Minnesota Public Radio features by John Enger http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31311 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:51:18 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by John Enger http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Facebook squabble escalates to violence in Cass Lake It ended with one man shot, one beaten, one in jail and another on the run. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/26/facebook-squabble-escalates-cass-lake?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:05:52 -0500 Minimum wage hikes nice but don't net much Most state employers had to boost their minimum wage from $7.25 to $8 starting Aug. 1. But that pay increase looks a lot better on paper than in your pocket. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/23/minimum-wage-hike-in-action?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Fixing guns to make ends meet: The side hustle Gunsmith Ed Bergum credits a sliver of metal with inspiring a lifelong entrepreneurial venture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/22/side-hustle-ed-bergum?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:06:54 -0500 Polk County man shoots at police; nine officers return fire Michael Jon Perry, who later tried to flee in his car, surrendered. He and a sheriff's deputy were treated for injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/19/polk-county-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:08:02 -0500 Faster Internet speeds coming to Bemidji Bemidji internet users will soon be able to sign up for the fastest download speeds outside the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/18/fast-internet-bemidji?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:15:23 -0500 For rent soon: 30 new apartments in Roseau to ease housing crunch Apartments in the city of 2,600 are such a rare commodity that there is often a waiting months-long waiting list for those that do come available. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/17/roseau-housing-addition?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:14:52 -0500 The Minnesota Orchestra pays a visit to Paul Bunyan (and Babe, too) With a 16-month lockout behind them, musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra are taking their instruments across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/16/minnesota-orchestra-bemidji?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:53:40 -0500 Changes to deer season to benefit older bow hunters New state rules will allow hunters over 60 to use crossbows for deer. DNR officials hope the change will lure older hunters back to the field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/12/crossbow-deer-hunting?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:30:58 -0500 Water OK to drink in Brainerd again Officials now say the water in Brainerd, Minn., is safe to drink without boiling. The news comes after test results showed no bacteria in the municipal water supply. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/10/brainerd-boil-order-update?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:02:42 -0500 Water works: Chlorination questions resurface in Brainerd In the face of an ongoing boil order, a Minnesota community wrestles with questions about using chlorine in its municipal water system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/09/brainerd-water-system?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:54:52 -0500 Brainerd residents must boil water before using Residents of Brainerd remain under an order to boil their water -- four days after a thunderstorm brought down the city's water system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/08/brainerd-residents-must-boil-water-before-using?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:42:17 -0500 Dorset restaurant owners mourn fire loss Of the town's four successful eating establishments, two were set ablaze, likely by a lighting strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/04/dorset-restaurant-owners-mourn-loss?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:34:04 -0500 2 Dorset restaurants burn down as severe storms pummel northern Minnesota Storm clusters will also take aim at Minnesota's Arrowhead and northern Wisconsin Thursday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/04/severe-storms?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:00:53 -0500 Northern Minn. resort owner drops liquor license request Roger's Resort owner has withdrawn his application to the Beltrami County Board for a liquor license near Minnesota's only dry reservation. Tribal leaders feared a new liquor store nearby could harm efforts to combat alcoholism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/02/rogers-resort-drops-liquor-license-request?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:39:49 -0500 Red Lake tribal leaders fighting Roger's Resort over liquor license A proposal from Roger's Resort to sell beer and hard liquor seemed to be headed for approval, but then leaders of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe stepped forward with objections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/28/liquor-license-controversy?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:40:08 -0500 Video: Tornado touched down in Benton County A tornado downed trees, broke windows and lifted the roof off a barn in Benton County Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/25/tornado_benton_county?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:39:42 -0500 A hard day of ricing makes the beer go down easy, and pays for extras The rice hustle is about as simple as hustles come. For Doug Brown, the wild rice tradition has become a fairly lucrative side hustle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/24/side-hustle-ricing?refid=0 Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:18:05 -0500 In Bagley, tension over religion and free speech, Muslims and Christians At first glance, the small town doesn't seem like a natural choice for an interfaith picnic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/22/in-bagley-tension-over-religion-and-free-speech-muslims-and-christians?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:12:35 -0500 $25M sought for struggling Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig school Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn visited Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig, the small tribal school east of Cass Lake, discussing a laundry list of problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/20/leech-lake-reservation-school?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:52:08 -0500 Skinning hides to pay for fun: The side hustle Richard Selheim's side hustle started in 1987 when he tried to get a loan to build the house in Warroad where he still lives. The loan officer happened to love trapping, and hate skinning. Selheim got the loan and his very first customer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/19/side-hustle-richard-selheim?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 Fence jumping bison now NW Minnesota's most wanted After nearly two weeks on the lam in the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, all but four of the bison have been recaptured or are at rest in the local meat locker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/15/bison?