Minnesota Public Radio features by Peter Cox http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31310 en-us Copyright 2016 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:57:14 -0600 Minnesota Public Radio features by Peter Cox http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Almost 300 sex assaults reported on MN campuses in 2015 The state issued its first-ever data report on campus sexual assault on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/02/almost-300-sex-assaults-reported-on-mn-campuses-in-2015?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0600 With 2-year school, St. Thomas seeks to help low-income students With a combined $18 million in private donations, St. Thomas plans to open the two-year Dougherty Family College next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/22/with-2year-school-st-thomas-seeks-to-help-lowincome-students-dougherty?refid=0 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:57:11 -0600 Man charged with bias crime in attack of Somali-speaking person on bus Prosecutors charged a homeless man with a bias crime for an attack on a man who was speaking Somali while riding a Metro Transit bus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/22/man-charged-with-bias-crime-in-attack-of-somalispeaking-person-on-bus?refid=0 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:53:48 -0600 Search for vulnerable St. Peter girl shifts to Minnesota River Officials say they've been unable to find Mya Ann Arriage, a non-verbal, developmentally disabled 12-year-old who wandered from her St. Peter, Minn., home early Friday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/11/stpeter-minn-vulnerable-girl-missing-search?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:08:42 -0600 Jason Lewis says Republicans now have a mandate The former conservative talk radio host edged out Democrat Angie Craig in Minnesota's second congressional district, taking 47 percent of the vote to her 45 percent in an open-seat contest following the retirement of U.S. Rep. John Kline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/09/jason-lewis-congress-republican-mandate?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 18:57:48 -0600 Video: Man bitten by K-9, kicked by St. Paul cop; chief apologizes Chief Todd Axtell released dash cam video of the police confrontation with an African-American man. Two officers have been disciplined. The man's lawyer described his client's injuries in gruesome detail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/04/stpaul-probes-incident-cops-citizen-police-dog?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2016 10:09:16 -0500 At the U, some push hate crime probe after Muslim student group sign vandalized The word "ISIS" was spray painted on a sign for the Muslim Student Association on the Washington Avenue Bridge the U of M campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/03/muslim-student-group-university-minnesota-graffiti?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2016 13:37:49 -0500 Myriad options, pressures can silence sex assault victims After a sexual assault, victims face daunting, sometimes convoluted ways to pursue justice. And a surprising number of them choose not to go to police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/03/difficulty-reporting-sexual-assault-on-college-campuses?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Stevens Co. sheriff's deputy fatally shoots man after 50-mile chase Jay Holmgren was fatally shot by a Stevens County sheriff's deputy Friday morning, after leading officers on a 50-mile chase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/29/stevens-co-sheriffs-deputy-shoots-kill-man-after-chase?refid=0 Sat, 29 Oct 2016 19:23:25 -0500 Former cult leader gets 30 years for sexual abuse Victor Barnard pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, part of a plea deal. He'd originally faced 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/28/victor-barnard-sentence?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2016 19:25:43 -0500 MCAD faculty vote to unionize Two separate bargaining units approved joining the Service Employees International Union Local 284. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/19/mcad-faculty-vote-to-unionize?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:39:07 -0500 Edina council hears criticism of policing in wake of video confrontation The Edina City Council says it wants to listen to and address concerns brought after a video circulated widely of a white plainclothes police officer interacting with a black man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/19/edina-criticism-pedestrian-confrontation?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:00:38 -0500 U regents approve demolition of grain elevators The university also received comments from around 100 people who are questioning the U's move, saying the structures should be saved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/14/u-regents-approve-demolition-grain-elevators?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:29:59 -0500 Passport event readies U of M students to study abroad Nearly 200 took part in Passport Factory Thursday, an event that covered their passport fees and encouraged a broader pool of students to consider studying abroad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/14/university-of-minnesota-passport-program-study-abroad?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0500 St. Paul council OKs later liquor store hours The newly amended ordinance allow stores and breweries to sell liquor and growlers of beer until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/12/st-paul-allows-later-liquor-sales?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:18:36 -0500 Growing group of MN Republicans withdrawing support from Trump Several of Minnesota's top Republicans have withdrawn their support for Donald Trump, after video surfaced of the GOP presidential nominee making vulgar, sexually charged comments about women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/08/growing-group-of-mn-republicans-withdrawing-support-from-trump?refid=0 Sat, 08 Oct 2016 15:38:19 -0500 'You won't be seeing me again': FBI details St. Cloud mall attack Dahir Adan's actions suggest he "may have been radicalized, either with the influence of others or on his own," an FBI investigator said. Officials said an off-duty officer was justified in killing Adan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/06/st-cloud-mall-stabbing-investigation?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:54:02 -0500 Mpls. College of Art and Design faculty voting on unionization Ballots are being sent to Minneapolis College of Art and Design faculty for a vote on whether to join SEIU Local 284. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/05/mcad-faculty-unionization-vote?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2016 20:25:26 -0500 Ryder Cup gets underway in classic, raucous form Seats at the Ryder Cup started filling at 5 a.m. Friday with fans from around the U.S. and Europe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/30/ryder-cup-day-one-underway-chaska-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:32:37 -0500 Ryder Cup gets underway The highly anticipated tournament, which started in 1927, pits a team of top American golfers against their European counterparts. It's unlike any other golf tournament. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/30/ryder-cup-starts-today-in-chaska?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:56:03 -0500 Hamline University considering changes in curriculum, staffing Preliminary recommendations include combining the African American and Women's Studies programs under a social justice umbrella. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/28/hamline-university-considering-changes-to-curriculum-staffing?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:48:20 -0500 Mediator brings Allina, nurses back to the bargaining table Thousands of nurses at five hospitals went on strike Sept. 5 after negotiations on a three-year contract broke off earlier this month. The contract expired June 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/24/allina-nurses-back-to-bargaining?refid=0 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:30:38 -0500 St. Cloud mall attacker buried; family demands thorough probe Dahir Adan's family offered sympathy to his stabbing victims and called for a "timely, transparent and full investigation" of what happened. They asked the public to wait "until all the facts are known." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/23/stcloud-mall-attacker-family-thorough-probe-needed?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:11:43 -0500 After a week, more questions, few answers in St. Cloud mall attack Authorities say Dahir Adan, 20, slashed his way through a Saturday night crowd at the Crossroads Center mall last weekend. Since then, investigators, city leaders and Adan's friends are still trying to figure out what led the former college student to such violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/23/st-cloud-mall-stabbing-update?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500 'This is what St. Cloud looks like': Students rally for unity after mall stabbing As the investigation into the stabbing continued Tuesday, St. Cloud State University students held a rally on campus to promote solidarity and understanding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/20/st-cloud-state-unity-rally-photos?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:34:18 -0500 Wetterling case confession brings pain to central MN kids, parents The story of what happened to Wetterling was told in disturbing detail on Tuesday as Heinrich recounted that night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/07/wetterling-case-confession-brings-pain-to-central-mn-kids-parents?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2016 07:28:47 -0500 Dept. of Corrections confirms: Stillwater warden under investigation Steve Hammer has been placed on investigative leave this week for undisclosed reasons. He remains on pay status, the department said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/02/stillwater-prison-warden-investigated?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2016 16:39:23 -0500 Twin Cities, be ready for an especially bad commute tonight With four major sporting events and the State Fair all taking place Thursday night, roadways and public transit in Minneapolis and St. Paul are expected to be very busy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/01/traffic-transit-congestion-expected-games-fair?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Judge orders Mpls. metal shredder shut down over pollution A Ramsey County judge ordered Northern Metals to close its metals recovery plant until state officials issue a new air permit or the company proves it's no longer polluting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/31/judge-orders-minneapolis-metal-shredder-shutdown?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:17:21 -0500 Vikings: QB Bridgewater has dislocated knee, torn ACL Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is expected to miss at least the next season while recovering from a dislocated left knee and torn anterior cruciate ligament after a freak practice injury on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/30/vikings-teddy-bridgewater-goes-down-in-practice-with-injury?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:19:04 -0500 Photos: U of M Marching Band director makes history, quietly Betsy McCann is the first woman to lead the U's marching band -- and the first woman to lead any Big Ten marching band. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/29/u-of-m-marching-band-director-makes-history-mccann?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Republican Askar suspends race against Ilhan Omar He cites family issues in the decision to halt his campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/27/republican-askar-suspends-race-against-ilhan-omar?refid=0 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:00:00 -0500 Frozen Graceland? Prince's Paisley Park opens to public in October Prince's former home and studio in Chanhassen will open as a museum and be run by a firm with ties to Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion. Here's how to get tickets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/24/prince-paisley-park-open-public-tours-october?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:27:31 -0500 MN United begins Major League Soccer games in March More than a year after Minnesota won a Major League Soccer franchise, the actual entry date is official: Minnesota United FC will begin playing in the top league in 2017. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/20/major-league-soccer-in-minnesota-spring?refid=0 Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:22:28 -0500 Tribes considering legal options over Mille Lacs walleye quotas The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe's chief executive says treaty rights attorneys are assessing legal options and the tribe will do "whatever we must" to protect walleye. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/17/mille-lacs-walley-fishing-band-considering-legal-options?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:49:49 -0500 State Fair to check bags at all entry gates The State Fair says bags, purses, coolers and packages will now be subject to search at each of the fair's 11 entrances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/16/bag-checks-security-measures-mn-state-fair?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:32:18 -0500 Race for Minn. House seat will have a Somali-American winner Look for history to be made in the race for a Minneapolis seat in the Minnesota House — the first Somali-American candidate will be elected to the state Legislature. DFL-er Ilhan Omar and Republican Abdimalik Askar meet in the general election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/10/somali-american-candidate-to-become-first-in-legislature?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2016 19:07:22 -0500 Issues abound in filing police misconduct complaints, report finds A new report from the Minneapolis Police Conduct Oversight Commission found several issues with the department's process for filing misconduct complaints, especially at the precinct level. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/09/issues-found-filing-minneapolis-police-misconduct-reports?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2016 17:46:47 -0500 Downtown Mpls. shooting injures two Two men were shot and wounded Saturday in downtown Minneapolis at about 3:15 a.m. on the 300 block of First Avenue North. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/07/downtown-mpls-shooting-injures-two?refid=0 Sun, 07 Aug 2016 09:19:29 -0500 Oxygen, smoking cause fatal fire in St. Paul One man died early Saturday morning in a fire at his East Side home. The fire was reported by neighbors around 6 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/07/oxygen-smoking-cause-fatal-fire-in-st-paul?refid=0 Sun, 07 Aug 2016 09:11:58 -0500 Teen charged with killing 19-year-old cyclist in Mpls. Prosecutors say Marcel Tyrone Farr, 17, shot Tabyis Paskins early Wednesday morning. Farr had asked a teen with Paskins about being in a gang before allegedly opening fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/05/teen-charged-with-murder-after-asking-about-gang?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2016 17:17:56 -0500 In speech, Trump targets Somalis in Minnesota, Maine Trump says the U.S. does not do a good job of vetting refugees, which he says raises safety issues in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/05/trump-takes-aim-at-somalis?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2016 06:51:06 -0500 Police ID 31-year-old Alexandria man dead after BCA shooting Tuesday The St. Paul Police Department identified the man shot by BCA agents Tuesday as 31-year-old Adam Jo Klimek of Alexandria. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/04/police-alexandria-man-dead-after-bca-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:33:43 -0500 Mpls. Fed chief, activists talk about economic gap The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis met with activists and northside residents Wednesday over racial and economic disparities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/03/fed-president-meets-activists?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2016 18:12:11 -0500 Bankruptcy judge rules Twin Cities archdiocese not hiding assets A judge has rejected a request to consolidate the assets of the Twin Cities archdiocese, a blow to clergy sexual abuse victims who have filed claims in the court as creditors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/29/archdiocese-bankruptcy-assets?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 06:39:26 -0500 Minnesota mom convicted of hiding 2 teen daughters from dad Sandra Grazzini-Rucki was found guilty of concealing her two daughters from their father for more than two years during a bitter divorce. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/28/mom-convicted-of-hiding-teen-daughters-from-dad?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:06:05 -0500 Tense day as police clear Summit Avenue protesters, make arrests St. Paul police and protesters spent tense hours together Tuesday after officers cleared a protest encampment outside the governor's residence and protesters took to the street. Authorities blamed a few protesters for extending the confrontations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/26/summit-avenue-protests?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:23:13 -0500 Heat wave continues, air quality worsens An excessive heat warning for most of the state has some cities opening up cooling centers for people to get relief. At the Schwan's USA Cup youth soccer tournament, games are shorter and water breaks mandatory. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/21/hot-weather-forces-minnesotans-change?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:13:33 -0500 Did the Vatican halt an investigation into former Twin Cities Archbishop Nienstedt? One document released Wednesday as part of a settlement suggests that orders to halt the investigation into former Archbishop John Neinstedt came from Rome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/21/nienstedt-investigation-documents?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Rondo Days brings peace to a week marked by protests A small group of demonstrators continued after the parade to an overpass of I-94, the freeway which split the neighborhood in two in the mid-1960s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/16/rondo-days-protest-parade?refid=0 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:46:37 -0500 2-year-old caught in shooting remembered; father faces charges Relatives paid last respects Friday to a 2-year-old killed in a drive-by shooting. His father was charged the same day in connection with the crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/15/man-charged-in-connection-to-sons-shooting-death?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:03:32 -0500 Police back on Lynx duty following T-shirt flap Last week, four off-duty officers walked away from security jobs because of the T-shirts, which memorialized two black men killed by police, along with Dallas officers hurt and killed in an attack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/15/lynx-tshirts-police?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2016 08:53:16 -0500 For-profit colleges in Minnesota face new challenges In 2011, Minnesota School of Business had 258 students studying at its Lakeville campus. Now the campus' single building is being cleared out in preparation for sale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/07/for-profit-schools-face-new-challenges?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Harteau makes sweeping changes in Mpls. police precinct, department leadership The reorganization announced Tuesday changes the command of several precincts. Lt. Michael Friestleben will not return to command the 4th Precinct, but will lead community policing throughout the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/05/harteau-shakes-up-department?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2016 22:01:43 -0500 Photos: A small-town Fourth in the middle of St. Paul It's nearly 70 years old, runs five blocks long and lasts about a half an hour. But the neighbors of St. Anthony Park wouldn't miss their July 4 parade for anything. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/04/photos-st-anthony-park-july-4th-parade?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jul 2016 20:21:31 -0500 Small plane makes emergency landing on I-35 in Chisago Co. The Minnesota State Patrol said the emergency landing happened while the road was open and traffic was moving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/02/interstate-plan-landing-wyoming-mn?refid=0 Sat, 02 Jul 2016 11:01:11 -0500 DHS: Staffer at Grand Rapids youth treatment center had sex with two clients A state investigation found a staff person at a Grand Rapids, Minn. adolescent drug treatment center had sex with two kids there. A criminal complaint filed in Itasca County Court identifies Melanie Lynn Peterson, 30, as the staff person. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/01/youth-treatment-staffer-abuse-dhs-report?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:01:33 -0500 No criminal charges after drug investigation of U of M wrestlers A case report released by University of Minnesota Police Wednesday says Hennepin County declined the case due to "lack of evidence." It says the Minneapolis City Attorney's Office also declined to prosecute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/30/u-wrestling-drug-investigation?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:54:19 -0500 Franklin Graham urges Minnesota Christians to run locally More than 2,000 people packed the state Capitol lawn Thursday to hear the Rev. Franklin Graham encourage evangelical Christians to "put God back into the political picture of the United States of America." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/16/franklin-graham-urges-minn-christians-to-run-locally?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:27:32 -0500 Lawsuit: 2 brewers were fired because they are black A federal lawsuit alleges the brewers working for Third Street Brewhouse were fired because of their race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/15/brewery-discrimination-lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:20:21 -0500 Hundreds attend Loring Park vigil for Orlando shooting victims Singers, politicians and community leaders took the stage in mourning and solidarity with the LGBT community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/13/loring-park-vigil-orlando-shooting-victims?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2016 06:13:35 -0500 New Minn. memorial honors service of soldiers in 'secret war' Hundreds gathered on a very warm Saturday at the state Capitol for the dedication of a memorial to U.S. and Alliance Special Forces in Laos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/11/lao-hmong-veterans-memorial?refid=0 Sat, 11 Jun 2016 15:33:25 -0500 U regents approve tuition increase for Twin Cities students University President Eric Kaler said the tuition hikes are due to several factors, including a lack of increased funding from the state Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/10/university-minnesota-increases-tuition?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:10:27 -0500 U to award honorary degree to Prince The university's 12 regents voted unanimously Friday to bestow an honorary doctorate of humane letters to the singer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/10/prince-posthumous-honorary-degree?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 11:09:14 -0500 Protesters removed from U of M regents meeting The students were protesting proposed tuition hikes at the Twin Cities campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/10/protesters-arrested-u-regents-meeting?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 11:02:26 -0500 Summit to prevent campus sexual assault kicks off in St. Paul The two-day conference at Metro State University will attempt to address the problems with preventing, reporting and investigating sexual assault on campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/09/summit-prevent-campus-sexual-assault?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2016 06:45:06 -0500 After feds decline civil rights prosecution in Clark case, what now? The Minneapolis NAACP president says she won't participate in talks with U.S. Attorney Andy Luger. Nekima Levy-Pounds is calling for a "paradigm shift." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/02/jamar-clark-dialogue-what-happens-next?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2016 06:09:22 -0500 U police investigating alleged drug use, sales among wrestlers News reports have cited sources that say multiple wrestlers were using Xanax, a prescription anti-anxiety drug, and four of them were selling it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/27/university-police-investigate-alleged-drug-use-sales-gophers-wrestlers?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2016 17:33:41 -0500 Man dies in St. Paul officer-involved shooting Police say the man fired at officers, who returned fire and killed him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/26/stpaul-cops-on-scene-of-officer-involved-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2016 16:08:04 -0500 Tax credits aim to help ease sting of student debt, encourage saving Minnesotans carry the fifth-highest student debt burden in the country. But a provision in the tax bill awaiting action by Gov. Mark Dayton is aimed at giving debt-laden grads some help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/26/tax-credits-aim-to-ease-sting-student-debt?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2016 05:45:40 -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 Auditor: University of Minnesota human research reforms on track A year after issuing a stinging criticism of how University of Minnesota researchers dealt with human test subjects, Minnesota's legislative auditor says the U's policy changes appear to be ambitious and far-reaching. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/19/auditor-university-minnesota-human-research-reforms-on-track?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2016 16:48:24 -0500 For-profit Globe schools close as chain awaits fraud lawsuit decision The schools will cut 45 jobs at the campuses and at the corporate office in Woodbury. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/17/globe-schools-close-amid-fraud-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2016 16:05:48 -0500 Coyle takes over struggling U athletics program The University of Minnesota and its supporters hope Mark Coyle's hiring turns a new page for the U's athletics department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/16/coyle-takes-over-struggling-u-athletics-program?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2016 06:00:04 -0500 Glen Nelson, Twin Cities doctor, philanthropist and health care leader, dies at 79 Nelson was the son of pharmacists who went on to become a surgeon. He later led Park Nicollet and Medtronic and was involved in several boards across the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/14/glen-nelson-dies?refid=0 Sat, 14 May 2016 18:03:47 -0500 Students say U needs to increase mental health funds Several University of Minnesota students voiced disappointment Friday with a proposed budget they say doesn't do enough to provide mental health services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/13/students-mental-health?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2016 18:25:41 -0500 Police ask for help to find missing U student University Police issued a missing person alert Thursday afternoon for 20-year-old David Michael Miller, a third year student at the Twin Cities campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/12/missing-university-student-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2016 16:03:12 -0500 BCA: Man shot by St. Paul police was firing at officers The BCA says Jaffort Demont Smith, 33, of St. Paul was shot by officers as he fired at them and refused to drop his weapon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/10/man-shot-by-st-paul-officers-identified?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2016 15:44:37 -0500 U basketball player released as sex assault investigation continues Center Reggie Lynch has been released from jail, where he'd been held on suspicion of rape. Hennepin County prosecutors say they've sent the case back to investigators for more information. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/10/u-basketball-player-released-sex-assault-investigation-continues?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2016 12:52:47 -0500 Columbia Heights, Fridley officers cleared in man's death An Anoka County grand jury cleared two police officers in the fatal shooting of Michael Kirvelay last November in Columbia Heights, the county attorney's office said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/06/police-not-charged-columbia-heights-killing?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2016 18:21:56 -0500 U proposes tuition hikes for most students; out-of-state students taking the biggest hit The proposed budget headed to the Board of Regents Friday calls for a 9.9 percent tuition increase for non-resident, non-reciprocity students attending the Twin Cities campus. Other students may see increases around 2.5 percent beginning this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/06/u-budget-proposes-tuition-hike?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2016 12:00:00 -0500 Improving labor market turns tables on restaurant owners As the state's unemployment rate has fallen, the number of open jobs has increased. That means more employers are competing for a smaller pool of applicants. That's especially true for Minnesota's hospitality and restaurant industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/04/improving-labor-market-turns-tables-on-restaurant-owners?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2016 06:57:16 -0500 Carlson sells hotel empire to Chinese conglomerate Minnetonka-based Carlson Companies said Wednesday it is selling its iconic worldwide hotel operations to HNA Tourism Group Co., Ltd. -- a stunning turn for one of the Twin Cities' legendary corporate giants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/27/carlson-sells-hotel-empire-to-chinese-conglomerate?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:03:22 -0500 St. Paul hotel and restaurant businessman Bill Morrissey dies Bill Morrissey, 61, died on Monday. His company, Morrissey Hospitality, ran the St. Paul Hotel and several other Twin Cities hotels and restaurants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/26/bill-morrissey-hospitality-st-paul-dies?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:43:12 -0500 What will happen to Prince's unreleased recordings? In a career that spanned five decades, Prince released 39 studio albums. Now, there's growing curiosity about what will happen to a vault of unreleased material. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/25/what-will-happen-prince-vault-unreleased-music?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2016 06:21:56 -0500 MN education commissioner applies for Minneapolis superintendent job Brenda Cassellius has been the state education commissioner since 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/22/cassellius-applies-for-minneapolis-job?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:01:00 -0500 The 6 CDs Prince bought on his last trip to the Electric Fetus Prince made his last purchases at iconic Minneapolis record store the Electric Fetus on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/21/prince-last-cd-purchases-at-electric-fetus?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:03:58 -0500 MnDOT: St. Croix Crossing will look more like a bridge by year's end Construction on the St. Croix River bridge project is speeding up with the warmer spring weather. Officials aim to install most of the deck segments this year. But the project is still behind schedule. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/20/st-croix-bridge-update?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:50:35 -0500 Friends of 18-year-old shot in St. Paul park charged with riot Ramsey County prosecutors described a scene of chaos as a Sunday barbecue in the park erupted into fights between gang members, pepper spray and deadly gunfire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/19/mounds-park-charges-melee?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 19:14:51 -0500 KARE 11 anchor Diana Pierce retires KARE 11 anchor Diana Pierce is retiring April 22 after nearly 33 years on the air. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/13/diana-pierce-retiring?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:22:04 -0500 Congressman Keith Ellison threatened by ISIS The terrorist group included the Minneapolis Democrat on a list of Muslims who are politically active, but ISIS believes have abandoned their faith. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/13/keith-ellison-isis-threat?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:21:44 -0500 Rep. Kahn to face 2 challengers in August primary After a day-long nominating process on Saturday none of three candidates were able to get support from 60 percent of the delegates in order to garner the party's endorsement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/10/rep-kahn-to-face-2-challengers-in-august-primary?refid=0 Sun, 10 Apr 2016 15:05:00 -0500 MnSCU chancellor announces retirement next year During Steven Rosenstone's tenure, which has often been marked with a contentious relationship with MnSCU faculty, he recruited 21 presidents to MnSCU colleges and universities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/08/mnscu-chancellor-rosenstone-announces-retirement?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2016 14:09:49 -0500 Woman shot in apparent road rage incident near Walker Art Center Police said a woman honked at a Jeep that had cut her off Tuesday on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. The vehicle then pulled alongside her and eventually started shooting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/06/road-rage-shooting-hennepin-groveland-walker-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2016 15:36:17 -0500 MnSCU faculty union votes to seek ouster of St. Cloud State president The statewide faculty union for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system voted Saturday to work to remove St. Cloud State University President Earl Potter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/06/mnscu-union-ousts-st-cloud-state-president?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:42:10 -0500 College students feel MnSCU budget squeeze Enrollment at some Minnesota state colleges and universities has declined in the last few years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/06/minnesota-state-colleges-universities-budget-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2016 05:10:57 -0500 Consumer protection trial underway between state, for-profit schools Minnesota's attorney general says Globe University duped students into thinking they would have jobs in law enforcement when they graduated and misled them on how their credits would transfer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/04/globe-university-attorney-general-minnesota-lori-swanson-civil-trial-underway?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2016 17:40:16 -0500 Minneapolis moves to ban plastic bags Under a new city ordinance, retailers can offer paper, reusable or compostable bags. They can either charge customers at least 5 cents per bag, or the retailer can pay the same fee to a litter cleanup nonprofit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/01/plastic-bag-ban-approved-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 01 Apr 2016 14:50:49 -0500 Protesters rally before anticipated decision in Clark case The rally was organized by groups pushing for the prosecution of two Minneapolis Police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, 24, last November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/26/protesters-rally-before-anticipated-decision-in-clark-case-?refid=0 Sat, 26 Mar 2016 18:20:00 -0500 U details next steps to hire athletics director by July 1 The University of Minnesota will pay a search firm $150,000 and use a local 16-member committee to help interview candidates, U President Eric Kaler said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/23/u-details-steps-to-hire-athletics-director-by-july-1?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2016 15:31:56 -0500 U's vice president for University Services resigning One of the University of Minnesota's highest level administrators, Pam Wheelock, will resign Aug. 15. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/23/u-administrator-pam-wheelock-resign?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2016 07:39:43 -0500 BCA names Burnsville cops in McDonald's lot suspect shooting The officers responded to a report of suspicious activity in a McDonald's parking lot, which led to the police-involved shooting. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/18/burnsville-cops-in-mcdonalds-lot-shooting-named?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2016 13:29:26 -0500 Burnsville cops kill person with weapon in McDonald's parking lot Burnsville's police chief declined to provide details on the suspect or weapon but said the officers involved were unharmed and wearing body cameras. State authorities are investigating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/17/burnsville-police-kill-armed-person-in-parking-lot?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:26:09 -0500 Red Lake boys basketball continues winning tradition in state tournament The Red Lake Warriors boys basketball team is buoyed by a loyal fan base that traveled to the Twin Cities by the hundreds and was pulled together by tragedy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/11/red-lake-boys-basketball-continues-winning-tradition-state-tourney?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2016 05:52:21 -0600 St. Paul police chief search hits snag The city charter requires the hiring committee to send five qualified candidates to the mayor for consideration. Right now, there are four. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/09/st-paul-police-chief-search-issue?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2016 18:47:01 -0600 Blaine elementary teacher on leave after alleged sexual assault of student Kenneth Lee Sonnenfeld, Jr., 52, was arrested Tuesday night. He's was charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct for touching a student in class. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/09/blaine-teacher-sexual-assault-charge?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2016 15:22:27 -0600 On Minnesota campuses, free speech rights up for debate University of Minnesota students debate the place of protest when they hear what they consider hate speech. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/09/free-speech-rights-up-for-debate-mn-campuses?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2016 05:49:25 -0600 St. Paul teachers union approves two-year contract The agreement comes after months of often tense negotiations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/04/st-paul-teachers-union-approves-contract?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2016 19:04:06 -0600 Kaler tells U students to be more accepting of different views In a speech, U of M President Eric Kaler also addressed diversity of the student body and faculty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/03/university-minnesota-president-eric-kaler-diversity?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 17:21:22 -0600 St. Cloud State cuts six sports from athletic program The changes are expected to save the financially strained athletics department $250,000 annually. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/02/st-cloud-state-cuts-sports?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2016 16:27:06 -0600 Native Lives Matters protesters blocked by police Police had horses and more than a dozen squad cars along with a bus full of officers to stop protesters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/28/native-lives-matters-protesters-blocked-by-police?refid=0 Sun, 28 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Black Lives Matter: Crashed Ice protest canceled; demands addressed Following hours of discussion, Black Lives Matter St. Paul leaders Friday said they found common ground with city officials on several issues, including the firing of a St. Paul police officer over a Facebook post. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/26/black-lives-matter-cancels-crashed-ice-st-paul-protest?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12:41:38 -0600 Gabrielle Giffords in Minnesota, calls for gun control Gabrielle Giffords urged changes in Minnesota gun laws Thursday, asking legislators to consider requiring background checks on online and gun show purchases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/25/gabrielle-giffords-gun-control?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2016 16:26:44 -0600 Bernie Sanders to host rally in Hibbing on Friday The Democratic presidential contender will host a morning rally at Hibbing High School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/24/bernie-sanders-hibbing-rally?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2016 18:45:16 -0600 Jerry Kill won't be full-time at U of M Eric Kaler said they could not identify a full-time opportunity that met the needs of both Kill and the U. Kill retired as Gophers football coach last fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/24/jerry-kill-university-minnesota-no-agreement?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2016 17:00:05 -0600 'Grand challenge': U sees power in unconventional classes The University of Minnesota is bringing together professors from different disciplines to teach about large-scale challenges facing the planet. U leaders hope the experiment will make higher education more relevant to students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/24/university-minnesota-sees-power-interdisciplinary-classes?