Minnesota Public Radio features by Dan Olson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=50 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:07:38 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Dan Olson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Act naturally: Couple finds farming organic nourishes soil, spirit Today, the Jaus farm is a destination for people who want to learn more about organic farming techniques that create healthy soil to nourish crops and ward off pests without synthetic chemicals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/14/act-naturally-couple-finds-farming-organic-nourishes-soil-spirit?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:41:25 -0500 Native tongue: Teacher brings Lakota language to 'Star Spangled Banner' Lorna Her Many Horses grew up on South Dakota's Rosebud Indian Reservation, but she didn't master the language of her ancestors until she came to Minneapolis. She now teaches the Dakota language, of which Lakota is a dialect, in the Minneapolis public schools. She's also been working to translate "The Star Spangled Banner" to honor her family members who are veterans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/01/native-tongue-teacher-brings-lakota-language-to-star-spangled-banner?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:29:07 -0500 The natural: Transforming a yard from nasty to native Even city dwellers can create a welcoming habitat for butterflies, bees and songbirds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/23/minnesota-native-plant-garden?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:05:06 -0500 In Norwegian Glee Club, music, fellowship forms ties that bind Norwegian glee club singers from around the Upper Midwest will perform at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis Saturday night. There'll be an orchestra, soloists and a mass chorus of more than 200 male voices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/12/norwegian-glee-club-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 06:16:23 -0500 Students learn to share hardships and hopes through poetry In their 10th-grade poetry class, students at Central High School in St. Paul wrote poems about nature, dreams, nightmares and survival. But the words didn't come easily. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/06/sounds-and-voices-poetry?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:23:59 -0500 For U of M soil researcher, a quest to understand life in earth Jay Bell, a soil science professor at the U, wants you to know that soil isn't just dirt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/21/university-of-minnesota-soil-researcher?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2014 11:43:14 -0500 Truck, light rail train collide on University Ave. Just after noon the truck violated a red turn arrow from University Avenue and turned into the path of a west-bound test train, said Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/11/green-line-collision?refid=0 Sun, 11 May 2014 09:51:09 -0500 Minn. Oromo hold vigil for students protesting in Ethiopia Hassen Hussein, Oromo Community of Minnesota executive director, wants the United States to help calm the situation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/10/ormo-vigil-capitol-protest?refid=0 Sat, 10 May 2014 14:32:29 -0500 Cooler weather, late walleye spawning for this year's fishing opener An estimated 500,000 people will be on the state's lakes Saturday for the walleye and northern pike opener, according to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/10/fishing-opener-walleye?refid=0 Sat, 10 May 2014 10:08:14 -0500 In Hennepin County, sex ed is more than biology. It's also about relationships Sex education is part of the curriculum in every Minnesota high school. But 32 Hennepin County schools are expanding on the effort through the outreach program, known as TOP, which includes frank discussions on the biology of reproduction and also on healthy relationships. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/07/sex-ed-relationships?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 15:34:45 -0500 For Books For Africa founder, a journey that speaks volumes At 79, Tom Warth remains an enthusiastic fundraiser, enlisting people from corporate boardrooms to elementary school classrooms. On Friday, he'll start a weekend fundraising walk from Taylors Falls, Minn., to the state Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/books-for-africa?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:37:21 -0500 No sad songs: Hymie's record store thrives on vinyl in a digital age A young couple with two small kids and an old dog buy a vintage vinyl record shop in the worst economy in decades, in a languishing part of Minneapolis, in an era when many teens wouldn't recognize an LP if you spun it at them. It sounds like a great, sad country song in the making, except this story turns out pretty well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/18/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-hymies-vintage-records?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:14:23 -0500 School of hard knocks: Road crews fight pothole wars shorthanded on money, science It's a battle fought in every Minnesota city and town during the spring. And the terms of engagement haven't changed much over the decades. Without enough money to rebuild the roads, it's patch and hope and patch again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/16/fighting-potholes?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Gardening is 'meditation' for Fiona Quick For Fiona Quick, the key to gardening is to give the soil a gentle tickle at most, all a part of nurturing the biology below the surface. Quick is a board member of Gardening Matters, a Twin Cities-based non-profit that advocates for community gardening and arranges seed and seedling exchanges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/02/fiona-quick-garden-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:29:50 -0500 Orkestar Bez Ime write, play their own brand of Balkan folk The five members of Orkestar Bez Ime, Croatian for "orchestra without a name," have a wide range of musical pedigrees. But they focus their energy on folk music from the Balkans and the Romani culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/28/arts/orkestar-bez-ime?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 04:00:00 -0500 In Bemidji woods, painter Marley Kaul finds a quiet rhythm, brush strokes that stick For those tired of a frozen Minnesota winter and pining for spring, Bemidji-area artist Marley Kaul's work satisfies the seasonal need with color -- red, yellow and orange. In the woods near Bemidji, Kaul, 74, paints scenes filled with plants and animals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/21/arts/marley-kaul-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:04:50 -0500 West St. Paul dance icon taps for 65 years and beyond Nancy Raddatz has taught thousands of students since she first started teaching dance in 1948 at age 12. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/12/nancy-raddatz?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:32:20 -0500 For Bemidji couple, a lifelong mission: 'Get kids excited about science' Laddie and Jim Elwell, now in their eighties, started the Headwaters Science Center to bring quality science education to a community that sorely needed it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/06/laddie-and-jim-ewell?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:42:38 -0600 'Music Man' actor Aimee K. Bryant finds strength in roles that aren't supposed to fit Bryant's current role is Marian the librarian in "The Music Man" at Ten Thousand Things theater in Minneapolis. The role often goes to blond, blue-eyed actors, which Bryant is not. She's been cast against type before as British royalty and Amelia Earhart, among others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/24/aimee-k-bryant-ten-thousand-things?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:19:11 -0600 Piece of art missed by Nazis is cared for in Minneapolis Joan Gorman is hard at work, restoring German artist Max Beckmann's "Blind Man's Buff." The 1944 work was painted in secret in Amsterdam for fear it would be confiscated and destroyed by the Nazis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/12/arts/conservator-max-beckmann?refid=0 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Minne-Loppet teaches kids how to ski and enjoy it, falls and all A gaggle of students at Pillsbury Elementary School children in north Minneapolis responded to the winter weather by sliding into snow pants and cross country ski boots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/31/minneloppet?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:16:29 -0600 In Duluth, community steps up to preserve Chester Bowl ski hill The little hill at Duluth's Chester Bowl is a throwback to a time when skiing was more community than industry, a place where kids learn to ski without their parents needing a second mortgage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/27/news/chester-bowl-ski-hill?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:04:00 -0600 Once 'terrified' of ice fishing, Minn. man now carries on tradition Ice fishing is old. You've seen the pictures. People for thousands of years have chopped a hole and waited for a fish to take a baited hook. Or they've stood silently, with their spear at the ready if they see a shadowy form move in the water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/16/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-ice-fishing?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:55:12 -0600 Minn. Historical Society archives hold treasures -- and surprises The historical society's treasure trove of history includes everything from 500-year-old travel histories by Father Louis Hennepin to bodice ripping romance novels, thrillers by Vince Flynn, and everything in between. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/09/news/historical-society-archives?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 15:15:29 -0600 For 90-year-old skier, sub-zero temps are of little concern When Roy Carlsted skis, he doesn't worry about the temperature. The 90-year-old's favorite winter activity is cross-country skiing, and on most winter days he's on the ski trails at the Como Golf Course just a mile or so from his St. Paul home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/03/news/90-year-old-skier?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 15:05:25 -0600 Counters head out for annual tally of Minn. birds For birders, the Christmas bird count is equal parts adventure, fellowship and science -- the largest and oldest citizen science project in the world, according to the Audubon Society. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/24/environment/bird-census?refid=0 Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:15:12 -0600 El Sistema music program strikes against poverty These musicians are not ready for the concert hall just yet. The mission of this north Minneapolis program is to help youngsters learn to play and appreciate music. In a new episode of Minnesota Sounds and Voices, MPR News reporter Dan Olson tells us this is also a program designed to overcome poverty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/12/arts/el-sistema-music-program?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:18:42 -0600 Lloyd Johnson is 100 and fiddling fine Minnesota's latest centenarian Lloyd Johnson, a WWII veteran and local fiddler of Swedish heritage, had two dreams: to play at the Swedish Institute -- which he did this past summer -- and to fiddle with legendary mandolin and fiddle player Peter Ostroushko. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/05/msv-lloyd-johnson-swedish-fiddler?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:27:06 -0600 A foreclosure victim's journey to a new home Faith Burns lost her home to foreclosure five years ago, even though she was up-to-date on her payments. She has since won a $20,000 settlement and now has a new home, but the emotional and financial wounds have yet to heal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/27/news/mortgage-settlement-foreclosure-victim?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 After typhoon, Philippine native in Minn. heads home to help The minute Josephine Fernandez heard about Typhoon Haiyan's devastation of the Philippines, she knew people there would be without food and water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/22/news/philippine-native-heads-home-to-help?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:26:55 -0600 Paris cafe culture with a Latin groove grows in Minnesota Amelia Rivera, who is in her final year as a voice student at the University of Minnesota School of Music, has decided to follow her muse and become a jazz vocalist. A classically trained soprano, Rivera wants to give Minnesota music lovers a taste of the Paris jazz scene. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/11/paris-cafe-culture-with-a-latin-groove-grows-in-minnesota/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:24:29 -0600 Veterans given a voice in Library of Congress collection Over coffee and cookies, 11 veterans recently shared stories with volunteers at Paradigm Court Reporting and Captioning. They will become part of the Veterans History Project which includes thousands of accounts, all available on line as transcripts, audio or video. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/11/news/library-of-congress-veteran-remembrances?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:50:23 -0600 A belated thanks to WWII volunteer for her service to troops Veterans Day today will be filled with remembrances of bravery in battle and perseverance at home. Stories like that of Red Cross volunteer, Marian Krinke, don't often get told. On a recent day, though, she led a tour from her armchair through a collection of photographs from WW II and stories that need to be heard before they disappear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/11/news/wwii-volunteer-service?refid=0 Sun, 10 Nov 2013 17:00:00 -0600 Photos: Remembering the buried and anonymous The asylums are long gone, but the unknown graves remain in Hastings and around Minnesota. Advocates for the mentally ill have pressed to find the cemeteries and identify the dead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/24/photos-remembering-buried-anonymous-graves?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Putting names on unmarked state hospital graves The dead here didn't get names, only numbers. Thousands of Minnesotans who were housed in the state's mental hospitals simply disappeared this way. The asylums are long gone, but the unknown graves remain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/23/news/remembering-those-buried-in-unmarked-graves?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Army vet offers Muslim women shelter in a storm Sisters Need A Place began informally 15 years ago as Muslim women gathered in homes around the Twin Cities to talk about life over tea and coffee. In 2004, organizers opened a permanent location for the service. Sakinah Ali Mujahid, the shelter's executive director, was honored recently by the Minnesota Humanities Commission for her achievements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/16/minnesota-sounds-andv-voices-sakinah-ali-mujahid?refid=0 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:56:29 -0500 From the archives: Polka Padre Kapoun resigns over abuse From the archives: Archbishop Harry Flynn said today that the Rev. Robert Kapoun is resigning as priest of a Prior Lake parish. A Hennepin County jury is expected to decide soon if the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis should pay punitive damages to a 28-year-old Prior Lake man who says he was molested by Kapoun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/09/catholic-church/from-the-archives-kapoun-resigns-as-parish-priest?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 01:41:17 -0500 The Millers take the scenic, horse-drawn route Life in the slow lane certainly describes Mike Miller's work. He and his wife Barb own and operate a horse drawn carriage business called The Hitching Company. You can see their rigs many nights on Twin Cities streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/26/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-minneapolis-horse-drawn-carriage?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:23:07 -0500 Mel Losh, Ojibwe quill and bead artist, wants to keep a dying tradition alive Mel Losh one of the few remaining masters of this traditional Ojibwe craft. But he worries no one is following in his footsteps to learn the fast disappearing skills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/18/mel-losh-ojibwe-quill-bead-artist?refid=0 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:29:54 -0500 Bruce Vento preserve reclaims sacred Dakota Indian site Just east of downtown St. Paul there's a 27-acre preserve named in memory of the late Minnesota congressman Bruce Vento. But the Dakota people know it as something else: Wakan Tipi, or sacred house. Before too long, the sanctuary there will include an education and interpretive center for visitors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/05/minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 13:54:30 -0500 Butch Thompson, a Minnesota jazz classic for the ages Butch Thompson's childhood fascination with cowboy tunes gave way to New Orleans-style jazz after his father took him to a Louis Armstrong concert at Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis. In the decades after came performances, played and heard, that shaped a life in music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/29/arts/butch-thompson?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:28:32 -0500 Bemidji residents use food to stitch together community On one level, Bemidji, Minn., thrives. But poverty is high and there's a racial divide. One way some residents are trying to make connections is through growing and using food differently. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/21/ground-level-american-countryside-bemidji?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500 In Milan, Micronesian immigrants add vibrancy One Minnesota community that has been able to establish a vibrant identity in the face of the pressures on rural America is Milan, near the South Dakota border. One reason has been an influx of immigrants from Micronesia -- islands in the South Pacific Ocean. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/16/ground-level-american-countryside-milan?refid=0 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:20:00 -0500 Wolf pups on Isle Royale, a howl of hope for struggling population The yips and howls of wolf pups are a welcome addition to the sounds of Isle Royale, Mich. this summer. It is a bit of surprising good news for the island's dwindling wolf population. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/08/wolf-pups-on-isle-royale-a-howl-of-hope-for-struggling-population/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:10:46 -0500 In St. Paul, Ujamaa Place offers a new start for young African-American men The nation's war on drugs has created a huge population of ex-offenders. At St. Paul's Ujamaa Place, though, there's a path for young African-American men, 17 and older, with a record. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/18/news/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-ujamaa?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:22:20 -0500 Minn. sightings of Monarch butterfly rare as population crashes Sightings are rare of the Monarch, Minnesota's state butterfly and one of its most colorful summer residents. The migrating population has crashed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/09/environment/monarch-butterfly-migration-crashes-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jul 2013 13:21:54 -0500 For Hmong American women, flag football breaks barriers The teams face tough competition on the Fourth of July weekend when teams from around the country arrive in St. Paul for the annual Hmong Freedom Celebration. That's not the only challenge they've faced, though. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/28/news/for-hmong-american-women-flag-football-breaks-barriers?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:27:42 -0500 Remembering jazz family matriarch, Jeanne Arland Peterson Jeanne Arland Peterson, the matriarch of a well-known Twin Cities jazz family, died Sunday at age 91. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/24/arts/jazz-family-matriarch-jeanne-arland-peterson?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Morris theater-goers band together to save local cinema Movie buffs and regular residents in the western Minnesota city came together to keep the theater's doors open. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/20/regional/morris-theatre-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:45:58 -0500 In frogs' croaks, Madeleine Linck hears environment's pulse Why worry about frogs? Well, for one, experts say, their numbers tell us about the health of our environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/12/environment/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-frogs?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:47:04 -0500 For U of M prof, hallucinogenic plants offer more than meets the eye To the untrained eye, a certain greenhouse of plants at the University of Minnesota may seem like nothing special. But Dennis McKenna, an ethno-pharmacologist, sees much more than that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/04/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-plants?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:10:42 -0500 Mark Lee advocates for asylum seekers: Minnesota Sounds and Voices Hundreds of people who live in Minnesota are here because they fear persecution, even death, in their home countries, says Mark Lee, a lawyer who helps refugees win asylum in the United States. "They're beaten and abused in ways that is hard to imagine." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/28/mark-lee-asylum-seekers-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Tue, 28 May 2013 15:30:10 -0500 Reviving the 'community sing' tradition: Minnesota Sounds and Voices The arrival of warm weather in Minneapolis marks a new beginning for "singing season," a nod to the past when thousands of people flocked to Minneapolis parks to sing together for the fun of it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/17/arts/community-sing-powderhorn-park?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 13:04:31 -0500 Remembering ornithologist Thomas Sadler Roberts: Minnesota Sounds and Voices Along with spring, migratory birds are back. More than a century ago, their seasonal arrival was the object of intense interest by one of the state's most important ornithologists, Thomas Sadler Roberts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/14/arts/ornithologist-thomas-sadler-roberts?refid=0 Tue, 14 May 2013 14:02:32 -0500 St. Paul piper takes love for Celtic music around the state St. Paul bagpipe player Dick Hensold is inspired by the traditional Celtic music heard in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Hensold wants more Minnesotans to hear the music, so he's invited a Cape Breton fiddler to join him on a swing around Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/02/arts/pipes-player-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 16:04:33 -0500 Drama of real Holocaust survival brought to Twin Cities stage Erwin Farkas was 10 years old when World War II began in 1939. His subsequent Holocaust survival is one of eight that have been woven together in a new Twin Cities theatrical production. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/24/arts/erwin-farkas-holocaust-survival-theater-production-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:16:03 -0500 A passion for falconry: Minnesota Sounds and Voices A White Bear Lake man has a passion for an activity -- falconry -- that dates back thousands of years. Falconry is the practice of capturing and training raptors to hunt. It's a way of life for Frank Taylor, the man we meet in this installment of our series Minnesota Sounds and Voices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/news/passion-for-falconry-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:58:08 -0500 African-American dialect the heart of Penumbra's 'Spunk' Anthropologist and author Zora Neale Hurston had an ear for the African American dialect of the early 1900s. People would "grab a hot," which means get a meal, or, "collar a nod," get some sleep. Many of the expressions are gone now, but they have new life on stage at the Penumbra Theater's production of "Spunk" in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/05/arts/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-zora-neale-hurston-dialects?refid=0 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 15:00:31 -0500 At Bridging, Fran Heitzman connects the needy with furnishings others discard A non-profit founded in 1987 by the 88-year-old Heitzman at a suburban Twin Cities church, Bridging has grown into one of North America's largest furniture stores in which customers too poor to pay can shop for free. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/27/news/bridging-fran-heitzman-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:30:50 -0500 Yearning for spring? It's always summer at Marjorie McNeely Conservatory "Think about it. We're in Minnesota. It's snowing," Margaret Yeakel-Twum said the other day from the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, next to the Como Zoo in St. Paul. "And you walk in here and it's 75 degrees. It's green." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/20/arts/yearning-for-spring-its-always-summer-at-marjorie-mcneely-conservatory?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:12:01 -0500 Dulcimer virtuoso Karen Mueller tunes up for a classical excursion Karen Mueller is one of the country's top dulcimer and autoharp players, classically trained, steeped in Appalachian, Celtic and folk music. But this weekend, the Minneapolis musician tries something new: performing a rarely heard classical work with a chamber group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/arts/dulcimer-virtuoso-karen-mueller?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 14:37:08 -0500 Cathedral of St. Paul's new, mighty pipe organ: Minnesota Sounds and Voices A pipe organ worth the name should cause dress hems and pant cuffs to flutter just a bit. And the refurbished instrument at the Cathedral of St. Paul ought to do just that when it goes into service on March 30. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/01/cathedral-of-st-paul-new-mighty-pipe-organ-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:42:45 -0600 Yong Jiang tends the Minnesota bridge to China: Minnesota Sounds and Voices Minnesota is about 6,000 miles from China, but a 93-year-old Chinese scholar has made the state his home. In the process, he's become one of the University of Minnesota's oldest and most loyal alums and played a supporting role with a new wave of Chinese students flocking to the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/20/yong-jiang-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:12:38 -0600 Band brings Hawaiian music to Minnesota The closest many people in the continental United States come to the Hawaiian Islands and their music is likely from poor interpretations offered by television shows or old movies. Minnesotans who want to hear a more authentic sampling of Hawaii's rich musical heritage can take heart in the work of the Lau Hawaiian Collective. We http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/12/arts/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-lau-hawaiian-collective?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 06:00:01 -0600 Meet Mel Dickie, a 92-year-old substitute teacher and fishing rod master Rochester resident Mel Dickie, 92, has taught hundreds of kids how to make custom fishing rods in community education classes. And two years ago, at age 90, he became a substitute teacher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/31/arts/mel-dickie-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:35:35 -0600 Minnesota artist Charles Beck celebrates 90 with strong artistic vision Nature is often the subject of Minnesotan Charles Beck's art. Beck, a master woodcut artist, draws on the natural environment in prints that capture his modern views of the surrounding landscape -- with its wooded hills and lakes, and nearby flat farm fields of the Red River valley. Beck is being honored this weekend as he celebrates his 90th birthday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/25/art/woodcarver-artist-charles-beck-honored-on-his-90th-birthday?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:00:00 -0600 Reading Corps guides immigrant children into mastery of English When charter school principal Bondo Nyembwe sees a classroom filled with the children of immigrants, he feels a professional and personal commitment to help them learn to speak English. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/14/arts/reading-corps-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:31:56 -0600 Kaivama: Lighting dark winters with Finnish folk music A Minnesota-based duo called Kaivama is dedicated to preserving and expanding the Finnish folk music tradition. And as we speak, its two members are tuning up for their midwinter tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/02/arts/kaivama-finnish-folk-music?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 14:06:41 -0600 Minnesota Sounds & Voices: Dean McFarlane, last in a line of stone carvers Dean McFarlane is a 10th-generation master stone carver. His great-grandfather started the Minneapolis-based family stone carving company in 1916. But the line ends with McFarlane: There are no family members waiting in the wings to become master stone carvers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/27/arts/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-mcfarlane-stone-carver?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 15:07:30 -0600 Jon Drew's 126-year-old letterpress: Minnesota Sounds and Voices There is an alternative to mass-produced holiday greeting cards: Those that are printed, one at a time, on a 126-year old letterpress. And this year, Jon Drew is making the cards as a labor of love, for the widow of the high school teacher who taught him the craft. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/arts/jon-drew-letterpress-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 13:33:42 -0600 'La Natividad' tells the nativity story as an immigrant's tale The Spanish-English production by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater blends the "no room at the inn" Bible story with current events. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/arts/la-natividad-immigration-story?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:45:10 -0600 Lutefisk and pickled herring: The Olsen Fish Company keeps tradition alive It seems as though nearly every ethnic group has an exotic fish specialty, and Scandinavian Americans claim two: lutefisk and pickled herring. On assembly lines at the Olsen Fish Company in Minneapolis they cater to both, packing thousands of pounds of preserved fish into jars and boxes every year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/04/lutefisk-pickled-herring-olsen-fish-company-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2012 14:49:28 -0600 Paul Severson finds his calling with Project Haiti: Minnesota Sounds and Voices When Minnesota surgeon Paul Severson first visited Haiti more than 20 years ago, the health care needs of that Caribbean nation went beyond anything he had ever seen. Severson founded Minnesota-based Project Haiti in response. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/21/arts/pail-severson-finds-calling-with-project-haiti-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:12:23 -0600 Carnatic music master Nirmala Rajasekar passes on love for music Nirmala Rajasekar's childhood was filled with the Carnatic music of her native southern India. As a toddler she remembers being a performer in search of a microphone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/14/arts/nirmala-rajasekar-carnatic-tradition-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 14:52:46 -0600 Balsam fir wreath making a sticky, rewarding business Sam and Jenny McFadden run Jen's Wreaths, a balsam fir wreath business in Deer River, Minn. It's hard, sticky work, but the McFaddens say it's worth it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/09/business/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-balsam-fir-wreaths?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 13:47:20 -0600 One says pierogi, another says pyrohy: Comfort food at St. Constantine Dumplings are a part of many ethnic food traditions. But in Minnesota Sounds and Voices this week, we're interested in potato-dumpling comfort food that can be traced back generations to the pierogi of Poland and the pyrohy in Ukrainian. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/25/arts/pierogi-pyrohy-comfort-food-at-saint-constantine?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:15:40 -0500 Zookeeper Pete Lee prefers the real thing, not Animal Planet When it's feeding time at the Como Zoo in St. Paul, Pete Lee heads out to experience something that Animal Planet and YouTube can't provide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/23/arts/zookeeper-pete-lee-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:29:02 -0500 Potter Donovan Palmquist builds kilns to fire others' creations Donovan Palmquist, a potter who lives near Farmington, discovered that the best way to earn a living while creating his art is to build the kilns that other potters need. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/19/arts/potter-donovan-palmquist-kiln-builder?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 14:47:19 -0500 Dick Kimmel on saving turkeys and traditional American music: Minnesota Sounds and Voices Dick Kimmel spent more than 30 years helping restore Minnesota's wild turkey population. Now he's working on restoring the state's population of bluegrass pickers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/05/arts/dick-kimmel-bluegrass-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 15:46:30 -0500 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Ojibwe women singers learn from their ancestors' voices A group of women singers from the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation have found artistic success and learned more about their own culture and language in the process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/27/arts/oshskii-giizhik-fon-du-lac-reservation-female-singers?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:37:42 -0500 Norm Teigan adopts a highway: Minnesota Sounds and Voices Every year, Adopt-a-Highway volunteers pick up an average of 26,000 tons of trash. One of those volunteers is 69-year-old Norm Teigan, who lives in Hopkins. He's been at it ever since retiring as an insurance claims adjuster. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/norm-teigan-adopt-a-highway-volunteer?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:00:47 -0500 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Ron Bowen profits from prairie preservation Every year around about this time, a Minnesota businessman brings in an unusual harvest: seeds from native prairie plants. He aims to help preserve those species -- at a profit -- as their habitat slowly shrinks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/19/environment/ron-bowen-profits-from-prairie-preservation?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:55:05 -0500 Blowing the shofar, heralding the Jewish new year The two-day Rosh Hashana holiday, which began at sundown on Sunday, commemorates the creation of the world in the Jewish calendar. It's ushered in with prayers and the blowing of a shofar, a horn carved from a kosher animal. Minnesota Sounds and Vices reporter Dan Olson visited a school in St. Paul to learn how the tradition is being passed to a new generation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/17/arts/shofar-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 14:52:08 -0500 Sheldon Wolfchild's view of the US-Dakota War: Minnesota Sounds and Voices Sheldon Wolfchild from the Lower Sioux Agency in southern Minnesota says few Americans understand what caused the US-Dakota War of 1862. And he said he recognizes that emotions run high on all sides. Still, he's firm on this: The Dakota people didn't cause the war. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/arts/sheldon-wolfchild-minnesota-sounds-and-voices?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 14:58:40 -0500 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Jef VanSyoc, blacksmith Minnesota Sounds and Voices reporter Dan Olson wondered, Who has the hottest job in the hot weather this summer? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/05/arts/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-jef-vansyov-blacksmith?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2012 08:33:10 -0500 Minnesota Sounds & Voices: Blacksmithing is so yesterday Blacksmith work, especially in a piping hot Minnesota summer, is not for the faint of heart. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/09/blacksmithing-is-so-yesterday.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 21:38:37 -0500 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: White settlers' voices in US-Dakota War exhibit Jan Klein, a descendant of white settlers killed in the US- Dakota War of 1862, wants to make sure her ancestors aren't forgotten, and she was one of 85 people who advised the Minnesota Historical Society on its exhibit about that war. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-jan-klein-voice-of-white-settlers-in-us-dakota-war-exhibit?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:38:42 -0500 Drones: Costs key to law enforcement use How rapidly police deploy drones and what they use them for will be largely determined by how much they cost. But before drones become accessible to the average department, various players are working through a lot of issues, such as how exactly they will be used and how to protect personal privacy. http://live.mprnews.org/Event/Cops_and_Drones?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 19:56:17 -0500 Historical accounts of U.S.-Dakota War change through years Historians agree that the U. S. - Dakota War of 1862 was one of Minnesota's most momentous events. That part of the state's history has been documented and shared by people who have a range of perspectives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/17/arts/msv-us-dakota-war-history?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Sounds & Voices: Author George Black If Yellowstone is part of your summer travel plans you may be interested to hear that a Minnesotan played a key role in creation of the country's first national park. Nathaniel Pitt Langford's life rivals any wild West shoot em up story. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/08/taming-the-west-by-stringing-em-up.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 17:15:42 -0500 Yellowstone Park's first leader, from St. Paul to the Wild West If Yellowstone is part of your summer travel plans, you may be interested to hear that a Minnesotan played a key role in creation of the country's first national park. Nathaniel Pitt Langford of St. Paul was Yellowstone's first superintendent. But he was much more than that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/05/arts/langford-yellowstone?