Minnesota Public Radio features by Jeff Horwich http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=32 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:24:49 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Jeff Horwich http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Murdoch to launch news service for iPad Media mogul Rupert Murdoch finds the iPad such a promising business he's launching a newspaper that will only be accessible through the device. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/13/am-murdoch-to-launch-news-service-just-for-ipad?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2010 07:32:58 -0500 GM CEO Whitacre to step down, clearing way for long-term company plan General Motors CEO Ed Whitacre is leaving the company as it prepares for what might be the biggest public stock offering in U.S. history so that the company can prep for the long-term. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/13/gm-ceo-whitacre-to-step-down-clearing-way-for-longterm-company-plan?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2010 04:09:12 -0500 A new beginning for meatpacking plant In 2008, federal agents walked into a kosher meatpacking plant in Iowa and walked out with almost 400 people. At the time it was the biggest immigration raid in U.S. history. For the tiny town of Postville and its main employer, it was devastating. Now, the plant is trying to get back on its feet. Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/12/pm-a-new-beginning-for-meat-packing-plant?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2010 13:21:41 -0500 TARP also bailed out foreign banks U.S. taxpayers gave $300 billion to bail out U.S. banks, which ultimately helped rescue foreign banks in a globalized system. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/12/am-tarp-also-bailed-out-foreign-banks?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2010 08:41:21 -0500 Signs say foreclosure rates could fall Banks took back 93,000 American homes in July, the eighth straight month of more U.S. home foreclosures. But there are signs the crisis may start to ease in the months ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/12/am-signs-say-foreclosure-rates-could-fall?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2010 04:19:15 -0500 Human error may be to blame in Toyota acceleration accidents Investigators say they have no evidence that Toyota's electronics are the culprit for those bouts of sudden acceleration. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/11/am-human-error-may-be-to-blame-in-toyota-acceleration-accidents?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 09:33:20 -0500 Trade deficit widens in June The trade deficit went up 19 percent in June, and the U.S. set a new record for imports of consumer goods. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/11/am-trade-deficit-widens-in-june?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 08:53:31 -0500 Economists underwhelmed by Fed's new plan The Federal Reserve plans to spend up to $30 billion a month on U.S. Treasury bonds in an effort to motivate the banks to lend. But this doesn't provide a huge incentive in an economy of $14 trillion. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/11/am-economists-underwhelmed-by-feds-plan-to-buy-treasury-bonds?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 04:01:28 -0500 Content vs. telecoms: Net neutrality explained Google and Verizon have found some middle ground in the net neutrality debate. Jeff Horwich explains how this affects your Internet use right now. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/10/am-content-vs-telecoms-net-neutrality-explained?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 05:32:57 -0500 HP reassures investors after loss of CEO Mark Hurd Hewlett-Packard is trying to ease investor tensions after CEO Mark Hurd resigned on sexual harassment allegations. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/09/am-hp-reassures-investors-after-loss-of-ceo-mark-hurd?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 04:19:19 -0500 FHA loans are about one-third of U.S. mortgages Federal Housing Administration home loans used to be just a sliver of the nation's housing market, but now it's one-third. The FHA loans may have helped what would've been an even more stagnant housing market, but federal mortgages may not be sustainable. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/06/mm-fha-loans-are-about-onethird-of-us-mortgages?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 13:04:07 -0500 'Comment cops' help manage websites Companies and media outlets are starting to outsource comment monitoring responsibilities to companies that specifically watch out for inappropriate comments. Marketplace's Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/02/pm-comment-cops-help-manage-websites?refid=0 Mon, 02 Aug 2010 13:02:38 -0500 Pay czar's report finds many 'ill-advised' bonuses on Wall Street Pay czar Kenneth Feinberg rebuked Wall Street firms for paying out generous bonuses, even as the firms faced insolvency. Wall Streeters probably aren't hanging their heads in shame, but federal regulators may take his words into account when drafting laws on executive compensation. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/23/pm-pay-czars-report-finds-many-illadvised-bonuses-on-wall-street?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 12:29:14 -0500 Colors? Check. Shapes? Check. Social networking skillz? Check. Social networking is getting some young users -- really young. But should kids be spending so much time trying to build their online profile? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/21/tech-report-colors-check-shapes-check-social-networking-skillz-check?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 The Golden Age of Magazines (might be right now) The iPad is showing off magazines' best assets. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/20/tech-report-golden-age-of-magazines-might-be-right-now?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 American credit scores plummet The number of Americans with dismal FICO scores is going up. About 15 percent of Americans had a score of less than 600. But today, according to the Associated Press, it's more like 25 percent. Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/16/mm-american-credit-scores-plummet?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jul 2010 13:19:04 -0500 The I.T. Guy Who Knew Too Much Many IT workers have admitted to using their administrative powers to get information that otherwise is confidential or sensitive. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/12/tech-report-it-guy-who-knew-too-much?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Retail data: Signs of a new consumer? New retail sales figures show shoppers continued to hold back last month. And a report says that the number of Americans behind on their credit cards is the lowest in eight years. So, are we looking at a new consumer? Frugal, responsible and forever changed? Or are shoppers just holding back on the plastic? Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/08/pm-does-retail-data-indicate-a-new-consumer?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jul 2010 13:11:29 -0500 U.S. universities rush to go global Michigan State University says it is closing its undergraduate university in Dubai, putting an end to a money-losing experiment. It's tough news for the 100 students who need to find a new place to go to school. But for American universities, the race to go global continues. Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/06/pm-us-universities-rush-to-go-global?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 13:22:52 -0500 Is the recovery at a typical pause? We've gotten a raft of bad economic news recently -- manufacturing growth has slowed, pending home sales are down. So is the recovery pausing to catch its breath? Or is this the fragile U.S. economy gasping for air? Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/01/pm-is-the-recovery-at-typical-pause?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 2010 13:24:13 -0500 Hulu to start charging you money. (And that's a good thing?) Hulu launches Hulu Plus, a paid option with a bigger catalog. But is this paid model really going to change our TV-watching ways? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/01/tech-report-hulu-to-start-charging-money-and-thats-a-good-thing?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Are consumers really that worried? How we feel has a huge influence on how he consume, but just because a consumer says they're apprehensive, doesn't mean they'll act that way. Jeff Horwich reports on the latest Consumer Confidence Index. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/29/pm-are-consumers-really-that-worried?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jun 2010 12:58:47 -0500 A proposal for an Internet 'kill switch' A bill proposed in the Senate would give the president power to seize control of the Internet in response to a national security threat. Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/16/pm-a-proposal-for-an-internet-kill-switch?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2010 14:41:30 -0500 Starbucks brews free Wi-Fi, site access This summer, Starbucks will stop charging for Internet access and offer free Wi-Fi. Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/15/pm-starbucks-brews-free-wi-fi-website-access?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 13:35:30 -0500 W. Fargo loses fraud case, to pay $30m A jury in Minnesota says Wells Fargo owes $30 million to four nonprofits who trusted the bank to look after their money. Jurors say the bank stopped looking after its clients' best interests and started looking after its own. Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/04/will-wells-fargo-loses-fraud-case-to-pay-30-million?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 12:35:35 -0500 Advertisers may score on NBA nostalgia This year's NBA finals have served up a great rivalry: the Lakers vs. the Celtics. No two teams have so dominated the history of the NBA. Even though young phenoms like LeBron James are sitting this one out, advertisers are banking on a combination of nostalgia and great basketball. Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/03/pm-advertisers-may-score-on-nba-final-nostalgia?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 13:48:28 -0500 Minnesota nonprofits win $30 million case against Wells Fargo A Ramsey County jury has ruled against Wells Fargo bank in a case involving nonprofits. The Minneapolis Foundation, the Medical Foundation, and others say Wells Fargo invested their money in securities the bank knew were risky. Media reports say the nonprofits have been awarded about $30 million in damages, and today, the judge hears arguments over punitive damages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/03/nonprofits?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 10:54:53 -0500 Will others follow AT&T data limit plan? AT&T says it is eliminating its unlimited data plan starting next week, which means new iPhone and iPad users will have to limit their usage or pay for extra data. Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/02/pm-will-other-carriers-follow-att-data-limit-plan?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 2010 14:04:19 -0500 Summer air travel's up, and so are fares This summer, stronger travel demand is going to run smack dab into a much smaller airline industry and all the crowded flights that will entail. Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/01/pm-summer-air-travel-is-up-fares-are-too?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 14:22:03 -0500 A tricky time for Toys 'R' Us to go public Toys "R" Us is growing up. It plans to go public. The toy seller was a public company five years ago, but then it was one of many companies bought by private investors during boom times. Jeff Horwich reports this is a sticky time for the toy retailer to try to get its money back. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/28/pm-a-tricky-time-for-toys-r-us-to-go-public?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 2010 12:51:45 -0500 Oprah flexes her endorsement power Oprah is opening her second retail store in Chicago. What might happen as the queen of daytime TV moves from your living room to your local mall? Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/27/pm-oprah-flexes-endorsement-power?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2010 14:18:07 -0500 Facebook's privacy vs. biz challenge Facebook is balancing privacy expectations with the need to make money. Recent changes to the social-networking site have left many users feeling exposed. Today, Facebook rolled out new privacy controls meant to stem the controversy. Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/26/facebook-faces-privacy-revenue-business-dilemma?refid=0 Wed, 26 May 2010 14:18:28 -0500 It's not so peachy for Georgia banks Georgia is the state that's seen the most bank failures since the beginning of the financial crisis. You'd think this would be good news for regulators, at least they've got plenty of business right now. But Georgia's been cutting back on the folks who keep the banks in line. Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/24/pm-its-not-so-peachy-for-georgia-banks?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2010 14:08:12 -0500 Clamping down on counterfeit textiles Lawmakers from North and South Carolina are about to introduce a bill in Congress that will step up enforcement against so-called counterfeit textiles. Those are brands labeled "Made in the U.S." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/21/am-clamping-down-on-counterfeit-textiles?refid=0 Fri, 21 May 2010 05:46:18 -0500 Raise our taxes, please! Like a lot of states, revenue in Arizona is down, and huge cuts are on the table, but voters there have chosen a remedy: raising taxes. Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/19/pm-raise-our-taxes-please?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2010 16:12:56 -0500 'Top Chef' serves online cooking lessons There are lots of things we can learn from reality TV stars: How to sulk, preen, and milk every last bit from your 15 minutes. The producers of "Top Chef" are hoping you might want to learn something real -- like how to roast a chicken. And maybe even pay for the privilege. Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/19/am-top-chef-serves-up-online-cooking-lessons?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2010 04:23:36 -0500 Alcohol marketers high on digital media You don't see many beer and liquor ads on primetime TV because the major broadcast networks and the alcohol industry have rules to limit them. But a new report says digital media have become a "wild west" for alcohol ads. Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/18/am-alochol-marketers-high-on-digital-media?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 04:07:17 -0500 Senate plan may cap debit swipe fees Every time you pay with plastic, somebody else pays too. The business that's taking the card pays a fee to the bank that issues the card. And the credit card firm gets some money too. But the Senate has passed an amendment that would restrict those types of interchange fees. Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/14/pm-senate-plan-may-cap-card-swipe-fees?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 12:15:29 -0500 Governor may cut home health care To reduce their budgets, states have tried to cut health programs, like home care for the elderly. Legal obstacles have made it impossible. But California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is unveiling a new tactic: cutting the programs entirely. Jeff Horwich reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/13/pm-governor-may-cut-home-health-care?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2010 14:02:09 -0500 NewsTune: Jim Bunning's Placed a Hold on My Heart A tune for the man of the week. Turned into kind of a gospel-y thing. Catchy, eh? /collections/special/columns/loophole/archive/2010/03/newstune_jim_bunnings_placed_a.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 10:10:50 -0600 NewsTune: The Obama 2011 Budget An In the Loop Newstune about Obama's U.S. budget. /collections/special/columns/loophole/archive/2010/02/newstune_the_obama_2011_budget.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2010 11:23:06 -0600 An iPad iSong from In The Loop Steve Jobs, meet Roy Orbison. /collections/special/columns/loophole/archive/2010/02/newstune_an_ipad_isong.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2010 14:10:47 -0600 In The Loop: "From the Cockpit" MPR's "In The Loop" podcast offers its satirical take on what might have happened in the NWA flight 188 cockpit. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/loophole/archive/2009/10/from_the_cockpit.shtml#?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 18:57:11 -0500 Loophole: Edina police stand by their actions Twin Cities-based FOX 9 News says it was only considering producing a story on child abduction which would involve a TV crew in a van stopping children and asking for directions. Jeff Horwich follows up on the story on The Loophole blog. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/loophole/archive/2009/04/edina_police_chief_we_put_out.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2009 13:58:42 -0500 Behind party lines: what it means to be a Republican Minnesota Public Radio assembled a dozen Republican delegates and volunteers from around the nation and asked them to get beyond the canned answers and speeches to tell us why they hold their political allegiances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/04/behind_party_lines_republican?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2008 12:19:51 -0500 Behind party lines: what it means to be a Democrat For four days the pundits and the politicians have owned the airwaves during the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Minnesota Public Radio decided it was time for the rest of the Democrats to have their say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/28/behind_party_lines_democrat?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2008 15:39:44 -0500 Zimbabwean discusses the turmoil back home Munya Munochiveyi, who is finishing up his Ph.D. in history at the University of Minnesota, is a member of the Movement for Democratic Change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/25/zimbabwe_opposition?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 15:36:43 -0500 In the Loop: A eulogy for Northwest Airlines Northwest has not always been a flyers' favorite. But it is a fixture in the travel memories of millions of Americans -- especially those of us here in the Midwest. If the deal with Delta goes through, Northwest will lose its name and its Twin Cities headquarters. Minnesota Public Radio's "In The Loop" asked listeners to write their own "eulogies" to the carrier we've come to know so intimately. Terri Bly, of Mendota Heights, took up the call. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/loophole/archive/2008/04/northwest_a_listener_eulogy.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2008 14:46:45 -0500 American Indians and the election As this year's election unfolds, the media is tracking many different voter groups. One group that has not recieved as much attention is the 60,000 American Indians who live in Minnesota. "In the Loop" invited a group of American Indians to discuss the upcoming election. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/programs/in_the_loop/archive/2008/04/15/index.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2008 18:01:03 -0500 Beating the odds Every year Children's Defense Fund Minnesota gives its "Beat The Odds" scholarship to high school seniors who have overcome exceptional challenges. Fadumo Hassan, Justin Haynes McKizzie, and Maipacher joined "In The Loop" host Jeff Horwich for a conversation about growing up through the most difficult of circumstances. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/programs/in_the_loop/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2008 02:00:00 -0500 In the Loop: Caucus primer In the Loop provides a helpful guide to attending the caucuses on Super Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/04/loopcaucus?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2008 23:26:23 -0600 Jeff Horwich's Super Tuesday We asked "In the Loop's" Jeff Horwich to turn the excitement of Super Tuesday into a song. And he did! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/02/02/tusdayhorwich?refid=0 Sat, 02 Feb 2008 12:15:15 -0600 In the Loop: Super Tuesday fever "In The Loop" and host Jeff Horwich gathered an audience in the UBS Forum this week to explore what's resonating with younger voters as Super Tuesday approaches. Why is Barack Obama experiencing such appeal with voters under 30? Is there a generational effect on the Republican side? