Minnesota Public Radio features by Chris Julin http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=37 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:50:24 -0600 Minnesota Public Radio features by Chris Julin http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 The owls arrive The owls are here. Every few years, owls that usually live in the far north pour into Minnesota during the wintertime. But this year's a record-breaker for the number of owls. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/13_julinc_owls/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2004 09:00:00 -0600 Mirror on Morality: Chester Park UMC There's been lots of talk recently about how to mix politics and religion. So we've been checking in with religious believers around the state to ask how their faith affects their politics. Minnesota Public Radio's Chris Julin made a visit to Chester Park United Methodist Church in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/12/01_julinc_chesterpark?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2004 17:00:00 -0600 Hip-hop from the north woods The guys in Crew Jones are rappers, and they rap about the usual stuff -- going swimming, getting caught in a snowstorm, watching ships on Lake Superior. They're north woods rappers from Duluth. But this is no novelty act. These guys mean business. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/19_julinc_crewjones/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Sh-h-h-h, it's music for slumber Aaron Molina is throwing a slumber party this weekend, but it's not for little kids. He's getting a bunch of bands together in Duluth. They're going to start playing Saturday night and they won't stop until breakfast time on Sunday. If you go, bring a pillow. You're supposed to go to sleep during the show. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/22_julinc_slumberland/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2004 09:22:00 -0500 They count hawks, don't they? Last week, 30,000 raptors flew past Hawk Ridge in Duluth -- and that was in one day. It was a busy day, but not a record. Last year, 100,000 raptors flew past Hawk Ridge in a single day. We can tell you how many birds flew by because a couple of guys counted them. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/23_julinc_hawkcounter/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Unchained newspaper In Minnesota, all the major dailies are owned by big chains. It's getting harder to find an independently-owned newspaper, but you can still find them in small towns. As part of our series, The Independents, we take a look at a feisty, northwoods newspaper called the Timberjay. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/20_julinc_timberjay/?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2004 07:00:00 -0500 The changing of the seasons Summer's over. The crowds are already thinning in busy tourist spots like Duluth. Up north, it seemed like summer never came this year. Some towns had their chilliest summer on record. Residents in the region have mixed feelings about the changing of the seasons. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/06_hemphills_seasonschange/?refid=0 Sun, 05 Sep 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Cameras made from cardboard Derrick Burbul is a high-tech guy. He's a photographer, and he has digital cameras. He does design work on his computer, and he makes DVDs. But he also loves pinhole cameras, and they're about as low-tech as you can get. Lately he's been sending pinhole cameras around the world in the mail and asking people to take pictures for him. The results are on display at the Duluth Art Institute's gallery in the old train depot in Duluth. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/13_julinc_pinholes/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Aug 2004 08:00:00 -0500 A Walk with the Rock Doc Some people call Joel Carter the &quot;Rock Doc.&quot; He's an emergency room doctor in Duluth, and now he's a sculptor, too. But you won't find any of his works in a gallery. He builds them outside, from stones he finds in the woods. Some people love the rock sculptures. But at least one person doesn't, and Joel Carter thinks he knows who that is. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/23_julinc_inukshuk/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2004 10:40:00 -0500 What marriage means to singles Everyone's talking about marriage -- especially about who can get married. The debate over same-sex marriage is front and center in the U.S. Senate this week. We decided to ask a more basic question -- what is marriage? This is our third in a series of conversations about marriage -- we hear from a group of unmarried people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/07/14_marriagethree?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jul 2004 11:00:00 -0500 When Duluth rocked You might not remember the band QuickBreath -- unless you were growing up in Duluth 30 years ago. They were a big deal back then. They played bars and dances. And they got on the radio -- in Duluth. That was before a few monster companies owned most radio stations. Back then, bands could get their records played on the local rock station. A new CD features some of the local music that got onto the radio during the '70s. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/16_julinc_duluthrocked/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jul 2004 09:00:00 -0500 Cold enough for ya? People in Duluth had to wait an extra day for fireworks. A fog bank rolled in on the 4th of July and the fireworks were called off. Fog and cool weather are no surprise in Duluth, but this summer has been extra chilly. Tourism officials say it's driving visitors indoors, but not away. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/05_julinc_coolduluth/?