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 11:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Sounds & Voices: Mom has daughters singing from childhood to adulthood This quartet has been singing together nearly 20 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/30/arts/msv-gospel?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jul 2012 19:17:31 -0500 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary Tucked away in Wirth Park on the western edge of Minneapolis, the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary's 15 acres is a small slice of woodland, bog and prairie respite from city life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/16/arts/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-eloise-butler-wildflower-garden-bird-sanctuary?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:51:59 -0500 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Floating the St. Croix River's history The St. Croix River has been in the news a lot of late, owing to the controversy over the new bridge that will link Highway 36 in Minnesota to Highway 64 in Wisconsin. But this summer, the river becomes something else. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/10/arts/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-st-croix-river-tour?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:43:16 -0500 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: The medicine in Michael Charette's Indian flutes Michael Charette says he learned to play the flute in off hours from his day job as a baker. And he says smiles from people eating his baked goods give him the same good feeling he gets from making music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/06/arts/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-michael-charette-indian-flutes?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2012 12:43:08 -0500 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Helina Leino Pakola's singing strings Helina Leino Pakola was a talented violinist headed for the concert stage in her native Finland. And then life threw her a curve ball. "My career was destroyed by falling in love with a man!" she laughs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/22/arts/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-helina-leino-pakola-singing-strings?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 14:45:44 -0500 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: This cafe gets strangers to talk "The Conversationalist's Cafe" provides a menu of topics to encourage Minnesotans to talk to one another. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/06/can-we-talk.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 16:40:01 -0500 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Salah Fattah and the Egyptian music of Amwaaj Salah Fattah can pinpoint the moment the music bug bit him. He was 12 years old; the family was living in Cairo. He and his older brother were at a theater watching Charlie Chaplin's movie, "Limelight." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/11/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-salah-fattah-egyptian-music-amwaaj?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 14:23:34 -0500 Meteorites are valuable but hard to find in Minnesota Meteorites play a role in Minnesota's mineral wealth. And some meteorites are more valuable than gold. The problem is finding them, according to a leading expert on meteorites at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/01/meteorites-are-valuable-but-hard-to-find-in-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 22:08:11 -0500 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: The Spin Collective dancers The sun is setting on Lake Superior as members of the Spin Collective dancers soak small kevlar orbs in fuel and set them afire. Then, wielding them at the end of chains or long metal arms, they begin twirling the orbs in what's called a poi dance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/24/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-spin-collective?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2012 13:40:06 -0500 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Dan Turpening's deep, wide devotion to the accordion An accordion played outdoors evokes scenes of Paris in the springtime. Or, in the case of local accordion player Dan Turpening, Minneapolis in May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/08/arts/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-accordionist-dan-turpening?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 14:24:09 -0500 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Morris Dancers welcome spring in a centuries-old tradition Every year on May Day at a park in Minneapolis, Morris Dancers strap bells to their shins, sing, shout and clack sticks to mark the change of the seasons. It's a 500 year-old folk tradition from England that has sunk deep roots here in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-morris-dancers?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 14:26:05 -0500 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Opera 'Parables' asks big religious questions Do people who are Muslims, Jews or Christians ever think about the other religion's God? That's one of the questions posed in "Parables," which opens tonight at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/19/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-parables?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Macalester bagpipe director Mike Breidenbach The penetrating wail of a Scottish Highland bagpipe doesn't leave much middle ground. Either you're a fan of the stirring, toe tapping tunes the instrument can produce, or its sounds send you racing for cover. Macalester College piping director Mike Breidenbach audibly falls into the fan category. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-macalester-bagpiper?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:17:19 -0500 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Jane Belau's piano soothes Mayo patients Jane Belau volunteers her time every Monday and Thursday morning to play the piano in the Mayo Clinic's Gonda Building lobby. Her music entices others to sing and dance, as well as lift the spirits of patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-jane-belau?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 13:46:52 -0500 Former Star Tribune publisher, arts patron John Cowles dies at 82 According to the Star Tribune website, Cowles was surrounded by his family when he died Saturday evening. He had lung cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/18/former-star-tribune-publisher-cowles-dies?refid=0 Sun, 18 Mar 2012 13:38:13 -0500 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: A Somali family reunification The war in Somalia does not produce a lot of good news. But in our new episode of Minnesota Sounds and Voices, we heard some first hand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/15/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-somali-reunification?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 14:50:22 -0500 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Olga Zoltai, hero to refugees For her work resettling Hmong refugees, Olga Zoltai will be one of the recipients of this year's Immigrant of Distinction Award, named by the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-olga-zoltai?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 14:27:10 -0600 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: 'Stand Up!' author traces Minnesota's protest tradition As far as Minnesota protest movements go, the Occupy movement is nothing new, writer and historian Rhoda Gilman at the Minnesota Historical Society says in her new book, "Stand Up! The Story of Minnesota's Protest Tradition." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/23/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-stand-up-author?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 15:15:20 -0600 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Flamingo Bingo in Rochester The Flamingo Bingo charitable bingo operation in Rochester last year returned $90,000 to its operator, the Rochester Senior Center Foundation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/16/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-flamingo-bingo?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:11:45 -0600 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Mu Daiko's drummers pound out tradition The rhythmic pounding of a 4,000-year-old Japanese drumming tradition will pulse through Minnesota in the coming weeks as the St. Paul-based Mu Daiko drumming ensemble embarks on its 15th anniversary tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/10/mu-daiko?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:28:56 -0600 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Distance skater Horace Munoz, Jr With the unseasonably warm weather this February across Minnesota, the sound of skate blades on ice feels increasingly endangered. But not at the Guidant John Rose Minnesota skating oval in Roseville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/03/minnesota-souonds-and-voices-skater-horace-munoz?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 11:55:14 -0600 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Paul Iaizzo is the Visible Heart Lab's beating core The University of Minnesota's Visible Heart lab is the only place in the world where researchers can study beating hearts outside the body. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/27/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-visible-heart-lab?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 14:09:25 -0600 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Rose Hollermann, wheelchair basketball star Meet 16-year-old Rose Hollermann of rural Elysian, the youngest woman ever to have been picked to represent the United States in wheelchair basketball at the paralympics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/12/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-hollerman-wheelchair-basketball?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2012 13:08:25 -0600 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Pastor retires from ministering to recovering addicts "The end of our disease is death or recovery," the Rev. Jo Campe says of the addiction to alcohol that prompted him to contemplate suicide nearly 17 years ago. "There aren't any other options." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/28/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-rev-jo-campe?refid=0 Wed, 28 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0600 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: The celestial sound of handbells Handbell choir performances around our region reach a peak during the holidays. Minnesota Sounds and Voices reporter Dan Olson recently spoke with Betty Fletcher Mast, a matriarch of the Minnesota handbell scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/20/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-handbells?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2011 13:04:09 -0600 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Ignore 'The Birds,' embrace the crows As they do with the coming of winter every year, thousands upon thousands of crows -- maybe even millions -- have started to swarm, caw and roost each night in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/07/minnesota-sounds-voices-crows-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 16:00:00 -0600 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: U's homework help benefits Mpls. Hmong kids Over the past four years more than a hundred north Minneapolis Hmong residents have benefited from the homework help program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/02/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-hmong-homework-help?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 15:27:21 -0600 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Reaching for the music in a young prisoner's soul Every week, Bea Hasselmann walks past the razor wire-topped security fence and into the state's oldest juvenile detention facility to show young men how music can affect the soul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/25/bea-hasselmann-prison-choir?refid=0 Fri, 25 Nov 2011 14:00:00 -0600 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Immersed in the Dakota language The number of native speakers of the Dakota language is dwindling, but one teacher is keeping it alive to preserve a culture and a way of life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/16/dakota-immersion-program?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Preserving Chaska's Seminary Fen Seminary Fen, on the edge of the Twin Cities with its prairie sedge, swamp thistle, goldenrod and marsh marigolds, has had its share of threats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/02/seminary-fen-minnesota-sounds-voices?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2011 14:16:01 -0500 Kwame McDonald, long-time Minn. civil rights activist, dies Long-time Minnesota civil rights activist Kwame McDonald organized community athletic opportunities for young people and was a pioneer in covering women's sports. He died Wednesday at age 80. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/27/kwame-mcdonald-obit?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2011 14:13:38 -0500 Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Forging ties with autumn leaves The leaves that paint the landscape burnt orange and bright red can just as easily forge ties to the land and other Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/26/minnesota-sounds-and-voices-leaves?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Messiah Men's Choir: Minnesota Sounds and Voices Instead of coming up through church choirs or music conservatories, the members of the Messiah's Men choir found their voices together, after escaping their civil war-ravaged homeland of Liberia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/17/messiahs-men?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 14:50:22 -0500 Venture North Bike Walk and Coffee opens Saturday The Venture North Bike Walk and Coffee shop opens for business this weekend. The shop is a partnership, underwritten by the city, to help instill work ethic and skills in young employees and promote exercise and health habits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/07/venture-north-bike?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 17:45:36 -0500 Fewer drunk drivers on Minn. roads Fewer drunk drivers are on Minnesota roads, reflecting a national trend reported by the Centers for Disease Control. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/06/fewer-drunk-drivers-on-minn-roads?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2011 16:56:52 -0500 St. Paul schools launch enrollment campaign Public school officials today launched a campaign to attract more students to the district, even as enrollment is rising. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/05/st-paul-schools-enrollment-campaign?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 14:54:00 -0500 University police make arrest with aid of 'bait bike' University of Minnesota police say their decoy bike helped them arrest a campus bike thief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/04/university-police-bait-bike?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:23:50 -0500 Federal disability benefits could end for as many as 700 resident immigrants Federal disability benefits ended today for 89 Minnesota residents, many with military ties to the United States' war in Vietnam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/30/federal-disability-benefits-resident-immigrants?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 19:05:12 -0500 Labor Secretary Solis speaks in support of jobs plan U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis spoke in Minneapolis to drum up support for the President's jobs plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/29/labor-secretary-solis-speaks-in-support-of-jobs-plan?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 18:23:12 -0500 Ash borer researchers probe felled Summit Ave. trees Researchers are examining recently felled ash trees in St. Paul to learn more about the emerald ash borer infestation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/29/ash-borer-researchers-probe-felled-summit-avenue-trees?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 12:16:55 -0500 24-hour bike facility to open at U of M A new bike center opens Thursday for University of Minnesota students on the Minneapolis east bank campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/28/24hour-bike-facility-to-open-at-u-of-m?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 No new deadline for plan to replace St. Croix bridge Minnesota transportation officials say there is no deadline for finalizing funding plans for a new St. Croix bridge near Stillwater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/28/nodeadline-replace-st-croix-bridge?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 18:31:30 -0500 Central Corridor meeting minority hiring goals, officials say Central Corridor light rail officials say the project's two prime contractors are meeting goals for hiring women and minorities as part of the workforce. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/27/central-corridor-minority-hiring?refid=0 Tue, 27 Sep 2011 15:02:14 -0500 Emerald ash borer nears St. Paul's Summit Ave. Minnesota Department of Agriculture entomologist Mark Abrahamson said the ash trees near the intersection of Dale and Kent in St. Paul may have been infected by emerald ash borers spreading from a nearby neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/26/emerald-ash-borer-summit-avenue?refid=0 Tue, 27 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Hennepin County lands $7 million in federal lead-abatement grants Lead-based paint is thought to be present in tens of thousands of homes dating to the 1940s, mostly in Minneapolis, but also in St. Paul and Ramsey County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/26/hennepin-county-lead-abatement-grants?refid=0 Mon, 26 Sep 2011 15:07:20 -0500 Minority home ownership rate declines again Minnesota's minority home ownership rate has declined again. New Census numbers show the drop off is a prolonged trend of four years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/22/minority-home-ownership-rate-declines-again?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Freed funds to buy more rail cars, construction improvements for Central Corridor project A contingency fund and surplus when contractor bids came in lower than expected will allow the Central Corridor project to purchase more rail cars and address the problem of storm water runoff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/21/additional-funds-buys-more-rail-cars-construction-improvements-for-central-corridor-proje?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Central Corridor project accesses $155M, may aid University Ave. businesses The project meets a construction deadline releasing $155 million in contingency funds that will be used for purchasing more rail cars, covering surprise expenses, and funding a marketing campaign aimed at boosting business along University Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/central-corridor-mitigation-fund?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Investigation uncovers real estate kickback scheme State officials say they have revoked the real estate licenses of people involved in an alleged scheme to profit from inflating prices of property. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/real-estate-scheme?