Minnesota Public Radio features by MPR News Staff http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31295 en-us Copyright 2015 Minnesota Public Radio Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:29:38 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by MPR News Staff http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Zebra mussel infestation a first for Morrison County The invasive pests were confirmed in Fish Trap Lake near Motley, Minn., DNR officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/06/zebra-mussels-morrison-county?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:12:16 -0500 Canadian fires turn Minnesota air 'unhealthy' At the "unhealthy" air level, anyone may be affected and members of sensitive groups --including children, the elderly and people with respiratory problems -- may feel serious health effects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/06/air-quality?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:32:38 -0500 Bicyclists rally to change name of Lake Calhoun Twin Cities bicyclists converged on Minneapolis' Lake Calhoun Saturday to show their support for a campaign to rename the lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/04/bicyclicsts-rally-to-change-name-of-lake-calhoun?refid=0 Sat, 04 Jul 2015 19:34:17 -0500 Where to watch the Women's World Cup final in the Twin Cities The United States will take on Japan in the Women's World Cup final Sunday. Several spots around the Twin Cities are hosting viewings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/04/womens-world-cup?refid=0 Sat, 04 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0500 No holiday from road construction this weekend Road construction across the state means detours and delays for holiday travelers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/03/road-work?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:42:18 -0500 Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street's Maria, to retire after 44 years In addition to acting, Sonia Manzano was also a writer for the show. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/02/sonia-manzano?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:25:06 -0500 Minnesota alleges firm's student loan 'forgiveness' a rip-off Attorney General Lori Swanson Wednesday sued a Florida-based company saying it misrepresents what it can do. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/01/loan-forgiveness-lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:11:55 -0500 Minnesota activists sound alarm on unexploded U.S. bombs in Laos Minnesota groups are spreading awareness of the millions of dangerous unexploded bombs in Laos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/30/bcst-removing-bombs-from-laos?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:18:25 -0500 Running during Ramadan: Mohammad Zafar Mohammad Zafar started a mile-a-day running club for the holy month of Ramadan, a time when Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunup to sundown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/30/ramadan-run-club?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:12:55 -0500 In Minnesota, bouquets and brickbats for high court's marriage ruling The Supreme Court's decision Friday allowing same-sex marriage nationwide likely won't change hearts and minds in Minnesota, which legalized gay marriage in 2013 after an intense political battle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/26/scotus-marriage-reax?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:00:00 -0500 The significance of Obama's eulogy for slain Charleston pastor Macalester professor Duchess Harris discussed the historical and political context of President Obama's eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/26/bcst-obama-eulogy-context?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 The Thread Book Club: 'Re Jane' "Jane Eyre" gets a 21st century makeover in Patricia Park's modern retelling. Arctic explorer Ann Bancroft joined The Thread Book Club to discuss the twist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/25/books-thread-bcst-re-jane?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:56:46 -0500 Dayton: Changing sex offender program will be difficult Gov. Mark Dayton said he's willing to delay a trade trip to attend an Aug. 10 meeting with a federal judge on the Minnesota Sex Offender Program but changes will be difficult. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/24/sex-offender-program?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:52:40 -0500 St. Paul's 'Dr. Fan' is on a mission to see baseball history made It's not every day a baseball player enters the "3,000 hit club." But when he does, Dr. Fan will be there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/23/baseball-3000-hit-club-dr-fan?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:44:31 -0500 Science Night tackles all things dinosaur Think all dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago? Think again, says paleontologist Kristi Curry Rogers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/23/bcst-science-night?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:19:01 -0500 Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis produce Janet Jackson's newest song Janet Jackson announced this week that her new song "No Sleep" will be part of a new album expected to be released in the fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/23/music?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 08:54:56 -0500 Photos: North Star Grand Prix takes over Uptown The North Star Bicycle Festival took over the streets of Uptown Friday night for the fourth stage of the racing series. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/20/photos-north-star-grand-prix-takes-over-uptown?refid=0 Sat, 20 Jun 2015 10:55:51 -0500 Alarming trend: Minnesota motorcyclist deaths up 56 percent Minnesota officials in May warned of a jump in motorcycle deaths, including four deaths in four days. In early June it happened again -- four motorcyclists dying in as many days in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/19/motorcycle-deaths?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:43:20 -0500 Minnesota to expand wild bird flu testing; only 1 infected bird found Officials will test banded ducks and geese this summer and hunter-killed ducks in the fall. A Cooper's hawk found western Minnesota remains the only wild bird found with avian influenza. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/18/wild-bird-flu-testing?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:41:38 -0500 MN May jobless rate ticks up to 3.8 percent; 200 jobs cut The state's jobless rate remains far lower than the U.S., but national job growth the past year is outpacing Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/18/jobless-rate-may?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:28:29 -0500 Buxton enters the batter's box to 'Flashlight' Wednesday night was Twin phenom Byron Buxton's first game at Target Field &mdash; and fans got to hear his walk-up music for the first time. Buxton picked a song that came out 35 years before he was born, but seems appropriate for a player who runs fast like The Flash. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/18/music?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:56:22 -0500 Target announces more layoffs The retailer said it would cut 140 jobs and leave 50 more unfilled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/17/target-layoffs?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:31:00 -0500 Stillwater prison escapee caught in Wisconsin Patrick James Buswell, who last week walked away from a minimum-security unit at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater, has been captured in Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/17/stillwater-prison-escapee-caught?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:50:19 -0500 Writer Sonia Nazario on child refugees, perilous journeys and the drug war The Pulitzer Prize winner says ineffective U.S. drug policy and a voracious appetite for narcotics are putting kids from Latin America, particularly Honduras, in jeopardy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/16/bcst-failed-drug-war-immigration-sonia-nazario?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:37:34 -0500 U.S. Bank buys naming rights for new Vikes stadium The Minnesota Vikings will play home games at U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL team said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/15/us-bank-stadium-naming-rights?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:23:43 -0500 Speed bump: MnDOT raises I-94 speed limit near Wisconsin border Starting Wednesday, drivers on Interstate 94 between Woodbury and Wisconsin can drive a little faster. MnDOT is raising the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/15/speed-limit?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 14:43:29 -0500 Authorities: Inmate walks away from work crew outside Stillwater prison Patrick James Buswell, 40, was performing regular duties as a groundskeeper at the Stillwater prison when he left the area. A search is underway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/12/manhunt-inmate?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:20:37 -0500 Minnesota sues epilepsy group over Savers thrift store ties Weeks after suing the well-known thrift store chain over its donation practices, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson sued the Epilepsy Foundation for letting Savers use in-store signage "misleading" to donors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/08/savers-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2015 11:30:00 -0500 Photos: St. Anthony Falls and the changing Minneapolis riverfront The story of St. Anthony Falls is inextricably tied to the story of Minneapolis, where a city grew up around more than 150 years of attempts -- some successful and some disastrous -- to yoke the only waterfall of the longest river in North America. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/08/photos-historical-st-anthony-falls?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0500 The Replacements are over (again), says Westerberg At a concert in Spain on Friday, the lead singer smashed his guitar and declared it would be the band's last show together. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/06/replacements-last-show?refid=0 Sat, 06 Jun 2015 09:37:23 -0500 Orange cone season grinds on: This weekend's Twin Cities road hassles Closures on Minnesota highways 5, 77 and 100 and Interstate 494 highlight the list of road construction headaches this weekend. Here's your map. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/05/weekend-road-closures?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2015 13:50:43 -0500 Coaches punished over MN dance team tournament behavior Five Minnesota high school dance coaches were suspended for a year on Monday for their teams' behavior during February's state dance tournament awards ceremony. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/01/dance-team-punishment-coaches?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2015 12:09:10 -0500 Bird deaths by county: The avian flu outbreak in Minnesota More than 9 million birds in 23 Minnesota counties have died from the disease or were killed to prevent its spread. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/08/avian-flu-running-tally?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2015 06:30:19 -0500 Mpls. police find woman thought to be abducted Minneapolis police say an officer saw a van that matched the description issued a few hours earlier. The woman was found unharmed and the man with her was taken into custody. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/28/adult-abduction?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2015 17:19:47 -0500 Truck accident closes southbound stretch of I-35W The southbound lanes of 35W from County Road D to about Highway 36 were expected to be closed through rush hour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/27/35w-closed?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2015 15:12:12 -0500 Jury finds former Hastings priest not guilty of sex abuse A Dakota County jury acquitted former priest Francis Hoefgen Tuesday. A man said the abuse happened more than 20 years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/26/hoefgen-verdict?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2015 18:31:57 -0500 Five charged in pedal pub water attack Six people originally were arrested after three pedal pubs were hit with water balloons and spray from water guns on Saturday night. The charges included fifth degree assault and disorderly conduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/26/pedalpub-charges?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2015 17:30:36 -0500 3 shot in Minneapolis, 1 dead One man is dead after a shooting in north Minneapolis Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/25/three-shot-in-mpls?refid=0 Mon, 25 May 2015 19:53:55 -0500 Officials ID remains found at Gooseberry Falls; murder suspected Remains found last year in Gooseberry Falls State Park are those of Cassandra Rhines, who disappeared in June 1985. Officials Wednesday called it murder and asked for the public's help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/20/gooseberry-falls-remains?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2015 13:43:20 -0500 See it: Nicollet Mall's nearly final redesign Construction on the $50 million redesign of Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis begins this summer, and the architects of the project are in the final stages of planning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/19/nicollet-mall?refid=0 Tue, 19 May 2015 16:03:39 -0500 DNR targets Itasca State Park for invasive species boat inspections Officials say they may deny access to the popular state park for boats found violating Minnesota regulations designed to stop the spread of aquatic pests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/18/itasca-state-park-boat-inspections?