Minnesota Public Radio features by MPR News Staff http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31295 en-us Copyright 2016 Minnesota Public Radio Sun, 29 May 2016 18:46:52 -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 Minneapolis' vanished history: Life on Skid Row The edge of downtown Minneapolis now known as the Gateway District was once the city's Skid Row. A new book dives into the darker side of local history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/27/books-king-of-skid-row?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2016 15:07:09 -0500 A philosophical look at addiction and recovery Peg O'Connor, professor at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Paul, talks about her new book "Life on the Rocks." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/27/life-on-the-rocks?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2016 15:00:26 -0500 All the single lanes? Your guide to Twin Cities weekend road woes Heading north from the Twin Cities this Memorial Day weekend? Be patient. I-35E is down to a single lane of traffic in both directions. You'll also face single lane hassles on I-94 around Collegeville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/27/your-guide-twin-cities-memorial-day-road-construction?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2016 10:18:19 -0500 Twins suspend pitching coach after DWI arrest Minnesota Twins leaders said Thursday the team has indefinitely suspended pitching coach Neil Allen with pay after learning of a pending charge against him of driving under the influence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/26/twins-suspend-pitching-coach-after-dui-arrest?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2016 17:22:53 -0500 National Eagle Center's iconic 'ambassador' Harriet dies Beloved by school children and other visitors, Harriet helped put a national spotlight on Wabasha's eagle center and graced Minnesota's Support Our Troops license plate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/26/national-eagle-center-iconic-harriet-dies?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2016 12:29:50 -0500 Documentary: 'Voices of Hiroshima' To mark President Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima, we revisit a documentary from the 50th anniversary of the atomic bomb blast there. It features the stories of survivors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/26/documentary-voices-of-hiroshima?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:09 -0500 Appetites: The case for goat meat Author and chef Beth Dooley says goat is the most popular meat throughout the world, and it's the most sustainable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/25/appetites-beth-dooley-goat-cheese?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2016 16:54:48 -0500 Three views on international hot spots A check in with experts on three international hot spots: Brazil, Great Britain and Kenya. Topics on the docket for discussion are Zika virus fears, the ouster of Brazilian President Rousseff, the "Brexit," and the closing of the world's largest refugee camp. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/25/three-views-international?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2016 14:38:50 -0500 'Girls & Sex': What's missing from the conversation Peggy Orenstein's new book explores the modern sexual landscape for teenagers, and the mixed messages being sent by parents, peers and the media. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/25/books-girls-and-sex-peggy-orenstein?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2016 11:19:24 -0500 MPR News Special Report: Minnesota's water quality problem Minnesota is rich in water, so we don't have a supply problem. But regulators say 40 percent of Minnesota's lakes and streams are polluted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/25/mpr_news_presents?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Hallberg's Picture of Health: What's making you sneeze? It's the time of year when seasonal allergies can be especially bothersome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/24/hallberg-seasonal-allergies?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2016 16:16:51 -0500 Governor Dayton on the legislative session and work that remains Governor Mark Dayton talks about the possibility of a special session and the hectic end to the legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/24/governor-dayton?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2016 14:02:39 -0500 Bad at math? Don't tell your kids Math anxiety is a real issue for students -- and parents aren't helping the situation by throwing themselves under the mathematical bus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/24/stop-saying-youre-bad-at-math?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2016 12:46:23 -0500 Transgender politics: North Carolina's bathroom law What does North Carolina's bathroom law mean for the national discussion on transgender rights? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/24/hb2-and-transgender-rights?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2016 12:10:09 -0500 The Twin Cities new Archbishop on plans for the diocese Archbishop Bernard Hebda talks about the challenges ahead for the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, including the bankruptcy and pending lawsuits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/24/archbishop?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2016 12:04:41 -0500 Dayton slams lawmakers for snubbing U, transit, public works While applauding some moves, Gov. Mark Dayton mostly took the 2016 Legislature to task. He told reporters he's not ready to call a special session and wouldn't say what bills he'll sign or veto. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/23/dayton-slams-lawmakers-over-university-rail-public-works-snubs?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2016 15:26:58 -0500 Prairie gardening: Tips and tricks Only 2 percent of Minnesota's original prairies remain, but gardeners can create spaces for native plants and species in their own backyards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/23/prairie-gardening-tips?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2016 14:54:26 -0500 Luke Burbank on coming clean Public radio veteran Luke Burbank is the first to admit he isn't a big reader. But he's taken a cue from Hunter S. Thompson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/23/books-thread-podcast-luke-burbank?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2016 06:00:00 -0500 Wheelock Whitney dies at 89 The former Wayzata mayor and moderate Republican was heavily involved in politics, business and sports in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/20/wheelock-whitney-dies-at-age-89?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2016 15:47:22 -0500 The Okee Dokee Brothers 'Saddle Up' The Minneapolis-based Grammy-winning duo are known for their children's albums based on modes of transportation. Their newest release was inspired by a horseback journey out West. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/20/okee-dokee-brothers-saddle-up?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2016 14:59:09 -0500 What do we regret? One man sharing his regret of over 60 years inspired MPR Newscut blogger Bob Collins to talk about his own regret with listeners who shared the decisions they wish they could take back as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/20/why-do-you-regret?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2016 12:07:22 -0500 Friday Roundtable: Neuroscience NewsCut blogger Bob Collins spoke with three neuroscientists about how they got into the field, what is known about the brain and what's next the frontier of brain research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/20/neuroscience-roundtable?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2016 11:41:47 -0500 Testing Inline Audio This is a test. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/19/audio-embed-test?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2016 15:54:53 -0500 Current conditions in the arctic MPR chief meteorologist discusses the current conditions in the Arctic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/19/climatecast-arctic?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2016 15:05:33 -0500 Impact of third party candidates on presidential elections Two experts discuss the history and viability of third party candidates in presidential elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/19/third-party?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2016 14:16:56 -0500 Legislative leaders mark the final countdown of the session Legislative leaders count down to the end of session with a rundown of remaining issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/19/end-of-session?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2016 14:07:59 -0500 Status of the Prince estate bill Mitchell-Hamline law professor Sharon Sandeen talks about the Prince estate bill that stalled in the legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/19/prince-estate-bill?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2016 14:02:46 -0500 Exploring Shanghai and the 'Street of Eternal Happiness' Shanghai is home to more than 20 million people. Rob Schmitz captures the life of the city by telling the story of just one street, and his neighbors who live there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/19/books-street-of-eternal-happiness?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2016 13:27:39 -0500 Officials want north Minneapolis metal shredder permit pulled over pollution The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is pushing to revoke the air quality permit of Northern Metal Recycling, saying the firm has misled the agency and is sending "high levels" of metals into the air. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/19/mpca-says-metal-shredder-polluting-north-mpls-air?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2016 11:30:00 -0500 Minnesota sees April job surge; jobless rate stays at 3.8 percent Minnesota employers added 15,600 jobs in April, a huge monthly gain. But the state's 12-month job growth continues to lag the nation, state economic officials said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/19/mn-jobs-surge-april-jobless-rate-holds-steady?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2016 10:12:18 -0500 On water issues in Minnesota Deborah Swackhammer, co-director of the University of Minnesota's Water Resources Center, and reporters from MPR News and Iowa Public Radio discuss clean water issues across Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/18/water-issues-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2016 15:31:39 -0500 Minnesota House considers transportation MPR News host Tom Weber spoke with Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, about the transportation plans up for debate during the last days of the legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/18/rep-tim-kelley-on-transportation?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2016 15:27:32 -0500 Appetites: The Water Bar Northeast Minneapolis' Water Bar aims to share the importance and process behind getting clean tap water to your faucet, on demand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/18/appetites-water-bar?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2016 15:25:32 -0500 Jim Brandenburg's '93 Days of Spring' Minnesota photographer Jim Brandenburg's latest work featured in National Geographic Magazine tells the story of spring in 93 photographs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/17/jim-brandenburg-national-geographic?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2016 15:02:24 -0500 Hallberg's Picture of Health: Water-related diseases Water is essential to health, but when it's not clean, it can cause serious diseases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/17/hallberg-water-diseases?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2016 14:47:57 -0500 Diversity in children's books goes deeper than race "The thing I'm most fascinated by is class," said author Matt de la Pena. "I like to describe it this way: My goal is to show the beauty and grace that exists 'on the wrong side of the tracks.'" http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/17/books-last-stop-on-market-street?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2016 13:16:14 -0500 Former U coach Jerry Kill named associate AD at Kansas State Kill, a Kansas native, stepped down as head football coach at the University of Minnesota in October over health concerns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/17/jerry-kill-associate-athletic-director-kansas-state?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2016 08:39:38 -0500 Op-ed: What the 'woman card' gets you TIME Magazine's Susanna Schrobsdorff argued that the advantages of being a woman on the campaign trail are much more social than they are political. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/17/women-card-clinton?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500 'Bought and Sold': Sex trafficking in Minnesota A new American RadioWorks documentary on sex trafficking looks at what's being done in Minnesota and other parts of the country to help young victims and crack down on traffickers and buyers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/17/sex-trafficking?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Louise Erdrich on writing: 'Getting older makes you cut to the chase' Louise Erdrich's fifteenth novel opens with a brutal tragedy, and traces the ripples of the act across years and intertwined families. She spoke with Kerri Miller at The Thread Live. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/17/mpr_news_presents?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Is Hillary good for women? MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with two experts about Secretary Clinton's record and rhetoric on parental leave and equal pay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/17/clinton-women?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Fix it yourself or call an expert? Spring home repair advice Contractor Samantha J. Strong and home inspector John Trostle explain which projects homeowners can tackle themselves, and which they should leave to the experts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/16/home-repair-show?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2016 16:11:19 -0500 What does raising the minimum wage cost? Two economists weigh in on the pros and cons of raising the minimum wage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/16/15-dollar-minimum-wage?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2016 14:47:49 -0500 Lea Thau on learning to let down her guard Lea Thau knows how to get people to share their secrets. She started "The Moth Radio Hour," and she currently hosts the podcast "Strangers." But her biggest challenge may have been being honest with herself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/16/books-thread-podcast-lea-thau?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2016 06:00:00 -0500 What do labor shortages mean for Minnesota? Minnesota has a labor shortage. Employers in the restaurant industry and other sectors of the economy are having a tough time finding workers. Tom Weber talked with two guests with different perspectives on what this means for the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/13/labor-shortage?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2016 14:13:02 -0500 The surgery that changed baseball Tommy John surgery was pioneered in the 1970s to repair pitchers' arms. But now it's being used on pitchers as young as 15. Jeff Passan's book, "The Arm," explores the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/13/books-the-arm?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2016 13:09:56 -0500 The Weather Lab with Paul Huttner: Wildfire science and climate refugees On The Weather Lab this week, Paul Huttner, talks with guests about weather and wildfires. Then on Climate Cast, he discussed why the World Bank is worked about water as the global climate changes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/13/weather_lab_climate_cast?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Smelt wrestling, carp trains and other local fish tales Where did lutefisk come from? And why did Congress ship Minnesota carp by the carload? Eric Dregni's book, "Let's Go Fishing!", shares fishy trivia and traditions from around the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/12/books-lets-go-fishing?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2016 06:00:00 -0500 U of M taps Syracuse exec to lead Gopher athletics Mark Coyle, who's served as athletics director at Syracuse University, will be the University of Minnesota's new athletics director, pending Board of Regents approval. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/11/syracuse-u-exec-tapped-to-lead-u-minnesota-athletics?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2016 11:03:17 -0500 Appetites: A local revolutionary Lenny Russo has been at the forefront of the local food movement for a generation. His new cookbook collects his thinking and recipes in one place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/11/appetites-lenny-russo-heartland?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2016 11:00:00 -0500 Hallberg's Picture of Health: What do you call your doctor? A recent medical journal article argues we do away with use of the term "provider" when referring to primary care professionals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/10/hallberg-primary-care-provider-title-dispute?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2016 18:22:41 -0500 Tiger dies unexpectedly at Minnesota Zoo Nadya, an Amur tiger living at the Minnesota Zoo, died over the weekend. Zookeepers said the 3-year-old animal had seemed lethargic and was eating less. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/09/nadya-minnesota-zoo-amur-tiger-dies?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2016 17:15:59 -0500 The best books of 2016 (so far) Before the summer beach reads and big fall releases start piling up, catch up on the best books 2016 has given us. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/09/books-best-of-2016-so-far?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2016 12:40:00 -0500 Viet Thanh Nguyen on hiding in plain sight Viet Thanh Nguyen, who just won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel "The Sympathizer," shares how Ralph Ellison inspired him to become a writer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/09/books-viet-thanh-nguyen-thread-podcast?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Hottest place in the U.S. is ... Two Harbors? Minnesota's North Shore on Friday morning became the nation's hottest geography, with Two Harbors hitting 90 degrees, the Twin Cities National Weather Service office said. But don't sweat it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/06/two-harbors-minn-hottest-place-in-us?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2016 12:48:50 -0500 I-494 ramp, lane closures top Twin Cities weekend road woes There are lots of "closed until" references in the latest road closings map, including one important for anglers heading for the Wisconsin fishing opener. Here's your weekend road construction guide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/06/weekend-road-construction-closures?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2016 11:00:56 -0500 Appetites: Talking Minnesota food with a James Beard winner Chef Raghavan Iyer joined Appetites to about the evolution in Minnesota's food culture since moving here in the 1980s and his award-winning video series. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/04/appetites-raghavan-iyer-indian-curries?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2016 17:58:22 -0500 U.S. attorney, DEA joining probe into Prince's death The U.S. attorney for Minnesota and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration say they are joining the investigation into the death of Prince and will bring expertise about "prescription drug diversion." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/04/npr-feds-joining-probe-into-prince-death?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2016 15:35:14 -0500 What music albums are essential to you? Our colleagues at 89.3 The Current crowd-sourced a list of 893 essential albums. Here's a sneak peek of some of the selections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/04/893-essential-albums?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2016 13:48:02 -0500 Attorney: Prince was to meet drug addiction expert day he died "The hope was to get him stabilized in Minnesota" and get him to a California rehab center, an attorney for the center's founder said Wednesday. Help didn't arrive in time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/04/prince-sought-out-drug-rehab-experts-day-before-death?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2016 12:51:18 -0500 Counter Stories: On voter disenfranchisement In this conversation, the hosts explored what it means to celebrate cultural holidays like Cinco de Mayo, and discussed the community anger over voter disenfranchisement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/04/counter-stories?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2016 11:52:25 -0500 KARE's Belinda Jensen pens children's books to take the worry out of weather She's created a book series called "Bel the Weather Girl" to help kids understand the science behind tornadoes, clouds and thunderstorms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/04/books-belinda-jensen-pens-bel-the-weather-girl-book-series?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2016 05:00:00 -0500 Hallberg's Picture of Health: What's our goal for care? Questioning what health care should accomplish is a tricky, complicated thing to do. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/03/hallberg-goal-of-health-care?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2016 16:07:00 -0500 A spare and suspenseful novel of family drama "Shelter," Jung Yun's debut novel, follows a young couple who find themselves underwater in their mortgage and their marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/03/books-shelter-jung-yun?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2016 12:53:20 -0500 Bachelor Farmer chef wins James Beard award for best in Midwest Paul Berglund of Minneapolis' Bachelor Farmer won the prestigious James Beard award for best chef in the Midwest on Monday night in New York City. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/02/james-beard-best-midwest-chef-bachelor-farmer-paul-berglund?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2016 19:20:07 -0500 R.T. Rybak named CEO and president of The Minneapolis Foundation The former mayor of Minneapolis will lead the 100-year-old institution. With his appointment, the foundation hopes to steer more support to help address racial and economic disparities in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/02/rt-rybak-named-ceo-president-minneapolis-foundation?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2016 15:31:04 -0500 Babies on board: Minnesota troopers make 2 roadside deliveries Two troopers gave roadside assistance a whole new meaning this weekend, the Minnesota State Patrol said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/02/minnesota-troopers-deliver-2-roadside-babies?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2016 14:25:12 -0500 Retirement: How to start saving When it comes to retirement, many Americans are unprepared. Two personal finance professionals shared their tips for starting to save. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/02/americans-are-unprepared-for-retirment?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2016 12:46:10 -0500 Hiker hanging onto tree rescued on Barn Bluff in Red Wing The hiker had apparently fallen or stumbled from a higher trail. The person was not injured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/02/hiker-rescued-from-red-wing-barn-bluff?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2016 07:51:55 -0500 Steven Johnson on his hidden influencer Author and television host Steven Johnson explains the debt he owes to Michael Pollan's bestselling book, "The Botany of Desire." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/02/books-thread-podcast-steven-johnson?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2016 04:00:00 -0500 'A Good Time for the Truth': What it's like to be a person of color in Minnesota In a new book, "A Good Time for the Truth," 16 local writers reflect on what it is like to be a person of color in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/29/books-good-time-for-truth?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:25:23 -0500 Minnesota state parks opening all campsites to reservations The policy change means hundreds of previously "first come, first served" state park campsites will become reservable starting next week, the DNR said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/29/minnesota-state-parks-make-all-campsites-reservable?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:50:11 -0500 Friday Roundtable: The week in politics It was a raucous week in politics. A former GOP delegate, a current DFL superdelegate and a political scientist join us to look at this week's news on the campaign trail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/29/friday-roundtable-politics?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:30:44 -0500 Poetry Friday: Fifth and final To celebrate National Poetry Month, The Thread is sharing a collection of poetry from local presses every Friday in April. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/29/books-poetry-friday-five?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:42:19 -0500 St. Paul Mayor Coleman talks about the state of the city St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman joined Tom Weber in the studio to talk about all things St. Paul. They covered safety, downtown development, parking, and many other issues affecting the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/28/coleman?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:36:04 -0500 Tracing America's 'opiate epidemic' This epidemic is different than the crack cocaine epidemic in the 1980s and early 1990s, said author Sam Quinones. His book "Dreamland" explores the roots of the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/28/books-dreamland-quinones?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:20:18 -0500 From Ebola to Zika: What we're learning about global health crises The medical director for Partners in Health explains what she -- and the world's medical establishment -- learned from the response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa, and whether it's useful in responding to the dangers of the Zika virus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/27/from-ebola-to-zika-how-to-respond-to-global-health-crises?