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 16:27:28 -0500 Study shows nation's largest racial disparity for unemployment in Minneapolis Experts delivered bleak statistics on minority unemployment based on findings that the rate of unemployed African Americans in Minneapolis is three-times that of whites, the highest disparity in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/15/study-largest-racial-disparity-unemployment?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 20:38:51 -0500 Nation's largest racial disparity for unemployment in Twin Cities A study finds the unemployment rate four times greater for African Americans than for Whites in the Twin Cities — the widest disparity in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/14/nations-largest-racial-disparity-for-unemployment-in-twin-cities?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2011 18:06:14 -0500 Minneapolis police pension fund OKs merger Members of the Minneapolis police pension fund voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to merge with a state pension fund, in a move that will save city taxpayers millions of dollars a year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/13/minneapolis-pension-fund-vote?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 16:03:48 -0500 Rybak budget proposal does not raise property tax; keeps last year's levy Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's proposed 2012 budget does not include a property tax increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/12/mpls-mayor-rybak-budget-proposal-does-not-raise-property-tax?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 14:52:19 -0500 $5M awarded to Duluth-Twin Cities passenger rail line The return of passenger rail service from the Twin Cities to Duluth is a step closer to reality Friday after Federal transportation officials announced $5 million for the Northern Lights project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/09/northern-lights-rail-line-grant?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2011 14:00:31 -0500 Medicaid fraud investigators may be missing the big-time cheats State officials say the recent conviction of Anita Soledolu on Medicaid fraud charges sends a message to others stealing public assistance dollars. But others say the health care fraud perpetrated by mom-and-pop-sized operations is small compared to the misdeeds of big companies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/05/medicaid-fraud-investigators-may-be-missing-big-time-cheats?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Attorney sues to keep rent subsidies for foreclosed apartment building Residents in Brooklyn Center rent-subsidized apartment building left in limbo after foreclosure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/30/attorney-sues-to-keep-rent-subsidies-for-foreclosed-apartment-building?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:39:50 -0500 Central Corridor recovers from seasonal delays The Central Corridor project has recovered from early season construction delays caused by wet weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/29/central-corridor-recovers-seasonal-delays?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:36:06 -0500 Report: Stillwater bridge still safe, but repairs needed MnDOT officials say the bridge is safe for the 17,900 vehicles that cross it daily, but they have imposed additional weight restrictions and are making temporary repairs on the span. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/29/stillwater-bridge-still-safe-but-repairs-needed?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:29:22 -0500 12 plead guilty to drug trafficking Twelve people have pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and selling methamphetamine in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/23/12-plead-guilty-to-drug-trafficking?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:07:40 -0500 Xcel to complete conversion of coal power plant to natural gas Xcel Energy says it wants to complete the conversion of one of its Minnesota power plants from coal to natural gas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/23/xcel-power-plant-conversion?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Unreported crime presents incomplete picture for police A new survey reveals that a significant proportion of crime in Minnesota goes unreported. Crime is reportedly down, but the results make it clear that the police record is incomplete. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/22/unreported-crime-presents-incomplete-picture-for-police?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2011 17:12:06 -0500 New state position to investigate fraud, spending on human services State names inspector general to detect fraud and recover money improperly spent on human services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/18/new-state-position-to-investigate-fraud-spending-on-human-services?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 18:00:37 -0500 Weight restrictions put in place on St. Croix lift bridge New, temporary weight restrictions go into effect Thursday for heavy trucks using the Stillwater lift bridge across the St. Croix River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/17/lift-bridge-weight-restrictions?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 17:54:45 -0500 Completion of bridge projects delayed The state government shutdown and high water levels will delay completion of the Hastings and Lafayette bridges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/16/completion-of-bridge-projects-delayed?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 15:57:01 -0500 Boy Scouts give historic outpost a new mission The Boy Scouts successfully navigated the bureaucratic thicket that manages the historic Upper Post, opening their new North Star Council Base Camp in October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/upper-post?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Teachable moments sprout like fresh shoots at youth garden This summer's volatile weather has made gardening a challenge. However, that's not deterring Twin Cities young people in the Youth Farm and Market Project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/08/youth-garden?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Hiawatha light rail back in service The Hiawatha light rail is back in service, after a downed power line interrupted service earlier today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/05/hiawatha-power-line?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2011 11:17:40 -0500 200 homeowners allegedly defrauded in loan modification scam An Eden Prairie-based loan modification company is accused of taking homeowners' money but not modifying their loans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/04/200-homeowners-allegedly-defrauded-in-loan-modification-scam?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 20:08:50 -0500 Minneapolis neighbors draw together on National Night Out A National Night Out event in north Minneapolis Tuesday evening drew a crowd due in part to free food and entertainment donated by local churches and businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/03/national-night-out?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 21:33:57 -0500 Hundreds turn out to dedication of 35W bridge memorial Hundreds of people turned out in downtown Minneapolis Monday for the dedication of a remembrance garden, in memorial of the 35W bridge victims and survivors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/01/35w-bridge-memorial?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 MnDOT won't extend Sept. deadline for Stillwater bridge planning Minnesota transportation officials are holding to a Sept. 30 deadline for having a new St. Croix bridge plan in place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/29/stillwater-bridge-deadline?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2011 15:12:48 -0500 List expands to 117 proposed post office closures in MN An expanded list proposes closing 117 U.S. post offices in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/26/post-office-closings?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 16:34:18 -0500 Minn. budget deal doesn't sit well with lay political watchers Some Democrats are upset that DFL Gov. Mark Dayton gave up his push for higher taxes on the state's wealthiest residents, while some Republicans wanted deeper cuts in state spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/22/partisan-reaction-to-budget-deal?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2011 16:05:45 -0500 For unemployed homeowners facing foreclosure, deadline Friday for federal help Minnesota homeowners facing foreclosure because of unemployment or underemployment have one more day to apply for up to $50,000 of help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/federal-help-for-unemployed-homeowners-deadline?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 15:05:07 -0500 Transportation bill to make improvement, but falls short of need The nearly $500 million bonding bill signed into law Wednesday will borrow $10 million for local road maintenance and safety improvements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/budget-transportation-bill?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:54:56 -0500 State transportation cuts lessened under agreement The transportation bill agreed to as part of the state budget agreement doesn't cut transit funding as deeply as originally proposed and even contains some additional money for road maintenance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/19/transportation-bill?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 14:51:15 -0500 HUD rejects controversial bid for Minn. rent-subsidized apartments Federal housing officials have rejected a bid from a controversial New York City property owner to buy a Brooklyn Center apartment building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/18/emmanuel-ku-apartment-bid-rejected?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 13:58:48 -0500 End of shutdown nears, but money tight for some contractors Until lawmakers approve a new budget early this week, 22,000 state employees will remain out of work along with thousands of private sector workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/18/private-contractors-shutdown?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Judge considers request to resume road projects A petition from two key Minnesota GOP lawmakers today to order work to resume on many of the state's shuttered road projects was taken under advisement by the judge appointed to rule on essential government services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/shutdown-road-repair-petition-denied?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 14:36:21 -0500 Stillwater residents propose alternate bridge plan A group of Stillwater residents and river protection organizations proposed a more modest bridge that will cost half as much as the existing plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/proposed-st-croix-bridge?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Alternative Stillwater bridge plan to be released today Supporters of an alternative Stillwater bridge plan say they'll release details of the proposal this Tuesday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/12/alternative-stillwater-bridge-plan?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 09:24:26 -0500 FHA to offer 12-month grace period to unemployed borrowers The Federal Housing Administration will offer a 12-month grace period on federally-backed mortgages to out-of-work borrowers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/08/foreclosure-fha-mortgage-grace-period?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 14:01:28 -0500 Counties try to cope with effects of state shutdown Minnesota's two most populous counties say nearly all their services are intact on day six of the state government shutdown. However, officials in the two counties say they are worried about timely arrival of state dollars which fund many of their services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/shutdown-county-impact?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 16:53:26 -0500 Friday memorial for Maplewood Marine killed in Afghanistan A Marine from Maplewood is Minnesota's most recent casualty in the war in Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/chad-frokjer-usmc-obit?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2011 19:45:22 -0500 Central Corridor construction to continue in shutdown Construction is continuing on the Central Corridor light rail project between Minneapolis and St. Paul, despite a state government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/central-corridor-shutdown?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 14:57:19 -0500 Q & A: How will the shutdown affect roads? Metro Transit buses and trains are operating on normal schedules, the Stillwater Lift Bridge is open, but road construction projects have stopped. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/roads-shutdown-q-and-a?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 08:09:34 -0500 Shutdown would halt construction projects, strand workers A government shutdown would also suspend electrical inspections required by law for nearly all construction projects, effectively slowing building projects to a halt and potentially stranding workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/shutdown-electrical-inspection?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 15:51:53 -0500 Jobs, service on the line as transit faces unprecedented cuts Proposed cuts to Twin Cities bus service could put more than 500 employees out of jobs and eliminate more than 200 bus routes during peak hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/27/metro-transit-cuts?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2011 17:17:27 -0500 Officials prep for shutdown-related transit disruptions Twin Cities transit officials say they can keep the buses and trains running on reserve funds for a few weeks if there's a state government shutdown, but they're making plans for fare increases and route reductions if an eventual budget agreement cuts their funds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/24/shutdown-transportation?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2011 15:58:20 -0500 4 charged in 'sophisticated' mortgage fraud scheme Prosecutors on Wednesday charged two Twin Cities men and a Hudson, Wis. couple with racketeering in an alleged mortgage fraud scheme that started in 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/22/mortgage-fraud-charges?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 11:57:56 -0500 Expect further investigation, crackdown on fraud violations The sweeping extent of fraud in the mortgage and foreclosure crisis has the public clamoring for the government to punish those involved in the meltdown, most recently, two Twin Cities men who were found guilty of racketeering. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/21/foreclosures-mortgage-fraud-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:32:07 -0500 Minn. men convicted of mortgage racketeering A Hennepin County jury has convicted two Twin Cities men of racketeering in a major mortgage fraud case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/20/mortgage-racketeering-convictions?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 12:33:06 -0500 Doctors asked to help identify victims of fraud Scams that target the elderly cause losses in the millions of dollars. A new program in Minn. encourages medical staff to ask older patients whether they've been the victim of fraud, or look for signs of stress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/16/fraud-seniors-doctors?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 19:02:57 -0500 Veteran lawmaker state Sen. Linda Scheid, 68, dies Veteran Minnesota lawmaker Linda Scheid today in hospice care after a six-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 68. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/15/scheid-obit?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 21:02:40 -0500 Bid for Minn. rent-subsidized apartments alarms tenants, advocates A real estate investor described as a problem property owner is trying to buy rent-subsidized apartment buildings in Minnesota. Advocates worry he'll convert the apartments to market-rate housing that many residents can't afford. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/08/problem-investor?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2011 14:00:00 -0500 Officials prep for release of wasps to battle ash borer State officials this week will release stingless wasps in several Twin Cities neighborhoods to try to control the spread of emerald ash borers that kill ash trees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/06/ash-borer-stingless-wasps?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis hopes feds help pay for storm cleanup Minneapolis officials are hoping federal disaster assistance will help pay recovery costs from the tornado that struck the city's north side nearly two weeks ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/03/tornado-federal-aid?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 15:00:10 -0500 Clean air advocates predict more respiratory issues if ozone standards not lowered Environmental advocates predict an increase in human respiratory problems unless the government acts to lower ozone standards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/03/clean-air?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 07:42:07 -0500 Birds' greatest urban predator: The city skyline Audubon Minnesota is in its fifth year of research looking into how many birds are being killed by flying into buildings and what can be done to reduce the number. In the Twin Cities, Audubon Minnesota collected 1,400 dead birds from 2007 to 2009, representing 100 different species -- mostly songbirds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/31/project-birdsafe?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Catholic Charities plans a new homeless shelter for Minneapolis The new 336-bed facility called is Higher Ground. Catholic Charities CEO Tim Marx said it replaces what Catholic Charities intended as a temporary homeless shelter that is now 15 years old. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/homeless-shelter?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 19:10:52 -0500 Officials detail rerouted buses, 'exclusion zone' in tornado-hit area Minneapolis officials have closed a large portion of north Minneapolis to traffic, because of damage caused by Sunday's tornado and the clean-up efforts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/23/tornado-transportation-issues?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 12:36:56 -0500 Senior citizen transit facing cuts as needs increase Although demand for senior citizen transit systems will grow in coming years, expected budget cuts have put them in a "state of crisis," according to some in the industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/19/elderly-transit?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2011 15:43:26 -0500 Report: Number of homeless children in Minn. at 20-year high A new report from St. Paul-based Wilder Research estimates there are 4,500 homeless children on any given night in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/18/homless-children-report?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 16:30:47 -0500 Lowertown yet to feel benefits of Central Corridor The state's largest public works project ever has been a huge payday for thousands of workers, but some of the businesses along the line report sharp revenue losses as construction blocks access to them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/12/lowertown?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Mayors, school leaders decry GOP education bill Mayors and superintendents from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth say the bill would cut literacy programs for children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/12/education-protest?