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Ellison, Emmer hail new Somali law to keep remittances from terrorist groups A new anti-money laundering and terror financing bill in Somalia should help to ensure that money sent from abroad will reach relatives without falling into the hands of extremist groups, two Minnesota congressmen said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/23/somali-remittances-new-law?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2016 19:21:31 -0600 Fridley priest on leave after police search his home The pastor at the Church of Saint William in Fridley is on leave and barred from wearing a clerical collar pending the outcome of an investigation http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/20/priest-on-leave-after-home-search?refid=0 Sat, 20 Feb 2016 13:44:48 -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 New Minnesota Zoo director takes his post John Frawley had his first day on the new job Tuesday. He replaces Lee Ehmke, who took a job with the Houston Zoo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/16/minnesota-zoo-director-starts?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2016 16:53:08 -0600 Woman dead in Plymouth died of 'complex homicidal violence' Trisha Lynn Nelson, 28, died during an apparent domestic violence incident at Rockford Road and Northwest Boulevard Friday night. Authorities identified her Tuesday and said the investigation continues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/16/plymouth-woman-dead-apparent-domestic?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2016 14:00:07 -0600 Plymouth shootings involved domestic violence The investigation has been turned over to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/13/plymouth-shootings-involved-domestic-violence?refid=0 Sat, 13 Feb 2016 20:15:00 -0600 Funeral service set for Fargo officer killed in the line of duty Moszer is the first police officer to die in the line of duty in more than a century. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/13/funeral-service-set-for-fargo-officer-killed-in-the-line-of-duty?refid=0 Sat, 13 Feb 2016 14:05:00 -0600 U will use search firm for new athletic director; interim AD Goetz interested Two regents questioned using a search firm, which was part of the process in hiring former athletics director Norwood Teague. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/12/university-minnesota-begins-athletic-director-search?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:13:34 -0600 BCA: Jamar Clark shooting probe done; findings sent to prosecutors The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Wednesday it has completed its investigation into the Nov. 15 fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark in Minneapolis and turned its findings over to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/10/jamar-clark-shooting-bca-investigation-complete?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:29:42 -0600 Hundreds protest Central States pension cuts About 15,000 Minnesotans are affected by the Central States Pension Plan which filed an application with the Treasury last year to implement a plan to stay solvent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/10/central-states-pension-cuts-protest?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:57:49 -0600 Abuse allegations 'unsubstantiated' against former St. John's Abbey prior Last summer, a former student at St. John's Preparatory School alleged sexual abuse by Rev. Thomas Andert more than three decades ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/04/stjohns-prior-abuse-allegations-dismissed?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:24:53 -0600 Feds overpaid U medical center by at least $3.2M The federal government said Wednesday the overpayments to the University of Minnesota Medical Center occurred between 2012 and 2013, according to an analysis of 255 claims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/03/university-minnesota-overpaid-medicare?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:19:30 -0600 Long-defunct Circuit City starts up again, targeting millenials The company's resurgence could serve as competition for Minnesota-based Best Buy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/30/circuit-city-new-owners?refid=0 Sat, 30 Jan 2016 06:00:00 -0600 Police say man who died during encounter with Oakdale police shot himself Authorities say 53-year-old Mark Kuzel shot at officers, striking one in the right arm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/29/oakdale-shooting-police?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:09:39 -0600 Work halted on Minneapolis-Rochester rail line The Minnesota Department of Transportation finished an environmental review of the line but doesn't have funds to proceed with design and construction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/27/rochester-minneapolis-rail-halted?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:53:48 -0600 After botched start, Mpls. considers changes to superintendent search process The board wants to use a new search firm and may keep the names of semifinalists private. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/27/mpls-superintendent-search-changes?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 06:24:29 -0600 Goar withdraws candidacy from Mpls. schools job Goar was named as one of three finalists for the position in December, and had recently become a frontrunner for the position. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/23/goar-withdraws-minneapolis-schools-superintendent?refid=0 Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:51:37 -0600 East Coast storm creates problems at MSP Snowstorms in the east have led to dozens of flight cancelations and delays in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/23/msp-airport-delays?refid=0 Sat, 23 Jan 2016 13:17:07 -0600 U faculty file petition toward union vote The last time a large group of Twin Cities U of M faculty voted, the pro-union effort failed by 26 votes, union organizers said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/20/uofm-faculty-union-petition?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:08:30 -0600 Science Museum exhibit tackles racial differences The central theme of the exhibit is this: The difference in genetic makeup between races is miniscule. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/18/science-museum-exhibit-race?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2016 07:21:00 -0600 Vikings argue Wells Fargo 'photo bomb' case in court The team argued in federal court Friday that Wells Fargo is attempting to photo bomb the stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/15/vikings-photobomb-usbank-wellsfargo-court?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2016 18:20:39 -0600 Former U student says he brought explosive devices to student union Jason Johnson, 35, pleaded guilty in Hennepin County Court to one count of terroristic threats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/14/uofm-explosives-coffman-union-guilty-plea-student?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2016 18:18:51 -0600 Minnesota's top Powerball winners are state funds The state's leading Powerball retailer was a gas station just across the Canadian border. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/14/minnesota-powerball-winners-state-funds?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2016 15:58:03 -0600 Juvenile charges filed against Mpls. girl accused of assaulting principal The student accused of attacking the principal at Harrison Education Center in Minneapolis has been charged with assault. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/13/minneapolis-harrison-school-charges-assault-principal?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:23:32 -0600 Ex-Twin Cities archbishop Nienstedt takes Michigan church post Archbishop John Nienstedt resigned last summer after the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was charged with failing to protect children from a predatory priest. Nienstedt's taken on a temporary pastoral role in Battle Creek, Mich. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/13/nienstedt-ex-twin-cities-archbishop-to-michigan-church?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:53:43 -0600 Good Samaritan saves child from burning wreck in Anoka County The head-on crash Tuesday morning in Linwood left two people dead, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/12/good-samaritan-saves-child-car-wreck-anoka-county?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:37:21 -0600 Minneapolis man charged in severe child abuse case The 20-month-old girl had severe brain injuries, and a lacerated kidney and spleen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/08/severe-child-abuse-charges?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2016 16:49:27 -0600 Three school staffers in Minneapolis assaulted by students in past two months The three assaults were at Harrison Education Center. School officials say one assault happened Thursday at the school that serves many students with behavior issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/07/principal-paraprofessional-assaulted-minneapolis-school?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2016 16:11:39 -0600 St. Croix bridge won't open until late 2017 A Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesperson says weather, worker shortages, equipment breakdowns, material shortages and complications in the design all slowed the timeline down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/07/st-croix-bridge-opening-delayed-fall-2017?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2016 07:01:45 -0600 4 new St. Paul school board members sworn in The new members make up the majority of the board. They come in as the district is under scrutiny for incidents of violence at some high schools and as the district has gone to mediation with the teachers' union over intense contract negotiations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/06/new-stpaul-school-board-members-sworn-in?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2016 08:35:53 -0600 Man in wheelchair killed by light rail train is identified The man in a wheelchair killed by a Blue Line light rail train was 61-year-old Daniel Wease http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/05/man-in-wheelchair-killed-by-light-rail-identified?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 14:50:09 -0600 St. Paul expands metered parking hours, prices Meters will now be enforced from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and the price of parking is going up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/03/st-paul-parking-meters?refid=0 Sun, 03 Jan 2016 18:51:36 -0600 Man found shot in vehicle on I-694 Police say the man suffered multiple gunshot wounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/02/man-found-shot-in-vehicle-on-i694?refid=0 Sat, 02 Jan 2016 11:20:00 -0600 Kellogg Blvd. open until construction season begins again One of downtown St. Paul's major streets is open again, after closing last April. Kellogg Boulevard in downtown St. Paul has re-opened, at least until spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/01/kellogg-blvd-open-construction?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jan 2016 13:13:25 -0600 New guidelines reduce sentences for certain drug crimes in Minnesota The state's Sentencing Guidelines Commission passed amendments Wednesday aimed at cutting down sentences for non-violent drug users. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/30/new-drug-sentencing-guidelines?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2015 17:50:47 -0600 Rising numbers of foreign students hitting the books in Minnesota Educators say the benefits international students bring to their campuses go beyond tuition payments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/30/international-college-students-minnesota-benefits?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Court hearing provides no decision on Black Lives Matter mall protest The Mall of America and Black Lives Matter Minneapolis met in court Monday over a planned protest this week. Protest organizers say they'll be at the Bloomington mall no matter what the court decides. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/21/courtroom-mall-america-black-lives-matter?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 18:45:00 -0600 Black Lives Matter vows MOA protest; judge weighs restraining order Black Lives Matter leaders left a Monday court hearing promising to go through with a Wednesday protest despite the Mall of America's attempts to stop it. A Hennepin County judge took no immediate action on the mall's restraining order request. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/21/mall-of-america-restraining-order-against-black-lives-matter-protest?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:06:09 -0600 Pedestrian killed by train in Coon Rapids A Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway spokesperson said the pedestrian was walking on the tracks at about noon Sunday when they were struck by an eastbound train. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/21/train-kills-pedestrian-coon-rapids?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 04:50:53 -0600 Jamar Clark protesters march to downtown Minneapolis "If we don't get justice for Jamar Clark, if those tapes aren't released, if we don't get an independent prosecutor, if we don't get no grand jury, then our 'or else' is we're going back to the Mall of America," said Black Lives Matter organizer Michael McDowell. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/19/jamar-clark-march?refid=0 Sat, 19 Dec 2015 18:19:03 -0600 Georgia declines to take Waseca teen who threatened to bomb school As part of his 10-year probation sentence John LaDue, 18, was set to go to a secure autism spectrum facility in Georgia. The court is now trying to find another facility to take LaDue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/18/georgia-facility-wont-take-john-ladue?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2015 17:01:58 -0600 More U students report mental health diagnoses, sexual assault A new survey from the University of Minnesota shows that while smoking and high-risk drinking have gone down, the number of students reporting mental health conditions and sexual assaults have climbed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/16/umn-health-survey-mental-health-sex-assault?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2015 06:58:56 -0600 U of M president proposes nearly 60 percent tuition hike for non-residents The proposal would have non-resident students paying $35,000 per year by the 2019-2020 school year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/11/uofm-kaler-nonresident-tuition-increase-proposal?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 18:21:36 -0600 Girl, 13, in custody after staffer assaulted at St. Paul school A student assaulted St. Paul school staff Wednesday at Journeys Secondary School, a school for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/10/staffer-assaulted-st-paul-school?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2015 15:51:53 -0600 University of Minnesota athletics probe largely clears school An external review released Tuesday doesn't find fault with the university's vetting of Norwood Teague before he was hired as athletics director. A separate audit found thousands of dollars in questionable spending and deal-making by Teague. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/08/mn-to-detail-investigation-of-athletics-department?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2015 10:35:00 -0600 Officials identify Lakeville South students killed in car crash Two passengers were killed in the crash. The driver and another passenger were injured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/05/officials-identify-lakeville-south-students-killed-in-car-crash?refid=0 Sat, 05 Dec 2015 13:45:00 -0600 Rollover crash kills two Lakeville South students, two students injured Two Lakeville high school students were killed in a one vehicle rollover crash Friday. Two more were injured, one seriously. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/04/lakeville-students-killed?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2015 20:12:22 -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 Autopsy: Gunshot to head killed Jamar Clark in Mpls. police shooting State investigators say they have some video from the shooting scene but don't have footage of the entire incident. The autopsy concludes Clark died from a gunshot wound to the head. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/17/51-arrested-in-shooting-protest-that-blocked-i94?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 05:00:40 -0600 Ramsey County says ex-ammo plant cleanup complete, ready for development Officials say the cleanup brings the 427-acre Superfund site in Arden Hills, Minn., up to residential standards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/13/tcaap-cleanup?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:19:09 -0600 U students rally in support of Mizzou The president of the University of Missouri system and the head of its flagship campus resigned Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/13/u-students-rally-in-support-of-mizzou?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:56:44 -0600 Charges dismissed against Black Lives Matter leaders for mall protest A Hennepin County judge on Tuesday dismissed all remaining charges against 11 organizers of a Black Lives Matter protest at Mall of America last December. Charges against other protesters remain in place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/10/black-lives-matter-mall-charges-dropped?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:31:36 -0600 Mpls. school board names 6 semifinalists in superintendent search The group includes Interim Superintendent Michael Goar, as well as candidates from Houston, suburban Boston and Milwaukee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/10/mpls-superintendent-search?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 05:51:26 -0600 Rebecca Noecker wins contested St. Paul City Council seat Noecker, a resident of St. Paul's west side and a member of the city's planning commission, said she's eager to begin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/09/noecker-wins?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 16:08:00 -0600 Victim in fatal shooting in Maplewood identified Police say the home was targeted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/07/man-dies-in-maplewood-shooting?refid=0 Sat, 07 Nov 2015 12:55:00 -0600 Shooting leaves one man dead in St. Paul No suspect has been arrested in the shooting. Police say there appears to be no danger to the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/07/fatal-shooting-leaves-one-man-dead-in-st-paul?refid=0 Sat, 07 Nov 2015 11:40:00 -0600 Teague deputy to resign from U of M athletic department Mike Ellis said he's been cleared of any wrongdoing in an investigation into unspecified complaints filed against him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/06/ellis-resignation?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2015 15:17:26 -0600 Sweeping change comes to St. Paul school board Voters swept four newcomers onto the St. Paul School board in the city's municipal elections Tuesday. A slate of DFL and union-backed candidates grabbed the board's open seats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/04/st-paul-school-board-election?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 01:00:00 -0600 In St. Joseph, new hope for resolution in Wetterling abduction News of a new "person of interest" in the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling has brought a sense of relief to some who live in the town. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/30/new-hope-for-resolution-in-wetterling-abduction?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 03:24:03 -0500 Finding right football coach seen as key to health of U athletic department The U is in the market for a new football coach during a time when there's an interim athletic director, and when the athletic department is facing legal challenges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/29/finding-the-right-football-coach-seen-as-key-to-health-of-u-athletic-department?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2015 07:07:39 -0500 Minnesota college graduates carry high student debt load A report says on average, 2014 graduates have about $32,000 in student debt -- more than students in all but four other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/27/minnesota-college-graduates-carry-high-student-debt-load?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:00:11 -0500 St. Paul businesses worry about impact of MLS stadium While there's excitement about Major League Soccer coming to St. Paul, there's also concern about what the new stadium could mean to nearby businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/26/business-owners-concerned-over-mls-stadium?