48:03 -0500 Somalis seek new ways to combat violence after killings Dahir Ahmed Abdirahman, 29, and Tahany Abdi Omar Erbob, 24, were found shot to death in a car in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis on Friday night. Reached before the meeting, a spokesperson for the Minneapolis Police Department said the killings are under investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/15/somalis-seek-new-ways-to-combat-violence-after-killings?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:20:26 -0500 What last-minute Minn. tax filers need to know If you haven't filed by now, you probably won't be able to schedule time with an accountant so close to Tuesday night's deadline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/14/filing-taxes-what-you-need-to-know?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:01:35 -0500 Search to end for Minn. father and son missing in Rockies Damian McManus and his 18-year-old son Evan of St. Louis Park were reported missing on Sunday. They were on a father-and-son spring break hiking trip. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/09/search-ending-for-missing-father-son?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:50:50 -0500 Target Field transit hub commercial development takes shape The agreement today includes plans for a plaza, a coffee shop and other retail space and an amphitheater for small concerts or events before and after Minnesota Twins games. The agreement also makes way for a second light rail platform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/08/target-field-transit-hub-commercial-development-takes-shape?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:44:47 -0500 Change to St. Paul's recycling starts this week Starting Monday, St. Paul residents will be able to put all their recyclables together in one bin for curbside pickup. City officials say they hope it boosts recycling, which has stagnated in recent years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/06/change-to-st-pauls-recycling-starts-this-week?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:20:00 -0500 Developers pitch plan for housing, retail, farmers market at Lake and Hiawatha in Mpls. Developers are proposing a mixed-use development at the corner of Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue that would ultimately include a branch of Hennepin County social service programs, about 450 units of housing, retail shops and a site for the popular Midtown Farmers Market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/04/developers-pitch-plan-for-housing-retail-farmers-market-at-lake-and-hiawatha-in-mpls?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 07:09:07 -0500 Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has a deal to buy Star Tribune Taylor, a billionaire, said he is purchasing the paper as a business investment, but that the community will also benefit from keeping it under local control. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/01/glen-taylor-star-tribune?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:23:30 -0500 One injured after apparent explosion in St. Louis Park Neighbors said they heard two loud explosions prior to the fire. St. Louis Park Fire Chief Steve Koering said there were oxygen tanks in the home, but it's not yet clear what caused the fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/31/st-louis-park-fire?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:17:58 -0500 Elizabeth Warren in St. Paul for Al Franken campaign Senator Al Franken was joined by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren at a campaign event Saturday at Macalester College in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/30/elizabeth-warren-in-st-paul-for-al-franken-campaign?refid=0 Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:04:20 -0500 U of M fires women's basketball coach Pam Borton Pam Borton was relieved of her duties immediately and assistant coach Kelly Roysland will serve as interim coach, the university said today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/28/news/university-of-minnesota-womens-basketball-coach-fired?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:26:20 -0500 Protest at Gasthof restaurant over Nazi-themed party All wore a triangle or yellow Star of David, symbols that Germans forced Jews and other targeted groups to wear in occupied countries. "I just really want to represent the people who cannot speak," organizer Margie Newman said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/27/protesters-gather-at-gastofs-over-nazi-themed-party-?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 07:46:36 -0500 How Minneapolis may ease the 11-lane Hennepin-Lyndale traffic mess The City of Minneapolis is getting set to reconstruct the busy, looping interchange where Hennepin and Lyndale avenues come together, and unveiled its $9.1 million reconstruction project at the Walker Art Center Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/26/hennepin-lyndale-interchange-overhaul?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:15:13 -0500 Charges filed for party that led to teen's death Prosecutors last week charged Erik Patrick Hastad, 19, with contributing to the delinquency of a child and violation of the county's social hosting law. His father, Gary Lee Hastad, 59, is charged with violating the social hosting law, although he was not present at the party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/24/charges-filed-for-party-that-led-to-teens-death?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:30:09 -0500 Man shoots, kills son in dispute, Maplewood police say The standoff ended Monday after police forced their way into the home. Inside, police found the 36-year-old son dead from gunshot wounds and his father critically injured from self-inflicted stab wounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/24/man-shot-adult-son-before-standoff?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:13:16 -0500 Seward co-op's expansion marks growing trend for alternative grocers Many of the cooperative groceries in the Twin Cities are planning expansions or additional locations. Powered by consumer demand for organics and natural foods, it's a strong comeback for an industry whose future was shaky just a decade ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/23/seward-expansion-part-of-coop-revival?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:05:28 -0500 Ex-sheriff's deputy pleads guilty to sexual misconduct with boys Investigators said four of the incidents occurred in June 2013 when Heuer volunteered as a fishing guide at Lutheran Island Camp in Henning, Minn. He was charged in July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/21/mille-lacs-sheriffs-deputy-pleads-guilty-to-sexual-misconduct-with-boys?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:45:34 -0500 French teacher sentenced for sexually assaulting 6 Minn. students In July 2010, Massy was charged by Beltrami County authorities with abusing two boys, ages 10 and 11, during a field trip to Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji. He fled the United States before authorities could arrest him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/21/news/french-teacher-sexual-assault?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:00:29 -0500 Grand jury clears officers in fatal shooting Minnetonka police officials said officers James Comings and Ryan Smith were called to the building after someone reported a man with a gun. Police said officers confronted Michael Tray, 27, who was carrying a gun, and then shot him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/20/grand-jury-clears-officers-in-fatal-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:55:07 -0500 Feds raid accounting business owned by Stillwater mayor An IRS spokesperson confirmed that agents were engaged in "official business." The spokesperson said federal law limits the information the agency can provide about active investigations into taxpayers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/20/news/feds-raid-stillwater-mayors-business?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:17:09 -0500 Proposal would give immunity to those who report drug overdoses Law enforcement officials and county attorneys oppose the "Good Samaritan" provision, but advocates say it would save lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/14/good-samaritan-proposal?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:13:24 -0500 4 die at Minn. veterans home after virus outbreak Officials are restricting visits to the facility and temporarily have stopped accepting new patients in an attempt to stop the outbreak. Employees are wearing surgical masks and gloves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/13/norovirus-veterans-home?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:23:53 -0500 Hiawatha Ave. reopened after gas leak Hiawatha Avenue in south Minneapolis was closed this evening after a natural gas leak. Employees at ADM Milling on Hiawatha were evacuated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/12/hiawatha-avenue-closing?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:50:45 -0500 Heroin OD drug bill progresses at Capitol The bill is sponsored by Sen. Chris Eaton of Brooklyn Center, whose daughter Ariel Eaton-Willson died of a heroin overdose in 2007, said a lot of states across the country are looking to Narcan for relief as use of opiates becomes more widespread. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/11/heroin-od-drug-bill-progresses-at-capitol?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:07:34 -0500 Dorothy Day Center to stay in downtown St. Paul The Dorothy Day Center has dropped its plan to build new facilities northeast of its present location in downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/10/news/dorothy-day-center-st-paul?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:55:08 -0500 U of M professor arrested on child exploitation charges Woody Dale Branton, 62, was arrested at his home in Minneapolis and later appeared in federal district court in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/07/u-of-m-professor-arrested-on-child-exploitation-charges?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:59:19 -0600 Senser heads for work release after prison Senser was convicted of two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in May 2012 and later sentenced to 41 months in prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/07/amy-senser-work-release?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:59:31 -0600 Why would you snowskate? Alan Gerlach has been snowskating since about 2001, just a few years after the invention of the snowskate, which looks like a hybrid between a skateboard and snowboard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/07/why-would-you-snowskate?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 07:16:40 -0600 Minneapolis plan to reopen Nicollet Ave. at Kmart site inches forward A plan that will be presented before the Minneapolis Planning Commission today would give the city the authority to purchase property in and around the Kmart site from voluntary private sellers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/06/mpls_plan_to_reopen_nicollet_ave?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 06:38:38 -0600 Body found near Fridley dumpsters identified The Anoka County Sheriff's Office identified her as Lesean Morrisa Taylor, 36, of St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/04/body-found-near-fridley-dumpsters-identified?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:08:22 -0600 Heroin users' dirty needles suspected in spread of Hepatitis C As communities across the state continue to struggle with rising rates of heroin abuse, these users, who are also younger, seem to be contracting the potentially liver-destroying disease hepatitis C at higher rates, according to state data. And health officials suspect dirty needles may be to blame. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/03/needle-exchange-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 06:58:42 -0600 Mall of America reaches deal to finance $300M expansion Mall of America Vice President of Public Relations Dan Jasper said the expansion will add about 700,000 square feet to the Mall of America. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/03/mall-of-america-expansion?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:34:35 -0600 Woman's body discovered in Fridley Anoka County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/03/news/womans-body-found-in-fridley?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:51:37 -0600 Jury acquits Little Canada man who filmed ambulance crew The man was sitting on a bench more than 35 feet away from paramedics when a Ramsey County Sheriff's deputy approached and ordered him to stop filming. He refused, and the deputy confiscated his camera. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/27/jury-acquits-little-canada-man-who-filmed-paramedics?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:00:22 -0600 St. Louis Park student in hospital after pool incident A 12-year-old student at St. Louis Park Middle School has been hospitalized after an incident during a swimming class shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/27/news/saint-louis-park-student-hospitalized?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:52:43 -0600 Mourners pray and sing for five children who died in house fire Mourners sang, prayed and vowed to support the children's father, Troy Lewis, and two surviving children, who are hospitalized for their injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/15/news/house-fire-mourning?refid=0 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 17:56:18 -0600 Heroin's growing suburban damage lamented at Anoka County forum One mother told a packed church in Spring Lake Park that no one in her family knew her 21-year-old was using drugs like heroin; that "this was not something that my bright, charismatic, well-adjusted, all-American boy would do." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/14/heroins-growing-suburban-reach-lamented-at-anoka-county-forum?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:40:26 -0600 Why would you camp in the winter? Meet Chris Gibbs, one of the Minnesotans who voluntarily sleeps outside in a tent in the depths of winter. "The world kind of stands still in the winter," Gibbs says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/13/winter-camping?refid=0 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:24:06 -0600 Minn. Guard confirms recruiting investigation The Guard Recruiting Assistance Program started in 2005 to boost recruitment. It offered cash payments for referring applicants to the National Guard. But in recent weeks the Army has revealed that about 1,200 people are being criminally investigated for defrauding the program across the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/12/national-guard-investigation?refid=0 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:29:33 -0600 Minn. school evacuated, students hospitalized Police were called to Springfield Public School just after 9:30 a.m. Thursday after a couple of students reportedly fell ill in the school auditorium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/06/health/students-sick?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 13:46:34 -0600 Propane prices start to drop across Minnesota, region Petroleum markets analyst Mason Hamilton said the drop in prices appears to be a result of an increased propane supply in the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/05/propane-prices?refid=0 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:01:26 -0600 Deaths rise as region flooded with cheap, strong heroin The number of people dying from heroin overdoses rose again last year in Hennepin County, making 2013 the deadliest on record for heroin-related deaths in the state's most populous county. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/04/heroin-deaths?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:05:51 -0600 FAQ: Everything you need to know to participate in Minn. caucuses Around the state, voters of all political stripes take part in community meetings which are the first step toward choosing who will be on the 2014 ballot this November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/04/politics/caucus-faq?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:20:10 -0600 Joan Mondale, wife of former VP Walter, dies at 83 "We are grateful for the expressions of love and support we have received. Joan was greatly loved by many. We will miss her dearly," said former Vice President Walter Mondale of his late wife. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/03/news/joan-mondale-obit?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 07:00:43 -0600 Charges filed in Minneapolis good Samaritan killing Thomas Sonnenberg, 69, let Devon Parker, 20, into his north Minneapolis house shortly before noon after Parker pleaded for refuge, saying people were chasing him with a bat. Prosecutors say Parker, of Minneapolis, then grabbed Sonnenberg's gun off his hip and shot him in the head. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/03/minneapolis-good-samaritan-killing?refid=0 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:36:26 -0600 As walleye population declines, Mille Lacs harvest set at significantly lower level The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that it is setting the walleye safe harvest level at 60,000 pounds for 2014, with 42,900 pounds set aside for state anglers and 17,100 pounds allocated to eight Chippewa bands that have treaty rights to fish on the lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/31/mille-lacs-walleye?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:03:42 -0600 Feds release $450M to help ease propane shortage; $15.8M for Minnesota As thousands of Minnesotans struggle with the price of the propane used to heat their homes and businesses, politicians at the state and federal levels are boosting aid to hard-hit residents and pressuring industry to try to end the propane shortage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/31/feds-release-450m-to-help-ease-propane-shortage-158m-for-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 06:36:09 -0600 Why would you bike commute in the winter? Janet Velo bikes twelve miles to work in Eagan on icy roads in the winter. And she says she does it with a big grin on her face. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/29/why-would-you-bike-commute?