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2015 16:27:39 -0500 I-94 closing tops weekend metro traffic hassles Interstate 94 in St. Paul is closed in both directions between Highway 280 and I-35E until early Monday morning. Here's how to get around the Twin Cities this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/13/94-closure?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2015 14:00:56 -0500 Post to move cereal headquarters to Lakeville Months after buying Minnesota-based Malt-O-Meal, cereal giant Post Holdings said Friday it will base its combined cereal operations in Lakeville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/15/post-moving-cereal-headquarters?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2015 11:47:07 -0500 DNR lifts burning bans in much of northern, central MN Officials say rain and green-up have lessened the fire danger in much of the state. However, Minnesotans are advised to check with local governments for specific regulations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/14/burning-ban-eased?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2015 14:21:48 -0500 MN statewide student testing to resume Friday Technical woes forced officials to shut down the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments science exam Wednesday and Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/14/statewide-testing?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2015 12:10:16 -0500 MN suspends student testing after latest online 'attack' The state teachers union head wants the state to toss this year's Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments after officials were forced again to suspend testing Wednesday and Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/13/student-testing?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2015 13:54:15 -0500 Survey: Health cost concerns easing among MN manufacturers The cost of providing employees health insurance remains a big worry but one dramatically smaller than just a few years ago, the latest Minnesota manufacturers' survey shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/13/manufacturing-survey?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2015 13:05:07 -0500 More traffic headaches on I-35E as lane closes to fix shoulder The far right lane of the heavily traveled interstate is closed between Highway 36 and Larpenteur Avenue until around 6 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/11/35e-traffic?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2015 15:21:28 -0500 Weekend road closings to drive Twin Cities frustration Construction will close chunks of highway in Bloomington and Richfield. Here's a look at the big weekend hassles and a long-term closure headed for St. Paul's Snelling Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/08/road-closings?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2015 14:25:51 -0500 DNR tags 'chronic poacher' for illegal bear hunting A Minnesota bear guide faces fines and restitution after pleading guilty to illegally hunting bear, deer and other animals, the Department of Natural Resources says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/07/chronic-poacher?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2015 15:00:19 -0500 Report: Depression grips many new Minnesota moms; too few seek help Depression and anxiety affect at least 15 percent of new mothers in Minnesota, nearly 30 percent within low-income communities, and not enough seek help, the state Health Department says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/07/new-moms-depression?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2015 13:28:34 -0500 Worrisome trend: Four Minnesota motorcyclists dead in four days Eleven motorcycle riders have died in Minnesota so far in 2015. That's the highest number at this point in the riding season since 1994, officials said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/07/motorcyclist-fatalities?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2015 11:24:29 -0500 Bird flu in Minnesota's poultry farms: Why you should care The bird flu outbreak is still a big mystery in many ways. But we know this much: It's devastating farmers and costing jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/07/bcst-avian-flu-update?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2015 11:05:45 -0500 U of M says no stranger rape of student Sunday The University of Minnesota's police department said Wednesday it is no longer investigating the reported rape of a student as a sexual assault by a stranger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/06/rape-update?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2015 18:56:04 -0500 Lawmaker's bird flu routine lays an egg in Minnesota House Dressed in a white lab coat, Rep. Ron Erhardt joked awkwardly about avian influenza threatening humans. His colleagues didn't see the humor. He later apologized. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/05/erhardt-flu-comments?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2015 15:48:53 -0500 Iron mining woes force Magnetation bankruptcy Company officials say the Chapter 11 filing won't affect employee payroll or benefits. One state lawmaker, though, says legislators should look at helping Minnesota's iron ore industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/05/magnetation-bankruptcy?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2015 10:08:10 -0500 Western Minnesota hawk found with avian flu The Cooper's hawk in Yellow Medicine County is the first Minnesota wild bird to test positive for the avian influenza virus infecting turkey farms across the state, officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/30/hawk-found-with-avian-flu?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:17:36 -0500 Minnesota HIV/AIDS cases up slightly; rise in female cases concerning HIV diagnoses rose 2 percent last year, with 307 new cases reported, health officials said. The number of new HIV cases among females, however, rose 7 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/30/mn-hiv-aids-cases-up?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:58:10 -0500 Prettner Solon won't run for Duluth mayor, backs council president Former Minnesota Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon Tuesday ended speculation that she would jump into Duluth's mayoral race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/28/duluth-mayoral-race?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:44:41 -0500 Jack White will play final concert in Fargo -- tonight The White Stripes front man says he's planning to take a long break from performing live -- but not before hosting concerts in states where he hasn't yet played. North Dakota tonight will be his last stop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/26/jack-white-fargo?refid=0 Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:00:02 -0500 MN statewide student testing to restart Thursday A day after technical problems led education officials to suspend the tests, the Education Department Wednesday said the glitches are fixed. Schools will get two extra testing days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/22/testing-to-restart?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:05:23 -0500 Online 'attack' helped bring down MN student testing system The technical problems led Minnesota officials to temporarily suspend statewide student testing. Officials haven't said when the tests will resume. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/22/student-testing-troubles?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:15:29 -0500 Trafficking deal clears path for attorney general vote Senate leaders announced a deal Tuesday that should clear the way for the long-stalled vote on President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/21/sex-trafficking?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:35:29 -0500 DNR wins a round in battle against zebra mussels An experimental treatment at Hennepin County's Christmas Lake appears to have killed a small, isolated zebra mussel infestation, officials said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/20/zebra-mussels?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:52:12 -0500 More Highway 100 headaches this weekend, next week This weekend: A two mile stretch of the highway, between Interstate 394 and Highway 62, will be closed to traffic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/17/hwy-100?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:13:06 -0500 U's Kaler responds to critics over Markingson case University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler responded Friday to calls for his resignation in the fallout from a drug-trial patient's 2004 suicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/17/kaler-on-markingson-case?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:29:38 -0500 DNR asks turkey hunters to submit birds for flu testing The request to test wild turkeys comes as state officials struggle to contain an avian flu outbreak at turkey farms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/17/wild-turkey-test?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:31:06 -0500 Robbinsdale officer shoots woman holding knife The woman, whose name and age were not released, was transported to an area hospital, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek told reporters. He said her condition was not known. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/16/woman-shot?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:00:51 -0500 NFL reinstates Vikings' Peterson Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be reinstated Friday as an active NFL player and may participate in all scheduled activities with the Vikings, the NFL said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/16/adrian-peterson-reinstated?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:12:28 -0500 MN health officials: Sexually transmitted diseases hit new high The total number of reportable sexually transmitted diseases in Minnesota rose 6 percent in 2014 compared to the prior year. Chlamydia again topped the list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/16/stds-infections?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:56:10 -0500 Dunkin' runnin' back to the Twin Cities The Massachusetts-based doughnut giant announced a franchise deal Thursday that will bring 10 Dunkin' Donuts shops to the west metro. The first will open by year's end. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/16/dunkin-donuts-back-to-twin-cities?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:58:39 -0500 Police: Bus driver's medical emergency led to Duluth crash A collision of two Duluth city buses that killed a passenger on Tuesday was likely triggered by a medical emergency suffered by one of the drivers, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/15/duluth-bus-crash?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:43:19 -0500 Chemicals found in Mpls. building evacuation deemed safe Minneapolis emergency crews evacuated a building Friday morning on reports of a possible hazardous materials incident> Officials said later the chemicals found were judged not dangerous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/10/building-evacuation?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:05:00 -0500 Mary Lucia takes leave from The Current Lucia explained that she was being tormented by a stalker, and that the experience was affecting her ability to work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/08/mary-lucia?refid=0 Wed, 08 Apr 2015 18:38:08 -0500 Hamline picks Vermont dean to be its next president Fayneese Miller, dean of the College of Education at the University of Vermont, will be Hamline's 20th president, the St. Paul university said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/07/hamline-president?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2015 14:02:22 -0500 Bird flu hits two more MN turkey farms Seven Minnesota turkey operations have now been infected with avian influenza, officials confirmed on Monday. The latest cases surfaced in Stearns and Kandiyohi counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/06/more-bird-flu?refid=0 Mon, 06 Apr 2015 11:34:58 -0500 Twins pitcher Santana suspended 80 games for steroids Santana said he was "very disappointed" about testing positive, didn't know how it happened and would never knowingly take any illegal performance enhancing drug. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/03/erwin-santana-suspended?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:45:39 -0500 $3M settlement in St. Louis Park school pool drowning The parents of 12-year-old boy Abdullahi Charif hope changes to pool safety at the school mean no other families will lose a child "the way our family did." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/02/school-drowning-settlement?refid=0 Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:47:17 -0500 Body pulled from Mississippi River ID'd as missing U student The body recovered near the 10th Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis is Jennifer Houle, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/02/missing-student-id?refid=0 Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:29:12 -0500 Mpls. fire officials to boycott Indiana over 'freedom' law Mayor Betsy Hodges also wants the City Council to forbid the use of city funds for official travel to Indiana to protest a new law there viewed as discriminatory against gay people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/01/indiana-boycott?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:28:01 -0500 One killed in crash at Hwy 280 and I-94 The Minnesota State Patrol said Mee Vue, 63, was killed when her Honda CRV crossed a grass median and hit a Ford pickup truck heading eastbound on I-94. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/30/94-accident?