Minnesota Public Radio features by Art Hughes http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=34 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:53:00 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Art Hughes http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 College textbook rental coming to Minnesota College students hope renting, rather than buying, will help solve the problem of ever-increasing textbook costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/20/textbook_rentals?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2008 15:30:00 -0500 MnSCU tuition needs attention Tuition for state colleges and universities is a matter of concern, according to a new Web information tool the MnSCU system launched yesterday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/18/mnscu?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2008 07:28:21 -0500 U of M Regents prepared to support light-rail plan The University of Minnesota is poised to sign on to an agreement to build a street level light rail line through campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/12/um_lrt?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 14:10:31 -0500 Hopeful college graduates launch into shaky economy This year's college graduates step into a working world of fewer jobs, bigger debt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/06/gradjobs?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0500 U of M offers course to help parents understand drinking The University of Minnesota is launching an expanded version of a short, online course designed to help parents understand college drinking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/05/drinking?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2008 02:00:00 -0500 St. Thomas receives $10 million to improve business ethics Philadelphia businessman Harry Halloran donated the money to be used within two divisions of the university's Opus School of Business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/03/saint_thomas_ethics_gift?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2008 15:47:41 -0500 A once valuable nuclear tool now a liability for Univ The 35W bridge collapse forces the university's hand with giant, dusty particle accelerator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/28/accelerator?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 MnSCU set to approve low tuition increase Minnesota State Colleges and Universities officials are set to approve the system's lowest annual tuition increase in ten years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/21/mnscu?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2008 07:32:14 -0500 Higher Ed cuts should spare students higher tuitions A nearly $21 million state budget reduction for higher education should not result in additional tuition increases by Minnesota's state-supported systems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/19/legislature_highered?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Long-standing low interest student loan program dries up College-bound students in Minnesota will have a hard time borrowing money through the low-interest Perkins loan program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/15/perkins_loans?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Second sexual assault at U of M has campus on edge Another sexual assault in a University of Minnesota residence hall has put students further on edge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/12/campus?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2008 16:14:45 -0500 Family donates $10 million to St. Thomas A $10 million donation from Eugene and Mary Frey will fund scholarships for students at the University of St. Thomas. The award will favor students with barriers to college. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/09/donation?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2008 07:30:22 -0500 Wolves and Lynx owner donates $7 million to MSU Mankato Mankato businessman Glen Taylor and his wife Becky are donating $7 million to Minnesota State University Mankato. The money will establish an institute, a faculty position and a scholarship, all centered around nursing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/09/msu_donate?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2008 00:57:07 -0500 Regents reject new $100 student fee A University of Minnesota Board of Regents panel shot down a proposal to impose a new $100 student fee to pay for campus construction projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/08/fee?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2008 16:33:09 -0500 College of St. Catherine to become 'university' The St. Paul college announced today that its board of trustees has voted to change the school's name. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/06/stkatesname?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2008 10:08:43 -0500 Nearly 10 percent tuition hike possible at U of M next fall Tuition at the U of M would go up 9.5 percent under one of three scenarios released today in President Robert Bruininks budget proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/02/u_of_mbudget?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2008 16:40:00 -0500 Decision time arrives for college-bound students who weigh finances and more Money and proximity to home are high on the list of factors for seniors making plans for college. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/01/college_choices?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2008 17:00:00 -0500 Police look for suspects in sexual assault at U of M dorm The 18-year-old student told police that two men confronted her in a stairwell and forced her into a restroom early Sunday, where one of them assaulted her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/28/usexualassault?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2008 08:00:00 -0500 Information link elusive between high schools and colleges Legislators are considering changing the data practices law to allow tracking of students from elementary school through college. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/25/data_share?refid=0 Sun, 27 Apr 2008 15:00:00 -0500 U professors investigated for salary double-dip The University of Minnesota and Georgia Tech are looking into allegations against two prominent health care policy professors that they inappropriately drew two salaries at two different schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/24/u_prof_fraud?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 07:09:53 -0500 Hamline University launches MBA program Hamline University announced today it is launching a new school of business. The St. Paul liberal arts institution will pull together existing programs in management and public administration and add new areas of instruction beginning this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/23/hamline_mba?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2008 07:18:30 -0500 Grants for science Two Minnesota colleges, Gustavus Adolphus and Carleton COllege, each received major grants to help students navigate complex scientific research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/22/college_grants?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2008 06:48:11 -0500 Citibank suspends student loans to two year colleges Banking giant Citibank says it will no longer offer student loans at two-year colleges, because they are no longer profitable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/17/studnetloans?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Tutu brings message of peace to Twin Cities youth Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archibishop Desmond Tutu is in the Twin Cities for a series of events centered around promoting peace among young people. He spoke to a capacity crowd in Minneapolis this morning, saying young people bring about important changes that improve society. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/11/tutuyouthconf?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2008 16:49:58 -0500 Center wants to smooth transition to college Every high school should be a college prep school. That's one of the goals expressed Thursday by members of the University of Minnesota's College Readiness center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/11/expectations?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2008 07:20:29 -0500 Student loans stay with you in good economic times and bad Financial aid planners warn the current economic downturn is a lesson for those preparing to take out student loans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/08/college_economy?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Bell Museum loses chance for new building The University of Minnesota hoped to secure $24 million in state money for a new Bell Museum building, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed the item Monday from the bonding bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/08/bell_museum?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2008 08:33:40 -0500 Minnesota eighth graders write above the national average The National Assessment of Educational Progress shows that Minnesota students improved by 8 points since 1998 when the last test was given. Minnesota Eighth graders are above the national average in writing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/04/education_progress?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2008 07:55:05 -0500 Another lender suspends offering federal student loans The credit crunch has claimed another Minnesota student loan lender. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/03/loanlender?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2008 14:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis school district dispute graduation rate report Minneapolis school officials dispute a report released on Tuesday putting the district among the worst performers in the nation when it comes to graduation rates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/01/dropout?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2008 14:31:32 -0500 Colleges brace for thinning population of high school graduates A new study predicts the number of Minnesota high school students heading to college reaches a peak this year and next, then steadily falls off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/27/boomecho?refid=0 Sun, 30 Mar 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Police arrest two dozen protesters Police say they arrested two dozen people at an anti-war rally on the University of Minnesota campus today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/27/protest?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2008 17:51:29 -0500 Officials weigh next steps for the DeSoto Bridge After closing of the main Mississippi River closings in St. Cloud, state transportation officials are working through their options to fix or replace the DeSoto bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/20/con?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Keeping watch over educational endowments Educational endowments in Minnesota have been growing at a healthy rate at the same time tuition prices have been growing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/17/endowments?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2008 02:30:00 -0500 Capella University to repay up to $588,000 in loan money The Minneapolis-based online university will need to repay the student loan money after a federal audit revealed an accounting discrepancy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/13/capella_audit?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2008 09:48:39 -0500 NY investor gives $13 million to Macalester College The students receiving the scholarships come from a small network of upper-grade high schools around the world called Global World Colleges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/07/macalester_donation?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2008 10:55:30 -0600 Private college loans may spell trouble for students In recent years, students have turned to private lenders to cover escalating costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/05/loantroubles?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2008 17:00:00 -0600 U of M identifies cancer link in dogs The discovery has potential to better identify cancer risk and treatment in humans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/29/cancer_link?refid=0 Fri, 29 Feb 2008 10:28:40 -0600 Jax family sues friends and Mankato bar over her drinking death The family of Amanda Jax has filed a wrongful death lawsuit four months after Jax died from excessive drinking at a Mankato bar on her 21st birthday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/28/jaxlawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2008 11:39:35 -0600 Mankato looks for answers to binge drinking A citywide meeting in Mankato Wednesday aims to combat problem drinking, especially for college age students and other young people. The summit on high-risk drinking comes four months after a young Mankato woman died after drinking excessively on her 21st birthday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/27/drinkingsummit?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2008 14:55:06 -0600 Mankato bar linked to alcohol death closes A Mankato bar linked to the drinking death of a woman on her 21st birthday is closing. Eviction efforts by the landlord and liquor license revocation by the city are shuttering Sidelines Bar and Grill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/25/bar?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2008 17:08:07 -0600 U of M launches emergency procedures web site The University of Minnesota launched a web site today designed to inform students and staff about campus emergency procedures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/25/uofm_emergency?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2008 10:50:24 -0600 Minn. colleges react to shooting at Northern Illinois The campus shooting in Illinois is a reminder of the importance of college security planning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/16/react?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2008 19:10:00 -0600 Legislature aims for higher bonding for higher education A new Bell Museum, building renovations at Minnesota State University Mankato, and a long list of college campus repairs await word of state bonding money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/13/collegebond?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2008 12:50:20 -0600 It's coming down to the wire for the college bound High school seniors are looking over college acceptance letters trying to find the best fit for next fall. For two Minnneapolis students, the personal touch made an impression. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/05/collegechoices?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2008 01:00:00 -0600 Popular PSEO program is free for students, pricey for school districts College tuition for high school students costs nothing, unless you count what it takes away from high schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/23/collegecredit?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2008 15:38:04 -0600 New study advises avoiding diet soda A new University of Minnesota study links consuming fast foods, even diet soda, to a medical condition that can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/22/metabolicstudy?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2008 15:07:17 -0600 Public invited to comment on proposed psychiatric hospital The state health department will hear from the public today about a proposed psychiatric hospital in Woodbury, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/22/pysch?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2008 14:22:53 -0600 Lawmakers propose to crack down on binge drinking Recent high-profile tragedies involving alcohol are sparking renewed interest in state legislation to limit cheap drink specials at bars and also change state law to allow colleges to notify parents about alcohol violations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/16/bingelaws?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2008 16:13:21 -0600 What is it about college that makes people drink more? All of the high-profile alcohol-related deaths in the last few months have involved college students, or young people preparing to return to college. Colleges have long struggled with the problem of heavy drinking by students and so far, have had little success combating it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/10/binge2?