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 04:00:48 -0600 Minnesota cold leads to at least one death On Monday, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton issued an executive order retroactively authorizing members of the Minnesota National Guard to help and shelter stranded motorists as snowy and cold conditions swept across the state. By Monday night, travel conditions had improved in the state to such an extent that no emergency shelters for motorists remained open. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/27/minnesota-cold-death?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:44:03 -0600 Polar temps, heavy winds close schools and roads, strand travelers Schools are closed, the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus has canceled classes, dozens of roads are closed and travelers were stranded Sunday night as another polar deep freeze descended on Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/27/weather/cold-weather?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 06:47:12 -0600 Cold is driving up propane prices in Minn. Cold weather is driving up prices for propane that's already in short supply in the Upper Midwest, alarming some rural residents who depend on the gas for heating, and forcing the government to scramble to provide some relief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/26/cold-is-driving-up-propane-prices-in-minn?refid=0 Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:19:38 -0600 130 groups push for more Minn. transportation money The efforts of Move MN are fueled by the condition of the state's transportation infrastructure. The 2013 report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers found that 52 percent of Minnesota's roads are in poor or mediocre condition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/23/transportation-funding-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:57:19 -0600 Former state employee found guilty of identity theft Investigators traced stolen credit card numbers and personal documents found during a traffic stop in April 2012 to 50-year-old Roxanne DeFlorin. A raid on her house in August 2012 turned up the personal information of 355 people, including social security and credit card numbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/22/former-state-employee-found-guilty-of-identity-theft?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:59:15 -0600 Report: Not all Minnesotans have the same opportunity to be healthy A Minnesota Department of Health report found that health disparities between whites and minorities in part resulted from structural racism, which refers to racism that's built into systems and policies. The report extends beyond health policy, touching on transportation, geography and employment policies, among others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/17/department-of-health-disparity-report?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:10:53 -0600 Body of second Minnesotan recovered in Chicago River accident A body pulled out of the Chicago River by police this afternoon has been identified as Lauren Li, 21, of Burnsville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/15/news/chicago-river-accident?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:30:59 -0600 Orchestra labor dispute is over; musicians back to work Feb. 1 Under the terms of a three-year contract, the musicians will have to take a 15 percent pay cut in the first year. But the musicians said the orchestra will remain in the nation's top 10 in terms of pay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/14/minnesota-orchestra-settlement?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 07:00:54 -0600 Suspect arrested in possible homicide in NE Minn. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Paul John Bulen, 55, of Mahtomedi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/13/suspect-arrested-in-possible-homicide-in-ne-minn?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:06:28 -0600 Families, activists remember victims of gun violence Organizers of the event asked attendees to get involved with anti-violence groups or push for tighter gun laws at the State Capitol in the upcoming legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/13/families-activists-remember-victims-of-gun-violence?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:29:57 -0600 Cold may have killed ash borers, giving trees a break It got so cold for such an extended period that up to 80 percent of invasive emerald ash borers may have died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/10/ashborer-death?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:19:31 -0600 Dunkin' Donuts plans Minnesota stores The Massachusetts-based chain has been recruiting franchise owners in Minnesota since the end of October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/10/dunkin-donuts-plans-minnesota-stores?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 17:36:34 -0600 Vikings stadium builders promise they won't upturn neighborhood About 60 people gathered in a basement room across from the Metrodome with officials from the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the Minnesota Vikings and Mortenson Construction, the firm chosen to build the stadium. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/01/10/viking-stadium-builders-promise-they-wont-upturn-neighborhood/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 10:14:27 -0600 Minneapolis leads state in new housing units "If you look at what's being built and the demographics of who is moving in, it really tells the story of the return to what I call urban America," said Thomas Streitz, director of housing policy and development for Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/08/new-housing-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 20:03:31 -0600 Minn. public health lab to mostly reopen by weekend Reopening the state's environmental health lab may take longer, however, a delay that could require some retesting of samples. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/07/public-health-lab-to-reopen?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 20:02:22 -0600 Court stops Wabasha Co. 'safe driving program' Wabasha County has been operating a so-called safe driving program since 2003 that allowed drivers cited for some traffic offenses to instead pay a flat $125 to take a class and maintain a clean record. Nearly three dozen Minnesota counties and cities operate similar programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/06/judge-stops-wabasha-county-safe-driving-program?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 19:39:34 -0600 4 things to do to your car when it's super cold Steve Reinarts, an instructor at Dunwoody College of Technology, offered some tips for taking care of your car when it's cold out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/04/cold-car-tips?refid=0 Sat, 04 Jan 2014 19:09:30 -0600 Authorities: body found after Cedar-Riverside fire; gas seen as possible cause "Today our task is to find people who are missing and unaccounted for," Hussein Ahmed, director of the West Bank Community Coalition said Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/02/news/minneapolis-building-explosion-fire?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 08:03:59 -0600 Train derailment, fire spurs evacuation of city west of Fargo Authorities are responding to a train derailment west of the city of Casselton, N.D. The Cass County Sheriff is "strongly recommending" people evacuate from the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/30/regional/casselton-train-fire?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:05:06 -0600 Delta glitch leads to heavily discounted fares A spokesperson for Delta Air Lines said the company will stand by heavily discounted fares that were created by an error. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/26/delta-glitch-leads-to-heavily-discounted-fares?refid=0 Thu, 26 Dec 2013 20:09:18 -0600 Bloomington substitute teacher guilty of slapping students Laura Kirstine Avery, 60, was convicted Monday of four counts of malicious punishment of a child for incidents that occurred when she was a substitute teacher at Oak Grove Elementary School in Bloomington last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/23/teacher-guilty-of-malicious-punishment?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:08:00 -0600 Here comes the Sunday liquor sales debate again, this time with feisty craft beer brewers In an effort to curb the influence of opponents at the Capitol, Minnesota Beer Activists is launching a public awareness campaign for Sunday liquor sales in the coming weeks, including a website that lets constituents directly contact their representatives at the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/21/here-comes-the-sunday-liquor-sales-debate-again?refid=0 Sun, 22 Dec 2013 16:20:00 -0600 Woman arrested for leaving turkey browner unattended at airport Fears the propane cooker might be dangerous led authorities to summon the Bloomington Police bomb squad. The terminal was closed for about two hours and about 12 flights were delayed due to the incident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/20/woman-arrested-for-leaving-turkey-browner-unattended-at-airport?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:17:51 -0600 Man with white supremacist ties arrested, charged Samuel David Shoen, 35, who authorities say is a member of a white supremacist gang called the Hammerskins, is facing three counts of illegal possession of firearms, wearing a bulletproof vest while committing a crime and possession of methamphetamines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/19/man-with-white-supremacist-ties-arrested-in-minn?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:29:15 -0600 Dayton's office halts Minneapolis police plan to use state investigators "The Minneapolis Chief of Police unilaterally announced this proposed arrangement without first notifying the Commissioner of Public Safety, Governor Dayton, or the Governor's Chief of Staff &mdash; a course of action that the Governor considers extremely inappropriate," Dayton spokesperson Matt Swenson said in a statement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/18/dayton-office-halts-minneapolis-police-plan?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:13:29 -0600 Secret Service investigating possible Target data breach The Secret Service is investigating credit- and debit-card data theft at Target stores. Unnamed sources at major credit issuers have said that the security breach started sometime on or near Black Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/18/target-data-breach-secret-service-investigation?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:12:50 -0600 State OKs Xcel's interim 4.6% rate increase Xcel's request of a 4.6 percent interim rate boost for 2014 was approved by the Public Utilities Commission. The increase that takes effect in January will bring the company an estimated $127.4 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/12/xcel-rate?refid=0 Fri, 13 Dec 2013 06:45:06 -0600 Man dies after south Minneapolis shooting Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in south Minneapolis early Wednesday morning. Officials say there are no suspects and no arrests have been made. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/11/news/man-dies-south-minneapolis-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:16:14 -0600 Ramsey County veterans court launches Thursday Ramsey County officially launches a veterans court intended to help veterans charged with nonviolent crimes to get their lives back on track. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/11/news/ramsey-county-veterans-court?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:37:22 -0600 Hennepin sheriff supports wider availability for opiate antidote With Hennepin County seeing an all-time high in heroin overdose deaths, Sheriff Rich Stanek announced his support to allow law enforcement officers carry a prescription antidote to opiate overdoses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/10/news/hennepin-sheriff-opiate-antidote?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:37:53 -0600 Dayton lifts restrictions to cope with propane shortage Gov. Mark Dayton has extended an executive order that lifts some restrictions on drivers carrying propane. The state is seeing a substantial shortage of propane, which many Minnesotans rely on for heating and agriculture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/09/business/dayton-lifts-restrictions-to-cope-with-propane-shortage?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:17:24 -0600 Potentially harmful vapor levels found under Mpls homes The testing follows the state's discovery in September of trichloroethylene soil vapors at public sites across the neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/06/soil-vapors?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 19:42:53 -0600 Man dies after car goes off Bloomington Ferry Bridge A man died early this morning when his car went over the guard rail on the Bloomington Ferry Bridge between Bloomington and Shakopee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/06/news/bloomington-fatal-accident?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:35:29 -0600 St. Croix Crossing main bridge construction contract approved State agencies in Minnesota and Wisconsin approved a $332.5 million contract this week to build the St. Croix Crossing bridge deck and other elements across the river, as well as the highway ramps and approach bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/05/business/st-croix-crossing-bridge-contract?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:40:34 -0600 Lakeville school honors teen killed in crash Lakeville North High School started classes Thursday with a moment of silence to honor a classmate who died Wednesday when her car slid into an oncoming SUV. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/05/news/lakeville-high-honors-teen-killed-in-crash?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:00:31 -0600 Lakeville teen killed in car crash on slushy road A junior at Lakeville North High School was killed in a car accident during her commute to school Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/04/news/lakeville-car-crash?refid=0 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:52:41 -0600 Lawyer: 5-year-old survivor of pond car crash awake and playing The three surviving children involved in a car accident in St. Louis Park last month are showing signs of improvement, according to the lawyer for one of the families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/03/kids-improving?refid=0 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:07:31 -0600 Maplewood man shot after car chase is charged with second-degree murder A Maplewood man shot by St. Paul police on Friday following a car chase has been charged in a shooting death that occurred just days before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/03/news/maplewood-man-shot-after-car-chase-is-charged-with-seconddegree-murder?refid=0 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:32:07 -0600 Winter storms loom, 2 die in crashes Monday As a winter storm descends on the northern half of the state, public safety officials are warning motorists to avoid unnecessary travel and drive slowly if they need to make Tuesday's commute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/02/weather/slippery-commute?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:30:57 -0600 Ice hazard warning issued for aerated lakes State officials are asking people to be cautious while venturing onto any lakes covered in ice, especially on lakes that have aeration systems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/02/weather/ice-hazard-warning-issued-for-aerated-lakes?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:53:35 -0600 U of M reports attack on another student A University of Minnesota student reported that a pair of men tried to abduct her while she was walking near campus after midnight on Wednesday, according to a crime alert issued by University of Minnesota police this evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/27/news/uofm-student-attacked?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 18:55:07 -0600 Man who died in St. Paul apartment fire ID'd The St. Paul Fire Department has identified the man who died in an apartment fire on the city's North End on Tuesday as William Clepper. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/27/news/apartment-fire-death?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:47:11 -0600 Gap wide between home-owning minorities and whites Although Minnesota leads the nation in rates of home ownership, a recent report found that people of color are much less likely to own houses than whites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/26/home-disparities?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:52:44 -0600 Man found dead in St. Paul apartment fire The fire on the 1600 block of North Hamline Ave. was confined to the kitchen of one apartment and was extinguished quickly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/26/apartmentfire-death?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:42:23 -0600 Crews contain fire at Ridgedale Macy's Firefighters quickly contained a fire at the Macy's store in Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka on Tuesday. The store had to be evacuated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/26/news/ridgedale-fire?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:47:56 -0600 Does Minnesota work better than Wisconsin? Sure, your little spunky football team played our little spunky football team even yesterday, Wisconsin. But that's about as close as Wisconsin gets in the ongoing battle between Wisconsin and Minnesota, according to University of Minnesota political science professor Larry Jacobs. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/11/minnesota-superiority-kids-who-stick-up-for-bullied-kids-and-a-womans-hockey-history-in-st-cloud-5x8-112513/#1?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 07:07:59 -0600 Archdiocese delays release of abusive priests list The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said Friday it is delaying the release of the names of some priests who have sexually abused children until at least next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/22/news/archdiocese-delays-release-of-abusive-priests-list?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:41:26 -0600 Former fire chief pleads guilty to arson The former fire chief of Babbitt, Minn., pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to purposely setting fires in the Superior National Forest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/22/news/former-fire-chief-pleads-guilty-to-arson?