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jul 2004 16:38:00 -0500 Ringing their hands You could call it heavy metal music. Some handbells weigh 13 pounds. More than 1,000 handbell ringers are in Duluth for a conference this weekend. The gathering comes to a crescendo on Sunday when hundreds of them perform at one time. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/25_julinc_handbells/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 2004 23:00:00 -0500 Keeping the water garden under control These days you can see cattails and water lilies out your window, even if you live nowhere near a lake. Water gardens are all the rage. But some scientists are warning that water gardeners have to be careful or they could endanger native plants. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/21_julinc_exoticplants/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jun 2004 08:00:00 -0500 Lynching anniversary remembered in Duluth Around the turn of the last century, many white people in the United States were eager to draw a thick, bold line separating the races. Sometimes they drew the line in blood -- by lynching thousands of black people. Most lynchings happened in the Deep South. So it was a shock when the headline, &quot;Duluth Mob Lynches Three Negroes,&quot; ran in papers from the Duluth News-Tribune to the New York Times in 1920. June 15 is the anniversary of the lynching. A few years ago, a citizens group began a campaign to build a memorial to the lynching victims in downtown Duluth. Duluth has regained its memory. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2001/06/lynching/index.shtml/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jun 2004 13:35:00 -0500 Gay couples differ on views of marriage The news is full of stories about same-sex marriage this week. But gay men and lesbians don't speak with one voice on the subject. Some of them don't want to get married. And even those who do have different ideas about what marriage is. MPR's Chris Julin got together with three couples recently to talk about marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/05/18_marriage2?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2004 16:30:00 -0500 Don't set Nemo free That little goldfish in the aquarium can be hazardous -- if you set it free. Workers in Duluth have temporarily sucked all the water out of a pond to kill all the pet fish people had released there. This is the first step in a national campaign to get people to quit releasing fish and plants from their aquariums and backyard ponds. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/13_julinc_fishpond/?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2004 08:00:00 -0500 Fishing for stories Minnesota is home to more anglers and more fishing opportunities than just about any other place in the country. The Department of Natural Resources estimates 15,000 miles of cold and warm water streams and 5,493 fishable lakes are available to anglers. Minnesota also leads the nation in per capita sales of fishing licenses. Which means, we should have plenty of good fish stories. To mark the opening of the general fishing opener on May 15, we collected some good fish stories to share. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2004/04/fishstories/?refid=0 Sun, 09 May 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Producing 'Alcoholic Central' Most public radio stories are told in the voice of a reporter. Once in a while it's better to let someone else tell the story. Paul Ojanen didn't set out to be on the radio, but he was willing when he got the chance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/21_julinc_productionstory/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2004 15:07:00 -0500 Take a tour of 'Alcoholic Central' We used to call them bums. You pass them on your way to work. They're leaning against a building in ragged clothes. They're drunk. In every city, there's a neighborhood where the street alcoholics hang out. Most of us catch only brief glimpses of them from the car, or the bus. Sometimes we think about them, and wonder how they got in that place. But you can't just walk up and start asking questions. You need a guide. Someone like Paul Ojanen He's going to take us on a tour of First St. in downtown Duluth. He calls it Alcoholic Central. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/21_julinc_alcoholcentral/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2004 14:00:00 -0500 Why I told you my story Paul Ojanen first contacted Minnesota Public Radio several weeks ago to respond to a story about methamphetamine use and its impact. Ojanen wanted to share his thoughts about the devastation that alcohol abuse causes, but seems to be ignored. Ojanen and MPR reporter Chris Julin decided to take a tour of &quot;Alcoholic Central&quot; in Duluth. Here, they each describe how the project came together. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/21_julinc_alcoholsidebar/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2004 14:00:00 -0500 What is marriage? Everyone's talking about marriage these days. The debate rages from pulpits to the Legislature. Most of the discussion centers on who can get married -- whether gays and lesbians should have that right. We wanted to back up a step and ask, What <b>is</b> marriage? We put that question to some married couples. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/04/06_marriage?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 2004 11:20:00 -0500 Boomerangs 101 Harbor City International School doesn't have a football team, but it does have a dance line. And a curling club. But one of the the hottest after school activities right now is the boomerang club. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/08_julinc_boomerangs/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 2004 15:11:00 -0600 Few couples willing to donate embryos There's a lot of debate about human embryos these days. The University of Minnesota says it will expand its stem cell research to include donated human embryos. But not many people are willing to donate embryos. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/26_julinc_embryodonation/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Baby, it's cold outside Record cold weather the past few days is bringing out the hardiness in some Minnesotans -- the ones who actually like spending time outside in the winter. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/30_ap_coldwx/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2004 11:25:00 -0600 Celebrating Robert Burns with a D.I.Y. haggis It's January, so people around the world are taking a wee dram and toasting the memory of Robert Burns. He's Scotland's most famous poet. Sunday was the 245th anniversary of his birth. This week is the time for &quot;Burns Suppers.&quot; People gather for a meal of haggis, and other Scottish food, and read Robert Burns poems. Up near Cloquet, eight folks got together at the farm of Daina and Joel Rosen. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/26_julinc_burnssupper/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2004 08:56:00 -0600 Working out some issues at ballet class All kinds of programs try to help kids untangle themselves from drugs and crime. Some kids end up in boot camp. Some of them go to treatment programs. And some of them do ballet. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/29_julinc_badboyballet/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Dec 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Remembering Grace Thousands of school children in Minnesota began their winter holiday vacations Friday. For many kids, it's a bright, happy time of year. But not for all. MPR's Chris Julin used to teach at an elementary school, and this time of year brings back memories. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2003/12/19_grace?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2003 16:05:00 -0600 Blowing for a cause Bob Greenberg and his sons all play horns. They play as a quartet around Duluth and Superior. They like classical music, and jazz, and they're working up some klezmer tunes. At home, they celebrate Hanukkah. But this time of year, they play Christmas music, and they play it for the Salvation Army. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/10_julinc_familyband/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2003 10:01:00 -0600 Celebrating without the turkey Thursday is Turkey Day, a day for feasting on fowl. But what about people who don't eat turkey? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/26_julinc_veganday/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Holy music hall People come from all over the world to play the organ at Sacred Heart in Duluth. They love the sound. Bluegrass bands and punk rockers like the sound, too. The Sacred Heart Music Center spent more than 100 years as a cathedral. It has different acoustics from most concert halls and recording studios. And musicians say it has a different feel. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/21_julinc_sacredheart/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2003 00:00:00 -0600 Stogies under the stars On Thursdays they're out there, somewhere in the city of Duluth. The Cigar Club from the University of Minnesota, Duluth meets once a week. The club members can't smoke inside on campus, so they take their meetings on the road. Each week, they choose a different outdoor spot to light up and just hang around. The club is an official student organization, but the rules are few, and the meetings are mellow. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/06_julinc_cigarclub/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2003 04:00:00 -0600 Wellstones remembered at site of crash People around Minnesota are remembering the late Sen. Paul Wellstone. Saturday was the first anniversary of the plane crash that killed the senator, his wife and daughter, and four others. About 200 people gathered at the site of the crash for a remembrance ceremony. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/25_julinc_wellstone/?refid=0 Sat, 25 Oct 2003 16:02:00 -0500 Langlais plays Langlais You've never heard the Piece Symphonique. But then, Jean Langlais never heard it either, and he composed it. Now its finally getting its world premier in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/24_julinc_langlais/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Dedicating a memorial Duluth has a new park. It's a small plaza, on a street corner, right downtown. But this is an unusual place. There probably isn't anything like it anywhere else in the country. It's a memorial to three men who were hanged from a lamppost across the street in the infamous Duluth lynching. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/10_julinc_lynchingdedicati/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2003 00:01:00 -0500 At home on the Range Brad Williams is back in school after 30 years at the iron mine in Eveleth. He wants to stay on the Iron Range, so he's becoming a nurse. Hundreds of former mine workers are switching gears in mid-life. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/25_julinc_rangefuture/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2003 14:00:00 -0500 The Enthusiasts: The beetle man It seems like some endangered species get all the attention. Lots of people get excited about wolves and bald eagles, but who gets excited about tiger beetles? Ron Huber does. He lives in Bloomington, but scientists from around the world consult him about tiger beetles. The surprise is, Ron Huber is self-taught. He's an amateur, but he's a top-notch field biologist. We talked with him for our latest installment of our series, &quot;The Enthusiasts.