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:17:35 -0500 The architectural treasures of Minnesota Victoria Young, a professor of modern architectural history at University of St. Thomas takes us on a journey by looking at the changing landscape of Minneapolis downtown, revealing history behind everyday sights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/27/architecture-minnesota-history-victoria-young?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:53:57 -0500 Water around the world: Three views From the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan to the booming cities of China to desalinization plants in Israel, water controversies are global. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/27/water-around-the-world?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:33:43 -0500 How to talk to your aging parents about money The best financial planning starts early. Being left with unanswered questions and unknown finances when a parent falls ill or dies can complicate an already painful experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/27/how-to-talk-to-aging-parents-about-finances?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:25:56 -0500 Report: Minn. HIV/AIDS cases jump among drug abusers, minorities Minnesota's count of 2015 HIV/AIDS diagnoses stayed about the same as 2014, but data show a worrisome shift toward needle drug abusers and people of color, including African-born women, Minnesota officials said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/27/mn-hiv-aids-cases-jump-among-drug-abusers-minorities?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:16:05 -0500 Cray pulling up St. Paul stakes for Mall of America Ending weeks of speculation, Cray Inc. said Tuesday it will move its St. Paul offices along with some 350 employees into a newly built office complex at the Mall of America. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/26/cray-pulling-up-st-paul-stakes-for-mall-of-america?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:26:12 -0500 Walking the waterways to raise awareness Sharon Day leads water walks across the country, including in Minnesota, her home state. To raise awareness about pollution, she walked the length of the Mississippi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/26/sharon-day-water-walks?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:03:56 -0500 Hallberg's Picture of Health: Picking the right doctor It can be tricky to find the right doctor and avoid the bad ones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/26/hallberg-picking-the-right-doctor?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:35:06 -0500 Perspectives on the 'Acela' primaries Five Eastern states hold presidential primaries today. Listen to analysis and perspective from a journalist and two political scientists out East. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/26/eastern-primaries?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:02:09 -0500 Can deradicalization programs reform 'would be' terrorists? With four Twin Cities men facing federal terrorism charges, U.S. District Judge Michael Davis is hoping that Germany's de-radicalization program will provide some solutions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/26/deradicalization-program?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:01:45 -0500 As I Lay Trying: How to read William Faulkner "Believe me, when it comes to finding Faulkner difficult, we've all been there," writes Christopher Rieger, director of the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/26/books-advice-for-reading-william-faulkner?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Can politicians really bring jobs "back" to the U.S.? Candidates for president talk a lot about job creation -- and blame each other for job loses. But many factors are beyond the reach of government. Two experts explain how jobs are gained and lost in the modern economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/25/can-politicians-really-bring-jobs-back-to-the-us?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:43:01 -0500 Political Junkie: Pennsylvania, VP speculation and two good books Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie, lays out the stakes in Pennsylvania's primary and takes a question about a summer reading list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/25/political-junkie-pennsylvania-vp-speculation-and-two-good-books?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:27:49 -0500 Police: Waseca historic ballfield fire likely arson Police in Waseca said Monday the fire that destroyed part of a historic ball field earlier this month was intentionally set. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/25/historic-ballpark-fire-intentionally-set?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:23:48 -0500 A great American novel about a great American crisis Angela Flournoy's debut novel, "The Turner House," follows the fate of a family home on Detroit's East Side during the foreclosure crisis in 2008. The book was a finalist for the National Book Award. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/25/books-turner-house-angela-flournoy?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:35:15 -0500 Aparna Nancherla on finding her voice Aparna Nancherla has a made a career of telling jokes, but her tastes in literature run toward the serious. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/25/book-aparna-nancherla-thread-podcast?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Baby dino bones give insight on ancient species The bones come from a baby titanosaur, or Rapetosaurus. They were huge dinosaurs that grew to over 50 feet long. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/22/baby-titanosaur-bones?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:38:17 -0500 Highway 100 closure tops Twin Cities weekend road woes Yes, Minnesota Highway 100 closes in both directions this weekend in the west metro. But other hassles await Twin Cities drivers. Here's your guide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/22/highway-100-closure-tops-twin-cities-weekend-road-woes?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:32:37 -0500 Sheriff: Prince died alone; no signs of trauma, suicide Prince was alone at his Paisley Park studios when he died Thursday and there were no signs of violence or suicide, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said Friday. Autopsy results may take weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/22/sheriff-prince-died-alone-no-signs-trauma-suicide?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2016 16:03:26 -0500 Fans share their favorite Prince memories What's your favorite memory of the Minnesota music legend? Listeners shared their favorite songs and favorite moments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/22/fans-share-favorite-prince-memories?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:37:01 -0500 Friday Roundtable: The evolution of Prince Three local music experts break down what shaped Prince's revolutionary sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/22/prince-roundtable?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:23:29 -0500 A Prince dance party, and other arts events not to miss this weekend First Avenue will throw open its doors this weekend for all-night dance parties. Catch theater, film and music happenings across the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/22/arts-events-not-to-miss-this-weekend?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:29:52 -0500 The legacy of 'Purple Rain' lives on On the 30th anniversary of "Purple Rain," MPR News and The Current produced a documentary on how the movie put Minneapolis on the music map. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/22/prince-purple-rain-documentary?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:12:13 -0500 Photos: Prince fans party all night long at First Avenue Thursday night, fans gathered at First Avenue for an all-night dance party in honor of the music icon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/22/prince-fans-party-all-night-first-avenue?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2016 07:33:27 -0500 Encounters with Prince: Friends, fans and colleagues Local Prince stories abound: From his basketball days at Bryant Junior High to his move back to Minnesota after years away, stories of Prince encounters at the drugstore, at venues around town and at the last-minute concerts he's hosted at his Paisley Park studios are everywhere. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/22/prince-encounters?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2016 04:44:58 -0500 Poetry Friday: Take a (line) break To celebrate National Poetry Month, The Thread is sharing a collection of poetry from local presses every Friday in April. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/22/books-poetry-friday-four?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2016 01:36:05 -0500 Study: Tooth decay greater among low-income Minnesota kids State health officials Thursday revealed some stark differences between the dental health of kids at schools serving mostly low-income kids and those serving kids from mostly higher income families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/21/tooth-decay-greater-among-low-income-minnesota-kids?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:03:04 -0500 Fans, famous mourn Prince's death Minnesota pop music icon Prince, 57, was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park studios in Chanhassen. Tributes poured in almost immediately as the news ricocheted around the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/21/officials-death-investigation-at-prince-paisley-park?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:26:10 -0500 How should schools handle violence Teachers in Minnesota and across the country are talking about the need to rethink our approach to school safety. Two education experts shared their thoughts on the current climate and what can be done. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/21/how-schools-handle-violence?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:51:43 -0500 'Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War' In 1914, miners in the Rockefeller-owned Colorado coal fields clashed with the state militia and dozens of men, women and children were killed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/20/mpr_news_presents?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Battling opioid addiction on the reservation Bob Shimek, who leads the Red Lives Matter movement, joined All Things Considered to talk about how Minnesota's opioid epidemic is hitting Native American communities especially hard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/19/battling-opioid-addiction-native-american-communities?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:53:16 -0500 Happy 125th birthday, Itasca State Park The 32,000-acre park at the headwaters of the Mississippi became Minnesota's first state park when the legislature established it on April 20, 1891. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/19/itasca-state-park-turns-125?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 14:05:20 -0500 When two is the loneliest number: Isle Royale wolf population drops again Neither of the remaining wolves are good candidates for breeding, according to Phyllis Green, the superintendent of Isle Royale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/19/isle-royale-wolf-population-down-to-two?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:08:34 -0500 A tender and witty view of life on a family farm Jane Hamilton's new novel, "The Excellent Lombards," explores life on a family-run apple orchard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/19/books-the-excellent-lombards?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:35:48 -0500 Can a Trump and Clinton supporter share the same bed? Research suggests that Americans are less and less willing to marry someone from a different party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/19/politically-mixed-marriages?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Hallberg's Picture of Health: Opioids The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now telling doctors to stop prescribing the addictive pain-killers for long-term pain management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/18/hallberg-opioids-cdc-recommendation?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 18:14:50 -0500 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners in literature: The Thread interviews The 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced this afternoon. Catch up with the award-winning books. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/18/books-2016-pulitzer-winners?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:35:46 -0500 How a diverse electorate is shaping the political landscape The 2016 electorate will be the most diverse it has ever been. Nearly one-third of eligible voters are people of color. Two political scientists discussed how these demographics are shaping the discourse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/18/diversity-in-the-2016-election?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:24:30 -0500 A mother reflects on the dangers of distracted driving Robert Brau would have turned 23 this year. Instead, his mother Donna Brau will be marking the second anniversary of his death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/18/dangers-of-distracted-driving?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:55:49 -0500 Battling depression with 'Reasons to Stay Alive' "It's the biggest cliché in the world to talk about time healing, but it's also the truest," said Matt Haig. His new book details his struggles with depression. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/18/books-reasons-to-stay-alive?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:51:28 -0500 Roman Mars on wanting to want less On the first episode of The Thread podcast, Roman Mars talks about the fictional character he hated so much, it drove him a new direction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/18/books-thread-podcast-roman-mars?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 10:55:04 -0500 Photos: In quake-devastated Ecuador, loss piles up amid the rubble A 7.8-magnitude earthquake left a trail of ruin along Ecuador's normally placid Pacific Ocean coast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/18/photos-earthquake-devastated-ecuador-hundreds-dead-thousands-homeless?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:30:00 -0500 Climate Cast: Why Minnesota corporations are greening up MPR chief meteorologist Paul Huttner asks representatives from a cross-section of Minnesota Fortune 500 companies why they're going green and how it's hitting their bottom line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/15/climate-cast-why-minnesota-corporations-are-greening-up?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 17:16:28 -0500 The Weather Lab: How meteorologists predict severe weather For Severe Weather Awareness Week, three experts reflect on the difficulty of predicting extreme weather events. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/15/how-meteorologists-predict-severe-weather?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:18:11 -0500 Ideas for the future of Minnesota's Iron Range Community members from northern Minnesota shared their visions for remaking the area's economy at a forum in Hibbing, Minn. on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/15/the-future-of-minnesotas-iron-range-forum?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:36:23 -0500 Poetry Friday: Third time's the charm To celebrate National Poetry Month, The Thread is sharing a collection of poetry from local presses every Friday in April. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/15/poetry-friday-take-three?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 U.S. Rep. Nolan pushes to declassify secret 9/11 documents The Minnesota Congressman has seen classified documents that reportedly describe who likely financed the terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/14/congressman-rick-nolan-pushes-declassify-9-11-commission-documents?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:38:18 -0500 A new spin on 'Cyrano,' and four other arts events not to miss this weekend Theater Latte Da presents a musical reinvention of a big-nosed classic, a murdered poet is remembered through flamenco, and the Minneapolis St. Paul Film Festival continues with more movies than you can possibly watch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/14/five-weekend-arts-events-not-to-miss?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:33:47 -0500 Counter Stories: The burden to provide background The Counter Stories hosts discuss when and how they feel a burden to provide historical and cultural background on issues when speaking with people outside their communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/14/counter-stories?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:04:46 -0500 Minnesota March jobless rate holds at 3.7%; businesses cut 2,900 jobs While officials called the long-term trends positive, the state's year-over-year rate of job growth continued to lag the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/14/minnesota-march-jobless-rate-businesses-cut-jobs?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:03:59 -0500 The untapped potential of non-voters Forty percent of Americans don't vote, according to Ellen Shearer, author of "Nonvoters: America's No-Shows." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/14/non-voters-election?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Appetites: Is downtown Minneapolis in an independent-restaurant massacre? The list of critically acclaimed eateries that have closed up shop in the state's biggest city continues to grow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/13/appetites-downtown-minneapolis-restaurants-closing?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:24:03 -0500 Study: Many Minnesotans face long trips to buy fresh food Some 30 percent of Minnesotans don't have easy access to a full-service grocery store, a troubling fact that puts the state among the worst in the nation, researchers said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/13/many-minnesotans-face-long-trips-to-buy-fresh-food?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:51:52 -0500 Reforming the presidential primary system With record turn-out in many states, including Minnesota, the faults with the primary election system were on display. Two experts talk about the problems and possible solutions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/13/primary-reform?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:13:17 -0500 How to cover a presidential race Caren Bohan, the deputy U.S. elections editor for Reuters, discusses politics, elections and the logistics of covering the 2016 race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/13/broadcast-journalist-series-caren-bohan?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:46:41 -0500 How to make an unlikeable character likeable Genius and addiction clash in Ethan Canin's new novel, "A Doubter's Almanac." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/13/books-ethan-canin-doubters-almanac?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:07:32 -0500 Hallberg's Picture of Health: The open-notes movement A new movement called OpenNotes proposes that doctors open their personal notes so patients can read what they have to say about their individual health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/12/hallberg-opennotes-philosophy?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:55:01 -0500 Unpacking the experience of Korean-American adoptees Minnesota has more Korean-American adoptees per capita than any other state. Kim Park Nelson's new book, "Invisible Asians," explores the adult adoptee experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/12/books-invisible-asians?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:47:07 -0500 Krista Tippett: You don't have to be old to be wise What does it mean to be wise? Krista Tippett, the creator of "On Being," discusses her new book "Becoming Wise." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/12/mpr_news_presents?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:00:00 -0500 Do you have a favorite Shakespeare sonnet? Many people can recite a line or two or twenty from William Shakespeare, but the man himself remains a mystery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/12/books-shakespeare-sonnets?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2016 11:44:01 -0500 The US role in the refugee crisis "One of the challenges is that everyone has a different agenda," said Nancy Lindborg about why it is so hard for different countries to unite against ISIS. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/12/nancy-lindborg?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:52:33 -0500 Why the Pope's Lesbos visit matters Pope Francis will visit the Greek island of Lesbos on the 16th of April. Kerri Miller talks with a religion reporter about the visit's significance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/12/pope-francis-lesbos?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:45:52 -0500 Op-ed: It's time to reform a damaged Fed The U of M's Larry Jacobs argues that the Federal Reserve showed both its power and its flaws during the Great Recession and that it's time to turn it into a stronger central bank to help weather the next crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/12/oped-its-time-to-reform-a-damaged-fed?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Retiring lawmakers reflect on their time at Legislature There has been a wave of retirement announcements from state lawmakers over the past several months. MPR News host Tom Weber spoke with Rep. Ann Lenczewski (DFL-Bloomington), and Sen. Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen), about their tenure in the state legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/11/retiring-lawmakers?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:11:56 -0500 How North Korea became the world's longest-lasting totalitarian state Blaine Harden's new book weaves together the lives of Kim Il-sung and No Kum-sok -- the Supreme Leader and a famous defector. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/11/books-great-leader-fighter-pilot?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:43:17 -0500 Political Junkie: Boston Globe, convention math and Paul Ryan This week's chat with the Political Junkie covered the Boston Globe's satirical front page, the elbows candidates are throwing ahead of New York's primary, and whether Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is running for anything in particular these days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/11/political-junkie-new-york-convention-math-and-paul-ryan?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:05:09 -0500 2015 a record year for sexually transmitted diseases in Minnesota Increases in chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are a disturbing trend, state officials said Monday. The data show troubling racial and ethnic disparities among the 26,000 diagnosed STD cases last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/11/mn-sexually-transmitted-disease-record-2015?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:56:39 -0500 Is baseball changing for the better? Will changes to the sport bring in new fans? Or alienate loyal ones? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/11/is-baseball-changing-for-the-better?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 10:44:46 -0500 Mesabi Daily News editor on booms and busts along the Iron Range Editor Bill Hanna shared his perspective on the current downturn, and offered a little context: He began his work in newspapers in the middle of an earlier downturn on the Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/11/iron-range-bill-hanna-mesabi-daily-news?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:00:00 -0500 Mpls. daycare operators charged with fraudulently billing the state Two executives with a Minneapolis child care facility has been charged with theft by swindle in bilking the state of Minnesota of at least $103,527, according to charges released by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/10/mpls-daycare-operators-charged-with-fraudulently-billing-the-state?refid=0 Sun, 10 Apr 2016 19:15:00 -0500 Pigeons: Majestic creatures? Urban wildlife has bad reputation, whether it's pigeons, squirrels, crows or raccoons. In "Unseen City," Nathanael Johnson uncovers the "discreet charm" of the animals we dismiss. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/08/books-unseen-city?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:15:32 -0500 Ira Glass on 'Reinventing Radio' Ira Glass will be in Minneapolis on Saturday for his show, "Reinventing Radio," in which he pulls back the curtain on "This American Life" episodes are made. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/08/ira-glass-reinventing-radio?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2016 13:56:29 -0500 Suspect charged in Cathedral Hill homicide The man suspected in killing a young law clerk in an office above W.A. Frost restaurant has been charged with second-degree murder, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/08/stpaul-homicide-suspect-arrested?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2016 06:57:32 -0500 Humor, heart, and twirling batons: Kate DiCamillo delivers a new novel for young readers Ten-year-old Raymie Clarke decides the only way to bring her dad home again is to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/08/books-kate-dicamillo-raymie-nightingale?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2016 06:00:00 -0500 Poetry Friday: Take a (line) break To celebrate National Poetry Month, The Thread is sharing a collection of poetry from local presses every Friday in April. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/08/books-poetry-friday-two?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Vikings to host Chargers Aug. 28 in new stadium's first NFL game The team's U.S. Bank Stadium era kicks off with a noon preseason game against San Diego in late August followed by a Sept. 1 game against the Los Angeles Rams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/07/vikings-host-chargers-in-first-new-stadium-game?