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 19:13:36 -0500 Census shows Minnesota's population aging New census data released Thursday show Minnesota's population of seniors is rapidly growing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/12/twin-cities-census-aging-living-alone?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 11:27:39 -0500 Feds give Northern Lights project $5 million The proposed Northern Lights Express line would run from Duluth to downtown Minneapolis. The 155-mile passenger rail service could cost as much as $990 million to build. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/09/northern-lights?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2011 17:51:14 -0500 A look back at the Dalai Lama's previous visits to Minnesota The Dalai Lama is making his first official visit to the Twin Cities since 2001, when he spoke at the University of Minnesota as part of the Carlson Lecture Series. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/dalai-lama-revisit?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 10:25:24 -0500 Metro Transit union members agree to pay freeze The union, which has 2,200 members, realized that funding for transit is likely to be cut at the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/04/metro-transit-pay-freeze?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 15:36:56 -0500 Minneapolis eyes housing for Grain Belt Brewery site The Grain Belt brewery closed in the 1970s, and the property deteriorated. In 1989, the city of Minneapolis stepped in to save it from demolition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/03/grain-belt?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 17:24:44 -0500 Nearly 20 percent of Minnesota spend half their incomes on rent A worker with a family needs a full-time job paying more than $15 an hour to afford the average two-bedroom apartment,but the typical renter in Minnesota earns just over $11 an hour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/02/minnesota-rents?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2011 17:40:14 -0500 Nokomis library in Minneapolis to reopen The Nokomis library in south Minneapolis reopens Saturday, after closing for two years of renovations and expansion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/29/nokomis-library?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 12:21:01 -0500 Nonprofit teams up with Fannie Mae to help Minnesotans facing foreclosure Homeowners working with their lenders to avoid foreclosure face a lot of red tape, but a new service offered by the Minnesota Home Ownership Center may make the process easier for some. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/27/mortgage-modification?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 13:30:43 -0500 Met Council, feds make Central Corridor funding deal official Metropolitan Council officials signed an agreement Tuesday that commits federal dollars to the Central Corridor light rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/26/central-corridor-funding?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 15:00:21 -0500 Mississippi River locks now open to all navigation traffic The locks on the Mississippi River through the Twin Cities have been opened to all navigation traffic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/25/locks-open?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 15:18:39 -0500 Librarian bequests $646K gift to Hennepin Co. Library A former librarian has given the Hennepin County Library a $646,000 gift. The bequest is from the estate of Lillian Wallis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/25/librarian-bequests-gift-to-hennepin-county-library?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 14:19:44 -0500 Bill Bowell, legendary St. Paul riverboat captain, dies at 90 Bowell started the Padelford Packet Boat Company, a St. Paul-based river cruise business that carried thousands of people on trips up and down the Mississippi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/21/bill-bowell-obit?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 16:17:59 -0500 Mpls. police urge caution after rash of accidents Minneapolis police say a bicyclist was killed in Dinkytown this morning and are urging caution following that and three other accidents involving bicyclists or pedestrians within the last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/21/bicyclist-killed-dinkytown?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 12:00:43 -0500 Feds approve funding for Central Corridor rail line The Federal Transit Administration told Twin Cities transportation officials Wednesday that the FTA has approved federal funding for the Central Corridor light rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/20/federal-funds-central-corridor?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 16:24:12 -0500 Federal funds for Central Corridor may be a week away The long-awaited full funding grant agreement is expected, but not in hand. It will virtually ensure that the state's largest public works project will be built. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/19/central-corridor-full-funding?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Metro Transit: Gas prices spur bump in transit use A Metro Transit spokesman said ridership on Metro Transit buses and trains for the first quarter of 2011 is up 2 percent over the same period last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/14/transit-use?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2011 17:10:13 -0500 Brooklyn Park couple charged with Medicaid fraud face 60 years in prison Anita and Stephen Soledolu are accused of bilking the state of Minnesota out of $864,878.35. It's the latest move in an expanded effort by state and federal officials to try to get back some of the billions in fraudulent payments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/11/medicaid-fraud?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 MnDOT unveils 2011 construction projects The Minnesota Department of Transportation on Wednesday announced its road construction projects for 2011, totaling nearly $900 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/mndot-2011-construction-projects?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 09:39:03 -0500 Community coaches work to keep juvenile offenders out of the penalty box Juvenile crime in Hennepin County has dropped by more than 40 percent in the past five years. One of the reasons is the presence of community coaches -- people hired by the county to steer young people away from crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/05/hennepin-county-community-coaches-crime?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 17:00:13 -0500 City-run liquor stores show profit, record sales The state auditor reported that 204 of the state's 242 municipal on- and off-sale liquor stores made money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/31/city-liquor-sales?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 17:08:28 -0500 Program tries a new way to treat seniors with dementia Thousands of Minnesota nursing home residents are given powerful mood-altering drugs called antipsychotics to treat dementia. A new program seeks another way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/30/awakenings?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Minn. opens inter-agency flood information center State officials on Thursday opened the emergency operations center in St. Paul which will collect and dispense flood information for the entire state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/24/flood-information-center?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 15:08:02 -0500 Gas leak in St. Paul contained; no injuries reported The leak began at about 11 a.m. at the University and Snelling avenues intersection in St. Paul when construction crews ruptured a 12-inch gas main. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/24/gas-leak?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 11:44:07 -0500 Snow ending; flood worries continue The late winter snowstorm that swept through Minnesota is nearly over, and temperatures are going to stay at or below freezing for the next few days. Hydrologists say the colder temps will likely delay some of the flooding expected on Minnesota rivers and streams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/23/snowstorm-flood-risk?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:49:24 -0500 More measles cases in Minn.; officials push vaccine Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield said the outbreak of measles in Minnesota in the past month exceeds the number from the last five years combined. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/22/measles-cases-up-to-nine?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 11:08:46 -0500 With less money for roads, experts say pothole season could be worst yet The war on potholes in Minnesota includes a search for ways to prevent them. Road experts say they're making progress on that front, but many of the ideas are expensive; in the meantime, the worst of the pothole season is still to come. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/13/pothole-prevention?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 State acts to close online charter school Minnesota education officials are taking steps that will likely lead to the closing of BlueSky, an online charter school based in West St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/07/bluesky-online-school?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 17:06:27 -0600 Study says Central Corridor will increase housing costs along route A growing number of people living along the Central Corridor light rail line between St. Paul and Minneapolis are already dealing with high housing costs, according to a new study released by a coalition of community groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/04/central-corridor-study?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2011 17:22:33 -0600 Bachmann introduces new St. Croix bridge plan that would bypass federal environmental restrictions The bill would reverse last year's decision by the National Park Service that the project doesn't meet wild and scenic river rules and regulations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/01/bachmann-st-croix-river-bridge?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 12:56:42 -0600 Despite harsh winter, more bicyclists make frigid commutes Bicyclists will pedal to the capitol in St. Paul on Monday for what organizers are calling the Inaugural Bike Summit on Capitol Hill, an event intended to educate state leaders about the benefits of cycling for people, communities and the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/28/winter-biking?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Central Corridor construction on Washington Ave. bridge begins Saturday Starting Saturday, crews will begin preparing the Washington Avenue bridge in Minneapolis for the Central Corridor light rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/25/construction-washington-avenue?refid=0 Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:06:21 -0600 Charges: Couple cheated nearly $1M from Medicaid Stephen and Anita Soledolu, the owners of a company called Sole Provider Nursing Services, are charged with fraudulently billing Medicaid for nearly $1 million in claims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/24/alleged-medicaid-fraud?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 15:36:48 -0600 Suspect allegedly had 1,000 pounds of copper from vacant factory A St. Paul man is a suspect in a large copper theft from a vacant factory in the Lowertown area of St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/23/copper-thefts?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 13:18:33 -0600 Dayton's budget retains funds for homelessness prevention Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed budget retains more than $20 million to end homelessness in Minnesota. At the same time, Dayton proposes a $5 million cut in support services for homeless people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/22/homeless-funding-state-budget?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2011 19:44:21 -0600 A day later, few details about investigation of St. Paul businessman Jerry Trooien Officials are still not revealing much about what prompted the FBI and IRS to search the West Side offices of St. Paul businessman Jerry Trooien's JLT Group Inc Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/18/trooien-folo?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 15:49:08 -0600 DEED: State job vacancies climb in 4Q of 2010 Minnesota's private sector employers say they had nearly one-third more job openings late last year than the year before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/17/minnesota-job-vacancies?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2011 13:59:59 -0600 Nurse alleged to have stolen painkiller misses court date The former Abbott Northwestern nurse who is alleged to have taken a painkiller intended for a patient was not at her Hennepin County court appearance Tuesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/15/nurse-court-no-show?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 13:03:26 -0600 More passengers ride Northstar commuter train Ridership on the Northstar commuter rail line went up last month. That's welcome news for the service, which runs passenger trains daily between Big Lake and Minneapolis, because ridership last year was 20 percent below projections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/14/northstar-ridership-up?refid=0 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 15:37:41 -0600 Central Corridor project has aggressive goals for women and minority contractors The Metropolitan Council's goal is that women and minority subcontractors win 15 percent of the Central Corridor work. That's nearly double the goal set by the federal government for public works projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/09/dbe-hiring-cemtral-corridor?refid=0 Wed, 09 Feb 2011 17:46:16 -0600 MnDOT preps new plan to hire more women, minority contractors MnDOT has repeatedly failed over the past decade to meet its goals for hiring women and minorities. But after two years of negotiations with critics and others to change the patter, the department, has a new hiring plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/04/mndot-women-minority-contractor-hiring?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Metro mayors applaud projects, but GOP likely to balk at bonding bill Some metro area mayors are pleased with Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed bonding bill, which includes money for repairs to Target Center and roadway improvement near the Mall of America, but getting approved from the GOP-controlled Legislature will be a tough sell. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/01/metro-area-bonding-projects?refid=0 Tue, 01 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Downed wire halts light-rail service in Mpls. A Metro Transit spokesman says light-rail service has been halted in downtown Minneapolis because of a downed wire that powers the trains from overhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/27/downed-wire-light-rail?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 11:48:54 -0600 Fewer incarcerated juveniles in Hennepin County The number of juveniles behind bars in Hennepin County is down by nearly half from five years ago, the Hennepin County officials reported Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/27/fewer-inarcerated-juveniles-in-hennepin-county-?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 11:20:38 -0600 Report calls for repeal of Dan Patch commuter rail study ban Tucked inside a new Legislative Auditor's report on transit is a recommendation that lawmakers repeal an obscure state law that bans studying commuter rail service from Northfield to Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/26/dan-patch-commuter-rail-study-ban?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 15:27:17 -0600 Report: Twin Cities transit governance needs overhaul In a new report, the Legislative Auditor says the governance of Twin Cities transit is complex and fragmented and reform should start by changing the membership of the Metropolitan Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/21/legislative-auditors-transit-report?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 15:56:09 -0600 Before a brutally cold night, outreach workers hit the streets Thursday night into Friday morning is expected to be the coldest night of the winter so far, and yet some outreach workers predict a number of homeless people will sleep outside. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/20/cold-homelessness?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 15:19:08 -0600 Tolls proposed to help fund new St. Croix River bridge Minnesota transportation officials say tolls could pay nearly half the cost of a new St. Croix River crossing near Stillwater, if one should ever be built. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/19/stcroix-toll-bridge?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jan 2011 11:38:25 -0600 Metro Transit ridership rebounds in 2010 Twin Cities transit ridership made a comeback last year, after a drop during the recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/18/metro-transit-ridership?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 15:44:51 -0600 Construction starts on $243M train hub in St. Paul Construction crews are starting a $243 million renovation that will turn St. Paul's historic Union Depot back into a hub for trains and buses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/18/union-depot-restoration?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 06:08:22 -0600 Rybak, Coleman expect local government aid reduction The mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul said they expect proposals this legislative session to further reduce local government aid to Minnesota cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/14/minnesota-mayors-local-aid-cuts?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 12:05:42 -0600 Police investigating armored car robbery in St. Paul St. Paul police and the FBI are investigating an early morning armored car robbery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/14/armored-car-robbery?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 09:12:51 -0600 Twin Cities Realtors: 2010 worst in 8 years; 2011 should be slightly better The Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors released 2010 numbers on Thursday showing the worst sales year in eight years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/13/twin-cities-housing-numbers?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2011 12:43:53 -0600 Another $56 million available for heating help There's more money on the way to help low-income Minnesotans pay heating bills, but state officials aren't sure it will be enough to meet the need. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/13/minn-heating-help?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2011 07:43:10 -0600 Minnesotans working in Haiti report red tape, resolve Minnesotans involved in the ongoing reconstruction work in Haiti praise the people there for their personal strength and resolve. Even so, they report bureaucratic red tape and corruption are slowing recovery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/12/minnesotans-in-haiti?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jan 2011 12:56:29 -0600 Despite strong sales, Ford still plans to shutter St. Paul plant Ford Motor Company says the auto sales picture is strong, but there's no change in the company's plan to close its St. Paul plant this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/11/highland-park-ford-plant?