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/03_julinc_enthusiasts/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Rocks must be thrown Thousands of &quot;rock hounds&quot; are converging on the Twin Cities this weekend. The Minnesota Mineral Club is sponsoring a convention. The subject is: Rocks of the Great Lakes. At the same time, thousands of tourists will be on the beaches of Lake Superior's north shore. But most of them will be enjoying rocks in a less scientific way. They'll be throwing them into the lake. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/15_julinc_rockskip/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Washing the dog goes high-tech The town of Two Harbors has a lot going for it. It has a great view of Lake Superior, and it has the Sandpaper Museum. And now it has a self-service pet wash. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/31_julinc_petwash/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2003 06:00:00 -0500 The Enthusiasts: The phenologist mail carrier John Latimer is a phenologist. He records the coming and going of animals, when plants bloom, and when the lakes freeze. He drives a mail route in the north woods near Grand Rapids, and once a week, before he drives his route, he hosts a program about phenology on a local community radio station. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/30_julinc_enthusiasts/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Remembering Korea: B Company from Duluth The men of B Company made the front page of the newspaper when they marched through downtown Duluth to the train station. That was the summer of 1950, and they were Marine Reserves on their way to the Korean War. When the war ended, 80 percent of them were injured or wounded, and 10 of them were dead. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/24_julinc_koreanvets/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2003 13:00:00 -0500 Soccer for socialists in Duluth spawns &quot;Commie Soccer&quot; Socialists need exercise, too. It's a lot of work to smash capitalism, but it doesn't do much for the lungs or the legs. So a bunch of young socialists in Duluth get together to kick around a soccer ball. They call it, &quot;Commie Soccer.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/22_julinc_socialistsoccer/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2003 15:10:00 -0500 They just love Judy Grand Rapids is hoping to lure a couple thousand Judy Garland fans to town this weekend. It's the annual Judy Garland Festival. And this year, the town is unveiling its new Judy Garland Museum. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/26_julinc_grandrapidsmus/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2003 06:00:00 -0500 Iron Range cities feeling singled out Cities on the Iron Range say they're getting a double dose of cuts from the Legislature, just when the Range is facing more mine closures. But the Pawlenty administration says the Iron Range has been getting more aid than it deserves for years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/05_julinc_taconitetax/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2003 07:36:00 -0500 Out of work on the Range Hundreds of workers at the EVTAC mine in Eveleth will probably be out of work this week. They'll follow in the footsteps of workers at the LTV Steel mine near Hoyt Lakes. More than 1,000 people lost their jobs at LTV two and-a-half years ago, and many of them are still looking for work. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/13_julinc_hoytlakes/?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2003 09:58:00 -0500 Frog music Dozens of volunteers across Minnesota are driving back roads, looking for puddles and ponds, and listening for frog music. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is tracking the frog population. But the DNR doesn't have enough staff to do a statewide survey, so volunteers are boning up on their frog calls, grabbing their clipboards, and gathering valuable information. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/06_julinc_frogsurvey/?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2003 14:03:00 -0500 The return of the rooster A landmark on the North Shore Highway is back, but it's in rough shape. Last week, somebody stole the larger-than-life statue of a rooster from its perch in Two Harbors. The thieves threw the rooster off a bridge, and it looked like the statue would never be the same. But airline mechanics in Duluth have volunteered to put it back together again. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/01_julinc_stolenrooster/?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2003 17:18:00 -0500 Safe at higher speeds? The Minnesota Legislature is talking about picking up the pace on state highways. Rural lawmakers are pushing a bill that would increase the daytime speed limit to 65 mph on many two-lane highways. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/29_julinc_morespeed/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2003 09:20:00 -0500 DNR supports plan to allow bear hunters to use dogs The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is backing a proposal to let hunters in Minnesota use dogs to pursue black bears. The Legislature is considering it. The plan has friends and foes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/18_julinc_bearsndogs/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2003 05:00:00 -0500 The bears go to town Black bears have lumbered into Duluth looking for food ever since the city was founded. Now, bears have taken up residence inside the city. The Department of Natural Resources says about 10 bears live fulltime in town. And some of those bears are making people anxious. But there's disagreement over what to do. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/17_julinc_duluthbears/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2003 14:54:00 -0500 Duluth buzzes with a rumor Duluth is just like other US cities. All over town, signs say, &quot;No war,&quot; and &quot;Support our troops.