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2016 16:04:02 -0500 BCA details latest officer-involved Mpls. police shooting State authorities Thursday named the Minneapolis officers involved in Monday's fatal confrontation with a suspect police say was shot while stabbing another man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/07/bca-details-latest-mpls-police-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:35:20 -0500 State GOP chair: Delegate selection matters more than ever this year For years, the nominee has won on the first ballot when delegates are required to vote for a specific candidate. But with possible contested conventions, votes on subsequent ballots could change the race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/07/why-presidential-delegates-matter-so-much-this-year?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2016 08:12:07 -0500 Climate Cast: Why isn't climate change a bigger campaign issue? Two climate experts discuss why candidates and the media aren't making climate change a bigger focus of the presidential campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/07/climate-cast-why-isnt-climate-change-a-bigger-campaign-issue?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500 The pivotal role of women in the 2016 election Women are playing a pivotal role in this year's presidential election in many ways. Two experts talk about the role of women in politics, both as voters and as candidates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/06/women-in-politics?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:16:17 -0500 Native American ten-minute play festival gets underway The National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival gets underway this week at the Bedlam Lowertown in St. Paul. Tom Weber talked with Rhiana Yazzie, artistic director of the New Native Theater, which is putting on the festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/05/native-festival?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2016 15:16:25 -0500 'Pothole Confidential': R.T. Rybak's memoirs from the mayor's office "I wrote this book because I wanted to write a super honest look -- warts and all, including my own warts," former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said of his memoir. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/05/books-r-t-rybak-pothole-confidential-memoir?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2016 13:55:13 -0500 Assessing Obama's foreign policy Over the two terms he's held office, President Obama has developed a doctrine on foreign policy that is a stark departure from his predecessors. An emeritus professor and journalist discussed what that doctrine is and what it means for his eventual successor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/05/obama-foreign-policy?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2016 12:46:22 -0500 One dead in multi-vehicle rush hour crash on I-94 The fatal crash closed eastbound Interstate 94 near where it intersects with Highway 280 for part of Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/04/highway-94-crash?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2016 18:24:46 -0500 NAACP demands new probe of Jamar Clark police shooting The Minneapolis NAACP head wants a special prosecutor. The woman who was injured the night Clark was shot disputed the prosecutor's narrative justifying the shooting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/04/naacp-calls-for-new-jarmar-clark-police-shooting-probe?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2016 12:31:14 -0500 How reliable is eyewitness testimony? "People have always known that it's hard to remember the faces of strangers, and that there are problems with eyewitness memory," said Brandon Garrett, law professor at the University of Virginia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/04/how-reliable-is-eyewitness-testimony?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2016 10:49:07 -0500 Farm income takes a hit Minnesota farm income dropped to a 20-year low in 2015, according to an analysis released last week by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the University of Minnesota Extension. Tom Weber talked with Kent Thiesse, a farm management analyst at MinnStar Bank in Lake Crystal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/05/farm-prices?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Highlights from the metro area spelling bee Several Minnesota students are headed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. next month. Tom Weber hosted this year's Metro Area Regional Spelling Bee. We broadcast highlights of the event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/05/spelling-bee?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500 St. Paul police investigating homicide Police on Monday identified the victim as Gracson Simmons, 42, of St. Paul and said the medical examiner's office determined he died of a gunshot wound and ruled it a homicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/03/st-paul-police-are-investigating-a-suspicious-death?refid=0 Sun, 03 Apr 2016 14:30:00 -0500 Governor bans nonessential travel to North Carolina Gov. Dayton says North Carolina's law limiting protections for LGBT men and women violates Minnesota's values and laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/02/governor-bans-nonessential-travel-to-north-carolina?refid=0 Sat, 02 Apr 2016 10:45:00 -0500 'Putin Country': The realities of Russia Anne Garrels's new book focuses on Chelyabinsk, a small polluted town a thousand miles east of Moscow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/01/books-anne-garrels-putin-country?refid=0 Fri, 01 Apr 2016 14:58:52 -0500 Friday Roundtable: A young doctor confronts his own death Paul Kalanithi was in his final year of a neurosurgery residency when he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. His memoir asks: What makes life worth living in the face of death? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/01/books-when-breath-becomes-air?refid=0 Fri, 01 Apr 2016 13:00:13 -0500 Poetry Friday: Dip your toe in April 1 marks the beginning of National Poetry Month. Every Friday in April, The Thread will share a collection of poetry from local presses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/01/books-poetry-friday?refid=0 Fri, 01 Apr 2016 10:21:29 -0500 Minnesota Civil Rights-era activist responds to Jamar Clark decision "My heart and prayers are with Jamar Clark's family and with the community," Josie Johnson said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/31/josie-johnson-responds-to-jamar-clark-decision?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:54:41 -0500 The politics of tax inversions This election season, tax inversions have bubbled to the top as a contentious issue on both sides of the political spectrum. Two business leaders dug into the complexities and underlying issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/31/tax-inversions?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:51:32 -0500 How high eviction rates are shaking the country Matthew Desmond embedded himself in Milwaukee, Wis., neighborhoods for over a year to understand the economic and emotional realities of losing your home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/31/books-evicted?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:14:27 -0500 Will climate change open up the Arctic to tourism? Both commercial vessels and tourist ships may take advantage of newly accessible passageways in the Arctic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/31/climate-cast-arctic-tourism?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:40:27 -0500 'The Violet Hour': How famous writers confronted death Katie Roiphe's new book explores how influential thinkers like Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud and Maurice Sendak spent their final hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/31/books-the-violet-hour?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:03:16 -0500 No charges for officers in Jamar Clark case. Now what? Many of the players in the drama that has unfolded since Jamar Clark was shot by police in those early hours of Nov. 15 have different ideas about what happens now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/31/jamar-clark-case-what-next?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Photos: Protesters take to the streets after Jamar Clark decision Several groups protested in Minneapolis Wednesday after Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced he would not charge the two police officers who fatally shot Jamar Clark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/30/photos-protests-after-jamar-clark-decision?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:19:22 -0500 No charges in Jamar Clark case: Analysis, reaction Following Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman's announcement that he would not be charging the officers involved in the shooting death of Jamar Clark, attorneys, community members and Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges respond. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/30/special-coverage-jamar-clark?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 17:20:03 -0500 Takeaways from the GOP Town Hall Aaron Blake of the Washington Post and Samara Klar from the University of Arizona share their insight from the GOP town hall in Milwaukee, Wis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/30/gop-town-hall-reaction?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:55:16 -0500 What should you do about a bad boss? Job search strategist Amy Lindgren shares strategies for handling neglectful or toxic bosses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/30/tips-for-dealing-with-bosses?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:30:40 -0500 Prosecutor won't charge cops in Jamar Clark shooting DNA and other evidence showed Minneapolis police officers were justified using deadly force during the 61 second confrontation, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. Clark supporters immediately cast doubt on the prosecutor's account. Some took to the streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/30/prosecutor-no-charges-cops-in-jamar-clark-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:10:50 -0500 Decision today on charges against cops in Jamar Clark shooting Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman will announce his decision at 10:30 a.m. on whether two Minneapolis police officers will face charges in the Nov. 15 shooting death of Jamar Clark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/30/decision-today-charges-against-cops-clark-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:47:30 -0500 Viewing violence as a public health issue What if the homicide rate was treated with the same approach as tobacco use or heart disease? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/29/violence-as-public-health-issue?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:32:02 -0500 Op-Ed: Bush would have chosen Merrick Garland A former legal adviser to President George W. Bush says Merrick Garland would have been an excellent Supreme Court choice for a Republican president, too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/29/oped-bush-would-have-chosen-merrick-garland?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:14:28 -0500 Presidential hopefuls weigh in on national security after Brussels Bombings in Brussels last week left 35 people dead, more than 300 injured and reignited fears about potential terror attacks around the world. MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with two national security experts about viability of presidential hopefuls' counterterrorism plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/29/presidential-hopefuls-weigh-in-on-security?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2016 13:45:55 -0500 That baby squirrel may not actually need your help Phil Jenni, executive director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota, answered listener questions on how to help injured animals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/28/tips-for-helping-wildlife?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2016 14:03:45 -0500 Is Sen. Al Franken the logical choice for vice president? Political writer Bill Scher explains his theory on why the comedian-turned-senator should be Hillary Clinton's running mate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/28/the-case-for-al-franken-as-vice-president?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:06:51 -0500 Decision in Clark case expected this week Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is expected to announce whether two police officers involved in the shooting death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark last November will face criminal charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/28/jamar-clark-decision-expected-this-week?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2016 08:50:41 -0500 Is climate change affecting fishing in Minnesota? Big, shallow lakes like Mille Lacs can be more sensitive to temperature changes than deeper lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/25/climate-cast-fishing?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2016 15:51:30 -0500 Friday Roundtable: Three college presidents Three college presidents share their views on graduation rates for non-white students, rising tuition and other hot-button topics they deal with each day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/25/friday-roundtable-college-presidents?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2016 14:27:36 -0500 Metro Transit police use training, policy changes to address bias After an internal review found racial discrimination in citations versus warnings, Metro Transit Police are undergoing bias training and have implemented policies for first-time fare evaders http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/25/metro-transit-police-harrington?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:49:37 -0500 The Weather Lab with Paul Huttner: Same data, different forecasts This week on the Weather Lab, MPR chief meteorologist Paul Huttner pulled back the curtain on weather modeling and why different agencies can get such different forecasts out of the same underlying weather data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/25/the-weather-lab-with-paul-huttner-same-data-different-forecasts?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Small steps you can take to improve your financial outlook Financial adviser Ruth Hayden shares tips for everything from student debt to starter homes to retirement savings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/24/small-change-financial-tips?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2016 15:35:15 -0500 How philanthropy is changing in Minnesota Listen in on a conversation between three women who lead major philanthropic organizations in Minnesota and are stepping down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/24/philanthropy-leaders?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:37:18 -0500 Photos: A snowy start to spring in southern Minn. A spring snowstorm Wednesday socked southern Minnesota, with some places getting nearly a foot of snow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/24/photo-gallery-spring-snowstorm-southern-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2016 07:26:16 -0500 The real lives of the Twelve Apostles Their names are famous: Peter, Matthew, Thomas, John. But who were the men that became known as the apostles of Jesus? Tom Bissell chases that question in his new book, "Apostle." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/23/books-apostle-travels-among-the-tombs-of-the-twelve?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2016 13:05:22 -0500 Photos: Terrorist bombings strike Brussels "What we feared has happened: We were hit by blind attacks," Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel said Tuesday. Two bombs exploded during rush hour at the international airport and another hit a metro station. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/22/photos-photos-terrorist-bombings-strike-brussels?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2016 10:20:00 -0500 How being busy became a badge of honor How busy is your day? Ann Burnett, a professor at North Dakota State University, studies the modern fast-paced lifestyle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/21/the-drive-to-be-busy?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 14:14:50 -0500 The future of U.S.-Cuba relations Two experts on Cuban history and politics look ahead to the future of U.S.-Cuba relations as restrictions on trade and travel are lifted after decades of mistrust. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/21/us-cuba-relations?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 14:08:45 -0500 Warm weather brings Minnesota bears out early, DNR warns State conservation officials say they're already getting bear calls because of the early spring. They're urging Minnesotans who live near bear territory to check their property for food sources that could attract the critters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/21/warm-spring-brings-minnesota-bears-out-early?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 13:43:27 -0500 Music appreciation in the age of robot DJs Mobile technology and music streaming services have given listeners more power than ever over their listening choices. "So what are we going to do with it?" asks music critic Ben Ratliff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/21/books-every-song-ever?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 13:02:21 -0500 DNR: Mille Lacs walleye catch-release only; no live bait There will be no walleye keepers this spring on Lake Mille Lacs. In a stunning move, state conservation officials on Monday banned keeping walleye to try and boost the lake's struggling fishery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/21/dnr-mille-lacs-walleye-season-catch-release-only?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:55:00 -0500 What does the Jamar Clark grand jury decision mean for Minnesota? What does the Hennepin County decision mean for Minnesota going forward? MPR News spoke with Derik Fettig, an assistant teaching professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law former assistant U.S. Attorney in California on the use of grand juries in police shooting cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/17/grand-jury-jamar-clark-analysis?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2016 17:43:48 -0500 Mental health remains top public health issue at U of M "Mental health continues to be the number one public health issue on campus," according to a recent survey on the Twin Cities campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/15/mental-health-on-campus?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:17:34 -0500 'Indentured': On the mistreatment of college athletes "All the adults are getting rich, and yet the athletes get nothing," said Joe Nocera, a sports business columnist for the New York Times. "To me, that is fundamentally exploitative and wrong." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/15/books-indentured-rebellion-against-ncaa?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:45:20 -0500 Authoritarian voters and the rise of Donald Trump How do you explain Donald Trump's meteoric rise? The answer may lie with a particular group of people identified by political scientists as authoritarian voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/14/authoritarian-voters-and-trumps-appeal?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:07:06 -0500 Highway 100 hassles: Road closing overnight Tuesday Minnesota's orange cone season is back. MnDOT says Minnesota Highway 100 will close in both directions in the west metro from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/14/highway-100-hassles-road-closing-overnight-tuesday?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 12:35:12 -0500 Klobuchar, Emmer to join Obama on visit to Cuba Klobuchar is the lead Senate sponsor of legislation to lift the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba. Emmer is leading a similar effort in the House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/14/klobuchar-emmer-join-obama-cuba-visit?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 05:49:51 -0500 How can we improve teacher job satisfaction? Nathan Eklund, author of "How Was Your Day at School?: Improving Dialogue about Teacher Job Satisfaction," spoke with MPR's Tom Weber. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/13/teacher-satisfaction?refid=0 Sun, 13 Mar 2016 13:07:10 -0500 3M unveils $150M research and development lab in Maplewood Company officials say the lab will bring together scientists and researchers to come up with new products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/11/3m-unveils-research-development-lab-maplewood?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2016 15:15:20 -0600 'Streetfight': How American streets can change for the better Countries around the world are making significant investments in bike-friendly and pedestrian-friendly streets. Can the U.S. keep up? Janette Sadik-Khan, author of 'Streetfight,' shares her ideas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/11/books-streetfight-city-infrastructure?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:51:11 -0600 Is the war on invasive species really worth fighting? The country is at war with plants and fish and other species that have spread beyond their original environments. But "non-native" is not the same as "invasive," experts say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/10/war-on-invasive-species?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:15:44 -0600 St. Olaf researcher looks to Antarctica for climate history St. Olaf Professor Bob Jacobel is part of a group of scientists across the country looking into the ice sheets of Antarctica to see what we can learn about climate history, and what it might teach us about our own climate future. He talked with MPR's Tom Weber. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/10/ice-sheets?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:54:29 -0600 Meet the incoming president of the Science Museum of Minnesota The Science Museum of Minnesota will have a new president this spring. Alison Rempel Brown will start in May after a move from San Francisco, where she's been chief of staff at the California Academy of Sciences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/09/science-museum?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2016 08:24:44 -0600 Attorneys and alcoholism: Exploring the trend Practicing attorneys have relatively high rates of alcohol dependency and depression, according to a recent study from the American Bar Association and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Tom Weber talked with Patrick Krill, one of the study's authors, about how we can explain this trend and what's being done to reverse it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/07/attorneys-stress?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2016 14:55:28 -0600 What single women want from the presidential election What role will single women play in the upcoming election? What issues are most critical for this demographic? Rebecca Traister, author of "All the Single Ladies," shares her perspective. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/07/books-all-the-single-ladies?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2016 13:00:21 -0600 Minnesota's graduation gap: By the numbers Minnesota's failure to graduate its high school students of color on time is among the worst in the nation. A look at the numbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/07/graduation-gap-by-the-numbers?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2016 00:02:00 -0600 Minnesota's Graduation Gap: Sources MPR News spent nearly a year exploring the state's gradation gap through data, academic research, and in the classroom. Dive into some of the sources used in this reporting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/07/graduation-gap-sources?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2016 00:01:00 -0600 Counter Stories: The Oscars, presidential debates and cross-cultural communication The Counter Stories hosts discuss the Oscars, the recent presidential debates and the challenge of conversing across cultures and communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/04/counter-stories?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2016 15:16:36 -0600 Friday Roundtable: The most pressing domestic policy issues This week's Friday Roundtable looks at the most important domestic policy issues facing the United States today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/04/friday-roundtable-domestic-policy?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2016 15:14:16 -0600 Minnesota rail crossing deaths hit historic lows in 2015 Four people died in vehicle-train collisions at Minnesota railroad crossings last year, the second lowest number of deaths since 1970, state transportation officials said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/04/minnesota-2015-rail-crossing-deaths-at-historic-lows-trains?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2016 11:32:51 -0600 New DHS Commissioner on mental health services, 2016 priorities Tom Weber talked with Emily Johnson Piper, the new commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/03/dhs-commissioner?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 14:15:26 -0600 Report: Renewable energy fuels 21 percent of Minnesota's electricity The use of wind, solar, hydro and biomass power has jumped in Minnesota the past decade, and the state is poised to beat its goal for electricity generated by renewables, officials said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/03/renewable-energy-fuels-21-percent-minnesota-electricity?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 12:20:48 -0600 Photos: Scenes from caucus night across Minnesota Minnesotans turned out in droves to precinct caucuses across the state. Here's what it looked like. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/01/photos-caucus-night-across-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2016 20:01:37 -0600 Plan to shut three Stillwater schools nears vote A plan to close three elementary schools has the Stillwater school district on edge. Tom Weber talked with the superintendent of the Stillwater Area Public Schools about the plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/01/stillwater_schools?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2016 15:18:37 -0600 Debate continues over art at the Capitol A group made up of state lawmakers, historians and others is considering where to place works of art inside the renovated Capitol building when it reopens in 2017. Tom Weber checked in with three of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/01/capitol_art?