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/programs/in_the_loop/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2008 16:00:13 -0600 Stories the media missed During these last few weeks of the year, news organizations will release their list of the top stories of 2007, but what about the stories the media missed? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/15/loop_missed?refid=0 Sat, 15 Dec 2007 15:30:00 -0600 Anatomy of a disaster In less than 10 seconds, Wednesday's I-35W bridge collapse changed our confidence in the man-made world beneath our feet. A structure millions of Minnesota drivers took for granted gave out. No number of miraculous survival stories make up for the loss of life and the fear instilled by the catastrophe. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2007/08/04_bridgeflash/?refid=0 Sat, 04 Aug 2007 17:29:51 -0500 Recovery effort cautious, deliberate Late Wednesday night emergency response officials switched their approach to the bridge collapse from rescuing survivors to recovering the dead. But Thursday's experience suggests the recovery will be extremely slow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/02/rescue_efforts?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 17:53:40 -0500 "Put yourself out here for one night" Go down to Dorothy Day Center operated by Catholic Charities of St. Paul and ask what it is like living there. The answer? "Put yourself out here for one night, you'll see what it's all about. You gotta be here to see it." So MPR's Jeff Horwich took the advice, and lined up with the others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/26/spend_night?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2007 04:00:00 -0500 Daniel Ellsberg's moment of decision Daniel Ellsberg is one of the most famous and influential whistleblowers in modern American history. In 1971, the former Marine, Defense Department, and State Department analyst leaked the "Pentagon Papers" to the press. They revealed deep government reservations about the conflict in Vietnam. In The Loop host Jeff Horwich recently spoke with the 76-year-old activist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/19/ellsberg?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2007 16:49:52 -0500 Does being green conflict with American culture? In the U.S., the world's largest producer of greenhouse gases, one third of us say we think global warming is a serious concern; just about half of us say we personally worry about it to some extent. Maybe the real challenge to get Americans acting green runs as deep as our culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/14/culture_clash?refid=0 Fri, 16 Feb 2007 22:00:00 -0600 Only connect: strange conversations in the digital age How do friends and family stay in touch in a modern fast-paced world? Listen to a collection of perspectives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/19/living_technology?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jan 2007 15:14:35 -0600 Powering the holidays We're all familiar with the benefits of Christmas lights: holiday cheer, and friendly neighborhood competition. But there's another side of the equation: the cost of our holiday lighting obsession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/11/looplight?refid=0 Fri, 22 Dec 2006 03:00:00 -0600 "Making nice" after the election: How long can it last? Literally overnight, Republicans and Democrats went from years of name-calling and fear-mongering to a kind of political campfire sing-along. The camp counselors leading the chorus are President Bush and new Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/15/political_diplomacy?refid=0 Thu, 16 Nov 2006 17:00:00 -0600 The voice behind the candidate The voices on campaign ads can make even Santa Claus sound evil. Just ask Gary Groomes and Susan Fuller. They're the voices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/20/voices?refid=0 Fri, 20 Oct 2006 18:07:49 -0500 Politics in a parallel universe Theory: our politicians can behave an awful lot like seventh graders. Fact: Seventh grade is a great place to break into politics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/16/stucouncil?refid=0 Thu, 19 Oct 2006 13:29:00 -0500 What kids have to say about crime We visited with some students on the east side of St. Paul. to hear what they had to say about how crime affects them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/21/loopkidsoncrime?refid=0 Thu, 21 Sep 2006 16:35:46 -0500 Poetry from behind bars Crime impacts people in different ways -- whether you're a victim, a resident in a crime-ridden neighborhood, a friend or relative of a victim -- or a perpetrator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/21/loopprisonpoet?refid=0 Thu, 21 Sep 2006 16:17:25 -0500 When crime happens on your street Even when you aren't the victim of crime, it can hit you in the gut and make you wonder about the place you call home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/21/loopcrimerate?refid=0 Thu, 21 Sep 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Whose recovery is it...now? In September 2004, with the economy reported to be on an upswing, Minnesota Public Radio asked a question: "Whose recovery is it?" We took a journey across the economic recovery, with stops ranging from a money manager for millionaires to the panhandler at a freeway off-ramp. Now two years later, we've gone back to four of these people to find out how their lives have changed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/09/recovery2?refid=0 Tue, 05 Sep 2006 00:00:00 -0500 Judge temporarily blocks Northwest flight attendants from going on strike There will be no strike at Northwest Airlines, at least for now A federal judge has temporarily blocked any job actions by the airline's flight attendants. The judge says he needs more time to consider the legal issues in the precedent-setting case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/25/injunction?refid=0 Fri, 25 Aug 2006 14:10:08 -0500 Northwest: Hearing at noon; strike by nightfall? The situation between Northwest Airlines and its flight attendants comes to a head Friday. At noon a federal judge takes up an appeal by the airline, which wants to block a threatened strike by the flight attendants. The judge faces a deadline of 9:01 p.m., when the flight attendants could begin walkouts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/22/nwa?refid=0 Fri, 25 Aug 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Northwest appeals decision allowing flight attendants to strike Northwest Airlines says it has appealed a bankruptcy court decision allowing flight attendants to go on strike. Bankruptcy experts say Northwest has an uphill battle in its appeal, and the most likely way out of a strike will be intense negotiations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/18/nwaappeal?refid=0 Fri, 18 Aug 2006 16:46:00 -0500 Judge rules Northwest flight attendants can strike Flight attendants for Northwest Airlines won a major victory Thursday from the judge overseeing the company's bankruptcy. Judge Allan Gropper ruled he does not have the authority to block a threatened strike. Some observers say this ruling could finally force a successful compromise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/17/flightattendants?refid=0 Thu, 17 Aug 2006 11:58:50 -0500 Terror threat puts airlines back on shaky ground News of new terror plots against U.S. airlines could mean rough times ahead for the financially troubled airline industry. Even a modest drop in business could mean major trouble for Eagan-based Northwest Airlines, which is trying to emerge from bankruptcy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/10/nwaterrorreax?refid=0 Thu, 10 Aug 2006 15:37:54 -0500 How chaotic would CHAOS be for Northwest? Northwest Airlines flight attendants have set the clock ticking toward a possible strike, one day after union members rejected a negotiated package of pay and benefit cuts. The union says on Aug. 15 its members will begin a strategy of intermittent work stoppages, called CHAOS, designed to confuse airline management, and lead travelers to book elsewhere. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/01/attendantsfolo?refid=0 Tue, 01 Aug 2006 17:13:38 -0500 Flight attendants reject new contract with Northwest Flight attendants at Northwest Airlines have rejected the latest attempt at a cost-cutting contract with the bankrupt company. The vote escalates the standoff between the two sides, with the airline planning to impose pay cuts, and the flight attendants planning to strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/31/flightattendants?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jul 2006 14:19:05 -0500 Flight attendants' deal -- the end of Northwest's labor woes? A last-minute deal between Northwest Airlines and its flight attendants union means no strike for now -- and perhaps the end of the carrier's long drive to cut labor costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/17/nwadeal?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jul 2006 09:36:06 -0500 What the Hecker? StarTribune.com tests new home page ads These are challenging times for newspapers, with ad revenues on the decline. Minnesota's largest paper, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, is looking at the potential for more advertising on its Web site. The paper is testing the bounds of what advertisers can do online -- and what readers will accept. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/06/stribfrontpage?refid=0 Sun, 09 Jul 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Northwest flight attendants vote to switch unions Flight attendants at Northwest Airlines are switching unions at a critical moment in negotiations with the company. If flight attendants do not agree on a new cost-cutting contract within 10 days, Northwest can impose pay and benefit cuts on them. The Association of Flight Attendants won its election at Northwest by promising a strong and savvy approach to negotiations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/06/nwaattendants?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jul 2006 14:01:17 -0500 "Summer camp"...for entrepreneurs As June comes to a close, we enter the season of camp -- a time for kids to have fun, make new friends, and maybe learn some new skills. A group of adults gathering at a summer camp in Northfield this weekend has similar plans, though their ultimate aim is a little different. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/29/entrepreneur_camp?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jun 2006 19:00:00 -0500 Bankruptcy judge pressures NWA flight attendants Flight attendants at Northwest have been given two weeks to negotiate a cost-cutting contract, or the airline can impose one. A strike remains a possibility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/29/nwa?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jun 2006 20:55:04 -0500 Cartoonist watches the million-dollar success of an idea similar to her own For an inventor, an artist, or anyone doing creative work, there may be few things more difficult than seeing your vision -- or something close to it -- succeed in the hands of someone else. So for one Twin Cities cartoonist, this has been a rough few weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/06/cartoonist?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jun 2006 16:40:00 -0500 Northwest Airlines flight attendants reject wage cuts Northwest is now asking the judge overseeing its bankruptcy for permission to impose its own terms on the flight attendants. The union says it will strike if that happens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/06/nwafa?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jun 2006 15:25:53 -0500 Who's on the roof: Immigrant labor shapes a summer industry In Minnesota, summer is the season of roof work. But a glance at the crews overhead this time of year makes it clear most people doing that work are not from Minnesota. The residential roofing industry around the country now relies on low-priced labor by Mexican immigrants. Industry insiders say the roofing business would collapse without this migrant work force -- which includes immigrants who are in the U.S. legally and illegally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/01/roofing?refid=0 Sun, 04 Jun 2006 12:00:00 -0500 UnitedHealth's troubles mount Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group is facing mounting scrutiny from regulators and investors. Since a newspaper raised questions in March about executive stock options, the health insurance and information company has drawn the attention of federal tax, securities and justice officials, large pension funds, and class action lawyers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/23/unh?refid=0 Fri, 26 May 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Bankruptcy judge blocks Mesaba Airlines from canceling union contracts The judge in the bankruptcy case of Mesaba Airlines did something Thursday that does not happen often in U.S. bankruptcy courts. He ruled in favor of the airline's unions, denying Mesaba the right to impose pay and benefit cuts on its workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/18/mesaba?refid=0 Thu, 18 May 2006 18:25:42 -0500 UnitedHealth directors re-elected amid compensation criticism The shareholders of UnitedHealth Group Inc. overwhelmingly re-elected four members of the board of directors on Tuesday despite the opposition of a few large shareholders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/02/unitedmtg?refid=0 Tue, 02 May 2006 14:08:03 -0500 McGuire faces UnitedHealth Group shareholders Some shareholders of UnitedHealth Group are upset about the large compensation package of CEO Bill McGuire amid a review by securities regulators. The controversy has stoked wider concerns about just who pays the bill when a health insurance CEO is among highest-paid people in the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/01/mcguirepay?refid=0 Tue, 02 May 2006 00:00:00 -0500 Pioneer Press sold to MediaNews Group McClatchy is selling off 12 Knight Ridder papers, including the four that are part of this deal. While the buyer has emerged, MediaNews Group's plans for the St. Paul Pioneer Press remain a mystery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/26/pipress?refid=0 Wed, 26 Apr 2006 19:05:44 -0500 Report: MediaNews bids on Pioneer Press, three other McClatchy newspapers MediaNews Group Inc. has offered to buy the St. Paul Pioneer Press and three Knight Ridder Inc. newspapers in California for as much as $1 billion, according to a published report Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/20/pipressbidder?refid=0 Thu, 20 Apr 2006 15:46:13 -0500 The"working crunched" struggle despite a growing economy Many middle class families find themselves squeezed and feeling financially insecure. Minnesota Public Radio set out to profile some working Minnesotans whose financial circumstances are crimping their confidence in the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/12/economicinsecurity?refid=0 Wed, 19 Apr 2006 00:00:00 -0500 Life after Ford Some public officials seem torn between planning a future without the plant, and hoping Ford might reconsider. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/14/fordimpact?refid=0 Fri, 14 Apr 2006 14:32:31 -0500 Ford confirms shutdown of St. Paul plant Ford Motor Co. has confirmed its plans to close its assembly plant in St. Paul in 2008. Officials from the United Auto Workers first announced the news was coming earlier in the day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/13/fordclosure?refid=0 Thu, 13 Apr 2006 09:44:05 -0500 Edina Realty sues for top spot on Google Two Twin Cities real estate companies are in a legal fight with implications for the future of advertising on the Internet. Edina Realty is suing relative newcomer TheMLSOnline.com for trademark infringement and unfair competition. The dispute is over how the newer company uses an increasingly important advertising medium: Internet search engines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/31/realestate?refid=0 Tue, 04 Apr 2006 00:00:00 -0500 Newspapers await new owners The deadline has arrived for prospective buyers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Duluth News Tribune, and Grand Forks Herald to submit their bids. These are among 12 newspapers put on the market after the sale of Knight Ridder, the nation's second-largest newspaper company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/27/ppressdeadline?refid=0 Tue, 28 Mar 2006 07:00:00 -0600 Brazil of the Midwest? Minnesota officials are trying to convince Ford Motor Company that the automaker's St. Paul plant and its nearly 2,000 jobs are worth keeping. The plant is still a possible target for closure -- perhaps by the end of the year. Ford has suggested that if Minnesota wants to save its local plant, it might find the answer some five-thousand miles away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/06/brazil?refid=0 Mon, 20 Mar 2006 00:00:00 -0600 Pioneer Press faces unknown owner The McClatchy Co., owner of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, announced Monday it will purchase the nation's second-largest newspaper company, Knight Ridder. Knight Ridder owns 32 daily papers around the country, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press -- which it plans to sell off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/13/strib?refid=0 Mon, 13 Mar 2006 17:00:00 -0600 A one-newspaper Twin Cities? McClatchy Company, which owns the Minneapolis Star Tribune, is reportedly the top bidder for the parent company of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/10/pipress?refid=0 Fri, 10 Mar 2006 17:05:56 -0600 Spammers turn to stocks The content of spam in the nation's e-mail inboxes goes through phases and fluctuations. In recent months, solicitations for pornography and pills have gotten competition from pitches that are equally annoying and potentially disastrous to anyone who takes the bait: stock-hyping spam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/28/stockspam?refid=0 Sun, 05 Mar 2006 12:00:00 -0600 Northwest, pilots reach tentative agreement The possibility of a pilots strike at Northwest Airlines is on hold, with news that pilots and the airline reached a tentative deal late Friday morning. Northwest has now tentatively achieved the labor cost savings it sought from all of its employee groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/03/nwapilotsdeal?refid=0 Fri, 03 Mar 2006 14:43:13 -0600 Minnesota's Ford "focus" Ford plans to announce shutdowns at two more U.S. assembly plants by the end of the year. While developers envision various futures for the Ford site in St. Paul, state officials remain focused on just one: making cars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/28/fordplant?refid=0 Wed, 01 Mar 2006 00:00:00 -0600 Small companies experiment with perks on a budget When the '90s tech bubble burst, the decline in stock prices brought on a decline in ritzy workplace perks as well. Turning a profit suddenly became more trendy than over-the-top incentives like free cars, or office distractions like pinball machines. Some companies do still offer generous workplace extras. But experts say companies have been thinking more strategically about how to deliver perks on a budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/10/perks?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2006 00:01:00 -0600 Northwest Airlines pilots to take strike vote A bankruptcy judge wants the airline and its unions to reach a contract deal before soon. But the pilots union leaders said the rank and file will be voting on whether to authorize a strike. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/02/03_horwichj_nwa/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2006 17:29:00 -0600 Boston Scientific wins bidding war for Guidant The bidding war for medical device maker Guidant looks to be over, with Boston Scientific winning over rival Johnson & Johnson. While both companies are based outside of Minnesota, their most critical divisions are in the Twin Cities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/25_horwichj_guidantsold/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2006 09:52:00 -0600 St. Paul's Ford plant spared -- at least for now The Ford plant in St. Paul will remain open, at least for now. The Ford Motor Company Monday named five U.S. manufacturing plants it plans to close in the next two years. St. Paul's Ford Ranger plant, which employs nearly 2,000 workers, was not on the list. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/23_horwichj_fordplant/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2006 09:55:00 -0600 NWA employees, preparing for the worst, support each others' side jobs Northwest Airlines' employees are preparing for more wage and job cuts, as the airline prepares to ask a bankruptcy judge to allow it to impose cuts on its unions. Against this backdrop, some of the airline's Twin Cities employees are banding together to prepare to make it without jobs at Northwest. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/13_horwichj_nwamoonlighting/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2006 05:00:00 -0600 Subsidiary plans are major sticking point between Northwest, unions Northwest Airlines says its plan to bring the company out of bankruptcy hinges on creating more companies. To lower labor costs, Northwest wants to move thousands of employees, from pilots to bag handlers, into new subsidiaries. Unions say the idea takes cost-cutting too far, causing devastating damage to workers. This issue -- more than any other -- could take negotiations down to the wire and even prompt a strike. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/17_horwichj_nwaoutsourcing/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2006 17:35:00 -0600 Northwest mechanics vote to stay on strike Striking Northwest Airlines mechanics will continue their walkout. Union members could have ended the four-month-old strike Friday, by approving a settlement with the airline. Instead, a majority voted to continue their stand despite little hope of regaining their jobs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/30_horwichj_amfaoutcome/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Dec 2005 10:26:00 -0600 Vote outcome could bring end of NWA mechanics strike Striking union mechanics at Northwest Airlines have until nine o'clock this morning to vote on a settlement agreement with the company. A &quot;yes&quot; vote would end the walkout, but strikers would be laid off instead of returning to work. Even after four months on strike, union leaders say members should reject the settlement and continue their stand. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/20_horwichj_amfavote/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Dec 2005 00:00:00 -0600 St. Paul officer part of complex contractor industry When a roadside bomb killed St. Paul Police Officer Kyle Kaszynski Thursday morning in Baghdad, Kaszynski died in the line of duty. But his duty at that moment was to a private security firm, Crucible Inc. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/23_horwichj_cop/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2005 17:34:00 -0600 Bell-ringing means a job for many in need Most people who pass a Salvation Army bell ringer are aware of the charitable connection: Money from the red kettles supports the group's mission to house, feed, and minister to people in need. What's not so well known is how bell ringing functions as an employment program. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/06_horwichj_daylabor/?refid=0 Sun, 18 Dec 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Reports of Ford plant closing spark caution and concern State officials reacted with differing levels of urgency to a report that St. Paul's Ford truck plant is among those the company plans to close. Ford Motor Company says it will announce major restructuring plans in January, but has officially remained tight-lipped about what's in those plans. The St. Paul plant has been considered vulnerable as sales of its product, the Ford Ranger pickup truck, have plunged. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/02_horwichj_fordplant/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2005 18:20:00 -0600 The state of the strike Three months after it began, some observers argue the Northwest Airlines mechanics strike is effectively over. Technically, the strike continues; most members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association have not returned to work, and some travelers still refuse to cross the picket line. But since the strike began in August, Northwest has continued flying its schedule. And the company has filled all of its mechanics jobs with permanent replacements. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/28_horwichj_nojobsleft/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2005 05:00:00 -0600 Trade missions: good policy or just good politics? Friday night Governor Tim Pawlenty leads more than 200 Minnesotans on the third and largest trade mission of his administration. Trade missions are popular with politicians, and heavily covered by the news media. But are they also helpful for the state's economy? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/10_horwichj_tradetrips/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2005 05:00:00 -0600 Northwest flight attendants will take pay cut The union is the first to offer Northwest a package of temporary cuts, in the hope Northwest will push back the airline's request to have a bankruptcy judge impose new contract terms. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/02_horwichj_nwa/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2005 15:50:00 -0600 Musicland hopes &quot;Graze&quot;-ing customers will revive music sales Few businesses have had a harder time in recent years than the music store, because of competition from online shopping, music download sites, and CD sales at big stores like Wal-Mart. One of the nation's biggest chains, Minneapolis-based Sam Goody, hopes to change its fortunes by encouraging people to just...hang out. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/26_horwichj_graze/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Microsoft founder recounts entrepreneurial path In trying to inspire its crop of budding entrepreneurs, the University of St. Thomas brought in the biggest success story they could find. Microsoft founder and chairman Bill Gates visited St. Thomas's Minneapolis campus Thursday afternoon to dedicate the home of its new Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/21_horwichj_entrepreneurs/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Oct 2005 06:43:00 -0500 Northwest Airlines pension relief stalled in Congressional impasse Seven months after Northwest first called for more time to pay off its pension debts, a bill that would ease the pension burden is stalled near the finish line. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/20_horwichj_pensionleg/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Northwest board unlikely to survive bankruptcy intact As Eagan-based Northwest Airlines slims down and reorganizes in bankruptcy, many employees are uncertain whether they'll remain when the airline emerges. The same could be said for those in the corporate board room. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/06_horwichj_nwaboard/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2005 05:00:00 -0500 NWA troubles could push Mesaba into bankruptcy Northwest Airlines Corp. regional carrier Mesaba Aviation Inc. is considering filing for bankruptcy protection because of sharp reductions in its schedule, according to a regulatory filing by its parent company on Friday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/07_horwichj_mesaba/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2005 10:13:00 -0500 Northwest continues to struggle with on-time performance Government statistics this week showed Northwest Airlines had dismal on-time performance in August, which included the start of a mechanics strike. Privately compiled statistics for September show Northwest did improve, bit it remains the worst performer among major airlines. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/05_horwichj_ontime/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2005 09:46:00 -0500 Northwest bankruptcy: Why now? Northwest Airlines' decision to file for bankruptcy last week came earlier than many observers expected, because it was still negotiating with its unions. So why did Northwest declare bankruptcy when it did? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/23_horwichj_whynow/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Marshall Field's, we hardly knew ye By next fall, the name Marshall Field's, as well as its trademark color green, will be gone from the retail landscape. Federated Department Stores, which bought Marshall Field's as part of a larger transaction earlier this year, is changing all the stores to the Macy's brand. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/20_horwichj_macys/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2005 16:06:00 -0500 Northwest bankruptcy: The stakes for Minnesota's economy Eagan-based Northwest Airlines may not be the biggest company in Minnesota. But the bankrupt airline is one of the most important companies, because of its high-paying jobs and because it provides a service that greases the wheels of commerce. Here's a look at what's at stake for the Minnesota economy in a Northwest bankruptcy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/16_horwichj_nwaeconimpact/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2005 17:15:00 -0500 What Northwest's bankruptcy means to businesses Northwest's bankruptcy filing left a long list of businesses to which the company owes money. Many of them are banks, insurance companies, and other major investors around the country. Many others are companies who did business with Northwest, some in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/15_horwichj_nwa/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2005 14:10:00 -0500 Report: Northwest Airlines may file for bankruptcy Northwest Airlines' stocked plunged dramatically on Tuesday when the New York Times reported the airline is on the verge of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The report comes as the airline hires permanent replacements for striking mechanics. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/13_zdechlikm_nwa/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2005 14:36:00 -0500 Replacements may be permanent at Northwest Northwest Airlines will begin hiring permanent replacements for more than 2,500 striking mechanics on Tuesday. The mechanics' situation seems more tenuous than ever. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/12_horwichj_talksreax/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2005 17:07:00 -0500 Northwest rank-and-file wondering &quot;what's up?&quot; Negotiators for Northwest Airlines and its mechanics union are discussing a Northwest proposal that many union members say they could never accept. With little communication from inside the negotiations, many mechanics wonder why the negotiators are still talking. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/09_horwichj_nwa/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2005 18:12:00 -0500 Northwest reportedly asks for deeper cuts from mechanics Negotiators for Northwest Airlines and its striking mechanics union face each other again Friday at a Minneapolis hotel. Contract talks resumed Thursday, with a new offer on the table. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/08_horwichj_nwanewtalks/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2005 09:59:00 -0500 Northwest, mechanics to resume contract talks Northwest Airlines and its mechanics union will resume contract talks Thursday, for the first time since the union walked out almost three weeks ago. Northwest is warning, though, that a tougher financial situation means its negotiating position will be even more harsh than when talks broke off last month. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/07_horwichj_nwatalks/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2005 14:54:00 -0500 'Normal' Northwest operations significantly lag industry In the third week of a strike by mechanics at Northwest Airlines, the airline has largely maintained its schedule. But while Northwest says operations have returned to normal, the airline's on-time performance appears to lag the rest of the industry. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/08_horwichj_nwaperformance/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2005 23:00:00 -0500 Northwest warns that time running out to avoid bankruptcy Northwest Airlines Corp. says spiking fuel prices are pushing it closer to bankruptcy. Company pilots said they would negotiate a new round of pay cuts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/01_horwichj_nwa/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2005 22:21:00 -0500 Northwest's other unions prepare for negotiations Northwest is currently negotiating with unions representing flight attendants and groundworkers. The company is also trying to get pilots back to the table for the largest cuts of all. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/29_horwichj_unions/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2005 16:56:00 -0500 Period of strike limbo leaves lingering questions How long it could the Northwest strike last? Can Northwest simply leave the striking union behind. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/24_horwichj_future/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2005 17:34:00 -0500 Analysis shows plenty of flight delays as mechanics strike continues at Northwest Using a sample of almost 180 flights, an analysis by Minnesota Public Radio has found 58 percent of Northwest Airlines flights did not arrive on time on the first business day of its mechanics strike. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/23_newsroom_nwaday4/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2005 11:09:00 -0500 Northwest, union argue over impact of mechanics' strike There were some wary passengers but few reported problems Monday at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, on the third day of the Northwest mechanics strike. The airline and the union disagree over how much travel has been impacted by the strike. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/22_horwichj_nwaday4/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2005 16:00:00 -0500 Monday likely to provide major test in mechanics' strike The effects of the Northwest Airline's mechanics' strike are just starting to take shape as it moves into its second full day. Contract talks between the company and the union broke down late Friday night and union members walked out. Northwest has brought in 1,500 replacement mechanics to fill in for the striking workers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/21_baxtera_nwaday2/?refid=0 Sun, 21 Aug 2005 18:16:00 -0500 Mechanic replacements waiting (and training) in the wings In the next few weeks, replacement mechanics for Northwest Airlines will make their way to the Twin Cities and other Northwest hubs. The airline says it will have a replacement workforce ready to go by August 19, when unionized mechanics could go on strike. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/07_horwichj_replacements/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Contract talks break off between Northwest, mechanics union Mechanics for Northwest Airlines have walked away from the negotiating table in Washington D.C., ending the latest attempt to reach a contract agreement. The move continues the march toward a possible walkout on Aug. 19, when mechanics are free to go on strike. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/03_horwichj_notalks/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2005 16:00:00 -0500 A look at the last two U.S. airline strikes If Northwest Airlines mechanics go on strike August 19th, it will be the first airline mechanics strike in the U.S. since 1992. That strike at USAir (now US Airways) lasted only five days. But a 1989 mechanics strike at Eastern Airlines set off a two-year chain of events that ended with the airline's demise. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/05_horwichj_paststrikes/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2005 17:28:00 -0500 Northwest losses come amid 'perfect storm' of problems Eagan-based Northwest Airlines says it lost $225 million in the second quarter of the year. Investors seemed to like the news, which was not as bad as most had expected. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/26_horwichj_nwa/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2005 16:17:00 -0500 Northwest proposal to mechanics: How does it compare? In the contract battle between Northwest Airlines and its mechanics, each side claims the other is out of step with reality. Northwest says it must slim down and restructure to match the rest of the industry. Mechanics say the airline demands cuts that go far beyond those put in place at major competitors like United and US Airways. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/22_horwichj_contracts/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2005 11:00:00 -0500 Clock starts ticking toward strike at Northwest Airlines The National Mediation Board has released Northwest Airlines and its mechanics union from mediated contract talks. This clears the way for a possible strike in about a month. Airline strikes are extremely rare, and the two sides often work out a deal at the last minute. But many observers see a Northwest mechanics strike as a distinct possibility. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/21_horwichj_strike/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2005 12:42:00 -0500 Last day on the job for hundreds more Northwest mechanics While Northwest Airlines and its mechanics union edge toward a possible strike, Friday is the last day of work for about 580 Northwest Airlines mechanics in the Twin Cities. The airline says they are no longer needed because of slow growth in business. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/20_horwichj_mechanics/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2005 23:23:00 -0500 Mediators offer arbitration in NWA-mechanics talks Eagan-based Northwest Airlines and its mechanics union are one step closer to a strike. The National Mediation Board has decided it is unable to help the two sides resolve their contract negotiations through mediation. The board has offered Northwest and the mechanics the chance to accept binding arbitration. It's one last, remote chance to stave off the countdown to a strike. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/14_ap_nwa/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2005 15:19:00 -0500 Though far from certain, strike possibility at Northwest is real It's a question important to almost anyone flying to, from, or through Minnesota in the coming months -- will Northwest Airlines mechanics go on strike? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/13_horwichj_strikemap/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2005 20:25:00 -0500 Behind the scenes of &quot;Burrito Rider&quot; There is a place in the Twin Cities where grown adults spend their days thinking up adventures for dog-riding monkeys, and discussing how to make Mexican food float in the sky. It's called the advertising industry. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/16_horwichj_adagency/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Profits and poodles: the story of a corporate tax loophole A Minnesota Supreme Court decision this month could cost the state up to $300 million in corporate taxes over two years. The decision relates to how Minnesota taxes companies on their foreign operations. While the implications for state revenue are stark, the court decision itself is a thicket of details only an accountant could love. Nonetheless, the loophole opened up by the case is an important one. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/24_horwichj_taxtale/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2005 15:44:00 -0500 A bankrupt Northwest: What could travelers expect? Officials at Eagan-based Northwest Airlines don't often use the word &quot;bankruptcy&quot; in public. But in recent weeks a number of signs have raised the possibility of a Chapter 11 filing. What could be in store for the traveling public if Northwest does file for bankruptcy? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/20_horwichj_nwabankruptcy/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Northwest looks to Congress to solve pension woes The financial troubles at Northwest Airlines run deep, but company officials say there's only one problem the airline can't fix on its own: the huge payments owed to its pension plans. Right now Northwest has less than 60 percent of the money it needs to make the retirement payments that are promised to present and future retirees. The airline -- and at least some workers -- say only Congress can help avert a pension catastrophe. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/09_horwichj_nwapension/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2005 05:00:00 -0500 One world, two companies Foreign outsourcing is common practice in many industries. Today, the phrase &quot;Think Global&quot; makes many industrial workers cringe -- even as business leaders salivate at the widening opportunities. We found both reactions along the same stretch of Twin Cities highway. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/27_horwichj_outsourcing/?