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:09:44 -0500 MnDOT: Highway 100 set to close for weekend Minnesota Highway 100 will close this weekend between Interstate 394 and Minnesota Highway 62, starting at 9 p.m. tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/27/road-closure?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:34:36 -0500 Duluth police trying to find missing kids The children, ages 6 months and 2, were taken by their non-custodial mother, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says. They may be in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/27/missing-kids?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:25:23 -0500 Reward increased for information about missing 10-year-old boy Barway Collins disappeared after being dropped off by his school bus on March 18. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/26/barway-collins-reward?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:17:57 -0500 Finalists announced for the Man Booker International Prize The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every two years to an author for his or her contributions to fiction on the world stage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/25/books-man-booker-international-finalists?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:57:51 -0500 MPCA wild rice, clean water plan walks political tightrope The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Tuesday called for a "new approach" to regulate sulfates in wild rice waters, though it's not clear if it will satisfy business or environmental groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/24/mpca-sulfate-standard?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:14:44 -0500 Twin Cities chefs snag James Beard award nominations One restaurant and three chefs are among the nominees for the James Beard Awards, which are among the most prestigious in the food world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/24/beard-winners?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:51:33 -0500 Minnesota debris burning restrictions kick in this week The early snow melt is exposing dead grass and brush that can light easily, the Department of Natural Resources warns. Campfires are still allowed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/23/burning-restrictions?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:55:10 -0500 Source: B. Todd Jones to oversee NFL conduct Jones, the former U.S. attorney for Minnesota, has been tapped by the NFL to be the league's special counsel for conduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/23/b-todd-jones?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:46:01 -0500 Major League Soccer ready to unveil Mpls. franchise plans Leaders of the nation's top soccer league and investors led by ex-UnitedHealth CEO Bill McGuire are expected on Wednesday to detail plans for a Twin Cities team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/23/soccer-league?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:41:51 -0500 Dayton budget would boost state park permit fees Gov. Mark Dayton's plan would add $1 to state park daily vehicle permits and $5 to annual passes. The increases would help maintain the parks' vitality, officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/20/minnesota-state-park-fees?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:45:11 -0500 MN gains jobs in February; jobless rate steady at 3.7 percent Minnesota employers added 11,800 jobs, state officials said Thursday. Job growth remains slower here than in the nation overall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/19/minnesota-jobless-rate?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:10:46 -0500 MnDOT: 326K live within oil train evacuation zones Roughly 6 percent of Minnesota's population lives within a half mile of rail routes carrying crude from North Dakota, state officials said Thursday, emphasizing the need for greater rail safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/19/oil-train-evacuation-zones?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:02:49 -0500 Video and photos: Stunning aurora borealis lights up Duluth skies Conditions were right for an incredible display of the northern lights at Boulder Lake near Duluth, and photographer Derek Montgomery captured it in photos and a time-lapse video. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/18/video-stunning-aurora-borealis-lights-up-duluth-skies?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:05:45 -0500 Hoffman sentenced to 25 years for killing Boston Scientific exec Lyle "Ty" Hoffman was sentenced to 25 and a half years Tuesday for killing his former partner at an Arden Hills gas station last August. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/17/hoffman-sentencing?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:36:40 -0500 Police ID man shot by officers after White Bear Avenue standoff Police were called to White Bear Avenue because someone saw Justin Todd Tolkinen, 28, carrying what appeared to be a rifle. Police said it is still unclear whether he shot at police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/17/white-bear-ave-standoff-id?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:45:29 -0500 Monday motivation: It's Free Cone Day at DQ Worker productivity is about to take an afternoon dive. Dairy Queen is offering customers a free, small vanilla cone today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/16/free-cone-day?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:34:41 -0500 Arrest made in northeast Minneapolis shooting A suspect has been arrested in connection with last week's fatal shooting in northeast Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/14/suspect-arrested-northeast-mpls-shooting?refid=0 Sat, 14 Mar 2015 11:13:05 -0500 Rock the Garden line up unveiled Tickets for the annual music festival are now on sale. Listen to the line up's mix of local favorites and national acts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/14/rock-the-garden-lineup?refid=0 Sat, 14 Mar 2015 10:47:35 -0500 One teenager killed, another injured in Coon Rapids shooting An Anoka County Sheriff's Office spokesperson called it "a tragic, tragic situation." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/09/coon-rapids?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2015 18:03:25 -0500 Former Vice President Walter Mondale released from hospital Former Vice President Walter Mondale has been released from Mayo Clinic after being treated for the flu. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/06/former-vice-president-walter-mondale-hospitalized-with-flu?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 21:13:31 -0600 Superior ice caves expected to remain open all weekend Mild weekend winds should allow the ice caves along Wisconsin's Apostle Islands National Lakeshore to stay open at least through Sunday, despite warming weather, park rangers say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/05/ice-caves?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:13:36 -0600 Travel site names Grand Marais 'coolest' U.S. small town Boundary Waters, B&Bs, arts, the Angry Trout! Budget Travel magazine can barely contain itself as it names Grand Marais "Coolest Small Town" for 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/05/grand-marais?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:56:22 -0600 Man dies, grandson hospitalized after ATV goes through ice James Minnerath of Alexandria was celebrating his 50th birthday when he took his grandson for a ride the enclosed cab ATV on a lake in Douglas county. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/04/atv-accident?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:43:00 -0600 Superior ice caves reopening Thursday morning Rangers had closed the caves temporarily Tuesday evening due to weather conditions. Expect 30 below wind chills and slippery conditions at the caves if you go Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/04/ice-caves?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:05:54 -0600 Study: Pollution leaves no swimmable, fishable lakes in southwest MN No lakes and only a few streams in southwest Minnesota meet state fishing and swimming standards, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/04/sw-minnesota-pollution?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:00:52 -0600 Vikings trade Matt Cassel to Buffalo The Matt Cassel era is officially over. The Minnesota Vikings said Wednesday the team is trading the backup quarterback and one-time starter to the Bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/04/cassel-trade?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:06:44 -0600 Close call: Flying ice from semi smashes driver's windshield The driver walked away with minor injuries, but the State Patrol is reminding others to stay back from large vehicles as temperatures start to warm and ice melts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/04/ice-scare?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:16:18 -0600 Overturned semi shuts westbound I-494 at I-35W Westbound Interstate 494 at Interstate 35W was closed for hours Tuesday afternoon and evening while an overturned semitrailer was righted, the State Patrol said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/03/494-35w-closure?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:04:22 -0600 Target plans to cut thousands of jobs in corporate restructure Target Corp. plans to eliminate "several thousand positions," primarily at its Minneapolis headquarters, as part of a two-year corporate restructuring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/03/target-layoffs?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:17:15 -0600 Park Service temporarily closing Superior ice caves Tuesday evening With a winter storm coming, rangers decided to close access to the ice caves starting 6 p.m. Tuesday. The earliest the ice caves would be reopened is sometime on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/02/ice-caves-closing?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:47:38 -0600 Judge tosses suspension of Vikings' Peterson; NFL to appeal A federal judge Thursday said an arbitrator exceeded his authority in upholding Adrian Peterson's suspension from the NFL. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/26/adrian-peterson?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:42:22 -0600 Minneapolis wants input on new downtown park The 4.2 acre park is part of the larger redevelopment of Downtown East, which includes the Vikings stadium, as well as new apartments, office space, retail and parking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/25/downtown-east-commons?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:43:49 -0600 Superior ice caves could reopen soon The National Park Service says rangers will check ice conditions near the Bayfield, Wis., caves and make the call by mid-week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/23/ice-caves?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:33:50 -0600 Survey finds MS, epilepsy, cancer top targets for MN medical pot About half of potential users of medical cannabis reported their qualifying condition as multiple sclerosis or severe muscle spasms, according to an informal Minnesota Health Department survey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/23/survey-medical-marijuana?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:07:28 -0600 Killebrew on a stamp? Widow seeks to honor Twins great The U.S. Postal Service is considering putting Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew on a postage stamp. His widow explains how fans can make that happen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/20/nita-killebrew?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:18:03 -0600 Agent confirms Garnett returning to Timberwolves Kevin Garnett, one of the best ever to play basketball for the Minnesota Timberwolves, will return to the team as part of a trade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/19/garnett-returns?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:51:42 -0600 Get 'em while they're hot: James Beard semifinalists know their food Minnesota counts 16 restaurants, bakers, chefs and others in the culinary trade among the semifinalists for the prestigious James Beard awards. Here's a look at who's on the list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/18/james-beard-awards?refid=0 Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:06:35 -0600 Winter rally hopes to put Bemidji on fat bike map Organizers of the Northland Fat Bike Rally at Lake Bemidji State Park are looking for riders of all kinds to take part in the emerging winter sport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/17/fat-bikes?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:02:06 -0600 Twin Cities to host international winter biking conference The International Winter Cycling Congress will slide into the Twin Cities in early 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/12/biking-conference?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2015 21:02:54 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra sets May concerts in Cuba The Minnesota Orchestra will perform two concerts this May in Cuba, becoming the first American orchestra to play on the island since the United States moved in December to normalize relations. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/12/minnesota-orchestra-sets-may-concerts-in-cuba?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:52:00 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra sets May concerts in Cuba It will be the first performance on the island by an American orchestra since the United States moved in December to normalize relations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/12/orchestra-cuba?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:12:01 -0600 Minn. stops accepting TurboTax returns, for now The Minnesota Department of Revenue recently learned a couple of taxpayers discovered returns in their names had already been filed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/05/turbotax-problem?