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:07:03 -0600 Gravity 'not as fun,' says Minnesota astronaut upon return from space After six months representing NASA on the International Space Station, Minnesota astronaut Karen Nyberg recently returned to Earth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/21/news/karen-nyberg-astronaut?refid=0 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Man arrested in raid on suspected dogfighting ring Law enforcement agents seized 10 adult pit bulls and five puppies in raids on houses connected to a suspected dogfighting ring on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/20/news/man-arrested-dogfighting-ring?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 19:26:11 -0600 Minnesota law on sexual exploitation to be model for federal legislation A law that changes way sexually exploited children and teens are treated goes into effect in Minnesota next year, and will be the model for legislation that Sen. Amy Klobuchar plans to introduce at the federal level. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/19/news/minnesota-law-sexual-exploitation?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:49:00 -0600 Charges filed against man shot by St. Paul police Ramsey County authorities have filed charges against a man who allegedly pointed a gun at a police officer in St. Paul early Sunday morning. The officer shot the man three times. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/18/news/charges-filed-against-man-shot-by-police?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:00:12 -0600 Bill would spend $30B to expand early childhood ed A plan introduced in Congress would expand early childhood education opportunities across the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/13/politics/bill-early-childhood-ed?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:38:57 -0600 First defendant acquitted of St. Paul man's brutal beating A Ramsey County jury found the first defendant tried in the brutal beating of a St. Paul man not-guilty on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/08/news/issac-maiden-acquitted-of-st-paul-mans-brutal-beating?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:52:02 -0600 Mayor-elect Hodges: 'second-choice strategy' was effective Minneapolis Mayor-elect Betsy Hodges on Friday said asking voters across the city for their first or second votes in the city's ranked-choice voting system helped her win the election. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/11/mayor-elect-hodges-atc-interview/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:22:50 -0600 'Redskins' name draws hundreds to Metrodome protest Hundreds of American Indians and their supporters rallied outside the Metrodome Thursday night to demand the Washington Redskins change the team's nickname, calling it racist and disrespectful. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/07/news/rally-against-redskins-name?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 08:30:26 -0600 Minneapolis neighborhood warned about potentially harmful vapor plume The soil vapor is trichloroethylene, or TCE, and officials have known for more than 30 years about it contaminating groundwater in the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/07/environment/minneapolis-neighborhood-warned-about-potentially-harmful-vapor-plume?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:00:39 -0600 Slow progress in count of Mpls mayoral election After elections officials spent several hours tabulating ranked-choice ballots in the mayor's race, City Council Member Betsy Hodges widened her lead in the mayoral race. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/11/slow-progress-in-count-of-mpls-mayoral-election/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2013 20:05:31 -0600 Betsy Hodges holds commanding lead in Minneapolis mayoral race Minneapolis City Council Member Betsy Hodges won such strong support from voters that her closest opponent, former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew, all but conceded on Tuesday night. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2638?refid=0 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 23:46:06 -0600 Voters reshape Minneapolis City Council Minneapolis voters unseated three incumbent City Council members in today's elections, guaranteeing that a majority of the 13-member council will be new members. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/11/minneapolis-voters-reshape-city-council/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 23:17:50 -0600 Minneapolis and St. Paul Elections 2013: A Voter's Toolbox Voters in Minneapolis will elect a new mayor, city council and park and recreation board today. In St. Paul, there's an election for mayor. And there are more municipal elections around the state. Here's the best of our coverage leading up to the polls opening, and election resources to help guide you to the ballot box. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2013/11/mplswards/mplswards.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis officials gear up staffing for election Minneapolis officials are beefing up election staffing as voters head to the polls Tuesday to elect a new mayor, City Council and park board. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/04/politics/minneapolis-officials-gear-up-staffing-for-election?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 20:39:16 -0600 Skydiver recounts dramatic mid-air plane collision Eleven people were involved in a dramatic mid-air collision between two planes in northwest Wisconsin over the weekend. None of the nine skydivers or two pilots was seriously injured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/04/news/skydivers-recount-dramatic-midair-plane-collision?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 19:39:00 -0600 Warsame, Lilligren face off in 6th Ward If elected, Abdi Warsame would be the first American of Somali descent to serve at that level of government in the United States. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/11/warsame-and-lilligren-face-off-in-mpls-6th-ward-race/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:07:36 -0600 Minneapolis election resources and voting guide Here are some election resources to help guide you to the ballot box when Minneapolis goes to vote on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2013/11/mplswards/mplswards.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:50:29 -0500 Surly Brewing finally taps into the law it helped create The Surly Brewing Company broke ground Tuesday on its new brewery in Minneapolis more than two years after Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill giving Minnesota brewers the right to sell beer where they make it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/29/business/surly-finally-taps-into-the-law-it-helped-create?refid=0 Tue, 29 Oct 2013 07:54:27 -0500 MPR sues Rochester man over alleged embezzlement Minnesota Public Radio alleged in a lawsuit filed Friday that the head of a Rochester company with which MPR is partnered misappropriated almost $315,000 over the last decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/25/business/mpr-sues-rochester-man-embezzlement?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:44:16 -0500 Jerry Rosendahl, state's top fire chief, to retire Rosendahl, who began his career as a volunteer firefighter in Woodbury, Minn., in 1974, has also led the Owatonna Fire Department and served as state director of emergency management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/25/minnesota-top-fire-chief-rosendahl-to-retire?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 16:17:13 -0500 Propane supplies tighten, prompt emergency order Minnesota's corn crop is coming in much later than last year and the harvest is much more wet, which puts more pressure on propane supplies used to fuel dryers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/24/business/corn-harvest-behind?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:27:35 -0500 Grand jury approves charges in killing outside Burnsville bar A Dakota County grand jury today indicted a 31-year-old Rosemount man in the shooting death of Palagor Jobi in Burnsville last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/24/news/man-indicted-burnsville-shooting-death?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:05:00 -0500 Nolan: 'Heads should roll' over mis-launch of health care website Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan said Wednesday that "heads should roll" over the problem-plagued launch of the federal health care law's website. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/23/news/nolan-heads-should-roll-over-mislaunch-of-health-care-website?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:53:09 -0500 U.S. House bill to contain invasive carp could close Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam The Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis could be closed as a measure to prevent invasive Asian carp from spreading further north. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/23/news/invasive-carp-st-anthony-falls?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:17:51 -0500 For Board of Pardons, a 'mistake,' or a crime worthy of punishment? Created by the Legislature, the Board of Pardons has the ability to award what the legal system calls a pardon extraordinary, which removes the requirement that people with criminal histories have to report their convictions to potential employers or anyone else. On Tuesday, 18 people asked that they be pardoned http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/23/crime/board-of-pardons?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 07:08:09 -0500 Body cameras on police officers? In Burnsville, it's old news While city officials weigh whether or not to equip Minneapolis police officers with small wearable cameras, many communities have already taken that step. The Twin Cities suburb of Burnsville is one of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/22/news/burnsville-police-body-cameras?refid=0 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 06:08:52 -0500 Water discharge into Chain of Lakes spurs threat of lawsuit The owners of a building near the Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis could face a lawsuit from the city for discharging thousands of gallons of water an hour into the nearby lakes through a storm sewer. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/city-threatens-suit-over-buildings-discharge-of-water-into-chain-of-lakes/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:33:28 -0500 Crane operator dies after accident in Maplewood A Kanabec County man has died after a crane he was operating tipped over at a construction site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/21/news/crane-operator-accident-death?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:39:02 -0500 I-35E closed for construction this weekend The Minnesota Department of Transportation will close Interstate 35E in St. Paul for construction over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/18/news/i35e-closed-for-construction?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:57:40 -0500 Three teens indicted in killing of West St. Paul man A Dakota County grand jury has indicted three St. Paul teens in connection with the killing of Luis David Reyes-Galvan in West St. Paul in January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/18/news/three-teens-indicted-in-killing-of-west-st-paul-man?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:46:03 -0500 Delta Air working to get website, mobile app back online The website and mobile app of Delta Air Lines were unavailable much of the day on Thursday. The airline reported tonight the website is working again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/17/business/delta-website?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:26:29 -0500 Shutdown looms over energy assistance program If Congress fails to pass a budget bill after the first of the year, some who depend on the heating subsidies may have trouble finding the funds to pay utilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/16/business/shutdown-looms-over-energy-assistance-program-?refid=0 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:06:36 -0500 Zombie Pub Crawl adds security as some Cedar-Riverside businesses moan In its ninth year, the Zombie Pub Crawl has grown from a scrappy DIY effort organized by a few friends to a sprawling event that's expected to bring about 30,000 people to the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis on Saturday. Not everyone welcomes those playing undead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/11/zombie-crawl-organizers-add-security-to-fight-nimby-vibe?refid=0 Fri, 11 Oct 2013 03:21:12 -0500 St. Cloud Islamic Center withdraws mosque proposal before final City Council vote Islamic Center of St. Cloud President Abdulrashid Salad said afterward that he realized during the hearing that revising the proposal could increase its chances of passage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/08/religion/st-cloud-islamic-center?refid=0 Tue, 08 Oct 2013 06:52:42 -0500 Civic hackers aim to crack open public data Taking publicly available data and putting it in forms that are more easily digestible for the public is the point of so-called "civic hacking," which seeks to provide practical solutions to civic problems by applying data and design. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/05/civic-hackers-aim-to-crack-open-public-data?refid=0 Sun, 06 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities Catholics react to news about church leaders, priests Catholics who gathered for the annual Candlelight Rosary Procession in St. Paul Friday night reacted to recent news about the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, including an MPR News report that found the archdiocese knew about a priests's sexual misconduct but failed to remove him from ministry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/04/catholics-react?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 21:35:20 -0500 Twin Cities chef debuts tonight on 'Top Chef' Sara Johannes, executive chef at Shoyu at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, will be one of 18 contestants on Bravo's "Top Chef." http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/twin-cities-chef-debuts-tonight-on-top-chef/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 16:23:12 -0500 No Minnehaha Ave. cycle track, Hennepin County decides The decision not to build the first full-fledged cycle track on Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis is leaving bicycling advocates disappointed. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/09/county-decides-against-cycle-track-on-minnehaha-avenue/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:56:23 -0500 U student still missing after charges filed in Burnsville shooting Shavelle Chavez-Nelson, 31, is accused of shooting Palagor Obang Jobi, 23, eight times outside of Nina's Grill in Burnsville early Sunday. When police arrived they found Jobi dead in the parking lot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/27/news/u-student-still-missing-after-charges-filed-in-burnsville-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 08:52:01 -0500 Car-sharing options grow in Minneapolis There are now four companies vying for the car-sharing market in Minneapolis, three of which are partnering with the city to use more high-profile on-street parking spaces. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/09/car-sharing-options-grow-in-minneapolis/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:43:19 -0500 Hazelden, Betty Ford Center say they'll merge If the merger is approved, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation will be the largest non profit addiction treatment provider in the U.S. It will keep its headquarters in Center City, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/24/hazelden-bettyford?refid=0 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 18:51:19 -0500 Minneapolis teachers union wants contract talks in private The Minneapolis teachers union has requested that mediators allow private contract talks with the district. The teacher's current contract expired months ago and negotiations have been going on summer early June. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/24/education/minneapolis-teachers-union-wants-contract-talks-in-private?refid=0 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 07:26:15 -0500 Spirit on Lake provides welcoming home for LGBT seniors Spirit on Lake in Minneapolis is the first housing development in Minnesota to serve primarily lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors, a group that faces unique safety and health challenges as they age. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/24/spirit-on-lake-lgbt-seniors?refid=0 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Mpls. teachers union asks to close contract talks The union asked the Bureau of Mediation Services to close the negotiations to the public last week, although the district received formal notice of the request today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/23/mplsteacher-contract?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:41:23 -0500 Hennepin County files charges in two separate killings Accomplices played big roles in two separate killings in the Twin Cities. Hennepin County authorities filed charges on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/20/news/hennepin-accomplices?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:49:32 -0500 Judge dismisses class action lawsuits for driver's license access A federal judge has dismissed class action suits filed against state agencies and officials after an employee accessed the driver's license data of thousands of Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/20/news/judge-dismisses-driver-license-access-class-action-lawsuits?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:53:34 -0500 Court puts day care unionization drive on hold A law that allows state child care workers to vote on whether to form a union was temporarily blocked today by a federal appeals court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/19/childcareunion-stay?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:40:54 -0500 Ramsey Co. judge sentences sex traffickers to 21 years Fonati McArthur Diggs and Timothy Denzel Cross were found guilty in July of forcing two young women, age 18 and 17, to have sex with multiple men. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/16/sextrafficking-sentences?refid=0 Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:24:50 -0500 A WWII sword heads from St.Paul to Nagasaki Orval Amdahl, 94, of Lanesboro, Minn., was a Marine stationed near Nagasaki after the war. He said there was a warehouse that was packed with swords collected by the U.S. government. Soldiers were given permission to take one home as a souvenir. He did. Now he's giving it back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/14/news/a-wwii-sword-leaves-stpaul-for-nagasaki?refid=0 Sat, 14 Sep 2013 13:34:18 -0500 Minnesota wild rice harvest rebounds Last year's heavy spring rains had an adverse effect on the crop because wild rice is very sensitive to rapid changes in water depth, and fast-moving water can uproot the fragile wild rice plants from a lake's bottom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/14/environment/minnesota-wild-rice-harvest-rebounds?refid=0 Sat, 14 Sep 2013 11:18:15 -0500 Minneapolis schools settle with Broadway teen moms over unlicensed teachers Minneapolis Public Schools has set up a compensation fund for students who lost credits toward graduation after the district discovered unqualified teachers leading classes at Broadway High School three years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/11/broadway-fund?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:35:25 -0500 United to end service to Grand Forks airport The airport's executive director said United's service, set to end Dec. 3, began about a year ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/11/grandforks-united?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:21:12 -0500 Minnesota peace activists applaud giving diplomacy a chance in Syria Following President Barack Obama's announcement Tuesday night that he'd pursue diplomatic solutions in Syria, some anti-war activists in the basement of the former American-Nordic Center in Minneapolis declared victory. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/09/minnesota-peace-activists-applaud-giving-diplomacy-a-chance-in-syria/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 07:44:41 -0500 Roseville police say shooting began with ruse Police say the man who shot his wife's co-worker before turning the gun on himself in Roseville may have been motivated by a suspected extramarital affair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/06/roseville-victims?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:36:43 -0500 2 dead in Roseville shooting The shooting happened around 4:15 p.m. Thursday in a delivery area behind several stores in the St. Paul suburb. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/05/roseville-police-one-dead-one-injured-in-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 17:13:32 -0500 Internet users long for privacy, but pessimistic they can achieve it The vast majority have Americans have taken steps to obscure their digital footprint online. At the same time, most remain unconcerned about government Internet snooping. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/05/pew-report-internet-privacy-anonymity?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 10:12:18 -0500 Wabasha County in legal dustup over safe driving program Drivers busted for speeding in Wabasha County may choose to attend a safe driving class in lieu of a ticket and fine. But the option is illegal according to some of the highest legal authorities in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/05/news/wabasha-county-safe-driving?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Protesters picket Sen. Klobuchar on Syria About 200 protesters opposed to U.S military action in Syria picketed U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office in Minneapolis on Tuesday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/03/news/protestors-picket-klobuchar-on-syria?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:47:44 -0500 Jacelyn Greeson search efforts step up; missing since July 1 Authorities are ramping up the search for a 17-year-old runaway from Stacy, Minn., after she's been missing for more than a month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/30/news/jacelyn-greeson-missing?refid=0 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:27:45 -0500 Hopkins HS senior pleads guilty to prostituting teammate A Hopkins High School senior has pleaded guilty to charges that she helped prostitute a teammate on her cheerleading squad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/30/news/hopkins-senior-pleads-guilty-to-prostituting-teammate?refid=0 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:14:17 -0500 Minn. Security Hospital: Investigators find two cases of patient maltreatment State investigators have found that patients held at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter were maltreated in two cases, including one where a patient banged his head against a concrete wall for three hours without staff intervention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/28/news/security-hospital-investigation?refid=0 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 18:11:48 -0500 Hundreds pack Minneapolis-St. Paul airport hearing on proposed flight path changes More than 400 people gathered in the auditorium of Washburn High School in Minneapolis on Tuesday night to voice concerns about proposed rerouting of air traffic across the city and its surrounding suburbs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/28/news/hundreds-pack-minneapolisst-paul-airport-hearing-on-proposed-route-changes?refid=0 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 06:15:29 -0500 Charges: woman stowed man's body in freezer A Shorewood woman is accused of killing her boyfriend and stashing his body in a freezer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/26/body-freezer?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:50:04 -0500 Officer who hit 101-year-old had prior traffic incidents A veteran of the St. Paul Police Department who backed into 101-year-old Roza Sakhina had previously received reprimands for earlier accidents that the department deemed preventable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/26/officer-identified-sakhina-death?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:00:37 -0500 Signs of Asian carp found farther upstream The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the discovery of an Asian carp 20 miles north of Winona signals an expanding reach for the invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/22/environment/asian-carp-found-farther-upstream?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:34:14 -0500 St. Louis Park nursing home resident dies after tasing A 76-year-old resident at a St. Louis Park nursing home died from complications of being stunned with an electronic device, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/21/nursing-home-resident-taser-death?refid=0 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:05:22 -0500 Three injured in N. Mpls shooting, including toddler Police spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington says all three victims are expected to survive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/20/three-injured-in-north-minneapolis-shooting-including-toddler?refid=0 Tue, 20 Aug 2013 19:21:13 -0500 Pedestrian dies in Shoreview tractor-trailer crash A tractor-trailer fatally struck a man on the 5500 block of Lexington Avenue Tuesday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/20/publicsafety/pedestrian-killed-by-tractor-trailer-shoreview?refid=0 Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:30:30 -0500 DNR: Wolves, bald eagles no longer endangered; lynx & pocket gopher on watchlist The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has added 180 species to the state's list of endangered or threatened plants and animals, many of which have struggled to survive as native habitat disappeared. The DNR added eight mammals to the list. Moose, big brown bat and Canada lynx are now considered species of special concern. And one, the Northern pocket gopher, was newly listed as threatened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/19/environment/endangered-species-list-changing?refid=0 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:54:05 -0500 Mpls. schools superintendent sorry for botched Washburn principal hiring Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson told the crowd that she realizes the last year has been difficult for the school's community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/16/education/mpls-schools-superintendent-sorry-for-botched-principal-hiring?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 06:47:51 -0500 PedalPub crashes in downtown Minneapolis Two people were hospitalized today after a PedalPub they were riding tipped over near downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/15/news/pedal-pub-crashes-in-downtown-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:28:39 -0500 Mosque proposal in St. Cloud tabled after hearing The Islamic Center of St. Cloud's proposal would include a new mosque, religious school, offices, retail and restaurant space on a nine-and-a-half acre site in a residential area off Clearwater Road. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/14/news/islamic-center-st-cloud?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Planned St. Cloud mosque faces opposition Members of St. Cloud's planning commission will hear testimony today on a proposed mosque, school and retail complex that's facing some opposition from neighbors in a quiet, residential part of the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/13/regional/saint-cloud-mosque?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 09:58:06 -0500 Wife, friend charged with Minn. Guardsman's death The Ramsey County Attorney's Office has charged the wife of a member of the Minnesota National Guard and a male friend with killing her husband, Brandon James Horst, on Aug. 5. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/12/news/guardsman-death?refid=0 Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:17:57 -0500 Shakopee approves plan to lure Shutterfly, 300+ jobs Shakopee officials have approved an incentive package designed to entice California-based Shutterfly Inc. to build a new $60 million facility in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/09/business/shakopee-shutterfly?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 07:09:20 -0500 Community renews call for independent investigation of Minneapolis police Religious leaders and activists from Minneapolis' black community gathered outside City Hall today to call for an independent investigation of racially charged incidents involving Minneapolis police officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/07/news/minneapolis-police-independent-investigation?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:34:33 -0500 Man dies at Minn. Sex Offender Program facility An offender has died at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program just days after another man held in the facility committed suicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/07/news/moose-lake-death?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:28:51 -0500 Harteau pledges to rebuild trust in wake of outrage over reported police behavior After two incidents in which Minneapolis police officers were accused of racially charged behavior, Police Chief Janee Harteau pledged to work to ensure her officers treat people with respect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/05/news/police-harteau-rebuild-trust?refid=0 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:51:06 -0500 3 Minneapolis officers investigated for bar fight Minneapolis Police Department is investigating a bar fight involving three of its officers in Apple Valley last November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/02/news/minneapolis-officers-investigated-for-misconduct?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 17:17:10 -0500 Minnesota Vikings' DeMarcus Love suspended The NFL announced today that Minnesota Vikings tackle DeMarcus Love has been suspended for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/01/sport/vikings-demarcus-love-suspended?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 19:34:19 -0500 Lake Mary latest for zebra mussel infestation The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is adding Lake Mary in Douglas County to the list of zebra mussel-infested waters in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/01/environment/lake-mary-zebra-mussel?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 18:20:47 -0500 Couples celebrate legal same-sex marriage in Minn. in midnight ceremonies The largest midnight same-sex marriage celebration happened at Minneapolis City Hall, where Mayor R.T. Rybak officiated more than three dozen weddings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/01/news/same-sex-marriage-legal-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 05:31:57 -0500 Same-sex marriages legal in Minn. beginning at midnight After some epic political battles, same-sex couples will be able to marry legally in Minnesota starting at midnight tonight. For some, it's the culmination of years of waiting or fighting. For others, it's a milestone they thought would never arrive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/31/news/legal-same-sex-marriage-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Transit drivers get more protections from assaults under new law Darin Pavek has been driving the Route 5 bus overnight for Metro Transit for the last decade. When passengers board the bus heading to the Mall of America, Pavek looks them in the eye and greets them. Most reciprocate. Some get hostile. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/30/news/transit-drivers-get-new-protections?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:28:24 -0500 Minneapolis plans for a new class of cyclists Minneapolis is planning to add two significant lengths of street to the city's system of bike-friendly paths and boulevards. But these aren't projects intended primarily for the already-spandexed. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/07/new-minneapolis-bike-boulevards-aim-to-attract-new-class-of-bikers/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 06:21:11 -0500 Marriage license deadline today for Aug. 1 weddings, both straight and gay Today is the last day for Minnesotans to apply for same-sex marriage licenses and still manage a wedding on Aug. 1, when same-sex marriage becomes legal in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/26/marriage-deadline?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 00:00:01 -0500 Two guilty of sex trafficking young women A Ramsey County jury found two men guilty on Thursday for sex trafficking a teen and a young woman in St. Paul last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/25/sextrafficking-guilty?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:00:41 -0500 16-year-old driver killed near Buffalo, Minn. The Maple Lake teen was killed after her car collided with a dump truck in Wright county. Emma Rodelius was going to be a senior at Buffalo High School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/24/teen-killed?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:50:39 -0500 MOA kiosk operators indicted for employing some illegally A federal indictment alleges operators of Mall of America kiosks knew they were employing foreign nationals not permitted to work in the U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/23/mall-kiosks?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:47:56 -0500 Justice Rosalie Wahl, first woman to serve on Minn. Supreme Court, dies Rosalie Wahl, one of Minnesota's legal pioneers, died today at 88. While she will be remembered first and foremost as Minnesota's first woman to serve on the state Supreme Court, her time as justice was only a part of an extraordinary life. "Minnesota owes Justice Wahl a great debt of gratitude for her exceptional service," Gov. Mark Dayton said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/22/news/rosalie-wahl-first-minn-woman-supreme-court-justice-dies?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:59:19 -0500 Mondale calls for filibuster rules to change In 1975, then-Sen. Walter Mondale changed the Senate's filibuster rules. Today, as Democratic senators are poised to dramatically change the rules again, he reflects on his role in the change and today's gridlock in Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/16/politics/walter-mondale-reflects-on-role-in-senate-filibuster-rule-change?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 07:56:52 -0500 Minn. medical pot bill won't make deadline A bill legalizing marijuana for medical uses won't be introduced in time to meet deadlines at the state Legislature this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/politics/medical-marijuana-bill?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:49:55 -0500 EPA says it should not be forced to further limit Xcel power plant emissions The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it should not be forced to further limit Xcel Energy's emissions from a power plant in Sherburne County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/environment/xcel-energy-power-plant-sherburne-county?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 20:37:26 -0600 Nizzel George's killer pleads guilty A teenager pleaded guilty Friday in the shooting death of 5-year-old Nizzel George last summer in Minneapolis. George was struck and killed by a bullet fired from outside his grandmother's house, as he was sitting on her couch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/news/teen-pleads-guilty-to-shooting-nizzel-george?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 17:47:21 -0600 Ellison invites slain businessman's son to State of the Union speech The son of a Minneapolis business owner who was gunned down in September has been invited to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/31/news/keith-ellison-gun-violence?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:00:22 -0600 Seminar teaches businesses how to hire, retain veterans A seminar to help businesses learn how best to hire and retain veterans will take place in Duluth on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/10/labor/veteran-employment-seminar?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Man pleads guilty in Minneapolis homicide Bryant Deshawn Elliott, 20, of Minneapolis has pleaded guilty to a fatal shooting in north Minneapolis last June. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/crime/hennepin-county-charges-filed?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2013 06:45:01 -0600 Grants to build 8 new biking, hiking trails Grants to build eight new biking and hiking trails across the state have been awarded by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/07/environment/dnr-grants-park-projects?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 19:37:58 -0600 Repairs nearly complete on damaged Mpls. water main Repairs are nearly complete on the downtown Minneapolis water main that ruptured on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/07/news/minneapolis-water-main-repair?