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Fighting dragons and lightening skin: Two companies go to Asia For U.S. companies hoping to sell their products abroad, there are some basic do's and don'ts. International marketing is a delicate business. We look at one recent snafu, and one Minnesota success story. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/27_horwichj_aveda/?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Growing losses at Northwest &quot;unacceptable,&quot; says CEO Eagan-based Northwest Airlines today announced its first-quarter earnings -- or, rather, its lack of earnings. Northwest lost $440 million between January and March, nearly double its loss in the same period a year ago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/21_horwichj_nwa/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2005 17:39:00 -0500 Historic Hennepin theaters go to Clear Channel team The Minneapolis City Council didn't spend much time putting the final stamp of approval on a measure to hand over the city's historic theaters. Once city staff drafts the final paperwork, the State, Orpheum and Pantages theaters will be run by a small local nonprofit and a team dominated by entertainment conglomerate Clear Channel Communications. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/15_horwichj_theaters/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2005 17:58:00 -0500 Northwest cuts 600 mechanics' jobs in Twin Cities Mechanics for Northwest Airlines in the Twin Cities knew it was coming, but union officials say the news was still difficult to take: 600 of their jobs will be eliminated by the first week of July. This follows 140 layoffs announced in March, when Northwest also said many more job cuts were to come. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/13_horwichj_nwa/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2005 17:43:00 -0500 Senators get long-awaited chance to question Northwest CEO Lawmakers on the Senate Transportation Committee got a long-awaited chance Tuesday to question the CEO of Northwest Airlines. Doug Steenland agreed to appear after the committee took the highly unusual step of voting to subpoena him. Steenland's testimony covered airport expansion, job agreements with the state, and outsourced aircraft maintenance. But he did not come in for the grilling some had expected. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/12_horwichj_nwa/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2005 18:30:00 -0500 Straightening out your free credit report? Roll up your sleeves Residents of Minnesota and other Midwestern states became eligible in March for free annual credit reports under a new federal law. The legislation is taking effect in stages across the country. While getting your report may now be a snap, getting it in order may not be. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/12_horwichj_creditreport/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2005 06:00:00 -0500 Council moves closer to theater deal, but concerns remain The Minneapolis City Council is one step away from handing off the city's three historic theaters: The State, the Pantages, and the Orpheum. On Tuesday, two committees reviewed a deal negotiated between city staff and a three-part team dominated by entertainment conglomerate Clear Channel. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/06_horwichj_vote/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2005 05:00:00 -0500 NWA mechanics fight back on airport, outsourcing Northwest is parking planes and expects little growth this year. As a result, the company expects to cut as many as 900 local mechanics jobs in 2005. Today the local mechanics union and an ally in the Legislature attacked the airline on two sensitive topics: the expansion of the Twin Cities airport, and the safety of airplane repairs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/18_horwichj_nwamechanics/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2005 17:16:00 -0600 NWA mechanics in Twin Cities could see ranks cut 30 percent by year-end The latest casualties of the faltering U.S. airline industry are 130 Northwest Airlines mechanics in the Twin Cities. By year's end, Northwest says 800 more mechanics jobs at the airport may be gone as well. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/17_horwichj_nwajobs/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Conference pushes business ethics from the top down One day after the former CEO of WorldCom was convicted and regulators charged the former CEO of Qwest with fraud, business leaders and business students met in Minneapolis to talk corporate ethics. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/17_horwichj_bizethics/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2005 17:00:00 -0600 For airlines, online trade puts the &quot;ouch&quot; in voucher Eagan-based Northwest and other carriers have lost a combined $30 billion in the past three years. Amid that sea of red ink, the airlines continue to face a small but stubborn trickle, brought on by the Internet age -- the black market trade in airline ticket vouchers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/10_horwichj_vouchers/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2005 05:00:00 -0600 The Hennepin theater hand-off: &quot;The political dance&quot; It has been nearly two years since Minneapolis began a process to hand off the city's historic Orpheum, State, and Pantages theaters. In this second of a two-part report, we look at whether the future of the Hennepin theaters was decided by careful analysis, or by a process at City Hall that was something less than fair and open. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/08_horwichj_theatertwo/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2005 15:00:00 -0600 A timeline of theater negotiations Key dates in the process. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/07_horwichj_theatertimeline/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2005 01:00:00 -0600 The Hennepin theater hand-off: Seeking clarity about Clear Channel Later this month, the Minneapolis city council decides the fate of its three historic theaters. The decision will likely commit the city to a decades-long relationship with the entertainment conglomerate Clear Channel. Have all the right questions been answered? Part one of a two-part investigation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/07_horwichj_theaterone/?refid=0 Sun, 06 Mar 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Shifting job picture brighter than thought, but worries persist New numbers show the state economy lost 5,600 jobs between December and January. That doesn't bode well for the state budget forecast, released this week, which relies on the economy to add 44,000 new jobs this year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/01_horwichj_jobs/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2005 17:08:00 -0600 Federated buys May; future of Marshall Field's uncertain Federated Department Stores Inc. is buying rival May Department Stores Co. for $11 billion in cash and stock, in a deal that would create a powerhouse better able to compete against discount giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. at one end of the retailing spectrum, and specialty stores at the higher end. The deal includes 62 Marshall Field's stores. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/28_horwichj_federatedmay/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2005 12:15:00 -0600 Wild season cancelled. Who cares? The National Hockey League has cancelled the season because of a contract dispute. The lockout is painful for some St. Paul businesses. For the regional economy, though, the impact of losing pro hockey is less clear. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/16_horwichj_nohockey/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Feb 2005 20:45:00 -0600 Biotech opportunity may be passing Minnesota by A panel of business, academic and political leaders looked at Minnesota's biotech future Thursday. Instead of the enthusiasm often heard at such events, they said Minnesota faces challenges that are keeping the state from becoming a biotech leader. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/10_horwichj_mnbiotech/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2005 17:03:00 -0600 Best Buy introduces &quot;eq-life&quot; Electronics giant Best Buy is about to try out a new concept on Twin Cities shoppers. Next week, the company opens a new store in Richfield called eq-life, which focuses on health and wellness in combination with technology. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/28_horwichj_bestbuystore/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2005 16:00:00 -0600 TB found in some Hmong refugees; resettlement halted U.S. State Department officials have temporarily halted the resettlement of Hmong refugees to the U.S., because they've found a handful of active cases of tuberculosis among newly-resettled Hmong refugees, including one in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/28_horwichj_tuberculosis/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2005 14:42:00 -0600 A conversation with UnitedHealth's William McGuire UnitedHealth Group is -- quietly -- the second-largest company in Minnesota. Even though it's based in Minnesota, state law prevents UnitedHealth from selling its for-profit HMO here. But its stock is one of the country's top performers, and its CEO, William McGuire, is the state's highest-paid executive. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/24_horwichj_mcguire/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2005 16:00:00 -0600 Bonding for roads? Worth a (long and careful) look Gov. Pawlenty says borrowing to pay for highway projects is a common-sense, fiscally responsible idea. Is it? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/17_horwichj_bonding/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jan 2005 09:34:00 -0600 Senators on airport expansion: Slow down and open up State lawmakers turned a critical eye Tuesday on a major plan to expand Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Members of the Senate Transportation Committee heard from some who say the plan has moved too fast and too quietly. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/12_horwichj_airporthearing/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jan 2005 05:00:00 -0600 Northwest matches Delta's fare war... reluctantly Delta Airlines has set off what one analyst calls &quot;the most dramatic round of airfare cuts in more than a decade.&quot; Eagan-based Northwest Airlines has criticized the move, but was among the first to cut fares too. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/05_horwichj_nwa/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jan 2005 11:07:00 -0600 &quot;Forensic&quot; computers depart Twin Cities for tsunami-ravaged countries More than $2 million worth of computers and digital cameras are now in transit from Eagan to Bangkok, Thailand. The electronics will help identify the dead -- and perhaps reunite the living. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/05_horwichj_tsunamihelp/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jan 2005 09:30:00 -0600 JOBZ, one year old, is popular and still controversial In the past year, the state of Minnesota has given massive tax holidays to more than a hundred businesses. It's not scandalous -- in fact, state and local officials are celebrating. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/27_horwichj_jobz/?refid=0 Sun, 26 Dec 2004 15:00:00 -0600 Rainbow curbs food shelf donations This month, food shelves around the Twin Cities find themselves short thousands of pounds of fruits, vegetables, and bread they had expected. Rainbow Foods, one of the state's largest grocery chains, abruptly stopped donating its leftover produce and day-old baked goods. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/13_horwichj_rainbowfoods/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2004 17:25:00 -0600 Citizens tell FCC media failing at responsibilities Twin Cities residents had a chance to vent to one of the nation's top broadcast regulators on Thursday night. Federal Communications Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein held a public forum at St. Paul's Hamline University. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/09_horwichj_fcc/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2004 23:00:00 -0600 Lawmakers debate the need to inflate When lawmakers convene in January to discuss the state budget, they will face a choice of deficits: Big, and bigger. Which one's right? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/03_horwichj_inflatebudget/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Dec 2004 17:07:00 -0600 Mechanics say Northwest's opening proposal could mean long, difficult talks ahead Earlier this month, pilots with Eagan-based Northwest Airlines approved a deal to save the carrier $300 million a year. The nation's fourth-largest airline needs to turn its books from red to black, as carriers around it slide toward bankruptcy. With the pilots in-hand, Northwest has brought specific proposals to a second major union -- its mechanics. But top union officials say with the offer Northwest put on the table, talks will go nowhere fast. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/19_horwichj_amfa/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2004 16:35:00 -0600 Inflation's up. Should you be down? &quot;Inflation-watchers,&quot; a category that really should include all of us, came in for a couple of shocks this week. On Wednesday the government said consumer prices rose more than they have since May. And it turns out the Producer Price Index, a measure of what companies pay for their inputs, jumped more in October than it has in the past 15 years. Still, most economists are not overly concerned. Should you be? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/17_horwichj_gap/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2004 17:01:00 -0600 Northwest pilots accept pay cuts; top execs get stock bonuses Northwest Airlines pilots have approved a new contract giving them a 15 percent annual pay cut for the next two years. The ratification comes at the same time Northwest revealed it is giving its top five executives millions of dollars in stock. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/05_horwichj_nwapilots/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2004 11:20:00 -0600 Training is key for state's &quot;challenged&quot; job market Economists are still looking for signs the job market is healthy again. But for those who are not healthy themselves, even looking for a job is a major challenge -- in good times and bad. More than 20 percent of working-age Minnesotans have a disability of some sort. Others are recovering from addiction that sent their working lives off the rails. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/05_horwichj_employ/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2004 05:00:00 -0600 Business community eyes legislative surprise Despite all the attention given to a presidential election, for many in the business community state legislative races are of greater interest. On that front, this week's election yielded a major surprise. At least 13 seats in Minnesota's House of Representatives will shift from Republican to DFL control. The once solid Republican majority is now hair-thin. What's a state economy to make of this? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/04_horwichj_economy/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2004 05:00:00 -0600 Get-out-the-vote effort in high gear as campaigns wind down The focus of the presidential campaigns in Minnesota has turned almost entirely away from convincing undecideds. Instead, they're making sure every possible supporter casts a ballot on Election Day. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/03_bensonl_gotv/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2004 16:25:00 -0600 Huge crowds, inventory troubles cloud IKEA honeymoon Some of the luster has worn off one of Minnesota's major shopping destinations. When the Swedish furniture chain IKEA opened across the street from the Mall of America in July, the buzz about its sleek, low-cost furniture had preceded it to the Twin Cities. But the new IKEA has left some customers disgruntled and even angry -- suggesting the store has faced more than routine challenges in its first three months. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/18_horwichj_ikea/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2004 10:05:00 -0500 Bush &amp; Kerry: Taking care of business? Both major presidential candidates claim to be friends of business-people. Health care, tax cuts, and the state of the economy were the centerpieces of this week's domestic debate. On the question of Bush versus Kerry, there are signs the business community in Minnesota is leaning toward the President. But it's also clear neither man has the business vote locked up. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/15_horwichj_bizpolitics/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Northwest Airlines, pilots reach deal on wage concessions Negotiators for Eagan-based Northwest Airlines and its pilots have reached a tentative deal to save the airline $300 million in annual labor costs. Industry watchers had come to see a deal with the pilots as critical to Northwest's financial health. Still, the potential savings are only the first step down the path to long-term profitability for the carrier. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/14_horwichj_nwapilots/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2004 14:24:00 -0500 Racist sampler CDs headed for the 'schoolyard' St. Paul-based Panzerfaust Records has alarmed civil rights groups with a massive campaign to put white power music in the hands of teenagers. It may now be the world's largest purveyor of racist music. Panzerfaust calls the new effort &quot;Project Schoolyard USA,&quot; and the first CDs have just been shipped. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/29_horwichj_panzerfaust/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2004 16:51:00 -0500 The profit in political passion Usually businesses like to stay as far away from politics as possible. In a swing state like Minnesota, publicly casting your lot with one party or the other could turn off half your customers. But where most businesses see danger, a few see opportunity. Welcome to one store finding money to be made in the bitter political climate. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/22_horwichj_rebel/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2004 05:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty, Northwest Airlines unveil airport expansion plan Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Eagan-based Northwest Airlines Tuesday unveiled their vision for a much larger Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The plan shows an airport ready to handle 60 percent more travelers by the year 2020. Officials with the state and the airline say they intend to make the Twin Cities the dominant air travel hub in the Midwest. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/21_horwichj_airportplans/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Sep 2004 15:10:00 -0500 August job growth: &quot;Holding pattern&quot; continues Job growth is not a technical requirement for an economic recovery. Minnesota and many other states have learned this the hard way since 2001. Even as the economy grew, the jobs lost during the recession of that year have been slow to return. Minnesota has regained less than 60 percent of the jobs lost since the start of the recession. The latest Minnesota jobs numbers, for August, don't do much to raise that tally. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/14_horwichj_jobless/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2004 10:30:00 -0500 Whose recovery is it? When economists coined the term &quot;economic recovery&quot; to describe an economy that is growing, it's doubtful they considered the multiple layers of meaning it would carry. The word &quot;recovery&quot; seems to imply hope, happiness and comfort -- or at least movement in that direction. But to some in Minnesota, the period of recovery has brought continued unease and difficulty. This special report asks the question: &quot;Whose recovery is it?