&quot; And now people in Duluth are divided over something that might have happened to a man in uniform. Or maybe it was several men in uniform. Or maybe it didn't happen at all. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/01_julinc_warrumor/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2003 17:00:00 -0600 Coast Guard cutter breaks the ice in Duluth Cargo ships have started moving on the Great Lakes, and Coast Guard icebreakers are smashing the ice in the Duluth harbor. The Coast Guard cutter <i>Sundew</i> has been chipping away at the ice in Duluth for more than a week. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/21_julinc_icebreaker/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2003 13:00:00 -0600 Kids who curl Curling clubs say they've had more young folks try the sport since last year's Olympics. But curling doesn't have the same natural youth-appeal as football or basketball or snowboarding. So curling clubs make a point of bringing the game to kids. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/14_julinc_kidscurl/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2003 06:00:00 -0600 The smell of money It's been a tough winter for people who depend on snow to make money. But the lack of snow has made it a banner year for other businesses. People who thaw out septic systems have more work than they can handle. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/06_julinc_steamingseptics/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2003 05:00:00 -0600 Coach for life We all make promises to ourselves. 'I'm going to lose some weight.' Or, 'I'm going to spend more time with the kids.' Or, 'I'm going to learn to play the piano.' Some people put sticky notes on the fridge to remind them of their pledges. Some people use their palm pilots. And some people hire a &quot;life coach.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/03_julinc_lifecoaches/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2003 10:56:00 -0600 Haley Bonar Haley Bonar is keeping busy. She's playing regularly in Duluth. Her new CD is coming out. And she's going on a national tour this spring. She's doing all right for a 19-year-old who quit college to write songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2003/02/21_haleybonar?refid=0 Fri, 21 Feb 2003 12:00:00 -0600 Nicotine and frostbite People in Minnesota have been known to cut a hole in their mittens so they can hold a cigarette. Smokers can't light up inside anymore, and frigid winter days are tough. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/10_julinc_coldsmokers/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2003 16:19:00 -0600 A day with Rhonna Rhonna Kalstad is in the car at dawn and she gets home after midnight. A job, doctor appointments, errands -- it's just another day for a young mother of two kids who's scraping to get by. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/27_julinc_poorday/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Nearly 300 lose jobs at Blandin Nearly 300 workers at the Blandin paper mill in Grand Rapids have lost their jobs. That's more than a third of the workers at the plant. Blandin's owner, UPM Kymmene of Finland, is shutting down two of the four production lines at the mill in Grand Rapids. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/08_hemphills_blandinlayoffs/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2003 18:20:00 -0600 Pawlenty tours outstate Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Pawlenty completed a two-day &quot;listening tour&quot; of outstate Minnesota Friday. Pawlenty sounded separate themes on each of his stops; health care, economic development and the state's budget woes dominated most of the discussions. Pawlenty, who has tried to cut state aid to cities and towns, criticized some localities for depending too much on the aid. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/03_ap_pawlentytour/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2003 11:50:00 -0600 The snow makers Snowmobilers and cross-country skiers are a little depressed about the lack of snow this winter. But downhill skiers and snowboarders are doing OK. They don't need real snow, because ski hills can make the stuff. Lutsen Mountains ski resort has several feet of artificial snow on the ground. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/27_julinc_snowmaking/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2002 06:15:00 -0600 No snow, no fun Minnesota's having another mild winter, and some people are suffering. They love the snow. They want to play in it. And they're trying to get by. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/16_julinc_nosnow/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2002 17:01:00 -0600 Old, new, borrowed and blues Charlie Parr has a new CD, but it sounds old. It's called &quot;1922.&quot; A few of the songs were actually written in the '20s, but most of them are new, and written by Charlie Parr. If you added some scratches and pops, you'd almost believe the music came from a 70-year-old field recording. It's a surprising sound for a guy and a guitar in Duluth. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/15_julinc_charlieparr-m/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2002 17:00:00 -0600 King of the critics Most folks have a hobby. Some of us have an obsession. There's that neighbor with the fancy, old cars. Or your friend the birdwatcher. And you've probably read about a physicist who sleeps three hours a night and works seven days a week. These are people with a passion. People like Lawrance Bernabo. He lives in Duluth, and he wants to be number one. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/07_julinc_review-m/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Relatives visit Wellstone plane crash site Investigators have more clues about the plane crash that killed Paul and Sheila Wellstone, and six other people. But the cause of the crash is still a mystery. Some investigators are already heading back to Washington with information they collected at the crash site. But they say they won't have any answers for a long time. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/27_julinc_crashsite/?refid=0 Sun, 27 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Their world is on wheels There was a roller skating revolution 20 years ago. Roller Blades hit the scene, and roller skating became extreme. But there's a calmer kind of skating that's been around a lot longer. In Duluth and Superior, the old-timers with the Arrowhead Roller Skating Club go to the rink every Tuesday night. And they don't just skate; they dance on wheels. The youngsters in the club are in their 50's. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/18_julinc_skaters-m/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 City bears The occasional bear wandering into town has always just been a part of life in Duluth. Now wildlife officals are worried the city has its own urban bear population. The bears live in wooded areas within the city, which can provide an ursine buffet of trash and bird seed. The DNR says its is considering a special urban bear hunt to thin the numbers before someone gets hurt. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/16_julinc_citybears-m/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Colorado hunters not fazed by CWD Some business owners in Minnesota and Wisconsin are worried about chronic wasting disease. They're afraid deer hunters will stay home this year. So far, in Minnesota, deer license sales are down - but only slightly. It's hard to know what will happen down the road, but maybe Colorado can offer a clue. CWD showed up in Colorado 30 years ago, and hunting is still going strong there. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/09_julinc_coloradodeer-m/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Boat nerds Some people watch birds. Some watch stars in the night sky. And some watch ships - right here in Minnesota. The Duluth Shipping News helps people follow the busy ship traffic at Minnesota's only ocean port. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/28_julinc_shippingnews-m/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Blue ribbon Bea Bea Foix has dominated the baking and canning exhibits at the Itasca County Fair since 1968. And she's showing few signs of slowing down. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/14_julinc_beafoix-m/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Dogs that fly Most champion dock-jumping dogs are male black labs. That's why Ms. Ruger, the German wirehaired pointer from Duluth, is a darling of the dock dog circuit. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/09_julinc_dockdogs-m/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 From Moscow to the Northwoods Yulia Lyagina is hoping to get a job in Moscow, but she's in Minnesota for the summer. She works the front desk at a resort on Lake Superior. Hundreds of thousands of foreign college students come to the United States each summer to work at hotels and restaurants and summer camps. It's hard to know exactly how many are in Minnesota -- but it's a lot. Valley Fair amusement park, alone, employs 200. The students make more money than they could at home. And business owners say they'd have trouble filling the jobs without international students. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/01_julinc_outworkers-m/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota guards against fatal wildlife disease Wildlife managers in Wisconsin have found two more deer with chronic wasting disease. It's a relative of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or "mad cow disease," but it appears that chronic wasting disease attacks only elk and deer. Minnesota officials are on guard against the disease entering the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/02_julinc_deerdisease-m/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Conservation Corps target of budget ax The Civilian Conservation Corps put thousands of people to work during the Great Depression. And 20 years ago, the state of Minnesota started a similar program to put young people to work in the outdoors. But this might be the last year for the Minnesota Conservation Corps. The state's Department of Natural Resources has to cut millions of dollars from its budget. The DNR recommends eliminating the Conservation Corps. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/24_julinc_MCC-m/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Are we not geeks? Saturday is prom night in Duluth, and used clothing stores are advertising cheesy sport coats and out-of-date dresses. This is the Geek Prom. It's a chance for adults who don't fit in to have a night out with their own kind. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/11_julinc_geekprom-m/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 It's not too cold to sail The lack of snow is hard on some winter sports fans, but this is a great winter for ice boats. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/07_julinc_iceboats-m/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Chisholm baker keeps potica tradition alive Jan Gadzo learned to make the pastry called potica as a boy in Slovakia. Now he makes the fussy but delicious walnut rolls for nostalgic families on the Iron Range. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/28_julinc_potica-m/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 UMD hockey has international flavor The UMD women's hockey team is the best college team in the country. But UMD's talented roster has created some unusual challenges. The squad includes players from six countries, and four different Olympic teams. A game's lineup often depends on who is training for which team on a given day. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/13_julinc_umdhockey-m/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 World War II veteran recalls patriotism in his time Patriotism is running high in the United States, and Frank Valentini says that's good. He hasn't seen such national spirit since the 1940s, in the days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Valentini is from the Iron Range town of Chisholm, and he's one of eight Valentini brothers who served in the military during World War II. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/15_julinc_valentini-m/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 The view from 35 feet underwater There's a whole new view of Lake Superior. Now you can look out across the bottom of the big lake, and even count the fish swimming by, without getting wet. The "fishcam" went on line Friday, broadcasting to the Internet from 35 feet down. Researchers say it's the only permanently mounted underwater camera in the world sending live images back to shore. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/24_julinc_fishcam-m/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Greyhound was born in Hibbing The city of Hibbing has lots of reasons to be proud. It's the site of the world's largest open pit mine, and home town to Bob Dylan, Kevin McHale and Rudy Perpich. But not many people know the town is also the birthplace of Greyhound. The nationwide bus company started in Hibbing with two men, and one car. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/13_julinc_greyhound-m/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 More bears may lead to more hunting There are lots of bears in Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources says the number of black bears in the state has quadrupled during the past two decades, and they say that might be too many bears. So beginning with next month's hunting season, the DNR is allowing hunters to take two bears with each license for the first time ever. Some animals rights groups and some hunters say the state's estimate of the bear population is inflated. They disagree with the two-bear limit. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/26_julinc_bears-m/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Along Lake Superior, it's not the heat People who live in Duluth love this time of year. They think it's fun to get outside where they can look at the big lake, and watch out-of-towners huddle on street corners, shivering in their shorts and sandals http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/18_julinc_chilly-m/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Feds hear Iron Range woes Nearly 1,000 people filled the high school auditorium in the Iron Range town of Virginia Thursday to talk about problems in the nation's steel industry. Mining companies and their workers have banded together, calling on President Bush to use some form of trade sanctions to limit the amount of foreign steel imported to the United States. Federal officials came to Minnesota to gather testimony in their investigation of the industry's troubles. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/06_julinc_steel-m/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Flying High In Duluth http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/12_julinc_flyers-m/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Ready for Prime Time Some oldtimers doubted that girls hockey would succeed when the first girls high school teams took to the ice six years ago. Across Minnesota, thousands of girls traded in their figure skates for hockey skates. They went to hockey camps and goalie schools. This year, 120 Minnesota high schools have girls hockey teams. Today, two-thirds of the girls playing high school hockey in the entire country live in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200102/05_julinc_girlshockey-m/?refid=0 Mon, 05 Feb 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Ventura Gets Heat from Higher Ed Gov. Jesse Ventura is traveling around the state, trying to sell Minnesotans on his proposed budget. Some of the loudest criticism of the budget plan is coming from university and college administrators who say the governor's proposal will make them lose good profressors, and raise tuition. Ventura made the first stop on his statewide budget tour at the University of Minnesota in Duluth. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200101/25_julinc_ventura-m/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jan 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Rating the Professors Rejected by Minnesota law in an attempt to get student surveys of professors released to the public, students at the University of Minnesota-Duluth took matters into their own hands: they'll conduct their own surveys, and everybody gets a peek at the results. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/19_julinc_profs-m/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 The Knowledge Bowl If you can't name the two countries involved in <i>The XYZ Affair,</i> you might not be ready for Knowledge Bowl. Throughout the school year, hundreds of kids across Minnesota, and thousands more across the country, put their learning on the line at Knowledge Bowl meets. Kids from seventh grade to 12th grade compete, facing questions that range from history and geography to math and poetry. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/25_julinc_knowledgebowl-m/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Raptor Rapture Rules Hawk Ridge The summer tourist season is over, but thousands of visitors are streaming through Duluth. They won't stay in motels or spend any money, though, because they're birds. Each fall thousands of hawks and eagles pass through the Duluth sky on their way south. And the passing birds draw a good number of humans to a place called Hawk Ridge. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200009/22_julinc_hawks-m/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Sep 2000 12:00:00 -0500