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 08:24:57 -0500 St. Paul grapples with discipline policies after fights, gun brought to school A 16-year-old is facing charges for bringing a loaded handgun to Harding High School. That incident and reports of fights in other St. Paul schools has ignited a conversation about how to keep violence off campuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/23/st-paul-schools-grapple-with-discipline-after-student-brings-loaded-gun-to-school?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2015 06:00:40 -0500 Trader Joe's a go for downtown Minneapolis Trader Joe's says the 10,000 square foot store will occupy the ground floor of a new apartment development at Washington and Chicago Avenues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/20/trader-joes-a-go-for-downtown-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2015 17:44:39 -0500 St. Paul cops take down heifer on the loose An escaped heifer that ran through St. Paul streets near the State Fairgrounds Friday morning couldn't be captured and had to be shot and killed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/16/heifer-st-paul?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2015 14:19:27 -0500 Hole in boat exhaust blamed in girl's carbon monoxide death Investigators say the hole, which ran under the boat's lower cabin area, was consistent with an animal chewing through the pipe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/16/carbon-monoxide-death?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:20:25 -0500 Sex harassment claims led U to investigate Gopher football players University of Minnesota officials found a "concerning pattern of football player conduct" that led them to investigate five reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault and retaliation by players. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/15/university-of-minnesota-sexual-harassment?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2015 17:00:23 -0500 Turmoil swirls around U's Kaler, but he's looking ahead University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has faced withering criticism this year, including one prominent call for him to resign. But Kaler's boss backs him, and U donors do, too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/15/kaler?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Lynx capture 3rd WNBA title in 5 years with 69-52 win at home A parade down Hennepin Avenue is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Friday with a celebration inside Target Center to follow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/14/lynx-win-championship?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2015 21:23:53 -0500 Union workers and their supporters march for workers' rights Workers are calling for an increase in the minimum wage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/10/union-workers-and-their-supporters-march-for-workers-rights?refid=0 Sat, 10 Oct 2015 18:00:00 -0500 Police ask for public's help in fatal bike accident 57-year-old bicyclist Robert Prudhomme was found injured in the roadway in Vadnais Heights on Oct. 2. He was taken off life support Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/10/fatal-bike-accident?refid=0 Sat, 10 Oct 2015 14:06:29 -0500 Warm hats, warm hearts? Giveaway shows newcomers we're actually pretty nice On Tuesday night at the Minnesota History Center, Jun-Li Wang gave away more than 100 Elmer Fudd-style winter hats in what she hopes will be the first of many Welcome Hat events in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/07/warm-hats-minnesota-welcome?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0500 U of M will take on debt to build athletics complex Also, the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights has wrapped up its investigation into the athletics program related to a Title IX complaint filed in 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/02/university-of-minnesota-athletics?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 18:48:33 -0500 Suspect arrested after 2 shot in Chaska Police say all parties involved in the shooting knew each other. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/02/manhunt-jordan-schools?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:55:00 -0500 Deputy fatally shoots man in Kanabec County Authorities say a Kanabec County deputy shot and killed a man who attacked her outside a home in Mora Wednesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/01/kanabec-co-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2015 17:30:48 -0500 Anoka-Hennepin enlists debt collectors to get lunch money Noah Atlas, director of child nutrition for the district, says meal debt grew by almost 50 percent between the last two school years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/01/anoka-hennepin-lunch-debt?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2015 17:14:13 -0500 Pedestrian hit, killed by vehicle in St. Paul Police said the female victim was struck at the intersection of St. Clair Avenue and Seventh Street West.The driver has been cooperative and has not been arrested, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/01/pedestrian-hit-killed?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2015 10:48:47 -0500 Judge to order changes to sex offender program in coming weeks But this doesn't mean the state will give up its fight to continue detaining several hundred sex offenders for treatment beyond their sentences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/30/judge-sex-offender-program?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:27:51 -0500 Black Lives Matter plans to march at Twin Cities Marathon The group will be protesting recent cases of police brutality in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/27/black-lives-matter-marathon?refid=0 Sun, 27 Sep 2015 07:51:26 -0500 Longtime Brainerd mayor, James Wallin, dies Wallin had served as mayor since 1998, and was first elected to Brainerd's city council in 1977. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/27/wallin-brainerd?refid=0 Sun, 27 Sep 2015 07:42:16 -0500 3 dead in two separate Friday night shootings in Minneapolis Police say the two shootings were isolated incidents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/26/mpls-fatal-shooting?refid=0 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 09:58:07 -0500 Group of U of M faculty push for union vote The union push originally involved just part time and non-tenured professors, but has grown to also include tenured faculty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/24/university-of-minnesota-union?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 18:20:11 -0500 State lawyers resist proposed change to sex offender program Almost a week before a federal court hearing, state officials say changes proposed by those held in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program are unrealistic and not financially possible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/22/minnesota-sex-offender-program?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:53:48 -0500 Visits to state parks rise again To appeal to the next generation of outdoors enthusiasts, the DNR has added mountain bike trails, yurts and Wi-Fi at state parks. It also has added kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/18/state-parks-surge-in-vistors?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2015 04:20:36 -0500 3 shot, 1 killed in north Minneapolis shooting The Minneapolis police department said they will be allocating patrol resources in an effort to prevent future violent crime in the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/12/north-minneapolis-shooting?refid=0 Sat, 12 Sep 2015 16:13:32 -0500 Called to investigate foul odor, police find woman's body in Forest Lake apartment Forest Lake Police have detained a man after finding a woman's body in an apartment the two apparently shared. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/12/forest-lake-body-found?refid=0 Sat, 12 Sep 2015 15:41:12 -0500 Six people shot in downtown Minneapolis overnight Six people were injured by gunshots after an altercation near a light rail platform in downtown Minneapolis early Saturday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/12/downtown-minneapolis-shootings?refid=0 Sat, 12 Sep 2015 14:34:54 -0500 U President Kaler says he pressed top administrator to leave Scott Studham announced his resignation last week saying he wanted to start a home schooling venture. But Kaler said in a statement Friday he wanted Studham out because of the "culture" of his department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/11/kaler-studham?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 16:02:07 -0500 Roofing company to resume stadium work following employee death More than two weeks after one of its employees died while working on the U.S. Bank Stadium project in Minneapolis, a North St. Paul-based roofing company will return to work at the site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/10/us-bank-stadium-roofing-work?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 17:56:02 -0500 U of M's top IT official resigns The U will launch a national search to replace CIO Scott Studham. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/04/u-of-ms-top-it-official-resigns?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:16:20 -0500 St. Croix bridge opening pushed back to 2017 The St. Croix Crossing project connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin near Stillwater was expected to open fall 2016, but the "methods of construction are taking longer than anticipated," MnDOT said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/04/st-croix-bridge-timeline?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:12:18 -0500 U of M rolls out new policy defining sexual consent As classes at the U of M Twin Cities are about to begin, the school is telling students about its new "affirmative sexual consent" policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/04/university-of-minnesota-sexual-consent?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 04:00:00 -0500 U athletics official on leave amid complaints probe University of Minnesota officials didn't detail the nature of the complaints but said Senior Associate Athletics Director Mike Ellis was asked to take "voluntary time off" during the investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/03/complaints-sideline-athletics-official?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:28:34 -0500 Rochester Art Center chief takes Florida job Shannon Fitzgerald led the center for three years. She won praise for making artwork, especially contemporary art, accessible. The center expects to hire her replacement next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/31/rochester-art-center?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:50:05 -0500 North Minneapolis losing its lone bookstore The owners of Ancestry Books hope to hold readings and other events elsewhere. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/30/north-minneapolis-bookstore-closing-books-thread?refid=0 Sun, 30 Aug 2015 06:00:00 -0500 Police search for men who tried to grab girl near fair Police are searching for four men who tried to grab a 17-year-old girl and force her into their car near the State Fairgrounds just before 9 p.m. Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/28/state-fair-abduction-attempt?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:53:58 -0500 Ceiling fixed, First Avenue's main room reopens tonight The Minneapolis concert venue's main room hosts its first show since part of its ceiling collapsed during an Aug. 12 concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/28/first-avenue-reopens?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:10:11 -0500 City Council supports soccer stadium in St. Paul The council's resolution makes clear that the city wants development adjoining the stadium site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/26/st-paul-soccer-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:42:55 -0500 In Mpls., now you can use your phone to pay for parking The smartphone app is being tested in two areas of Minneapolis, and could spread to the whole city this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/26/meterless-parking-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:12:48 -0500 Two-thirds of St. Paul schools to offer free lunch for all students The district is expanding its participation in a federal program that offers free lunches for schools with high rates of poverty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/25/bcst-free-lunch-st-paul-schools?refid=0 Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:11:41 -0500 St. Cloud Somalis hope bullying won't return for new school year About 100 mostly Somali students walked out of St. Cloud's Technical High School in March complaining of ongoing harassment over their race and religion. The district's made changes. Will they work? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/24/st-cloud-school-bullying?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:39:05 -0500 Three stabbed outside Eagan steakhouse Police responded late Friday night after an argument at the restaurant escalated and three men were stabbed. The suspect has not yet been arrested. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/22/eagan-stabbing?refid=0 Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:37:00 -0500 Sex offenders offer proposals for changing state program In June, a federal judge ruled the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, which manages hundreds of offenders serving civil commitments, unconstitutional. He asked both sides to offer ideas to fix the program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/20/msop-proposal?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:56:14 -0500 Stretch of Hwy. 169 to close for one year The Highway 169 bridge over Nine Mile Creek will be closed for a year starting in the fall of 2016 while it is being replaced. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/18/hwy-169-construction?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:02:56 -0500 Ex-priest faces Wisconsin time after MN sentence is up Curtis Wehmeyer, now serving five years for sexually abusing boys in Minnesota, has been sentenced to three years for abusing a boy during a camping trip in Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/18/wehmeyer-sentencing-wisconsin?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:40:45 -0500 Sen. Klobuchar pushes to lift Cuba trade embargo Sen. Amy Klobuchar traveled to Havana, Cuba for Friday's reopening of the U.S. embassy, which had been closed for 54 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/15/klobuchar-cuba?refid=0 Sat, 15 Aug 2015 14:49:03 -0500 Sun Country names new president and CEO The Mendota Heights-based airline is bringing in an executive from a division of the Hallmark greeting card company to take over the position. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/15/sun-country-new-ceo?refid=0 Sat, 15 Aug 2015 11:13:37 -0500 State won't provide sex offender program remedies, despite request In a letter Friday, Deputy Attorney General Nathan Brennaman, said the state will not provide a list of remedies because it believes the program is constitutional. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/14/msop?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:24:00 -0500 Parts of First Avenue to open Saturday after ceiling collapse The Depot Tavern has reopened and the 7th Street Entry will reopen Saturday for a scheduled concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/14/first-avenue?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:34:10 -0500 Residents worry as pro soccer officials eye St. Paul Midway site Just a few hundred feet from the potential stadium site, people who live nearby talked through the pros and cons of the development Tuesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/12/mls-stpaul?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2015 06:46:49 -0500 Fourth-grader raises funds to feed an entire Haitian village for a year Sanya Pirani, of Prior Lake, Minn., wants to raise enough money to feed the 700 residents of Letant, Haiti, for one year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/08/fourth-grader-fundraising-to-feed-haiti-village?refid=0 Sat, 08 Aug 2015 15:44:40 -0500 Man in critical condition after police shooting in Edina Two Edina police officers fired at the man this morning, after he reportedly displayed a gun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/08/edina-officer-involved-shooting?refid=0 Sat, 08 Aug 2015 14:08:28 -0500 Sexually harassing behavior, texts bring U athletic chief's resignation "At a recent university event, I had entirely too much to drink. I behaved badly towards nice people and sent truly inappropriate texts," Norwood Teague said Friday. The university called it sexual harassment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/07/teague-athletic-director-resigns?refid=0 Fri, 07 Aug 2015 09:30:35 -0500 Vikings stadium builder wants mediation to settle $15M dispute M. A. Mortenson Company contends it shouldn't be responsible for outstanding change orders to the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/06/stadium-costs?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2015 18:22:36 -0500 Brooklyn Park cops locate mom of 3-year-old found on roadside The child will stay in protective custody while investigators look into what happened, Brooklyn Park police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/06/boy-found-brooklyn-park?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2015 12:19:09 -0500 Minnesota Blue Cross plans 450 job cuts through 2019 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota will cut around 450 positions, about 13 percent of its current workforce, over the next four years with losses coming in information technology. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/04/blue-cross-job-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:08:22 -0500 MSP airport resumes normal operations after backpack tests positive for explosive materials The bag was left unattended on a United Airlines scale. Transportation Security Administration agents spotted it shortly after noon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/01/backpack-test-positive-for-explosives-at-msp-airport?refid=0 Sat, 01 Aug 2015 14:02:43 -0500 One dead in St. Paul shooting St. Paul police say they were responding to reports of a robbery when they found one of the suspects shot dead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/01/st-paul-shooting?refid=0 Sat, 01 Aug 2015 10:06:33 -0500 Brooklyn Park reaches $2.85 million settlement with man shot by police officer Shoua Yang was shot in the kidney by a Brooklyn Park police officer last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/31/brooklyn-park-police?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:42:28 -0500 Police looking for homeless man in Quetico wilds People who saw the man on Monday said he appeared to lack any means of travel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/30/police-looking-for-homeless-man-in-quetico-wilds?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:21:46 -0500 Feds concerned, protesters angry over MN dentist killing Cecil the lion Some 150 protesters gathered Wednesday at the Bloomington dental practice of a man who hunted and killed a beloved lion in Zimbabwe. U.S. conservation officials, meanwhile, are gathering facts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/29/cecil-the-lion-protest?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:19:30 -0500 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 Back to its roots: Fort Snelling's historic Upper Post to become housing once again A new proposal would transform part of the historic fort into affordable housing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/23/fort-snelling-housing?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:28:50 -0500 Minnesota ranks as top state for kids, report finds The Kids Count Data Book ranks the well-being of children in multiple categories. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/20/kids-count-data-book?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:18:11 -0500 Photos: Remembering Rondo, while letting go of the pain City and state leaders apologized Friday for the bulldozing of a predominantly African-American neighborhood to make way for Interstate 94 in the 1960s at a ceremony designed to help heal old wounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/17/photos-remembering-rondo-while-letting-go-of-the-pain?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:42:51 -0500 Summer highway construction snags west metro commutes Major construction projects are underway along Interstates 494 and 394 and Highway 100. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/16/road-construction?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:45:20 -0500 Brainerd Lakes still cleaning up after Sunday's storms Sunday's storm left a path of destruction that cut across the border between Cass and Crow Wing counties. Some resorts were forced to temporarily close, and others lost customers when the power and water went out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/15/brainerd-lakes-storm-damage?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2015 06:42:52 -0500 Grand jury: St. Paul cop justified in using deadly force A 23-person grand jury found no probable cause to charge the officer with a crime, according to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/08/grand-jury-st-paul-cop-justified-in-using-deadly-force?