Minnesota Public Radio features by Liala Helal http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31262 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:06:39 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Liala Helal http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Phone scam about jury service hits four Minnesota counties Officials are warning a phone scam involving jury duty has been reported by residents and prospective jurors in four Minnesota counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/16/jury-phone-scam?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:07:51 -0500 A 'hoot' or an insult? 'Fargo' television series debuts on FX Minnesotans have been living with the legacy of the dark comedy of the Coen brothers' 1996 film "Fargo," and it'll be back Tuesday night in a new 10-part TV series from FX. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2014/04/hoot-or-insult-fargo-television-series-debuts-on-fx/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:56:51 -0500 Joan Mondale's legacy lives on at St. Paul craft show Joan Mondale was influential in bringing the American Craft Council headquarters to the Twin Cities from New York in 2010. She loved to showcase to the nation the richness of the Twin Cities arts community and its philanthropic spirit, said council spokeswoman Pamela Diamond. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/11/joan-mondale-american-craft-council?refid=0 Sat, 12 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0500 Ex-Babbitt fire chief sentenced to 60 months in prison for starting fires Ryan G. Scharber explained that he set fires as "an excuse to get out of his house for a few hours to get relief from his newborn child's acid reflux issues," according to a prosecutor's memo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/10/fire-chief-sentenced-for-starting-fires?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:05:09 -0500 Minnesotans survive polar siege, revel in spring Among those happy to ease out of a defensive crouch against winter: PJ Lloyd. She was on her way back to her car after dropping off her dogs in St. Paul when she said she missed seeing the sun, birds, people and kids: "Everyone's been holed up for six months." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/10/minnesotans-survive-polar-siege-revel-in-spring--?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:25:33 -0500 Pedestrian struck, killed in Columbia Heights Police were called at 1:55 a.m. to the scene at the 4400 block of University Ave. NE in Columbia Heights. The pedestrian was hit by a vehicle driven by a 32-year-old Fridley woman, according to police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/10/pedestrian-struck-killed-in-columbia-heights?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:29:00 -0500 More than 100 vehicles slip off the road statewide in spring snowstorm In the metro area, where heavy snow fell overnight and through morning rush hour, troopers handled 26 crashes, two with injuries, and 76 cases where vehicles went off the road during the morning drive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/04/april-snowstorm?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:32:44 -0500 Gov. Dayton on medical marijuana, the session Gov. Mark Dayton joins us to discuss some of the latest news out of the state Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/03/daily-circuit-gov-mark-dayton?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500 Maplewood Police investigate four undetonated explosive devices Four homemade explosive devices that look like pipe bombs but failed to detonate were discovered in scattered areas of Maplewood in recent days, according to Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/03/news/maplewood-pipe-bombs?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:16:47 -0500 Star Tribune CEO says possible sale would cause no immediate changes Star Tribune publisher and CEO Michael Klingensmith says he doesn't expect immediate, significant changes at the paper if it is purchased by Glen Taylor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/02/business/klingensmith-star-tribune?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:09:54 -0500 'Energetic' storm gradually moving across Minnesota Snow is already falling in the far northwestern corner of the state, from the "cold side of the storm," and heavy snowfall, is expected for much of eastern North Dakota through north central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/31/weather/march-snowstorm?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:42:54 -0500 Live video: First eaglet has hatched in DNR's webcam nest The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that an eaglet has hatched in the nest of two Twin Cities eagles monitored by a live webcam. Watch the bird and its mother on the DNR's live camera. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/26/eaglet_hatches_on_live_webcam?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:10:30 -0500 St. Paul teen sentenced to 16 years for beating Cindarion Butler, 17, was sentenced by Judge Joanne Smith for his role in the beating in St. Paul's East Side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/25/news/saint-paul-teen-sentencing?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:32:51 -0500 Police investigate rash of restaurant robberies An armed robbery at a Subway restaurant in Minneapolis Thursday was the fourth restaurant robbery in the city in a week, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/21/news/police-investigate-rash-of-restaurant-robberies?