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2016 13:57:40 -0600 Gardening tips for March in Minnesota With warm weather on the way, Minnesota will likely have an early gardening season. Horticulturist Mary Meyer shares her tips for preparing your plot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/01/spring-gardening-tips?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2016 12:05:00 -0600 The modern science of love What do your brainwaves look like when you're in love? What's the science behind hooking up? Anthropologist Helen Fisher discusses love in the modern age. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/29/books-anatomy-of-love-helen-fisher?refid=0 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 13:46:47 -0600 Report: Only 4 percent lack health insurance in Minnesota The percentage of Minnesotans without health insurance is at an all-time low, officials said Monday. A new report cited access to affordable coverage and an improved economy as factors helping cut the uninsured rate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/29/only-4-percent-minnesotans-lack-health-insurance-report-says?refid=0 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 12:52:34 -0600 How to caucus on Super Tuesday In advance of Super Tuesday, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon talks with Tom Weber about how caucuses work and how to participate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/29/caucus?refid=0 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:16:25 -0600 Minnesota probes illness outbreak tied to alfalfa sprouts Nine E. coli cases led officials Wednesday to urge grocers and restaurants not to sell or serve alfalfa sprouts produced by Jack & The Green Sprouts. Consumers should not eat them right now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/24/minnesota-probes-illnesses-linked-to-alfalfa-sprouts?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2016 17:21:38 -0600 Invasive bighead carp discovered in Minnesota River The 25-pound male fish, caught near New Ulm, is the first bighead carp found in the Minnesota River. Officials, though, say it doesn't mean the destructive creature is reproducing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/24/invasive-bighead-carp-found-in-minnesota-river?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2016 13:37:13 -0600 Gas leak closes 35W in Bloomington A natural gas leak closed Interstate 35W in both directions in Bloomington Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/20/gas-leak-35w?refid=0 Sat, 20 Feb 2016 14:16:50 -0600 Charges: Metro Transit mechanic, running late, swiped bus A man running late to work decided taking the bus would get him there on time. Prosecutors said Friday he did just that by stealing an empty Metro Transit bus idling at a gas station earlier this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/19/tardy-metro-transit-mechanic-allegedly-swiped-bus?refid=0 Fri, 19 Feb 2016 16:30:28 -0600 Grand jury clears St. Paul cops in fatal September shooting A Ramsey County grand jury has concluded police officers were justified using deadly force in shooting a St. Paul man that family members said was psychotic, officials said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/18/no-charges-grand-jury-police-shooting-philip-quinn-st-paul?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 15:12:21 -0600 U.S.-Japan agree to deal that may doom MSP-Tokyo daily nonstop Delta Air Lines expressed regret Thursday at news of a new U.S.-Japan air service pact the airline says will force it to end its daily nonstop flight from the Twin Cities to Tokyo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/18/us-japan-sign-deal-may-kill-msp-tokyo-flight?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:42:10 -0600 Biden: GOP calls to delay filling Scalia's seat don't make sense Ahead of his visit to Minnesota, Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview with MPR News host Cathy Wurzer that the president will nominate a new Supreme Court justice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/18/joe-biden-obama-willnominate-scalia-replacement?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 05:00:00 -0600 Medical examiner: Plymouth suspect shot himself Corey Perry died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head, the Hennepin County medical examiner said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/17/plymouth-shooting-corey-perry?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2016 17:01:42 -0600 Former SPCO cellist held on pot charge in Oregon David Huckaby, who took a leave in 2013 and resigned the following year, was stopped with an alleged 113 pounds of marijuana in his car. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/16/former-st-paul-chamber-cellist-held-oregon-marijuana-charges?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2016 16:03:27 -0600 Inside the world's largest refugee camp Dadaab was created in 1991 as a temporary home for the thousands of people fleeing war in Somalia. Today, it's the largest refugee camp in the world. Tom Weber talks with the author of a new book about Dadaab, "City of Thorns," as well as two Somali Minnesotans who grew up in the camp. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/15/dadaab?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2016 12:30:42 -0600 A Presidents Day quiz: How well do you know our nation's leaders? Take a crack at this presidential trivia quiz, inspired by Brady Carlson's book "Dead Presidents." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/15/books-presidents-day-quiz?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Students, panel want U to better address discrimination A group of University of Minnesota students spoke out about policing and discrimination at the University of Minnesota on Thursday, during an event about protests and protesting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/12/big-questions-protests?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:13:32 -0600 Counter Stories: Beyonce, voting and politics in American Indian Country The Counter Stories hosts discuss the Super Bowl half-time show, voter ID laws and politics in American Indian country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/11/counter-stories?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:11:45 -0600 Fargo police: Officer shot during standoff has died Officer Jason Moszer was struck by the suspect's gunfire after responding to a report of domestic violence. He later died. Police say the suspect, Marcus C. Schumacher, is also dead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/11/fargo-officer-shot-standoff?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2016 05:50:12 -0600 Hughes: 'There is no typical profile' of an ISIS recruit "They're old, they're young, they're rich, they're poor," said expert Seamus Hughes of ISIS recruits in the U.S. "They're college-educated in some cases, and they're high school kids." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/09/understanding-counter-terrorism-efforts-and-recruitment?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:39:00 -0600 Opinion: Cancel Olympics due to Zika outbreak Bioethicist Arthur Caplan, of New York University, says it would be irresponsible to hold the Olympic Games in Rio due to the Zika virus outbreak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/09/opinion-cancel-olympics-due-to-zika?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:29:31 -0600 What a 'critically wounded' Voting Rights Act means in 2016 Ari Berman's book, "Give Us the Ballot," tracks the history of the struggle for voting rights, from 1965 through to modern debates on voter ID laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/09/books-give-us-the-ballot-voting-rights-act?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:58:56 -0600 Photos: Bemidji celebrates water in all its frozen forms Unusually mild temperatures attracted crowds to ski, fish, curl -- and swim -- during Bemidji's Winterfest celebration this past weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/08/photos-bemidji-celebrates-water-in-all-its-frozen-forms?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:40:00 -0600 Minnesota state reps on pressing rural concerns State representatives Dan Fabian and Paul Thissen share their perspectives on the issues facing outstate Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/08/rural-issues-in-upcoming-session?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:37:22 -0600 Stinky 'corpse flower' blooms at U of Minn. Hurry on over to the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory to get a whiff of the notoriously noxious plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/08/corpse-flower-blooming-u-mn?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 08:12:35 -0600 The history of psychological testing for police In many states, psychological testing is part of the hiring process for police officers. In 22 states, however, it is not required, according to writer and historian Jack el-Hai. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/05/pscychological-testing-for-police?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:19:36 -0600 Hennepin Sheriff: Homicides jumped 48 percent in 2015 In a report released Friday, the Hennepin County sheriff's office said overall violent crime increased by 8 percent last year over 2014. But property crimes went down by 6 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/05/hennepin-county-homicide-jump?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:32:19 -0600 Minnesota Oromo community decries violence in Ethiopia The Oromo community in Minnesota is trying to raise awareness about the situation in Ethiopia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/04/oromo-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:20:38 -0600 Highlighting the women in Shakespeare's plays Less than one in five of Shakespeare's characters are women. Three artistic directors share their views on how modern productions of his plays can highlight women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/04/shakespeare-women-characters?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:29:15 -0600 From A to Zika: What you need to know about the virus Two experts answer pressing questions about the virus that's been making headlines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/03/what-you-need-to-know-about-zika?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:35:39 -0600 When Harry Houdini tried to talk to the dead In the 1920s, America became obsessed with communicating with the dead. Harry Houdini wanted to believe it was possible, but the magician knew the tricks all too well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/02/books-witch-of-lime-street?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:10:18 -0600 Should schools celebrate holidays? Principal Scott Masini of Bruce Vento Elementary School recently informed parents the school would no longer celebrate certain holidays, including Valentine's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/02/school-holidays?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:43:46 -0600 Photos: The winners and near-winners of Iowa's caucuses This year's iteration of the Iowa caucuses featured a historically large turnout and a handful of surprising twists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/02/photos-iowa-caucuses-in-action-cruz-trump-clinton-sanders-rubio-politics?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:10:00 -0600 5 Duluth musical acts to know To make the start of The Current broadcasting in Duluth, Andrea Swensson shares the north country acts you shouldn't miss. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/01/duluth-musicians-to-know?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 14:46:16 -0600 How 'Making a Murderer' exposes flaws in juvenile justice system Steven Avery is the main focus of the documentary series, but the plight of his then-teenage nephew Brendan Dassey raises questions about false confessions. One of Dassey's lawyers answers questions about his case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/01/making-a-murderer-exposes-flaws-in-juvenile-justice-system?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 14:15:00 -0600 What aquariums taught us about how the world works Studying artificial environments like aquariums and space ships has revealed a lot about the natural world, according to historian Nick Buchanan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/29/tanks-aquariums-nick-buchanan?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:35:17 -0600 The downfall of Target Canada Joe Castaldo, of Canadian Business, explains the crippling data entry errors and aggressive expansion plan that brought down the retailer's northern expansion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/29/target-canada-failure?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:20:00 -0600 Dayton backs off water-buffer strip plan for private ditches Gov. Mark Dayton's plans to require buffer strips along Minnesota waterways took a step back Friday when he acknowledged he's ordered conservation officials to stop mapping "private ditches." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/29/dayton-kills-water-buffers-for-minnesota-private-ditches?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:16:44 -0600 Conversations on the Creative Economy: Dave Murphy, former CEO of Red Wing Shoes Interim CEO of Fairview Health Services and former CEO of Red Wing Shoes Dave Murphy is Chris Farrell's guest on "Conversations on the Creative Economy." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/28/mpr-news-presents?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:00:00 -0600 U study: Farming may have aided Minnesota bird flu outbreak Farmers who tilled fields near turkey barns in the early days of Minnesota's avian influenza outbreak last year may have unwittingly helped spread the virus, a new University of Minnesota study says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/28/study-suggests-farming-aided-mn-bird-flu-outbreak?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:12:26 -0600 Unlocking Antarctica's secrets: The Ross Ice Shelf "Underneath the Ross Ice Shelf is the least-known piece of ocean floor on our planet. We know almost nothing about, but it's the size of France," said researcher Robin Bell. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/28/ross-ice-shelf-antarctica-research-robin-bell?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:24:29 -0600 Gas prices fall, truck and SUV sales rise Falling gas prices have sparked consumers's renewed interest in SUVs and trucks. But what does that mean for fuel efficiency and emissions concerns? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/28/truck-suv-sales-rise?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Warm winter may sink Apostle Islands ice cave treks National Park Service officials still hold out hope Lake Superior will freeze enough to allow visitors to walk into Wisconsin's beautiful ice caves but acknowledge it's less likely than the past two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/27/warm-winter-may-thwart-apostle-islands-ice-caves-visits?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:14:48 -0600 Appetites: A photographic look at Twin Cities dining history Mecca Bos, food writer for City Pages, recently got a blast into our food town's past when she unearthed a couple of filing cabinets filled with old photos in the former City Pages office building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/27/appetites?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:24:23 -0600 How does it feel to be 'The Illegal'? New novel explores immigration Lawrence Hill's new novel "The Illegal" follows a marathon runner forced to flee his home country for the fictional Freedom State, which readers will recognize as a doppelganger of the U.S. and western Europe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/27/books-the-illegal-lawrence-hill?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:56:50 -0600 Minnesota Holocaust survivor Eva Gross shares her story When Eva Gross was 16-years-old, she was forced onto a train in Hungary bound for Auschwitz. Now, she travels the country sharing her experiences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/27/holocaust-remembrance-day-mn-survivor-eva-gross?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:17:44 -0600 Confronting hatred: 70 years after the Holocaust What motivates people to participate in hatred? Lessons from the Holocaust can inform contemporary discussions about hate speech, genocide, propaganda and human rights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/27/mpr-news-presents?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:00:00 -0600 Green Line service resumes following morning fire in Mpls. A small fire on the Washington Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis temporarily interrupted service on a portion of the Green Line light rail line on Wednesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/27/fire-green-line-mpls?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:47:00 -0600 Roaming and Reading: Letting kids take the lead This week on Roaming and Reading, writer <a href="http://www.ralphgardner.com/">Ralph Gardner Jr.</a> reminisced with MPR News host Kerri Miller about his recent trip to Cape Town, where he learned to relax and let his daughter take the reins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/27/roaming-and-reading-kids?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Leveling the playing field with Promise Neighborhoods Two experts on Promise Neighborhoods explain how providing children with comprehensive services from birth through college-age can help reduce the achievement gap. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/26/promise-neighborhoods-impact?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:50:18 -0600 Report: Minnesota domestic violence deaths jumped in 2015 At least 34 people were killed in domestic violence deaths last year in Minnesota, leaving at least 17 minor children motherless, the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/26/minnesota-domestic-violence-deaths-jumped-2015?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:42:30 -0600 A suspenseful novel that reflects on the modern Muslim experience Leila Aboulela's new novel jumps between a professor in modern Scotland and a Muslim leader fighting for his freedom in nineteenth-century Russia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/25/books-leila-aboulela-kindness-of-enemies?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:52:42 -0600 How to bake a cake like it's 1820 Hundreds of rare recipes, from as far back as the 1500s, can be found at the Wangensteen Historical Library at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/25/books-historical-recipes-wangensteen-library?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:29:40 -0600 Could the Flint water crisis happen here? Lead pipes are still fairly common in historic communities across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/25/flint-water-crisis-twin-cities?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:40:30 -0600 Move over, Comic Book Guy: Philly comics store prizes diversity in its heroes Ariell Johnson says diversity isn't just an afterthought at her comics shop. She tells NPR's Michel Martin that new faces keep the heroics interesting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/24/npr-books-diverse-comics?refid=0 Sun, 24 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Soprano Kelly Kaduce sings in MN Opera's Rusalka Soprano Kelly Kaduce is back home in Minnesota to sing a role she's sung here before. She'll be in the Minnesota Opera production of Rusalka beginning this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/22/kelly-kaduce-minnesota-opera?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 19:02:47 -0600 Listen: The Cactus Blossoms perform songs from their debut album 'You're Dreaming' The Minneapolis brothers behind The Cactus Blossoms, Page Burkum and Jack Torrey, play several songs from their debut album, and discuss their musical development. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/22/cactus-blossoms-debut-album-youre-dreaming?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 14:05:23 -0600 Mid-season slump strikes Minnesota Wild again this year Last night, the Minnesota Wild beat the L.A. Kings 3-0 in Los Angeles, breaking their five-game losing streak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/22/minnesota-wild-win-a-wrinkle-in-mid-season-slump?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 08:41:00 -0600 Cokato museum's escape room a first in Minnesota The Cokato City Museum is launching a new interactive experience for visitors that the museum tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/22/museum-escape-room-makes-debut-in-cokato?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 08:28:56 -0600 Warmth dominated the globe in the past year Climatologist Mark Seeley talks about a record warm year worldwide in 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/22/record-warmth-last-year?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 08:21:16 -0600 Bernie Sanders to visit Minnesota Tuesday The Democratic presidential candidate plans to hold rallies in Duluth and St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/22/bernie-sanders-in-mn?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 06:13:49 -0600 Marine Corps: 12 missing Marines, including Chaska native, have died Among the 12 was Sgt. Dillon Semolina, 24, a Chaska, Minn., native. Semolina, who had been in the Marines for 4 years, was a crew chief with the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/21/missing-marines-oahu?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 19:38:05 -0600 MN Opera announces a season of both standards and premieres The 2016-2017 season includes the opera's eighth production of "La Boheme" and the world's first production of William Bolcom's "Dinner at Eight." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/21/minnesota-opera-season-lineup?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:11:55 -0600 Mpls. cops seek public's help after 3 armed robberies in 3 days near U The robberies near the University of Minnesota campus are prompting university and Minneapolis police to ask for the public's help identifying suspects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/21/police-probe-3-robberies-near-university-of-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:16:24 -0600 What's our current 'Winter Misery Index'? State climatologist Pete Boulay created the "Winter Misery Index" to answer the question: How do modern winters compare with the bone-chilling winters many people remember? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/21/winter-misery-index?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 11:30:21 -0600 Minnesota logs 3.5 percent December jobless rate, adds 9,100 jobs Minnesota finished the year with a surge of 18,300 jobs added in the final two months of 2015. But overall job growth for 2015 lagged behind the nation, state officials said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/21/minnesota-december-jobless-rate-jobs-created?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:03:39 -0600 Embattled White Earth chair Erma Vizenor resigns The White Earth Tribal Council voted 3-0 to accept Vizenor's resignation, according to a statement from the council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/20/white-earth-chair-erma-vizenor-resigns?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:08:02 -0600 The Thread Live: 2016 authors announced Four writers will bring discussions of science, faith, fiction and family to the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, beginning in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/20/books-thread-events-eula-biss-mary-roach-krista-tippett-louise-erdrich?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:56:15 -0600 Metro Transit: Damaged power line sparked light rail woes A damaged power line at a Minneapolis light rail station led to a day of hassles and delays Wednesday for some Twin Cities light rail riders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/20/damaged-power-line-delays-twin-cities-light-rail?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:39:38 -0600 MPR steps in to sponsor 2016 Twin Cities spelling bee Minnesota Public Radio will sponsor the 2016 Metro Area Regional Spelling Bee, keeping alive one of the best-known academic competitions and giving Twin Cities students a shot at the National Spelling Bee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/20/mpr-sponsors-twin-cities-spelling-bee?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:06:34 -0600 A novel inspired by the true story of America's only fatal nuclear accident Andria Williams draws on a little-known moment in America's nuclear history as the backdrop for her debut novel, "The Longest Night." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/20/books-longest-night-andria-williams?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:57:49 -0600 Nervous about the stock market? Turn off the TV Nervously watching the stock ticker stream across the screen isn't helping, said Retirement Weekly's Robert Powell. It can even hurt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/20/robert-powell-market-tips?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:13:35 -0600 Photos: Cokato portrait photographer's work illuminates the era Starting in 1902, photographer Gust Akerlund documented the people and history of Cokato, just west of the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/19/photos-cokato-portrait-photographers-work-illuminates-era?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Three student leaders at the U share hopes for 2016 "I think it's a beautiful thing that students at campuses across the U.S. are understanding the power that we possess as college students," said Javaris Bradford, president of the Black Student Union at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/19/u-minnesota-student-leaders-look-at-2016?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:15:27 -0600 Sony Pictures eyes Albertville for Hollywood themed park Sony Pictures and Minnesota-based developers have unveiled plans for a huge indoor theme park, hotel and convention center complex that will sit next to the Albertville Premium Outlet malls about 35 minutes from Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/19/sony-pictures-plans-minnesota-waterpark?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:15:40 -0600 Celebrating King: Rallies, speeches and volunteering across Minnesota Service and speaking events will be held in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s honor throughout the region on Monday, the 30th observation of the federal holiday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/15/mlk-day-mn?