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jan 2011 14:42:08 -0600 Hmong community, military leader Vang Pao dies at 81 Gen. Vang Pao, a key U.S. ally during the Vietnam War, died Thursday near Fresno, Calif. He was 81. The military leader is described by admirers as a warrior chieftain of the 18 Hmong clans he helped lead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/06/vang-pao-dies-hmong-laos?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jan 2011 13:21:21 -0600 A remembrance of WWII resistance fighter Reidar Dittmann Reidar Dittmann, a retired professor at St. Olaf College in Northfield who was a prisoner at a German concentration camp during World War II, is being remembered by friends as a man committed to helping people marginalized by society. Dittmann died recently at the age of 88. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/05/reidar-dittmann-obit?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jan 2011 16:26:19 -0600 Dayton asks for applicants for Met Council Gov. Mark Dayton is wasting little time in reshaping the Metropolitan Council. His administration is inviting anyone interested in serving on the 17-member Met Council to apply. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/03/met-council-openings?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jan 2011 17:00:47 -0600 Homeless veteran numbers on the rise A new report from St. Paul-based Wilder Research finds the number of homeless veterans -- both men and women -- in Minnesota has reached an all-time high. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/03/homeless-vets?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jan 2011 16:25:23 -0600 Bell: Met Council saw transit 'golden age' on my watch On Wednesday Gov.-elect Mark Dayton appointed Susan Haigh to replace Peter Bell as chair of the Metropolitan Council. Bell is the Met Council's longest serving chair, and the Republican appointee has overseen the completion of several major transit projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/30/met-council-susan-haigh-peter-bell?refid=0 Thu, 30 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Dayton picks Habitat head to chair Met Council Gov.-elect Mark Dayton filled another cabinet post Wednesday with his selection of Susan Haigh as Metropolitan Council chair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/29/dayton-met-council-pick?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2010 09:42:28 -0600 Gov't wants more whistleblowers for Medicare fraud Federal officials are expanding anti-fraud efforts as they work to stem the flow of billions of dollars in fraudulent payments out of Medicare every year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/29/medicare-fraud?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Churches meet needs as county shelters fill up Homelessness has shot up during the recession and its aftermath. The federal government estimates that the number of homeless families has increased by a 30 percent over the past three years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/22/homeless-increase?refid=0 Wed, 22 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 1982: Metrodome deflates A brief history of the deflating dome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/20/1982-metrodome-deflates?refid=0 Mon, 20 Dec 2010 12:58:24 -0600 Minneapolis asks residents to help clear snow Minneapolis city officials are asking the public to help clear snow at intersections. Minneapolis public works spokesman Mike Kennedy says the city's snow removal budget for this year is spent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/snow-removal-folo?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 17:19:17 -0600 Freight railway expansion worries some in St. Louis Park A group of St. Louis Park residents worries there will be more noise and safety problems if freight rail traffic is routed near them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/16/st-louis-park-freight-rail-line?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 06:00:00 -0600 Hennepin County adopts lean budget Hennepin County has cut its budget for the second year in a row. The county board approved its 2011 budget of $1.6 billion at its Tuesday meeting. That's about 5 percent less than the 2010 budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/hennepin-county-budget?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 17:54:45 -0600 More worries from businesses over Central Corridor construction St. Paul business owners along University Avenue are worried light rail construction means revenue losses that may force them to close. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/university-avenue-light-rail-construction-business-oweners?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 14:31:21 -0600 Survey: Families still have trouble finding quality day care A new survey finds families using child care in Minnesota face the same problems as six years ago: they're having trouble finding quality day care they can afford. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/09/quality-affordable-minnesota-day-care?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 16:54:21 -0600 Humane Society to require counseling before surrendering pets Starting January 1, the Twin Cities-based Animal Humane Society will require people who want to turn in pets to make an appointment and go through a counseling process before they can surrender the animals. It's an attempt to reduce the number of animals that need to be euthanized. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/08/humane-society-changes?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 15:00:38 -0600 Federal budget woes could cut foreclosure counseling The prospect of federal budget cuts could reduce the number of people in Minnesota who get foreclosure counseling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/federal-budget-foreclosure-counseling?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 16:38:53 -0600 30 years since arrival, life improving for many Hmong in Minn. Nou Yang escaped with her family from communist-controlled Laos some 30 years ago. They are part of Minnesota's estimated 52,000 Hmong residents. Poverty is still an issue, but rates are down and life for many is improving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/30/hmong-poverty?refid=0 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 13:56:37 -0600 Roseville City Council rejects proposed asphalt plant The Roseville City Council has unanimously voted down a proposed asphalt plant opposed by nearby residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/30/asphalt-plant-rejection?refid=0 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 12:54:25 -0600 High-speed rail is topic of public hearing today A proposed high-speed rail link between Milwaukee and the Twin Cities is the topic of two public meetings, with the first one scheduled for today in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/29/high-speed-rail-hearings?refid=0 Mon, 29 Nov 2010 07:04:51 -0600 Minn. police reject claim fleeing man was shot Minneapolis police are reacting strongly to an accusation that a man may have been shot before he fell to his death as he was fleeing from officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/23/police-jason-yang?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 15:38:15 -0600 Cedar Lake bike trail through Mpls. unlikely to open this year Anticipation is building among Twin Cities bicycling enthusiasts over a long awaited new trail link, but Minneapolis officials now say they're unlikely to meet their goal of having the new Cedar Lake trail through downtown Minneapolis open for use this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/19/cedar-lake-biking-walking-trail-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Central Corridor gets funding from metro transit group The Central Corridor light rail project won a large grant Wednesday from a local funding partner. The Counties Transit Improvement Board, or CTIB, approved more than $106 million for the Central Corridor line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/17/central-corridor-grant?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 16:20:39 -0600 Officials still expect Central Corridor funding agreement next year A plan by some Republicans in Congress to ban so-called earmarks could imperil projects such as the Central Corridor light rail line between Minneapolis and St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/16/central-corridor-funding?refid=0 Tue, 16 Nov 2010 15:04:45 -0600 Earmarks ban could put Central Corridor funding in doubt A $45 million earmark for the Central Corridor light rail line between St. Paul and Minneapolis has won committee approval and awaits action by the full House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/15/central-corridor-federal-funding?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 2010 17:51:36 -0600 Medicare enrollees see changes in program Open enrollment begins Monday for the 735,000 Minnesotans on Medicare, the nation's health insurance program for Americans 65 and older. There are a couple of important changes to the program that they'll have to take into account this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/14/medicare-enrollment?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Met Council trims Twin Cities highway projects The Metropolitan Council approved a plan Wednesday to cut back on transportation projects in the Twin Cities metro area over the next two decades. Lack of money is the main reason for the change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/10/met-council-report?refid=0 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 16:13:20 -0600 Group to give away bicycle lights in Twin Cities Cycling advocates will hand out a limited number of free front and rear bicycle lights Tuesday evening in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/09/group-to-give-away-bicycle-lights-in-twin-cities?refid=0 Tue, 09 Nov 2010 10:59:52 -0600 Mpls. approves makeover for Riverside Plaza complex The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved bond sales totaling $80 million to rehabilitate the more than 1,300 apartments in Riverside Plaza in the city's West Bank neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/05/riverside-plaze-renovations?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 17:37:44 -0500 GOP, with some Dems, targets long-term care provision They want it repealed or at least changed -- and they've singled out a tiny provision which addresses a very big issue: how we will pay for our care when we get old. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/05/long-term-care-insurance?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Oberstar defeat ends era of transportation policy influence After 36 years in Congress, Rep. Jim Oberstar's defeat means the loss of a lot of clout for Minnesota transportation projects on Capitol Hill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/04/house-transportation?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Despite agreement on gas tax, gov. candidates have varied plans for transportation The candidates for Minnesota governor appear to agree on major transportation issues: They all oppose a gas tax increase, they favor more borrowing and they support bus transit. But dig a little deeper and the three diverge on the details of all those issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/28/gov-candidates-transportation?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities awarded $16M to fund housing near transit lines The Twin Cities will receive $16 million from a new loan and grant fund targeted, in part, to spur housing development along transit lines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/27/twin-cities-grants?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2010 12:12:59 -0500 Mpls forum tackles cyber-bullying Parents and young people heard tips on preventing or stopping cyber-bullying at a Minneapolis forum Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/21/cyber-bullying?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 15:03:04 -0500 Some flood relief money goes to conservation projects Some of the money the Legislature approved earlier this week for flood relief in southern Minnesota will go toward conservation projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/20/flood-relief-conservation?refid=0 Wed, 20 Oct 2010 16:55:37 -0500 Minn. man faces charges in scam targeting elderly A southern Minnesota man faces felony racketeering charges for allegedly helping swindle elderly people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/20/elderly-scam?refid=0 Wed, 20 Oct 2010 12:06:54 -0500 4 accused in 2008 RNC disruptions avoid jail Four people accused of trying to disrupt the 2008 Republican Convention in Minnesota have reached plea agreements that will keep them out of jail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/19/rnc8-pleas?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 12:30:00 -0500 Bank of America foreclosure fallout likely won't impact Minn. Most people who lost their homes to foreclosure don't have money to challenge the result, counselors say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/17/foreclosures?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 National Park Service says 'no' to St. Croix River bridge The National Park Service on Friday said a proposed bridge over the St. Croix River near Stillwater can't be built. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/15/bridge?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 14:21:11 -0500 Overflowing homeless shelters forced to turn away families Dozens of families have been turned away as the growing numbers of homeless means emergency family shelters in the Twin Cities are full to overflowing most nights, and the lack of space has caused one family to take desperate action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/12/homeless-shelters?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 04:00:00 -0500 Swanson calls for suspension of foreclosures Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says Bank of America's decision to temporarily suspend foreclosures in all 50 states is a positive step. Swanson is asking more than a dozen lenders to suspend foreclosures while they review foreclosure documents for accuracy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/12/foreclosure-actions?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 17:30:25 -0500 Verizon bringing 4G wireless to Twin Cities Verizon announced it will offer the next generation of wireless service -- known as 4G -- in dozens of metropolitan areas, including the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/06/verizon-4g-twin-cities?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 17:44:54 -0500 Gov candidates all support elder care program In the midst of a contentious debate over how to fix the state's budget deficit, Minnesota's candidates for governor appear to agree on one piece of the budget -- a program that helps keep older people who are poor and disabled out of nursing homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/06/elderly-waiver?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 16:16:00 -0500 Twin Cities' new Wi-Fi option has rural possibilities Twin Cities wireless customers have a new option, and the technology it uses may eventually bring high-speed Internet in rural areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/30/wimax?refid=0 Thu, 30 Sep 2010 15:57:20 -0500 Hennepin Co. gets $17M grant to prevent teen pregnancy A $17 million federal grant will fund Hennepin County efforts to prevent teen pregnancy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/30/teen-pregnancy-grant?refid=0 Thu, 30 Sep 2010 14:47:39 -0500 High waters heading to St. Paul have roots in spring rains National Weather Service hydrologists say the Minnesota River will go over flood stage this weekend in Savage, south of the Twin Cities. And in St. Paul, the Mississippi river fed by the Minnesota will exceed flood stage by Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/30/st-paul-flooding-hydrology?refid=0 Thu, 30 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Suspended archdiocese artist moves forward with same-sex marriage DVD project A Minneapolis artist suspended from a job over the Catholic Church's opposition to same sex marriage says she's going ahead with her art project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/28/catholic-dvd-artist?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2010 10:58:19 -0500 Portions of I-35E closed this weekend for bridge removal The Minnesota Department of Transportation will close several miles of Interstate 35E near the northern suburbs of Little Canada and Vadnais Heights on Saturday and Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/35e-weekend-closings?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 14:08:50 -0500 Twin Cities had less air pollution this summer than winter The Twin Cities experienced less air pollution this summer than over the winter, according to Minnesota air quality experts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/summer-pollution?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 10:44:10 -0500 New Minn. campaign launched against distracted driving Traffic deaths nationwide and in Minnesota are at their lowest level in decades. But the percentage of fatalities caused by distracted driving is rising. With that in mind, Minnesota safety advocates Tuesday announced a campaign to encourage drivers to keep their eyes on the road. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/21/distracted-driving-minn?refid=0 Tue, 21 Sep 2010 16:49:20 -0500 Metro Transit union wraps up contract voting today Union officials say Metro Transit drivers and other members wrap up voting Monday on a new contract offer from the Metropolitan Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/20/metro-transit-vote?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 06:48:19 -0500 City officials gloomily expect cuts to local government aid Amid the state's fiscal problems, a growing consensus among city officials across the state says that local government aid will be slashed again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/17/local-government-aid?refid=0 Fri, 17 Sep 2010 16:01:06 -0500 Mayor Rybak releases plan if state aid to Mpls. is cut Mayor R.T. Rybak released a plan Thursday that would cut city spending by $18 million. Rybak says the cuts include delaying payments on pension debt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/16/rybak-minneapolis-budget-plan?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 19:29:50 -0500 Proposed asphalt plant in Roseville faces resident opposition A major Twin Cities asphalt manufacturer has run into strong opposition over a new plant in Roseville. If opened, the company's south Minneapolis plant (pictured) could be closed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/15/asphalt-plant-roseville?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2010 14:00:00 -0500 Metro Transit union voting on new contract Saturday Metro Transit union members will vote on a new contract offer starting Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/15/metro-transit-union?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:09:51 -0500 Housing options good for seniors, if they've got money The housing picture for wealthy, older Minnesotans looks good, but the State estimates more than half of Minnesota's seniors can't cover retirement costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/09/senior-housing?refid=0 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 14:00:00 -0500 Grant provides housing for Native American elders Developers have won a federal grant for a Native American elders housing project in Minneapolis, a development American Indian planners say will provide much-needed housing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/03/native-american-elders-housing?