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:37:27 -0500 Mpls. seeks input for greenways on low-traffic streets The city of Minneapolis is polling residents to explore the possibility of turning low-traffic streets in north Minneapolis into greenways with routes for bicyclists and pedestrians, according to a statement from the city Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/20/news/greenway-surveys?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:09:55 -0500 Mental health centers abruptly shut in east central Minn.; officials scramble to aid clients State and county officials are working to find a way to find care for people with mental illness in east central Minnesota after a major mental health care provider abruptly shut its doors Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/18/health/riverwood-centers-close?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:51:41 -0500 Light rail derailment drill Tuesday will test U, metro disaster readiness The drill begins at 9 a.m. next to the Green Line's Stadium Village station. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/17/news/light-rail-derailment-drill?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:27:05 -0500 One person dies in Chanhassen motel fire One person died and another escaped from an early Monday morning fire at Brookside Motel in Chanhassen, according to Chanhassen Fire Chief John Wolff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/17/chanhassen-fire-death?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:55:58 -0500 Metro Transit: Operator-caused light rail accident was first of its kind The Blue Line train was traveling northbound when it hit the trailer of a pickup truck at the intersection of 34th Avenue and Airport Lane in Bloomington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/14/news/light-rail-accident?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:22:23 -0500 Mahtomedi water main breaks; residents' taps dry About a dozen Mahtomedi residents will likely be without water for most of the day Tuesday after one of two water main breaks in the city remains broken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/11/mahtomedi-water-main-breaks-residents-taps-dry?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:17:42 -0500 Pickup collides with bus in Fridley; 2 injured According to preliminary information, only the bus driver was on board and two people who were in the truck were taken to a hospital with unknown injuries http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/06/car-collides-with-bus-in-fridley-2-injured?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 09:45:50 -0600 More than 20 flights canceled at MSP As of this morning, the numbers showed most of the cancellations affected flights to the eastern part of the country as a storm hits the area, said spokeswoman Melissa Scovronski. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/03/news/msp-delays?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:04:17 -0600 In brutally cold winter, St. Paul conservatory brings the heat With the seemingly endless string of subzero days, the conservatory has become more crowded on weekdays than usual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/01/in-brutally-cold-winter-st-paul-conservatory-brings-the-heat?refid=0 Sat, 01 Mar 2014 06:00:00 -0600 Super energy-efficient house a first for Twin Cities Habitat A new house in north Minneapolis, painted a stark red, is not only built to be green and energy efficient, but it generates its own energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/21/environment/energy-efficient-habitat-house?refid=0 Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:58:10 -0600 MnDOT: Heavy snow may slow plows, afternoon commute "Snow plows can only move as fast as the traffic is moving," Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Gutknecht said Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/20/weather/snow-plows?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:25:14 -0600 Man found dead after police respond to shooting in north Minneapolis Police found a man dead a north Minneapolis home with gunshot wounds early Thursday morning, according to a statement from the Minneapolis Police Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/20/man-shot-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 06:50:13 -0600 More details, IDs for five children in house fire Three of the children died at the scene of the house fire, at 2818 Colfax Ave. N in Minneapolis, in the upper unit of the duplex, where a family of eight lived. Two other children died about an hour later at North Memorial Medical Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/18/more-details-ids-for-five-children-in-house-fire?refid=0 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:59:20 -0600 Neighbors stunned as Valentines Day house fire claims 5 lives in Minneapolis An investigation is under way, and five people are now confirmed dead, at least three of them children, after fire swept through the second floor of a duplex in north Minneapolis on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/15/news/minneapolis-house-fire?refid=0 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 08:38:34 -0600 Five die in Minneapolis house fire Fire crews were called to the neighborhood at about 5 a.m. on a report of smoke in the area. They found a fire in a duplex at 2818 Colfax Ave. N. where 15 people were living. Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said firefighters attempted to rescue people in the building in what he called very precarious conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/14/3-children-die-in-minneapolis-house-fire?