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:56:43 -0600 New year, new financial outlook: Tips for 2016 Financial educator Ruth Hayden shares her tips for managing your money in the new year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/14/financial-tips-for-2016?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2016 16:09:00 -0600 Study: Lake Superior is one of the fastest-warming lakes in the world A new study from NASA and the National Science Foundation shows that lakes are warming faster than the oceans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/14/climate-cast-lake-superior-warming?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:57:28 -0600 On health: 'This is the luckiest time yet to be alive' "For the first time, we have at our disposal all the information we need to design our own health," Dr. David Agus writes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/13/books-agus-lucky-years?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2016 15:47:32 -0600 Step into the Jane Austen Reading Room at Mia The museum has rearranged its period rooms to pay homage to the beloved British novelist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/13/books-mia-jane-austen-reading-room?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:55:28 -0600 VA head, newspaper reporter discuss health care privacy violations A newspaper reporter and the head of the local VA discuss privacy violations raised in a recent Star Tribune article. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/12/va-privacy-violation-talk?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:41:38 -0600 The best book on surfing was written by a war reporter William Finnegan is best known for covering international conflicts for The New Yorker, but his memoir focuses on his first love: the perfect wave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/12/books-william-finnegan-barbarian-days?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:55:40 -0600 Are you middle class? This calculator will tell you The number of Americans who consider themselves middle class is dropping. But what's the reality? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/12/what-is-middle-class?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2016 13:05:23 -0600 Children's cold medicine recalled over overdosing concern The voluntary recall impacts several over-the-counter brands sold nationwide at CVS, Dollar General, Rite-Aid and other stores. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/12/childrens-cold-medicine-recall-overdosing-concern?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2016 12:30:00 -0600 Debating the legacy of President Obama "I think it's a little bit of a Rorschach test, depending on who you are, how you're going to judge this presidency," said conservative commentator Matt Lewis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/11/matt-lewis-on-obama?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:51:11 -0600 Sex education lessons from Emily Nagoski Sex educator Emily Nagoski shares new research on women's sexuality, and discusses what sexual freedom really looks like. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/11/books-come-as-you-are-emily-nagoski?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2016 11:38:57 -0600 The 73rd annual Golden Globes: Who will win? The winners will be announced this Sunday. The 1950s romance "Carol" and the financial farce "The Big Short" lead with the most nominations. The Minnesota-based television drama, "Fargo," is also in the running. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/08/golden-globe-nominations?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2016 16:35:14 -0600 Minnesota motocross champion races onto the Wheaties box Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., is the first motocross racer to be featured on the front of the cereal box. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/08/wheaties-box-ryan-dungey?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2016 15:54:28 -0600 Paul Simon to headline A Prairie Home Companion next month The legendary singer-songwriter will appear on a show hosted by Garrison Keillor's designated successor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/08/paul-simon-prairie-home-companion?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2016 15:47:35 -0600 Counter Stories: Hopes for 2016 In today's conversation, the group discusses the need to acknowledge historical trauma, the armed occupation in Oregon and the achievement gap in Twin Cities schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/08/counter-stories?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2016 11:59:51 -0600 The latest vote to repeal Obamacare wasn't along party lines Rep. Collin Peterson, the sole Democrat who voted to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, explained his rationale to Tom Crann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/07/affordable-care-act-repeal-colin-peterson?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2016 19:14:52 -0600 Everything you need to know about personal finance fits on an index card Harold Pollack once joked that all the financial advice you need fits on a single index card. Then, he set out to prove it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/07/index-card-finance-advice?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2016 13:59:56 -0600 Mayor Hodges looks back on 2015: Protests, the pope and racial inequities Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges enters her third year in office on the heels of tumultuous protests around the city's handling of the November police shooting death of Jamar Clark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/07/mayor-hodges-on-2015?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2016 13:01:30 -0600 The reality of allowing women in combat roles Defense Secretary Ash Carter gave the armed services until Jan. 1 to submit plans for opening all combat posts to women. The changes are to be implemented by April 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/06/women-in-us-military-combat-roles?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2016 12:05:32 -0600 Why one gun owner isn't concerned about the president's new plan "What he's outlined today and what will be in the final executive order is already the law," said Bryan Strawser, executive director of the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus, http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/05/mn-gun-owners-caucus-reacts-to-obama?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 14:43:14 -0600 'What If I Say the Wrong Thing?': How to talk about race Talking about race can be difficult, but it's necessary, Verna Myers says. "You can't get comfortable without first being uncomfortable." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/05/verna-myers-how-to-have-difficult-conversations?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 13:40:00 -0600 Minnesota 2015 road deaths may be highest since 2010 Distracted driving, speed, drunk driving and not using seat belts all played a significant role in 2015 fatalities, state public safety officials said Tuesday. Collisions with pedestrians jumped dramatically from 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/05/minnesota-road-deaths-2015-highest-since-2010?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 12:18:49 -0600 Surprise hit 'Sound of Silence' reunited Simon and Garfunkel The song was originally recorded for the duo's debut album, "Wednesday Morning, 3 a.m.," but the record didn't sell well -- so Simon and Garfunkel split up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/05/simon-and-garfunkel-sounds-of-silence?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 08:59:16 -0600 Body found in channel between Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles The man was found underwater after authorities received reports of a jacket frozen to the ice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/04/body-found-minneapolis-lake?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:35:24 -0600 What's that sound? Great horned owls are making noise in the Twin Cities Great horned owls are breeding along the Mississippi River, and they're hooting like crazy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/04/great-horned-owl-breeding?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:33:37 -0600 Fallows on Obama's foreign policy: A force to be reckoned with Obama's critics might be right that the president is "all-too-skillful at attaining his ends," James Fallows told MPR News host Kerri Miller. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/04/fallows-on-obamas-foreign-policy-a-force-to-be-reckoned-with?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2016 15:38:15 -0600 The pitfalls of adult sibling relationships "Remember that we're with our siblings longer than anyone else -- longer than our parents, longer than our children, longer than our partners," author Geoffrey Greif said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/04/books-adult-sibling-relationships?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2016 11:42:09 -0600 Photos: Vikings beat Packers, claim NFC North With Sunday's 20-13 win over the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings claimed the team's first division title since 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/04/photos-vikings-beat-packers-nfc-north?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2016 09:40:00 -0600 The year's most memorable moments in Minnesota sports Lynx, Vikings, Twins, Wild, Timberwolves, Gophers -- what were the high (and low) points of the year? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/31/most-memorable-minnesota-sports-moments?refid=0 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:31:32 -0600 Why women are losing out in retirement Many older women are spending their final years in poverty, thanks to decisions their spouses made about retirement savings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/31/women-lose-in-retirement-planning?refid=0 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:20:54 -0600 Man sentenced for stalking Current DJ Mary Lucia The man who pleaded guilty to felony stalking and making terroristic threats against Twin Cities radio host Mary Lucia was sentenced Wednesday to five years' probation and a 10-block restriction from her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/30/man-sentenced-for-stalking-current-dj-mary-lucia?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:58:56 -0600 Lizz Winstead's 'Hilarious, Tragic Review of 2015' The Minnesota comedian, and co-creator of "The Daily Show," comes home to skewer the biggest stories of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/30/lizz-winstead-year-in-review?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2015 12:32:21 -0600 Revise your travel bucket list: Seek experiences, not sites "A traveler's best compass is curiosity and openness," travel writer Christine Sarkis said. "Sometimes that means ditching the big name attractions." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/29/travel-bucket-lists?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:28:00 -0600 'Firefly Hollow': The children's book that began with a painting Six years ago, author Alison McGhee received a package of enchanting illustrations in the mail. The artist was Christopher Denise -- and he was in need of a writer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/28/books-firefly-hollow-alison-mcghee?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2015 12:11:56 -0600 Photos: Black Lives Matter protesters disrupt Mall of America, airport Protesters caused significant holiday traffic delays on one the busiest travel days of the year. Shopping at one of the nation's largest malls was also disrupted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/23/photos-black-lives-matter-protesters-disrupt-mall-of-america-msp-airport?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2015 21:00:00 -0600 Minnesota music: Highlights of 2015 Andrea Swensson, the incoming host of The Local Show on 89.3 The Current, shares some of her favorite songs and moments from the local music scene this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/23/local-music-moments-2015?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2015 13:41:55 -0600 Ho, ho, hold the stress: Dealing with the dark side of December The holidays are rarely the picture-perfect season that pop culture presents. Two experts weigh in with tips for dealing with the season's stresses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/23/tips-to-avoid-holiday-stress?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2015 11:28:30 -0600 Minnesota's warmth postpones Mpls. pond hockey tournament With warm temperatures in the Twin Cities making more rain than ice, the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships have been pushed back two weeks. Organizers now plan to be on Lake Nokomis Jan. 28 to 31. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/23/warm-weather-delays-pond-hockey-championships?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2015 11:15:39 -0600 MOA protests: The First Amendment and public space vs. private The planned protest Wednesday at the Mall of America has raised several questions about the First Amendment and about what's public space versus private. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/22/protests-first-amendment-public-space-vs-private?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2015 14:34:43 -0600 2015 on track to be sixth warmest year in MN history Since Sept. 1, approximately 85 days have been warmer than normal, according to climatologist Mark Seeley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/22/2015-weather-in-review-seeley?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2015 13:26:36 -0600 The best children's books to give this year Find the perfect read for the littlest bookworms on your list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/21/books-best-childrens-books-2015?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 12:48:35 -0600 Scammers using name of MN clergy sex abuse law firm in debt threats Phony debt collectors have been pretending to be from Jeff Anderson & Associates, the St. Paul-based law firm best known for representing clergy sex abuse victims, the Minnesota Commerce Department says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/21/scammer-debt-threats-using-clergy-abuse-law-firm-name?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:30:44 -0600 5 books to read to better understand Islam From the history of the Quran to a biography of the prophet Muhammad, these books answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Islam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/18/books-on-islam?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:13:51 -0600 Inside the presidency of George H.W. Bush Jon Meacham's new biography of the 41st president draws on diaries that Bush recorded during his time in office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/16/books-jon-meacham-george-h-w-bush-biography?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:59:48 -0600 The Star Tribune picks the best holiday cookie -- and you can make it Jana Freiband's recipe for Apple Cardamom Pecan Star Cookies took the top prize in the paper's 13th annual holiday cookie competition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/15/best-cookies-of-the-year-star-tribune?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2015 16:36:27 -0600 Minnesota fire deaths jump from last year Fifty-one people have died in fires in 2015 compared to 43 this time last year, and some of the most dangerous weeks for residential blazes lie just ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/15/minnesota-fire-deaths-increase?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2015 14:25:08 -0600 Christmas carols: The good and the bad 'Tis the season for Christmas tunes. Philip Brunelle leads the singers of VocalEssence in some of the best, worst and lesser-known songs of the season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/15/best-and-worst-christmas-music?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:45:31 -0600 Bird flu quarantines lifted on all Minnesota farms All 108 farms infected this year with the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus are completely cleaned, disinfected and cleared to restock their barns with poultry, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/15/bird-flu-quarantines-lifted-minnesota-farms-avian-influenza?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:03:40 -0600 What's it like to be Muslim in America? The number of reported incidents targeting American Muslims is rising, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations. What does that mean for people's everyday lives? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/14/being-muslim-in-america?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:21:51 -0600 What can a city do to fight cancer and heart disease? Health departments once battled epidemics like cholera and yellow fever. When the modern threats are diabetes and cancer, how should a city's health department respond? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/14/books-saving-gotham-new-york-city-health?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:40:27 -0600 Authors pick their most meaningful reads of 2015 Authors George Saunders, Amy Quan Barry and Carrie Mesrobian share the books that stuck with them this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/11/books-authors-pick-most-meaningful-reads-of-2015?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 14:16:27 -0600 What happens when candidates lie? So far, every candidate has shared a falsehood or two. But are there consequences? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/10/when-politicians-lie?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2015 14:16:15 -0600 St. Paul schools chief to union: Safety solutions must fit budget Saying she was "deeply concerned" about teachers threatening to strike over school safety, Superintendent Valeria Silva said Wednesday she was committed to finding solutions but cautioned the district can't afford all of what the union wants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/09/stpaul-teachers-union-violence?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2015 00:51:45 -0600 What caused the comet that killed the dinosaurs? Lisa Randall, a particle physicist and bestselling author, tackles this cataclysmic question in her new book, "Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/08/bcst-books-dark-matter-dinosaurs?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0600 George Saunders: Edginess is easy, hopeful is harder The modern master of the short story discusses his writing and revision process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/07/bcst-books-george-saunders?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 14:53:02 -0600 What spurs mass shootings? Is it the personality type of shooters? Is it easy access to firearms? Is it the rise of violent rhetoric? Three experts speak to factors behind recent acts of violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/07/bcst-mass-shootings?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 13:22:35 -0600 One hurt, five arrested after shooting in downtown Minneapolis Shooting victim's injuries were not life-threatening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/06/one-hurt-five-arrested-after-shooting-in-downtown-minneapolis?refid=0 Sun, 06 Dec 2015 20:00:00 -0600 The Pacific Ocean's rich history of surfboards, empires and atomic bombs "The ocean has been used as a playground for atomic scientists," said Simon Winchester. His new book documents the modern history of the Pacific waters and the countries they touch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/04/bcst-books-pacific?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2015 15:14:56 -0600 Green Line train hits St. Paul pedestrian A pedestrian was hit by a Green Line light rail train at Snelling and University in St. Paul Friday afternoon. Metro Transit says the person was rushed to Regions Hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/04/green-line-train-hits-st-paul-pedestrian?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2015 14:43:59 -0600 Dayton: Essar Steel pays vendors, meets state loan demands Essar Steel is paying its bills again and seeking new capital, so the Dayton Administration is pulling back on its threat to force Essar to immediately repay a $66 million state loan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/04/essar-steel?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2015 14:06:38 -0600 Counter Stories: The Jamar Clark shooting and protests In today's conversation, the group discusses the officer-involved shooting of Jamar Clark in north Minneapolis &mdash; and the nearly three weeks of protest that followed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/04/bcst-counter-stories?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0600 Mid-century modern architecture in Minnesota Mid-century modernism is making a comeback, and Larry Millett's new book 'Minnesota Modern,' captures the history of this architecture around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/03/bcst-books-larry-millett?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2015 14:54:12 -0600 MN Orchestra announces major gift from its musicians Players give $250,000 earned during the 16-month musicians' lockout to the orchestra to establish a fund for community programs and education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/02/mn-orchestra-gift?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2015 18:00:00 -0600 2015 movies: What to see, what's still coming Ken Turan, a film critic for the Los Angeles Times, joined MPR News' Kerri Miller and Cube Critics' Stephanie Curtis to talk about what's a hit and what's ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/02/bcst-2015-movies?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2015 15:35:25 -0600 Sad milestone: 2015 Minnesota road deaths already top 2014 With nearly a month left in 2015, officials say 365 people have died so far on Minnesota roads compared with 361 for all of last year, though deaths are down significantly from a decade ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/02/traffic-fatalities?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2015 13:23:23 -0600 Study: Americans' trust in government at historic lows According to a recent Pew study, only 19 percent say they trust the government most of the time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/02/bcst-government-trust-study?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2015 11:31:20 -0600 Minnesota OKs using medical pot for pain The Minnesota Health Department says it will expand the legal use of medical marijuana to cover people with intractable pain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/01/medical-cannabis-pain-decision-coming?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2015 11:03:00 -0600 'Suspicious' results force Minn. nursing aides to retake exam State health officials say 569 people must retake tests to become federally qualified nursing assistants after "suspicious" patterns were found in testing at Inver Hills Community College. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/01/nursing-aide-test-results?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:03:48 -0600 Mpls. protesters refuse calls to end 4th Precinct 'occupation'; protest shooting suspects charged Minneapolis officials and community leaders say street demonstrations outside the 4th Precinct police station are a public safety hazard. Protesters say they won't go, setting up a potential conflict with police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/30/4th-precinct?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:12:51 -0600 'Handbook for Happiness': Resilience is key Dr. Amit Sood, author of "The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness," explores the unexpected connection between adversity and happiness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/30/bcst-books-happiness-guide?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:29:49 -0600 Timeline: The Jamar Clark shooting, aftermath The fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark on Nov. 15 has sparked community protests and calls for justice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/30/timeline-jamar-clark-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:46:57 -0600 The officers in the Jamar Clark shooting: What we know Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigators have interviewed two Minneapolis police officers about their roles in the shooting death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/19/the-officers-in-the-jamar-clark-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:15:58 -0600 Body found by searchers looking for missing man Twenty-four-year-old Tyler Berg was last seen at his apartment in St. Cloud on Nov. 22. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/29/helicopter-atvs-horses-used-in-search-for-missing-man-?refid=0 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0600 The New Standards bring their spin on holiday songs The New Standards, a Minneapolis-based jazz trio, rings in the holidays every year with new spins on old favorites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/27/new-standards-holiday-music?refid=0 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0600 Winter comfort food: Where to find it Restaurant critic Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl and Rabbit Hole chef Thomas Kim discuss what makes the ideal comfort food dish -- and where you can get it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/25/bcst-winter-comfort-food-restaurants?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:08:02 -0600 How to get a job when you have a criminal record This month, President Obama announced federal agencies must remove the box that asks prospective employees to disclose their criminal records. But is that enough to solve the employment problem for felons? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/25/bcst-employment-with-a-criminal-record?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:50:05 -0600 At day's end, questions still abound in shootings Protesters and their allies were quick to blame Monday night's shootings on white supremacists, but known facts were in short supply. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/24/4th-precinct-shooting-questions?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:55:58 -0600 Gov. Dayton says refusing Syrian refugees is 'un-American' More than half of U.S. governors have taken steps to prevent Syrian refugees from resettling in their states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/24/bcst-syrian-refugees?