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:09:37 -0500 Wild rice takes a hit after stormy spring In general, lakes from Bemidji to the Canadian border will yield only a quarter of the wild rice they did last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/12/wild-rice-takes-a-hit-after-stormy-spring?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:09:16 -0500 BWCA: As technology spreads, how hard is it to call for help in remote areas? A communications safety net has been spreading across the 2.5 million acre wilderness for a decade. That net is enabling more rescues but officials warn it should not give people false confidence they can explore the wilderness area without proper preparation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/01/bwca-technology-rescues?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:00:00 -0500 Police probe bizarre N. Minn. break-ins, fatal shooting Koochiching County Sheriff's Department authorities are still filling in details in the bizarre break-ins and fatal shooting that took place along a rural section of Minnesota Highway 53. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/28/northern-minnesota-burglary-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:18:08 -0500 Around Lake of the Woods, the man camps are but a memory Changing tastes, higher taxes, property values and overhead sunk many resorts, but Lake of the Woods resorts are holding strong. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/27/lake-of-the-woods?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500 Lake of the Woods terns gamble wrong on 2014 floods It wasn't a great year for the shoreline wildlife of Lake of the Woods. Flood waters from the saturated Rainy River watershed poured into the lake starting in June. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/27/lake-of-the-woods-terns?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500 In Lake of the Woods, growing algae blooms puzzle scientists Scientists don't yet know exactly how much blooms have expanded, but early findings suggest the algae is getting thicker, likely due to a combination of climate change and decades-old pollution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/27/lake-of-the-woods-algae?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500 DNR lifts night fishing ban on Mille Lacs A night fishing ban intended to protect the walleye population on Mille Lacs Lake will be lifted a month early. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/14/dnr-lifts-night-fishing-ban-on-mille-lacs?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:06:52 -0500 Spilled paint makes art in Bemidji? A Bemidji School District maintenance truck took an over-eager right onto Paul Bunyan Avenue Friday morning, prematurely dumping 25 gallons of latex pavement marking paint in a 100 yard yellow smear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/11/spilled-paint-makes-art-in-bemidji?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:42:15 -0500 Flood waters frustrate key northern Minnesota sturgeon count Environmental regulations begun in the 1960s have helped restore the Rainy River sturgeon and the 10-year count is meant to keep it that way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/11/flood-waters-frustrate-key-northern-minnesota-sturgeon-count?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:41:22 -0500 Flooding won't dampen holiday camping plans; still need a campsite? The Fourth of July weekend marks the start of peak camping season. While Minnesota's state parks weren't immune from recent heavy rains, reservation numbers predict a very busy weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/03/flooding-wont-dampen-holiday-camping-plans-still-need-a-campsite?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:32:04 -0500 Flooding could be worse, but these fixes worked Minnesota is about as waterlogged as it's ever been but flooding could be much worse. Record rainfalls have not caused devastating flooding in some of the places traditionally most at risk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/01/flooding-could-be-worse-but-these-fixes-worked?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:56:42 -0500 White Earth's Wadena left complex legacy of success, scandal The former White Earth tribal chairman and self-proclaimed "Super Chief" left a complicated history behind when he died Tuesday at 75. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/25/wadena-left-complex-legacy-of-success-scandal?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:57:50 -0500 Soldiers add muscle to International Falls sandbagging effort Some structures have already been lost, and as waters rise more over the next week, more will need sandbagging. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/20/international-falls-national-guard?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:00:31 -0500 Houseboat vacationers undaunted by northern Minnesota rain As waters rise in Rainy Lake, resort owners watch docks wash away and Boise paper mill workers stack sandbags around generators in their flooding powerhouse, there's one industry on Minnesota's northern border that's not affected: houseboat rentals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/19/houseboaters-rain?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:26:35 -0500 Rains bring mudslide outside U hospital; Dayton declares emergency in 35 counties Minnesotans across the state woke up to thunder and torrential rain Thursday that triggered flash flooding and dangerous driving conditions in some places. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/19/heavy-rains-cause-traffic-headaches-in-twin-cities-around-the-state?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:24:43 -0500 To protect Boise paper, engineers weigh limit to dam flows Minnesota's northern border lakes and rivers are at record levels, and with more rain in the forecast, dam engineers are contemplating an unusual move to help protect the Boise paper mill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/18/to-protect-boise-paper-engineers-weigh-limit-to-dam-flows?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:36:37 -0500 Across Minnesota, rising waters pose hardships for farmers and residents Farm fields became ponds and roads flowed like rivers this week as downpours in Minnesota soaked saturated ground, damaging crops and threatening homes from the Iowa border to International Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/17/minnesota-flooding?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:55:32 -0500 Homes, mills feel rising waters in northern Minnesota Reservoir dams there control the water level on the river and a number of lakes, and even with the dam gates fully open there's been so much rain in the region that the Rainy Lake levels continue to rise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/16/flooding-northwest-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:24:07 -0500 As rain batters IFalls, sandbags guard against high water The Rainy, Kabetogoma, Namakan Lakes and others in the Rainy River watershed are swallowing docks and threatening homes, cabins and resorts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/13/international-falls-rainy-river-flooding?