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 21:00:34 -0600 Health dept. to test east metro water quality through residents' blood The Minnesota Department of Health says it will study for the third time the levels of perfluorochemicals, or PFCs, in the blood of some residents in Washington County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/13/health/perfluorochemicals-testing?refid=0 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:37:39 -0600 Driver plunges off road near Lake Superior A man was rescued near Duluth in subzero temperatures Tuesday morning after his car hit a guardrail and plunged down 50-75 feet, landing near Lake Superior, according to the Duluth Fire Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/12/driver-plunges-off-cliff-near-lake-superior?refid=0 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:10:37 -0600 Freight train blocks a.m. Northstar commute Metro Transit Northstar Commuter Rail trips from the northern suburbs to downtown Minneapolis were canceled Tuesday morning after the cold weather disabled a freight train on the tracks between Big Lake and Elk River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/11/train-delay?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 07:24:57 -0600 Minneapolis man legally drunk when he ran over biker, prosecutors say Prosecutors say a Minneapolis driver had a blood-alcohol level of more than three times the legal limit when he struck and killed a bicyclist Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/07/news/bike-crash-victim-identified-no-charges?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:00:00 -0600 2 dead after police chase on Hwy 212 Two people are dead after a morning police chase and shooting on Highway 212 in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, the Minnesota State Patrol said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/07/news/police-chase?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:32:46 -0600 Cause of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning in students remains unknown There was no evidence found of carbon monoxide, natural gas or organic compounds or chemicals in the school, CenterPoint Energy spokeswoman Becca Virden said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/07/-cause-of-suspected-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-in-students-remains-unknown?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:48:30 -0600 Fire destroys Brooklyn Center duplex after alleged dispute Firefighters tackled a fire for about four hours early Wednesday at a two-story duplex in Brooklyn Center that they suspect was set ablaze intentionally after a dispute in one of the units. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/05/news/brooklyn-center-fire?refid=0 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 10:43:26 -0600 Bicyclist killed in Minneapolis van crash A bicyclist died Monday night in south Minneapolis after he was hit by a van while riding in the street, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/04/bicyclist-killed-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 07:11:22 -0600 Photographer Charles Chamblis depicted the soul of his north Minneapolis neighborhood The late Charles Chamblis circled his north Minneapolis neighborhood five decades ago with his camera, documenting everything from the smiles of kids on the street to disco dance contests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/31/photography-charles-chamblis-minnesota-historical-society?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Blue Line light rail train hits trailer of pickup truck on slippery road No one was hurt in the crash, which took place north of Interstate 494, at the rail crossings at 34th Avenue South and Airport Lane, around 11:20 a.m. The train was traveling northbound. The truck traveled westbound through the intersection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/30/blue-line-light-rail-collides-with-pickup-truck-as-a-result-of-slippery-roads?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:13:59 -0600 Car fire, spinouts slow snowy commute As snow falls over parts of the state, it brings the heaviest bands of snow to the Twin Cities this morning, causing a messy morning commute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/30/weather-snow-commute?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 07:11:59 -0600 Man charged in first Minneapolis murder of 2014 A 24-year-old Richfield man was charged Monday with second-degree murder in the case of Minneapolis' first homicide of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/29/minneapolis-murder-charges-filed?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:08:48 -0600 Climate change conference comes to Minn. The group aims to show how climate change threatens health, agriculture, urban centers, ecology and recreation. It asks Minnesotans to begin a political discussion with legislators around climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/25/group-seeks-to-teach-minn-about-climate-change?refid=0 Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:42:40 -0600 Nurses to picket for new contract with Allina The Minnesota Nurses Association, the union that represents 5,000 Allina nurses in the state, had its latest bargaining session with Allina Friday, asking for a pension plan and better health insurance for Allina nurses at Regina Medical Center in Hastings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/25/nurses-to-picket-for-new-contract-with-allina?refid=0 Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:00:44 -0600 St. Paul man dies after crashing into Lafayette Bridge The State Patrol is investigating the crash and is expected to release more details. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/25/st-paul-man-dies-after-crashing-into-lafeyette-bridge?refid=0 Sat, 25 Jan 2014 11:31:15 -0600 When temps plummet, how do school districts decide when to close? How district officials make the often-difficult decision depends on a number of factors. Sometimes it has to do with diesel. At other times it's about gloves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/23/education/school-closures?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:12:00 -0600 Winter car wrecks are often preventable There are a lot of ways to get in an accident driving on winter roads, but most crashes don't involve hitting another car. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/23/news/winter-car-accidents?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:05:31 -0600 Historic Dinkytown buildings up for demolition Minneapolis' Heritage Preservation Commission votes today on whether to recommend a permit to demolish two commercial buildings in the Dinkytown neighborhood to build a six-story hotel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/21/news/dinkytown-building-demolitions?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:17:03 -0600 In first public appearance as new Vikings coach, Zimmer eyes Super Bowl "I feel like I was destined to do this," Zimmer said at Friday morning's press conference. He said he's confident he'll help the Vikings win a Super Bowl. "That is my goal, and that is my drive." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/17/sports/vikings-coach-zimmer-press-conference?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:41:17 -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 Search for missing U of M student in Chicago River suspended Lauren Li is presumed dead, and the search was suspended late Tuesday afternoon. Chicago Police say they'll resume the search when weather and river conditions improve. Around 7 a.m. Wednesday, the temperature in Chicago was 7 degrees below zero. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/15/news/search-for-missing-u-student-in-chicago-river-temporarily-suspended?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 07:32:48 -0600 Sadness, grief after former U student dies in Chicago River The Cook County, Ill. Medical Examiner confirmed Tuesday that former University of Minnesota student Ken Hoang, 26, of St. Paul died trying to retrieve his phone from Chicago River early Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/14/news/university-of-minnesota-students-chicago-river-deaths?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:21:12 -0600 St. Paul man dies trying to retrieve cell phone from Chicago River A 26-year-old St. Paul man died after he fell into the Chicago River trying to reach for a cell phone in the water early Monday morning, according to Chicago Police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/13/man-dead-retrieving-phone-from-river?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:27:41 -0600 Intense northern lights may dance above Minn. tonight A huge solar storm will squash the Earth's magnetic field and light up the sky tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/09/news/northern-lights-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:16:11 -0600 Man jailed in United Arab Emirates over YouTube video returns to Minn. Shezanne Cassim, 29, of Woodbury, was accused of violating the country's cyber crimes law. He was arrested in Dubai in April after posting on a 20-minute video on Youtube poking fun at the country's hip-hop culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/09/news/cassim-jailed-in-dubai-over-youtube-video-returns-to-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 08:18:24 -0600 Mockery after St. Paul picked as top romantic city Really? That's how many Minnesotans responded as they took to Twitter Wednesday morning to poke fun at the news that St. Paul made it onto USA Today Travel's list of the nation's top romantic cities. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/01/really-reaction-to-st-paul-picked-as-top-romantic-city/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:24:15 -0600 Lakeville police investigate whether woman froze to death Lakeville police are investigating whether a woman in her 30s found outside her home late Tuesday afternoon froze to death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/08/lakeville-police-investigate-death?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 06:55:38 -0600 Overhaul planned for Eddy's Lake Mille Lacs Resort Plans for the Onamia, Minn., resort include razing existing buildings and rebuilding Eddy's into a "world-class destination resort and restaurant" on the lake, officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/07/business/eddys-lake-mille-lacs-resort-overhaul?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:18:06 -0600 Repurposed medicines help treat climbing frostbite cases Clot-busting medications can dissolve clots and restart blood flow in frostbite victims, just as they do for strokes in the brain, says Dr. William Mohr. Regions Hospital in St. Paul says it's seen as many as 14 cases since Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/07/health/frost-bite-cases?