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:10:10 -0600 Lunds & Byerlys pulls some turkeys off shelves over 'off odor' Lunds & Byerlys says it has withdrawn some of its Fresh All-Natural Brined Whole Turkeys. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/24/lunds-byerlys-turkeys?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:20:32 -0600 3 arrested, 1 released in 4th Precinct shooting; #Justice4Jamar demonstrations continue Three white men are in custody as part of the investigation into Monday night's shootings near the 4th Precinct, Minneapolis police said. Protests over that shooting and the police shooting of Jamar Clark continue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/24/fourth-precinct?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 02:33:53 -0600 Photos: Marchers head downtown and back to concert Marchers walked from the 4th Precinct to downtown Minneapolis and back, as college students and others joined the protest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/24/photos-marchers-head-downtown-and-back-to-concert?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0600 Editor: New ownership won't change Nat Geo's climate change coverage "If there were a time to double down on our coverage of climate change, it would be right now," said Dennis Dimick, Executive Environment Editor for National Geographic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/23/bcst-climate-change?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:37:52 -0600 Minnesota fire deaths up; fire marshal offers 7 tips to be safe With fire deaths in Minnesota already surpassing last year, state officials are pleading with citizens to be careful during the winter holidays, which are historically some of the most deadly months for house fires. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/23/winter-fire-safety?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:34:11 -0600 Murder charges filed in the case of a body found in a burning car Officials found the body when they were called to investigate a "suspicious" fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/21/murder-charged-in-case-of-body-found-in-burning-car?refid=0 Sat, 21 Nov 2015 15:15:00 -0600 Weather talk: The science of forecasting and climate change solutions Chief meteorologist Paul Huttner talks about the science of forecasting winter weather. Climate scientist Tim Flanney joins in the discussion about possible climate change solutions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/20/bcst-huttner-winter-weather?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:51:05 -0600 Counter Stories: Processing current events, from Paris to north Minneapolis Counter Stories returns with a wide-ranging discussion that touches on both the terrorist attacks in Paris and the officer-involved shooting of Jamar Clark in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/20/bcst-counter-stories?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:58:36 -0600 Friday Roundtable: The aftermath of the Paris attacks A week after the attacks in Paris, three terrorism and international security experts join MPR News' Kerri Miller to discuss the global consequences of the ISIS-coordinated strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/20/bcst-isis-roundtable?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:26:32 -0600 The Jamar Clark shooting: Where it stands The fatal police shooting Jamar Clark in north Minneapolis has sparked community protests and calls for justice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/19/jamar-clark-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:00:00 -0600 Henn Co. Atty assigns prosecutor to work with BCA and FBI on Clark investigation Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said his office has assigned a senior prosecutor to work with the BCA and the FBI to make sure the Jamar Clark shooting investigation "is done as completely and legally as possible." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/19/bcst-hennepin-county-attorney-mike-freeman?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2015 14:57:00 -0600 What happens next: The aftermath of the Jamar Clark shooting MPR News' Tom Weber checks in with a reporter, a lawyer and two publicly elected officials for an update on the Jamar Clark shooting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/19/bcst-clark-shooting-discussions?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2015 14:14:32 -0600 How well do you know your bird calls? Gerrit Vyn has traveled the world photographing and recording hundreds of species of birds. Can you name these species by their call? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/19/bcst-books-living-bird?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:50:09 -0600 What's driving job search addiction? Amy Lindgren, a career counselor, has identified a new trend: People who are job hunting on a daily or weekly basis, even though they are comfortably employed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/19/bcst-job-search-addiction?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:32:08 -0600 Minnesota jobless rate slips to 3.7 percent in October; 1,700 jobs lost Minnesota's unemployment rate slipped to a seasonally adjusted 3.7 percent in October, although the state lost jobs in the month, state officials said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/19/jobs?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:30:12 -0600 School integration: A national problem A lawsuit filed this month alleges that racially segregated schools have caused a gap in achievement between Minnesota's minority and white students. MPR News' Tom Weber leads a discussion about integration policy on a local and national scale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/18/bcst-school-integration?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:26:26 -0600 Police: 2 Minnesota girls missing since 2013 found at farm Two teen-aged sisters from Lakeville had been missing for more than two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/18/police-2-minnesota-girls-missing-since-2013-found-at-farm?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:13:56 -0600 There's more to Custer than his 'Last Stand' Custer was a household name long before that fateful day on the prairie. T.J. Stiles' new book looks at the general's complicated legacy and how it shaped American history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/18/bcst-books-custer-stiles?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 15:27:39 -0600 Lonely Planet on the best place to visit in 2016 The guidebook publisher has picked a southern African country as their top destination in the new year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/18/bcst-roaming-reading-botswana?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:33:30 -0600 Police union chief: Jamar Clark wasn't cuffed, went for officer's gun The head of the Minneapolis police union says Jamar Clark was not handcuffed during a confrontation with Minneapolis police and was shot after going for an officer's gun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/18/bca-names-officers?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 11:17:08 -0600 University of North Dakota's new mascot: Fighting Hawks University of North Dakota teams will be known as the Fighting Hawks following a vote of student, faculty, alumni and others with ties to the school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/18/new-mascot-und?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:14:38 -0600 'Unretirement': How retirees end up back in the workforce Chris Farrell's new podcast, 'Unretirement,' focuses on how people are rethinking the second half of their lives. Most retirees, Farrell says, end up working again with 2 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/17/bcst-unretirement?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:24:56 -0600 DNR presses muskie stocking plans in targeted Minnesota lakes Minnesota officials are seeking public input on a plan to expand muskellunge stocking to select lakes, including Big Marine Lake in the east metro. Stocking has been controversial in some lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/16/muskie-stocking-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 16:01:43 -0600 Rape survivor Sarah Super 'Breaks the Silence,' pitches memorial for sexual assault victims Super was attacked in her home in February by an ex-boyfriend. She counts herself lucky that he was later convicted. The majority of rape survivors, Super noted, do not see their perpetrators sentenced. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/16/bcst-sarah-super-break-the-silence?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:23:20 -0600 Meet the newest member of the MN Supreme Court Judge Natalie E. Hudson joined the Minnesota Supreme Court last month. "There's a level of gravity at the Supreme Court that I'm certainly conscious of, in that it is the court of last resort," Hudson said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/16/bcst-supreme-court-natalie-hudson?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:35:01 -0600 Photos: A march for France in Minneapolis Candles, flowers and a miniature Eiffel Tower sat outside Minneapolis' Alliance Francaise Sunday afternoon, as marchers gathered to show solidarity with France after Friday's deadly attacks in Paris. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/15/photos-mpls-march-for-france?refid=0 Sun, 15 Nov 2015 14:30:34 -0600 Black Friday freebie: Minnesota state parks waive entry fee Tired of spending cash on Black Friday? Spend some time outdoors, then. Minnesota officials say entrance fees to all 76 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will be waived Nov. 27. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/13/black-friday-freebie?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:26:11 -0600 Friday Roundtable: A discussion with CEOs MPR News' Kerri Miller asks three present and former CEOs about what makes a good leader. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/13/bcst-roundtable-ceos?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 12:42:58 -0600 First Watch: Poliça, 'Lime Habit' Poliça's latest album is a love letter to the band's hometown of Minneapolis, recalling the city's troubled history of economic injustices, corruption and racism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/13/npr-first-watch-polica-lime-habit?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:15:04 -0600 A powerful history of Hawaii, 'Paradise of the Pacific' The first to arrive on Hawaii were birds. Then came Polynesian adventurers, Spanish explorers, British navigators and Protestant missionaries. Susanna Moore's new book explores the dynamic history of the islands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/12/bcst-books-hawaii-susanna-moore?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:28:39 -0600 3 Mpls. pharmacies robbed in 35-minute span Police are searching for two suspects whose descriptions matched at all three locations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/12/3-mpls-pharmacies-robbed?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2015 08:55:30 -0600 How to support a new group of veterans With younger veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, support services at home are adapting their services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/11/bcst-veterans-support-services?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:38:32 -0600 Star Tribune: 'How Minnesota is failing the disabled' The Star Tribune's five-part series examines how Minnesota's programs and policies are failing to serve thousands with disabilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/11/bcst-star-tribune-disabilities-series?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:10:28 -0600 Appetites: Why you should bring back the boiled dinner There's a world of tradition in the simmered supper: French pot-au-feu, Italian bollito misto, Portueguese Cozido. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/11/appetites-boiled-meat?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:54:34 -0600 The positive role religion can play in politics Former U.S. Senator John Danforth has previously called out the Religious Right for conflating faith and politics. His new book, "The Relevance of Religion," revisits the topic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/11/bcst-religion-and-politics-john-danforth?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:24:50 -0600 Canada's literacy rates are troubling -- and America's are worse "We don't tend to think of Western nations as having literacy problems," said Brenna Clarke Gray, a professor in Canada. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/10/bcst-books-canada-literacy-rates?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 16:32:44 -0600 Author John Irving on his own 'exceedingly boring life' "You don't get to choose your nightmares," author John Irving told the crowd at Talking Volumes. "You don't get to choose what you're afraid of." His latest novel, his fourteenth, is "Avenue of Mysteries." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/10/mpr_news_presents?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:36:00 -0600 Best Buy will launch Black Friday shopping at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving The Twin Cities-based retailer has already made some of its Black Friday deals available online. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/10/best-buy-black-friday?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 08:21:34 -0600 DNR OKs taking more winter walleye from Upper Red Lake Given the "excellent health" of the fishery, anglers fishing Upper Red Lake this winter will be able to keep three walleye, one more than last winter's limit, state officials said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/09/winter-walleye?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:43:07 -0600 Trump's 'comic-book' campaign and what would make debates more meaningful The Republican presidential candidates are calling for changes in how future debates are handled. How can the media build a better debate? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/09/bcst-trumps-comicbook-campaign-and-what-would-make-debates-more-meaningful?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:15:47 -0600 Yes, men have a biological clock -- and it's ticking Science and pop culture have long preached about the possible risks for older mothers. But what about older fathers? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/09/bcst-mens-biological-clock?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 13:59:25 -0600 Target opening 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day in Black Friday push The Minneapolis-based retail giant says it will again open its doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving for the "millions of families who make Black Friday in-store shopping part of their tradition." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/09/target-black-friday?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 13:04:44 -0600 'More Than a Single Story': Celebrating black women writers in the Twin Cities Writer Carolyn Holbrook created a reading series at the Loft Literary Center that celebrates black women writers from the Twin Cities-area. The final reading in Nov. 15. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/06/bcst-books-more-than-a-single-story?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2015 14:52:44 -0600 Confronting sexual violence against Native women A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that more than half of Native American women have experienced sexual violence during their lifetimes. Sarah Deer's new book offers recommendations for reducing it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/06/bcst-beginning-and-end-of-rape?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2015 14:34:04 -0600 Friday Roundtable: Living with cancer Listen to an honest and personal discussion on cancer: what it means to learn you have the disease, what it's like to wade through your options and what it's like to keep living. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/06/bcst-friday-roundtable-cancer?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2015 12:22:32 -0600 How Minnesota rocked in the 60s: The story behind 'Surfin' Bird' "Everbody's Heard About the Bird: The True Story of 1960s Rock N Roll in Minnesota" tells the story of The Trashmen, and the bands that came before and after. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/05/trashmen-and-minnesota-music-in-1960s?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2015 02:00:00 -0600 A cancer reading list from the author of 'Camp Chemo' Camille Scheel shares the titles that helped her understand her metastatic breast cancer diagnosis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/06/books-cancer-reading-list?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0600 St. John's Abbey: Abuse claims against Backous 'unsubstantiated' The Rev. Timothy Backous, a monk at St. John's Abbey, had stepped away from ministry last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/05/monk-cleared?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 17:42:47 -0600 How to cover race in America: A Broadcast Journalist Series discussion MPR News' Tom Weber talked with Kat Chow, of NPR's Code Switch, about diversity -- and the lack of it -- in journalism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/05/bcst-chow-code-switch?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 12:23:41 -0600 A poet and a police chief on the language of race Poet Claudia Rankine and former police chief Ronal Serpas discuss the language of race and how it influences justice, policy and communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/05/bcst-books-rankine-serpass-language-of-race?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 11:30:56 -0600 Hmong celebrate 40 years in Minnesota Forty years ago today, the first Hmong family -- Dang Her, his wife Shoua Moua and their son Touvi -- arrived in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/05/hmong-40-years-in-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 10:10:23 -0600 'Black Gold Boom': The decision to drill Todd Melby's documentary focuses on Three Affiliated Tribes' decision to drill for oil on tribal lands in North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/04/bcst-black-gold-boom?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 17:47:28 -0600 Should schools eliminate sports? That's the question educators, experts and parents are asking as school budgets continue to feel the squeeze. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/04/bcst-sports-in-schools?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 15:07:18 -0600 Jury awards more than $8 million in northern MN clergy sex abuse case A jury Wednesday awarded more than $8 million in a clergy sex abuse case involving the Diocese of Duluth. It was the first lawsuit to go to trial under Minnesota's Child Victims Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/04/jury-award?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 14:30:52 -0600 Municipal elections: Change sweeps St. Paul school board, Duluth elects first woman mayor Minnesota's municipal elections Tuesday were packed with funding issues and focused on schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/03/municipal-election-results?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 20:14:00 -0600 A new 'Wonder': Magic objects and Antarctica Minnesota author Nicole Helget's new book for young readers follows a magic quest from Kansas to Antarctica, just before the Civil War. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/03/bcst-books-wonder-at-the-edge-of-the-world?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 16:49:10 -0600 From the military to the classroom Ryan Blum dropped out of high school to join the U.S. Army. Now, he's a student at American University in Paris. He joined MPR News' Kerri Miller to talk about the transition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/03/bcst-op-ed-military-to-classroom?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 15:24:29 -0600 Wild assistant coach returns to team after DUI arrest The Minnesota Wild say assistant coach Darryl Sydor returned to the NHL team's practice Tuesday following a leave of absence tied to a drunken driving charge over the summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/03/darryl-sydor?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 13:55:02 -0600 Wetterlings appeal for public's help: 'Where is Jacob?' Days after federal authorities identified a "person of interest" in the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling, Patty Wetterling says there are still more questions than answers but believes someone knows what happened to her son. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/03/wetterlings-appeal?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 12:47:00 -0600 Election Day 2015: Races to watch, what's on the ballot Most polling places open at 7 a.m., and all are required to close at 8 p.m. Eligible voters can register at their polling place today, with required identification. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/03/election-2015-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 04:00:00 -0600 And then there were three: The final choices for UND's nickname Online voting started Monday in the University of North Dakota's quest to choose a new nickname. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/02/bcst-und-nicknames?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2015 16:46:19 -0600 Meet the new leader up north: Canada's Don Rusnak Don Rusnak will represent the Thunder Bay-Rainy River district in Canada's Parliament. His district borders northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/02/bct-don-rusnak?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2015 16:12:14 -0600 DNR busts Minnesota snapping turtle poachers, frees turtles Three men face charges tied to the illegal taking of snapping turtles. The DNR freed 23 turtles while executing a search warrant at a Frazee meat market. Other turtles weren't so lucky. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/02/snapping-turtle-poachers?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:40:47 -0600 Sister Joan Chittister on prayer, the pope and women in the Catholic Church "How can you have any meeting on any major issue on the planet, and not have an equal number of women there?" asked Joan Chittister. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/02/bcst-books-gods-holy-light?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:15:40 -0600 Minnesota Fond du Lac leader takes White House job Karen Diver, chair of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, leaves that post Nov. 13 to become a special assistant to President Obama on Native American affairs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/02/karen-diver?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:03:27 -0600 Gov. Dayton's 'due diligence' on PolyMet copper mine Gov. Mark Dayton is visiting two mines in neighboring states to inform his decision about a proposed mine in Minnesota: One is a Superfund site, the other a job creator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/30/bcst-dayton-mine-visits?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:59:01 -0500 Highway 100 closure tops list of Twin Cities weekend road woes Boo! Minnesota Highway 100 closes in both directions for another weekend. Here's your guide to the rest of the Halloween weekend driving hassles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/30/highway-100-closure-tops-list-of-twin-cities-weekend-road-woes?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:49:37 -0500 Creating Blue Zones, where people live the longest, healthiest lives Dan Buettner's specialty is Blue Zones &mdash; communities where people live the longest, healthiest lives on the planet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/30/bcst-buettner-blue-zones?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 11:40:14 -0500 Explaining the Jacob Wetterling case: Where it stands The 1989 disappearance of Jacob Wetterling remains one of the highest-profile child abduction cases in U.S. history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/30/jacob-wetterling-case-where-it-stands?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0500 St. Paul woman, 49, dies after car runs over her Police say passersby found Antoinette Boxer lying on University Avenue Tuesday night. As they tried to help her, a gray, four-door sedan ran over the 49-year old woman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/29/woman-run-over?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2015 19:28:41 -0500 Climate Cast: What is permafrost and why does it matter? In this week's Climate Cast, the president of the International Permafrost Association explains the importance of the frozen soil and its connection to climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/29/bcst-climate-cast-permafrost?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:59:30 -0500 Biker wants to spark 'random acts of consideration' on the road A bike accident at a railroad crossing has sparked a new idea for peace and cooperation on the road. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/29/bcst-bikes-railroads?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:24:39 -0500 What the new research about processed meat and cancer means for your diet A representative from the North American Meat Institute and two physicians sound off on the World Health Organization's recent classification of processed meat as a cause of cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/29/bcst-processed-meat-cancer?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:00:03 -0500 No, Minnesota, it didn't snow every Halloween when you were a kid We all remember the 1991 Halloween blizzard. But data show measurable snow in the Twin Cities on Halloween is as unlikely as being frightened by your dad's Frankenstein costume. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/29/halloween-snow-weather?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2015 11:33:34 -0500 Teen mental health concerns surface in new Minnesota clinic study Only 40 percent of Minnesota youth received a mental health screening as part of their checkups last year. Of those, 1 in 10 showed worrisome signs, state officials said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/29/teens-mental-health-study?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:49:25 -0500 Why the death penalty might come to an end In a speech last week at the University of Minnesota, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said "it wouldn't surprise me" if the death penalty became a thing of the past. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/28/bcst-death-penalty?