Minnesota Public Radio features by Jon Collins http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31188 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:02:06 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Jon Collins http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 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