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Met Council, U of M reach a deal on Central Corridor The Metropolitan Council and the University of Minnesota have finally struck a deal on how to weave a light-rail train through the university's sensitive research corridor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/01/centralcorridor-university-deal?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 16:02:30 -0500 State Fair vendors cope with power outage, lost revenue A State Fair can survive a lot of calamities, but a power outage can cause concern for vendors who cram a lot of commerce into 11 days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/31/vendors-state-fair-power-outage?refid=0 Tue, 31 Aug 2010 17:26:10 -0500 Franken: Change 60-vote rule to end Senate filibuster U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he wants to change a Senate rule that requires 60 votes to end a filibuster. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/26/franken-filibuster-rules?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 14:59:10 -0500 More bids awarded for Central Corridor light rail The Metropolitan Council awarded two large bids Wednesday for the Central Corridor light rail project between St. Paul and Minneapolis -- and construction gets underway in earnest this fall. MPR's Dan Olson talked with All Things Considered host Tom Crann about the status of the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/central-corridor-bids-qa?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 20:00:24 -0500 Broadband summit asks how to close rural digital divide A new survey out this week shows that a majority of rural Minnesotans have access to faster Internet connections. But a digital divide remains, and age and income are key factors that define it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/broadband-forum?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 21:16:56 -0500 Planning for newest light rail line enters new phase Construction is just getting started on the Central Corridor light rail line, and transit planners have their eyes set on the next project, the Southwest Corridor LRT. Local planners Friday sent federal officials projections for Southwest Corridor cost and ridership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/20/southwest-lrt?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 15:29:57 -0500 Businesses, residents say 'Gateway Corridor' needs transit options Cities and businesses along the Interstate 94 corridor from downtown St. Paul to the Wisconsin border say transit needs to be built along the route. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/16/gateway-corridor?refid=0 Mon, 16 Aug 2010 13:40:32 -0500 Using tech to curb deaths on Minnesota's roadways The number of deaths on Minnesota's highways is at a six-decade low -- 421 last year -- due in large part to improved technology, experts say. There's a lot of technology just around the corner that will save even more lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/10/minnesota-traffic-deaths?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 03:00:00 -0500 MnDOT grant to help minorities get construction work Part of a state grant will be used to help minorities in Minneapolis get highway construction jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/04/urban-league-mndot-grant?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 13:33:46 -0500 For children born into poverty, brain development may be hindered Toxic stress, when a baby is born into a chaotic environment and experiences developmental brain problems, may be on the rise. Poverty levels may directly affect a child's brain development, researchers say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/01/toxic-stress?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Foundation: Child poverty on the rise in Minn. Child poverty in Minnesota has increased 23 percent in the past decade, according to new figures from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and advocates say the depth of poverty is increasing as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/28/child-poverty?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 U of M sharing $30M grant aimed at home conservation research The University of Minnesota is getting a new federal grant aimed at home energy conservation exceeding 10 to 20 percent in savings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/23/umn-grant-conservation?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 13:05:45 -0500 Final weekend for eastbound I-94 closures The final weekend closure for a St. Paul stretch of eastbound Interstate 94 is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/22/weekend-closures-94?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 13:55:07 -0500 Two Twin Cities soldiers killed in Afghanistan Matthew Johnson of Maple Grove and Christopher Goeke of Apple Valley were both killed Tuesday in separate incidents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/16/apple-valley-soldier?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jul 2010 10:52:42 -0500 More Twin Cities road closures this weekend There are more Twin Cities freeway closures and lane restrictions this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/16/weekend-road-closures?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jul 2010 07:06:18 -0500 Twin Cities population reaches nearly 2.9 million Metropolitan Council demographer Todd Graham says the seven-county metropolitan area grew by about 9 percent, or 240,000 people, between 2000 and 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/14/twin-cities-population?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jul 2010 16:18:32 -0500 St. Paul buses to add tech to speed up late routes Bus drivers running late on their route will be able to make a red light change faster or hold a green light longer. Metro Transit spokesman Bob Gibbons says the signal technology is successful on a route in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/08/bus-technology-on-time?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jul 2010 18:29:55 -0500 Two deaths on Minn. roads over holiday weekend Traffic fatalities so far this holiday weekend in Minnesota are low. Two deaths have been recorded so far on state roadways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/05/traffic-fatalities?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jul 2010 15:32:45 -0500 St. Croix River bridge plans progress, despite lack of approval Transportation officials in Minnesota and Wisconsin are moving forward with plans to build a new bridge spanning the St. Croix River near Stillwater, even though the project has yet to get the federal stamp of approval. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/05/st-croix-bridge?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jul 2010 13:57:26 -0500 Advocates say poverty is expanding in Minnesota Two long-time Minnesota anti-poverty advocates say poverty in Minnesota is expanding and the biggest expansion is among the state's minority and immigrant populations. They also take issue with numbers showing poverty in Minnesota is low. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/24/anti-poverty-advocates?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Met Council approves largest bid in Central Corridor project Heavy construction work on the Central Corridor light rail line between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis begins in August. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/central-corridor-bid?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 18:45:04 -0500 Forty years later, one wetland is still roadless Wetland restoration and creation is now strict policy in Minnesota when state and local agencies wish to build roads. However, 40 years ago wetlands were often destroyed by construction, and it took a Minnesota Supreme Court case to change that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/21/wetlands-restoration?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Chicago company poised to receive largest Central Corridor contract A Chicago-based company is poised to win the largest construction contract for the Central Corridor light rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/lrt-contract?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:51:27 -0500 Officials: State making progress on bridge inspection shortfalls State officials say they're making progress responding to bridge inspection shortcomings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/12/bridge-inspections?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Bike rental program opens for business in Minneapolis One of the country's largest urban bike rental programs opens for business Thursday in Minneapolis. At Nice Ride Minnesota two-wheelers are available for rent at 65 locations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/10/minneapolis-bike-rental?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Biking to work, without the post-ride shine Organizers of Bike Walk Week want more people to commute to work without a vehicle. Part of the equation for some cyclists -- women or men -- is figuring out how to deal with the glow one acquires while pedaling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/09/biking-to-work?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities bus ridership on the rise Twin Cities Metro Transit spokesman Bob Gibbons says that bus ridership in the Twin Cities is up, but commuters still complain of too few routes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/07/bus-ridership-twin-cities?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 11:11:19 -0500 More metro area commuters riding the bus Here's another sliver of evidence the economy is improving. Bus ridership in the Twin Cities is rising again. Metro Transit officials say the economy, more than any other factor -- more than climate change, more than the Gulf oil spill -- affects ridership numbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/06/bus-ridership?refid=0 Sun, 06 Jun 2010 22:00:00 -0500 Central Corridor gets OK for final design work Builders of the Central Corridor light rail line from downtown St. Paul to downtown Minneapolis received confirmation Tuesday that the project has gained permission to begin the final design stage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/25/centcorridor-design?refid=0 Tue, 25 May 2010 16:34:56 -0500 Increased patrols for seat belt use beginning Hundreds of Minnesota law enforcement agencies began heightened seat belt patrols Monday that will last through early June. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/24/seatbelt-enforcement?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2010 16:53:50 -0500 MnDOT expanding efforts to train, hire more minorities MnDOT officials say they will increase the amount of money they spend to train more minorities and women for construction jobs, and at the same time increas its efforts to expand the business it does with women and minority-owned companies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/24/mndot-minority-programs?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2010 13:00:00 -0500 MnDOT commissioner finalist for U of M job Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel is a finalist for a job at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/19/mndot-commisioner?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2010 18:07:47 -0500 Alternative fuel vehicles find more use among fleets Much of the crude oil consumed in the U.S. is used to create the fuel we burn in our cars and trucks. Now, some managers of fleet vehicles in both the private and public sectors are making efforts to reduce their dependence on crude by using alternative fuel vehicles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/18/alternative-fuel-fleets?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 14:48:30 -0500 DWI interlock bill passed; Pawlenty expected to sign State lawmakers have approved tougher drunken driving penalties, and the governor, who proposed the measures, is expected to sign the bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/14/dwi-interlock-bill?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 16:10:13 -0500 Pregnant teens see better outcomes with visiting nurses Pregnant teenagers in Minneapolis appear to have a higher rate of graduation and healthy babies if they participate in a visiting nurse program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/13/visiting-nurse-program?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2010 16:58:25 -0500 Advocates say Minn. slow in modernizing crosswalks for the disabled The 20-year-old Americans with Disabilities Act requires transportation officials to make conditions safer at crosswalks. But in Minnesota, advocates say compliance has been slow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/10/disabilities-intersections?refid=0 Mon, 10 May 2010 14:00:00 -0500 Lawmakers aim for universal broadband access by 2015 Minnesota's new broadband law aims to give every resident access to a high-speed internet connection by 2015, but missing from the law signed last week by Gov. Tim Pawlenty is a way to foot the bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/broadband-access?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Bus rapid transit aims to extend commuter options Workers at 35W and 46th Street are putting up a bus rapid transit, or BRT, station. When it's complete it becomes the first station on a bus rapid transit line stretching from the suburb of Lakeville to downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/30/bus-rapid-transit?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Will fast, quiet electric cars make noise in Minn.'s auto market? When new electric-powered cars make their debut later this year, they will garner some interest among car buyers and companies with fleets. Much more interest, though, will be generated by people concerned about the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/27/electric-car?refid=0 Tue, 27 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Lowry Bridge work continues without federal stimulus Federal officials say the money can't be used on a project with a hiring requirement. Hennepin County insisted that contractors placing bids promise to include local workers among the people building the bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/22/lowry-avenue-bridge?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 17:29:05 -0500 Minnesota transport officials propose spending up to $5 billion to improve rail For years, rail advocates have touted the environmental and financial advantages of moving people and freight by rail. Now they have support from Minnesota transportation officials, who propose investing billions of dollars over the next 20 years in improved rail service. The snag is where to find the money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/transportation-officials-propose-expanding-rail?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 12:18:52 -0500 Road construction season will be one of the busiest ever MnDOT will spend $1.3 billion this year on 283 projects across the state, from routine road repair to major expansion and rebuilding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/construction-season?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 16:33:24 -0500 Some survivors, families still wait for final 35W settlements Thirteen people died in the 35W bridge collapse and 145 were injured, and while some of the settlement claims for the survivors and families of those who died have been paid, others are still waiting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/06/bridge-collapse-settlements?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 2010 14:51:45 -0500 New airport signs going up tonight Over the next two weeks the 40 signs will be added or replaced along approaches to the airport on Interstate 494, Highway 5, Highway 62 and 34th Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/05/new-signs?refid=0 Mon, 05 Apr 2010 11:10:54 -0500 Calm weather caused high numbers of pollution alerts The winter air pollution season just ended, and it turns out it was one of off-the-charts numbers of air alerts and advisories. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/02/air-pollution-alerts?refid=0 Fri, 02 Apr 2010 07:11:51 -0500 Residential housing growth declines in Twin Cities New numbers don't appear to offer much joy to people in the Twin Cities hoping to curb sprawl and encourage smart growth. New numbers show residential housing is increasing in many central cities across the country while the rate is declining in Minneapolis and St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/29/smart-growth?refid=0 Mon, 29 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 U of M, Met Council at impasse in light rail talks The University of Minnesota and the Metropolitan Council are at odds over the granting of easements on U property, which are needed to plan for construction of the new Central Corridor light rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/centcorridor-uofm?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 16:41:52 -0500 Funding approved for 169/494 junction overhaul The long-awaited overhaul of the busy U.S. Highway 169-Interstate 494 interchange in the southwest suburbs has been given a green light. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/21/169-494-overhaul?refid=0 Sun, 21 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Men sue St. Paul archdiocese over abuse allegation Four Minnesota men have filed a fraud lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/18/church-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:11:10 -0500 Plans for new St. Croix bridge headed back to drawing board Plans for a new St. Croix bridge near Stillwater appear to be heading back to the drawing board after a judge characterized the new bridge's visual effect as "dramatic and disruptive," contrary to the rivers protections under a federal program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/11/st-croix-bridge?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 13:24:37 -0600 Met Council airs frustration with U of M over light rail Metropolitan Council Chairman Peter Bell is upset the university has not agreed to grant easements for preliminary construction work on the Central Corridor light rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/uofm-met-council-central-corridor-frustration?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 16:59:20 -0600 Budget shortfall leads state mental health programs to cut 200 positions The Minnesota Department of Human Services on Tuesday announced it will cut 200 full-time positions from a program that provides direct care to people with mental illnesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/09/mental-health-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:00:26 -0600 $16M slated for better biking and walking in the Twin Cities Bike routes and walking paths are getting a major overhaul in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/08/biking-walking-improvements?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 2010 13:00:00 -0600 U of M opts against another Central Corridor suit University of Minnesota officials have decided not to file another lawsuit over the Central Corridor light-rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/02/central-corridor?refid=0 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 06:01:16 -0600 Analysis criticizes proposed Mississippi lock expansion A new analysis criticizes the economic underpinnings of a plan to expand five locks and dams on the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/mississippi-locks-dams?