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:11:52 -0500 'Welcome to Night Vale': Where supernatural is super normal Glow Clouds, shadow governments, five-headed dragons and the Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home &mdash; these are all part of life in "Night Vale," a popular podcast-turned-novel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/27/mpr_news_presents?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:40:00 -0500 Bicyclist hit by car in Fridley dies A 52-year-old bicyclist has died after being hit by a car about two weeks ago on Highway 65 in Fridley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/26/bicyclist-hit-by-car-in-fridley-dies?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:12:12 -0500 Authorities: Cooking likely caused fire that killed 3 in S. St. Paul An accidental house fire that killed two young boys and their father two weeks ago was likely caused by cooking in an attached garage, fire investigators said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/26/south-st-paul-fire?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 16:26:33 -0500 White House honors Minnesota farmer as sustainable 'champion' Sibley County farmer Loretta Jaus was lauded Monday by the White House as one of 12 "champions of change for sustainable and climate-smart agriculture." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/26/jaus-white-house?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:20:33 -0500 'Be a man' and the destructive definition of masculinity What are the most destructive words in the world? One answer &mdash; as noted in a new documentary &mdash; "Be a man." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/26/bcst-be-a-man-and-the-destructive-definition-of-masculinity?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 14:40:18 -0500 Salman Rushdie on ancient genies and 'Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights' Salman Rushdie's genies are troublemaking, impudent, amoral genies based on Islamic folklore. He joined Kerri Miller to talk about their appearance in his new novel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/26/bcst-salman-rushdie-on-ancient-genies-and-two-years-eight-months-and-twentyeight-nights?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 13:39:40 -0500 What makes Minnesota a desirable place for refugees The flow of migrants and refugees continues from Syria and Iraq through Turkey and into Europe, but some of those refugees will be brought here. MPR News with Tom Weber hosted a conversation about Minnesota as a destination for refugees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/26/what-makes-minnesota-a-desirable-place-for-refugees?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 13:26:47 -0500 What is the best research on breast cancer screenings? The American Cancer Society has updated breast cancer screening guidelines with some significant changes that align more closely with the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/26/bcst-sifting-through-recommended-breast-cancer-screenings?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 13:20:54 -0500 The Political Junkie: Is Jeb Bush toast? The Republican nomination was once thought to be Jeb Bush's to lose. Last week he laid off campaign staff and was delivered another round of bad polling numbers. Is his campaign over? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/26/bcst-the-political-junkie-is-jeb-bush-toast?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 13:07:19 -0500 Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders dies of cancer Phil "Flip" Saunders was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma earlier this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/25/timberwolves-coach-phil-flip-saunders-has-died?refid=0 Sun, 25 Oct 2015 01:20:00 -0500 Former State Rep. Sandra Peterson dies Former State Rep. Sandra Peterson was a long-time advocate for education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/24/former-state-rep-sandra-peterson-dies?refid=0 Sat, 24 Oct 2015 13:15:40 -0500 Is 'Blood on the Tracks' Dylan's best? A discussion about a man who changed the Midwestern music scene: Bob Dylan. One of his most prolific albums Blood on the Tracks is in its 40th year. We talk about the origin of the album and the impact it had on the music, culture, and the Midwest at large. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/23/bcst-blood-on-the-tracks?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2015 11:48:45 -0500 Officials: Emerald ash borer reaches northern Minnesota Emerald ash borers have been found in Duluth, marking the first discovery of the tree-killing pests in northern Minnesota, state agriculture officials said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/23/emerald-ash-borer?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2015 11:09:58 -0500 DNR loses fight against zebra mussels in Christmas Lake Despite "aggressive treatment," zebra mussels continued to reproduce and establish at the Hennepin County lake, the Department of Natural Resources conceded Friday. It's a blow to Minnesota's efforts to defeat the pest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/23/zebra-mussels?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2015 10:47:58 -0500 New Native Theater celebrates sixth anniversary A discussion on authenticity, identity and heritage in Native artists' work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/23/bcst-native-artists?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0500 15-month-old in Amber Alert found safe Anoka County authorities said the Minnesota State Patrol found the girl safe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/22/amber-alert?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2015 19:11:26 -0500 Hmong child bride lawsuit sparks conversation about marriage practices The lawsuit comes against the backdrop of an ongoing conversation within the Hmong community about marriage practices and gender-based violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/22/bcst-hmong-marriage-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2015 15:49:20 -0500 The longevity gap: How much you make affects how long you will live "Life expectancy has been rising fastest for people with higher education or income," says a report from the National Academy of Sciences. "So the gap in longevity by socioeconomic status has been increasing." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/22/bcst-longevity-gap?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2015 12:40:16 -0500 The Art of Wonder A discussion about 'wonder.' http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/21/bcst-the-art-of-wonder?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2015 16:01:20 -0500 Roaming and reading in the U.S. Virgin Islands "The Caribbean has an incredibly rich literary history," said Tiphanie Yanique, the author of "Land of Love and Drowning." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/21/bcst-books-roaming-reading?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2015 14:22:39 -0500 'Peanuts' returns with a new film after 35 years St. Paul cartoonist Charles M. Schulz made his beloved characters an international hit. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock and more will return in "The Peanuts Movie" on Nov. 6. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/21/bcst-peanuts-movie?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2015 13:56:30 -0500 Listen: A conversation about talking with your boss Why isn't it easy to keep lines of communication open between employees and bosses? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/21/bcst-listen-a-conversation-about-talking-with-your-boss?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2015 13:40:15 -0500 Lockdown ends at Normandale Community College Normandale Community College in Bloomington has given the all-clear after going into lockdown for about 45 minutes while police searched for a fleeing suspect near the school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/21/normandale-lockdown?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:57:21 -0500 Dunkin' Donuts rolls out plans for more Twin Cities stores Six months after announcing plans to return to the Twin Cities with 10 locations, the national doughnut and coffee giant on Wednesday said it signed franchise deals for 24 more sites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/21/dunkin-donuts?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2015 10:22:01 -0500 2 injured in overnight shooting in Minneapolis Police responded to the East Phillips neighborhood around 2 a.m. Wednesday on reports of shots fired. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/21/mpls-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2015 06:45:51 -0500 The disappearing 'Katherine Carlyle' Novelist Rupert Thomson has been compared to everyone from Franz Kafka to Oliver Sacks. His newest book centers around a 19-year-old girl who decides to leave her life behind for points unknown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/20/bcst-books-katherine-carlyle?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2015 15:56:32 -0500 Seniors, kids cautioned as air pollution rises in SW Minnesota Elevated pollution levels in parts of southwest and south central Minnesota will make the air unhealthy for sensitive groups through Wednesday morning, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/20/air-quality?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2015 14:58:52 -0500 Despite CEO threat, Cliffs says no plans to shut Iron Range plants Cliffs Natural Resources on Monday backed away from its CEO's vow to close one of its Minnesota Iron Range plants as soon as a rival operation opened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/19/iron-range-plants?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:28:06 -0500 'Fates and Furies': Two sides of the truth Lauren Groff's new book tells the story of a marriage over 24 years, from two very different perspectives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/19/bcst-books-fates-and-furies?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:00:07 -0500 Victim in deadly Minneapolis shooting was a teenager Police are still searching for the suspect in the teen's death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/18/victim-in-deadly-minneapolis-shooting-was-a-teenager?refid=0 Sun, 18 Oct 2015 13:55:00 -0500 A man critically hurt in a shooting dies Officials have not yet released the man's identity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/17/shooting-victim-dies?refid=0 Sat, 17 Oct 2015 12:00:00 -0500 'Glensheen': Murder and a musical Hearing the details of the Glensheen murders, most people don't think "Let's make a musical!" &mdash; but that's exactly what Ron Peluso, Chan Poling and Andrew Fleser have done. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/16/bcst-glensheen-musical?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2015 13:14:34 -0500 Not bad: Twin Cities weekend road woes easing Twin Cities road hassles ebb this weekend as orange cone season starts to wind down, although drivers should watch out for drinking zombies Saturday in Minneapolis. Here's your map. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/16/weekend-road-hassles?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2015 10:54:31 -0500 'Asking for It': Analyzing rape culture -- and what can change it A discussion on sexual violence and how colleges, the media and parents are &mdash; and are not &mdash; addressing it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/16/bcst-asking-for-it?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2015 10:29:12 -0500 Here's where to see fall colors this weekend It's finally peak fall color season in central and southern Minnesota. Sadly, much of northern Minnesota is past its peak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/15/falls-colors?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis cops to start reporting race in stop-searches Supporters say the new policy will help ensure stop-and-frisks are not being carried out in a discriminatory manner. The new reporting is expected to start by year's end. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/15/minneapolis-cops-to-start-reporting-race-in-stop-searches?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:12:44 -0500 Video: Feds forecast warmer winter for Minnesota A strong El Nino effect will bring above-average temperatures across much of the western and northern United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday in its winter outlook. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/15/winter-forecast?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2015 11:56:50 -0500 Radio or streaming service: Where do you listen to music? With more music radio choices than ever, how are listeners' habits changing? Where do people discover new music? And do listeners care about having a deejay? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/14/bcst-music-radio?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:43:13 -0500 Coach Cheryl Reeve on the Lynx and the WNBA championship Head coach Cheryl Reeve discusses how the Lynx will take on game five against the the Indiana Fever tonight in Minneapolis. If the Lynx win, it will be their third national championship in 5 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/14/bcst-lynx-game-five?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:40:12 -0500 Is vinyl worth it? Vinyl album sales have been on the rise for a few years now. Is it just a fad or a real trend? What does it say about what true audiophiles want in sound quality? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/14/bcst-is-vinyl-worth-it?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:26:49 -0500 Milwaukee gun store found negligent in shooting of police officers Jurors ordered Badger Guns to pay nearly $6 million to two police officers who were shot in the head with a gun purchased from the store. The store has already announced it will appeal the ruling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/14/bcst-milwaukee-gun-store-ruling?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:24:47 -0500 What the Planned Parenthood fetal tissue research decision means for Minnesota Planned Parenthood's national president said they would no longer take reimbursements for procuring fetal tissue that's used in research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/13/bcst-planned-parenthood-fetal-tissue?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 15:50:25 -0500 Op-Ed: The NRA's political clout is gun smoke and mirrors Do we give the NRA too much credit for their political clout? Alec MacGillis thinks so. He shared his take on MPR News with Kerri Miller. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/13/bcst-the-nras-political-clout-is-gun-smoke-and-mirrors?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 15:24:49 -0500 Election 2016: Candidate tax plans A conversation about where the 2016 presidential candidates stand on taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/13/bcst-presidential-candidate-tax-plans?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 15:08:16 -0500 10 things to do with your kids on MEA weekend "MEA weekend" means most school children in Minnesota have this coming Thursday and Friday off. Here are a few ideas to make the most of another great fall weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/13/bcst-10-things-to-do-with-your-kids-on-mea-weekend?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:19:15 -0500 UCare lays off 200 after losing state health business The health insurer said the state's decision to pull its MinnesotaCare and Medicaid contracts is forcing it to slash more than 25 percent of its workforce. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/12/ucare-layoffs?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:13:13 -0500 Atul Gawande on 'callous' medicine and end of life care A conversation with Dr. Atul Gawande about a new approach to end of life care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/12/bcst-atul-gawande-on-callous-medicine-and-end-of-life-care?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:40:27 -0500 The future of the Black Lives Matter movement in Minnesota Nekima Levy-Pounds, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas and a spokesperson for Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, discusses where the movement is headed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/09/bcst-black-lives-matter-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 17:09:55 -0500 Trying to understand ISIS recruitment tactics Three reporters who have been covering the recruitment and radicalization of American youths by ISIS discuss how the process works, and the difficulties of reporting on it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/09/bcst-isis-recruitment?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:09:38 -0500 How do you put a monetary value on nature? Mark Tercek, a former investment banker and the current president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy, discusses the important of investing in nature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/13/bcst-value-of-nature?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Richfield officer on leave after video showed him hitting teen Richfield police say an officer recorded on a Twitter video apparently slapping a teen on the back of the head during a stop has been placed on paid administrative leave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/06/richfield-police?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:55:58 -0500 General Mills recalls Cheerios over gluten concerns General Mills is voluntarily recalling about 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced at its Lodi, Calif., operation that were labeled gluten-free but contain wheat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/05/general-mills-cheerios-recall?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:19:29 -0500 Memorial set for 3 siblings killed in Mpls. house fire Friends and family will gather in Robbinsdale Wednesday to remember Latorious, 6, Latora, 5, and Latorianna Thomas, 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/05/fire-memorial?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:55:45 -0500 The frustrating political calculus on gun control Political gridlock and a possible way forward on reducing gun deaths. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/05/the-vexing-political-calculus-on-gun-control?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:54:47 -0500 Delta adding summer nonstops from Twin Cities to Rome Delta Air Lines said Monday it will add daily nonstop service from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Rome starting in May and running through its peak summer season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/05/italy-travel?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:02:45 -0500 Photos: The lively and lovely 2015 Twin Cities Marathon About 8,500 runners participated in this year's event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/05/photos-twin-cities-marathon?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:30:00 -0500 Black Lives-St. Paul stages peaceful protest at marathon No arrests are made during protests at marathon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/04/black-livesst-paul-stages-peaceful-protest?refid=0 Sun, 04 Oct 2015 18:30:00 -0500 Marathon and Black Lives Matter protest both go off as planned Kenyan Dominic Ondoro has won the 2015 Twin Cities Marathon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/04/marathon-goes-as-planned-black-lives-matter-protest-remains-peaceful?refid=0 Sun, 04 Oct 2015 15:09:51 -0500 Lake Calhoun signs updated to include the lake's Dakota name, Bde Maka Ska Signs at Lake Calhoun have been changed to include the lake's Dakota name, Bde Maka Ska. The new signs were approved last month by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/03/lake-calhoun-signs-now-include-bde-maka-ska?refid=0 Sat, 03 Oct 2015 15:08:20 -0500 All about the Twin Cities Marathon: Records, traffic and the route Check out an annotated map of the course and dig into some marathon facts and trivia. Did you know a couple once got married mid-race? They exchanged vows at mile 20. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/03/twin-cities-marathon-overview?refid=0 Sat, 03 Oct 2015 11:29:23 -0500 Highway 100, I-694 closures top Twin Cities weekend road woes A chunk of Minnesota Highway 100 closed Friday until Monday morning? We're shocked. Here's your guide to this weekend's construction hassles. Also keep an eye out Sunday for marathon-related closures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/02/road-woes?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:19:17 -0500 Remembering Rodney King through theater Rodney King is often remembered for his speech in which he asked, "Can we all get along?" But writer and performer Roger Guenveur Smith says there's so much more to the speech -- and to the man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/30/bcst-rodney-king-play?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:54:57 -0500 The role food waste plays in climate change World leaders were served Landfill Salad last week to spark a conversation about the role food waste plays in climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/30/bcst-food-waste?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:44:32 -0500 Let's talk about sex A discussion about sex education and health in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/30/bcst-lets-talk-about-sex?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:27:29 -0500 Can the NFL survive the mounting evidence of player injuries? Steve Almond, the author of "Against Football," and Harry Carson, a former NFL linebacker, discuss the future of the NFL and the sport itself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/30/bcst-future-of-football?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:49:34 -0500 MN hospitals see big drop in unpaid bills for care "Charity care," where hospitals don't expect to get paid, fell dramatically in 2014, though so-called bad debts, where hospitals expected payment, continued to grow. Officials saw the overall trend as positive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/29/unpaid-bills?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:28:56 -0500 Minnesota to spot check college bars for underage drinking, gambling State officials plan to spend the fall college party season looking for underage drinking and illegal sports betting at bars on and around Minnesota college campuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/29/spot-checks?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:38:52 -0500 MN officials reject call to limit police body camera data More than a dozen cities had asked the Minnesota Department of Administration to rule police body camera video is private in most instances. The department declined, tossing the issue back to the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/28/body-cameras?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:40:15 -0500 Photos: Total eclipse of the supermoon Skygazers around the world got outside and looked upward Sunday night as the once-in-a-generation total supermoon eclipse took over the skies. The next one won't happen until 2033. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/28/photos-supermoon?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:39:02 -0500 Mpls. VA: Cleaning fluid was source of mystery residue A black residue found in four sterilizers at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center came from a cleaning product that was not fully rinsed away, officials said Thursday. Surgeries resume Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/24/mpls-va-cleaning-fluid?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 17:22:47 -0500 Officials: One-third of Minnesota wetlands in fair, poor health Wetlands in the state's northeast and north-central regions are in good shape. But in southern Minnesota, farm runoff is a significant threat to wetland biology, state pollution control officials said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/24/wetlands?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 10:18:26 -0500 Lactation stations at Vikes games will be an NFL first The Vikings say they'll install two suites at TCF Bank Stadium, the team's current home, in time for the Vikings-Chiefs game on Oct. 18. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/22/minnesota-vikings-lactation?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:42:35 -0500 Physicist Michio Kaku predicts the future The future is coming fast, according to Kaku. Your cell phone has more computing power than all of NASA did in 1969, when it sent a man to the moon. At that rate, imagine what will be possible by 2020. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/22/bcst-michio-kaku?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:48:45 -0500 Jonathan Franzen on writing women characters and his own cult status National Book Award winner Jonathan Franzen discusses his new novel "Purity" and his own process for writing women characters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/21/mpr_news_presents?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 13:38:03 -0500 Five great stories from the archive, on the occasion of Dan Olson's retirement After 42 years of capturing the sounds and voices of Minnesota, reporter Dan Olson is retiring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/18/bcst-olson-archive?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2015 15:26:52 -0500 Mary Jo Copeland, Mpls. advocate for the poor, to meet pope on U.S. visit Sharing and Caring Hands founder Mary Jo Copeland will meet Pope Francis in person during his visit to the United States next week, according to The Catholic Spirit, the archdiocese newspaper. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/18/poverty-advocate-to-meet-pope?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:43:14 -0500 Appetites: Meet one of the super-users driving Yelp Most Internet users are familiar with Yelp, but you might not realize there is a group of super-users -- called the "Elite Squad" -- whose content keeps the review engine running. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/16/yelp-elite-squad?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2015 14:47:39 -0500 Minnesota DWI sweep nets 1,500 arrests at summer's end The arrests included a mother driving drunk with her child, a driver nearly five times above the legal limit and a minor driving three times above the limit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/15/mn-drunk-driving-sweep?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2015 14:40:24 -0500 Photos: Carlos Hyde runs for two TDs, 49ers top Vikings, 20-3 Minnesota's season-opening loss on "Monday Night Football" featured a pair of botched field goals during a sloppy first half. Things didn't improve much in the second half. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/15/photos-vikings?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:30:00 -0500 Macalester's Marlon James on Man Booker shortlist 'A Brief History of Seven Killings' is the Macalester College professor's third novel. It has already won a slew of major American book awards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/15/man-booker-marlon-james?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2015 06:41:30 -0500 Medtronic buys naming rights for Vikings stadium plaza The medical device giant said Monday it reached a 10-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings to name the space in front of the new stadium Medtronic Plaza. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/14/vikings-stadium-plaza?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:46:32 -0500 Brian Short died from self-inflicted gunshot wound; deaths of family members ruled homicides The medical examiner says the deaths of Karen Short, 48, and her three teenage children were homicides, while Brian Short, 45, died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/12/short-murder-suicide?refid=0 Sat, 12 Sep 2015 09:57:32 -0500 On building trust between the police and the community This summer, police chiefs and community leaders from 75 cities gathered in D.C. to discuss how police departments can build trust in their communities. St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith and Tyrone Terrill made the trip. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/11/bcst-st-paul-policing?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:53:58 -0500 Friday Roundtable: College Presidents Three college presidents discuss persistent concerns about the cost, quality, and value of a college education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/11/bcst-friday-roundtable-kerri?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:33:46 -0500 I-94 west closing tops Twin Cities weekend road woes Interstate 94 west will be shut at Interstate 35E in St. Paul starting tonight until Monday morning. Here's your map of all the Twin Cities weekend driving hassles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/11/weekend-traffic?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:29:33 -0500 Strong chance of Northern Lights tonight across Minnesota The Space Weather Prediction Center is predicting Northern Lights tonight after midnight with a peak between 3 a.m. and dawn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/11/strong-chance-of-northern-lights-tonight?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Minnesota officials probe salmonella outbreak linked to Chipotle State health officials are investigating salmonella cases linked to Chipotle restaurants in Minnesota. Forty-five cases have been reported to the Minnesota Department of Health since last week and the number may rise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/10/chipotle-salmonella?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:50:52 -0500 We walk in beauty: Finding Minnesota's best fall color Weather conditions seem to be aligning to make colors burn bright this fall in Minnesota. The DNR has started updating its annual foliage color finder map, meaning the show isn't far behind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/10/fall-colors?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 13:36:06 -0500 Fergus Falls sausage sold without inspection; officials urge caution Some pork links produced by a Fergus Falls, Minn., company did not receive a state inspection before being sold. State agriculture officials say no illnesses were reported but consumers should return the products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/10/consumer-advisory?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 11:20:16 -0500 The Cedar Cultural Center director is ready to step down "I don't want to be anyone's boss," Rob Simonds told MPR News host Tom Weber. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/09/bcst-the-cedar-cultural-center-is-ready-to-step-down?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2015 16:34:18 -0500 Seeking shelter: Photos of Europe's migrant, refugee crisis Hundreds of thousands of refugees and other migrants are struggling to reach haven in Germany and other European countries. The stream of new arrivals remains steadfast with no end in sight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/09/photos-crisis-in-europe?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2015 13:00:00 -0500 MN health officials: Lab tech's 'misconduct' triggers water quality probe Officials are investigating two years of state water quality testing, including data connected to water systems in Edina, St. Louis Park and Brooklyn Center. Officials say there's no immediate health risk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/08/lab-misconduct?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:23:28 -0500 Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers; 12 Minnesotans sickened Hundreds of people in 27 states were sickened by tainted cucumbers grown in Mexico. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/05/salmonella-cucumbers?refid=0 Sat, 05 Sep 2015 09:09:49 -0500 Weekend Twin Cities traffic woes mix in a little hope, cheaper gas Twin Cities drivers will find assorted hassles on the roads this Labor Day weekend, but gas is cheaper and there's good news for those driving Minnesota 5. Here's your weekend map. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/04/weekend-twin-cities-traffic-woes-mix-in-a-little-hope-cheaper-gas?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:34:34 -0500 MnDOT closing I-94 west in St. Paul Sept. 11-14 Thought Labor Day marked the end of road construction season? MnDOT says it will need to close Interstate 94 westbound at Interstate 35E for several days to replace a bridge deck. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/04/-mndot-closing-i94-west-in-st-paul-sept-1114?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:39:32 -0500 Temp jobs, part-time needs drive MN job vacancies Minnesota employers had nearly 100,000 job openings from April to June, the highest level in 14 years, state officials said Thursday. Most were for part-time, temporary or seasonal work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/03/mn-job-vacancies?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:29:42 -0500 St. Paul man snags his second big Minnesota Lottery prize Jeffrey Bock won $100,000 on an All or Nothing drawing, months after winning $20,000 on a scratch off game, state lottery officials said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/01/lottery?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:03:13 -0500 Target cuts 275 more jobs, mostly in Twin Cities Target said Tuesday it cut about 275 jobs and eliminated another 35 open positions largely among technology teams as it moves to a new tech support system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/01/target-layoffs?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:15:00 -0500 Man pleads guilty to stalking The Current's Mary Lucia Patrick Henry Kelly told a judge on Monday that he understood he had violated restraining orders when he left notes and gifts at Lucia's home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/31/man-pleads-guilty-to-stalking-the-currents-mary-lucia?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:03:22 -0500 Mpls. cops: 2 arrested in robbery of 90-year-old Two people suspected in the Aug. 5 robbery of a 90-year-old woman near Lake Nokomis have been arrested. They arrests came after police sought the public's help in the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/31/robbery-suspects-arrested?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:50:46 -0500 Pedestrian dies on I-94 east in St. Paul The Minnesota State Patrol says a 54-year-old man was killed on Interstate 94. He was identified as Munson Walker, III. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/31/accident?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:35:40 -0500 Weekend road closures bring more slow go around the metro Summer road construction season drags on across the Twin Cities. Here's your weekend closures map. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/28/road-closures?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:28:17 -0500 Mpls. cops seek public's help to ID suspects in robbery of 90-year-old Minneapolis police Thursday posted photos of two suspects they say robbed a 90-year-old woman just before noon on Aug. 5 as she walked home from her neighborhood grocery store. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/27/police-seek-robbery-suspects?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:59:50 -0500 Tall tale: Baby giraffe is latest Como Zoo birth Cue the "awww" meter. The baby is the 19th giraffe born at the zoo in the past two decades. The yet-to-be named creature may make her public debut today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/27/baby-giraffe?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:23:08 -0500 Appetites: A guide to Lowertown's new eateries Suddenly the downtown Saint Paul neighborhood is a dining and drinking destination for people down the street and across the river. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/26/appetites-lowertown-st-paul-restaurants?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:26:19 -0500 'Born to Run' proved Springsteen's mass appeal Bruce Springsteen's first two records were loved by the critics but didn't sell well. The "Born to Run" album was considered a last-ditch effort to see if Springsteen's music could appeal to a wide audience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/25/music?refid=0 Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:00:56 -0500 Understanding paramedics' protocols To offer a deeper understanding of how paramedics are trained to deal with the issues surrounding families, 'do not resuscitate' orders and the work of saving lives, MPR News host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Mike Trullinger, a supervisor at Hennepin County Emergency Medical Services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/21/paramedics?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:17:35 -0500 The Beatles at the Met: 50 years ago today Fifty years ago, the Beatles performed live at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. It was their first and only visit to Minnesota -- and the only stop that didn't sell out on their U.S. tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/21/music-beatles?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:12:35 -0500 'We Believe the Children': Child abuse hysteria in the 1980s In the 1980s, horrific allegations of child sexual abuse sprang up around the nation, including in Minnesota. As Richard Beck's new book explains, it was part of a mass hysteria on par with the Salem with trials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/21/bcst-books-thread-we-believe-the-children?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:36:07 -0500 Dayton approves aid for 3 storm-damaged counties The Department of Public Safety said Gov. Mark Dayton approved the request for help from Todd, Cass and Crow Wing Counties. The agency found in a preliminary estimate the counties had $1.3 million in damage qualified to receive aid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/19/disaster-aid?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:06:58 -0500 Police ask for help locating missing Minneapolis boy The Minneapolis Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating 11-year-old Terrell Smith, who was last seen Friday evening near Farview Park in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/15/missing-mpls-boy?refid=0 Sat, 15 Aug 2015 14:11:52 -0500 Keep watch on pets, Bloomington warns after coyote attacks Bloomington officials are urging residents with pets to be on alert following recent reports of coyote attacks on dogs in the southwest part of the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/14/coyotes-twin-cities?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:43:24 -0500 Missing Grand Rapids teen found safe Late Friday night, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported that Vivian Vanarnhem-Winckler, 15, had been located. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/14/missing-teen?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:54:51 -0500 U women alleging sexual harassment by Teague come forward The two high-level U of M employees who filed sexual harassment complaints against ex-athletic director Norwood Teague went public Thursday, calling Teague's behavior frightening and saying they feared there would be other victims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/13/teague-complaints?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 15:53:48 -0500 Meow-za: The Internet Cat Video Festival turns four Organizers expect more than 10,000 people to curl up at CHS Field for 70 minutes of the Internet's best cat videos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/12/internet-cat-video-festival?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:25:45 -0500 Appetites: Cooking with local oils The author of "Minnesota's Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook" says that local oils are a great complement for the fresh herbs that are available at farmers market and in backyards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/12/appetites-cooking-oils?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:20:07 -0500 Goetz keeps U athletics focused on future amid Teague scandal Beth Goetz became the University of Minnesota's interim athletic director Friday after Norwood Teague resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. Goetz tells MPR News she's confident the scandal won't hurt player recruitment or fundraising. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/12/goetz?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2015 08:43:37 -0500 Timberwolves coach Saunders being treated for cancer Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Flip Saunders said Tuesday he's been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. He'll continue as coach during treatment, the team said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/11/flip-saunders?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:16:22 -0500 MN health officials: Teen did not die from rare lake amoeba A 14-year-old Minnesota boy who was believed to have died from an infection linked to a rare, brain swelling amoeba died instead from a bacterial infection, state health officials said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/10/mn-health-officials-teen-did-not-die-from-rare-lake-amoeba?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:49:16 -0500 Jason Segel on playing David Foster Wallace and filming in Minnesota The film "The End of the Tour" captures the last leg of David Foster Wallace's 1996 book tour for "Infinite Jest." It includes stops throughout the Twin Cities, including the Mall of America. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/07/bcst-books-thread-david-foster-wallace-jason-segel-end-of-tour?refid=0 Fri, 07 Aug 2015 13:14:32 -0500 'The Cartel': The cost of the war on drugs Don Winslow's new book about the drug trade in Mexico is fictional, but he dedicated it to the many journalists who lost their lives telling the truth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/06/bcst-books-thread-the-cartel?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2015 12:59:40 -0500 'Anxious': Understanding fear and anxiety Joseph LeDoux explains the science behind fear and anxiety disorders, which affect about 20 percent of the population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/06/bcst-books-thread-anxious?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2015 12:00:18 -0500 NHL unveils ticket prices, details for Minneapolis Winter Classic Tickets for the outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks will run from $109 to $449. Officials said the game will enhance a growing rivalry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/05/winter-classic?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 14:22:56 -0500 Grand jury: Lino Lakes officer's deadly force at traffic stop justified An Anoka County jury declined to indict Officer William Owens in the shooting death of Sam Holmes during a May 8 traffic stop, the county attorney's office said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/05/grand-jury-lino-lakes?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 12:08:50 -0500 S&P: Minnesota's fiscal picture brightening, top debt rating may return The credit rating firm Standard & Poor's on Wednesday boosted its outlook for Minnesota from "stable" to "positive" with upbeat comments about the state's fiscal health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/05/minnesota-fiscal-picture?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 11:39:08 -0500 Minnesota DNR: Zebra mussels found in Meeker County lake The invasive pests were found in Lake Stella. It appears to be the first confirmation of zebra mussels in Meeker County, west of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/04/zebra-mussels?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:34:25 -0500 Mpls. VA: Meditation aids some vets struggling with PTSD Researchers at the Minneapolis VA hospital found meditation techniques can help veterans of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/04/meditation-helps-vets?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:23:30 -0500 MN student testing vendor cuts pay to settle fight over problems Testing contractor Pearson will take $1 million off its new contract and add up to $4.7 million in services to settle with the state over a spate of spring testing glitches. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/03/testing-vendor-deal?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:57:22 -0500 Mille Lacs walleye season closes Monday evening Walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs will close at 10 p.m. Monday. Minnesota conservation officials confirmed Sunday that the catch had exceeded the tight quota for the season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/02/mille-lacs-walleye-season-closes-monday?refid=0 Sun, 02 Aug 2015 15:30:55 -0500 Ramsey County beaches reopen to swimming Public beaches on Long Lake and Lake Johanna reopened Friday after being closed for more than a day over unhealthy E. coli levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/31/beaches-open?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:05:34 -0500 The power of art to heal grief When Joseph Luzzi lost his wife, he had to plot a path out of grief. He used Dante's "Divine Comedy" as a road map. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/30/bcst-books-thread-dark-wood?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:07:54 -0500 U.S. officials want to question MN dentist in Cecil the lion killing Federal conservation officials say they've been unable to reach Dr. Walter Palmer as they investigate his lion hunt in Zimbabwe. On Thursday, they called on Palmer to respond immediately. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/30/cecil-lion-investigation?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:46:49 -0500 Two Ramsey County beaches closed due to E. coli The beaches on Lake Johanna in Arden Hills and Long Lake in New Brighton were closed as of Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/29/e-coli-beaches?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:09:35 -0500 University of Minnesota: East Bank clear after gas leak University of Minnesota officials gave the all clear Wednesday morning following a warning of a gas leak on the East Bank campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/29/gas-leak?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:31:45 -0500 Zebra mussels found in Becker County's Big Cormorant Lake State officials say while the numbers are low, the zebra mussels aren't concentrated in one place so treatment isn't an option at the popular northwest Minnesota lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/27/zebra-mussels-big-cormorant-lake?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:49:36 -0500 Suspicious packages briefly close Capitol area Construction workers were evacuated from the State Capitol, which is undergoing renovation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/27/capitol-package?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:15:00 -0500 MnDOT closing I-94 eastbound in St. Paul this weekend After closing Interstate 94 westbound last weekend in St. Paul, officials say eastbound will close this coming weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/27/interstate-closure?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:21:34 -0500 Twin Cities Liberian community celebrates Liberia's Independence Day Pastor Harding Smith, who helped organize the celebration, said it has been a tough year for natives of Liberia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/25/local-liberian-independence-day-celebration?refid=0 Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:46:43 -0500 Police shoot man overnight in downtown Minneapolis An officer shot a man near North Fourth Street and First Avenue. He was transported to the hospital with a non-life-threatening injury. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/25/overnight-police-shooting-downtown-minneapolis?refid=0 Sat, 25 Jul 2015 11:23:46 -0500 I-94 westbound closes for the weekend in St. Paul; detours abound in west metro MnDOT officials are optimistic that, after the I-94 closures, work on the Snelling Avenue overpass will be complete by opening day of the State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/24/weekend-traffic?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:29:26 -0500 Standoff between cops, juveniles ends peacefully in St. Paul's North End A stolen car allegedly led to a confrontation Friday afternoon between police and juveniles in St. Paul's North End. Three juveniles were taken into custody. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/24/st-paul-police?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:47:21 -0500 Photos: Building boats, and learning lifelong skills Youth interns at St. Paul's Urban Boatbuilders are putting the finishing touches on wooden boats that they have been working on throughout the summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/23/boat-building?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:29:34 -0500 Wright's time: Minnesota Supreme Court justice ready for federal bench Minnesota Judge Wilhelmina Wright first learned of the law by watching her mother fight public school segregation in Virginia. It's a path that will soon lead to a federal judgeship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/22/wilhelmina-wright?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:06:11 -0500 Former Fergus Falls asylum searching for developer Community members there have been fighting for years to save the building from demolition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/22/koop?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:43:31 -0500 Vikings, Peterson reach deal to keep him playing in Minnesota "This agreement is a win for both Adrian and the Vikings and is a positive step toward Adrian finishing his career as a Minnesota Viking," the team said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/21/viking-peterson-deal?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:32:11 -0500 Grim road: Minnesota traffic deaths leap in 2015 Weekend fatalities pushed Minnesota 2015 road deaths above 200, 21 percent higher than the same time last year. On Monday, officials pleaded with drivers to curb the deadly trend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/20/traffic-fatalities?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:25:00 -0500 The Thread Book Club: 'In a Dark Wood' In one tragic instant, Joseph Luzzi became a widower and a first-time father. His memoir describes how he turned to the 14th century poet Dante to find his way through the grief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/17/books-thread-book-club-july-in-a-dark-wood?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:33:17 -0500 Miles Davis came back strong 60 years ago Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk performed Monk's composition "Round Midnight" live at the Newport Jazz Festival 60 years ago today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/17/music?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:55:46 -0500 Police teacher explains takedown tactic The technique that a transit cop used on a transit scofflaw may appear more violent than it is, the teacher explained. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/16/police-teacher-explains-takedown-tactic?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:26:46 -0500 Worker: Safety at security hospital has deteriorated in recent years Concerns about dangerous conditions for workers at the Minnesota Security Hospital continue after an assault left a security counselor severely injured Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/16/headlee?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 08:03:12 -0500 Appetites: Getting a taste of the world of salt Beth Dooley, author of books such as "Minnesota's Bounty: the Farmers Market Cookbook," explains how salts of different colors or origins can be anything but pale and mundane. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/15/appetites-salt?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:18:37 -0500 Twins' Dozier makes the most of All-Star appearance In winning the game 6-3, the American League team won home-field advantage in the World Series. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/15/npr-all-star-game?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:03:24 -0500 Boy dies of apparent amoeba infection The Alexandria, Minn., boy was thought to have been infected while swimming in a central Minnesota lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/09/hunter-boutain?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2015 15:32:16 -0500 Met Council backs cuts to put Southwest light rail back on track The Metropolitan Council on Wednesday backed $250 million in cuts to the proposed Southwest Corridor light rail line, a move intended to stem the line's spiraling costs and rescue the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/08/southwest-light-rail-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:30:28 -0500 United Continental flights resume after temporary grounding It was the second time in two months that the Chicago carrier has been hit by major technical issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/08/united-flights?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 08:34:07 -0500 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