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 21:24:58 -0500 Family identifies boy with brain infection possibly caused by lake amoeba Hunter Boutain, 14, is in critical condition. He is being treated for the often fatal infection at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/08/brain-infection?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:11:28 -0500 Reconstruction of U mudslide area begins Reconstruction of the river bluff under the University of Minnesota's Fairview Medical Center campus is underway, a year after a mudslide swept down the hill and covered part of West River Parkway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/07/mudslide-fix?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:02:34 -0500 Child critically ill with brain infection possibly caused by lake amoeba State officials suspect the child caught the infection after swimming in Lake Minnewaska northwest of the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/07/minnewaska-primary-amebic-meningoencephalitis?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:08:28 -0500 Bear at Minnesota Zoo shatters glass barrier with a rock The Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley closed the Grizzly Coast exhibit after a bear shattered part of a glass barrier with a rock. A temporary barrier will go up soon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/06/minnesota-zoo-bear?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:16:20 -0500 In Wisconsin, Obama raps Gov. Walker's policies, praises Minnesota The president used a La Crosse speech to criticize Gov. Scott Walker's economic decisions and pitch his own overtime pay proposal. He also applauded Minnesota's economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/02/in-la-crosse-obama-draws-sharp-contrasts-with-republicans-?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:48:35 -0500 MLS turns to St. Paul for stadium site after Mpls. misses deadline But a Major League Soccer official did not say Minneapolis' chances are off the table. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/01/mls-st-paul?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:35:21 -0500 Medical marijuana dispensaries open for Minnesota patients A year after the state Legislature legalized medical marijuana, Minnesota's suppliers are now allowed to sell to the public. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Minnesota Medical Solutions sold its first few doses of cannabis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/01/medical-cannabis?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2015 07:12:56 -0500 Ramsey County deputy on leave after allegedly mistreating K-9 partner The Sheriff's office says security video shows the deputy repeatedly striking the dog. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/27/deputy-k-9-mistreatment?refid=0 Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:47:11 -0500 Man charged with felonies in Mpls. pedal pub accident Prosecutors say Mershon Corbett was driving drunk when he hit the pedal pub, injuring 12. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/26/pedal-pub-accident-charges?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:05:21 -0500 Meet Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves' top draft pick As expected, the Timberwolves chose Kentucky forward Karl-Anthony Towns with their first pick. There was a surprise, too: The Wolves landed local kid Tyus Jones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/25/timberwolves-draft?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:37:38 -0500 State Patrol looking for truck that may have caused fatal crash The crash killed two teen brothers from Moorhead around 9 a.m. Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/24/state-patrol-looking-for-truck?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:40:00 -0500 Proposal would add nearly 100 staffers to Hennepin Co. child protection program A county-commissioned report released last week documented the challenges facing the county's child protection system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/23/child-services-hennepin-county?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 06:20:37 -0500 Mother, child in stroller shot in Minneapolis Both are in stable condition at Hennepin County Medical Center. Officials say it appears they weren't the intended targets of the shots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/18/minneapolis-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:27:16 -0500 Twin Cities vigils for victims of S.C. church shootings A 6 p.m. vigil will take place at Sumner Library in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/18/twin-cities-vigils?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:53:01 -0500 Federal judge: Minnesota sex offender program unconstitutional Civilly committed sex offenders had sued Minnesota, claiming it's unconstitutional to keep them locked up indefinitely. A judge agreed, although Gov. Mark Dayton says Minnesota intends to defend its law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/17/sex-offender-program-unconstitutional?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:35:57 -0500 University of Minnesota will be regional Ebola treatment center Federal funds will give Minnesota one of nine regional treatment centers for Ebola patients in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/13/ebola-treatment-funds?refid=0 Sat, 13 Jun 2015 13:27:30 -0500 Minnesota Zoo chief tapped for Texas job Lee Ehmke will take over running the Houston Zoo starting in early September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/12/zoo-director?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2015 15:32:22 -0500 Bird flu has mixed impact on Minnesota poultry producers The extent of each company's losses may come down to whether they produce turkeys, chickens or eggs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/12/bird-flu-financial-impact?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Pope County farm, 1st MN farm hit by bird flu, restarts Dale Lauer with the Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the farm was restocked with new birds over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/10/bird-flu-farm-restocked?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2015 01:24:49 -0500 Woman killed in grain elevator fall identified Emily Roland, 20, of Cottage Grove died from multiple blunt-force injuries. She was a sophomore at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/08/grain-elevator-death?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2015 16:35:10 -0500 Bird flu and fear persist in Stearns County Producers and poultry workers in Stearns County say their livelihoods will take a while to recover from the virus that's destroyed millions of birds statewide in mostly commercial flocks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/03/stearns-county-bird-flu?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 06:20:00 -0500 Grand jury indicts Barway Collins' dad for premeditated murder The charges are stiffer than the second-degree charges initially filed against 33-year-old Pierre Collins. His next court hearing is set for July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/01/pierre-collins?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2015 15:06:44 -0500 Mpls. Veterans Home enters final stage of expansion The Minneapolis Veterans Home is getting a new 100-bed skilled care nursing facility on its campus, after securing $38 million in federal funds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/28/veterans-home?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2015 18:49:02 -0500 Police search for motive in deadly Grand Forks Walmart shooting Police continue to investigate why a U.S. airman shot two employees, one fatally, before turning the gun on himself at a Walmart Supercenter Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/27/walmart-shooting-grand-forks?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2015 11:25:00 -0500 Advocates to push immigrant driver's license bill in special session The DFL-led Minnesota Senate approved a bipartisan bill that would make it possible for unauthorized immigrants to get driver's licenses, but it got stuck in the GOP-controlled House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/26/drivers-licenses-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2015 15:46:31 -0500 Saints opener at new ballpark features win, old tricks A sellout crowd packed into the 7,200-seat stadium, and the Saints put on a show, complete with wacky announcers and a pig mascot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/22/saints-home-opener?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2015 06:10:38 -0500 Photos: For a long-married couple, a bluebird devotion For 23 years, Chuck and Hope Lea, both 87, have tended to bluebird nest boxes in hopes of rebuilding the songbird's population in the St. Croix Valley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/17/long-married-couple-devote-lives-to-bluebirds?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Protesters march in support of boy, 10, hit by pepper spray Many demonstrators came up to Taye Clinton Thursday to tell him he was a hero. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/15/mpls-protest?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2015 05:32:04 -0500 Photos: Minnesota Zoo previews rare seal exhibit The Minnesota Zoo will be the only public viewing area for the endangered monk seal outside of Hawaii. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/13/seals-minnesota-zoo?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2015 16:59:20 -0500 MSP readies plan to boost worker pay Workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport would earn at least $10 an hour under a recommended policy change. Officials estimate 2,800 employees could be affected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/12/airport-wages?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 2015 16:33:36 -0500 St. Paul says all clear after gas line rupture St. Paul officials gave the all-clear for people to return to their homes after a contractor hit a 2 inch gas line at Warwick and Randolph streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/11/st-paul-gas-line-struck?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2015 14:21:02 -0500 Prosecutors to charge man in killings of St. Michael father, brother Christopher Besser will be charged Tuesday with killing Blake Besser and Todd Besser, a 16-year veteran of the Elk River Police Department, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/10/wright-county-deaths?refid=0 Sun, 10 May 2015 14:14:59 -0500 Man killed in overnight Minneapolis shooting Police said they don't believe the crime was random. The man has not been identified. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/10/mpls-fatal-shooting?refid=0 Sun, 10 May 2015 14:10:48 -0500 Blackhawks dash Wild's Stanley Cup dreams in four-game sweep The Chicago Blackhawks advanced to the Western Conference finals with a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night for a four-game sweep. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/07/wild-hockey-playoff?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2015 23:48:04 -0500 Anoka County ranks high as a place to escape poverty Anoka County ranks in the top fifth nationally in a new study as a place where children have a better shot to scale the income ladder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/07/anoka-county-poverty-mobility?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2015 06:18:19 -0500 Family mourns Minneapolis boy killed in apparent accidental shooting Brandon Wren died of a gunshot wound to the neck at his home late Sunday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/05/funeral-for-boy-killed-in-apparent-accidental-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2015 22:25:06 -0500 St. Paul teacher named Minn. Teacher of the Year Amy Hewett-Olatunde teaches students at LEAP High School in St. Paul, which enrolls students who are new arrivals to the U.S. and are not native English speakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/03/2015/teacher-of-the-year-named?refid=0 Sun, 03 May 2015 19:43:12 -0500 Levy-Pounds elected president of Mpls. NAACP Nekima Levy-Pounds hopes to engage more youth in the civil rights organization. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/03/mpls-naacp-election?refid=0 Sun, 03 May 2015 12:05:52 -0500 What's next for the Southwest light rail project? Officials are scrambling to bring down the ballooning costs of the light rail project to make it more palatable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/01/southwest-lrt?refid=0 Fri, 01 May 2015 06:09:19 -0500 Hundreds in Minneapolis march in support of Baltimore Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder said the protest was peaceful and there were no arrests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/30/black-lives-matter-minneapolis-rally?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 05:45:31 -0500 Wild eliminate Blues, advance to play Chicago The Wild, which have never won a series in fewer than seven games, beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 and took the first round series in six games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/27/wild-win?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:59:58 -0500 MSP airport police shoot vehicle driving at them in parking ramp The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Police officers arrived on foot to the rental car area of the airport's Terminal 1 parking garage. There, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, a man intentionally drove a vehicle at them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/26/msp-airport-police?refid=0 Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:46:35 -0500 National Guard to help in avian flu containment efforts So far, more than 2.6 million birds have died in the outbreak, either by the flu itself or in efforts to prevent its spread. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/26/national-guard-avian-flu?refid=0 Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:13:29 -0500 State sees 10th pediatric flu death of season, topping '09 pandemic This flu season has also hospitalized more people overall. And it's not over. The season typically lasts until late April or early May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/24/flu-deaths?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:54:16 -0500 Work slows on St. Croix bridge after ironworkers walk out An apparent dispute between main contractor Lunda/Ames Joint Venture and a Hudson-based sub sparked the walkout by 100 workers Friday. MnDOT's project manager calls it "a bump in the road." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/21/bridge-workers?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:55:11 -0500 Wild give Blues cold shoulder with 3-0 win Minnesota now has a 2-1 lead in the NHL Western Conference playoff series against St. Louis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/21/mn-wild-game-3?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:58:46 -0500 Searchers gather once more, this time to remember Barway Collins About 350 people met in Crystal, Minn., to remember the 10-year-old boy many of them had tried to help find. He went missing March 18, and his body was found last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/20/barway-collins-memorial?refid=0 Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:00:00 -0500 Two killed in Blue Earth County crash The two were killed after the motorcycle they were riding on was hit by a car. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/19/blue-earth-county-crash?refid=0 Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:54:25 -0500 Coleman highlights Ecolab HQ move, growth in State of the City Ecolab is buying Travelers' North tower in downtown St. Paul in a real estate deal that should close in late summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/17/stpaul-state-of-the-city?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:27:11 -0500 Business owners wonder if they can rebuild after Mpls. fire "I spent more than half my life here, and this is my only place, my only income," said Nader Abuammo, the owner of Brix Grocery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/16/north-minneapolis-fire?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:52:20 -0500 Somali students tell feds of bullying in St. Cloud schools Federal education officials in town to check on the school district's progress reducing harassment heard stories on Monday of ongoing tensions between Somali and white students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/14/st-cloud-department-of-education?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2015 06:55:13 -0500 Superfund to solar: Plan to transform ex-ammo plant takes shape The Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site is nearly cleaned up. Officials are eyeing their next step: A solar energy project to power the site's future homes and businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/13/superfund-to-solar?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Now the search is for Barway Collins' killer The medical examiner has confirmed that a body found Saturday is that of 10-year-old Barway Collins. Crystal police say they are investigating his death as a homicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/12/body-found-in-river-is-barway-collins?refid=0 Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:05:53 -0500 New services coming for low-income Minnesota kids with autism The state will soon provide early help for children and young adults on the autism spectrum who are on Medical Assistance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/01/autism-services?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:53:28 -0500 St. Cloud State prof charged with smuggling ivory, rhino horns Yiwei Zheng worked with two co-conspirators living in China to sell the "highly valued and sought after commodity" between 2006 and 2011, a federal indictment said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/31/smuggling-charges?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:47:47 -0500 Walker Art Center plans $24M revamp of outdoor space The project adds more green space along Hennepin Avenue and will landscape the 6.1 acre space to the west of the museum for better views of the Minneapolis skyline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/30/walker-art-center?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:47:21 -0500 Search continues for missing U of M student Minneapolis police are still looking for clues in the disappearance of a college student who has been missing since early Friday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/28/missing-minneapolis-woman?refid=0 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:40:21 -0500 Woman raped near U of M campus A woman was cleaning snow off her car early Monday when a man sprayed her with pepper spray and assaulted her, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/23/u-of-m-rape?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:04:00 -0500 Convicted cop killer wants cops to return his $3K Convicted of killing a Mendota Heights officer last summer, Brian Fitch Sr. wants police to return the $2,993.43 he had on him as he shot at them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/23/fitch-money?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:35:33 -0500 Minnesota man awarded Purple Heart posthumously for service in Vietnam Steven Noggle was an army medic killed during a battle in Vietnam in 1967. Sen. Al Franken presented the award to Noggle's brother, Stan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/22/steve-noggle-awarded-purple-heart?refid=0 Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:52:26 -0500 Somali students describe pattern of harassment Students at a St. Cloud high school say their walkout was about more than a single photo on the Web. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/20/somali-students-describe-harassment?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:02:39 -0500 St. Paul aims to pump up its bike-route network The plan would add about 200 miles of bike routes to the city, including a Grand Round. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/19/stpaul-bike-route-network?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:04:15 -0500 Burnsville standoff ends peacefully After a man who is considered suicidal barricaded himself in a house near Sunset Pond Park, police evacuated a nearby home daycare center and called for negotiators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/18/burnsville-standoff?