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2008 16:00:00 -0600 White means green for winter tourism industry With more snow on the ground this December than parts of Minnesota have seen in years, area resorts and hospitality businesses are optimistic about a healthy winter recreation season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/26/snowbusiness?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2007 16:30:00 -0600 U of M names new law school dean The University of Minnesota has selected a Cornell faculty member and administrator as the new dean of the law school. David Wippman, who was born in St. Louis Park, is also a former Clinton administration official. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/17/lawdean?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2007 16:48:56 -0600 U of M's 4-year graduation rate rises The University of Minnesota says more students are graduating from its Twin Cities campus within four years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/13/uofm?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2007 11:45:10 -0600 Minneapolis schools aim high with new plan The Minneapolis school board receives praise for a short but meaningful list of reforms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/12/bold_board?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2007 02:02:00 -0600 Minnesota's newest Nobel Laureate receives his prize Minnesota's newest Nobel Laureate received his award Monday at a public gathering at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/10/nobel_hurwicz?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2007 14:04:03 -0600 Conference to push for investment in early childhood development Some of the best researchers in early childhood development are in Minneapolis this weekend for a conference at the Federal Reserve Bank. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/07/earlychildhood?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2007 14:30:00 -0600 Crime alerts at U of M may create misplaced perception Students at the U of M have received more e-mail crime alerts from school officials this fall than last year. While crime rates aren't up significantly, the alerts can create that perception. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/28/uofmcrime?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2007 01:13:28 -0600 MSU Mankato -- a campus in mourning A traffic accident that killed one student and injured another from Minnesota State University Mankato over the weekend has brought more grief to a campus which has already seen two other students die this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/19/mankato_student?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2007 17:00:49 -0600 U football stadium to honor veterans The stadium memorial consists of a 72-foot-long wall at the entrance and a stage where veterans groups can hold ceremonies and other events. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/14/vetstadium?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2007 14:07:48 -0600 Dairy Queen gives $2.5 million to Gopher stadium The Edina-based company will have a clubroom named the "DQ Stadium Club" at the 50,000-seat, $288 million TCF Bank Stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/13/stadiumdq?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2007 13:37:41 -0600 Large crowd rallies against hate speech at St. Thomas At least 1,000 people marched across campus to support three African American students who were targets of anonymous notes peppered with racial slurs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/01/antihaterally?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2007 16:58:53 -0500 University MRI lab remains shuttered by bridge collapse The MRI lab was not damaged, even though the building sits within 50 feet of the collapsed bridge. But concerns over safety and liability forced the lab to close. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/31/mribridge?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2007 03:00:00 -0500 St. Thomas drops plans to build new medical school The university's board of trustees Thursday abandoned a proposal to establish a medical school along with Allina Hospitals and Clinics. The two parties said the venture would be too expensive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/25/nomedschool?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2007 14:47:28 -0500 St. Thomas trustee gives $60 million to the school The school says it's received $60 million from Lee and Penny Anderson. Lee Anderson is CEO of APi Group, a holding company worth $900 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/24/stthomasgift?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2007 17:00:00 -0500 Tutu says he'll visit St. Thomas if professor is reinstated Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu has notified the University of St. Thomas that he'll accept an invitation to speak on campus next spring, but only if the university reinstates Cris Toffolo as director of the Justice and Peace Studies Program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/23/tutuinvite?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2007 09:03:32 -0500 Shakopee tribe's gift moves U closer to stadium fundraising goal The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community boosts University of Minnesota stadium fundraising and starts a scholarship fund. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/19/stadmoney?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2007 17:30:00 -0500 Carleton College professor draws from his own past to teach students about Burma conflict At Carleton College, a visiting professor's life as a teenage political fugitive and refugee becomes a teaching tool. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/18/burmaprof?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2007 17:00:00 -0500 Leonid Hurwicz -- commanding intellect, humble soul, Nobel Prize winner Hurwicz, one of three winners of the Nobel Prize for economics was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota for more than a half century. Hurwicz, 90, is known as a gentle and supportive soul with a demanding intellect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/15/nobelprofile?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2007 16:42:36 -0500 Regents give final approval to reciprocity deal The University of Minnesota Regents have unanimously approved a new tuition reciprocity agreement with Wisconsin. The tuition exchange deal goes into effect starting next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/12/reciprocity?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2007 15:59:15 -0500 St. Thomas reverses ban on Tutu The University of St. Thomas has reversed a decision to bar Archbishop Desmond Tutu from speaking at the school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/10/tutu?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2007 18:55:10 -0500 Macalester's eco-house is both student housing and lab Macalester College teacher and students plant seeds for an on-going, live-in environmental project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/04/house?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2007 03:00:00 -0500 U of M's 500-year-old map shows first reference to America The map, printed from a wood cut in 1507, was part of a suite of prints from a noted cartographer in homage to Amerigo Vespucci. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/27/oldmap?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2007 15:30:00 -0500 Private colleges' Web site challenges traditional rankings More than a dozen Minnesota private colleges are part of a new national Web site to give prospective students information to compare schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/25/ucan?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2007 17:15:00 -0500 UMinn workers suspend strike; send offer to members for vote After 16 days on the picket line, AFSCME union workers have settled their strike against the University of Minnesota. But they gained no ground toward the higher wages they sought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/21/uofmstrike?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2007 07:57:12 -0500 U of M feels political pressure to end strike The University of Minnesota AFSCME strike is bringing pressure down on the university from state legislators, political candidates and even student hunger strikers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/18/striketwoweeks?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2007 04:52:06 -0500 U of M strike hinges on 'step increases' Step increases are automatic raises for union workers, and are common in the public sector. The university wants to negotiate them, while the union doesn't. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/14/uofmsteps?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2007 16:50:15 -0500 Students, staff at U balance sympathy for strikers with realities of college life Some tenured professors are holding classes off-campus to avoid crossing picket lines. Many sympathetic teaching assistants and other less established instructors, however, worry about repercussions from administrators or department leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/12/u?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2007 15:37:55 -0500 Protesters, bomb threat bring chaos to U of M About 100 demonstrators interrupted the Board of Regents meeting at the University of Minnesota Friday morning, saying they were there to support striking U of M union workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/07/regentsprotest?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2007 17:00:03 -0500 Union workers go on strike at University of Minnesota Union leaders claim significant disruptions in work operations as positions went vacant. University officials maintain the affect of the strike is minimal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/05/uofmstrike?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2007 16:23:53 -0500 I-35W bridge collapse could produce U of M traffic headaches The I-35W bridge collapse means U of M students, staff and other commuters could face traffic bottle-necks when fall classes resume Sept. 4. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/29/utranspo?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Fifth victim identified while searchers struggle with poor conditions Hennepin County officials have identified the fifth victim of the I-35W bridge collapse. He is Paul Eicksadt of Mounds View, whose semi trailer truck was crushed by the falling bridge. Searchers continue to look for other victims in the murky river. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/03/daythreelead?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2007 15:30:51 -0500 Inspection history of the I-35W bridge A few facts about the Interstate 35W bridge that collapsed in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/02/bridgehistory?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 12:49:08 -0500 High-stakes education test results show little progress Test results designed to measure progress on federal No Child Left Behind goals showed little movement for Minnesota students, and even lost ground in reading. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/27/test_results?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jul 2007 00:01:00 -0500 Hugs and happy reunions After nearly two years of deployment in Iraq, and a week of demobilization in Wisconsin, hundreds of Minnesota National Guard soldiers are returning home to the state this week. Reunions are occurring all across the state as families, friends and loved ones of soldiers gather at armories around the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/16/guardreturns?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2007 14:59:27 -0500 Groundbreaking held for new U of M football stadium The University of Minnesota's new on-campus football stadium is one step closer to completion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/11/ustadium?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2007 14:07:45 -0500 This hockey tournament is all wet Minneapolis is the host this weekend for the national championships in underwater hockey. Competition involves swimmers moving a heavy puck along the bottom of the pool using a short stick, and as much air as their lungs can hold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/06/underwaterhockey?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2007 16:41:24 -0500 Star Tribune publisher: No harm intended in transferring files In testimony on Tuesday, Par Ridder acknowledged taking 18 to 20 spreadsheets containing sensitive data on advertising, finances and personnel when he was hired in March. But he said he intended to use them only to re-create the forms with Star Tribune data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/26/star_tribune_publisher_no_harm_intended_in_transferring_files?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2007 16:40:24 -0500 Iwo Jima flag raiser dies in Minn. Charles W. Lindberg, one of the U.S. Marines who raised the first American flag over Iwo Jima during World War II, has died. He was 86. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/25/lindbergobit?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2007 09:47:32 -0500 Minnesota and Wisconsin settle tuition dispute Wisconsin and Minnesota officials have avoided a looming showdown over a disputed tuition reciprocity agreement. Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced a tentative agreement Friday that aims to resolve differences between what Wisconsin and Minnesota students pay to attend Minnesota schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/22/tuition?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2007 12:26:15 -0500 No easing up on tuition hikes, MnSCU board says Minnesota State College and Universities trustees on Wednesday resisted pressure by student groups to further reduce tuition increases next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/20/no_easing_up_on_tuition_hikes_mnscu_board_says?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2007 16:02:47 -0500 Stem cell research flaws don't change findings An investigative panel with the journal Nature say flawed data in an article authored by University of Minnesota stem cell researcher Catherine Verfaillie do not detract from the main findings of the paper. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/13/stemcellstudy?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2007 12:00:00 -0500 Capella is rising -- and profitable -- star in online learning Educators from traditional institutions typically turn up their noses at online degrees. But Capella University's enrollment -- and share price -- is booming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/12/capella_is_rising__and_profitable__star_in_online_learning?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2007 15:47:49 -0500 U of M teams with Google to put books online The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday it's one of a dozen colleges joining Google's project to convert paper books into searchable online text. U of M officials expect to contribute as many as one million books to the Google Books Library Project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/06/uofmbooks?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2007 09:48:49 -0500 Heffelfinger: 'Shame on them' Former Minnesota U.S. Attorney Thomas Heffelfinger is blasting officials in the Justice Department. His comments came in response to testimony from a former Justice Department official at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/24/whyheff?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2007 07:59:57 -0500 Tuition hikes eased under bill heading to governor Most students at Minnesota's public colleges and universities will see about a 4-percent tuition increase next year. That would be the lowest tuition increase in at least a decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/21/highered?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2007 17:35:56 -0500 Judge throws out Coldwater Spring case A dispute over access to a plot of land in Minneapolis was at the center of a federal court case in U.S. District Court in St. Paul. The case involves three people exercising what they say are their tribal rights detailed in a 200-year-old treaty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/10/coldwaterfight?