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 11:33:58 -0600 Slippery commute, frozen pipes create winter havoc As the temperature ticked up Tuesday, drivers encountered black ice and there were dozens of crashes, spinouts and stalled vehicles on Twin Cities roadways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/07/weather/slippery-roads-record-aaa-car-trouble-reported?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 07:58:37 -0600 'Spiritual center' of Cedar Riverside closes after fire; a leader looks ahead More than 300 Muslims who attend Dar Al-Hijrah, the mosque adjacent to the Cedar-Riverside building damaged by an explosion and fire Wednesday morning, will hold Friday afternoon prayers at the nearby Brian Coyle Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/02/news/cedar-riverside-mosque-closed?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 09:00:13 -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 New estimate shows Minn. population tops 5.4M The state added about 40,700 more people from July 2012 to July 2013 and about 32,500 people from 2011 to 2012, according to Census Bureau estimates released Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/30/news/minnesota-population?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:33:32 -0600 Mark Andrew beaten with metal baton for his iPhone at Mall of America The incident took place around 5:35 p.m. Thursday night, when a man swiped Andrew's iPhone from his table. Andrew got up to chase him but was tackled by the women at the door to the coffee shop, where they punched, scratched and beat him with the baton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/27/mark-andrew-beaten-at-mall-of-america?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 16:33:50 -0600 Little Falls pizzeria serves Christmas meal for all A Little Falls restaurant owner plans to feed 500 people pizza and soup on Christmas Day. Charlie Peterka, of Charlie's Pizza, said the meal is for the whole community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/24/restaurant-free?refid=0 Tue, 24 Dec 2013 18:38:43 -0600 Crashes snarl I-35 near Pine City A handful of vehicles in ditches along the same stretch of Interstate 35 near the Pine City, Minn., exit late Tuesday morning involved two or three separate crashes, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/24/news/i35w-crashes?refid=0 Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:01:35 -0600 January meetings will give public chance to weigh in on Southwest light rail Two meetings set for January will update the public on three studies underway examining the Southwest light rail project's potential environmental effects on Minneapolis' scenic Kenilworth Corridor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/20/january-meetings-southwest-light-rail?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:29:28 -0600 Vail's bet on Afton Alps aims to build new ski generation Colorado-based Vail is investing in places where people learn how to ski, like Afton, hoping that one day those young people will travel to its bigger resorts or mountains in other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/09/business/vail-afton-alps?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 10:38:31 -0600 Lake Como pavilion cafe loses contract as St. Paul tries to boost appeal Wanting to make Lake Como and its historic pavilion a more appealing destination by following the Minneapolis model of finer lakeside dining, St. Paul leaders last week took a first step, telling a cafe on Lake Como that its expiring contract would not be renewed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/05/business/lake-como-pavilion?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:00:00 -0600 Formerly homeless, family prepares to host Thanksgiving for others still homeless Natalie Box, 30, climbed out of homelessness three months ago. She lives in north Minneapolis with her mother and four children--and this year she'll be serving a Thanksgiving meal for her friends and family who are still homeless. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/26/thanksgiving-homelessness?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:03:15 -0600 Grant will allow east metro transit group to begin initiative The McKnight Foundation has awarded $750,000 to a group that aims to promote regional transit in the eastern part of the Twin Cities metro area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/25/business/grant-east-metro-transit?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:42:31 -0600 St. Paul police atwitter over pigeon theft A coop of about 35 racing pigeons was stolen from a St. Paul yard Monday night or early Tuesday morning, according to St. Paul Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Paul Paulos. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/11/st-paul-police-tweet-about-theft-of-racing-pigeons/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:19:47 -0600 Voters bring more racial, ethnic diversity to Mpls. City Council Minneapolis voters have elected the first Mexican-American and the first Hmong-American to serve on the City Council. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/11/voters-bring-more-racial-ethnic-diversity-to-minneapolis-city-council/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:58:43 -0600 Number of candidates is cause of delay in election results As vote counting continues in the Minneapolis race, advocates of ranked-choice voting say the delay in results has nothing to do with the relatively new election system. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2706?