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 19:11:40 -0600 Metro Transit workers approve new contract Metro Transit workers voted Monday to approve a new three-year contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/07/labor/metro-transit-workers-vote-to-approve-new-contract-?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 19:00:23 -0600 Izzy's recalls ice cream over glass scare Izzy's Ice Cream pulls three ice cream flavors over concerns that cinnamon from an outside supplier was contaminated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/31/izzy-glass?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:11:49 -0600 Suspect charged in Mpls. stabbing death Hennepin County authorities have charged a 34-year-old man for a fatal stabbing in south Minneapolis over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/31/news/charges-filed-in-fatal-minneapolis-stabbing?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:04:25 -0600 Hennepin Co. celebrates success of DWI court Minnesotans for Safe Driving are highlighting the success of Hennepin County's DWI court in rehabilitating people charged with drunken driving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/23/regional/hennepin-dwi-court?refid=0 Sun, 23 Dec 2012 10:55:47 -0600 Red Lake shooting survivors travel to support Newtown community Survivors of the 2005 shooting at Red Lake Senior High School traveled to Connecticut this week to offer support to residents of Newtown. Twenty-six people died in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School a week ago Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/21/news/red-lake-shooting-survivors-qa?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 19:22:05 -0600 SPCO former director optimistic on labor dispute Amid a contentious labor dispute, locked-out musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are bringing their former music director back for a performance of Handel's Messiah on Thursday and Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/20/arts/spco-hugh-wolff?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 06:19:29 -0600 Hennepin County Sheriff Stanek, Biden huddle on gun violence Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek was among a group of law enforcement officials that met with Vice President Joe Biden to talk about gun violence on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/20/news/hennepin-county-sheriff-talks-with-vp-biden-about-gun-violence?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 06:12:08 -0600 Law professor: few exceptions to ban guns in schools Although guns are typically banned in Minnesota's public schools, there are a few exceptions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/20/law-professor-few-exceptions-to-ban-on-guns-in-schools?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 18:34:15 -0600 Minneapolis man charged in fatal I-94 crash A Minneapolis man was charged Wednesday in a car accident that killed one and injured two others on Interstate 94 last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/19/news/minneapolis-man-charged-in-fatal-i94-crash?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:19:27 -0600 NY Mayor Bloomberg meets with son of man killed in Accent Signage shooting New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg today met with survivors of recent mass shootings across the country, including the son of a man killed at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis in late September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/news/qa-sami-rahamim?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 20:39:12 -0600 FDA questions another St. Jude 'lead' St. Jude Medical's stock fell as much as 15 percent Wednesday, the day after the Food and Drug Administration released a report that again raised concerns about a key component the Little Canada-based medical device company produces. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/21/business/fda-concerned-about-stjude-medical-component?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 14:57:36 -0600 Mpls. to act soon on closing harbor terminal The Minneapolis City Council will decide next week exactly when the city's Upper Harbor Terminal on the Mississippi River will be closed permanently. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/21/regional/minneapolis-upper-harbor-closing?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 14:36:45 -0600 Confirmed norovirus outbreak in Mankato The Minnesota Department of Health confirms that an outbreak of norovirus occurred at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/20/health/sickness-outbreak-in-mankato-may-be-a-virus-?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 06:50:24 -0600 Gifters again dropping $1,000 in Salvation Army kettles During last year's holiday season, an anonymous donor left 23 envelopes containing $1,000 each at Salvation Army kettles across the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/20/news/gifters-again-dropping-1000-in-salvation-army-kettles?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2012 21:11:33 -0600 10 ways to prepare your garden for winter Julie Weisenhorn, director of the master gardener program at University of Minnesota Extension, said gardeners can help prepare their gardens and lawns to thrive next year by taking a few small steps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/20/news/10-ways-to-prepare-your-garden-for-winter?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2012 08:57:12 -0600 State Patrol to step up DWI enforcement As the holiday season approaches, the Minnesota State Patrol plans to step up enforcement against drunk drivers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/19/law/holiday-season-dwi-enforcement-patrol?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2012 20:00:00 -0600 No injuries in Monday's icy commute The snowfall that paralyzed Monday morning's commute also resulted in about 20 minor bus-related accidents in the Metro area, but no injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/12/weather/icy-commute?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 19:07:13 -0600 St. Paul to pay $400K in police brutality case The St. Paul City Council will meet on Wednesday afternoon to approve a $400,000 settlement to a mother and son in a police brutality case, which is tied for the largest settlement in St. Paul city history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/regional/stpaul-police-brutality-settlement?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 14:54:30 -0600 Ryan greets supporters in Hudson About three dozen volunteers wearing red Romney/Ryan campaign shirts stood around two long, plastic tables piled with canned foods in the campaign's Hudson, Wis., office on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/31/politics/ryan-hudson?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:25:20 -0500 Cliffs fined for excessive hazardous waste Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. has agreed to pay a $242,973 penalty for excessive use of a hazardous waste at a landfill operated by Northshore Mining in Silver Bay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/29/business/cliffs-fined-for-excessive-hazardous-waste?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:13:43 -0500 Driver of stalled car on I-494 had revoked license Authorities say the driver of a minivan that caused a fatal accident on Interstate 494 Monday morning was driving with a revoked license. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/29/accident/driver-had-revoked-license?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:30:28 -0500 Home vigil honors a mother's last wish Like a growing number of baby boomers in Minnesota, Anne Conley of St. Paul rejected traditional rituals like embalming and funeral service in favor of a more personalized experience: the home vigil. Anne's family carried out her wishes after she died of cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/news/green-funerals?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 13:00:00 -0500 More people choose 'green' funerals As environmental consciousness has grown in the country, some people question the practice of pumping dead bodies full of chemicals before they're buried in thick, concrete vaults in the ground. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/green-funerals-sidebar?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 13:00:00 -0500 Man dead in officer-involved shooting An officer-involved shooting has left one man dead in an East Side neighborhood of St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/23/news/man-dead-in-officerinvolved-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:00:05 -0500 Cliffs, Steelworkers reach tentative deal Cliffs Natural Resources and the United Steelworkers of America have reached tentative agreement on a contract covering union workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/10/labor/cliffs-steelworkers-reach-tentative-deal?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 20:22:52 -0500 Former Shattuck-St. Mary's teacher previously accused of misconduct Already facing more than a dozen charges of criminal sexual conduct with minors, a former teacher at Shattuck-St. Mary's college preparatory school in Faribault had also been previously accused of misconduct at the school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/08/crime/former-shattuckst-mary-teacher-previously-accused-of-misconduct?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2012 21:04:26 -0500 Minneapolis shooting victims, suspect, identified Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan told a Friday afternoon news conference that the gunman in Thursday's attack was 36-year-old Andrew J. Engeldinger of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/28/news/minneapolis-shooting-folo?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:12:40 -0500 Former BCA supervisor: Poor ventilation may have contaminated St. Paul lab A former supervisor at the state crime lab testified in court Friday that the St. Paul Police Department crime lab's equipment is not properly ventilated and may have spewed illegal drugs and chemical solvents into the air inside the crime lab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/judiciary/st-paul-crime-lab-contaminated?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 19:15:15 -0500 St. Paul officer on leave cost city $250,000 in previous case One of the St. Paul police officers placed on administrative leave after the violent arrest of a man last week was a participant in an earlier excessive force case that cost the city $250,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/police/st-paul-officer-cost-city?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 19:01:58 -0500 State's first case of basil fungus found The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has discovered the state's first case of basil downy mildew, a fungus that affects basil plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/05/environment/basil-fungus?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2012 23:26:09 -0500 St. Paul officer placed on leave was suspended in 2010 for excessive force One of the St. Paul police officers placed on administrative leave after the violent arrest of a man last week had been suspended by the St. Paul Police Department in 2010 for excessive force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/05/news/saint-paul-officer-placed-on-leave-was-suspended-in-2010-for-excessive-force?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2012 13:56:37 -0500 Report: Low-income families struggle to afford rental housing A new report shows that many low-income Minnesota families are struggling to afford rental housing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/04/economy/low-income-families-struggle-to-afford-rental-housing?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 20:02:11 -0500 3M drops bid for Avery supplies division 3M has apparently dropped its bid to buy Avery Dennison's Office and Consumer Products Group on Tuesday after the U.S. Department of Justice threatened to block the deal on antitrust grounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/04/business/3m-drops-avery-bid?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 19:58:57 -0500 Economic Lookout: Economy picks up With recent polls showing that the economy is one of the biggest issues in the upcoming elections, MPR News is reaching out to contacts in our Public Insight Network to find out how the economy is affecting them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/30/business/economic-lookout-scott-taylor?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 16:28:46 -0500 Video shows St. Paul officer kicked man An officer with the St. Paul Police Department was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday after a video was posted to the Internet that appears to show him kicking a man on the ground. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/29/law/video-st-paul-officer-kicked-man?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 06:50:48 -0500 Para-Olympian from Plymouth competes in 2012 games After having won two gold medals for swimming in past Paralympic Games, Justin Zook of Plymouth, Minn. is in London this week to compete in the 2012 games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/29/sport/zook-paraolympian?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 21:09:14 -0500 Warning issued of suspected phone scam The Minnesota Department of Revenue is warning taxpayers to beware of a suspected scam where a company attempts to obtain personal financial information over the phone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/28/crime/warning-issued-for-suspected-phone-scam?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:56:21 -0500 Minnesota seeks Medicaid waiver Minnesota asks the federal government to waive a number of federal Medicaid rules, which Gov. Mark Dayton says would save the state about $151 million over the next five years. The proposed changes include an emphasis on intervening before Medicaid patients rack up huge medical bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/28/health/medicaid?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:19:30 -0500 Minnesota seeks Medicaid waiver Minnesota asks the federal government to waive a number of federal Medicaid rules, which Gov. Mark Dayton says would save the state about $151 million over the next five years. The proposed changes include an emphasis on intervening before Medicaid patients rack up huge medical bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/28/health/medicaid/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 08:04:56 -0500 Low copter flights part of U.S. training U.S. Special Operations Command will be flying helicopters low over Minneapolis as part of a training that will start Sunday and continue until next weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/26/news/helicopter-training?refid=0 Sun, 26 Aug 2012 09:39:20 -0500 Spokes bicycle enthusiasts hopes to hook local immigrants A new bike and walk resource center opened this week in the Minneapolis' Seward neighborhood, with its organizers hoping to get the area's East African community to ride bikes for recreation, transportation and health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/25/lifestyle/spokes-bicycle?refid=0 Sat, 25 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Driver killed on I-35W while inspecting tire The driver of a semi-trailer was killed while he stopped on Interstate-35W in Richfield to inspect a blown tire, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/accident/semi-trailer-driver-killed?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 21:18:39 -0500 Street closed for Sabo bridge repair Minneapolis has closed both directions of Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis between East 26th Street and East 28th Street to complete work on the Sabo bike and pedestrian bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/23/news/sabo-bridge-closed-for-work?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 20:44:04 -0500 Economic Lookout: Industry needs a kick-start Unemployed and searching, Sieglinde Waller of St. Paul says some signs suggest the economy is turning around, even in her field of construction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/23/business/econonomic-lookout-sieglinde-waller?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 18:28:12 -0500 University coach charged in child porn case The head football coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato was arraigned Wednesday on charges of using underage people in a sexual performance and possession of child pornography. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/22/crime/university-coach-arraigned?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 18:41:40 -0500 Schools preparing healthier menus When most Minnesota public schools open in a few weeks, lunch trays will look slightly different from years past. Breads will be whole grain, meat portions will be smaller and there will be more vegetables. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/21/education/schools-preparing-healthier-menus?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:14:41 -0500 One case of swine flu confirmed The Minnesota Department of Health today confirmed the state's first case of swine flu of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/20/health/two-cases-of-swine-flu-confirmed?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 06:12:07 -0500 Deadline for antlerless deer lottery nears Almost half of Minnesota hunting areas this year require hunters to enter a lottery to be eligible to shoot antlerless deer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/21/environment/deer-hunting-lottery?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Death from West Nile virus confirmed The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed today that one person in Stevens County died after contracting West Nile virus earlier this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/20/health/west-nile-virus-death?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 21:14:35 -0500 Half of wolf hunt permits still available Minnesota hunters have already applied for about half of the permits that are available in the state's first wolf hunt in decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/20/environment/wolf-hunting-permit?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 20:51:23 -0500 Trudy Rautio named Carlson CEO Minnetonka-based Carlson has named Trudy Rautio its new CEO. She takes the place of Hubert Joly, who has accepted the top position at Best Buy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/20/business/trudy-rautio-named-carlson-ceo?