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2015 20:52:28 -0600 'Sioux Chef' bringing pre-colonization foods to restaurant scene Chef Sean Sherman of the Oglala Lakota tribe has been working to identify and source the "pre-colonization" foods his ancestors would have eaten before Europeans came to the Great Plains. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/02/daily-circuit-sioux-chef?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2015 11:20:00 -0600 Super Bowl party recipes to help you win on game day The big game on Sunday calls for big eats and big appetites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/30/super-bowl-recipes?refid=0 Sat, 31 Jan 2015 06:00:00 -0600 Brainworm killed wayward moose in southern Minnesota A wandering moose that became a curiosity when it showed up on a southern Minnesota farm in November died from an infection caused by a parasite, officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/30/brainworm-killed-wayward-moose-in-southern-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:26:50 -0600 How schools decide whether threats are credible Two Minneapolis high schools were on alert this week after receiving threats to school safety, spurring a debate on whether the threats were enough to cancel classes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/30/trump?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:06:01 -0600 Fitch declines to testify, defense rests in cop killer trial Accused of killing a Mendota Heights police officer, Brian Fitch on Thursday declined to take the stand on his own behalf. Closing arguments are expected Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/29/fitch-trial?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:13:02 -0600 From backing band to big stars: How The Current helped Mumford and Sons Mary Lucia, Steve Seel and Jill Riley looked back at 10 years of The Current. For them, the band Mumford and Sons is a prime example of what the station is capable of. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/23/the-current-10-years?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:12:15 -0600 Salmonella worry leads to pet food recall The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is alerting consumers about the recall of Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal over possible contamination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/23/purr-complete-recall?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:48:20 -0600 This lock helped build Minneapolis. Now it's closing. The Upper St. Anthony Falls lock, which began passing ships up and down the Mississippi River in 1963, will close in June. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/21/minneapolis-lock-and-dam?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Priest quits as pastor of Golden Valley church over 'prior misconduct' The Rev. Paul Moudry has resigned from the Church of St. Margaret Mary in Golden Valley, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/20/moudry?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:12:21 -0600 Minneapolis woman to join First Lady during State of the Union Rebekah Erler made her political mark in June 2014 when President Barack Obama met with her over Jucy Lucys at Matt's Bar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/19/mpls-woman-sotu?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:35:23 -0600 What's open and closed on MLK Day Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday honoring the civil rights icon. Here's a look at what's open and closed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/13/mlk-open-closed?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:00:00 -0600 The archdiocese has filed for bankruptcy. Now what? The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. But what does that mean? And what will it mean for local parishes, schools and parishioners? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/16/explaining-archdiocese-bankruptcy?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0600 Minnesota road crash deaths fell to near-record lows in 2014 An early analysis of records by the state's Department of Public Safety found 356 people killed in 2014 crashes. Pedestrian deaths dropped significantly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/15/road-deaths-down?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:57:37 -0600 Almost 700 MN crashes as snow, wind, cold create driving havoc Blowing snow and icy conditions jammed highways across the Twin Cities and around the state. Officials advise no travel in northwest Minnesota and across southern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/08/snow-wind-cold-generating-crashes-backups-across-the-metro?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2015 17:02:37 -0600 Minnesota hockey great J.P. Parise dies Minnesota hockey icon J.P. Parise, father of Minnesota Wild star Zach Parise, died after an extended battle with lung cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/08/hockey-great-jp-parise?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2015 10:13:40 -0600 No indictment for officers in shooting death of Yee Vang A Ramsey County grand jury has decided not to indict the officers who shot and killed a carjacking suspect in August. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/07/yee-vang-grand-jury?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jan 2015 18:21:57 -0600 Former fire department association treasurer charged with swindling funds Anthony Bronk is accused of using funds from the Minnesota State Fire Department Association for personal expenses including online dating fees and a vacation in Mexico. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/05/bronk-charges?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 19:04:07 -0600 DNR: Miss. River tests find only slight evidence of invasive carp Water samples collected in August from Mississippi River pools in southeast Minnesota indicate only a small presence of bighead carp DNA, state natural resources officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/05/invasive-carp-dnr?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 17:24:25 -0600 Minnesota agency nets world record with giant paper ball An effort to encourage Minnesotans to recycle pays off for the state Pollution Control Agency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/29/recycling-record-ball-of-paper?refid=0 Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:38:21 -0600 Top business stories of 2014 in Minnesota The after-effects of two massive information technology disasters late in 2013 continued to dominate the Minnesota business landscape in 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/26/top-business-stories?refid=0 Fri, 26 Dec 2014 08:07:49 -0600 Top 5: 2014 political stories in Minnesota MPR News political editor Mike Mulcahy shares his list of the top Minnesota political stories of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/21/best-of-politics-2014?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:06:00 -0600 #BlackLivesMatter protest fills Mall of America rotunda; 25 arrested Protesters with their arms in the air, chanting, "Hands up! Don't shoot!" walked through the Mall of America Saturday afternoon, while others gathered in the building's rotunda amid stories-high silver Christmas trees, chanting "Black Lives Matter." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/20/moa-blacklivesmatter-protest?refid=0 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:23:59 -0600 Rate of uninsured adults in Minnesota falls to record low About 135,000 Minnesota adults ages 18 to 64 years old secured health coverage over the past year, a jump that drove down the uninsured rate for that group, officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/17/uninsured-rate-falls-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:42:37 -0600 MPR News wins duPont award for 'Betrayed by Silence' MPR News on Wednesday was named the recipient of an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for it's "Betrayed by Silence" series, which exposed how leaders of the Archdiocese of the Twin Cities Archdiocese continued to cover up abuse of children by priests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/17/mprnews-wins-dupont-award?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:00:00 -0600 Bernadeia Johnson resigns as Minneapolis schools superintendent Minneapolis Public Schools' superintendent Bernadeia Johnson is stepping down from the job she has held for more than four years, creating more turmoil in the district at a time when it faces tough challenges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/16/bernadeia-johnson-resigns?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:16:34 -0600 Appeal denied: Vikes' Peterson remains suspended from NFL Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson has lost his appeal to be reinstated into the NFL, the league said Friday. The players union says it's weighing "immediate legal remedies." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/12/adrian-peterson?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:16:04 -0600 Billy Joel coming to Target Center in May The Piano Man will play one show at 8 p.m. May 16. Tickets go on sale Dec. 19. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/11/billy-joel-target-center-concert?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:12:06 -0600 Victim in Minneapolis light rail stabbing was 58-year-old man On Monday, police arrested a 25-year-old Minneapolis man on probable cause of murder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/10/mpls-lrt-stabbing-victim-identified?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:44:07 -0600 Minneapolis bans e-cigs from bars, other indoor public spaces The Minneapolis City Council Friday voted to immediately ban electronic cigarette use from restaurants, stores, workplaces and other venues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/05/e-cig-ban-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 11:57:16 -0600 Christmas carols: The good, bad and ugly Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence joined MPR News' The Daily Circuit for the annual exploration of Christmas carols that some folks might like to forget. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/04/christmas-carols-the-good-bad-and-ugly?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:00:00 -0600 Trial of accused cop killer Fitch moved to St. Cloud News coverage of the killing of a Mendota Heights police officer creates a "reasonable likelihood" that Brian Fitch would not get a fair trial in Dakota County, a judge ruled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/02/trial-of-accused-cop-killer-fitch-moved-to-st-cloud?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2014 16:50:28 -0600 Best Buy takes down website on Black Friday The website of Minnesota-based Best Buy was unavailable to customers for more than two hours Friday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/28/best-buy-website?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:51:30 -0600 St. Paul superintendent apologizes for Ferguson tweet Valeria Silva says she "reacted emotionally" but wasn't trying to "challenge the judgment of the police or the grand jury." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/26/silva-apologizes-ferguson-tweet?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:57:35 -0600 Young woman who beat Mark Andrew receives no jail time -- at his request The former Hennepin County Board Chair asked that Deea LeShawn Elliot receive counseling and be required to study the arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/25/elliot-sentencing?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:01:09 -0600 Feds charge two Minnesotans with trying to aid ISIS Two young Minnesotans face federal conspiracy charges tied to their alleged efforts to provide "material support" to the radical group Islamic State, also known as ISIS. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/25/feds-charge-two-minnesotans-with-aiding-isis?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:59:54 -0600 Baby gorilla born at Como Zoo dies The baby gorilla was doing well on Saturday, according to zoo officials, but on Sunday it became clear the health of the four-day-old was failing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/24/gorilla-death?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:44:25 -0600 Leader of the Minnesota Opera resigns Kevin Ramach says he is stepping down to do creative work. Nina Archabal, most recently the director of the Minnesota Historical Society, will become interim director. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/21/leader-of-the-minnesota-opera-resigns?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:00 -0600 Leader of the Minnesota Opera resigns Kevin Ramach said he is stepping down to return to creative work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/21/kevin-ramach?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:10:11 -0600 MN jobless rate drops below 4%, first time since 2006 State employers add added 9,500 jobs in October, dipping the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to 3.9 percent, down from 4.1 percent in September, state officials said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/20/mn-jobless-rates-drops?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:50:20 -0600 Archdiocese reports $9.1M deficit, mulls bankruptcy The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis reiterated that it is considering filing for bankruptcy as its financial condition has become more uncertain due to the growing potential for more lawsuits by victims of clergy sexual abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/20/archdiocese-finances?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:38:51 -0600 Como Park Zoo welcomes its first homegrown baby gorilla Como Park Zoo announced the birth of a male gorilla born in the wee hours Wednesday. Mother and baby are well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/19/como-zoo-baby-gorilla?