Minnesota Public Radio features by Peter Cox http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31310 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:35:41 -0600 Minnesota Public Radio features by Peter Cox http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 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 Viking's 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