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Bemis to close two Minn. plants The packaging company Bemis' plan to close two Minnesota plants will result in the layoff of about 162 workers in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/17/business/bemis-two-plants-close?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 18:22:31 -0500 On Minn., SD border, ceremony marks Dakota war One-hundred-fifty years after the government exiled most Dakota from Minnesota following the U.S. Dakota War of 1862, more than 250 people made a symbolic return to the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/17/news/dakota-war-anniversary?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 16:15:58 -0500 Minn. ranks high in nation for cost of center-based child care Minnesota ranks near the bottom in the country for affordable center-based child care, according to a study released today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/16/education/child-care-costs?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 19:57:49 -0500 State fair officials take precaution to avoid swine flu outbreak There haven't been any reported cases in Minnesota yet, but more than 150 people nationwide have already gotten sick this summer with the newest strain of swine flu. It was mostly spread from county fairs in Indiana and Ohio. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/16/health/state-fair-swine-flu?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 19:37:03 -0500 Nolan wins in 8th; Quist wins in 1st Former U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan has won the Democratic primary in the 8th Congressional District over two opponents, according to the AP. In the 1st District, former state Rep. Allen Quist made a political comeback as well, beating his Republican primary challenger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/14/politics/primary-election-results?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 08:15:00 -0500 Bennett, Vikings stadium booster, loses seat on Ramsey Co. board Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett lost his bid for re-election to the County Board in Tuesday's primary election, after serving 16 years in office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/14/politics/ramsey-county-tony-bennett-loses?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 23:44:50 -0500 Low turnout in Minn. primary election Minnesotans headed to the polls today to choose the candidates who will appear on the general election ballot in November for each party. Balloting has gone smoothly, but turnout is very low. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/14/politics/primary-election?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Man, 26, charged with killing teen responding to Craigslist ad Police charged a man today with the shooting death of a teenager who was responding to a Craigslist ad for a cell phone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/13/crime/craigslist-shooting-death?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 20:46:55 -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 Closings on Greenway for resurfacing Parts of the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis will be closed starting Monday as crews resurface the bike path. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/12/regional/greenway-construction?refid=0 Sun, 12 Aug 2012 09:41:54 -0500 FEMA denies Dayton's appeal for flood aid The Federal Emergency Management Agency has rejected Gov. Mark Dayton's appeal for emergency assistance for individual victims of June flooding in northeast Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/10/disaster/fema-denies-flood-aid?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 19:37:37 -0500 Fairs take precaution against swine flu Following a five-fold increase in the number of swine flu cases nationwide in the last week, Minnesota county fairs are taking precautions against the spread of the disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/09/health/swine-flu?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 21:03:52 -0500 Child dies of suspected amoeba infection The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating after a child died of a suspected amoeba infection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/07/news/child-dies-of-suspected-amoeba-infection-in-minn?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 20:01:57 -0500 Dry conditions prompt change to U.S. Forest Service fire management policy The U.S. Forest Service has issued a directive to urge fire managers to move more quickly to extinguish wildfires this season. The agency's usual policy is to let many small fires burn themselves out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/06/disaster/wildfire-management?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 19:19:52 -0500 When otters attack Another Minnesota woman was attacked by an otter while swimming last weekend. It was the second attack in a month. An animal expert said the attacks could be due to pressures on otter habitats caused by development. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/03/news/otter-attacks?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 20:41:22 -0500 Dave Chappelle surprise show in Minneapolis tonight With one day notice, the State Theater announced Wednesday that Chappelle will perform in Minneapolis on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 9 p.m. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/08/dave-chappelle-surprise-show-in-minneapolis.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2012 10:58:30 -0500 Prosecutors to retest evidence in 350 cases Authorities in three metro area counties announced today that they will re-test evidence in about 350 pending drug cases that were previously tested at the St. Paul Police Department crime lab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/01/news/crime-lab-evidence-to-be-retested?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 16:40:17 -0500 Prosecutor offers plea deals due to crime lab questions Washington County authorities will offer defendants deals that include less jail time and more emphasis on drug treatment in just under 100 cases affected by the closing of the St. Paul Police Department crime lab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/31/news/stpaul-crime-lab-convictions-in-question?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 11:58:19 -0500 Synthetic drug crackdown yields arrests in 30 states A crackdown on synthetic drugs on Thursday led to 91 arrests in 30 states across the country, according to federal law enforcement officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/26/news/synthetic-drug-raids?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:29:58 -0500 DEA raids Duluth's Last Place On Earth Federal and local law enforcement officers raided a shop that sells synthetic marijuana in Duluth Wednesday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/25/news/dea-raids-duluth-last-place-on-earth?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:10:26 -0500 Summit Brewery to open taproom Summit Brewing Company is opening what appears to be St. Paul's first taproom. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/07/summit-to-open-taproom.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Cases of whooping cough in Minnesota most in 65 years There are more cases of whooping cough in Minnesota than at any time in 65 years, according to data released by the Minnesota Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/24/health/whooping-cough-pertussis?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:17:38 -0500 Judge certifies sex offender suit as class action A federal judge has certified a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program as a class action on behalf of everyone committed to the program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/24/news/sex-offender-class-action-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:52:33 -0500 Mpls teen sentenced for shooting death The Minneapolis teenager who pleaded guilty to the shooting death of Trequan Sykes in early June has been sentenced to more than 25 years in prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/24/news/minneapolis-teenager-sentenced-for-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:20:59 -0500 Neiman Marcus to close Mpls store Neiman Marcus announced Monday that its Nicollet Mall location in Minneapolis will be closed by next July. The 118,000-square-foot store in Gaviidae Common "did not meet our long-term operational goals," according to company officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/23/business/nieman-marcus-closes-minneapolis-store?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:08:10 -0500 Crime lab expert: Minnesota should mandate accreditation A national forensics expert said Minnesota should require public crime labs to seek accreditation from professional organizations in order to maintain professional standards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/20/law/crime-lab-acredidation?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2012 18:19:26 -0500 Police Chief Smith taps senior commander to put St. Paul crime lab in order Senior Commander Colleen Luna of the St. Paul Police Department will lead the reorganization of the crime lab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/19/law/crime-lab-reorganization?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:29:54 -0500 St. Paul police chief suspends crime lab drug testing The news comes after two crime lab workers and the director of the lab said this week that the lab does not follow any written procedures for drug testing and does not document most of the steps they take when testing evidence for illegal drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/18/news/washington-county-stops-using-stpaul-crime-lab?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2012 08:40:25 -0500 Duluth mayor asks for action against heroin abuse Duluth Mayor Don Ness called for lawmakers to take action following a weekend where five people overdosed on heroin in the city. One of those who overdosed died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/17/news/duluth-mayor-heroin?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2012 20:31:03 -0500 Survey: Signs improve for struggling nonprofit sector A survey by the Greater Twin Cities United Way found some encouraging signs for the local nonprofit sector but also some worrisome trends. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/17/business/non-profit-finance?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2012 19:46:15 -0500 Los Angeles city attorney sues US Bank The Los Angeles city attorney filed suit Monday against US Bank, arguing that the Minneapolis-based company neglected foreclosed properties and illegally evicted homeowners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/17/law/us-bank-sued?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2012 19:24:58 -0500 Veteran's gravesite found disturbed Authorities are investigating the disturbance of a World War II veteran's grave at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/12/crime/veteran-grave-site?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 19:57:16 -0500 Group asks MN high court to hear BWCA tower case A group wants the Minnesota Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that lets AT&T proceed with a 450-foot cellphone tower near Ely and close to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/12/environment/group-asks-mn-high-court-to-hear-bwca-tower-case-?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:54:30 -0500 Inspectors check bridges for flood damage Teams of bridge inspectors are checking bridges across northeast Minnesota for damage caused by last month's flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/11/news/bridge-inspection?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:37:36 -0500 Two charged in death of homeless man Hennepin County authorities have charged two people in the beating death of a homeless man in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/10/crime/two-charged-killing-homeless-man?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:20:55 -0500 Sheriff's deputy shoots, kills armed man Four law enforcement officers in Chisago County are on paid leave after a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man in North Branch on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/09/crime/police-shoot-chisago-man?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2012 06:40:46 -0500 John Williams remembered as respected civic leader Respected civic leader and former Minnesota Gophers football star John Williams, 64, died Sunday in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/09/human-interest/john-williams?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2012 21:00:00 -0500 Minn. lags in access to opiate OD antidote More Minnesotans are dying from prescription opiates and heroin. An anti-overdose drug, Narcan, is legally available only by prescription, but some health workers and activists want the state to loosen its rules. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/08/health/narcan-drugs?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2012 07:30:00 -0500 Nicollet intersection closing in S. Mpls. The intersection of 35th Street and Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis will be closed for construction starting Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/08/regional/nicollet-closed?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jul 2012 10:09:24 -0500 SUV driver charged in teen's death The Ramsey County Attorney's Office today charged a 50-year-old man with criminal vehicular homicide in the death of a teenage girl Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/05/regional/girl-killed?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2012 17:45:00 -0500 Police urge avoidance of illegal fireworks The police in Moorhead are asking people celebrating the Fourth of July to avoid illegal fireworks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/04/regional/aerial-fireworks?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jul 2012 13:37:21 -0500 Heat cancels holiday racing at Canterbury Park Canterbury Park has been canceled its racing schedule and other events scheduled for the Fourth of July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/04/regional/canterbury-closed?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jul 2012 09:48:08 -0500 Feelings last long over US-Dakota War of 1862 The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 only lasted six weeks, but it had huge repercussions for descendants of people killed in the conflict and its aftermath. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/04/culture/us-dakota-war?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Storm knocks out phones in Bemidji Authorities in Bemidji are asking residents to travel only for emergencies after a severe thunderstorm caused widespread damage and knocked out most phone service in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/02/weather-bemidji-storm?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2012 21:27:28 -0500 Stay cool: Record-setting heat Health officials are warning Minnesotans to take steps to stay healthy as temperatures hover in the mid-90s this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/02/weather/heat-warning-advisory?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2012 17:36:42 -0500 Police arrest 2 in death of north Mpls. boy Minneapolis police have arrested two juveniles in connection with the shooting that killed 5-year-old Nizzel Anthony George on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/29/crime/two-arrested-in-death-of-minneapolis-boy?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 15:15:20 -0500 A guide to fireworks displays around Minn. The celebrations on July 4 almost always include big bangs in the sky as fireworks light up the night. Here's a sampling of fireworks shows scheduled around Minnesota for the holiday. http://blog.thecurrent.org/post/2012/07/fourth-july-minnesota-2012-guide?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 00:00:18 -0500 State to commemorate US-Dakota War's 150th anniversary Minnesota is marking the 150th anniversary of the bloody U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/28/human-interest/alexander-ramsey?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 15:56:43 -0500 Two men arrested in shooting near Gay 90s club Charges have been filed against two men for a shooting that wounded three bystanders outside the Gay 90s club in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/27/crime/gay-90s-shooting-arrest?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 21:30:23 -0500 Ozone alert today; reduce outdoor activity An air pollution health alert is issued for the Twin Cities until midnight today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/27/environment/ozone-alert?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 19:08:24 -0500 HDR to design St. Croix bridge State transportation officials have awarded Omaha, Neb.-based HDR a contract to design the new St. Croix bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/26/business/hdr-st-croix-bridge-contract?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2012 16:38:04 -0500 Volunteers help S. Minn. organic farmer rebound after flood Laughing Loon Farm was down and out after flooding and a hailstorm earlier this month. Now it's just down. Nobody's counting it out. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2012/06/crying_puking_coming_back.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:53:29 -0500 Strong currents force some boat launches to close Strong currents and high water force closure of boat launches in three regional parks on the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/25/leisure/boat-launches-closed?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:23:17 -0500 St. Paul priest arrested; allegations of child abuse A St. Paul priest has been arrested after allegations surfaced that he sexually abused an underage boy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/25/crime/priest-arrest-child-abuse?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:17:58 -0500 Minn. police learn from Israeli counter-terrorism conference About 100 Minnesota law enforcement officers attended a counter-terrorism training conference in Minneapolis Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/26/law/police-counterterrorism-conference?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:05:43 -0500 Officials expect flood damages estimates go up St. Louis County Public Works estimates damage caused to roads by flooding this week will cost between $20-25 million, although that number is expected to increase as more extensive damage is discovered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/22/disaster/flood-damage-estimate?