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:09:49 -0600 Imprisoned priest charged with sexual abuse in Wisconsin Wisconsin authorities charged the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer with second degree sexual assault after a man said Wehmeyer assaulted him in 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/17/wehmeyer-charge?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:49:50 -0600 Hubbard: Don't blame KSTP, blame the police for #pointergate Hubbard Broadcasting Chair Stanley Hubbard, whose company owns KSTP, said the station was only reporting the news and the story was not racist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/14/hubbard?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:54:31 -0600 Hodges: Racism, police union conflict at heart of #pointergate On the Daily Circuit, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said a KSTP report accusing her of flashing gang signs while standing next to a young black man is rooted in racism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/14/daily-circuit-mayor-hodges-pointergate?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:06:00 -0600 Jon Stewart mocks #pointergate story on The Daily Show When #pointergate erupted last week many wondered what Jon Stewart would do with it on The Daily Show. Here's the answer: http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/13/jon-stewart-mocks-pointergate-story-on-the-daily-show?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:58:17 -0600 As designed, hunters bag fewer deer on opening weekend The most conservative hunting season in more than two decades is designed to rebuild deer populations across much of the Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/12/deer-hunt-opening-weekend?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:00:10 -0600 Auditor: Lax system let ineligible people get public health care aid Minnesota's Department of Human Services didn't verify that low income people enrolling in health plans were eligible for benefits they received, the legislative auditor says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/12/mnsure-audit-results?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:00:31 -0600 Welcome back, winter: Your guide to the first storm of the season Brace yourself, Minnesota. Winter is here &mdash; and the Polar Vortex is coming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/09/first-winter-storm?refid=0 Sun, 09 Nov 2014 21:27:10 -0600 After Election Day, what's next? A guide to how it happened and what's next for Minnesota politics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/05/what-now-election?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:30:29 -0600 MN health officials monitoring 48 travelers as Ebola precaution The monitoring does not mean people have Ebola, but officials said it was important to keep tabs on those travelers and respond quickly should any symptoms develop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/05/mn-health-officials-monitoring-48-travelers?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:40:26 -0600 Live blog: Results and coverage In today's midterm election, Minnesotans voted in U.S. Senate, governor, constitutional offices, school board and a host of state legislative races. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/04/election-2014-coverage?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 20:22:37 -0600 Social Security approved for MN woman widowed by Ebola Federal officials have agreed to pay Patrick Sawyer's family their entitled benefits despite not getting a death certificate from Nigeria. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/03/social-security-approved-for-sawyer?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:01:35 -0600 Using lessons from deployment as a student Vanessa Perbish was deployed for ten months to Iraq as a medic and is now studying global health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/30/vanessa-prebish?refid=0 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:26:56 -0500 Appetites: Sampling Minnesota's gonzo beer flavors Beer drinkers are seeing an onslaught of pumpkin brews, and it seems like every brewery out there has its own gonzo flavors hitting the market. Can this be a good trend? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/29/appetites-beer-sampling?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:11:53 -0500 Audit details MNsure spending, internal control problems A new report finds the state's online health insurance marketplace hasn't consistently complied with rules laid out by state and federal officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/28/mnsure-audit-details-problems?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:19:09 -0500 Jury backs Cass County couple over utility in stray voltage fight Randall and Peggy Norman sued Crow Wing Power in 2012 for negligence, saying poorly maintained wires near their farm damaged their cows. The utility said it did the work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/27/stray-voltage-fight-cass-county?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:03:24 -0500 Arctic Cat recalls 40,000 ATVs amid gear box failures The Minnesota-based company is urging customers to stop riding the vehicles and bring them into dealers for free repairs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/24/arctic-cat-atv-recall?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:45:03 -0500 Video: Gorilla ultrasound at Como Zoo shows mom, baby doing well Zoo babies? Folks love those photos. But here's something you don't see every day: A zoo baby before it's born. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/23/gorilla-ultrasound-at-comi-zoo-shows-mom-baby-doing-well?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:24:47 -0500 Appetites: The beginner's guide to making a dessert cheese plate Everybody has seen the cheese and cracker plate, but increasingly local chefs are holding the cheese for dessert. Here are some tips on how to do it yourself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/22/appetites-cheese-for-dessert?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:17:23 -0500 Ebola questions? Health Department's new public hotline has answers The department has made arrangements for a translation service to help with calls from people who do not speak English. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/21/ebola-hotline?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:06:37 -0500 Jazz radio legend Leigh Kamman dies at 92 Kamman began his broadcasting career in Minnesota in 1939. He worked in New York City during the 1950s, where he interviewed such jazz greats as Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/18/leigh-kamman?refid=0 Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:02:15 -0500 Weekend road construction closures continue Here's a look at some of the major weekend construction hassles around the Twin Cities metro area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/17/road-construction?refid=0 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:47:08 -0500 New billboards renew effort to find Jacob Wetterling Law enforcement hopes the new campaign will bring new leads in the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted near his St. Joseph, Minnesota, home 25 years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/14/jacob-wetterling-billboards?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:26:31 -0500 Clergy sex abuse settlement: The case -- and the law -- at a glance Attorneys for a victim of clergy sexual abuse settled a landmark public nuisance lawsuit Monday against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/13/archdiocese-settlement-cheat-sheet?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:00:09 -0500 Minnesota predatory offender captured in Montana Todd Neil Triebold disappeared in June and officials warned then he might be armed, dangerous and heading for the Boundary Waters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/10/offender-captured?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:23:36 -0500 Mendota Heights tennis coach accused of having sex with student The charges released by the Ramsey County Attorney's office say Daniel Hubbard Wilson, 27, met the then 15 year-old student when she was a freshman at Visitation School and he was a tennis coach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/06/daniel-hubbard-wilson-charged?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:26:23 -0500 Eight in alleged north Minneapolis heroin ring indicted "The heroin supply in Minneapolis has been depleted. It is going to be tougher to buy heroin in Minneapolis and in the Twin Cities," U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/06/8-in-alleged-north-minneapolis-heroin-ring-indicted?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:00:05 -0500 Man charged with sex, kidnapping crimes tied to Andover teens Complaint: The 13-year-old girls were found huddled, crying behind a couch in the basement of Burnsville man's home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/02/charges-filed-in-andover-girls-case?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:19:07 -0500 DNR: Zebra mussels confirmed in White Bear, Waconia lakes The infestation is advanced enough on those popular Twin Cities lakes that chemical treatment would likely not work, the DNR said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/26/zebra-mussels-white-bear-waconia?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:37:03 -0500 Medical examiner rules NDSU student's death a homicide Police are seeking the public's help in the case of Thomas Bearson, whose body was discovered in Moorhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/25/moorhead-death-ruled-homicide?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:49:55 -0500 Latest phone scam threatens arrest if fines, taxes aren't paid The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is alerting consumers to be skeptical of callers asking for credit card information. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/24/phone-scam?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:06:37 -0500 Longest ship on Lake Superior runs aground in Duluth harbor The Paul R. Tregurtha had been departing with a full load of coal when it failed to negotiate the turn toward the Aerial Lift Bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/20/longest-ship-on-lake-superior-runs-aground-in-duluth-harbor?refid=0 Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20:16:48 -0500 Hennepin County attorney seeks child protection order for Peterson's son The county attorney's office wants a judge to halt unsupervised contact between the Vikings star and his son. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/19/hennepin-county-protection-petersons-son?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:49:35 -0500 Minneapolis eases alcohol restrictions on some eateries Council kills "antiquated" rules that barred some restaurants from generating more than 40 percent of sales from alcohol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/19/minneapolis-alcohol-restrictions?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:57:41 -0500 Vikes owners admit 'mistake,' bar Peterson from team; Nike cuts ties Sponsors and retailers pushed back at the Vikings' Monday decision to let Peterson play while his child abuse case worked its way through the legal system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/17/vikings-deactivate-peterson?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:00:20 -0500 PreferredOne pulls out of MNsure The insurer covered nearly 60 percent of Minnesotans enrolled in health plans through MNsure. Its exit is a major blow to the exchange, which is set to open its next open enrollment period Nov. 15. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/16/preferredone-mnsure?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:31:31 -0500 After Peterson revelations, Radisson suspends Vikings sponsorship The Minnetonka-based company said it "takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/16/vikings-radisson-peterson?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:30:56 -0500 NPR writer takes to social media to discuss corporal punishment Discussing corporal punishment on Twitter, Gene Demby heard the personal experiences of many. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/15/gene-demby?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:51:17 -0500 Peterson: I'm no child abuser; Vikings say he'll play Sunday In a statement, the star running back said while he wasn't a perfect parent, "I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/15/vikings-peterson-will-play?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:54:42 -0500 Vikings' Peterson charged in Texas with injuring his son; won't play Sunday Peterson's lawyer confirmed the football star was indicted in Texas for reckless or negligent injury to a child in an incident involving Peterson's son. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/12/peterson-legal-situation?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:18:18 -0500 Zebra mussels found in Cass Lake; first for Bemidji area DNR officials say Cass Lake and many of the lakes near it are now considered zebra mussel infested after the species were recently discovered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/12/zebra-mussels-cass-lake?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:44:40 -0500 Appetites: Rediscovering hard cider Artisans are rediscovering the craft of hard cider brewing with unique beverages popping up everywhere apples are grown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/10/appetites-hard-cider?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:19:57 -0500 Heart attack kills 'Miracle on Ice' player Bob Suter Suter was a defensemen on the legendary 'Miracle on Ice' 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that defeated the Soviet Union. He's the first player on that team to die. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/09/bob-suter?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:52:55 -0500 Minnesota tax officials making phone threats? It's a scam State officials say scammers pretending to be Revenue Department officials are trying to force unsuspecting callers to turn over credit card information. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/09/phone-scam?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:55:42 -0500 Map: Explore Minnesota apple orchards There are 116 apple orchards in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/31/map-explore-minnesota-apple-orchards?refid=0 Sat, 06 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Skyway expert says public-private boundary creates confusion Part of the confusion over which skyway spaces are public is that it's different in each of the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/05/skyways-bill-lindeke?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:20:56 -0500 Authorities ID man killed in St. Paul police confrontation The two officers involved in the shooting were unharmed but believed their lives were in danger, Chief Tom Smith told reporters last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/02/man-shot-by-officer-identified-st-paul?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:28:58 -0500 Police search Blaine airport for accused murderer Law enforcement personnel are looking for Lyle "Ty" Marvin Hoffman, 44, who is charged in the shooting death of attorney Kelly Phillips last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/02/hoffman-search-blaine-airport?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:19:51 -0500 E. coli at Applebee's: Minnesota health officials blame cabbage Fifteen people in Minnesota were sickened by the produce, which was likely contaminated before it was distributed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/29/e-coli-at-applebees-health-officials-blame-cabbage?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:45:02 -0500 FBI official: People recently left Minnesota to fight in Syria People living in Minnesota continue to travel overseas to fight for terrorist organizations in Syria, the top FBI official in Minneapolis said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/28/isis-syria-us-fighters?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:01:30 -0500 Dylan comes home to Minnesota for November gigs Bob Dylan will return to Minnesota for three concerts in early November. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/08/bob-dylan-to-play-three-orpheum-theatre-shows-november-4-6/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:24:22 -0500 Four charged in Fridley stabbings Anoka County prosecutors charged two men and two women in the stabbing of two Fridley men. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/26/fridley-stabbing-charges?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:01:04 -0500 Apple announces iPhone 5 battery replacement program Apple announces a program to replace malfunctioning batteries in some of its popular iPhone 5 cellular phones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/26/iphone-battery?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:39:46 -0500 Pedestrian hurt by Green Line train A witness told MPR News that the victim was a skateboarder trying to cross the tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/25/light-rail-incident?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:40:00 -0500 Gov. Dayton takes the Ice Bucket Challenge The governor accepted the challenge from Twins owner Jim Pohlad. The national craze has raised millions for the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/08/gov-dayton-takes-the-ice-bucket-challenge/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:37:45 -0500 DNR won't expand hunting in protected areas The areas are protected because they contain rare native plants and undisturbed shorelines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/19/dnr-wont-expand-hunting?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:22:57 -0500 3 counties, tribal government added to spring storm aid list Roughly $30 million in eligible expenses have been identified in counties applying for aid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/14/counties-added-to-aid-list?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:05:50 -0500 Your Minnesota weekend: From Japanese lanterns to double dutch Summer is winding down, but there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/14/your-minnesota-weekend?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:29:19 -0500 LOL, cats: Internet Cat Video Festival returns this week It's the third year for the popular festival, which will run this Thursday as part of the Walker Art Center's free Open Field series. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/11/cat-video-fest?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:17:58 -0500 Attorney chosen to investigate Al Flowers arrest Attorney Don Lewis will investigate whether officers violated department policy regarding use of force in connection with the arrest, she said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/08/al-flowers-arrest-investigation?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:32:39 -0500 Your Minnesota weekend: 5 things from baseball road trips to garlic ice cream There is still some summer left to enjoy -- and we've got baseball road trips and blues festivals on our list of things to check out this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/07/your-minnesota-weekend-baseball-road-trips-and-garlic-ice-cream?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 10:31:57 -0500 Community outpouring expected for Officer Patrick's funeral Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick was shot and killed in the line of duty last week, leaving behind his wife and two teenage daughters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/05/officer-patrick-funeral?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2014 05:00:00 -0500 Mosquito numbers down, West Nile virus still a threat The heat of August, paired with the heavy rains and flooding of early summer, have created conditions perfect for mosquitoes carrying the virus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/02/mosquito-threat?refid=0 Sat, 02 Aug 2014 16:36:29 -0500 Weekend road woes: Closures on parts of Crosstown, 35E, 35W Stretches of some major Twin Cities roads will close this weekend, creating more than a few driving hassles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/01/road-closures?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:54:56 -0500 Your Minnesota weekend: 5 things to see from performance art to sports films Selfies, sports movies and ping pong ball performances. Weekend fun in and near the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/01/your-minnesota-weekend-?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:44:36 -0500 W. St. Paul cop shooting suspect in 'serious' condition Fitch, 39, was captured Wednesday night in St. Paul's North End after an eight-hour manhunt ended in a gun battle that wounded him near Rice and Sycamore streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/31/shooting-suspect-condition?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:49:44 -0500 Nienstedt says he will continue as archbishop In a column posted to the archdiocese's website, Nienstedt wrote: "I will continue to listen to those who express concerns about my leadership, but I will also continue serving as I have been called to do." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/30/nienstedt-column?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:16:47 -0500 Scannell apologizes after sexual misconduct guilty verdict "I have done wrong, and I take full responsibility for those mistakes and the pain that resulted," former Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/26/scannell-issues-apology-after-sexual-misconduct-guilty-verdict?refid=0 Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:38:49 -0500 5 new laws in Minnesota that start Aug. 1 New laws about minimum wage, firearms and synthetic drugs start next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/25/new-laws-in-minnesota-that-start-aug-1?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:08:52 -0500 White House recognizes 'On Being' creator Tippett Krista Tippett has won some of radio's most prestigious awards for her work exploring the complexities of faith and human life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/24/krista-tippett?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:56:52 -0500 Your Minnesota weekend: 6 things to do from plays to pow wows Plays, pow wows and lots of food and drink opportunities await you this weekend across Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/24/your-minnesota-weekend-6-things-to-do-from-plays-to-pow-wows?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:11:12 -0500 Your Minnesota weekend: 5 summer festivals The weekend forecast looks like classic summer -- perfect weather to enjoy a festival or two. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/18/your-minnesota-weekend-5-summer-festivals-?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:50:25 -0500 Your Minnesota weekend: All-Star edition It's all about the All-Star game this weekend, but if you can't go, we've got you covered with book suggestions and gardening tips. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/11/your-minnesota-weekend-allstar-edition?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:15:48 -0500 Video: Slow work sliding I-35E bridge into place Despite a snag Wednesday night, construction workers expect to have the Larpenteur Avenue bridge above Interstate 35E in St. Paul in place Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/10/video-workers-slide-i35e-bridge?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:52:29 -0500 Met Council OKs 'train like' rapid bus route for St. Paul The "arterial bus rapid transit" is projected to make local bus service as much as 25 percent faster without making major changes to the street. It's the first of its kind in the Twin Cities, officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/09/met-council-oks-train-like-rapid-bus-route-for-st-paul?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:47:40 -0500 5 ways to enjoy All-Star fun outside the park There are plenty of ways to join the fun outside the park, starting Thursday and running through Tuesday when Target Field hosts Major League Baseball's mid-summer classic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/09/5-ways-to-enjoy-allstar-fun-outside-the-park?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:52:57 -0500 Triple shooting in Minneapolis follows police chief's visit Police are looking for suspects in a shooting that seriously injured three women in north Minneapolis early Wednesday, just a day after Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau and Mayor Betsy Hodges visited several neighborhoods hit hard by recent violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/09/triple-shooting-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:04:53 -0500 DNR declares second Becker County lake infested after zebra mussel found Days after confirming zebra mussels in one Becker County Lake, officials on Thursday acknowledged another lake in the county is infested. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/03/dnr-declares-second-becker-county-lake-infested-after-zebra-mussel-found?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:32:36 -0500 Your Minnesota weekend: Fourth of July edition Independence Day is expected to go off with a bang across Minnesota, even though flooding has shifted some of the festivities around. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/03/your-minnesota-weekend-fourth-of-july?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:05:33 -0500 Ask Dr. Hallberg: How do mosquitoes transmit disease? It's mosquito season in Minnesota and those insects can be more than just a nuisance. They also can be hazardous to your health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/01/ask-dr-hallberg-how-do-mosquitoes-transmit-disease?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:15:10 -0500 Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges on her first six months Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges now confronts what could be one of her most important decisions as mayor -- what to do about the proposed southwest light rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/30/betsy-hodges?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:44:22 -0500 Your Minnesota weekend: Classic summer edition, with a side of jazz Get ready for a mixed bag weather weekend that should feature a little something for everyone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/27/your-minnesota-weekend-batten-down-the-hatches-more-rain-on-the-way?refid=0 Sat, 28 Jun 2014 01:21:13 -0500 Friday Festivals: Water Ski Days This week's exploration of the upper Midwest's many summer festivals brings us to Lake City, Minn., for the 43rd annual Water Ski Days Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/27/friday-festivals-water-ski-days?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:08:53 -0500 Project 515 ends after same-sex marriage battle won Project 515 got its start in 2006, when states across the country were considering bans on same-sex marriage. It was named for the 515 state laws that treated same-sex couples differently than straight couples. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/26/project-515?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:34:00 -0500 Reporter Damien Cave on what he learned from I-35 The New York Times explored the I-35 corridor in "The Way North." Reporter Damien Cave and photographer Todd Heisler journeyed through the heart of the country reporting on how immigration has changed the landscape. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/25/damien-cave?