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2007 17:04:58 -0500 Higher ed bill goes to Pawlenty for yet another veto The Minnesota House and Senate approved a $3.2 billion higher education funding bill that now goes on to face Gov. Pawlenty's veto. Pawlenty calls it uninspiring and devoid of any reform, while DFLers say it makes up for Pawlenty's underfunding over the past several years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/09/higheredbill?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2007 10:13:34 -0500 Dream Act dies under threat of Pawlenty veto Supporters of a measure that would give in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants will have to wait another year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/07/dream?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2007 14:04:02 -0500 Campus mental health services stretched, but available At the University of Minnesota, one in five students seek mental health services each year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/04/collegementalhealth?refid=0 Sun, 06 May 2007 15:00:00 -0500 From high school to higher education In Minnesota, high schools and colleges are talking about ways to make the transition to higher education in the state easier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/11/hstransition?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 14:00:00 -0500 From high school to college -- by the numbers Well over half of Minnesota's high school graduates attend college after they graduate. To get there, they need to take a variety of mandated classes -- and usually go beyond what's required. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/24/highschoolstats?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2007 13:05:54 -0500 House DFL plan aims to slow tuition increases The bill would hold tuition increases to 2 percent at MnSCU schools, and 3.5 percent at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/27/highered?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2007 15:51:14 -0500 Senate's opening education bid undercuts governor The Senate DFL proposal holds schools' basic state allowance flat for the next two years, but plows a considerable amount of money into programs serving children with disabilities or special needs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/21/edfundingbill?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2007 10:41:43 -0500 Guthrie hosts McKellen as "King Lear" The highlight of the Guthrie Theater's new season will be a visit by actor Ian McKellen in the role of "King Lear," the theater announced Monday as it released its schedule for the 2007-2008 season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/20/guthrieseason?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2007 17:00:00 -0500 Minnesota and Wisconsin extend tuition pact The tuition reciprocity agreement will continue students enrolled for the fall semester this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/08/tuition?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2007 07:33:47 -0600 A storm to remember The second major winter storm in a week shut down roads, schools, businesses all across Minnesota Friday. A blizzard warning remains in effect this hour for parts of southern Minnesota, mainly because of blowing snow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/02/snowstatewide?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2007 14:57:45 -0600 Immigrants pin hopes on third Dream Act attempt Supporters of in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants packed a two-hour hearing of higher education committees from both legislative houses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/28/highschoolcollege?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2007 03:00:00 -0600 U of M acknowledges mistakes in stem cell research University of Minnesota officials say discrepancies found in promising stem cell research appear to be mistakes, and not deliberate fabrications. A journal determined U of M stem cell researcher Catherine Verfaillie doubled up some data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/23/stemcell?refid=0 Fri, 23 Feb 2007 14:00:00 -0600 Minnesota lawmakers may jump into tuition dispute with Wisconsin Minnesota lawmakers might insert themselves into a dispute over a tuition reciprocity agreement that has some Wisconsin students paying less to attend Minnesota universities than their home-state classmates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/21/reciprocity?refid=0 Wed, 21 Feb 2007 16:18:27 -0600 Study aims for college accountability State higher education officials hope a new report is the basis for future accountability at U of M and MnSCU. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/20/higheredstudy?refid=0 Tue, 20 Feb 2007 18:00:00 -0600 Star Tribune publisher stepping down Keith Moyer, the publisher of the Star Tribune, said Friday he will step down in March when ownership of the state's largest newspaper changes from The McClatchy Co. to Avista Capital Partners. He said he is leaving voluntarily. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/16/stribpublisher?refid=0 Fri, 16 Feb 2007 10:57:07 -0600 Tech college sees future of Minnesota work force in minority students Dunwoody College of Technology builds link to young, inner city students in an attempt to increase representation by students of color. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/30/techminority?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jan 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Higher ed officials say budget proposal doesn't cover inflation Pawlenty proposes more than $440 million in new spending for state-supported institutions; that's more than a 16 percent hike above current levels. But officials at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System say the increase fails to meet basic inflationary costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/22/budgethighered?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jan 2007 17:47:14 -0600 3M chemicals found in drinking water of east metro cities Chemicals manufactured by 3M have been found in the public wells of six more east St. Paul suburbs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/19/morepfc?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jan 2007 14:00:00 -0600 Tim Brewster meets Minnesota Minnesota's new football coach says his immediate goal is to win the Big Ten. In his first appearance, he touted his reputation as a great recruiter http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/17/brewster?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jan 2007 12:46:04 -0600 University hires Brewster as football coach The University of Minnesota has hired Denver Broncos tight ends coach Tim Brewster to be its new head football coach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/16/ufootballcoach?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jan 2007 08:01:40 -0600 Military turns to high schools for recruits The defense department intends to increase new recruitment goals by 92,000 troops a year as part of President Bush's plan to boost troop strength in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/12/recruits?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jan 2007 17:00:00 -0600 Gopher sports teams aim high at precarious time The University of Minnesota is entering an arena where the stakes are high, and getting higher, as officials aim to replace two key coaches. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/04/uathletics?refid=0 Sun, 07 Jan 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Regents approve higher costs for new Gopher football stadium The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has signed off on basic design details for a new on-campus football stadium. The action also hikes the original price of the stadium by $40 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/03/gopherstadium?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jan 2007 13:11:03 -0600 Higher ed counting on a big boost from Legislature The state's higher education institutions dare to envision a legislative session that could help stem increases in tuition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/14/previewhighered?refid=0 Wed, 27 Dec 2006 00:05:00 -0600 North Minneapolis mentor is a "mother on a mission" With pay or without, one determined woman is intent on seeing the young people around her succeed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/18/mentor?refid=0 Fri, 22 Dec 2006 05:00:00 -0600 Latino newspapers toning down immigration raid coverage The largest Latino newspaper in Minnesota is treading carefully around the story of the immigration and identity theft arrests at Swift meatpacking plants in Worthington and elsewhere. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/14/prensa?refid=0 Thu, 14 Dec 2006 17:05:07 -0600 No slowdown in illegal document trade The immigration raid this week in Worthington, Minnesota hasn't stopped the vendors of fake documents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/13/fakedocs?refid=0 Wed, 13 Dec 2006 23:00:00 -0600 Education groups seek a big fix for Minnesota schools If the P.S. Minnesota proposal is put into play, it would mean spending another $1 billion or more for schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/01/psmn?refid=0 Fri, 01 Dec 2006 17:30:36 -0600 Monson resigns as Gopher men's basketball coach University of Minnesota head basketball coach Dan Monson stepped down Thursday after a disappointing start to his eighth season with the Gophers. Monson cited his own inability to spark success on the court. His resignation comes after the Gophers lost their last five games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/30/monsonresigns?refid=0 Thu, 30 Nov 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Public worries over taxes, health care and education Minnesotans in a Citizens League survey have a clear idea of the issues they face. Finding agreeable solutions is the next challenge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/28/citizensurvey?refid=0 Tue, 28 Nov 2006 18:00:00 -0600 Incoming Minneapolis school member is repentant but defiant over racially-charged Web comments Minneapolis school board member-elect Chris Stewart says the uproar is helping open up the painful discussion of race in education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/stewart?refid=0 Mon, 20 Nov 2006 17:15:18 -0600 African immigrants to Minnesota struggle to gain ground A new survey from the U.S. Census Bureau shows a sharp decline in the indicators of well being for immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/14/census?refid=0 Tue, 14 Nov 2006 00:05:00 -0600 U of M to extend code of conduct to off campus behavior Students who violate the code could have their degree withheld or revoked. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/09/uconduct?refid=0 Fri, 10 Nov 2006 06:05:00 -0600 Education, health care, property tax to dominate Minnesota Legislature Flush with their new majority in the House, DFLers say they will reach out early to Republican collegues and Gov. Tim Pawlenty to try and ensure a productive legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/08/legisdayafter?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2006 15:40:22 -0600 Tough times for Minneapolis schools lured candidates into race for board The race for Minneapolis school board takes place against the backdrop of recent miss-steps over the hiring, then removal, of a controversial superintendent and the abrupt decision to close more than a dozen schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/30/schoolboard?refid=0 Thu, 02 Nov 2006 14:47:00 -0600 Minnesota tops the nation in high school achievement, but problems remain Nearly 93 percent of the state's residents over age 25 have high school diplomas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/25/censusattainment?refid=0 Thu, 26 Oct 2006 10:00:00 -0500 High hopes for higher education funding The University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Universities and Colleges system seek incremental improvement from state funders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/20/funding?refid=0 Fri, 20 Oct 2006 17:18:01 -0500 Minnesotans spending more of their income for housing Minnesota claimed the top spot in the nation for homeownership in 2005. But information released by the U.S. Census bureau also shows residents are sacrificing more of their incomes to pay housing costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/02/censushousing?refid=0 Tue, 03 Oct 2006 16:50:00 -0500 U of M breaks ground on new football stadium University of Minnesota officials gathered at the site of the new on campus football stadium on Saturday for a ceremonial groundbreaking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/01/ustadium?refid=0 Sat, 30 Sep 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Despite questions, Dolan takes a step toward becoming Minneapolis police chief Tim Dolan cleared a significant hurdle Wednesday toward becoming Minneapolis' next police chief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/27/chiefdolan?refid=0 Wed, 27 Sep 2006 17:07:55 -0500 Historic Camp Coldwater spring and government buildings on the sales block The historic property known as Camp Coldwater near Fort Snelling could be turned over to new owners. The U.S. Department of the Interior is finalizing the parameters for selling the land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/22/coldwatefuture?refid=0 Mon, 25 Sep 2006 18:00:00 -0500 Student veterans wade through bureaucracy to get back to school Military veterans shed camo and life threatening situations when they return to Minnesota, but they often face hurdles when they head back to school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/13/vetstudents?refid=0 Mon, 18 Sep 2006 16:55:00 -0500 Bruininks urges students to graduate in four years New University of Minnesota freshmen are being encouraged to graduate in four years. U of M President Robert Bruininks delivered a pep talk to the incoming class of 2010, designed to motivate them to stay focused on their studies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/05/gradrates?refid=0 Wed, 06 Sep 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Students immersed in Chinese language and culture The first day of the new school year was also the first day of operation for the state's only Chinese immersion school. The Yinghua Academy charter school in St. Paul opened its doors to kindergarten through third grade students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/05/yinghua?refid=0 Tue, 05 Sep 2006 16:30:00 -0500 Minnesota's poverty ranking among the nation's lowest Minnesota ranks among the lowest in the nation for people living below federal poverty standards, according to information released Tuesday by the U.S. Census. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/29/census?refid=0 Tue, 29 Aug 2006 17:33:38 -0500 Residents near latest killing are surrounded by crime Minneapolis police arrested a 20-year-old man Tuesday in connection with the weekend shooting death of a pizza delivery man. The violence continued Tuesday morning when three men forced their way into the same house where the weekend shooting happened. The shootings are reminders of a spike in violent crime in the troubled neighborhoods in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/08/pizzakilling?refid=0 Tue, 08 Aug 2006 17:00:00 -0500 New law hopes to help victims of identity theft A new law designed to give consumers more tools to protect their own personal information takes effect on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/31/idtheft?refid=0 Tue, 01 Aug 2006 04:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities human rights conference aims for changes a world away Oromo immigrants in Minnesota hope revelations of human rights violations will help their families and friends in Ethiopia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/26/oromorights?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jul 2006 19:00:00 -0500 U of M, neighborhoods start stadium mitigation talks The new on-campus Gopher football stadium is opening lines of communication between the University of Minnesota and neighborhood groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/12/stadiumresidents?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jul 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Rush is on to consolidate before student loan rate hike Borrowers of federally-backed college loans can save money if they consolidate their loans before interest rates jump. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/27/consolidateloans?