&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/13_horwichj_doc/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Voices from the Minnesota economy In preparing for Whose Recovery Is It, Minnesota Public Radio reached out to our audience for their experiences with the economic recovery. Some of those stories found a home in the other pieces of this series, but we still had many great ones to share. They all tell us something different about the economy we live in. What follows are seven more voices from the Minnesota economy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/13_horwichj_profiles/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Politicians and the economy: Holding the reins, or along for the ride? When Minnesota Public Radio reached out to members of our audience for their experiences with the economy, we received dozens of personal stories. Even though we didn't specifically ask about it, we also found people were inclined to mix politics with their economics. Politicians often get the blame or credit for the state of the economy. But do they deserve it? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/13_horwichj_econpolitics/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 2004 18:00:00 -0500 Census numbers show 'a lot of wealth' in Minnesota New government numbers show Minnesota remains among the most affluent states in the nation, with one of the lowest rates of poverty. Wisconsin and Iowa, two other political swing states, also showed fewer signs of poverty than many other states in the country. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/26_horwichj_censuspoverty/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2004 14:40:00 -0500 Northwest makes a 'bold move' with new ticket fees Starting later this week, Northwest Airlines will make some major changes to some of its ticket fees. The airline says it is following trends established by low-cost carriers like JetBlue and Southwest, which now compete for 70 percent of Northwest's customer base. But the changes are almost certain rub some consumers and travel agents the wrong way. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/24_horwichj_fees/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2004 18:07:00 -0500 Grocery, discount stores stocking up on health care Imagine dropping by the store for a loaf of bread, a quart of milk, and a strep throat culture. In a few major cities, small health clinics are appearing inside grocery stores and discount retailers like Target. The clinics are meant to be a hassle-free alternative to crowded waiting rooms at the family doctor. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/23_horwichj_clinic/?refid=0 Sun, 22 Aug 2004 12:01:00 -0500 United pension bailout could shake up Northwest The nation's biggest airline explained to its bankruptcy judge on Friday why it's stopped making contributions to its pension plans, and why it abandon the pensions altogether. Other airlines, including Eagan-based Northwest, are watching the proceedings closely. What happens to United's pensions could send a shock across the industry. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/20_horwichj_pensions/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2004 17:42:00 -0500 Will merger spell big job cuts in St. Paul? Maybe not Shareholders of St. Paul Travelers will meet at the company's St. Paul headquarters for their annual meeting this week. Many of those attending will be local employees -- more curious about the future of their jobs than the value of their stock. Their CEO said last week St. Paul Travelers will cut its ranks by 10 percent to achieve the cost savings promised by the merger that created the company. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/27_horwichj_jobs/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jul 2004 17:02:00 -0500 MPR Poll: Personal finances flat while gas prices rise There may be an economic recovery going on, but many Minnesotans are still waiting to feel it. According to a new Minnesota Public Radio-St. Paul Pioneer Press poll, most people say their household financial situation has not changed over the past year. One thing they <i>are</i> feeling is higher gas prices -- though most people have not been concerned enough to change their driving habits. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/22_horwichj_economypoll/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jul 2004 01:00:00 -0500 A noisy debate over airport noise Homeowners around Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport say some assistance paying for air conditioning falls far short of what they expected to help soundproof their homes. The Metropolitan Airports Commission moved that proposal forward at its meeting on Monday, despite accusations of betrayal from around 200 residents and politicians who crowded their chamber. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/20_horwichj_noise/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jul 2004 23:17:00 -0500 Getting to the &quot;heart&quot; of Minnesota's Irish connection When you look at the countries where Minnesota sends its exports, something is noticeably out-of-whack. Canada is our No. 1 trading partner -- that's no surprise. But second on the list -- far above major economies like Japan, Mexico, and Germany -- is a country most people wouldn't expect. It's Ireland, a pastoral island with a population a little bigger than Oklahoma. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/28_horwichj_ireland/?refid=0 Sun, 11 Jul 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Jobs for Hmong refugees a priority and a challenge Last month, Tong Her stepped off a plane in the Twin Cities after an 8,000-mile trip from Thailand. He arrived with his wife and nine other relatives -- the first in a wave of Hmong refugees coming to Minnesota over the next few months. Her told a reporter his first priority is finding work, something almost always easier said than done. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/28_horwichj_hmongwork/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Microsoft to pay millions to Minnesota consumers, schools Starting next week, millions of Minnesotans are entitled to get money back from Microsoft. On Thursday a judge in Hennepin County District Court approved a settlement between the software giant and lawyers representing consumers and businesses. The sides reached agreement in April, halting the first-ever class-action suit against Microsoft to go to trial. Both sides claim success, but the biggest winner could be the state's public schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/01_horwichj_microsoft/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 2004 16:55:00 -0500 Poland and Czech Republic offer 'great potential' for trade Gov. Tim Pawlenty, along with 20 Minnesota business leaders, is spending the week in Poland and the Czech Republic for the first overseas trade mission of his administration. The reason for the destination is not obvious at first glance -- the two countries are far down on the list of Minnesota's trading partners. But officials say the trip gets Minnesota in on the ground floor of the next big thing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/21_ap_govtradetrip/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jun 2004 17:13:00 -0500 Mexico's president wraps up Midwest tour with stop in Twin Cities Mexican President Vicente Fox has returned home after a three-day visit to the upper Midwest. Fox and his 40-person entourage spent the final afternoon of their U.S. visit in the Twin Cities. State officials joined Fox in saying they want to fast-forward the Minnesota-Mexico relationship, focusing on immigration and trade. The Mexican president did announce one major step forward: A Mexican consulate here within the next three years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/18_hughesa_fox/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2004 17:19:00 -0500 Direct investment: The other kind of trade One important aspect of trade is not reflected in Minnesota's export numbers to Mexico: &quot;foreign direct investment&quot; by Minnesota companies. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/18_horwichj_sidebarone/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2004 00:01:00 -0500 &quot;Fair trade&quot; proponents see the dark side of trade While companies and state officials discuss growing trade in positive terms, others see the free flow of goods and dollars between the U.S. and Mexico as a disaster for both sides. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/18_horwichj_sidebartwo/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Minnesota-Mexico trade still short of potential When Mexican President Vicente Fox arrives in the Twin Cities, Minnesota-Mexico trade is just one topic on a full agenda. But four years ago when Gov. Jesse Ventura led a trade mission to Mexico, the two sides voiced lofty goals. Among them, Mexico would become our second-largest trading partner, and Mexico would set up a trade office here. Neither has happened, and our economic relationship is still not as strong as it might be. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/18_horwichj_trade/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Meth is not just a rural problem anymore We've heard a lot about the methamphetamine problem in rural communities. And small towns are indeed fighting a dangerous battle against the cheap and powerful stimulant. But in some ways it is the urban tale that reveals much about the roots of meth in Minnesota -- and its future here. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/14_horwichj_methmetro/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2004 04:00:00 -0500 New ownership, same Marshall Field's For many shoppers in the upper Midwest, there's a certain comfort to the aisles of a Marshall Field's store. The chain was born in Chicago, and for Minnesota shoppers there is still a sense of the century-old Dayton's tradition. But in the next few months, St. Louis-based May Department Stores will take over, buying the chain from Minneapolis-based Target Corporation. This change in ownership raises the question of just what they plan to do to the place. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/10_horwichj_folo/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 2004 17:28:00 -0500 Pharmacy says low-cost formula means low prices for the uninsured Government-types have had lots of ideas lately on the cost of prescription drugs, including revamping Medicare, drug discount cards, and a website from the governor pointing people to Canada. One Twin Cities pharmacist looks at the situation and sees a business opportunity. He thinks the idea could have appeal for just about anyone with a big drug bill. But the customers he's going after are the very ones most neglected by the current system. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/20_horwichj_faircare/?refid=0 Thu, 20 May 2004 05:00:00 -0500 Top &quot;white power&quot; music label prospers from Twin Cities home base The Twin Cities is one of the top music towns in the nation. But the same local scene that gave birth to H&uuml;sker D&uuml;, Prince and the Jayhawks has also spawned one of the nation's biggest labels for &quot;white power&quot; music. Panzerfaust Records operates quietly from its home base in St. Paul, sending out racist CDs and merchandise for more than 300 bands. A look at one of Minnesota's lesser known exports. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/13_horwichj_panzerfaust/?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2004 15:00:00 -0500 The struggle over vision and ambition at the Pioneer Press In the past year, the St. Paul Pioneer Press has suffered a bitter contract battle, defections from the staff, and reports of sinking morale in the newsroom. Angry reporters accuse the paper's corporate owner, Knight Ridder, of pushing profits over quality. The dispute has prodded Minnesota's oldest paper into something of an identity crisis: Is it a major metropolitan daily, or a more modest &quot;hometown newspaper?&quot; Into this challenging mix, add a new, young publisher -- whose dad runs the parent company that owns the paper. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/03_horwichj_pipress/?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 2004 05:00:00 -0500 Travel much? One company sees barcodes in your future In March, the director of the Transportation Security Administration told Congress the agency would test a so-called &quot;registered traveler&quot; program in airports by June. The idea is to speed up check-in and security for passengers who agree to a background check beforehand. The announcement came as something of a surprise, and companies with screening technology are scrambling to be involved, including one in Edina. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/26_horwichj_travelscreening/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2004 17:00:00 -0500 Microsoft settles Minnesota class-action lawsuit Bill Gates will not be coming to Minnesota after all -- at least not to testify on his company's behalf. Lawyers for Microsoft and for Minnesota consumers announced a settlement Monday in the class action suit against the company. The settlement prematurely ends the first trial ever to result from a class action suit against the software maker. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/19_horwichj_microsoftsettles/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2004 10:44:00 -0500 Financial experts see &quot;psychic income,&quot; plenty of risk in stadium deal Gov. Tim Pawlenty's plan for funding new stadiums for the Twins and Vikings has generated a mixed response at the Capitol. Pawlenty calls the plan an &quot;investment&quot; in our &quot;quality of life&quot;. We wondered what we might learn if it were the business world -- not lawmakers -- facing this investment decision. So Minnesota Public Radio took the stadium plan to some top financial professionals, and got a decidedly skeptical reaction. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/08_horwichj_bizstadium/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2004 18:09:00 -0500 &quot;Airline envy&quot; sets in over low-cost service When some analysts look at the American economy, they increasingly see a land of haves and have-nots. It's not poverty they're looking at, but access to low-cost airlines. While these airlines like Southwest and AirTran now carry more than one-quarter of domestic passengers, access to their flights varies widely depending on where you live. Predictably, some cities are coming down with a case of &quot;airline envy.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/06_horwichj_airlines/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 2004 15:49:00 -0500 Best Buy formula working well, but &quot;tranformation&quot; still underway Richfield-based Best Buy says sales soared in its most recent quarter, capping off what it calls a &quot;banner year&quot;. The electronics retailer reported earnings for its fiscal year, which ended Feb. 28. Despite the financial success, in the coming year Best Buy plans to cut jobs, trim costs wherever it can, and roll out a new image to customers. Analysts say it's part of a plan to keep plenty of distance between Best Buy and the world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/31_horwichj_bbuyresults/?refid=0 Wed, 31 Mar 2004 17:30:00 -0600 Years after 9/11, passenger screening system still grounded When the public learned this year that Northwest Airlines once gave passenger data to a government agency, it added heat to the national debate over a new airline passenger screening system. Testing and implementing the system is shaping up as one of the great homeland security challenges. Observers wonder why, more than two years after 9/11, passenger screening has barely pulled away from the gate. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/29_horwichj_capps/?refid=0 Sun, 28 Mar 2004 15:00:00 -0600 Civil liberties groups fear travel &quot;surveillance&quot; Development is well behind schedule for a new national system to screen airplane passengers. Homeland security officials say the system, known as CAPPS II, is a critical tool to prevent a repeat of 9/11. But Northwest and other airlines are reluctant to even help test it, citing concern about passenger privacy. Some experts see an emerging battle between security and civil liberties that can only be settled in the courts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/30_horwichj_cappstwo/?refid=0 Sun, 28 Mar 2004 15:00:00 -0600 Microsoft lawyer says it competed vigorously, but not illegally Lawyers for Microsoft are making their opening statements in Minneapolis, in a case seeking more than $400 million for Minnesota consumers. The class action suit against the software maker is the only one of more than 30 such cases around the country to go to trial. Plaintiffs say Microsoft's illegal monopoly in computer operating systems and certain software allowed it to charge high prices to individuals and businesses. Minnesota Public Radio's Jeff Horwich reports Microsoft's lawyers are eager to defend the company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/03/17_microsoft2?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2004 10:00:00 -0600 Nation's first class-action trial against Microsoft underway Gordon v. Microsoft is the first class action lawsuit against the giant firm to go to trial. On Monday lawyers suing Microsoft began making their case that anti-competitive behavior by the software maker cost Minnesota consumers hundreds of millions of dollars. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/16_horwichj_microsoftdayone/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2004 05:28:00 -0600 'An extraordinary bond' Minneapolis-based Target Corporation says it is only investigating its options, but many analysts believe it is just a matter of time before it sells off its Mervyn's and Marshall Field's department store chains. For Minnesotans, Marshall Field's -- or Dayton's, as many shoppers still refer to it -- is more than just another place to shop. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/12_horwichj_daytons/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2004 19:12:00 -0600 Film stirs passions on all sides Movies rarely open on a Wednesday -- unless, of course, it's Ash Wednesday and the movie is &quot;The Passion of the Christ.&quot; Mel Gibson's film about the crucifixion of Jesus opens in 64 theaters across Minnesota. Christian and Jewish leaders are preparing for intense dialogue, though the things they want to talk about are very different. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/24_horwichj_passion/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2004 08:44:00 -0600 European chains set sights on Minnesota consumers Retail experts say most Minnesotans are comfortable in their shopping habits -- the weekly trips to Target, the &quot;I Love My Cub&quot; decals on our cars, the familiar chains of home furniture stores. But in coming months some retailers from Europe promise to shake things up. The IKEA and Aldi chains are already generating consumer buzz for their approaches to home furnishings and food. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/01_horwichj_ikea/?refid=0 Sun, 22 Feb 2004 15:00:00 -0600 Wild and NHL slide toward possible &quot;lockout&quot; After the carefree atmosphere of the NHL All-Star Game, professional hockey is returning to more serious matters. For the Minnesota Wild, this means salvaging a season that has left them near the bottom of their conference. There's also the more grave question of whether, one year from now, there would even be a season to salvage. A new report from the NHL shows deep financial losses at a majority of teams, and a contract dispute between NHL players and owners threatens to bring the league to a halt in the fall. The Wild may not be a part of the problem, but Wild fans and the Twin Cities economy could suffer the consequences. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/13_horwichj_hockey/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2004 14:21:00 -0600 St. Paul hopes big weekend = big bucks The city of St. Paul is heading into what may be, arguably, its biggest weekend ever. The St. Paul Winter Carnival will wrap up two weeks with an expected 1.5 million total visitors. And officials with the National Hockey League now say more than 80,000 people will attend events related to Sunday's NHL All-Star Game, up from earlier estimates. All these people arrive with money in their pockets -- though St. Paul's love affair with hockey may face trouble in the future. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/06_horwichj_allstar/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2004 13:31:00 -0600 The blue collar workers of the 21st century If you were an American information technology worker in the late '90s, everybody wanted you. But the end of the dot-com boom threw that job market into reverse. In Minnesota, the number of computer-related jobs is down 30 percent from its peak in 2000. That has some workers wondering if unions could have made a difference -- and whether they still might. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/26_horwichj_unionstechies/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2004 12:00:00 -0600 Some good signs amid a rough 2003 for Northwest 2003 was a year of major changes for Northwest Airlines. Some were forced upon the carrier, including a distant war and a respiratory disease that led many travelers to stay home. Others were part of a conscious effort to adapt to a changed industry, and many analysts say Northwest is now stronger than many of its competitors. Nonetheless, executives are still calling for the one change they say will make all the difference: wage cuts for employees. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/23_horwichj_earnings/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2004 17:32:00 -0600 Wal-Mart opponents long on ideas, short on leverage Minneapolis and St. Paul have many amenities, but neither city has a Wal-Mart. That will probably change this spring, when a Wal-Mart opens in the Midway area of St. Paul. The opening faces few, if any, obstacles, but community activists are marshalling their forces nonetheless. They say if they can't make Wal-Mart go away, they want to at least make it a better neighbor. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/23_horwichj_walmart/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2004 05:00:00 -0600 Security experts: Sharing passenger data hardly unusual The Washington D.C.-based Electronic Privacy Information Center called on the U.S. Department of Transportation to investigate Northwest Airlines for deceptive trade practices. Documents show Northwest gave detailed passenger information to NASA shortly after the terrorist attacks of 9-11. Aviation experts say it's no surprise that NASA has been involved in airline security. But some say they are baffled by the uproar, since airlines and government agencies have routinely exchanged passenger information for decades. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/20_horwichj_nwa/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2004 17:36:00 -0600 2003 was the busiest year ever for Twin Cities housing market The number of home sales in the Twin Cities soared in 2003, setting a new record and topping the previous year's sales by more than 10 percent. Minnesota is already the top home-owning state in the nation, and realtors are preparing for more big years ahead. Low interest rates make mortgages more accessible than in the past. At the same time, the growing price of homes threatens to leave some families behind. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/16_horwichj_housing/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jan 2004 17:46:00 -0600 With strike averted, life goes on at Mesaba Mesaba Airlines is back in business. The airline and its pilots narrowly averted the first strike at a U.S. air carrier since 2001. A final marathon negotiating session this weekend yielded a pilot's contract both sides say they're happy with. Travelers and leaders in greater Minnesota are breathing a sigh of relief that air service from Mesaba will continue. Nonetheless, the industry realities that brought the dispute to a head remain. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/12_horwichj_mesaba/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2004 11:26:00 -0600 Last regional airline strike made for &quot;economic warfare,&quot; but its outcome encourages Mesaba pilots Late Friday night, pilots for Eagan-based Mesaba Airlines could walk off the job. The strike would ground 600 daily connecting flights for Northwest Airlines. The last airline strike in the U.S. was also at a so-called &quot;regional carrier.&quot; In 2001, 1,350 pilots stopped flying for Comair, in a three-month strike that cost Delta Airlines hundreds of millions of dollars. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/09_horwichj_comair/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Measuring state's &quot;bang for its buck&quot; on JOBZ could be difficult, contentious Depending on whom you ask, Minnesota's new tax-free zones are either strong medicine for the state economy, or a slow-acting poison. In the coming years, it will fall to state officials and outside economists to measure which prediction comes closer to the truth. Even then, adversaries may never agree on just how much benefit we're getting from the zones -- and what they're costing us. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/26_horwichj_measuring/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Dec 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Economic upturn could mean better times ahead for Minnesota charities When the economy turns sour, charities often suffer twice. Demand for their services increases at the same time as the money coming in slows down. Government and corporate grants, investments, and donations all dry up at the same time. 2003 was another lean year for many charities and foundations, but there are signs 2004 will bring economic recovery and a return to better times. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/22_horwichj_philanthrophy/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Lots of winners in JOBZ program, but questions remain Gov. Pawlenty travels around the state Thursday to announce the locations of new tax-free enterprise zones. Starting next month, new development on thousands of parcels of land outside the metro area will be free from property, income, and sales taxes. Economically-stressed rural communities are waiting to see if this will spark the turnaround they need. Critics say Minnesota is about to land the latest blow in a battle nobody wins. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/18_horwichj_jobzones/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2003 10:04:00 -0600 Walkout by Mesaba pilots nears Pilots and managers at Mesaba Airlines must decide whether to allow an arbitrator to design a new contract, or to clear the way for a possible strike. A walkout could disrupt air service to smaller communities in Minnesota and other parts of the country where Mesaba flies. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/05_horwichj_mesaba/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2003 16:32:00 -0600 Buyers face the end of the hot housing market The housing boom of the past few years has left a challenging climate for prospective home-buyers, especially in urban areas like the Twin Cities. Interest rates are low, but rising. The pressure to join the ranks of homeowners is strong. But housing as an investment is looking less brilliant than it has in recent years. Buyers are facing the end of the hot housing market, and experts say it's essential to keep a cool head. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/26_horwichj_housingtwo/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Twin Cities housing market cooling off, still warm to the touch Even during the recent recession, real estate surged to new heights. Homeowners, especially in the Twin Cities, propped up the struggling state economy with a flurry of buying, selling and refinancing. Experts agree the frantic housing market of the past few years is ending. It's cooling off, but still warm to the touch. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/25_horwichj_housingone/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Job impact of St. Paul Companies merger remains cloudy The CEO of The St. Paul Companies, Jay Fishman, held a question-and-answer session Tuesday with employees to talk about the proposed merger with insurance giant Travelers Property Casualty. Travelers is about twice the size of The St. Paul, and the merger would create the country's second-largest provider of business insurance. Fishman cautioned workers to ignore speculation about job losses and focus on the promise of increased industry clout. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/19_horwichj_stpaulworkers/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2003 05:00:00 -0600 St. Paul Companies merging with Travelers for $16 billion in stock Travelers Property Casualty Corp. is combining with The St. Paul Companies Inc. in a $16 billion stock deal that will create one the nation's biggest insurers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/17_ap_stpaul/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2003 16:18:00 -0600 State looking over JOBZ proposals This week, state officials offered a look at Minnesota's proposed Job Opportunity Building Zones. The applications show communities in greater Minnesota went after the zones with gusto, carving out hundreds of tax-free islands around the state that they hope will lead to thousands of jobs down the road. Skeptics say all this work won't help -- and could even hurt -- the state economy in the long term. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/12_horwichj_jobz/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2003 16:35:00 -0600 Flying on frequent flier miles in a time of full flights Over the last few months, Northwest and other major airlines have seen some positive signs, including a rebounding economy and modest profits. Airlines have scaled back the number of seats in the air and become more efficient. As a result, flights are as full as they have been in years. But what is good for the bottom-line could be frustrating one group of travelers: People trying to travel for free on frequent flier miles. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/10_horwichj_mileage/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Emergency child care funds to restore subsidy for some Three Minnesota counties will receive an emergency injection of money to help families who lost state child care subsidies in recent months. Ramsey, Dakota and Clay counties will get a total of about $300,000 dollars. Officials say the money will partly make up for the unintended consequences of state cuts to child care this spring. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/05_horwichj_daycare/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Predatory lending: A study in the &quot;business&quot; of democracy The word &quot;business&quot; does not show up in most of our basic ideas about American democracy: &quot;One man, one vote;&quot; &quot;All men are created equal;&quot; &quot;Government of the people, by the people, and for the people.&quot; But few would deny business interests have come to play a big role in the democratic system. Some say too big. One segment of the business community has played a complex and controversial role in shaping one recent Minnesota issue: predatory lending. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/09_horwichj_demobusiness/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2003 06:00:00 -0600 Low-cost airlines change the face of air travel, but Twin Cities lag Seven so-called &quot;low-cost&quot; airlines, led by Southwest, now carry more than a quarter of U.S. travelers. Their growth comes partly at the expense of traditional giants like Northwest Airlines, which has lost more than $1 billion since the start of 2001. As low-cost airlines grow more popular, one local airline -- Twin Cities-based Sun Country -- hopes to ride that wave. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/28_horwichj_lowcost/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2003 06:00:00 -0600 Boon or boondoggle? Officials tout economic impact of Xcel Center Just over three years ago, the Xcel Energy Center opened in downtown St. Paul with the first ever home game of the Minnesota Wild. Critics questioned whether the 18,600-seat arena would be worth the public money that went into it. St. Paul and Minnesota Wild officials have unveiled a study they say shows the arena pumping money into the local economy. But the skeptics remain. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/07_horwichj_xcel/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2003 17:31:00 -0500 Cold Spring students back to class for first time after shooting Classes resumed at Rocori High School in Cold Spring on Friday, two days after the fatal school shooting. Students say it was hardly a typical day of school; the halls were relatively quiet, and teachers put their normal lesson plans aside. The goal for the day was mostly to make sure students kept their hands and minds occupied, and that they had someone to talk to if they needed it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/26_horwichj_backtoschool/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2003 17:24:00 -0500 Incubating biotech and hoping it's the next golden egg The Pawlenty administration and others watching the Minnesota economy see biotechnology as one bright light on the horizon. And no single place better captures Minnesota's biotech dreams than a sprawling, abandoned building on the western edge of St. Paul. The city bought the building this month to serve as a non-profit &quot;incubator.&quot; Officials hope the empty space will nurture fledgling biotech entrepreneurs into tomorrow's powerhouse corporations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/22_horwichj_biotech/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2003 05:00:00 -0500 Lawson Software announces layoffs; looks to move jobs to India Lawson Software, one of the biggest employers in downtown St. Paul, has laid off five percent of its workforce. Lawson says the layoffs are mostly the result of business reorganization, as the company shifts to focus on particular areas where software development is most in demand. But there may be layoffs in store. Lawson also says over the next two years it plans to join the growing number of software companies moving jobs to India. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/22_horwichj_lawson/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2003 07:00:00 -0500 The Voice on the Wire: Internet telephone calls create regulatory confusion A small but growing number of Minnesotans are ditching their telephone company to make calls over the Internet. &quot;Voice Over I.P.&quot; technology, known as &quot;VoIP&quot;, is most popular on the east and west coasts, but its use is spreading. The rapid growth is partly because VoIP is largely unregulated. Minnesota regulators are the first to try to rein in the new technology. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/22_horwichj_telephone/?refid=0 Sun, 21 Sep 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Rain dampens turnout for 9/11 ceremony A rainstorm didn't halt the state's largest September 11 memorial ceremony Thursday night in St. Paul. Gov. Pawlenty and other leaders told a small, but dedicated, crowd that the fight against terrorism must continue. They said Minnesotans can channel their emotions into community service here at home. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/10_horwichj_midway/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2003 09:53:00 -0500 Hacker had just enough knowledge, not enough direction Eighteen-year-old Jeffrey Parson begins this week confined to his parents' home in Hopkins, prevented from any contact with computers. Parson was arrested Friday on charges he modified and spread a computer worm that slowed Internet traffic around the globe this summer. If Parson indeed did what is alleged, his work is unlikely to win him much respect inside or outside the computer hacker community. Far from a mastermind, experts say Parson is just an especially unlucky example that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/01_horwichj_hackers/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Sep 2003 05:00:00 -0500 &quot;Painful, costly, complicated&quot; deregulation keeps telecom industry in the spotlight Since 1996, the number of local telephone companies in Minnesota has gone from just a few to nearly 150. Deregulation created an industry with cutthroat competition, and also one of the most complicated business climates around. Local and long-distance companies must work together at the same time as they fight tooth-and-nail to steal customers from one another. Even seven years later, the fallout from deregulation continues to foster the image of an industry that can't seem to stay out of trouble. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/25_horwichj_telecom/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2003 17:20:00 -0500 Labor showdown at the Pioneer Press This week the biggest union at the Minneapolis Star Tribune is expected to approve a new contract. This could put new pressure on labor negotiations at its rival paper in St. Paul. Union leaders at the St. Paul Pioneer Press have been locked in talks with management, hoping to avert a strike. The contract for the paper's largest union expired more than a year ago. Crafting a new one has been slow and acrimonious. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/19_horwichj_newspapers/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2003 16:49:00 -0500 Paying their debts Minnesota is easily the best in the nation when it comes to collecting child support. Last year the state collected more than $2,100 per open case, more than twice the national average. But many who pay child support -- especially those with lower incomes -- say the system can actually make it harder for them to meet their obligations. Rather than helping them get back on their feet and hold a steady job, they say it encourages a spiral of debt and unemployment. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/19_horwichj_support/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Number of Minnesota jobless highest since 1985 New economic numbers show Minnesota reached a number of important benchmarks in July. Unfortunately none of them are good news for the state's unemployed. The latest unemployment statistics show more Minnesotans out of work than at any time in 18 years, and the unemployment rate reached a level only seen once in the past decade. Officials say in the midst of an economic recovery, Minnesotans are still waiting for the layoffs to stop. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/12_horwichj_unemployment/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2003 17:28:00 -0500 An 'outside' job: External aircraft repairs raise concerns In tough financial times, the country's major airlines are saving money by hiring outside companies to repair their airplanes. Eagan-based Northwest Airlines now hires companies both in the U.S. and overseas to do a larger portion of its maintenance than ever before. A recent government report has raised new questions about this trend. Northwest union mechanics say it could mean lower-quality repairs, and put flights at greater risk of terrorist attack. Northwest says outsourcing is not only safe, but critical to the airline's survival. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/04_horwichj_outsource/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2003 05:00:00 -0500 DFL files complaint with campaign finance board over Pawlenty business ties Gov. Tim Pawlenty's relationship to a pay phone company may get a closer look from the state's top campaign finance officials. The chairman of the Minnesota DFL Party on Friday filed a complaint against Pawlenty with the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. The complaint says Pawlenty may have knowingly falsified campaign finance information to hide his income from Access Anywhere. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/25_horwichj_complaintfiled/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jul 2003 16:36:00 -0500 An 'arrogant' job market The job market in Minnesota is worse right now than it has been at any time since the nation's economic downturn began two years ago. That's the conclusion of the latest Minnesota Job Vacancy Survey. The study finds job openings in the last three months fell 22 percent from last year. Officials and workers say they're hard-pressed to find much good news in Minnesota job market. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/17_horwichj_jobvacancies/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2003 16:45:00 -0500 Private pension plans in Minnesota coming up short Across the country, corporate pension plans are in trouble. The plans many companies set up to provide for workers in their retirement don't have the money they'll need to keep that promise. Many pension plans in Minnesota are suffering along with the rest. Experts say in most cases, there's nothing to panic about, but there are good reasons for employees and investors to pay closer attention. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/14_horwichj_pension/?refid=0 Sun, 13 Jul 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Child care industry fears effect of state cuts Many in Minnesota's child care industry are bracing for a shake-up starting in July, when changes to the state human services budget take effect. Lawmakers saved $86 million this spring through cuts to child care subsidies -- even more than the governor originally proposed. Some child care providers say the drop in state assistance will mean lower quality care, and may drive them out of business. The cuts' architects say the industry is over-reacting, and nothing so dramatic is in store. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/30_horwichj_daycareagain/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Northwest management wage cuts on hold Northwest Airlines says it will not cut managers' pay in July, as many union leaders and others expected. Northwest says the five to 15 percent pay cuts are on hold until at least one major union agrees to concessions. Unions say that could actually make those discussions more difficult. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/27_horwichj_nwapay/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2003 17:12:00 -0500 Taking the &quot;temp&quot; of the economy Economists keep a close eye on the temporary labor market for signs the economy is recovering. The temp market may be starting a mild recovery, but some wonder whether more temporary jobs are such a good sign after all. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/16_horwichj_temps/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2003 05:00:00 -0500 Officials fear child care-to-welfare shift Starting in July, child care will become more expensive for thousands of Minnesota families. To help balance the state budget, lawmakers approved cuts in state child care subsidies. Overall the changes are projected to save the state more than $86 million over the next two years. But the cuts may have a secondary effect: Driving some lower-income, working families onto the welfare rolls. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/10_horwichj_childcare/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2003 07:00:00 -0500 10,000 steps? A reporter pounds the pavement Programs from HealthPartners and others say 10,000 steps a day should get you a recommended minimum level of daily physical activity. MPR reporter Jeff Horwich clipped on a pedometer for a typical day to see what it takes to reach that goal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/02_horwichj_obesitysteps/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Insurance companies provide spotty coverage Doctors and public health advocates worry Minnesotans are gaining more and more weight, but the situation also presents a fundamental and frightening challenge for health insurance companies. Some say the industry is not adapting fast enough, while HMOs say Minnesotans themselves need to start living healthier lives. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/02_horwichj_obesityinsurance/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2003 12:00:00 -0500 What's covered, what's not MPR asked the largest health insurance providers in the state for information on their policies toward covering obesity-related treatments. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/02_horwichj_obesityhmodata/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2003 12:00:00 -0500 In a changed industry, Northwest sees quality service as an edge Eagan-based Northwest Airlines is competing today in a different airline industry than it faced at the end of the 90s. Fewer Americans are flying. Southwest, AirTran, and other so-called low-cost carriers have taken 20 percent of the U.S. market. Northwest is competing on fares and trying to cut labor costs. But the airline also hopes to improve its position in the new marketplace by offering travelers better service in the air and on the ground. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/02_horwichj_nwaservice/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2003 05:00:00 -0500 Cemetery turns 150, honors old vets and discovers new ones As it has since 1870, St. Paul's Oakland Cemetery hosted a Memorial Day service honoring the veterans buried there. But this year the cemetery also used the occasion to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Oakland has long been one of Minnesota's lesser-known historical treasures. But in the past few years volunteers have uncovered a wealth of new details about the veterans buried there. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/26_horwichj_cemetary/?refid=0 Mon, 26 May 2003 17:09:00 -0500 Airlines' improving outlook may fuel tougher battle over NWA cuts There are signs of better months ahead for the airline industry, just at the time when Northwest says it needs painful sacrifices from workers. But winning givebacks from workers may be all the more difficult with air travel headed into the strong summer season. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/15_horwichj_nwa/?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2003 04:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty: Minnesota poised to be biotech leader Governor Pawlenty convened more than 600 scientists, entrepreneurs, and executives in Minneapolis for the &quot;Governor's Biosciences Summit.&quot; Pawlenty told the crowd Minnesota has the people and ideas to be a biotech leader. Critics of the governor say Minnesota may have a tough time competing, and Pawlenty should focus on more important priorities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/12_horwichj_biotech/?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2003 17:57:00 -0500 Making work: Young entrepreneurs turn away from weak job market Since the economy turned sour, the job market has become a rather forbidding place for young people. Corporate scouts don't stake out college campuses the way they used to. Many 20-somethings send out reams of resumes, only to wind up in jobs that don't make them happy. But a few bypass the job market altogether to start a new business of their own. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/30_horwichj_youngbiz/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Northwest losses more than double in first quarter Northwest Airlines said Wednesday that its losses soared nearly 132 percent in the first quarter as the war in Iraq and higher fuel costs battered the travel industry. Chief Executive Richard Anderson also said he saw no signs of improvement, and more cost-cutting was ahead. In March, Northwest cut its work force by 4,900 positions and grounded 20 airplanes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/16_horwichj_nwa/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2003 15:38:00 -0500 Mixed signals for regional air service This week Minnesota's main regional airline, Mesaba, announced plans for job cuts and a wage freeze. But travel from Minnesota's smaller airports is up, and there are signs Mesaba may emerge from the war in Iraq in better shape than its big brother, Northwest. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/10_horwichj_regionalair/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2003 14:03:00 -0500 In search of outstate &quot;JOBZ&quot; Governor Pawlenty is calling his &quot;JOBZ&quot; program &quot;the mother of all economic development incentives.&quot; Communities in outstate Minnesota are already compiling their evidence to convince state officials that their town needs the extra boost. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/01_horwichj_jobz/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2003 06:00:00 -0500 Couple makes anti-nuclear stance a family affair Mordechai Vanunu is a convicted traitor, accused of jeopardizing Israel's national security. He is also a hero to anti-nuclear activists around the globe, who say no one in the western world has spent longer in solitary confinement. Vanunu, called an international martyr by his supporters, is also the adopted son of a retired couple who have lived all their lives in St. Paul. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/18_horwichj_israeliadoption/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2003 12:00:00 -0600 &quot;I've had enough fun&quot; In November, former State Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe found himself a private citizen for the first time in decades. The future is suddenly a blank slate for one of Minnesota's longest-serving lawmakers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/07_horwichj_wheresmoe/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2003 18:00:00 -0600 Small business, big changes An old business in a small Minnesota town has a new owner. The Renville Locker butchered meat under the same family ownership for 38 years in southwestern Minnesota. Over that time the population of the region has changed, and more change is on the way. There may be no better symbol of the shift than the new face behind the meat market counter. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/05_horwichj_meatmarket/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2003 12:00:00 -0600 Fighting &quot;house to house, room to room&quot; This month Minnesota quietly debuted a new weapon in the war on terrorism when Camp Ripley's &quot;tactical live fire shoothouse&quot; hosted its first round of training. The shoothouse is a fully enclosed, bullet-absorbing building, where law enforcement officers and soldiers can train for indoor combat. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/27_horwichj_livefire/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Feb 2003 14:24:00 -0600 Tattered shack or home away from home? The architecture of the frozen lake When cold weather hits, many Minnesotans head for their second homes. Some are warm, southern getaways. But many are sparsely furnished, cheaply made, and about the size of a prison cell. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/11_horwichj_fishhouse/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2003 18:34:00 -0600 Cultural broadcasting: Radio show a rare outlet for Indian voices and music Aside from a handful of radio stations based on Indian reservations, programs featuring Native American music and voices are few and far between. For 10 years, St. Cloud State University has hosted one of these rare programs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/06_horwichj_indianradio/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2003 16:32:00 -0600 &quot;Keep your pants on:&quot; Abstinence rally targets teen choices For years, statistics have shown teenagers growing more and more sexually active. But religious and public health activists say the tide is turning. An increasingly organized movement has appeared, telling teenagers to wait until marriage. One sexual abstinence rally this week in Little Falls took a hard line, and drew a huge crowd. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/29_horwichj_abstain/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2003 16:48:00 -0600 Snow snakes: Native game lives on in Minnesota's frozen winter For Minnesota's native peoples, the trouble with the long winter months was not only fighting the cold, but fighting boredom. For the cold they had leather tipis, warm fires and rabbit-fur mittens. And when it came to staving off boredom, Minnesota winters were perfect for tossing snow snakes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/27_horwichj_snowsnake/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jan 2003 12:00:00 -0600 The cloistered life: Students try one week as a monk Despite the difficult attention of the past year, the reverent, active lifestyle of the monks at St. John's Abbey continues. And each January, the Abbey invites interested St. John's students to spend a week living in the monastery. This year, four students gave up part of their winter break to experience the patterns and peculiarities of monastic life. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/23_horwichj_monk/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2003 01:00:00 -0600 Fingerhut anniversary recalls tumultuous year One year ago, Federated Department Stores announced its Fingerhut subsidiary would probably close in a matter of months. Today the Fingerhut name survives, but the economic upheaval of the past year is far from over. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/16_horwichj_fhupdate/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2003 01:00:00 -0600 Three schools on the chopping block in St. Cloud Closing schools is one of the more drastic ways school districts can find extra money, and they don't do it often. Minneapolis and North St. Paul have closed one building each in recent years. But in St. Cloud, officials could decide to close three small elementary schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/08_horwichj_closings/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2003 16:09:00 -0600 Desktop to tabletop: the online grocery revival When the dot-com economy stumbled, the online grocery business stumbled right along with it. Many assumed the idea of buying groceries over your computer was simply too far ahead of most consumers. But across the country online grocery shopping is now making a rapid comeback, and Minnesota is no exception. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/03_horwichj_onlinegroceries/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2003 07:37:00 -0600 Bringing faith to the boardroom and cubicle In St. Cloud, one man has big plans to take religion into the world of business. We sit down for a conversation with this new breed of business advisor -- the corporate spiritual consultant. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/26_horwichj_advise/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Dec 2002 06:00:00 -0600 A new gift of old music Many churches around Minnesota boast fine pipe organs. Most of them also have a piano they can wheel out for certain occasions. But rarely can a church add its own harpsichord to Sunday services. Now a Lutheran Church in St. Cloud has unveiled a harpsichord it will use for worship services. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/23_horwichj_harpsichord/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2002 06:00:00 -0600 Taking matters into their own hands In rural parts of the state, many churches are having a hard time finding and paying priests or pastors. But for one denomination, the solution is simple, and ancient: Do it yourself. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/23_horwichj_laychurch/?refid=0 Sun, 22 Dec 2002 15:00:00 -0600 Christian deer hunters take Scripture to the stand We're one of the more religious states: Sixty-two percent of Minnesotans claim to be members of an established faith. It's well known that Minnesotans also love their deer-hunting. Perhaps it was only a matter of time before someone put these two things together. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/24_horwichj_deerrel/?refid=0 Sun, 22 Dec 2002 06:00:00 -0600 Cold MacDonald had a farm... This time of year in Minnesota, everyone watches the weather. But just like every other time of year, farmers watch the skies a little more seriously than most people. Next year's income depends on the thermometer and the snow cover. It also depends on the countless chores that just won't wait for spring, no matter how cold it gets in the meantime. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/10_horwichj_agwx/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2002 16:00:00 -0600 Four missing people -- just a tragic coincidence? In the two weeks after Halloween, three college men disappeared from Minneapolis, Collegeville, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Around the same time, a 21-year-old woman in Brainerd failed to show up for work, and has not been seen since. Despite constant media exposure and massive search efforts, all four are still missing, and authorities are still waiting for the one tip or stroke of luck that might yield some answers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/21_horwichj_missing/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2002 16:00:00 -0600 You've got male: College focuses on educating men Just 43 percent of today's college students are men. College men are also more likely to transfer, drop out or even commit suicide. But educating men is the specialty of one small college in central Minnesota, whose success has caught the attention of other schools around the country. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/20_horwichj_mensed/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2002 13:00:00 -0600 Cultural audit calls for campus change Last fall, St. Cloud State University asked a behavioral research firm to conduct a &quot;cultural audit&quot; of the campus. It was the latest effort to understand why the state's second largest school continues to be the subject of protests, lawsuits, and tough press coverage when it comes to discrimination and minority issues. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/15_horwichj_audit/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2002 17:10:00 -0600 Hopes ride on new catalog It has been six months since the last customer placed an order with Fingerhut. This weekend the company got back in business as the first new catalogs went in the mail. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/11_horwichj_fingerhut-m/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2002 15:00:00 -0600 A day in the life of the campaign volunteer In the days before the election, the candidates' voices and faces have been inescapable. If they haven't been in your town this past week, they've been on your TV clamoring for attention. But the standard-bearers of the four major parties are backed up by thousands of unpaid workers, doing less glamorous work to get out the vote. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/04_horwichj_workers-m/?refid=0 Sun, 03 Nov 2002 12:00:00 -0600 6th District candidates finally debate The candidates seeking Minnesota's 6th District congressional seat held their first debate Thursday in St. Cloud. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/31_horwichj_6thdebate-m/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Lots of talk, few debates in 6th District race The race in Minnesota's 6th congressional district is one of the most expensive and hotly contested in the nation. Incumbent Republican Mark Kennedy and Democrat Janet Robert are spending millions of dollars on advertising. Independence Party candidate Dan Becker says he's also working hard to get known in the district, which reaches from St. Cloud southeast to Stillwater. Yet the candidates in the 6th District have yet to have a formal debate. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/17_horwichj_6debate/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Mental math marvels Good at math? Can you keep up with the fifth-graders in Brainerd? A teacher is amazing parents and turning kids on to math with daily speed-drills. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/16_horwichj_math-m/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Sixth district race heats up Minnesota's 6th Congressional district looks very little like it did one year ago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/09_horwichj_6dist/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2002 14:00:00 -0500 Feedlot "encyclopedia" hits the shelves Work is almost complete on what may be the largest study ever attempted of animal feedlots. Minnesota farmers, government officials, and environmental groups all had a role in designing the report, which has taken four years and cost $3 million. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/01_horwichj_dung-m/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Gubernatorial candidates debate health care Minnesota's four major-party gubernatorial candidates talked Friday about the impact of the looming state budget deficit on health care. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/20_horwichj_brainerdgov-m/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Small-scale wind power breaks into the mainstream Along with red barns and weathervanes, the rickety wooden windmill is a staple of the Midwest farm-scape. For more than a century, Minnesota farmers have been watering their livestock with the power of the wind. Many of these old farm windmills are still working hard today, but lately they're being overshadowed by a new breed that is taller, sleeker, and much stronger. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/19_horwichj_wind-m/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota deer kill underway The Department of Natural Resources has begun killing deer in Aitkin County. The out-of-season hunt is unprecedented for the state, but officials have rushed it from planning to practice in less than a week. They're looking to see if chronic wasting disease has spread beyond a single Aitkin-area elk farm. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/10_horwichj_deerkill-m/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Off the beaten path, fighting drunk driving a particular challenge Over the past decade, the proportion of drunk drivers in outstate Minnesota has steadily increased. Stemming drunk driving in rural areas of the state means dealing with special challenges and different attitudes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/04_horwichj_drunktwo-m/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Felony law takes on stalled statistics, tough attitudes Since August 1, a fourth drunk driving arrest in a 10-year period is a felony in Minnesota. The charge carries up to seven years in prison. Before the new law, even the most notorious repeat offenders could not receive more than a gross misdemeanor and a year in county jail. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/03_horwichj_drunkone-m/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 New Catholic outpost brings faith into the modern marketplace Catholics, particularly in Minnesota, are not especially known for reaching out and promoting their faith among the general public. But five Catholic parishes in central Minnesota say modern-day culture demands a change. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/16_horwichj_mall-m/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Taking stock of the local speedway If it's Thursday in the summer, that means it's race-day in Willmar. The city features stock car races every week at the Kandiyohi Racing Association Speedway, just blocks from downtown. But the thrill of one of the Minnesota's hottest summer sports is wearing thin for some who live close to the track. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/15_horwichj_racetrack-m/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Forestry budget gets chopped The Department of Natural Resources is one of many agencies that saw its bottom line shrink as legislators balanced the budget this spring. Some lawmakers hoped the DNR would trim its bureaucracy, but the effects are being felt in the field. Some of the biggest cuts, $2 million, will come in the forestry division, and foresters say the cuts come at a critical time. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/17_horwichj_forestry-m/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Rain soaks crop hopes Earlier this week, state agriculture officials announced that prospects for the harvest were looking up. The recent warm and humid weather was helping make up for a frustrating spring, and corn, soybeans and other crops were on-track for an average year. Then came the rain. Farmers around the region stepped outside to find saturated fields and sudden crop losses. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/11_horwichj_wetcrop-m/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 As priest abusers become public, a parish looks at its past Catholics around the country learned new things about their communities when clergy sex abuse cases received fresh attention this spring. One small parish in central Minnesota discovered that in one 30-year span, three of its clergy turned out to have records of sexual abuse. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/10_horwichj_stjoes-m/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 St. Cloud's big dream Eighty-five years ago St. Cloud hosted one of the biggest barbecues the world had ever seen. Between 40,000 and 70,000 people converged on the site of the Pan Motor Company, a company that promised to make St. Cloud the next manufacturing powerhouse of the Midwest. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/04_horwichj_pancar-m/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Abuser monks out of the ministry, still in jobs The "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" binds bishops around the country to the same "one-strike" policy. But monasteries and religious orders are not bound by the charter. That includes St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, where at least 10 men are living under restrictions because of sexual abuse. But St. John's says it does plan to apply its own interpretation of the bishops' charter to the monks in its care. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/20_horwichj_restrictions-m/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Soccer Culture: Sport and community inseparable for ethnic teams Soccer's World Cup is happening all this month in Korea and Japan. But you don't need to fly to Asia, or even make a date with ESPN at 2 in the morning, to find international soccer action this summer. Immigrants who've come to Minnesota have brought their favorite game along with them. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/17_horwichj_soccerworld-m/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Fingerhut limbo: Workers consider how, and whether, to move on Fingerhut's future is still uncertain, six months after its parent company announced it would liquidate or sell the catalog retailer. With an offer on the table workers hover between a future with Fingerhut, and a future without it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/11_horwichj_fhworkersupdate-m/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 St. John's Abbey looks at a lawsuit Two men who say monks abused them as teenagers are suing St. John's Abbey. Their case, filed in St. Cloud, names two individual monks and the entire Benedictine monastic order as defendants. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/06_horwichj_abusesuit-m/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Country "kibbutz" thrives on a different kind of diversity Everyone looks forward to the change of the seasons at Camphill Village, a community in central Minnesota unlike anywhere else in the state. This working farm near Long Prairie would be a special, idyllic place no matter who lived there. But it is the people who make the community truly extraordinary. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/06_horwichj_camphillkibbutz-m/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Hatch: Let Brainerd mill compete Attorney General Mike Hatch traveled to Brainerd to argue against a non-compete clause in the Potlatch mill sales agreement. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/21_horwichj_potlatchhatch-m/?refid=0 Tue, 21 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Pentel, McGaa get major Green Party endorsements Minnesota's newest major political party has chosen its slate of candidates for this year's election. The Green Party says it's ready to take on the established parties in races for governor, U.S. Senate, Secretary of State, and State Auditor. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/19_horwichj_pentel/?refid=0 Sun, 19 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Stopping the presses The Potlatch mill in Brainerd has been making paper constantly since 1917, but soon it will sit vacant. Potlatch was one of Brainerd's largest employers, and more than 600 people are losing their jobs. But the city, the plant and the workers are preparing to move on. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/16_horwichj_potlatch-m/?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 St. John's Abbey responds New information is passing between St. John's Abbey and the Stearns County sheriff about monks accused of sexual abuse. Officials at the abbey say the information was never restricted. But recent interest in cases of sex abuse by clergy led the abbot at St. John's to begin talking more openly about monks who have been accused of sexual misconduct. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/09_horwichj_stjohns-m/?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Potlatch workers take closing in stride There's a 60-day countdown clock running in Brainerd. That's when 660 workers at the Potlatch paper mill will likely lose their jobs. City, union, and company leaders are already working together to cushion the blow. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/19_horwichj_potlatchfolo-m/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Faith-based floor space The return of cold weather is unwelcomed news for the growing number of homeless people in Minnesota. In St. Cloud, there is an acknowledged shortage of beds in town, but this winter the city's churches have provided warm spaces for a few more. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/04_horwichj_homeless-m/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 The right of the people to be secure in their ice shacks... A court decision in the middle of the ice fishing season declared that ice shacks were a private space, protected by the U.S. Constitution from unwarranted searches. It's a big change that has put the Department of Natural Resources in a tough position. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/22_horwichj_iceshacks-m/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Turning plowshares into pixels There was a time when winter on the farm meant equipment tune-ups, cleaning around the house and spending some well-earned time with the family. But for a growing number of farmers, winter is now the time when they climb out from behind the tractor and settle down in front of a computer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/19_horwichj_precisionag-m/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Life after Fingerhut? Workers check out their options Fingerhut workers are already out hunting for new places to work. In St. Cloud, a student career fair opened its doors for the first time to the general public: an invitation to the 2,700 workers at Fingerhut's St. Cloud distribution center. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/06_horwichj_fingerhut-m/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 A 'beef' with the big meat packers Buried inside the Senate version of the latest farm bill are a few dozen lines that could mean big changes for slaughterhouses. The nation's largest meat packers have lobbied hard to defeat the provision, which would prevent them from controlling livestock more than two weeks before their slaughter. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/06_horwichj_meatpacking-m/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 St. Cloud bracing for Fingerhut closure U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone joined local officials for a closed meeting in St. Cloud Thursday, one day after the city's second-largest employer announced it was probably going out of business. The parent company of Minnetonka-based Fingerhut announced it will eliminate the catalog and Internet retailer if a buyer cannot be found. That would mean the loss of nearly 2,700 jobs in St. Cloud. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/17_horwichj_fingerhutfolo-m/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Retreat to higher ground After facing the rushing flood waters once again last spring, at least one more town has decided to buy and move homes and businesses. The buy-out effort in Granite Falls will be smaller than some others, but it's significant for a city so closely tied to its river. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/19_horwichj_flood-m/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Green air has Priam's residents seeing red The alfalfa feed plant in the tiny town Kandiyohi County town of Priam shrouds its community in a thick, stale cloud of alfalfa dust, and residents have complained for years. Now the plant may be cleaning up its act. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/17_horwichj_alfalfa-m/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Spanish Minnesota Minnesota has long had a diverse linguistic tradition. Ojibwe, French, German, Norwegian and English have all been languages of commerce at one time. Now the latest census numbers show the language landscape has shifted once again http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/26_horwichj_spanish/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Some news of their own St. Cloud works hard to maintain an identity distinct from the Twin Cities. It hasn't helped that St. Cloud has been without local television news for most of its recent history. Now an upstart independent station with a small staff and an unusual format is scrambling to fill the void. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/21_horwichj_stcloudtv-m/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 A super hero, St. Cloud-style Truth, justice and the American way have taken up residence outside the St. Cloud Dairy Queen. A brawny guy in a flowing cape is popping up intermittently at busy places in town. He's St. Cloud's self-appointed super hero. His mission: To inspire and reassure. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/19_horwichj_upandaway-m/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 After 29 years, a political opening On Nov. 6, there's only one election for state office. Voters in Morrison and southern Crow Wing counties will replace veteran DFL legislator Steve Wenzel, who resigned this spring for a job with the U.S. Agriculture Department. After 29 years with Wenzel, District 12B is rediscovering its political identity. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/26_horwichj_district12B-m/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Still controversial, the Abbey Church turns 40 The architect I.M. Pei once said that if it weren't tucked away in rural Minnesota, the St. John's Abbey Church in Collegeville would be one of the 20th century's most famous pieces of architecture. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/24_horwichj_abbeychurch-m/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 St. Cloud State sued over treatment of Jews Three professors and a student plan to file a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday against St. Cloud State University and the entire MnSCU system, alleging that the school has done too little to deal with anti-Semitism on campus. St. Cloud State has been studying the problem for more than a year, but those suing the school say the time for studying is over. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/17_horwichj_scsem-m/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Teacher pay, turned around Among hundreds of millions of education dollars, the Legislature set aside $8 million for a few districts willing to make bold experiments in teacher compensation - experiments that may stand traditional notions of collective bargaining on their head, and could tie teacher pay to student performance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/09_horwichj_teacherpay-m/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Bringing music to schools with no strings While almost every school has a band, only a small number of schools in Minnesota offer children the chance to learn stringed instruments. The situation is the same around the country. A new grant awarded in central Minnesota will be a small first step to put more violins, violas, and cellos in the hands of children in smaller school districts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/05_horwichj_strings-m/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Striking workers leave MnSCU short-staffed More than a quarter of the workers in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system walked off the job when the state's two largest public employees' unions went on strike. The 34 schools in the system are entering largely uncharted territory. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/02_horwichj_mnscu-m/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Redistricting brings identity crisis home It's sometimes hard to follow the complicated process of congressional redistricting, but it poses important questions for communities around Minnesota. In few places are the issues as clear as they are in St. Cloud. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/25_horwichj_redistrict-m/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Regional airports deal with tighter security rules Over the weekend, the Federal Aviation Administration issued formal instructions for smaller, regional airports outlining security requirements that mean more restrictions and less convenience for travelers accustomed to their hometown airfield. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/17_horwichj_smallairports-m/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Insects bugging Minnesota farmers http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/24_horwichj_bugs-m/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 A test of youth Sometimes, living in a small town is easier, if the cemetary is full of people with the same last name as yours. Newcomers often don't fit in until they prove their mettle. So what happens when a 23-year-old, whose ties to the community run only as deep as the college located there, takes the town's top political job? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/16_horwichj_youngmayor-m/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Seeking solutions for affordable housing In the quest for affordable housing, five cities in central Minnesota are considering a law that could be the strongest mandate in the state to build new low and middle-income homes. Last winter, officials in St. Cloud and the surrounding towns of Sauk Rapids, Sartell, St. Joseph, and Waite Park asked a committee to design a common ordinance that would encourage more affordable housing in the area. What they got back has city officials and citizens wondering just how progressive they're willing to be. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/31_horwichj_housing-m/?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Tuition increases hit home The Minnesota State College and University System Board is about to approve a 10-percent increase in tuition for St. Cloud State University, an increase that only goes only part-way toward balancing the school's books. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/17_horwichj_scsu-m/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Nudity ban goes into effect in Benton County http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/11_horwichj_stripclubs-m/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Ruffed grouse numbers are down in Minnesota For the ruffed grouse - and ruffed grouse hunters - it doesn't get much better than Minnesota. The popular chicken-sized game bird has a range from coast to coast in Canada and the U.S., stretching from Alaska to North Carolina - with northern Minnesota at its heart. In a typical fall, Minnesota hunters bag up to one million ruffed grouse. But with the arrival of summer this year, grouse numbers are sharply down. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/05_horwichj_grouse-m/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 For the Love of the River Bats In St. Paul and Duluth fans are cheering the Saints and the Dukes into their third week of play in the Northern League. Minnesota's third baseball league is kicking off its season as the Beetles, the River Bats, the Mashers, the Honkers and the Mighty Gulls took the field around the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/05_horwichj_northwoods-m/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 The 'Bottom Line' of Alternative Energy Minnesota may not havee the sun of Arizona nor the wind of the Dakotas or California, but a farm near Princeton is milking the power of Minnesota's own natural gas as an alternative fuel. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/18_horwichj_methane-m/?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Young Offenders Learn Old Hobby In recent months, the state corrections department has introduced an unusual new hobby to its younger inmates. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/04_horwichj_quilting-m/?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Religious Values and Free Expression A dispute over artistic taste and terminology at the College of St Benedict in St. Joseph has students and administrators weighing the balance between religious values and free expression on a college campus. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/16_horwichj_vday-m/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Those Who Can, Teach A typical mid-career professional with no teaching background might expect two years of additional undergraduate coursework and student teaching to earn a teaching license in Minnesota. In the face of a teacher shortage, a program at St. Cloud State University aims to train teachers in 15 months, and throw in a masters degree. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200102/20_horwichj_teachers-m/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Feb 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Instant Main Street As suburban cities fall prey to the same patterns of commercial sprawl, some people are turning to the "instant" Main Street as a path to civic identity. Central Minnesota is home to one such town. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200102/06_horwichj_mainstreet-m/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Feb 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Natural Gas Prices Fuel Worries on the Farm Heating bills are not the only place Minnesotans will feel this winter's soaring natural gas prices. Expensive natural gas means expensive fertilizer and an uncertain spring for the region's farmers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200101/24_horwichj_farmenergy-m/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jan 2001 12:00:00 -0600