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:30:49 -0500 State Fair announces new foods for 2014 Gorging on State Fair food is one of Minnesota's guilty pleasures. The fair on Wednesday didn't disappoint when it unveiled new eats for 2014, from chocolate dessert salami to walleye mac & cheese. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/25/minnesota-state-fair-food-2014?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:53:56 -0500 General Mills eyes cost cuts amid poor sales, weak forecast The Golden Valley-based food giant has been struggling to boost its cereal and yogurt sales amid stiff competition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/25/general-mills-eyes-cost-cuts-amid-poor-sales-weak-forecast?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:13:03 -0500 Appetites: Shore lunch puts freshest fish on menu Beth Dooley, author of "Minnesota's Bounty: the Farmers Market Cookbook," joined MPR News' Tom Crann to talk about shore lunch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/25/appetites-shore-lunch?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:50:00 -0500 Minn. geology combined with wet soil is recipe for mudslides Satish Gupta, professor at the University of Minnesota's Department of Soil, Water and Climate has his eye on mudslides -- like the one that sent a Mississippi River bank plummeting last week near the University of Minnesota's Fairview Medical Center campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/24/mudslides?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:48:11 -0500 Flood updates: Guardsmen leave Int'l. Falls; emergency declaration extended As flood waters around the state keep rising, Gov. Mark Dayton has extended an emergency declaration for 35 counties for another 30 days, saying he expects a new $3 million disaster assistance account will be exhausted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/24/flood-update?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:03:53 -0500 Blue Line train strikes, kills Minneapolis pedestrian Authorities are on the scene of the accident near the intersection of E. 35th Street and Highway 55 in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/20/blue-line-train-strikes-kills-minneapolis-pedestrian?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:16:09 -0500 Your Minnesota weekend: From cheese curds to the World Cup It's been a soggy week, but that shouldn't stop you from making weekend plans. From Indian classical singers to doughnuts, we've broken it down for you. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/20/minnesota-weekend?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:32:55 -0500 Friday Festivals: Cheese Curd Festival This week's exploration of the upper Midwest's many summer festivals brings us to Ellsworth, Wis., where they're celebrating cheese curds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/20/friday-festivals-cheese-curd-festival?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:23:30 -0500 Live updates: Breaking weather news As record rains inundate Minnesota, you can use this live blog to keep up with breaking news about flash flood alerts, road closures and forecasts. http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/19/heavy-rains-cause-traffic-headaches-in-twin-cities-around-the-state#live?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:08:09 -0500 Storms dampen weekend festivities; more rain on the way Showers and thunderstorms have already dumped heavy rain on portions of southwest Minnesota, with more than an inch reported in Redwood Falls. <a href="v">MPR News meteorologist Craig Edwards says</a> residents in and around the Twin Cities metro area should expect rain and wind throughout the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/14/storms-dampen-festivities?refid=0 Sat, 14 Jun 2014 15:58:09 -0500 Report: Medtronic in talks to combine with Irish rival Covidien A report in The Wall Street Journal says the deal is valued at more than $40 billion and could be announced Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/14/medtronic-covidien-reportedly-in-talks?refid=0 Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:46:19 -0500 Throw the switch: Green Line launching with hopes, skepticism aboard There'll be speeches, celebrations, free rides and plenty of fanfare as the Green Line launches Saturday. But the way it all started was kind of boring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/13/green-line-opening-saturday?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:08:29 -0500 Greg McNeal on Minnesota Somalis traveling to Syria to fight Greg McNeal, an expert on national security law from Pepperdine University, joined MPR News' Tom Crann to discuss the recent news that as many as 15 young Somali-American men from the Twin Cities have traveled to Syria to join radical groups trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad's regime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/13/greg-mcneal?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:59:18 -0500 St. Louis archdiocese: Reporting on deposition 'has impugned Archbishop Carlson's good name' In a deposition released Monday, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson said he wasn't sure whether he knew it was illegal for adults to have sex with children when he served as chancellor of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the 1980s. The St. Louis archdiocese is contesting the assertion, saying reporting on the remarks has taken them out of context. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/11/st-louis-archdiocese-reporting-on-deposition-has-impugned-archbishop-carlsons-good-name?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:09:39 -0500 Appetites: Eating well in the BWCA a worthwhile challenge Paddling, portaging, hiking, and appreciating natural beauty is what it's all about, good food is also a critical part of the equation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/11/appetites-bwca?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:33:38 -0500 St. Paul library renamed after former mayor The Saint Paul Central Library on Rice Park was renamed the George Latimer Central Library today, in honor of the man who served as the city's mayor from 1976 until 1990. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/10/st-paul-library-renamed-after-former-mayor?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:33:54 -0500 Your Minnesota weekend: Perfect for staying in or exploring This weekend has a mix of rain and sunshine -- perfect for exploring, cooking over fire or staying in to catch up on "Fargo." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/07/your-minnesota-weekend?refid=0 Sat, 07 Jun 2014 11:53:18 -0500 Appetites: Don't play with fire, cook with it The saying "now we're cooking with gas" just doesn't have enough firepower for cookbook author Paula Marcoux. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/04/appetites-cooking-with-fire?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:23:50 -0500 Rep. Tim Walz on Shinseki's resignation Rep. Tim Walz was one of many lawmakers who called for Shinseki to step down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/30/rep-tim-walz-on-shinseki-resignation?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 16:34:01 -0500 Photos: Think the roads are bad now? That's nothing In the early days of Minnesota, roads were not good. The railroad took people long distances and the roads were an afterthought. But with the advent of automobiles and bicylces, the Good Roads Movement took hold in the state, leading to the creation of the State Department of Highways in 1917. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/29/minnesota-roads-history?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Appetites: A look at America's processed food In the book, "Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal," New York Times writer Melanie Warner takes a look at American food, and its ties to obesity, diabetes, and a host of other health problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/28/appetites-pandoras-lunchbox?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2014 16:04:25 -0500 Ask Dr. Hallberg: Treating alcohol abuse with drugs A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that two prescription drugs, acamprosate and oral naltrexone, are "associated with reduction in return to drinking." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/27/ask-dr-hallberg-treating-alcohol-abuse-with-drugs?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2014 18:57:22 -0500 Friday Festivals: Canoe Heritage Day This week's exploration of the upper Midwest's many summer festivals brings us to Spooner, Wis. where they're celebrating the canoe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/23/friday-festivals-canoe-heritage-day?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2014 17:01:00 -0500 5 iconic toys born in Minnesota Minnesotans had a hand in developing a number of childhood favorites. One St. Paul man invented both Twister and Nerf balls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/22/5-iconic-toys-born-in-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Appetites: Road trip across Minn. for pie, smoked fish Rachel Hutton, editor of Minnesota Monthly magazine, recommends a variety of regional specialties, from smoked fish to pie, that are worthy of a foodie pilgrimage or two. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/21/appetites-road-trip?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2014 14:13:08 -0500 Researcher Bill Route on how to give a spring checkup to a baby eagle The eagle survey, which began in 2006, enlists professional tree climbers who reach the nests with cameras on their helmets. The tree climber then puts an eaglet in a sack, brings it down to the scientists for blood and feather samples, and then returns it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/20/researcher-bill-route-on-testing-baby-eagles?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 17:59:00 -0500 Minnetonka-based Carlson sells off TGI Fridays chain The chain got its start in 1965 when the first location opened in New York City. Carlson bought it in 1975 when there were only 12 restaurants. Now there are 900 restaurants in 60 countries with sales of $2.7 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/20/tgi-fridays-sale?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 16:24:37 -0500 Ask Dr. Hallberg: Sequencing the genome Dr. Jon Hallberg, a physician in family medicine at the University of Minnesota and medical director of the Mill City Clinic in Minneapolis, joined All Things Considered to talk about what he's learning about genome sequencing at the Understand Your Genome Conference and what it tells us about the future of medicine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/20/hallberg-genome-sequencing?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 15:27:16 -0500 Ousted Target CEO to get $16 million in severance The package, disclosed in a federal securities filing Monday comes two weeks after Steinhafel agreed to resign as pressure mounted over the fallout from Target's massive customer data breach and its financial struggles expanding into Canada, which has hurt its reputation among customers and cost the company millions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/19/steinhafel-to-get-16-million-in-severance?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2014 18:43:24 -0500 Minnesota's US Attorney Luger makes heroin a priority Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andy Luger has only been working at the post a few months, but he's already made heroin a high-profile priority for his office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/19/us-attorney-luger-heroin?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2014 14:23:20 -0500 Author Damian Fowler discusses one family's quest after a tragic plane crash Damian Fowler is the author of "Falling Through Clouds." He joined MPR News' Tom Crann to talk about his book. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/15/author-damien-fowler-discusses-one-familys-quest-after-a-tragic-plane-crash?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 15:01:13 -0500 Q&A with Dr. Hallberg: The effects of ACA in the Doctor's office Dr. Jon Hallberg, a physician in family medicine at the University of Minnesota and medical director of the Mill City Clinic in Minneapolis came by to discuss how the new health care law is playing out in the doctor's office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/13/qa-with-dr-hallberg-the-effects-of-aca-in-the-doctors-office?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 18:39:56 -0500 Polls open today to fill Hennepin County board seat Former state Rep. Marion Greene and St. Louis Park Council Member Anne Mavity are on the ballot for the third district seat that covers St. Louis Park and much of southwest Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/13/hennepin-county-board-election?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 10:34:52 -0500 Your Minnesota Weekend: Catch a fish, or train The weekend is finally here. And with that first spring storm under our belt, we're ready to hit the lakes running. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/09/your-minnesota-weekend?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 13:40:27 -0500 Police: Man jumped from Minn. bridge as a stunt Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek says the county attorney could seek charges against the man who jumped and the person videotaping him, once they're found. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/08/bridge-jump?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2014 17:04:03 -0500 5 things to know about tornadoes in Minnesota Just how deadly is Minnesota's tornado season? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/08/tornado-facts-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2014 10:28:33 -0500 Feds order railroads to warn towns when Bakken oil is near The order also requires railroads to provide state emergency officials at least one railroad contact and advises haulers to share information with emergency responders in the affected communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/07/feds-order-railroads-to-warn-towns-when-bakken-oil-is-near?