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 18:44:26 -0600 Younger candidates to shape new Minneapolis City Council An election in which three candidates in their 30s won Minneapolis City Council races made it clear that the city's demographics are changing, and voters want younger, newer and more diverse representation. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2672?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Your guide to ranked choice voting Tuesday will mark the first time ranked-choice voting is used in a Minneapolis election with only non-incumbent mayoral candidates. If you're still confused about ranked-choice, don't worry. Here's a guide. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/11/hey-minneapolis-still-dont-get-ranked-choice-voting-lets-try-it-again/?refid=0 Sat, 02 Nov 2013 09:43:16 -0500 Minnesota changes vaccine requirements for schools and child care facilities "Healthy kids equals healthy minds," Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said in a news release. "Vaccinations play a key role in helping our children stay well, resulting in better attention and participation in class as well as fewer days out of school due to illness." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/28/vaccination-requirements-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:17:00 -0500 Union Depot passenger train history Did Amtrak's Empire Builder train ever use the St. Paul Union Depot station? Now, we know the answer to that question is: no. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/whats-the-history-behind-passenger-trains-at-the-union-depot/?refid=0 Sat, 26 Oct 2013 08:20:13 -0500 Minnesota registers more organ donors, launches driver ed campaign Minnesota far surpasses the national average for organ, eye and tissue donors. Even so, 101 people in Minnesota died last year before they could receive a transplant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/24/health/minnesota-organ-donation?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:47:05 -0500 Nice Ride: 2013 a breakthrough year for bike sharing The service counted 300,000 rides during its 2013 season, up about 9 percent from a year ago, as it added new stations tied to the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, the Hiawatha Corridor and Lake Street in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/23/2013-a-big-year-for-nice-ride?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:29:41 -0500 Amtrak stop at Union Depot pulls into final stages Construction crews will be testing railroad signals and switches over the next few weeks as they wrap up preparations for bringing passenger trains back to downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/23/business/amtrak-union-depot?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Extra police to patrol University of Minnesota area after robberies targeting students Extra police officers, both undercover and uniformed, will patrol University of Minnesota neighborhoods this weekend following four recent robberies targeting students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/18/university-of-minnesota-police-patrol-after-robberies?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:05:57 -0500 St. Paul police press mayor for higher pay The city ranks 22nd out of 27 metro departments in pay, the St. Paul Police Federation said in a recently launched media campaign urging the public to press Mayor Chris Coleman on the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/14/news/st-paul-police-press-mayor-for-higher-pay?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 06:00:00 -0500 Fear of freight: Minneapolis safety concerns ring louder Minneapolis and St. Louis Park fought all summer over what to do about freight rail along the route of a future Southwest light rail line. Now, as a final vote nears, residents along Minneapolis' scenic Kenilworth Corridor say their basic safety questions remain unanswered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/11/politics/fear-of-freight-minneapolis-light-rail-safety-concerns-ring-louder?refid=0 Fri, 11 Oct 2013 08:34:44 -0500 Southwest light rail committee recommends shallow tunnel through scenic corridor All but one of the regional leaders present supported the plan, which also would leave freight trains alongside the tunnels. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, the lone "no" vote, pledged to continue to press the railroads to relocate freight traffic out of the Kenilworth Corridor, a scenic area that includes bicycle trails. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/09/shallow-tunnel-light-rail?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 15:09:40 -0500 Southwest light rail committee recommends shallow tunnel An advisory committee for the Southwest light rail project voted nearly unanimously Wednesday to recommend to the Metropolitan Council that the light rail trains run underground in a shallow tunnel through the scenic and narrow Kenilworth Corridor of Minneapolis, keeping freight alongside it. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was the lone "no" vote. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/southwest-lrt-committee-about-to-vote-on-shallow-tunnel/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:27:14 -0500 Southwest metro light rail decision postponed again An advisory committee for the Southwest Corridor light rail project in the Twin Cities postponed a vote Wednesday on how to resolve a longstanding dispute that continues to threaten the future of the line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/02/transport/southwest-light-rail?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:40:16 -0500