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jun 2006 14:00:00 -0500 New citizen verification is a hurdle for elderly, disabled New proof of citizenship rules are set to start July 1 for Medicaid recipients. Many people worry the strict requirements will push many eligible people off the program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/15/medicaid?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jun 2006 18:00:00 -0500 Project gets college freshmen ready to write In Minnesota, almost half of incoming freshmen find their writing skills are not up to the college level. One plan tries to put students on the path to success earlier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/07/writingready?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jun 2006 00:05:00 -0500 Benefits for children live on after soldiers fall Not since the Vietnam War have Americans been so aware of the need to care for veterans and their families. One result is that the University of Minnesota is dusting off a forgotten benefit for veterans' children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/24/warorphans?refid=0 Fri, 26 May 2006 10:00:00 -0500 U of M names dean of new College of Education and Human Development The University of Minnesota has announced a top academic from Columbia University will head the U of M's newly organized College of Education and Human Development. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/15/generalcollege?refid=0 Thu, 18 May 2006 17:00:00 -0500 U.S. Surgeon General calls on graduates to become "health ambassadors" U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona told graduates of the U of M School of Public Health, disease prevention is the best weapon against a growing health burden. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/15/surgeongen?refid=0 Tue, 16 May 2006 11:06:16 -0500 Welfare assistance program proves effective, but expensive Ramsey County developed a model program to help people before the reach their five-year welfare limit. But the program didn't last. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/24/welfarereformstatewide?refid=0 Thu, 04 May 2006 10:00:00 -0500 Kofi Annan visits St. Paul Kofi Annan touts progress of UN to his alma mater, Macalester College. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/21/annanvisit?refid=0 Sat, 22 Apr 2006 18:00:00 -0500 The legacy of the Morrill Hall takeover In 1969, a group of African American students occupied a University of Minnesota building, demanding the school improve attitudes toward minorities. The 24-hour takeover helped change the shape of the U of M. This weekend the original Morrill Hall protesters are back for a conference to mark the event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/21/morrillhall?refid=0 Fri, 21 Apr 2006 17:10:00 -0500 Dalai Lama visits Minnesota Excitement is building among Minnesota's Tibetan population for a visit from the Dalai Lama on Sunday. The Dalai Lama is the political leader for the Tibetan government in exile, now based in India. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/14/dalailama?refid=0 Fri, 14 Apr 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Lawyers help others get financial assistance Rising college tuition in recent years has significantly increased the amount of debt students take on, especially for students in specialized disciplines like law school. A nonprofit program in Minnesota hopes to offset law school loan payments for graduates who specifically serve low-income clients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/05/lawyerhelp?refid=0 Thu, 06 Apr 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Police make arrests in Uptown killing Minneapolis police have two people behind bars and are searching for three others in connection with last month's fatal shooting in the Uptown neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/04/uptownarrests?refid=0 Tue, 04 Apr 2006 17:30:00 -0500 Carleton College devotes a day to Katrina Seven months after Hurricane Katrina shredded the Gulf Coast and drowned the city of New Orleans, Carleton College in Northfield hopes to find a way to keep the public's attention trained on the disaster. Carleton cancelled classes Friday to devote time to reliving, discussing and studying Katrina. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/31/carletonkatrina?refid=0 Fri, 31 Mar 2006 00:02:00 -0600 U of M stadium proposal gets first legislative hearing University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks and top U of M athletics leaders told members of the Senate Higher Education Budget Committee this legislative session offers the best chance for a new Gopher football stadium. The latest stadium proposal passed out of committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/28/stadiumhearing?refid=0 Tue, 28 Mar 2006 15:22:02 -0600 U of M stadium land deal preserves valuable tract A proposed deal is gaining steam to sell off a prime piece of Dakota County property owned by the University of Minnesota to partially finance an on-campus football stadium. Key legislative committees will discuss the idea this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/27/umorestadium?refid=0 Mon, 27 Mar 2006 17:00:00 -0600 Pending sale of Pioneer Press comes in tight job market The plan by the McClatchy Co. to sell the St. Paul Pioneer Press comes at time when jobs in print journalism are in decline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/21/jjobs?refid=0 Fri, 24 Mar 2006 00:05:00 -0600 St. Thomas faculty protest travel policy University of St. Thomas faculty and administration are clashing on a policy prohibiting unmarried and same-sex partners from sharing rooms when traveling with students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/08/sthomastravelfight?refid=0 Tue, 14 Mar 2006 17:30:00 -0600 Some Northwest Airlines ground workers reject pay-cut contract The ground workers union at Northwest Airlines has delivered a split vote on the company's contract proposal. The union's clerical and customer service workers voted in favor of the bankrupt airline's cost-cutting proposal. But baggage handlers and stock clerks rejected the contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/07/nwagroundworkers?refid=0 Tue, 07 Mar 2006 16:10:06 -0600 U of M pushes for biomedical research money The University of Minnesota is going to the Legislature with a plan to dedicate $330 million of state bonding money over the next 10 years for academic biomedical research. University President Robert Bruininks publicly unveiled the plan in his State of the University address Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/02/ubonding?refid=0 Thu, 02 Mar 2006 17:00:00 -0600 U of M med school still recovering 10 years after ALG scandal Ten years ago this month, renowned University of Minnesota transplant surgeon Dr. John Najarian walked free of a barrage of federal charges which had cast a cloud over the U of M medical school. Now, the medical school continues to make slow and steady progress towards restoring its reputation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/28/uofmhospital?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2006 18:30:00 -0600 Dakota County training fills an industry demand A technical college pairs with the railroad industry to provide a hard-to-find education opportunity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/14/train?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2006 02:00:00 -0600 Minnesota's child care costs among highest in the nation A new national survey by an advocacy group lists Minnesota as one of the most expensive states in terms of child care. Child care costs are rising nationwide, becoming a family expense that's more and more difficult to meet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/14/daycarecosts?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2006 17:00:00 -0600 Peebles out as Minneapolis superintendent The Minneapolis school board voted Friday morning to accept the resignation of embattled Superintendent Thandiwe Peebles. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/27_williamsb_peeblesout/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2006 10:00:00 -0600 VA secretary checks in on Minnesota vets The head of the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department, James Nicholson, is visiting veterans medical centers in the state. In Minneapolis, Nicholson met with patients and toured the Veterans Medical Center, where a redesigned trauma unit is set to open. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/11_hughesa_va/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2006 16:30:00 -0600 State's first free tuition deal could be just the start Two years of tuition free classes for Minneapolis and St. Paul public school graduates is an idea backers hope will spread statewide. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/09_hughesa_power/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2006 10:12:00 -0600 Tension percolates at U of M over Intelligent Design A dispute simmers at the University of Minnesota, where a respected scientist insists on teaching a class questioning the validity of evolution. Intelligent Design is one of the topics he explores. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/12_hughesa_intelligent/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2005 11:10:00 -0600 Minnesota man, longtime Marine, killed in Iraq Minnesota's latest casualty in Iraq was a man who loved the Marines, his mother said Friday. Staff Sgt. Kenneth B. Pospisil, 35, of Andover, died Wednesday when a bomb when off near Al Ramadi, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/16_hughesa_soldierkilled/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2005 10:45:00 -0600 MPCA commissioner says 'no cover-up' in mercury reduction process Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Sheryl Corrigan has defended her agency against charges she and other MPCA officials deliberately excluded environmental groups while drafting key portions of a mercury reduction plan for the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/08_hughesa_mercury/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2005 17:33:00 -0600 High hopes for lowly repairs State colleges and universities depend on the upcoming legislative session for basic building maintenance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/18_hughesa_funding/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2005 11:11:00 -0600 Summary of capital budget requests from the U of M and MnSCU The list of capital budget requests from the U of M and MnSCU. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/01_hughesa_ucaprequests/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2005 05:00:00 -0600 Lawmakers propose ship inspections to stop exotic species Two legislators are proposing a bill to guard against invasive species hitchhiking in oceangoing ships on Lake Superior. The legislation would require big international ships that travel in Lake Superior to treat ballast water before dumping it into the lake. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/22_hughesa_invasive/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Nov 2005 16:53:00 -0600 Rising cost of college requires more work, more debt Education cost increases are outpacing the ability of students and their families to pay. Students are piecing together hectic schedules and postponing classes to try and prevent huge debts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/24_hughesa_affordability/?refid=0 Sun, 13 Nov 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Changes in student loan programs at the center of federal budget fight A delayed vote on a House budget plan gives hope to student groups and other critics who say the deal would increase the financial burden on those paying for college. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/09_hughesa_aidcuts/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2005 16:42:00 -0600 Survey says drinking, smoking is common on campus The survey also finds a strong correlation between smoking and heavy drinking. The survey was coordinated by researchers at the University of Minnesota, but sampled students from 17 different schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/25_hughesa_survey/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2005 16:50:00 -0500 Family upheavals dot Northwest mechanics' picket lines Striking airline mechanics have dug in their heels for a long fight as their strike against Northwest Airlines starts its second week. Many of the mechanics say they're prepared emotionally and financially for a protracted walkout. At the same time the thought of finding another job if the strike ultimately goes sour remains a nagging concern. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/23_hughesa_striker/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2005 16:05:00 -0500 Minneapolis superintendent under investigation The Minneapolis school district has hired a lawyer to look into allegations that superintendent Thandiwe Peebles used district employees to do her personal business. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/18_hughesa_peebles/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2005 11:00:00 -0500 No canoes at this camp Teens with a flair for design camp out at the University of Minnesota building robots, water-toting machines and unique textiles. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/04_hughesa_designcamp/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2005 17:05:00 -0500 Summer orientation gives students a glimpse of college life Incoming college freshmen are required to go through summer orientation. For many students and their parents, it's an eye-opener to the adventure ahead. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/03_hughesa_orientation/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2005 16:35:00 -0500 State reaches contract deal with its largest unions The two largest unions representing state workers reached tentative contract agreements early Friday morning. All sides praise the deals. The came after two years of flat employee wages and a contentious partial state government shutdown earlier this month. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/29_hughesa_workers/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2005 16:32:00 -0500 Ruckus raised at U of M In an effort to curb illegal music and video downloading, the University of Minnesota is signing with a Virginia-based online company to provide students with songs and movies. The Ruckus network is the second online media source the U of M is working with. Ruckus aims its discounted download network specifically at the college student market. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/27_hughesa_filesharing/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2005 17:14:00 -0500 MnSCU caps tuition increase at 7 percent A last-minute decision by the MnSCU Board of Trustees to cap tuition increases will require 20 schools to rethink budgets for the coming year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/21_hughesa_tuitioncap/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Wild return Word that the National Hockey League and the players' union reached a tentative agreement today is welcome news to the Minnesota Wild and many St. Paul business leaders. If ratified by both sides, the six-year agreement would ensure the start of a regular hockey season this fall. The dispute resulted in a 300-day lockout that wiped out the entire 2004-2005 season. The team and businesses say they're hoping fans return. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/13_hughesa_nhldeal/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2005 17:45:00 -0500 Educators applaud K-12 agreement Minnesota's public school officials are expressing relief following the early-morning agreement of the state's K-12 education financing bill. The legislation provides the first increase in school funding in three years. Up to $800 million in new education spending will be available, but some of that is contingent on districts getting approval from their local voters. School district officials praise the return of a positive cash flow. But the action comes more than a week past the deadline for schools to finish their own budgets. Some districts that braced for the worst by laying off teachers are now working toward bringing them back. Minnesota Public Radio's Art Hughes reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/07/11_hughesa_education?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2005 17:45:00 -0500 Gov. Pawlenty reassures Minnesotans about security Minnesota authorities tightened security at transit points Thursday following the bombings in London. Public safety officials are urging extra vigilance, while also reassuring residents that no specific threats exist for the state or the rest of the country. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/07_ap_mnreax/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2005 13:34:00 -0500 State employees struggling with uncertainty State workers out of a job because of the shutdown are dealing with varying degrees of uncertainty. Some of have enough vacation time and savings to get by, while others don't. But most state employees are frustrated the budget impasse had to come to this. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/06_hughesa_workersrally/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2005 17:30:00 -0500 MnSCU system turns 10 It's been 10 years since the merger that formed the Minnesota State College and Universities system. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/30_hughesa_mnscu/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Report says kids have too much unstructured time on their hands What are our kids doing tonight? A report out Thursday indicates many school-age children don't take advantage of positive, structured activities during off-school hours. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/02_hughesa_offtime/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2005 17:13:00 -0500 Pawlenty signs higher education funding bill Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the $2.8 billion higher education funding bill in Rochester Thursday. The state's college and university leaders say the recent session was much better for higher ed than past efforts. But students and others say the progress isn't enough. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/26_hughesa_highered/?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2005 15:59:00 -0500 Oromo immigrants strive to be heard Ethnic Oromos are building a thriving community in Minnesota. But they remain at odds with their fellow Ethiopian countrymen over human rights abuses in their homeland. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/27_hughesa_oromo/?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Ethiopia: Solomon Gashaw Soloman Gashaw is 56 years old. He was born in the Harrar region of Ethiopia, and grew up in the Oromia region. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_hughesa_globalethiopia/?refid=0 Sun, 15 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 The oldest library in Minneapolis returns to life The Franklin Community Library emerges from a year-and-a-half long renovation. The design reflects a desire to welcome the neighborhoood. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/06_hughesa_franklin/?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2005 15:57:00 -0500 Smoking ban not healthy for some bars Some Minneapolis bars suffer as customers find they can smoke and drink elsewhere. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/03_hughesa_ban/?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2005 00:05:00 -0500 Local Catholic leaders react to new pope Catholic leaders in Minnesota warmly received word of the election of the new pope, Benedict XVI. The Holy Father is the leader of the largest religious denomination in the state. Church leaders here describe him as a witty, intelligent and religiously devoted man. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/19_hughesa_popereax/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2005 17:30:00 -0500 Feds: Assault at Red Lake over in nine minutes A 16-year-old gunman's assault on Red Lake High School last month took only nine minutes from the time he drove up to the school to the time he killed himself, federal authorities said Monday. They provided an update, but few new details on the investigation into a possible conspiracy in the shootings. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/18_hughesa_redlakeupdate/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2005 15:58:00 -0500 Minneapolis is going WiFi The city of Minneapolis is taking proposals for a privately owned and operated wireless network. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/12_hughesa_wifi/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2005 17:29:00 -0500 Smoking bans: Enforcement depends on where you are Indoor smoking bans are now in effect in parts of the Twin Cities metro area. Five different jurisdictions all restrict smoking in restaurants and bars. But enforcement of the smoking bans depends on where you are. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/31_hughesa_smokebanrules/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2005 23:08:00 -0600 In Minneapolis, Red Lake Ojibwe long to head home The shooting in Red Lake has left many Twin Cities Ojibwe grieving for family and friends from 300 miles away. Many off-reservation Red Lake band members are anxious to return for services and ceremonies. But some can't because they don't have ready access to a car or other means to make the trip. Community leaders are organizing financial support to pay for gas or even drive some people to the reservation for services. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/24_hughesa_home/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2005 06:41:00 -0600 Minneapolis lawmakers blame state budget cuts for renewed violence Legislators who represent Minneapolis are calling for the restoration of state aid to cities, saying the funding cuts are one reason violent crime is on the rise in Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/16_hughesa_mplsaid/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2005 16:56:00 -0600 Weapons screening begins at Hennepin County Government Center Security officers at the Hennepin County Government Center collected a few pocket knives and scissors on the first day of airport-style weapons screening at the building. The X-ray machines and metal detectors come a year and a half after a shooting that killed a woman and wounded another man outside a courtroom in the 24-story building. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/14_hughesa_henncosecurity/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2005 16:56:00 -0600 Minneapolis police try new strategy to fight violent crime Last week's brazen double homicide in north Minneapolis has prompted police to start a month early on a new crime fighting strategy. Police Chief William McManus announced Wednesday he's forming a mobile unit of officers to travel to parts of the city where violent crime is on the rise. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/09_hughesa_mplscrime/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2005 16:50:00 -0600 Minneapolis mayoral candidates face off for the first time The two declared candidates in the race for Minneapolis mayor outlined their visions for the next four years in their first public face-off of the campaign. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/13_hughesa_mplsmayor/?refid=0 Sun, 13 Feb 2005 22:50:00 -0600 Rybak's running Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak formally announced his re-election bid on Sunday. Four years ago he waged a grassroots battle against an established incumbent he felt was out of touch residents. Now, Rybak has a political track record that makes him the target for challengers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/31_hughesa_rybak/?refid=0 Sun, 30 Jan 2005 18:10:00 -0600 Reflections on a dream Minnesotans celebrated Martin Luther King Junior's life on Monday with marches through cold, city streets and at a morning breakfast. The day was a chance for powerful civic leaders and ordinary citizens alike to reflect on King's legacy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/17_hughesa_mlk/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jan 2005 15:18:00 -0600 Work progesses on former Minneapolis Sears building The developers of the former Sears building on Minneapolis' Lake Street say they've completed two of the biggest remaining construction agreements. They're commemorating the deals by opening up the project site to business leaders and elected officials. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/12_hughesa_midtown/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jan 2005 15:43:00 -0600 85-year-old World War II vet says police roughed him up Police said they are investigating an 85-year-old man's claim that a police officer sprayed him with a chemical irritant, hit him with a nightstick and pushed him into the back of a squad car during a traffic stop that began over expired license tabs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/06_hughesa_beating/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jan 2005 17:34:00 -0600 Minnesota Zoo looks to Legislature for help The Minnesota Zoo is returning to the Legislature again this year for money to expand repair its Apple Valley grounds. Gov. Pawlenty has included more than $34 million in his bonding proposal for the zoo. But MPR's Art Hughes reports the money is a tougher sell for many legislators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/01/04_hughesa_zoo?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jan 2005 17:50:00 -0600 Three die in Ramsey building explosion An explosion Tuesday morning at a small property management office building in Ramsey killed three women. Authorities don't know yet what caused the blast. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/28_hughesa_explosion/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Dec 2004 22:02:00 -0600 Future uncertain for Twin Cities jazz station The future of a Twin Cities jazz radio station is in doubt after the Minnesota Department of Transportation cancelled a long-running contract for traffic updates. The contract makes up nearly half of KBEM's operating budget. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/23_hughesa_kbem/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Dec 2004 14:49:00 -0600 County commissioner to run for mayor of Minneapolis Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin is the first person to formally announce his candidacy for mayor of Minneapolis. The current mayor, R.T. Rybak, hasn't said yet whether he'll run for a second term. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/16_hughesa_mplsmayor/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2004 15:37:00 -0600 Light rail's finishing touch The final leg of the Hiawatha light rail line opens this weekend, extending service to the airport and the Mall of America. LRT is a success so far, but who will take it the last four miles? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/03_hughesa_lrt/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Dec 2004 10:23:00 -0600 Twin Cities rivals bid for theater control Two arts organizations wrestle for the contract to manage three Minneapolis theaters. The winner takes control of the Broadway show market. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/09_hughesa_theaterplan/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Nov 2004 11:03:00 -0600 Election judges on the front line of voting credibility An extraordinarily tight presidential race, an expectation for a heavy turnout and an unprecedented amount of scrutiny are putting added pressure on elections officials this year. Political parties are soliciting volunteers to watch polls for any obvious irregularities in case the results are contested. The potential for challenges shines a spotlight on those people hired for a single day to oversee the logistics of voting---the election judges. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/25_hughesa_judges/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2004 10:16:00 -0500 Government Center shooting brought security changes A year ago a woman opened fire on the 17th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis. The shooting outside a courtroom killed one person and wounded another. It also began a debate that culminated in a decision to install metal detectors and take other security measures. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/29_hughesa_security/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2004 09:05:00 -0500 ACORN: A renegade reputation for helping the poor A conference in St. Paul Monday presents what organizers say are successful ideas that organizations have used across the country to reduce poverty. One Twin Cities organization known as ACORN is presenting its methods for winning victories against unscrupulous mortgage lenders. But ACORN has also developed a renegade reputation that has alienated people and organizations that cross its path. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/13_hughesa_acornprofile/?refid=0 Sun, 12 Sep 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty asks Twin Cities to rethink immigration ordinances Officials in Minneapolis and St. Paul are resistant to a request by Gov. Tim Pawlenty to repeal or change laws in those cities, which prohibit police officers from asking about a person's immigration status. Pawlenty sent a letter urging the cities to change the laws because he says they compromise security. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/01_hughesa_immigrationcheck/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2004 11:50:00 -0500 Worries over police cuts greet Minneapolis budget Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak proposes boosting city spending by $19 million in next year's $1.24 billion budget. That translates to an extra $100 for residents with homes worth a little over $200,000. But the increase is not enough to avoid losing positions in the police department. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/12_hughesa_budget/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2004 07:57:00 -0500 Hennepin County moves closer to installing detectors Ten months after a woman was shot and killed on the 17th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis, commissioners are close to approving a plan to install metal detectors in the building. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/28_hughesa_detectors/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jul 2004 11:28:00 -0500 No solution anytime soon to LRT traffic tie-ups Relief could be a long way off for Minneapolis motorists stuck at traffic lights favoring Hiawatha light rail trains. City engineers admit they have few options left to improve traffic tie-ups where roads intersect the tracks. At some intersections south of downtown, drivers waiting to cross LRT tracks are backed-up for as many as four blocks during rush hours. City traffic experts are discussing the possibility of giving cars more right-of-way at the intersections. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/19_hughesa_lrttraffic/?refid=0 Sun, 18 Jul 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Is it art? A new platform for discussion A Minneapolis artist digs in his heels after a Hiawatha Light Rail manager dismisses his work. Sculptor Aldo Moroni says his painted steel abstract of the Minneapolis skyline is the result of more than two years of design and discussion. As Moroni was installing the piece a Hiawatha project official told him it wasn't up to snuff and he had to take it down. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/02_hughesa_aldo/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jul 2004 10:01:00 -0500 Light rail debut called successful Metro Transit officials declare the opening of the Hiawatha Light Rail line a success. A host of celebrations greeted riders over the weekend and the train performed regular, less ceremonious duty Monday. There have been a few minor incidents, but officials say none that mar the smooth function of the state's first commuter train since the mid-'50s. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/28_hughesa_lrtdayone/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jun 2004 15:47:00 -0500 Launch of LRT draws crowds Crowds of people joined political leaders in inaugurating light rail service in Minneapolis this weekend. The opening day of the Hiawatha Rail Line saw trains filled to capacity. It was also a day for politicians to put away differences and encourage support to build more transit. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/27_hughesa_lrtlaunch/?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jun 2004 13:30:00 -0500 Light rail leaves the station For the first time in 50 years, Twin Cities commuters have the option of taking the train. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/25_hughesa_lrtprimer/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jun 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Minnesota's Hispanic market grows along with population Marketing to Hispanics is a growing industry in Minnesota as Spanish-speaking residents see their buying potential increase steadily. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/17_hughesa_business/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Buses are rolling again Bus drivers and riders both expressed relief with the start of normal bus service in the Twin Cities Monday, after a six-week long strike. As expected, bus stop crowds are light, as some commuters stay with the alternate forms of transportation they turned to during the strike. Metro Transit officials are turning to a variety of incentives to win back riders. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/19_hughesa_back/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2004 17:10:00 -0500 Bus strike ends but not all drivers are happy Striking Metro Transit workers ratified a new contract that offers a marginal wage increase compared to what the union rejected in February. The strike settlement emerged from a 15-hour negotiation session that included Gov. Tim Pawlenty earlier this week. Many union members say it was difficult to vote for the contract because it's so close to the offer that put them on the picket lines 43 days ago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/16_hughesa_strikers/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2004 08:00:00 -0500 Striking bus drivers reach tentative agreement An end to the 41-day-old Metro Transit strike is within reach after both sides emerged Tuesday morning from an overnight negotiation with a tentative contract settlement. If the agreement is ratified by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 membership, buses could be back on the street as early as Saturday. The union is not releasing details of the agreement until after leaders discuss it with the 2,200 workers who walked off the job March 4. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/13_hughesa_strikesettle/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2004 10:15:00 -0500 Pawlenty gets involved in bus strike talks Leaders from the transit union and the Metropolitan Council came away from a secret meeting with the governor Wednesday saying they made progress toward resolving the five-week old transit strike. But both sides admit the main areas of contention remain the same. They've agreed to meet again Monday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/08_hughesa_bustalks/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2004 12:38:00 -0500 Bus strike creates hurdles for those on welfare The Metro Transit bus strike creates a nearly impossible hurdle for many wanting to get off welfare and is driving others to turn to public assistance. Now a month old, the strike is also costing the state more to transport people on assistance needing to get to appointments such as doctor visits. Agencies that help poor or disabled people are trying to pick up the slack, but they face money and time constraints. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/05_hughesa_transitfolo/?refid=0 Mon, 05 Apr 2004 16:50:00 -0500 Bus strike negotiations resume The two sides involved in the Twin Cities bus strike are back at the bargaining table for the first time since the strike started more than two weeks ago. Union representatives and Metro Transit officials are meeting for a mediation session requested by the Bureau of Mediation Services. Minnesota Public Radio's Art Hughes is covering the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/03/22_hughesa_bus?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2004 11:00:00 -0600 Officers won't be charged in handling of cop shooting Three Minneapolis police officers who were suspended by Police Chief William McManus will not face criminal prosecution. McManus suspended the officers over allegations that one or more of them ordered an internal memo destroyed. An outside inquiry by the Bloomington city attorney found the allegation was based on a misunderstanding, and that no criminal wrongdoing occurred. In the aftermath of this outside report, some of the Minneapolis officers are accusing McManus of persecuting them as part of a vendetta against officers who didn't support his appointment. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/19_williamsb_copsreport/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2004 11:56:00 -0600 St. Paul apartment building is home to six Level 3 sex offenders For years, Ramsey County officials encouraged sex offenders to locate in one downtown building. Now they're having to answer to residents as increasing numbers of buildings are renovated into trendy condominiums. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/15_hughesa_cluster/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2004 12:01:00 -0600 Commuters find alternatives to buses on fifth day of strike Workers continue to walk picket lines and no talks are in sight as the Twin Cities Metro Transit bus strike enters its first full work week. Many commuters are settling into alternate travel routines with no promise buses will return to their routes any time soon. While many commuters simply drive their own cars to work, others take the high road. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/08_hughesa_bus/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 2004 08:16:00 -0600 Day 1 of bus strike: Union defiant, traffic runs smoothly Thursday morning was the first test of how the Metro Transit bus drivers' strike would affect metro area commuters. Fears that the strike would lead to gridlock on streets and highways didn't materialize, even as some 75,000 bus riders were forced to find alternatives. Hundreds of Twin Cities bus drivers and supporters rallied at Metro Transit headquarters in Minneapolis Thursday. There is no resolution in sight to bring the 2,200 union members off the picket line. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/04_hughesa_strikeday1/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2004 11:37:00 -0600 Pawlenty urges bus drivers and Met Council to keep talking Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he will work with the Metropolitan Council and the Twin Cities bus drivers' union to try to avoid a bus strike scheduled to begin early Thursday morning. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/02_hughesa_busstrike/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Mar 2004 16:50:00 -0600 Bus riders ready alternatives on the eve of a potential strike Workers and others who rely on buses to get around are lining up options in case bus drivers walk off the job. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/01_hughesa_strike/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Deputy chief suspended; denies allegations A Minneapolis deputy police chief suspended with two other officers denies allegations she ordered the destruction of an internal memo. Police Chief William McManus suspended Lucy Gerold and two officers who serve under her, while the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension conducts an investigation. The suspension comes less than two weeks after McManus took office promising a zero-tolerance stance on police misconduct. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/27_hughesa_suspended/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Feb 2004 12:47:00 -0600 New Minneapolis police chief takes over William McManus says he is anxious to begin leading the Minneapolis Police Department. During his swearing-in address on Tuesday, McManus delivered a message that officers who perform well will win support. He says those who step out of line, however, will have to answer for their actions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/17_hughesa_chief/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2004 17:33:00 -0600 Minneapolis neighborhoods home to clusters of released sex offenders Once released from prison, the majority of Level III sex offenders in Minnesota locate in Hennepin County. Nearly half of those offenders reside in two Minneapolis neighborhoods. Legislators from Minneapolis hope a current focus on sex offenders will aid in their fight to break up the concentrations in urban communities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/05_hughesa_offenders/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2004 16:28:00 -0600 Minnesota man charged with helping Al-Qaida A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday charged a Minnesota man with conspiracy to provide material support to the Al-Qaida terrorist network. Authorities said the man acknowledged being at a training camp in Afghanistan at the same time as Osama bin Laden. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/21_ap_arrest/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2004 16:24:00 -0600 McManus confirmed as Minneapolis police chief William McManus won approval Friday as the next Minneapolis police chief. Four weeks after Mayor R.T. Rybak announced he would nominate McManus, the city council voted 9-4 in favor of the nomination. The confirmation was closely watched because the deciding votes were not confirmed until hours before they were cast. The vote total doesn't reflect the disappointment several council members feel in not hiring one of two internal candidates for the job. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/16_hughesa_chiefconfirmed/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2004 12:57:00 -0600 Police chief candidate facing opposition from City Council Minneapolis residents heaped praise on police chief nominee William McManus at a public hearing Wednesday. Supporters say his reputation for reform and record of mending community relationships would serve the city well. But it doesn't appear the outpouring has so far swayed additional City Council votes in his favor. Several council members and residents still see a window of opportunity for two internal candidates that applied. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/08_hughesa_policechief/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2004 10:48:00 -0600 Minneapolis police chief nominee meets residents Dayton Police Chief William McManus greeted Minneapolis residents and answered questions Tuesday night, as the political process to confirm his nomination as Minneapolis chief gets underway. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/07_hughesa_meetthechief/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jan 2004 00:29:00 -0600 Olson says goodbye; McManus waits for vote Minneapolis Police Chief Robert Olson bid farewell in a City Hall sendoff Monday. Olson's term expires just after the new year, but this was the day set aside for looking back on his nine years on the job. Meanwhile, Mayor R.T. Rybak officially moved to replace Olson with Dayton, Ohio Police Chief William McManus. However, the mayor still has to convince a majority of the City Council to confirm McManus' nomination. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/22_hughesa_chiefupdate/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2003 16:30:00 -0600 Remembering those who died without a home Nineteen years after acquaintances lamented the death of a homeless man, an annual tradition remembers those who've died without a home. A memorial service Thursday night honors the 121 homeless people who died in Minnesota in 2003. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/18_hughesa_homeless/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2003 14:28:00 -0600 Papa John Kolstad plays again A Minneapolis musician is releasing his first recording in 25 years. Papa John Kolstad's roots go back to the beginning of the Minneapolis folk scene. Now at 61, he returns with a CD of up-tempo blues and swing songs and a renewed vigor for making music. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/12_hughesa_papajohn/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2003 12:02:00 -0600 Two internal candidates are finalists for new Minneapolis police chief Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has released a list of six candidates to replace outgoing Police Chief Robert Olson. Rybak, a panel of community members and a Seattle-area search firm have narrowed the list from more than two dozen applicants nationwide. The list includes two internal candidates, both women, who remain favorites among many city council members. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/10_hughesa_chieffinalists/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2003 13:01:00 -0600 Minneapolis police seek public's help in finding missing children Police on Tuesday asked for the public's help in finding six children last seen at the Mall of America on Sunday evening. Police said the two oldest children, ages 14 and 13, took the four youngest, ages 5, 3, 2 and 1 to the suburban mall by bus. Police said at least one of the teens had run away in the past. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/09_hughesa_missingkids/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2003 13:46:00 -0600 Minneapolis police, community reach accord on reducing tension An often-contentious year of negotiations has produced an agreement between Minneapolis police and community members that participants say could reduce tensions that now exist. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/04_hughesa_mplsmediate/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2003 17:53:00 -0600 Homeless shelters brace for busy winter Emergency shelters, especially those for familes with children, are bursting at the seams in the Twin Cities. Providers say the signs point to high demand this winter. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/27_hughesa_homeless/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Minneapolis adult disability program faces closing Southside Services, a refuge for nearly 400 developmentally disabled residents, is preparing to close its doors after more than 30 years. Reeling from state budget cuts, Hennepin County zeroed out next year's funding for Southside. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/18_hughesa_southside/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2003 11:27:00 -0600 Hiring freeze, cuts mean tough time for Hennepin County workers Twelve-hour days and skipped lunch breaks are no longer enough to maintain the workload for a small group of Hennepin County social workers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/14_hughesa_workers/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Minneapolis police oversight panel gets a second chance The Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority reviews citizen complaints of police misconduct, but it's largely been out of business since Spring 2002. Elected leaders hope the newly-constituted board will improve police accountability. But it faces an uphill battle. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/29_hughesa_review/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2003 16:58:00 -0600 Alleged victim denies he was police informer The man claiming two Minneapolis police officers sexually assaulted him says he fears for his life after a newspaper report identified him as a police informant. The Star Tribune of Minneapolis quoted an unnamed source, who says Stephen Porter supplied information about criminal activity to one of the officers accused of assault. At a news conference Friday, Porter denied being an informant, and says he's now a target in the violent world of gangs and drugs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/17_hughesa_informer/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Oct 2003 14:45:00 -0500 Sorting through allegations of brutality Officials say it will be at least 90 days before the FBI completes a report about on a suspect's allegations of sexual assault by Minneapolis police officers. Police Chief Robert Olson and Mayor R.T. Rybak met with reporters following Stephen Porter's public allegations in which he named two officers, claiming they sodomized him with a toilet plunger during a drug bust. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/16_williamsb_copassault/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Oct 2003 14:42:00 -0500 FBI investigates assault allegations against Minneapolis police Federal officials are investigating allegations two Minneapolis police officers were involved in the assault of a suspect earlier this week while serving a search warrant. Police officials revealed late Tuesday the FBI is looking into the suspect's allegations. The two officers have been suspended with pay while the investigation proceeds. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/15_hughesa_copassault/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2003 10:11:00 -0500 Lawyer who survived shooting says he's a `lucky guy' The man who survived the shooting attack at the Hennepin County Government Center two weeks ago says luck and a series of helpful people kept him alive. Attorney Richard Hendrickson is out of the hospital, recovering from a gunshot wound to his neck. His client, Shelley Joseph-Kordell, died in the attack. Her cousin, Susan Berkovitz, faces murder and attempted murder charges in the shooting. Hendrickson spoke to reporters about the shooting. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/13_hughesa_lawyer/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2003 12:08:00 -0500 Cuts in state health care coverage take effect Changes in the state's medical insurance program for low-income Minnesotans took effect Wednesday. The changes mean fewer people are eligible for MinnesotaCare, and those who are eligible will have to pay more. Officials at hospitals such as the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis say they stand little chance of seeing additional payments from many poor patients. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/01_hughesa_healthcuts/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2003 17:00:00 -0500 Hennepin County shooting prompts new look at security One person is dead, another wounded after a shooting Monday morning on the 17th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis. Officers have a female suspect in custody. The shooting happened outside a room where harrassment cases were being heard. The violence has prompted a renewed call for greater security in the largest Minnesota government building outside of the State Capitol. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/29_hughesa_hencoshooting/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2003 16:37:00 -0500 Biggest county faces huge budget ax Counties across the state are preparing their budget plans for the coming year, and many of them face deep spending cuts. Hennepin County, the state's largest county, may need to cut as much as $100 million. The cuts will likely lead to the first layoffs in recent memory, and a dramatic change in the way social programs, probation, and other county-funded services work. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/22_hughesa_henncobudget/?refid=0 Sun, 21 Sep 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Three charged, another held in shooting of Minneapolis girl Three people were charged and another man was being held in a shooting that wounded a toddler in north Minneapolis, Police Chief Robert Olson said Tuesday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/05_hughesa_mplsarrests/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2003 11:43:00 -0500 Hmong in Minnesota still face language and cultural barriers New information released by the U.S. Census gives a more detailed look at Minnesota's Hmong population. When the census was taken in 2000, Hmong Minnesotans held jobs, but one-third of them lived below the federal poverty line. The majority of Hmong are foreign-born, but more than 30 percent are born in the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/23_hughesa_census/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Mourners pay respect to Archbishop Roach After a short prayer service family members, longtime friends, Catholics and admirers filed passed Archbishop Roach's open coffin at the foot of the altar at the Cathedral of St. Paul on Tuesday. Minnesota Public Radio's Art Hughes talked to several those attending the viewing about their remembrances of Roach. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/15_hughesa_roach/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2003 16:55:00 -0500 A visit to the Sugar Shop Twenty-five years ago this month KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio hit the airwaves for the first time. It's provided an eclectic mixture of music, and news ever since. The DJ's are volunteers. Lolly Obeda, host of &quot;The Sugar Shop&quot; has been on the air for almost 20 years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/16_hughesa_lolly/?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2003 17:31:00 -0500 U.S. ambassador to Laos gets earful over increased trade possibility The U.S. ambassador to Laos visited Minnesota on Tuesday to promote the start of normal trade relations with the Communist country. The visit sparked protests, organized primarily by Hmong veterans who sided with the United States during the Vietnam War, but who were driven out when the U.S. withdrew its support. They say opening relations with Laos only rewards a brutal regime. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/07_hughesa_laostrade/?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2003 19:30:00 -0500 Minneapolis, Hennepin County approve budget cuts A divided Minneapolis City Council approved a series of job cuts Tuesday to account for a proposed $21 million cut in state aid. At the same time, Hennepin County officials approved $27 million in cuts to their budget, reducing more than 300 jobs, mostly at the county's hospital. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/02_hughesa_mplsbudget/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2003 11:28:00 -0600 War opponents step up civil disobedience Police arrested 67 anti-war protestors Tuesday during a protest at the federal building in downtown Minneapolis. Those arrested briefly blocked the entrances to the building while others cheered them on and chanted slogans nearby. This is the second civil disobedience demonstration in the Twin Cities in as many days. Arrests now total almost 100. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/25_hughesa_protest/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2003 17:15:00 -0600 Peace protesters arrested About 200 protesters marched on the federal courthouse in downtown Minneapolis and blocked the entrances Tuesday as they demanded an end to the war in Iraq. At least 67 protesters were arrested by police and held on city buses after they refused to move from the doors in the back of the building. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/24_ap_deployment/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2003 10:15:00 -0600 Multimedia slideshow: Voices of Minnesota Shoppers visiting the Mall of America have a variety of opinions on the U.S. attack on Iraq. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/19_ap_iraqmnreax/rafiles/iraqreax.ram/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2003 17:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis Council approves budget cuts Minneapolis officials say layoff notices could be sent out to city employees by the end of this week, following a City Council vote to cut the city budget $20 million. The cuts are in response to proposed reductions in local government aid from the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/13_hughesa_mplsbudget/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2003 15:07:00 -0600 Minneapolis prepares for cuts, while neighborhoods worry about public safety Minneapolis officials are clearing the way for upcoming staff layoffs. Employee reductions are in response to anticipated cuts in state aid that could trim the city's coffers by more than $40 million over the next two years. The council vote is expected to trigger quick action to lay off workers, even though many city leaders won't know the exact amount of state cuts until at least May. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/12_williamsb_budget/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2003 05:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis office vacancies increase Office vacancies in downtown Minneapolis continue to push higher, even after three years of a down market. The vacancies create headaches for owners of some of the most valuable properties in the state, and increase the tax burden for residential property owners. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/17_hughesa_vacancy/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Feb 2003 06:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis trims long-term spending; cuts affordable housing plan Minneapolis forecasts cuts of $55 million over the next five years. Advocates for affordable housing are critical of the plan's elimination of a $4 million development levy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/31_hughesa_5yearplan/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2003 14:59:00 -0600 The reasons behind Minneapolis' $55 million budget problem A decade of deficit spending, a faltering economy, high insurance costs and a reluctance to raise taxes all play into the city's projected shortfall of $55 million over the next five years. The city council is expected to take action soon on various spending cuts to address the deficit. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/17_hughesa_mplsbudget/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2003 17:35:00 -0600 City Hall restoration project to give Minneapolis 'a grand entrance' Sagging stained-glass windows and discolored marble are two of the problems Minneapolis officials hope to fix as they refurbish the main entrance to the century-old City Hall. Workers have erected scaffolding inside the grand, five-story rotunda to facilitate the restoration over the next 11 months. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/14_hughesa_rotunda/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jan 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Minneapolis gets bad budget news A new analysis says the city of Minneapolis needs to find $55 million over the next five years to balance the budget. The report does not take into account possible reductions in state aid. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/10_hughesa_budget/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jan 2003 16:48:00 -0600 Census samples suggest minority undercount The U.S. Census Bureau on Friday released controversial new figures for the 2000 Census, mathematically adjusted to rectify counting errors. The numbers indicate Minnesota had the most accurate count compared to other states. Still, the numbers suggest some 14,000 people, all minorities, weren't counted. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/06_hughesa_censussample/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2002 18:00:00 -0600 Public art sprouts on St. Paul's University Avenue Work crews in St. Paul braved the cold Thursday to erect two giant steel oak leaves that tower over a set of colorful public benches. Sponsors of the sculpture say it's the first artist-designed bus shelter in the city, and they hope it'll be inspiration for more public art on a notoriously bland commercial strip. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/06_hughesa_artseats/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2002 17:30:00 -0600 Minneapolis police make arrests in killing of 11-year-old The Hennepin County Attorney's office is charging three men with first degree murder in the shooting death last week of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards. Law enforcement officials say the three are gang members. Bail for each suspect has been set at $1 million. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/26_hughesa_arrests/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2002 15:30:00 -0600 Third historic theater reopens on Hennepin Avenue The stage at the Pantages Theatre in downtown Minneapolis lights up again this weekend for the first show since the historic theater went dark in 1984. Backed by the city of Minneapolis, theater investors have restored much of the elaborate plaster detail of the building's original 1916 decor. Supporters say it's a hopeful step toward establishing a vibrant theater district on Hennepin Ave. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/08_hughesa_pantages/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty sets stage for a Capitol revolution Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Pawlenty met with reporters and talked with outgoing Gov. Jesse Ventura about making the transition into office on Wednesday. Pawlenty says the election means Republican ideals will have a much smoother time at the Capitol than in the past. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/06_hughesa_newgov/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Census: poverty still a problem for some minorities Rankings by the U.S. Census Bureau show members of some immigrant groups in Minnesota remain mired in poverty. The ranking also confirms the widely-held belief that there are more Somalis in Minnesota than anywhere else in the U.S. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/25_hughesa_census/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 "Officer Down:" Remembering Jerry Haaf Minneapolis makes strides against gangs, falters on race relations in the 10 years since police officer Jerry Haaf's murder. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/25_hughesa_haaf/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Census: Asians gaining wealth New data from the U.S. Census show Minnesota's Asian population is economically well-off compared to other minority populations in the state. While the '90s were a prosperous time for Minnesota as a whole, the numbers show many minority groups did not prosper as much as their white neighbors. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/17_hughesa_censuswealth/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 The Twin Cities' buckthorn burden It takes a big effort to keep a determined shrub from taking over Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/03_hughesa_buckthorn/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Arts and the city From a bronze Mary Richards to a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired bridge, Minneapolis sees a need for a more deliberate process on arts decisions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/17_hughesa_publicart/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis - the glass is half full Minneapolis officials are assessing the damage after a legislative session in which most bonding requests within the city limits were either vetoed by the governor or shot down in the House and Senate. Minneapolis was also effectively excluded as a site for a new Twins ballpark. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/27_hughesa_mpls/?refid=0 Mon, 27 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Chief Olson: "I'm staying" Minneapolis Police Chief Robert Olson says he's not going anywhere. In his first public comments since it was revealed Mayor R.T. Rybak wanted him out, Olson says he looks forward to continuing his law enforcement programs in Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/26_hughesa_olsonstays/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 A better way to plow? Friday's snow emergency in Minneapolis starts a three-day process in which the city tries to move cars out of the way of advancing snowplows. But it also revives an ongoing discussion about why the city's system is so complicated, and whether there's a better way to do it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/15_hughesa_plowing/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Looking for answers Minneapolis police, public officials and community members continue to search for answers following Sunday's shooting death of an apparently mentally ill Somali man. Police shot the man after he allegedly refused to drop a machete and a crowbar he was carrying. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/12_hughesa_shootingfolo/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Somalis outraged by police shooting Members of the Twin Cities' Somali community accused police of excessive force in killing a machete-wielding man, saying the man was mentally ill. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/11_hughesa_mplsshooting/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Ousted council president leaves nothing for successor The destruction of files by a former Minneapolis city councilmember is making the transition difficult for her successor. Fifth Ward Councilmember Natalie Johnson Lee inherited an office virtually stripped of all paper and electronic files by her predecessor, Jackie Cherryhomes. More than any of the seven newcomers to the council this year, Johnson Lee is having to reconstruct the history of her ward's business for the previous 12 years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/05_hughesa_purged/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 R.T. Rybak becomes mayor R.T. Rybak took the oath of office Wednesday morning to become mayor of Minneapolis. Rybak defeated two-term incumbent Sharon Sayles-Belton in the November election. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/02_hughesa_inauguration/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Everything old is new again A major renovation of the Minneapolis City Council chambers is nearing completion. Workers stripped away the drab 1950s paneling and false ceiling to reveal the room's original splendor. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/31_hughesa_renovation/?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 New census results show surprising trends in Twin Cities A survey released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows St. Paul residents outrank their Minneapolis counterparts in household income. The survey also shows Anoka County residents spend as much time commuting as people living in Los Angeles County. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/20_hughesa_censussurvey/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 The majority still rules A survey of more than 800 city and county-level elected officials in the Twin Cities metropolitan area shows the number of racial minorities in elected office lags far behind the growth of minority populations. The survey shows minorities are having little success in translating their gains in numbers to power at the polls. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/19_hughesa_minorityrep/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Sayles Belton loses bid for third term http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/07_hughesa_minneapolis/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis mayoral campaign intensifies in final days Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton is forcefully fighting for her political career in the final days before the election. Squaring off against challenger R.T. Rybak at a Minnesota Public Radio forum Sunday night, Sayles Belton questioned Rybak's promise to shun campaign donations by those with business interests in City Hall. She also strongly defended her administration against Rybak's accusation that the city is mismanaged. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/05_hughesa_mplsdebate/?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Poll: Rybak leads Sayles Belton Political newcomer R.T. Rybak leads Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton in a poll conducted by Minnesota Public Radio and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Rybak has a 12-point lead among likely voters in the city. But 14 percent of those polled say they haven't made up their minds. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/01_hughesa_mplspoll/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Profile: Sharon Sayles Belton Minneapolis Mayor <a href="javascript:Start('http://news.mpr.org/features/200108/13_newsroom_c2001/saylesbelton.html');">Sharon Sayles Belton</a> is in a tight race in her bid for a third term in office. The city enjoys relative economic prosperity, crime is low and, by all accounts, the mayor has delivered on what she's promised. But Sayles Belton has had trouble turning that message into voter support. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/24_hughesa_saylesbelton/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Campaign Profile: R.T. Rybak R.T. Rybak hopes to become the first challenger to unseat an incumbent Minneapolis mayor since 1977. Backers say the political newcomer has a gift for energizing people toward his causes. Critics, however, say Rybak's vision lacks specifics and his big-tent approach is so big that it includes conflicting ideals that can't be sustained. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/23_hughesa_rybak/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis Target store opens, but controversy doesn't end The downtown Minneapolis Target store opens to the public this week after years of legal and political conflict over the cost and appropriateness of the project. For some, the store is a long sought-after discount retailer for people living and working downtown. For others, it's a $60 million boondoggle and ammunition to oust public officials who support it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/09_hughesa_newtarget/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Campaigning during a crisis Since the terrorist attacks in New York, political campaigns for the top offices in the Twin Cities have taken on a more somber and less combative tone. Candidates have to walk a fine line to promote their political agendas while also appearing sensitive to the tragedies. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/26_hughesa_campaigning/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Campaign Focus: Minneapolis Finances The next mayor of Minneapolis will have broad power to set the tone for the city through proposing tax and spending priorities. Challengers for the seat say the city can't afford to continue on the track of expanding budgets and high-priced development projects. Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, meanwhile, points to a period of unprecedented growth and opportunity on her watch. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/07_hughesa_finances/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidates debate The four frontrunners for the mayor's seat in Minneapolis debated city finances, housing for those who want it, City Hall corruption and even snow removal at an MPR forum Wednesday night. By all accounts the race is close and the candidates are elbowing to try and be one of the top two to go on to the general election in November. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/06_hughesa_debate/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Property taxes rise under Sayles Belton's budget Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton is proposing a 2002 budget that barely keeps a popular neighborhood development program alive. In outlining her budget for next year, the mayor is recommending a property tax increase of eight percent, that would bring in almost $11 million more than this year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/09_hughesa_beltonbudget/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Hmong population rises dramatically The latest census figures indicate the state's Hmong population grew almost 150 percent since the 1990 census - growing to nearly 42,000 residents. Some community leaders, though, think many Hmong people in Minnesota remain uncounted by the census. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/01_hughesa_censushmong/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Census shows more same-sex couples in Minnesota New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show same-sex households account for nearly one percent of all Minnesota couples. The 2000 Census figures provide the agency's most accurate count yet of same-sex couples. Advocates and officials alike say the numbers still don't accurately track the true number of gays and lesbians, but are an important marker nonetheless. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/01_hughesa_morecensus/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Growing Older, More Diverse Minnesota's population is older than it was 10 years ago, according to newly-released U.S. census figures. The data also reveal Minnesotans are much more likely to own their homes than residents in the rest of the nation. In addition, the census found the dramatic increase in the state's Hispanic population is made up largely of people of Mexican heritage. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/23_hughesa_census/?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Faces of Minnesota: The Asian Population People of Asian decent now outnumber African-Americans in St. Paul, according to 2000 Census data. Nearly nine percent of Ramsey County's population is Asian. Many of the counties surrounding the Twin Cities also had significant growth in Asian populations in the past decade. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200103/29_hughesa_censusasians/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Hispanic and Suburban Populations Swell in Minnesota Minority populations, particularly Hispanics, are growing rapidly in Minnesota. 2000 census data shows the number of people identifying themselves as Hispanic more than doubled in the past 10 years. The census also shows growth in Minneapolis and St. Paul, but the growth was far outpaced by increases in the surrounding suburbs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200103/28_hughesa_census/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Minority Residents Concerned About Census Count The U.S. Census Bureau will release the first set of data for Minnesota this week. The census is expected to reflect significant increases in many minority populations. States bordering Minnesota and many others report substantial gains among Hispanics and Asians. Many groups in Minnesota are encouraged by the efforts to count minority populations, but they say the process has a long way to go. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200103/26_hughesa_censuspreview/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Stadium Goes Nowhere Without Baseball Reforms When the Minnesota Twins last made a major push for a new ballpark, team officials argued they needed the facility to make them financially competitive with the rest of the league. In the four years since that effort failed at the Legislature, player salaries have risen so high that the team now concedes that revenue from a new ballpark alone won't balance their books. That concession is reflected in a ballpark bill announced this week that would require a panel of judges to rule on whether Major League Baseball fixes such problems sufficiently to make a new stadium viable. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200103/20_hughesa_stadiumplan/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Sayles Belton Announces Re-election Bid Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton kicked off her re-election campaign with a bus tour designed to highlight the successes of her administration and her plans for a third term. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200102/15_hughesa_saylesbelton/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Feb 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Vikes Cool to Latest Dome Renovation Plan The agency that manages the Metrodome in Minneapolis has unveiled a detailed renovation plan that it says provides a prudent and cost-effective option for increasing revenues for the Vikings. The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission says the design builds on the Dome's strengths and looks to keep the Minnesota Vikings - the Dome's primary tenant - beyond the end of their lease in 2011. The proposal, however, got a chilly reception from Vikings executives. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/13_hughesa_dome/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 A Dilemma in La Crosse LaCrosse, Wisconsin has a problem: a well-known statue is in need of repair, but to do so might affirm what critics say is an offensive view of Native Americans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/04_hughesa_statue-m/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Profile: First District Congressional Race Voters in southeastern Minnesota face a rematch of the 1996 congressional race between incumbent Gil Gutknecht and challenger Mary Rieder. Four years ago the candidates fought a fierce battle costing a record $1.5 million. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/23_hughesa_1dist-m/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 The Next Wave of Farmers There was a time when a retiring farmer could count on his children to take over the business and carry on the family tradition. But farming is an unattractive career choice in Minnesota compared to many more urban occupations. A program sponsored by the Land Stewardship Project is making small strides bringing new farmers to the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/09_hughesa_farmkarma-m/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Campaign 2000: Is Minnesota in Play? President Clinton's frequent trips to Minnesota this spring suggest Democrats are concerned the state could go Republican this fall. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/09_hughesa_clinton-m/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Vintage Ventura on SE Minnesota Tour Governor Jesse Ventura is pushing hard to keep his unicameral legislature idea alive. On his bus tour of Southeastern Minnesota Ventura also hammered home his vision for transportation spending, high-speed Internet access for rural areas, and property tax reform. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200003/16_hughesa_ventura-m/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2000 12:00:00 -0600 On the Air in Winona A small charter school in Winona is reviving the all-but-lost art of original radio drama as a business venture. In addition to writing, producing and marketing regular five-minute features, the students are responsible for sticking to a business plan which requires that the enterprise support itself. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200002/08_hughesa_radiodrama-m/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2000 12:00:00 -0600 A New Kind of House Call The Mayo Clinic in Rochester is developing a for-profit Internet company to compete in the growing electronic health-information market. Clinic leaders say the new venture's Web site will start up next spring and will increase the online tools available for people wanting to learn more about personal health. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199912/06_hughesa_mayo-m/?refid=0 Mon, 06 Dec 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Mankato's Whistlestop Campaign http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199911/25_hughesa_train-m/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Nov 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Safety the NRC Way The NRC is using Minnesota nuclear plants as a test for streamlining its safety regulations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199906/15_hughesa_nrc-m/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jun 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Preserving Minnesota Preservationists eye Sogn Valley. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199902/26_hughesa_sogn-m/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Rochester Fights Railroad Expansion Increased rail traffic and re-routing of DM&E rails causes uproar from residents. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199812/16_hughesa_dme-m/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Man-Made Islands Create Habitat The Army Corp of Engineers is attempting to undo degradation of the Mississippi River's bed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199811/12_hughesa_islands-m/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Wary Turkeys Evade Local Hunters Growing turkey population leads to expanded hunting opportunities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199810/22_hughesa_turkey-m/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Connected by Rail A $1.4 billion rail construction project could change the face of southern Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199809/30_hughesa_rail-m/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Upstart Railroad Seeks to Haul More Coal DM&amp;E is an independent railroad with an ambitious expansion plan. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199809/30_hughesa_railroads-m/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Balancing Ecology and Commerce on the Mississippi Efforts to return the river's backwaters to their original state must take industry into account. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199809/15_hughesa_commerce-m/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Controversy Engulfs Historic Treaty Re-Enactment Negative impact of historical event makes many question re-enactment. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199809/11_hughesa_treaty-m/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Closing a Church Community The residents of Oak Ridge have found that a population of 50 can no longer support their 122-year-old parish. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199806/26_hughesa_closing-m/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Warming of Root River a Concern Citizens worry about ethanol plant's effect on stream temperatures. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199805/12_hughesa_ethanol/?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Toxic Streams Part Two: Hay Creek Fish Poisoning State officials are seeking the perpetrator of a large-scale poisoning of Hay Creek near Red Wing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199708/07_hughesa_streams2/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 1997 12:00:00 -0500