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 17:10:29 -0500 Appetites: Spring brings fresh greens, lighter cuisine With such a late winter, you may be surprised to see many farmers' market stalls bursting with produce. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/07/appetites-spring-greens?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 09:15:40 -0500 Report: Climate change bringing more severe weather to Minn. Increased heat, extreme rainfall, prolonged drought and their repercussions could put significant stress on existing infrastructure and ecosystems in Minnesota, the report says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/06/climate-change-report?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2014 09:18:35 -0500 How the Minneapolis Comic Con is like a 'nerd prom' Dispatches from Minneapolis' Comic Con: I came to the Minneapolis event with my 9-year-old son Max, who is a second-generation nerd. I grew up with Darth Vader, Captain Kirk, and Doctor Who's Tom Baker. Max is more familiar with Anakin Skywalker, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and Doctor Who's Matt Smith. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/05/how-the-minneapolis-comic-con-is-like-a-nerd-prom/?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 12:21:17 -0500 Austin, Minn. teen is a Youtube sensation The Minnesota Lynx have invited Molly Kate Kestner to sing the national anthem before their first WNBA pre-season game of the year tonight at Target Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/05/music?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 09:51:33 -0500 Twin Cities author William Kent Krueger wins Edgar Award The coming-of-age book is set in the fictional town of New Bremen, somewhere in the "broad valley of the Minnesota River." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/02/william-kent-krueger-edgar-award?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 06:19:17 -0500 Republican Daudt 'frustrated' with Dayton's call for bonding Republicans say they weren't convinced by Gov. Mark Dayton's suggestions in his State of the State speech to borrow more money for state projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/01/daudt-state-of-state-response?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 09:31:50 -0500 Dayton: State investments require 'careful' approach DFL Gov. Mark Dayton followed up his State of the State speech by talking with MPR's Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/01/dayton-interview?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 08:26:52 -0500 Q&A with Andersen CEO Jay Lund The company plans to spend $18 million on the facility that will employ at least 100 new full-time workers starting sometime next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/30/qa-with-andersen-ceo-jay-lund?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:34:12 -0500 Live: Gov. Dayton delivers State of the State address Listen live to Gov. Mark Dayton deliver his annual State of the State address. He will use the opportunity to present his vision for Minnesota. http://live.mprnews.org/Event/Gov_Daytons_State_of_the_State_address?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:17:43 -0500 Appetites: How to prepare for Minn. Craft Beer Week Look for events across the state, from tastings in Duluth to firkin tappings in Southern Minnesota and plenty of other beer-centric fun in between. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/30/appetites-craft-beer-week?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:51:48 -0500 Ask Dr. Hallberg: What's behind the resurgence of measles and mumps? Dr. Jon Hallberg is a doctor in family medicine at the U of M, and he spoke with MPR News about these two ailments that are included in the same childhood vaccine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/29/ask-dr-hallberg-whats-behind-the-resurgence-of-measles-and-mumps?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:33:21 -0500 KARE 11 reporter Karla Hult on the latest in the Byron Smith trial It's been a dramatic week in a Little Falls courtroom, where 65-year-old Byron Smith is on trial. Smith is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the deaths of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer. Karla Hult is covering the trial for MPR News partner KARE 11 and was in the courtroom today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/25/kare-11-reporter-karla-hult-on-the-latest-in-the-byron-smith-trial?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:56:04 -0500 Deposition of the Rev. Kevin McDonough to be released The deposition was part of a lawsuit brought by a man who says he was sexually abused by the Rev. Thomas Adamson in the mid-1970s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/23/-kevin-mcdonough-deposition?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:37:52 -0500 Compromise pushes cell phone tracking bill forward Sen. Branden Petersen told MPR News's Tom Crann that a tracking warrant is still better than the current system, in which law enforcement does not have to establish "probable cause" before collecting ongoing data about people's location. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/23/tougher-cell-phone-tracking-bill?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:09:25 -0500 Appetites: Cheap eats in the Twin Cities Like many of us, you're probably trying to eke out the most from your food budget &mdash; and have a fun night out every now and then too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/23/appetites-cheap-eats?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:29:53 -0500 'Downton Abbey' gets a U of M medical check up An exhibit at the University of Minnesota features medical books and artifacts from the time of Downton Abbey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/22/downton-abbey-medical-stories?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:15:27 -0500 Archbishop Nienstedt's testimony in clergy abuse case to be released The four-hour deposition marked the first time Archbishop John Nienstedt has had to answer questions under oath about clergy sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis since he was appointed to its helm six years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/21/archbishop-nienstedts-sworn-testimony-to-be-released?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:25:16 -0500 Graywolf editor: Variety key to poetry winning streak Graywolf Press only puts out about 30 books a year, but is racking up an impressive list of awards for the work it publishes -- especially poetry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/16/graywolf-press-awards?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:16:10 -0500 Appetites: For all of Lake Superior's food gems, go full circle The world's largest freshwater lake is an obvious source of inland seafood, but its shoreline communities have honed a much broader food culture worth exploring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/16/appetites-lake-superior?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:39:04 -0500 Ask Dr. Hallberg: Diseases that travel the world A Minnesota man contracted Lassa fever when traveling in West Africa. He was admitted to the hospital shortly after his arrival at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport earlier this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/15/ask-dr-hallberg?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:24:01 -0500 New exhibit looks at the controversial genius of John James Audubon John James Audubon set out in the early 1800s with the goal of painting every bird of America, life-sized and in color, and then publishing his work. "Given that he was basically a shopkeeper on the American frontier, to have this idea was kind of ridiculous," said Don Luce, curator of "Audubon and the Art of Birds" running at the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum of Natural History through June 8. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/14/audubon-exhibit-bell-natural-history-museum?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:57:10 -0500 Report: Archdiocese has 'serious shortcomings' protecting children from sex abuse Concentrated power, poor oversight and communication breakdowns are among the serious shortcomings inside the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that opened the door "for some priests to harm children," a panel ordered by the archbishop said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/14/archdiocese-report?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:26:02 -0500 Appetites: Smelt are a tasty small fry For people caught between ice and open water fishing, and for Christians observing lent, the local smelt fry is easily the hottest address in town. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/09/appetites-smelt?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:24:49 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio for mobile devices Get the MPR News and MPR streaming apps for your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android mobile device. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/04/about/site/mobile?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:58:16 -0500 Road construction season's here: MnDOT unveils $1.1 billion in 2014 projects The $1.1 billion program includes 74 projects in the Twin Cities and 194 projects in Greater Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/03/news/road-work-projects?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:34:53 -0500 MNsure to announce enrollment estimates MNSure officials say they should know later Tuesday morning how many Minnesotans enrolled in health care plans by last night's deadline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/01/health/mnsure-enrollment?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 08:42:48 -0500 Appetites: Taprooms bubble up across Minn. Minnesota is in the midst of a taproom boom. Including open and soon-to-open taprooms, there are about 25 in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and many more across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/26/appetites/tap-rooms-bubble-up-across-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:33:11 -0500 Attorney of former nurse discusses client's overturned conviction The Minnesota Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a former nurse who advised several people to commit suicide over the Internet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/19/terry-watkins?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:46:50 -0500 Minnesota food culture well represented among James Beard nominees The James Beard Awards annually recognize the best in food &mdash; from restaurants to cookbooks to writing and programming &mdash; across North America. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/18/james-beard-award-nominees-from-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:48:41 -0500 Bemidji woman faces manslaughter charge in 6-year-old's hypothermia death Rachel Downer was charged in court Monday. Law officers and emergency medical personnel found the girl, Mercedes Mayfield, unresponsive outside a Bemidji apartment building last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/17/regional/bemidji-frozen-child-charges?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:53:13 -0500 Photos: St. Paul's St. Patrick's Day parade A live photo stream from downtown St. Paul's annual St. Patrick's Day parade. The march begins at noon. http://live.mprnews.org/Event/St_Patricks_Day_2014?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:34:39 -0500 The winter slog continues: Check radar and road conditions Winter storm watches and warnings are cropping up all over the state for the early part of the week, extending from late Monday night through Tuesday and into Wednesday evening in some places. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/17/the-winter-slog-continues-check-radar-and-road-conditions?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:46:07 -0500 Your Minnesota weekend: Classics, caves and saints (real and imagined) Looking for something to do this weekend? There's plenty happening around the state. A quick guide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/14/your-minnesota-weekend-classics-caves-and-saints-real-and-imagined?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:34:54 -0500 Election Day for 1,100 Minnesota townships Five counties are also holding special elections, four of which address school building bonds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/11/election-day-for-1100-minnesota-townships?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:37:57 -0500 This weekend: I-35E to close south of Little Canada The closure will last until 5 a.m. Monday, March 10. Traffic will be diverted to I-94 on the south end of the closure and I-694 on its northern end. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/07/this-weekend-i35e-to-close-south-of-little-canada?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:05:13 -0600 Green Line train derails near Capitol Crews are attempting to dig out a derailed Green Line train in downtown St. Paul. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/02/green-line-train-derails-near-capitol/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:30:12 -0600 Major winter storm blows through: One death reported, dozens of injuries, and traffic trauma Sixty-four people have been injured and one person has died on state roads and highways since Thursday afternoon as a huge winter storm made its way across Minnesota. Meanwhile, school cancellations and early storm warnings kept many people at home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/21/weather/major-winter-storm-moves-through?refid=0 Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:19:52 -0600