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 21:57:45 -0500 Flooding cuts off some rural areas Many residents in rural areas affected by Wednesday's flooding are finding themselves isolated as roads become impassable or are washed away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/20/flood/rural-area-flood?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2012 09:10:58 -0500 Surly narrows list of possible brewery sites Surly Brewing Co. has narrowed the location of its new brewery to a "handful" of sites around the Twin Cities metro, including two in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/19/business/surly-brewery-site?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2012 19:59:47 -0500 State proposes Medicaid adjustment as Boomers enter system The Minnesota Department of Human Services unveiled a proposal this week to adjust the state's Medicaid program to prepare for the expected influx of aging baby boomers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/19/health/medicaid-boomer-generation?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2012 19:33:17 -0500 More boaters violate invasive species law About 20 percent of boaters stopped by DNR officers this year have violated laws designed to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/18/environment/invasive-species-violations?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2012 06:16:30 -0500 Forest Service backs managers of Minn. Pagami Creek wildfire Managers made all the right decisions as they battled a forest fire that blackened 145 square miles of northeastern Minnesota last year, according to three reports the National Forest Service released Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/18/forest-service-backs-managers-of-minn-pagami-creek-wildfire?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 17:17:28 -0500 Minn. accuses Utah company in loan modification fraud The Minnesota Department of Commerce has filed charges against yet another company offering unlicensed mortgage adjustments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/16/regional/mortgage-fraud?refid=0 Sun, 17 Jun 2012 09:30:00 -0500 Minn. charges fraud against Utah mortgage company The Minnesota Department of Commerce has issued charges against a Utah-based company for allegedly defrauding clients seeking mortgage adjustments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/15/crime/mortgage-fraud?refid=0 Sat, 16 Jun 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Union to vote on American Crystal Sugar contract offer About 1,300 workers locked out of their jobs at American Crystal Sugar will get another chance to vote on the company's contract proposal next week. The workers have been locked out since they first rejected the company's proposal on July 31. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/14/labor/crystal-sugar-union?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2012 20:57:02 -0500 St. Bonifacius toddler's mother, boyfriend charged with murder Shacara Foster, 27, the child's biological mother, and her boyfriend, Kentae Todd, 20, are being held in Hennepin County Jail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/08/st-bonifacius-toddler-murder-charges?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 07:20:15 -0500 Mother, boyfriend charged in death of toddler A mother and her boyfriend have been charged with second degree murder in the death of a 19-month-old toddler in St. Bonifacius, Minn. in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/08/crime/toddler-death?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 22 arrests in Twin Ports heroin sweep Charges are expected by the end of this week against 22 people arrested for trafficking heroin in the Twin Ports area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/07/crime/22-arrests-in-twin-ports-heroin-sweep?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 11:43:32 -0500 Boogaard's father: Many NHLers just 'cannon fodder' The father of former Minnesota Wild hockey player Derek Boogaard says some in the National Hockey League enabled his son in his prescription painkiller addiction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/07/health/boogaard-cannon-fodder?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 07:50:38 -0500 Minneapolis church fire ruled accidental An investigator for the Minneapolis Arson Unit has classified last week's fire at Walker Community United Methodist Church in south Minneapolis as an accident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/06/walker-church-fire-investigation?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 06:39:09 -0500 Weak US jobs report a bad sign for Minn. Disappointing national job numbers released Friday don't bode well for Minnesota's economy, according to the state's chief labor market analyst. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/01/minnesota-job-numbers?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 23:22:57 -0500 WCCO radio's Dark Star dies Longtime WCCO radio personality Dark Star was found dead on Friday, WCCO News reports. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2012/06/dark_star_dead_at_66.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 17:05:38 -0500 Anoka-Hennepin teachers approve Q Comp Teachers at the state's largest school district voted Thursday to adopt the state's merit pay program, which is called Q Comp. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/31/education/anoka-hennepin-teachers-approve-q-comp?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 21:05:54 -0500 Unions reach tentative deal with state Two unions representing about 31,000 state employees announced a tentative 2-year collective bargaining agreement with the state of Minnesota Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/31/politics/unions-reach-tentative-deal-with-state?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 19:00:55 -0500 Burning cross investigated as hate crime The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office is investigating a cross burning in a family's front yard Friday as a hate crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/30/burning-cross-investigated-as-hate-crime?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 07:00:24 -0500 2 Minn. students in spelling bee semifinals Two Minnesota students advanced to the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Wednesday. They are from North Mankato and Rochester. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/30/spelling-bee-semifinals-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2012 20:32:19 -0500 3 arrested in Mpls. Occupy protest Minneapolis police arrested three protesters who were occupying a foreclosed home in south Minneapolis Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/29/crime/three-arrested-in-foreclosed-minneapolis-home-occupation?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2012 20:17:17 -0500 MN man caught with more than 400 panfish An Otsego man will appear in Wright County court Wednesday for catching hundreds of fish over the legal limit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/29/minnesota-man-caught-with-more-than-400-panfish?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2012 17:40:04 -0500 Teacher charged after allegedly sending nude photo to student A 26-year-old student teacher at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights has been charged after allegedly sending a naked picture of herself to a 17-year-old student. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/25/jennaa-nneschultz-arrest?refid=0 Fri, 25 May 2012 19:36:13 -0500 Mpls. cemetery gets 'Low' for benefit show The oldest cemetery in Minneapolis is hosting a rock concert by the Duluth band Low in June. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/05/in-the-phillips-neighborhood-of.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2012 12:14:07 -0500 Panel denies release for sex offender A Minnesota Supreme Court Judicial Appeal panel decided Friday to deny a civilly committed sex offender's petition for release from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/18/john-rydberg-denied-release?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 19:07:23 -0500 Fire near Ely slowing down As firefighters continue to battle the wildfire south of Ely, authorities have lifted the evacuation order within city limits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/17/disaster/ely-wildfire?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2012 18:25:42 -0500 Minn. grand jury indicts right-to-die group A Minnesota grand jury has indicted a national right-to-die group and several members for their actions in the 2007 suicide of a suburban Minneapolis woman, prosecutors announced Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/14/grand-jury-indicts-right-to-die-group?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2012 06:15:00 -0500 University, Vikings reach preliminary agreement on TCF Bank Stadium The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents has approved a preliminary agreement to allow the Minnesota Vikings to play in TCF Bank Stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/12/vikings-tcf-stadium?refid=0 Sat, 12 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Dayton signs law to open IRRRB's books Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday signed legislation into law that will reopen a northeast Minnesota economic development agency's books to the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/11/politics/irrrb-public-data-disclosure?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2012 14:45:43 -0500 Senate passes Vikings stadium bill 38-28 The Minnesota Senate has voted 38-28 in favor of a bill that would finance a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. The vote came just before midnight Tuesday, after 10 hours of debate. The Senate version of the bill must now be reconciled with the House version, which was approved Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/08/politics/vikings-stadium-senate-vote?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 23:59:50 -0500 Minnesota Vikings stadium bill wins House approval By a 73-58 margin Monday night, the Minnesota House of Representatives approved funding for a $975 million Vikings stadium at the site of the Metrodome in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/07/politics/vikings-stadium-house-vote?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 05:00:00 -0500 Woman dies in apparent suicide at Hennepin County jail A woman being held at Hennepin County jail in Minneapolis died on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/07/woman-hennepin-county-jail-suicide?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 20:01:57 -0500 Dayton signs bill giving racetracks more gambling options Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill Friday that allows more gambling tables at state racetracks and opens the gate to simulcast horse racing at tribal casinos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/dayton-racetrack-gambling-bill?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 21:03:28 -0500 Student dies after collapse in basketball game A student at Robbinsdale Cooper High School died Thursday after collapsing while playing basketball. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/kalonyea-wopea?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 19:15:49 -0500 Dayton vetoes bill that would weaken teacher seniority Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill Thursday that would have forced school boards and teachers unions to consider teacher performance when making layoff decisions, rather than just seniority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/03/teacher-seniority-bill-veto?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2012 20:38:05 -0500 Bicyclist deaths down, injuries up The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says deaths from bicycle accidents on state roads are at their lowest since 2007. But the number of bicyclists injured in accidents in 2011 also slightly increased. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/03/bicyclist-injuries-up-deaths-down?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Fridley-based Medtronic to cut 220 employees Fridley-based Medtronic plans to cut 220 employees in its Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management division across the United States, according to a company statement released on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/02/medtroni-lay-off?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2012 18:23:46 -0500 Parts of BWCA to reopen today Much of the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness that was burned in last year's Pagami Creek wildfire will reopen to the public starting today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/02/bwca-reopen?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Mayo: Exercise, computer use may stem memory loss in seniors A new study suggests that combining computer use with moderate exercise late in life may decrease the odds of memory loss. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/memory?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 09:03:48 -0500 Q&A: Mpls. Assistant Police Chief Janee Harteau Minneapolis Assistant Police Chief Janee Harteau speaks about her nomination to replace outgoing-Police Chief Tim Dolan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/qa-janee-harteau?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 20:21:28 -0500 Apple Valley man killed in shootout with police An Apple Valley man was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police on Sunday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/apple-valley-police-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:07:52 -0500 Police: Child's death was homicide The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has ruled that the death of a St. Bonifacius child in February was a homicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/27/police-death-of-st-bonifacius-child-a-homicide?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 20:39:26 -0500 Labor dept. backs off rule to limit farm work by kids The U.S. Department of Labor is withdrawing a rule that would have limited the sorts of work that children can do on farms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/rule-limit-child-farm-labor?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 18:39:59 -0500 Many possible causes for Tinsley's enlarged heart University of Minnesota Gophers football player Gary Tinsley died of an enlarged heart April 6, according to a Hennepin County Medical Examiner report released Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/atc-feldman-enlarged-heart?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 17:01:30 -0500 Tillberry questions Dayton on URS Corp. A letter from a state legislator questions Gov. Mark Dayton on why a company that consulted on the I-35W bridge before its collapse is being considered for work on the Southwest Corridor light rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/25/tillberry-questions-dayton-urs-corp?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:51:51 -0500 Magazine names Medtronic one of US' top corporate citizens Fridley-based Medtronic was ranked as America's 50th-best corporate citizen this week by Corporate Responsibility magazine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/25/medtronic-corporate-citizen-ranking?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 16:24:06 -0500 NE Minn. schools to offer more tech classes to help fill empty manufacturing jobs As the nation's manufacturers deal with a shortage of skilled laborers, a northeast Minnesota school district is planning to offer more technical training at local high schools to keep jobs, and the community's children, in the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/northeastern-minnesota-manufacturing-training-jobs?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 11:33:43 -0500 Rain gardens blossom in Minneapolis A neighborhood organization looking for a solution to control flooding after the loss of old trees were referred to Metro Blooms, a non-profit organization that promotes ecologically-friendly gardens and landscapes. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/04/rain-gardens-blossom-in-minneapolis.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 8 charged in Mall of America melee Authorities have charged eight men with misdemeanors or gross misdemeanors for their participation in a melee at the Mall of America on the day after Christmas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/23/charges-in-mall-of-america-melee?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 17:35:19 -0500 Non-profit serving Twin Cities Latinos to close down Lack of funding is forcing a non-profit organization that served the Spanish-speaking population in the Twin Cities for three-decades to close its doors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/21/la-conexion-de-las-americas?refid=0 Sat, 21 Apr 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Minn. State Patrol disbands motorcycle patrol The Minnesota State Patrol is disbanding its motorcycle patrol program and will auction off the unit's five Harley-Davidson motorcycles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/20/minn-state-patrol-disbands-motorcycle-patrol?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 18:34:18 -0500 Rep. Peterson optimistic about farm bill Despite disagreement in the legislature about appropriate cuts in this year's farm bill, Rep. Collin Peterson expressed optimism that it could still pass Congress this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/19/peterson-farm-bill?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 20:29:03 -0500 Health officials confirm parasite outbreak at water park Health officials are still investigating an outbreak of 97 reported cases of cryptosporidiosis contracted at a water park in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/19/water-park-outbreak?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 20:17:32 -0500 Hospitals advised to increase safeguards over drug supplies Following a spate of prescription drug thefts by medical staff, law enforcement and medical groups are recommending increased safeguards over drug supplies at hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/prescription-drug-theft-coalition?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:23:52 -0500 Recovery project a part of bluebirds' solid comeback Much of the birds' comeback has been due to a recovery project started in the late 1970s, http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/bluebird-comeback?