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:25:54 -0500 Court records show man shot by police had history of mental illness Police said Tuesday that Justin Todd Tolkinen, 28, died in a confrontation at a home on White Bear Avenue on St. Paul's East Side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/18/st-paul-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 05:51:14 -0500 St. Paul police shoot, kill man after standoff Police received a call about 3:20 p.m. because someone saw a man carrying what appeared to be a rifle. The man was also said to be wearing a bulletproof vest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/16/st-paul-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:56:17 -0500 Sunday beer run becomes act of protest What do they want? Beer, wine and liquor sales. When do they want it? Sundays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/15/beer-run?refid=0 Sun, 15 Mar 2015 15:37:41 -0500 General Mills blows whistle on yogurt price-fixing cartel General Mills spokesman Tom Forsythe says the company found out about the price fixing soon after the 2011 acquisition of a majority share of Yoplait. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/12/yogurt-price-fixing?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:30:27 -0500 Police say Northeast Mpls. lumberyard fire likely arson The Minneapolis Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying two suspects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/12/lumberyard-fire?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 06:14:03 -0500 Wehmeyer, convicted of sexual abuse, removed from the priesthood Curtis Wehmeyer is serving five years in prison for sexually abusing two boys and possessing child pornography while serving at St. Paul's Church of the Blessed Sacrament. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/11/wehmeyer-laicized?refid=0 Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:06:03 -0500 For those who survived Target cuts, what next? Target has not said whether downsizing will end after the 3,100 job cuts it announced Tuesday. Experts say Target must work hard to maintain the morale of those who still have jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/11/target-morale?refid=0 Wed, 11 Mar 2015 05:48:55 -0500 Minnesota marchers commemorate Selma's 'Bloody Sunday' About a thousand people marched from the Capitol to a downtown St. Paul church Sunday in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/08/minnesota-marchers-commemorate-selmas-bloody-sunday?refid=0 Sun, 08 Mar 2015 16:35:14 -0500 Fire destroys lumberyard warehouse in NE Minneapolis The majority of the building collapsed in the fire. No injuries were reported. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/08/lumberyard-fire?refid=0 Sun, 08 Mar 2015 14:14:14 -0500 Minnesotans complete the Iditarod -- on fat bikes As the Iditarod sled dog competition is set to begin in Alaska, several Minnesotans are recuperating after finishing a version of the race on bikes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/06/fat-tire-iditarod?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:06:16 -0600 Wolves fans snatch up all 1,000 free tickets in 3 minutes All 1,000 free tickets, courtesy of Kevin Garnett, for Monday night's Timberwolves game were claimed by fans in fewer than 3 minutes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/02/garnett-tickets?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:05:16 -0600 Tickets in high demand for Garnett's first game back with Timberwolves Garnett's first game with the Timberwolves since 2007 is tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/25/timberwolves-tickets?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:10:46 -0600 Kevin Garnett ready to play for the Timberwolves Wednesday The 15-time all-star began his career with Minnesota in 1995 and left to play for Boston in 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/24/garnett-back?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:43:15 -0600 Mall of America increases police patrols after terror video More guards and police officers are keeping tabs on the Mall of America, but a security expert says there's a limit to what the Bloomington shopping center can and should do to prevent a terrorist attack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/24/mall-of-america-increases-police-patrols-after-terror-video?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 04:42:34 -0600 'No credible threat' against Mall of America, authorities say Earlier Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned Mall of America shoppers to be "particularly careful" in the wake of a video purportedly made by al-Shabab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/22/mall-of-america-al-shabab?refid=0 Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:20:04 -0600 Suburbanites trained to cope with coyotes The coyote population in the Twin Cities has grown in the last decade. That means more sightings in suburban parks, streets and backyards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/20/coyotes?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 08:34:44 -0600 Orono couple ordered to lock up wind turbine to avoid jail An Orono couple faced a possible six months in jail over a wind turbine at their home. But an attorney for the couple says the judge ruled the Nygards did not have to take the turbine down to stay out of jail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/19/orono-wind-turbine?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 06:27:12 -0600 Man charged in death of 18-month-old Maplewood girl Ramsey County prosecutors have charged a Maplewood man in the death of an 18-month-old girl in his care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/13/maplewood-18-month-old-dies?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 06:24:10 -0600 13 arrested after sit-in at U president's office Protesters demanded increased staffing for the Department of Chicano and Latino studies and the end of racial descriptions of suspects in campus crime alerts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/09/university-of-minnesota-sit-in?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 18:00:12 -0600 1 dead in Minneapolis house fire The fire also spread to an adjacent house. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/09/mpls-house-fire?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:47:03 -0600 State prepares for release of more sex offenders As the sex offender program heads to trial Monday, the state already is preparing for more people to be provisionally discharged. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/08/sex-offender-program-trial?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Jury finds Fitch guilty in cop killing Brian Fitch was convicted Monday night of murdering Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick during a July 30 traffic stop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/02/fitch-trial?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2015 22:28:55 -0600 Police officer shoots at shoplifters' car in Minneapolis Minneapolis police say an officer opened fire after being struck by a vehicle driven by shoplifting suspects outside a Cub Foods on Saturday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/02/police-shoots-at-shoplifters?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2015 06:10:29 -0600 Winter storm means cancellations, delays at MSP Most of the cancellations are flights to Chicago, where a foot of snow is expected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/01/winter-storm-means-cancellations-delays-at-msp?refid=0 Sun, 01 Feb 2015 15:25:52 -0600 Portraits preserve the stories of Holocaust survivors Artist Felix de La Concha interviewed holocaust survivors as he painted their portraits. A video camera captured the process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/27/holocaust-survivor-portraits?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:00:53 -0600 Suspect charged in killing of Cottage Grove High School teacher Bailey Garcia, 19, of Pine Springs faces a single count of second degree murder in connection with the shooting death of art teacher and bar owner David Frigaard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/26/teacher-killed?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:30:00 -0600 Eagan police: 'Cops and robbers' led to accidental shooting of boy, 13 "Horrible accident": A 15-year-old playing with a gun found at home thought it was unloaded. He unintentionally pulled the trigger, killing his 13-year-old brother, Eagan police say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/26/eagan-death?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:46:19 -0600 Green Line train hits pedestrian The accident occurred around 10 p.m. Saturday night near the intersection of University Ave. and Lexington Parkway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/25/lrt-accident?refid=0 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:13:18 -0600 Minnesota National Guard cancels Liberia deployment Members of the Minnesota National Guard won't be going to Liberia to help fight Ebola after all. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/25/minnesota-national-guard-cancels-liberia-deployment?refid=0 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:06:39 -0600 Apple Valley deaths ruled murder-suicide Police say a neighbor discovered the bodies on Saturday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/22/apple-valley-deaths?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:04:24 -0600 After bankruptcy filing, Twin Cities Catholics reflect Two days after the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy protection, Twin Cities Catholics attended Sunday Masses, many wondering what happens next. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/19/mass-bankruptcy-reaction?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:49:46 -0600 Three found dead inside Apple Valley home Apple Valley police say they responded to a report Saturday afternoon about dead bodies inside a home. They arrived to find the bodies of two adults and one child. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/19/apple-valley-deaths?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:34:07 -0600 Victim in Bloomington shooting death identified The Hennepin County Medical examiner said Quincy Reindl, 24, died of multiple gunshot wounds. The manner of death is still under investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/19/bloomington-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:27:49 -0600 St. Paul police say man shot dead by officers had loaded gun St. Paul police say investigators found a loaded handgun "within immediate reach" of Marcus Ryan Golden after two officers shot and killed him early Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/15/police-shooting-marcus-golden?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:06:19 -0600 Frizell sues Minneapolis police chief, city over demotion Eddie Frizell, who ran unsuccessfully for Hennepin County Sheriff, was demoted in November -- and then again when he publicly complained about the demotion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/14/frizell?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:36:55 -0600 Another suit filed against Boy Scouts, citing Burnsville leader A man claiming he was abused by former scoutmaster Peter Stibal filed a civil suit Tuesday against the Boy Scouts of America, Northern Star Council and the church that sponsored the troop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/14/boy-scouts-suit?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:41:47 -0600 The middle aged, especially men, are at a growing risk of suicide In 2013, 683 people committed suicide in the state. More than 30 percent of them, or 209, were men between the ages of 45 and 64. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/12/the-middle-aged-especially-men-are-at-a-growing-risk-of-suicide?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Gambians converge on MN to back alleged plotter Papa Faal is charged with traveling to West Africa to participate in the attempted coup. His supporters say his actions against Gambian President Yahya Jammeh were justified. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/08/gambian-come-to-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2015 16:32:29 -0600 Officials advise no unnecessary travel in parts of Minnesota Minnesota Department of Transportation is asking drivers to avoid unnecessary travel overnight in the south-central southwest part of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/06/unnecessary-travel?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2015 17:03:54 -0600 Pipeline hearing draws support, opposition A controversial oil pipeline drew hundreds to St. Paul for the first of five public hearings across the state this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/06/sandpiper-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:53:20 -0600 Yes, you have school: Despite extreme cold, Twin Cities classes in session The extreme cold has delayed some schools around the state -- but not Twin Cities schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/05/cold-weather?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:47:41 -0600 Charges filed in St. Paul stabbing death The criminal complaint, filed in Ramsey County, says Kevin Scott Evans stabbed a 38-year-old woman several times in the chest and abdomen at her apartment on the 300 block of North Dale Street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/31/charges-filed-in-stabbing-death?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:28:13 -0600 Police standoff in Fridley ends The standoff between multiple law enforcement agencies and a man barricaded in an apartment in Fridley ended Tuesday night several hours after it began. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/30/fridley-hostage?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2014 19:25:23 -0600 Fergus Falls councilman remembered as 'marvelous public servant' A Fergus Falls City Council member and business school professor died in a car accident following a police chase in Otter Tail County on Monday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/24/timothy-rundquist?refid=0 Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:50:01 -0600 Suitcase causes evacuation in Rochester Although police received no threats, they took precautions because it was near a gas line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/23/rochester-suitcase?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 18:56:08 -0600 1 dead, 1 hurt in Stillwater Township crash One person was killed and another was seriously injured after a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon north of Stillwater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/23/stillwater-township-accident?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 06:47:47 -0600 Man dies in Duluth fire Fire crews went to a 13th-floor apartment, where they found the man inside, but were unable to resuscitate him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/21/duluth-fire?refid=0 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:27:10 -0600 Opat won't run again for Hennepin County Board chairmanship Mike Opat told his colleagues that while it's been a "very rewarding job," it's time someone else take over the chairmanship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/19/mike-opat?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:51:59 -0600 Cubans in Minnesota ready for warmer U.S. relations Famous, and not-so-famous, Minnesotans with ties to Cuba are applauding the president's move to normalize U.S.-Cuba relations and see it as positive for both nations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/18/cuba-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:48:45 -0600 Man's release is latest test for Minn. sex offender program A rapist held indefinitely in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program will begin living in a supervised group home in Le Center. It's the program's first release outside the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/17/robert-jeno?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:35:15 -0600 Bullets to boulevards: Ex-Twin Cities ammo plant ready to develop After years of delays and costly pollution cleanup, the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site could have its first development contracts signed by next summer, officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/15/twin-cities-army-ammunition-plant-new-life?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:02:44 -0600 3 dead in separate crashes Saturday A 16-year-old boy was among three people killed in fatal crashes across the state Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/15/weekend-crashes?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:05:55 -0600 Medina man charged in machete attack on deputy Donald Nichols was shot by police after he rushed and struck a sheriff's deputy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/10/man-charged-in-machete-attack?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:16:13 -0600 Police make arrest in Minneapolis light rail stabbing Minneapolis and Metro Transit police have arrested a man in connection with a fatal stabbing at the Lake Street light rail station. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/08/light-rail-stabbing-death?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 16:05:38 -0600 Minneapolis police search for abduction suspect Police say the girl was found two hours after her abduction, just two and a half blocks away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/08/police-search-for-abduction-suspect?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 06:36:44 -0600 2 dead in northern Minnesota mobile home fire A woman and two teenage girls escaped with minor injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/08/2-dead-in-northern-minnesota-mobile-home-fire?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 06:02:50 -0600 Man shoots self during Mankato area standoff The man was airlifted to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester just after 1 a.m. Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/08/man-shoots-self-during-mankato-area-standoff?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:55:47 -0600 At Vikings game, protesters decry police brutality About 40 demonstrators lay down on the plaza in front of TCF Bank Stadium. They chanted slogans against police brutality. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/07/protestsvikingsgame?refid=0 Sun, 07 Dec 2014 15:50:42 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra board posts $650,000 deficit Nearly a year after ending a bitter battle with musicians, the Minnesota Orchestral Association announced a deficit of $650,000. But the financial shortfall was much smaller than the one the association posted a year ago. MPR News Reporter Peter Cox has more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/03/minnesota-orchestra-board-posts-650000-deficit?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra board posts $650,000 deficit The orchestra released an annual report Tuesday that documented the financial results following its 16-month lockout of musicians and an abbreviated, six-month season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/02/minnesota-orchestra-deficit?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:19:04 -0600 Bye Nye's: Local landmark to close after 65 years The bar, known for its throwback decor, polka band and piano bar sing-alongs, was named one of the best bars in America by Esquire in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/01/nyes-to-close?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:55:00 -0600 Arradondo: Communication key to improving police-community relations Medaria Arradondo will be the Minneapolis police chief's first chief of staff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/24/arradondo?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:31:23 -0600 Affordable housing headed to St. Paul's Old Home Dairy The plan is to build 60 units of affordable housing — including seven apartments for people who have been homeless for a long time — at the former home of the Minnesota Milk Company on University Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/21/western-u-development?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:28:49 -0600 Mpls. police chief announces department changes The Minneapolis police chief has announced structural changes to the police department. She's adding a commander of operations and administration and a chief of staff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/20/harteau-announces-changes?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:53:47 -0600 Prosecutors: Police justified in fatal shooting of man outside Ramsey day care The Anoka County Attorney's Office declined to issue charges against officers Jerad Dixon and Richard Webb in the shooting of Chaz Havenor. The officers were in imminent danger, officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/17/police-justified-in-ramsey-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:24:44 -0600 Hubbard: KSTP will not apologize for #pointergate story Over 100 protesters gathered before a speech by Hubbard at Augsburg College in Minneapolis Thursday evening, and several went inside the auditorium to question him directly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/13/stanley-hubbard?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:09:27 -0600 Met Council grants to support development along rail lines The Metropolitan Council is encouraging new housing, walkways, bike paths and other projects through several grants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/13/met-council-grants?