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:14:46 -0500 Minnesota 'Oz' festival goes for world record Organizers of the annual Judy Garland festival hope there were so many people in "Wizard of Oz" costumes that the judges from the Guinness Book of World Records take notice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/13/wizard-of-oz-festival-grand-rapids-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:31:55 -0500 Four charged in Bemidji meth ring bust Four suspected members of a sophisticated methamphetamine trafficking organization were arrested Tuesday according to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/13/meth-ring-bust-bemidji?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:11:57 -0500 Paul Bunyan and punk documentarian have a complicated relationship Paul Bunyan and Nik Nerburn have a complicated relationship. As a punk documentarian, Nerburn hopes to challenge racism, capitalism and patriarchy. "To me," he said, "Paul sort of stands for all those things." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/12/nik-nerburn-wrestles-with-paul-bunyan?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 06:52:11 -0500 The better plague? Flesh flies may take down tent caterpillars The insect known as the "friendly fly" may have saved Minnesotans this year from a plague-sized hatch of tent caterpillars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/12/tent-caterpillars-vs-flesh-flies?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:53:20 -0500 Tribal traditions key to native health American Indian communities are culturally different than western society as a whole -- so improving the health of those communities requires specialized research and possibly different medical treatments, said researchers at the second annual summit on Native American health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/12/tribal-traditions-key-to-native-health?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:54:52 -0500 Leech Lake members to hold run-off election Tuesday The races for District 1 representative and secretary-treasurer were too close to call in earlier rounds of voting and forced the run-off election Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/09/leech-lake-runoff-election-tuesday?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:21:16 -0500 On the Mississippi, a chance for vets to talk fishing, war The Minnesota Army National Guard held its fourth annual Trolling for Troops event, bringing veterans to Camp Ripley to fish 18 miles of Mississippi River as it flows through the military base. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/06/on-the-mississippi-a-chance-for-vets-to-talk-fishing-war?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:10:02 -0500 Water is high on the Rainy River The river peaked yesterday at Manitou Rapids west of International Falls and held steady today. Fallon said it's not likely to rise much higher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/05/water-is-high-on-the-rainy-river-?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:57:51 -0500 Arsons vex Cass Lake firefighters, police Interviews with fire and law enforcement officials, together with state fire data, suggest Cass Lake has a problem with arson. MPR News analyzed arson statistics collected by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety from 2009 to 2012, the most recent year available, and found higher than average arson rates in Cass Lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/05/arson-vexes-firefighters-police-in-cass-lake?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:34:53 -0500 Bemidji rolls out summer public art statues Sometime between ice out and the dreaded first mosquito hatch, a new crop of public art sculptures sprouts up along the streets of Bemidji. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2014/05/a-new-hatch-of-statues-for-bemidji/?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 07:33:16 -0500 Cass Lake wildfire may have been intentionally set The cause of the flames is still under investigation, but preliminary findings suggest a juvenile, whose name has not been released, started the blaze. He was found near the wildfire perimeter and taken into custody. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/29/cass-lake-wildfire-may-have-been-intentionally-set?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2014 12:37:06 -0500 Cleanup continues after NW Minn. gas explosion A company spokesperson said she doesn't know when workers will be able to restore gas service to the 900 customers in Warren and Argyle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/26/gas-pipeline-explodes?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2014 12:15:10 -0500 Walleye limit on Minnesota's 'crown jewel' lake sparks outcry Mille Lacs Lake is a big deal for the DNR. It's been called the crown jewel of the state's large-lake walleye fishery. Local businesses thrive and fail with the walleye population, and right now the walleye population is at a 40-year low. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/23/mille-lacs-walleye-limit-sparks-outcry?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Millions of tiny fish, millions of dollars: A fish stocking FAQ Stocking has been common in Minnesota for nearly a century but Neil Vanderbosch, a fisheries program consultant for the DNR, said most people don't know much about it. We asked him for a crash course. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/22/what-is-fish-stocking?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 You caught 'em, now how to cook them? Favorites from the pros Those who make their living plying the waters of Lake Mille Lacs eat a lot of fish. It's fresh. It's plentiful, and it's good prepared in a lot of ways. Here are a few recipes favored by Mille Lacs fishing professionals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/22/walleye-cooking-techniques-from-the-pros?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 St. Cloud gun manufacturer moving to Alabama DPMS Panther Arms, which employs more than 100 people in St. Cloud, is one of a several plants that parent company Remington plans to consolidate into one large factory in Huntsville, Alabama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/16/saint-cloud-gun-manufacturer?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 15:51:38 -0500 Red Lake voters take tribe in a new direction The Red Lake band of Ojibwe has approved longtime treasurer Darrell Seki, Sr. as the new tribal chairman. The vote held Wednesday ends Floyd "Buck" Jourdain's decade-long administration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/15/red-lake-voters-take-tribe-in-a-new-direction-?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 16:09:16 -0500 'Challenging market' prompts Cloquet mill to shrink workforce Sappi Fine Paper will cut 27 positions from its Cloquet pulp mill as part of a 5 percent reduction in its North American workforce. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/14/cloquet-pulp-mill?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2014 17:59:19 -0500