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 18:14:13 -0500 Parole denied to officer's killer A man convicted of killing a police officer in 1985 was denied parole in a hearing Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/parole-denied-ronald-schneider?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 19:27:30 -0500 No charges in N. Mpls. killing Hennepin County authorities have decided not to charge a man arrested in last week's killing of Jody Patzner Jr. in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/no-charges-in-patzner-killing?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:27:40 -0500 FBI investigates death of woman The FBI are investigating the death of a woman injured at Red Lake Reservation last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/12/fbi-investigates-woman-death-reservation?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 19:04:43 -0500 Son is 'hero,' says mother of driver in crash Kansas Highway Patrol investigators are still trying to determine what caused a motor home crash on April 1 that killed five members of a Minnesota family and injured 13 others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/11/kansas-kerber-family-crash-update?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:41:52 -0500 MNSNAP goes mobile to spay and neuter pets Inside the surgery vehicle, every possible space is taken up with medical supplies, operating tables and even a skinny closet packed with blankets for recovering felines and canines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/09/minnesota-spay-neuter-assistance-program?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:05:00 -0500 Record lottery sales in March Excitement over the Mega Millions lottery jackpot helped the Minnesota State Lottery set an all-time sales record last month. The lottery took in $61.6 million in March. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/06/record-lottery-sales?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 20:09:33 -0500 Building permits up in March Although building permits in March are up about 50 percent in the Twin Cities from the same time last year, the industry still inches into recovery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/march-building-construction-growth?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 21:39:40 -0500 Macalester scientist discusses discovery of feathered dinosaur The fossil remains of a feathered dinosaur as big as a school bus were recently discovered in China, according to an account in the journal <i>Nature</i>. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/feathered-dinosaur?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 19:34:55 -0500 Firefighters contain field blaze A fire that engulfed a field in Brooklyn Park on Wednesday has been contained by firefighters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/04/brooklyn-park-fire?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 19:28:51 -0500 Iron Ranger pushes to open state agency's now-sealed books In 2007, public documents show that Iron Range Resources did not adequately oversee its loans of $9.5 million to the owner of a coal gasification plant. But in 2010, access was denied to those same documents, due to a change in the law exempting the economic development agency from releasing basic financial information. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/04/iron-range-resources?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Body believed to be bridge jumper recovered from river Law enforcement authorities today recovered the body of a man they believe jumped from the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis two weeks ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/body-jumper-recovered?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:34:44 -0500 FAQ: What is Minn. law regarding RVs? Here are some answers to questions about recreational vehicles under Minnesota law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/faq-recreational-vehicles?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 21:36:16 -0500 Immigration raid arrests 56 in Minnesota Raids across the country last week arrested more than 3,100 immigrants, many of whom had previously been convicted of serious crimes. The operation included 56 arrests in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/ice-immigration-raid?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 18:25:22 -0500 Greyhound to end service from St. Paul Greyhound announced that it will not station buses in the St. Paul Union Depot transit hub when it opens at the end of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/31/greyhound-union-depot?refid=0 Sat, 31 Mar 2012 09:00:00 -0500 Grant to help 3M build cheaper hydrogen fuel cells Minnesota-based 3M has received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to find ways to make hydrogen fuel cells cheaper. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/31/3m-hydrogen-fuel-cell?refid=0 Sat, 31 Mar 2012 09:00:00 -0500 Charges: Blaine coach had sex with player A Blaine High School girls assistant basketball coach was charged today with criminal sexual conduct with a 14-year-old player. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/29/blaine-girls-basketball-coach-sexual-conduct-charges?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:44:38 -0500 Minnesota statesman Larry Haws dies at 72 Former legislator and St. Cloud community leader Larry Haws died today, according to his daughter, Kelly Haws. He was 72. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/obit-larry-haws?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 20:41:30 -0500 ACLU takes on activist's ban from federal building The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota has filed a lawsuit on behalf of an activist who was detained and banned from a federal building in Minneapolis last year after writing with chalk on a public sidewalk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/26/aclu-activist-federal-ban?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 20:31:52 -0500 Judge halts action on metal-scrapping plant A Ramsey County District judge today ordered the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to halt administrative actions on a metal-scrapping facility in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/26/mpca-recyling-plant?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 19:48:50 -0500 Three charged in man's death; bloodied sword, bayonet, hammer found Three suspects charged in the death of a St. Paul man last week. Among the weapons allegedly used in the killing are a Japanese-style sword, a hammer and a bayonet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/26/three-charged-killing-andrew-braun?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 19:30:01 -0500 Santorum sweater orders great for Bemidji business One Bemidji company is benefiting from Sen. Rick Santorum's penchant for sweater vests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/22/santorum-sweater-tailor?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:34:18 -0500 School teachers, board reach contract agreement Minneapolis school administers and teachers announced Thursday that they have reached a tentative contract agreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/22/teachers-school-board-reach-contract-agreement?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2012 18:56:05 -0500 Chapin: Voter ID amendment has 'hidden costs' Members of the state House of Representatives are debating on a proposal to amend the constitution to require voters to show photo identification at polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/20/voter-id-doug-chapin?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 06:20:00 -0500 Minn. man charged with trying to kill 2 police officers A 39-year-old West St. Paul man is being held on $1 million bail after being charged with the attempted murder of two police officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/20/minnesota-man-accused-of-trying-to-kill-2-police-officers?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 14:54:53 -0500 Rep. Kriesel: 'My kids don't want me to run for re-election' The Iraq War veteran said he wasn't scared away from the Capitol by a tough first term that included a state shutdown and contentious debates about same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/16/representative-john-kriesel-stepping-down-atc-interview?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2012 16:46:19 -0500 Hal Leonard Publishing settles 2007 sexual harassment suit Hal Leonard Publishing Company has settled a sexual harassment case at their Winona facilities for $150,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/14/hal-leonard-publishing-settles-sexual-harassment-suit?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 19:23:02 -0500 For disabled Minn. vets, hockey offers healing Each player in a Minnesota Warriors jersey, from Vietnam vets to young men coming home from the conflicts in the Middle East, were injured or disabled during their military service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/minnesota-warriors-disabled-vets-hockey-team?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 05:00:00 -0500 US Attorney: US citizens abroad in al-Shabab could lose rights to trial B. Todd Jones, Minnesota's U.S. attorney, says a new policy on targeting U.S. citizens abroad who are believed to be involved in terrorism could apply to the roughly two dozen young Minnesota men that allegedly joined the terrorist group al-Shabab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/09/b-todd-jones-us-citizens-al-shabab?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 19:00:46 -0600 Busted Twin Cities meth gang was targeting Hmong Hennepin County prosecutors filed charges against 20 people on Friday for operating a methamphetamine ring that authorities say targeted the Hmong community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/09/meth-ring-bust?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 10:01:15 -0600 Grassley questions Minn.'s handling of Medicaid funds Sen. Chuck Grassley said he's concerned that UCare returned $30 million to the state as a gift to avoid reimbursing money to the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/08/grassley-medicaid-reimbursement?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 20:16:41 -0600 Time remains to prepare for state's aging population, says demographer Tom Gillaspy Tom Gillaspy is retiring in a Minnesota with a significantly older population than in 1979 when he took the helm as state demographer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/state-demographer-retires?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 19:07:25 -0600 Frogtown could get new urban farming park A new St. Paul park might land in Frogtown, a neighborhood short on green space but, for an urban community, long on interest in farming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/frogtown-park?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Two Minn. school districts awarded literacy grants The McKnight Foundation has awarded $6 million in grant money to improve literacy efforts at two Minnesota school districts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/03/literacy-grant?refid=0 Sat, 03 Mar 2012 12:15:19 -0600 Tribes want to regain authority in adoptions of off-reservation American Indian kids Minnesota American Indian tribes and their allies in the state Legislature are seeking to plug a gap in child custody laws opened by a state Supreme Court decision last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/03/native-american-adoption-courts?refid=0 Sat, 03 Mar 2012 08:00:00 -0600 Vikings stadium meets skeptical Minneapolis City Council The new Minnesota Vikings stadium deal unveiled Thursday faces a hurdle at the Minneapolis City Council, where a majority of council members have opposed similar stadium plans in the past. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/vikings-stadium-minneapolis-city-council-reax?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 15:03:56 -0600 $975M Vikings stadium deal announced for Minneapolis The Minnesota Vikings could stay in downtown Minneapolis, in a new stadium on the existing Metrodome site, under an agreement announced Thursday by the team, the city and state officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/vikings-stadium-deal-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 10:00:00 -0600 Object thrown at vehicle strikes driver, police investigate A driver was injured in Monday when someone threw a six-inch iron vise through the windshield of his vehicle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/thrown-objects-strike-driver?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:42:50 -0600 Minnesota heroin addicts hooked via prescription opiates Rates of prescription opiate abuse have steadily risen across the country. But Minnesota is unique because it's also seeing a large jump in heroin abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/prescription-opiates-a-gateway-to-heroin-especially-in-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 10:57:00 -0600 S. Minn. man ordered to pay $12,500 fine for mass killing of white pelicans A southern Minnesota farmer was sentenced to two years probation and 100 hours of community service at a wildlife preserve for killing hundreds of protected white pelicans last May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/27/staloch-sentenced-pelican-deaths?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 20:50:44 -0600 Affidavit: Amy Senser swears she never was treated for chemical dependency In an affidavit filed Friday in Hennepin County District Court, Amy Senser swore that she has never received treatment for chemical dependency issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/24/amy-senser-affidavit?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 19:24:06 -0600 Hiawatha light rail trains back to full service as Sabo bridge work continues Hiawatha light rail trains disrupted after cables snapped on a bike and pedestrian bridge in Minneapolis are back to their normal schedules as of Friday at 1:15 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/24/light-rail-train-service-sabo-bridge?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:41:04 -0600 Public Utilities Commission rejects Goodhue wind farm plan The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Thursday rejected a company's plan to minimize eagle and bat deaths at a proposed wind farm in Goodhue County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/23/goodhue-wind-farm?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 20:23:24 -0600 Central Corridor summer construction plan detailed Starting in March, Central Corridor Light Rail construction and road closures will slow traffic from Minneapolis' West Bank to downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/22/central-corridor-summer-construction-plan-detailed?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 16:06:40 -0600 Minn. legislators split vote on payroll tax Minnesota's House delegation split on a payroll tax cut extension, and not entirely along party lines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/17/payroll-tax?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 20:22:13 -0600 Phone network vulnerability reveals location information, researchers find Phone towers are leaking location information that can be used to track a mobile phone's location, University of Minnesota researchers have found. And it's not difficult, which worries advocates for stalking and domestic violence victims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/17/phone-network-vulnerability?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Santorum wins bragging rights in Minnesota caucus Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won the Republican presidential preference ballot in Minnesota's non-binding caucus Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/07/caucus-blog?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2012 05:30:34 -0600 Q&A: Minnesota's precinct caucuses Whether you're a Democrat, Republican, Independence Party-backer or Green, here's a quick guide to Minnesota's caucuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/06/minnesota-caucus-qa?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 08:49:37 -0600 Immigrants get help deciphering political process As Minnesota's caucus approaches, political parties are trying to draw immigrant communities to get involved in this first step in the political process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/02/somali-american-caucus?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Man behind 'Kay Diamonds' pleads guilty to drug distribution, money laundering A 39-year-old Zumbro Falls man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring to distribute marijuana, money laundering and transporting stolen gems under the name "Kay Diamonds." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/kay-diamonds-drugs?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 21:47:24 -0600 Arctic Cat issues recall of 19,000 snowmobiles A flawed part has prompted the recall of about 19,000 Arctic Cat snowmobiles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/arctic-cat-recall?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:29:23 -0600 Heil family thanks rescue workers as efforts are called off The family of two White Bear Lake residents who are among the missing in a cruise ship accident off the coast of Italy thanked rescue workers for their efforts after the Italian government called off search efforts Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/heils-family?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 18:38:15 -0600 Red Bulls' mission after Iraq shifts to training Most of the 4,100 troops still serving in the Iraq region are members of Minnesota's National Guard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/red-bulls-col-kerska?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:10:32 -0600 Rotenberg discusses possible Vikings move to TCF Stadium Pieces are yet to fall into place, but the Minnesota Vikings are in discussions to make the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium their temporary home during construction of a new stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/qa-rotenberg?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:58:24 -0600 Mild winter is great for gardeners An updated climate planting guide shows warmer temperatures across Minnesota, which could be a boon for gardeners who want to plant species like sweet cherries that wouldn't survive in colder climates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/winter-garden?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:46:58 -0600