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:37:40 -0600 Fire prompts evacuation of St. Paul Park refinery A fire Tuesday in a unit of the Northern Tier Energy refinery in St. Paul Park led to an evacuation, but the company says the fire was put out quickly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/11/st-paul-park-refinery-fire?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:19:03 -0600 Mother Nature delivers a one-two punch in Minnesota Slippery slopes, semis in the ditch and a grinding commute are all part of Minnesota's snowy landscape as the state grapples with the season's first major winter storm. Another wave of snow is expected Monday night into Tuesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/10/winter-snow-arrives-in-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2014 08:23:09 -0600 Stryker faces $1.4B in payouts over faulty hip replacement devices The company's Modular Rejuvenate and ABG II Femoral Hip Implants were defective, said Ben Gordon, one of the lead attorneys for the plaintiffs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/04/stryker-faces-14b-in-payouts-over-faulty-hip-replacement-devices?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 06:41:21 -0600 St. Paul police car collides with Green Line train Witnesses say the squad car had lights and siren on when it crossed the tracks. Police say they still are investigating the collision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/03/st-paul-police-car-collides-with-green-line-train?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:56:24 -0600 St. Paul considers body cameras for cops As Minneapolis police prepare to roll out a pilot body camera program, St. Paul city leaders say they may adopt the technology, too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/31/now-st-paul-is-considering-body-cameras-for-cops?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Metro Transit proposes better bus service for $72 million a year If all 122 proposed changes are funded, the plan would increase Metro Transit's annual bus operating budget 33 percent between 2015 and 2030. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/29/bus-plan?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:30:23 -0500 Cement shortage jams Minnesota's fall construction season The key ingredient to make concrete is in short supply because of slower rail and barge delivery, manufacturing delays and demand from major local projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/28/cement-shortage-impact-to-road-projects?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:57:00 -0500 Enbridge wants to replace aging oil pipeline in northern Minn. The pipeline brings crude and tar sand oil from Alberta through North Dakota, cutting across Minnesota from the northwest corner of the state to Superior, Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/28/enbridge-wants-to-replace-aging-oil-pipeline-in-northern-minn?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:08:51 -0500 Two plead guilty to murders in Minneapolis over the summer Quanan Machacek was sentenced immediately to life in prison without parole, in the death of Cody Rasche. Also pleading guilty to murder, 17-year-old Joshua Ford. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/21/two-pleas?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:39:22 -0500 Grand Jury: Former Boston Scientific engineer stole secrets Federal prosecutors allege that Aaron Quoc Khieu planned to use Boston Scientific trade secrets to manufacture and sell his own brand of catheters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/21/boston-scientific-grand-jury?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:03:04 -0500 St. Paul calls for bird-safe Vikings stadium glass Both cities implemented a federal treaty for the conservation of migratory birds in 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/18/st-paul-vikings-glass?refid=0 Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:43:15 -0500 Sheriff's outreach leader retires after years of defusing tension Sgt. Derwin Ellis was unusually available and willing to talk, say leaders involved with Somali, Hmong, African American and Latino communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/16/liasion-officer?refid=0 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:42:00 -0500 Officials: Jump in MN sex trafficking convictions reflects crackdown Along with more prosecutions, the state's added a new victim-centered approach to trafficking, officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/16/sex-trafficking-convictions-up?refid=0 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:14:16 -0500 Medicine Lake kayaking death ruled accidental Paul Myklebust of St. Louis Park died early Saturday of an apparent drowning. His body was found on Monday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/15/medicine-lake-kayaking-death-accident?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:24:07 -0500 Low rates of PFCs found in east metro produce Residents of the east Twin Cities metro whose drinking water contained perfluorochemicals, or PFCs, in the past shouldn't worry about their soil or garden produce, according to a study from the state Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/14/pfc-east-metro-twin-cities?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:02:34 -0500 Fix railroad system woes, Dayton, Klobuchar, Franken tell feds They aired their grievances in a letter to Surface Transportation Board Chairman Daniel Elliott III. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/14/fix-railroad-system-woes-dayton-klobuchar-franken-tell-feds?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:00:20 -0500 Police believe body found in Medicine Lake is that of missing kayaker Paul Myklebust, 31, was last seen around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, when he and a friend left a party to kayak on Medicine Lake in Plymouth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/13/missing-kayaker?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:15:28 -0500 Minneapolis mayor, police chief assure action on officer misconduct The Minneapolis Police Department has under fire for complaints of police misconduct and racism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/09/minneapolis-mayor-police-chief-officer-misconduct?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 06:45:24 -0500 Vikings player had rights violated during arrest, agent says Police said Tom Johnson was repeatedly asked at 2:25 a.m. to leave Seven Steakhouse and Lounge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/08/vikings-tom-johnson-arrest?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 07:01:26 -0500 Two pregnant gorillas astonish Como Zoo officials As it turns out, a gorilla pregnancy isn't all that different from a human pregnancy, starting with the want-to-be moms going off birth control pills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/07/two-pregnant-gorillas-astonish-como-zoo-officials?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2014 07:31:29 -0500 Corrections officer among 11 indicted on meth charges Prosecutors say two Owatonna men distributed about 26 pounds of methamphetamine in Minnesota in March. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/03/meth-charges-corrections-officer?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 19:20:12 -0500 Woman charged with grabbing officer's gun outside school The incident happened outside a middle school during a dispute over the woman's child custody arrangements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/03/cottage-grove-woman-charged?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:45:16 -0500 SuperValu hit by another data breach Malware potentially captured account numbers, expiration dates, and names from cards used at checkout lines at Cub Foods stores in Hastings, Shakopee, White Bear Lake and Roseville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/29/supervalu-data-breach?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:19:02 -0500 Terrorists talk nation-building, not death, to recruit Twin Cities youth Al-Shabab once lured some in the Twin Cities with talk of rebuilding Somalia. ISIS recruiters now are using slick social media tactics to lure youth to a dream of an Islamic State. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/29/somali-americans-us-attorney-join-forces?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:28:07 -0500 Pedestrian hit by Green Line train in St. Paul A man was crossing in a designated zone when he was sideswiped by a train. He is expected to survive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/25/train-accident?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:18:30 -0500 Minnesota farmers qualify for more disaster aid The U.S. Department of Agriculture will offer low interest loans in 49 counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/24/ag-grants?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:00:35 -0500 Drugs stolen from Starbuck pharmacy linked to overdose Authorities say thieves stole 1,800 prescription pills and several patches that deliver a potent painkiller. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/23/pharmacy-robbed?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:00:13 -0500 Mpls. police chief pulls out of community meeting, citing protest concerns "I can't take the chance that they're just threats," Janeé Harteau said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/18/sabathani-meeting?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:35:51 -0500 LeafLine medical cannabis facility wins approval in Cottage Grove The company would initially build a 50,750 square foot facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/18/medical-cannabis-facility-wins-approval-in-cottage-grove?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:57:38 -0500 Two shootings in Minneapolis likely are connected, police say A Minneapolis teen died in one of two shootings that occurred Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/16/nmpls-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:45:55 -0500 Enterovirus D68 cases confirmed in Minnesota Minnesota health officials suspected the respiratory illness was already sickening people in the state. On Wednesday, it was confirmed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/17/enterovirus-confirmed-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:49:41 -0500 Fitch indicted in murder of Mendota Heights police officer Brian George Fitch was charged with first degree murder tied to the shooting of Officer Scott Patrick and three counts of attempted murder tied to a shootout with officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/12/fitch-indicted?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:37:04 -0500 Fugitive Ty Hoffman arrested in Shakopee The man who police suspect of shooting and killing his former business partner was taken into custody without incident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/11/fugitive-ty-hoffman-arrested?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:45:44 -0500 Investment advisor pleads guilty to tax charges, owes IRS $1.2M The Vadnais Heights man spent the money on personal items, lied to his clients about the investments and didn't file income tax returns for two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/11/investment-advisor-pleads-guilty-to-tax-charges?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:46:01 -0500 Ravaged by June floods, some in Blakeley seek buyout Three months after storms severely damaged major roads and flooded homes, some residents of Scott County's Blakeley Township tell emergency management officials they want out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/10/blakeley-june-floods?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:44:44 -0500 Federal judge dismisses wrongful death suit against Brooklyn Center officer U.S. District Judge David Doty ruled that Officer Ryan Soliday, who shot and killed Edmond Fair in 2013, acted reasonably and "without malice." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/08/brooklyn-center-wrongful-death-suit?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:50:48 -0500 Pedestrian struck by minivan in Minneapolis The adult female victim was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center with very serious injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/07/pedestrian-hit?refid=0 Sun, 07 Sep 2014 13:44:33 -0500 Storm damages Wright County apple orchard A 10-minute hail storm may have wiped out the apple harvest at Untiedt's farm in Waverly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/03/apple-destruction?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 19:26:46 -0500 Land O' Lakes pledges $25M to the U of M The Land O'Lakes Foundation and the U of M plan to announce the financial commitment at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/02/land-o-lakes-pledge?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:06:48 -0500 State Fair breaks single day attendance record The record for total attendance, set in 2009, is nearly 1.8 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/31/state-fair-attendance?refid=0 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:43:21 -0500 Pedestrian fatally struck by Green Line train Officials described the woman as being about 40 years old. Her identity has yet to be released. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/31/green-line?refid=0 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:03:27 -0500 Police shoot, kill man with gun outside Ramsey day care center Police officers shot and killed a man Thursday afternoon outside a day care center in the north metro city of Ramsey, Minn. No one inside the day care was injured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/28/police-shoot-and-kill-man-in-ramsey?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:33:50 -0500 Douglas McAuthur McCain, a man with Minnesota ties, killed in Syria The 33-year-old man was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/26/douglas-mccain?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:20:06 -0500 2 charged after police find shot, burned body in Minneapolis Manuel Guzman of Minneapolis and Guillermo Ayala-Enriquez of Brooklyn Center have been charged with second-degree murder in the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/21/2-charged-after-police-find-shot-burned-body?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:39:39 -0500 Archdiocese settles clergy sexual abuse case Jon Jaker, who is now 54, says he was sexually abused when he was 11 by the late Rev. Tom Stitts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/21/archdiocese-settles-clergy-sexual-abuse-case?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:26:44 -0500 I-35E project a drag for east metro commuters Relief for people who drive on the major north-south freeway between downtown St. Paul and I-694 will come eventually. For now, a major construction project is a big headache. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/19/35e-construction?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:00:31 -0500 Man trapped in St. Paul river bluff cave texts his way to a rescue Tactical teams from St. Paul and Minneapolis fire departments spent four hours looking for the man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/18/trapped-in-cave-text?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:00:10 -0500 Another traffic snag for northeast Twin Cities The ramp from Eastbound Interstate 694 onto southbound I-35E closes for a month Monday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/18/i-694-repair?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:50:32 -0500 3 Minnesota counties remain in limbo over aid for storm damage Dakota, Hennepin and Ramsey counties are still waiting to find out if they'll qualify for federal aid after storms earlier this summer caused widespread flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/15/storm-damage-aid?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:12:28 -0500 Leaders urge hiring of minorities for construction of Southwest light rail Several community leaders pressed the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority and the Metropolitan Council Wednesday night to hire more people of color during the construction of the proposed Southwest light rail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/14/swlrt-hiring?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:02:28 -0500 Primary 2014: Kahn, Loon hold on to legislative seats In two of the most hotly contested political races in the state, challengers are poised to unseat a longtime Democratic legislator and a veteran Republican one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/11/legislative-primary-2014?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:45:00 -0500 Primary 2014: Otto defeats Entenza in DFL auditor race State Auditor Rebecca Otto easily turned back a challenger from former Rep. Matt Entenza. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/12/auditor-primary-2014?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:15:00 -0500 Arden Hills shooting victim was Boston Scientific exec Ramsey County sheriff's officials say the vehicle driven by the suspect was found in Blaine overnight. There have been no arrests, but authorities have identified a 44-year-old male suspect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/12/arden-hills-shooting-victim-was-boston-scientific-exec?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:08:44 -0500 Maya Moore leads Minnesota Lynx to WNBA playoffs -- again As the WNBA's leading scorer, Maya Moore is making an argument on the court to win the league's Most Valuable Player award. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/12/maya-moore-minnesota-lynx-profile?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 06:02:32 -0500 Driver injures two bicyclists in hit-and-run For the second time in eight days, a car fled the scene after striking bicyclists in the metro area. A 62-year-old Minneapolis woman is in jail after she allegedly struck two bicyclists in northeast Minneapolis Saturday night around 10:30 p.m. at Broadway and Marshall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/10/driver-hits-injures-two-bicyclists?refid=0 Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:40:11 -0500 Man drowns on return swim across St. Croix A 28-year-old man drowned while swimming across the St. Croix River Saturday evening. The victim, who has not been identified, swam across the river but had difficulty swimming on his way back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/10/man-drowns-on-return-swim-across-st-croix-river?refid=0 Sun, 10 Aug 2014 12:16:02 -0500 Vikings player shot in calf in Minneapolis Minneapolis police were investigating a shooting inside a downtown nightclub that injured 9 people early Saturday, including a Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/10/vikings-player-shot-in-calf-in-minneapolis-?refid=0 Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:09:44 -0500 Minneapolis South High student who drowned is identified The teen, who was with a group of about seven friends, was swimming out to join his friends on a platform in the lake when he began to show signs of distress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/07/minneapolis-south-high-student-who-drowned-is-identified?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:36:50 -0500 Ebola risk for Minn. very low, officials say Brooklyn Center and northwest Twin Cities metro area has a significant West African population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/07/ebola-risk-for-minnesota-low-officials-say?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:59:40 -0500 Officer's accused killer due in court Monday The Dakota County Attorney's Office has charged Brian Fitch Sr. with two counts of first-degree murder for shooting Officer Scott Patrick during a traffic stop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/05/fitch-court-appearance?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:46:55 -0500 Man dies in St. Paul police shooting Police say the man crashed his vehicle into a fence Sunday afternoon, fired at bystanders before carjacking an SUV at gunpoint, then fired at officers who tried to stop him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/04/st-paul-police-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:15:11 -0500 Three shot Saturday night in Minneapolis Police say the men's wounds were not life-threatening, but all three were taken to North Memorial Medical Center to be treated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/03/mpls-shooting?refid=0 Sun, 03 Aug 2014 11:44:46 -0500 Target hires PepsiCo executive Brian Cornell as new CEO Brian Cornell of PepsiCo will step in to replace Gregg Steinhafel. It is the first time the company has hired an outsider for the position. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/31/target-ceo?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:50:51 -0500 Chaotic scene, then massive manhunt follows officer's slaying An hours-long manhunt, followed by a gun battle, ended last night with the capture of 39-year-old Brian Fitch Sr. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/31/officer-shot-manhunt?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:54:00 -0500 Police officer shot, killed in West St. Paul; suspect captured after shootout Police have captured the suspect they sought in the killing early today of Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/30/officer-shot-west-st-paul?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:45:27 -0500 Judge dismisses attempted murder charges against Waseca teen In his order, Wolf wrote that the state failed to show John LaDue made a "substantial step, beyond mere preparation" toward the commission of first degree murder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/28/john-ladue-charges-dismissed?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:07:13 -0500 2 power line workers shocked, 1 dies, in Renville County accident One worker was electrocuted, another injured in the same incident while working on the CapX2020 Brookings County-Hampton power line, a 250-mile transmission project stretching from South Dakota to the suburban Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/28/capx2020-electrocution?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:15:19 -0500 Al Flowers arrested after altercation with Minneapolis police officers A longtime critic of the Minneapolis Police Department says officers came to his house to arrest a family member and ended up beating him up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/27/al-flowers?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:14:52 -0500 Victim of Minneapolis shooting identified Andrew Billingsley, Jr. of Minneapolis was shot at a gas station parking lot at Penn Avenue North and North 26th Avenue just before 7 p.m. Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/27/victim-of-minneapolis-shooting-identified?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:48:10 -0500 Gov. Dayton denounces Hamas The Israelis are "defending themselves against Hamas' terrorism," he told the Community Gathering for Israel, an event put on by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/25/gov-dayton-denounces-hamas?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:13:22 -0500 Saado Ali Warsame, killed in Somalia, remembered as Minnesota community leader "The late Saado Ali was well-known back home. She was a legend. This woman spoke about injustice, corruption, law of government. She was a brave human being," said Jabril Afyare, president of the Somali Citizens League in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/24/ali-warsame-killed-in-somalia-remembered-as-minnesota-community-leader?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:43:03 -0500 Injured during storms, BWCA campers rescued Mark Zup, owner of Zup's Fishing Resort and Canoe Outfitters on Lac La Croix Lake got a call around 3 a.m. Tuesday that two campers had been hit by downed trees in the BWCA. At first light, he jumped in a boat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/22/bwca-campers-rescued?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:45:36 -0500 U fundraiser Bob McNamara dies at 82 McNamara helped raise funds for major athletic buildings like TCF Bank Stadium and supported the University's academics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/21/mcnamara-obit?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:53:01 -0500 Pumps work, questions remain as flood waters recede in Prior Lake As the water recedes, some residents are asking why it took weeks to get the barriers and pumps in place. Others wonder about the scale of development around Prior Lake given the flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/18/pumps-work-questions-remain-as-flood-waters-recede-in-prior-lake-?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:48:37 -0500 State Fair makes changes to ease traffic congestion The new transit hub is part of a 22.5-acre, $15 million project on the former Heritage Square site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/17/state-fair-makes-changes-to-ease-traffic-congestion?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:19:41 -0500 Twins Perkins and Suzuki close a busy All-Star week with an AL win he game ends the nearly week long celebration of baseball. And officials with the city of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Twins say there will be lasting impact from the game for years to come. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/16/twins-pitcher-perkins-closes-busy-all-star-week?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:30:17 -0500 MLB aims to make gay players welcome Major League Baseball has appointed former outfielder Billy Bean, who came out as gay after his playing career, to serve as a consultant in guiding the sport toward greater inclusion and equality. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/15/mlb-aims-to-make-gay-players-welcome?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:52:44 -0500 Cespedes wins the Home Run Derby, Morneau and Dozier win the local crowd Though the rules changed this year to showcase more players and speed up at-bats, the point of the derby remained the same: To win, a player had to hit the most home runs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/15/cespedes-wins-the-derby-morneau-and-dozier-with-the-crowd?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:41:40 -0500 Police turn to public for help after Mpls stabbing One man is dead and another injured after they were stabbed in a North Minneapolis residence overnight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/13/police-turn-to-public-for-help-after-mpls-stabbing?refid=0 Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:34:08 -0500 Crack of the bat, ring of the till: MLB, Mpls. see big money from All-Star Game Hundreds of merchants from all over the country are preparing to sell to thousands of visitors over the five day FanFest, the merchandising arm of the All-Star Game Week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/11/crack-of-the-bat-ring-of-the-till-mlb-mpls-see-big-money-from-allstar-game?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:21:40 -0500 Mpls. city panel approves Lyft, UberX regs A Minneapolis city council panel also proposes an easing of some regulations for taxi companies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/08/uber-regs?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:05:40 -0500 SUV driver backs over, kills toddler Brooklyn Center Police Cmdr. Brian Peters said the family member attempted to move an SUV to make room around a barbecue grill http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/08/suv-driver-backs-over-kills-toddler?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:40:51 -0500 Uber, Lyft rules hearing today in Minneapolis Though the ride sharing apps and drivers are operating in Minneapolis, they don't have the authority to do so. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/08/uber-lyft-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:16:11 -0500 State wants Superfund designation to deal with drinking water contamination Samples from Spring Park's municipal water supply system found elevated levels of an industrial solvent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/07/superfund-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:46:29 -0500 Beer-bot? Target Field rolls out self-serve beer stand Baseball fans will now be able to buy beer by the ounce at Target Field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/07/self-serve-beer-target-field?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:48:56 -0500 2nd State Patrol squad car struck in 3 days Trooper Michael Cleveland was taking a left turn from Red Circle Drive onto Shady Oak Road in Minnetonka when he was hit by a Ford Explorer that ran a red light. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/06/state-trooper-injured-in-minnetonka-crash-?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 06:40:22 -0500 Mankato man in custody after detonating pipe bomb The man detonated a pipe bomb outside his house and had two more in his possession, according to a press release from the Mankato Police Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/06/mankato-man-in-custody-after-detonating-pipe-bomb?refid=0 Sun, 06 Jul 2014 12:58:21 -0500 Months, millions to fix mudslide wrecked riverbank by U Engineers are leaning toward an underground structure to reinforce the bank, said Mary Edwards, Fairview's vice president of public policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/03/university-of-minnesota-mudslide-repair?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:44:24 -0500 Car2Go ready to go in St. Paul The service will also rebrand from Car2Go Minneapolis to Car2Go Twin Cities, said Josh Johnson, the company's local manager. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/03/car2go-ready-to-go-in-st-paul?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:20:11 -0500 Even as flood damages mount, towns say planning paid off Communities are better designed for flooding now than in decades past -- homes moved, levees built and redesigned landscapes are helping to reduce flood damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/02/flood-planning-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:42:36 -0500 FEMA starts verifying Minnesota flood damage As Federal Emergency Management Agency officials visit Minnesota this week to verify damage estimates, the state's homeland security and emergency management director says that, so far, more than $14 million in damages have been reported. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/30/fema-starts-verifying-minnesota-flood-damage-?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:06:03 -0500 Horses involved in 1 of two deadly weekend crashes Troy Hargreaves, 43, of Bemidji, was killed just before 5 a.m. Saturday while driving on Highway 71, just south of Park Rapids. The Minnesota State Patrol says he was driving north on Highway 71 when his vehicle hit horses in the road. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/29/horses-involved-in-1-of-two-deadly-weekend-crashes?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:20:00 -0500 Sole female sex offender's status now in federal judge's hands U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank and federal Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Keyes said they will have evidentiary hearings in about three weeks on the woman's treatment as well as the possible release of a male offender in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/26/female-sex-offenders-status-now-in-judges-hands?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:23:51 -0500 In Scott County, flooding, frustration rise together High water and mudslides these past few days have made the roads around the Scott County township of Blakeley precarious to impassable, and people in the town are trying to figure out how to resume their lives after they were cut off from their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/24/flooding?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 06:45:46 -0500 Flood update: St. Paul emergency, Stillwater bridge closing, insurance help A U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist says most of the state is vulnerable to flooding at this point. Survey crews are out measuring river flows and stream gauges in the wake of the heavy rains that have caused flooding in many parts of the state. Here's an update on the impact of flooding around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/23/flood-update-stillwater-bridge-closing-insurance-help?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:15:15 -0500 Mendota priest resigns from parish after board review; deacon steps aside A Mendota priest has resigned from his parish after a Clergy Review Board reviewed a 1998 incident in which the priest allegedly touched a 17-year-old boy. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said a second priest is stepping aside temporarily while a sex abuse investigation is reopened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/22/catholic-priest-and-deacon-step-aside?refid=0 Sun, 22 Jun 2014 13:55:45 -0500 Record-breaking deluge brings 35-county emergency declaration In Minnesota history, the 25 inches of rain that has fallen through June 20 passes the previous record year of 2001 by over 4 inches. Nearly a year's worth of rain has fallen on the Twin Cities in the first six months of 2014, the National Weather Service said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/20/record-breaking-rain?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 04:09:24 -0500 St. Paul approves deal with Car2Go The city council on Wednesday approved a deal that allows German company Car2Go to park 185 of its tiny cars on St. Paul streets starting next month. Car2Go has a fleet of 350 vehicles in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/19/st-paul-approves-deal-with-car2go?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:16:53 -0500 Endless rain, flood threats dampen business bottom lines As the state surveys the damage from weekend storms in the northern and southern parts of the state, some businesses are looking at slimmer margins and fewer customers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/18/endless-rainy-weather-dampens-business-bottom-lines?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 06:30:34 -0500 Medtronic agrees to acquire Irish health care company for nearly $43 billion Fridley-based Medtronic has agreed to buy Irish health care products company Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock. The deal will move Medtronic's principal executive offices to Ireland, where Covidien is based. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/15/medtronic-acquires-irish-health-care-company?refid=0 Sun, 15 Jun 2014 19:32:45 -0500 Fans brace for expensive All-Star Game at Target Field The Twins promise a five-day extravaganza for the All-Star Game, to be played next month at Target Field. There's a celebrity softball game, a player parade and, of course, a home run derby. All those events add up to steep ticket prices, leaving some fans unhappy. All those events add up to steep ticket prices, leaving some fans unhappy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/15/fans-brace-for-expensive-allstar-game-in-mpls?refid=0 Sun, 15 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Pilot dead in Lake Superior crash was German citizen The plane took off from Duluth International Airport Saturday morning and went off radar over the lake. The plane's fuselage was located about 140 feet below the lake surface. A commercial dive team was called in to recover the body. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/11/pilot-dead-in-lake-superior-crash-was-german-citizen?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:49:20 -0500 Clinton praises progress since Civil Rights Act "We have made so much progress. We are less racist. We are less sexist. We are less homophobic than we used to be," Clinton said in his remarks on civil rights. "Our one remaining bigotry is we don't want to be around anybody that disagrees with us anymore." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/10/clinton-praises-progress-since-civil-rights-act?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2014 06:38:54 -0500 Sign of regret: Rats know when they've lost a good thing Researchers say the findings could help further understand human regret and decision making. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/09/study-shows-rats-can-express-regret?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:46:37 -0500 Controversial sex offender program faces key moment in court A Minnesota state agency soon will have to say in court why it should continue to hold a sex offender who committed his crimes as a juvenile, a federal judge ordered this week. A panel of experts says the man should be released immediately from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/06/sex-offender-program-in-court?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 06:44:20 -0500 Authorities focus on Isanti County site in search for girl missing since 1989 About 20 investigators and officers from the FBI, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Maple Grove Police and Isanti County Sheriff's Department were excavating the site Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/03/amy-pagnac-search?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:44:37 -0500 Teen killed by gunfire in Minneapolis identified Nehemiah Steverson as a junior at Edison High School, where he played football and was a budding chef, according to Minneapolis Public Schools. He was found by police early Sunday morning with a bullet in his abdomen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/03/teen-killed-by-gunfire-in-minneapolis-identified?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 06:10:35 -0500 As e-cigarette use jumps, doctors divided on advice to patients The use of e-cigarettes is moving ahead of definitive scientific proof of benefits or harm, observers say. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just started the process to decide how to regulate the e-cigarette industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/02/e-cigarettes-health?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Northstar lowers peak fares, expands service Tom Cruikshank, with the St. Cloud Metro Bus, says if more ride the Northstar Link, it's more likely the Northstar rail line will get extended the remainder of the distance from Big Lake to Saint Cloud, connecting the city with Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/02/northstar-lowers-peak-fares-expands-service?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 08:33:53 -0500 Sewage warning on Lake Minnetonka The MPCA gave Mound permission to release the sewage in order to keep waste water from backing up into the basements of around 1,000 homes in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/01/mound-releases-sewage-into-sewer-system-prompting-lake-minnetonka-warning?refid=0 Sun, 01 Jun 2014 18:13:28 -0500 17-year-old shot overnight in north Minneapolis, dies A 17-year-old male is dead after he was shot early Sunday in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/01/17yearold-shot-overnight-in-north-minneapolis-dies?refid=0 Sun, 01 Jun 2014 15:57:48 -0500 U of M stops blood sugar screenings over infection risk University officials say the same finger prick devices were improperly used on multiple patients at Skyline Towers, a high-rise apartment complex at 1247 St. Anthony Ave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/29/blood-sugar-screenings?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2014 18:36:14 -0500 Farmington man dead after police pursuit The Minnesota State Patrol said Cody Swanson was driving an allegedly stolen vehicle on Cannon River Avenue, near U.S. Highway 61, when he hit the tree. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/25/farmington-man-dead-after-police-pursuit?refid=0 Sun, 25 May 2014 16:19:27 -0500 Man injured in Mankato assault is improving Isaac Kolstad, the former college football player who was critically injured during a fight in Mankato earlier this month, is improving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/25/man-injured-in-mankato-assault-is-improving?refid=0 Sun, 25 May 2014 13:11:58 -0500 Former Hastings priest charged with sex abuse Francis Hoefgen is accused of abusing the boy at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church in Hastings, starting when the child was 9 or 10. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/21/former-hastings-priest-charged-with-sex-abuse?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2014 14:26:38 -0500 Bill Clinton to speak at U of M in June The former president will be given the Dean's award for Public Leadership from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/19/bill-clinton-university-of-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2014 20:48:26 -0500 Full Independence Party slate set for November elections Delegates decided which candidates to endorse Saturday at the party's state convention in Mankato. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/18/full-independence-party-slate?refid=0 Sun, 18 May 2014 13:50:55 -0500 Report: Congestion dips as Twin Cities grow Traffic jams are easing in the Twin Cities, despite a growth in population of about 40,000 in the metro area, according to report from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/15/report-traffic-jams-ease-up-as-twin-cities-grow?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 19:05:30 -0500 Poacher banned from Sherburne refuge An alleged serial poacher was banned from hunting big game for five years, after pleading guilty to hunting in a closed area of the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/14/poacher-sentenced?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2014 18:12:46 -0500 Minn. AG: Woman posing as immigration lawyer bilked clients Ornella Hammerschmidt is accused of bilking several consumers out of thousands of dollars by providing unauthorized legal counsel on immigration matters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/13/minn-ag-woman-posing-as-immigration-lawyer-bilked-clients?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 16:31:59 -0500 Jump into Mississippi River was a stunt Hennepin County officials say a man who jumped from a Brooklyn Park bridge into the Mississippi River Wednesday night was performing a stunt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/08/jump-into-mississippi-river-was-a-stunt?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2014 18:58:15 -0500