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 18:23:31 -0600 New research, old finding: higher price, less drinking The University of Florida's research reaffirms what we already knew and has reignited a longstanding debate: Should state liquor taxes be increased to reduce drinking problems? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/22/booze-tax?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 15:00:00 -0600 Met Council says funding cuts should not affect riders Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposed budget fix includes cuts in transit funding, but the Met Coucil says the cuts should not effect riders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/17/transit-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2010 15:30:48 -0600 Despite lack of MnDOT funds, 'burbs push projects Despite a lack of state funds, officials in northwestern Hennepin County are pushing for a new freeway interchange they say would unleash development and create jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/16/i-94-interchange-dayton-rogers?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2010 05:00:00 -0600 MnDOT remains short of goal for hiring minority contractors Minnesota transportation officials say they are again falling short of attaining their goals for hiring women and minority-owned construction companies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/08/dbe-numbers?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 16:59:14 -0600 I-94 between St. Paul and Mpls. to get new surface The state's second busiest stretch of roadway, Interstate 94 between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis, will get a new surface starting this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/28/i94-resurfacing?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2010 16:53:07 -0600 Transportation needs go unmet for lack of funds State and local transportation officials meet Thursday to discuss the long list of bridge and highway projects that are waiting for funding. But they know that the wish list is much longer -- and more expensive -- than the state can afford. That means many highway improvements that should be done, won't be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/27/transportation-plan?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2010 10:00:00 -0600 Met Council seeking local funding to keep Central Corridor on schedule The Metropolitan Council is asking local funding partners for help to keep the Central Corridor light rail project on schedule. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/20/central-corridor-funding?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 14:07:32 -0600 Minn.-based Project Haiti landing in damaged country A team of medical personnel, put together by a Minnesota group that has been doing work in Haiti since 1992, is scheduled to go ashore to the earthquake-ravaged country on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/19/project-haiti-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 02:00:00 -0600 Approaching 80, singer Cyril Paul still performing strong As Cyril Paul nears 80, the native of Trinidad is still singing and performs Sunday night at a Minneapolis Martin Luther King Day observance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/15/mlk-cyril-paul?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:12:41 -0600 Minn. Red Cross says more money needed in Haiti, not people News out of Haiti to Minnesota humanitarian groups is that one of major problems is getting supplies already in Haiti to people who need them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/15/minnesota-aid-groups?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 14:59:46 -0600 New FTA rule may affect Central Corridor project A new rule would allow the FTA to factor in livability as it awards federal money for a project and it could affect the Central Corridor light rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/13/new-fta-rules?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Transit tax board hoping to meet revenue projections Transit supporters are warily watching one of the newer sources of transit funding that relies on sales taxes to see if revenue collections this year match projections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/06/transit-funding?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2010 14:46:59 -0600 Minn. Orch's jazz director still calls New Orleans home Minneapolis revelers looking to add some New Orleans spice to an otherwise chilly New Years Eve will likely head to the Dakota jazz club tonight, where trumpeter Irvin Mayfield is performing with his quintet, part of a national New Year's Eve concert broadcast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/31/irvin-mayfield?refid=0 Thu, 31 Dec 2009 15:00:00 -0600 Christmas Eve a busy night for church performers Christmas Eve can be one of the busiest - and most fulfilling - days of the year for church performers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/24/christmas_performers?refid=0 Thu, 24 Dec 2009 07:59:55 -0600 Minnesota musicians keep concertina tradition alive Minnesota is a sort of living history museum for a member of the accordion family called the concertina. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/18/concertina?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Millions included in spending bill for Minn. transportation Over the weekend, Congress approved and President Obama is expected to sign a spending measure that includes millions of dollars for a wide range of pet projects including transportation projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/14/transportation-projects?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2009 17:36:23 -0600 New bus-only lanes in downtown Mpls. to cut commute time Transit officials say new bus-only lanes opening today in downtown Minneapolis will save time for bus riders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/14/new-bus-lanes?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2009 07:01:54 -0600 Legislator worries negotiations could delay Central Corridor line until 2014 A St. Paul lawmaker is worried completion of the Central Corridor light rail project may be pushed back beyond 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/central-corridor-negotiations?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 15:22:51 -0600 U of M, Met Council say they're 'making progress' on Central Corridor deal "Making progress," is how both the Metropolitan Council and the University of Minnesota Wednesday described negotiations over the Central Corridor light rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/09/u-central-corridor-deal?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 16:20:35 -0600 Can changing our transportation habits help meet the emissions goal? Our transportation habits makes up a significant piece of the global warming equation, and changing those habits, either by choice or by government regulations, is perhaps one step toward lasting changes to our carbon footprint. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/global-warming-transportation?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Traffic accident avoidance technology advances Sensors in roads and in vehicles provide new ways to minimize crashes, and the deaths and injuries that come with them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/24/crashreduction?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 U of M forum takes aim at transportation funding issues A transportation forum at the University of Minnesota Monday aims to fix what critics say is a broken funding system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/23/u-of-m-forum-takes-aim-at-transportation-funding-issues?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2009 07:52:38 -0600 Ballpark, transit hub fuel neighborhood ambitions Outdoor baseball and commuter rail are focusing attention on a once obscure section of downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/18/northloop?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2009 17:38:06 -0600 Mondale's role in saving 'boat people' recalled, 30 years later In the years following the end of the Vietnam War, thousands of Vietnamese risked the dangers of the South China Sea instead of facing communism. This year marks 30 years since then-Vice President Walter Mondale convinced world leaders to come to the rescue of more than 1 million "boat people" -- many of whom settled in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/16/vietnamese-refugees?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 15:00:00 -0600 Northstar Line just the beginning for transit projects With Monday's start of the brand new Northstar commuter rail service drawing near, area lawmakers and transit officials are turning their sights to the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/12/transit-future?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Report urges increasing Minnesota's broadband access In a report out Friday, a broadband task force appointed by Gov. Pawlenty urges moving Minnesota into the top tier of states when it comes to speed and accessibility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/broadband?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Media attention taking toll on local ACORN chapters The Minnesota chapter of ACORN is feeling the heat brought on by the parent organization's problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/acorn-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 MnDOT hiring of minority contractors declines again New MnDOT statistics show the number of minorities and women on state road and bridge construction projects has declined from last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/mndot-minority?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 15:55:06 -0500 Amtrak reports passenger loss of 1 million over past year Amtrak said Monday its ridership dropped by more than 1 million passengers during the past year, but was still the second-highest year in the railroad's history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/12/amtrak-numbers?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2009 15:48:37 -0500 Rural transit to be among hot topics at public hearing State transportation officials are likely to get an earful at a public hearing Thursday afternoon on transit in greater Minnesota from outstate transit agencies worried about money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/07/transit-service-preview?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 MnDOT adjusts hiring goal for women and minority contractors MnDOT officials say the goal for hiring women and minority subcontractors is too high and has been scaled back for next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/02/mndot-women-minorties?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2009 09:00:00 -0500 Minnesota projects safe despite transportation act expiration Minnesota transportation officials say no state road or bridge projects currently under construction or planned for the near future are threatened by the expiration at midnight of the federal transportation act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/30/mndot-transportation-act?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2009 15:49:08 -0500 MnDOT to meet with critics over minority hiring Critics say they've convinced officials from the state transportation department to meet with them about the agency's hiring record for women and minorities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/29/mndot-minority?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 16:31:38 -0500 Officials say new lanes, express buses on 35W popular State officials say the new toll, or congestion pricing lane, available on 35W starting this week is popular. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/28/35w-new-features?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2009 17:02:02 -0500 New 35W features opening to relieve congestion This week, some elements of the huge makeover of I-35W through the Twin Cities, the state's busiest highway, will open to bus riders and drivers even while many portions of the project are still a work in progress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/25/35w-makeover-projects?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 U of M sues over Central Corridor concerns The University of Minnesota filed suit against the Metropolitan Council today over its concerns about the proposed Central Corridor light rail line going through campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/22/centralcorr-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 14:30:14 -0500 Financing for affordable housing missing while demand increases A growing number of state residents are paying up to half their income for a place to live and one of the primary solutions for addressing the problem - building affordable housing - has run aground for lack of financing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/18/affordable-housing?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 16:33:28 -0500 Despite spending gush on lobbyists, transportation bill stalls Interest groups' spending on lobbying has spiked this year as they vie for a piece of a proposed transportation bill in Congress, but the legislation has stalled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/17/transportation-lobbying?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Lawmaker calls for higher gas tax A member of the state Senate Transportation Committee says Minnesota will have to raise its gasoline tax to help pay for roads and bridges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/10/transpo-funding?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2009 15:10:06 -0500 As demand for rural transportation heats up, funding cools down Minnesota's rural transit services are being hit with money problems just as demand is starting to take off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/08/rural-transportation?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2009 06:00:00 -0500 Northstar Commuter Rail line opening Nov. 16 The Metropolitan Council announced today that the Northstar Commuter Rail line will begin operating November 16. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/31/northstar-rail-opens-in-november?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 13:00:00 -0500 MSP runway project final leg of $3B improvement plan Thirteen years ago the decision was made to spend $3 billion to improve and expand the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. That expansion is nearly done, and the next one is being planned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/27/msp-construction-future?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 St. Paul to fund additional light rail station A surprise offer by St. Paul officials appears to greatly increase the chances for an additional station on the Central Corridor light rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/central-corridor-new-station?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 15:27:16 -0500 A new train station could be in Minneapolis' future We're a long way past the golden era of passenger trains in this country. Even so, there's a plan taking shape in Minneapolis for a new train station sometime in the near future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/20/train-station?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Officials disagree over environmental impact of light rail project Federal officials do not agree that economic hardships caused by the Central Corridor light rail project will outweigh benefits for some St. Paul neighborhoods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/19/central-corridor?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 18:01:46 -0500 Study: Transit fare increases, services cuts part of national pattern A new study shows rising transit fares and service cuts are a broad national pattern. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/18/transit-fare-increases?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 16:02:34 -0500 Airport runway construction will bring added noise to downtown residents Downtown Minneapolis and Highland Park neighborhood residents in St. Paul will notice more aircraft noise starting Tuesday when reconstruction of the north runway at Minneapolis-St. Paul International airports begins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/17/airport-construction?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 05:00:00 -0500 River otter's return a sign of healthier Mississippi Trapping and pollution almost drove the river otter out of Minnesota, but now there's been a report of an otter living on a once badly polluted stretch of the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/17/mississippi-river-otter?refid=0 Mon, 17 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Additional Central Corridor money won't be used for new station An infusion of federal money is available for the Central Corridor light rail project, but the chair of the Metropolitan Council recommends holding off using it to build an additional station favored by community residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/12/central-corridor-money?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 17:00:18 -0500 New numbers raise prospects for southwest light rail New ridership projections for a proposed light rail line in the southwestern Twin Cities remain strong. However, the numbers released today raise concerns about the cost of the line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/10/southwest_light_rail?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2009 14:10:02 -0500 Technology keeps a close eye on 35W bridge The new 35W bridge is not even a year old but already researchers have data from hundreds sensors telling them how the 1,200-foot long span is doing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/30/35w-bridge-sensors?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Last day for public comment on Central Corridor LRT Today is the final day for public comment on the Central Corridor light rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/27/central_corridor_comments?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 06:49:10 -0500 Groups demand MnDOT hire more women, minorities Women and minorities don't appear to be sharing in Minnesota's increased spending on roads and bridges, and a coalition of groups want that to change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/23/minority-hiring?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 'Temporary' charity a fixture after 27 years One of Minnesota's largest meal programs for poor people was intended to be temporary back in 1982. It's become a fixture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/14/loaves_and_fishes?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Mortgage rescues happening, but slowly New numbers from the federal government reveal a tiny glimmer of hope that lenders are doing a better job of helping homeowners avoid foreclosure, even though help is slow in coming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/08/slow_mortgage_rescues?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Small Central Corridor project begins today in St. Paul Downtown St. Paul drivers will get a taste of what construction will be like on the proposed Central Corridor light rail line when work begins Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/06/central_corridor_construction?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2009 05:05:00 -0500 Urban farming finding increased interest in Twin Cities We're entering the peak season for Minnesota-grown fruits, vegetables and other produce, and a small but growing amount of the state's food is coming from urban farmers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/urban_farming?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 14:19:57 -0500 Hiawatha light rail marks five years; what's next? On the fifth anniversary of Minnesota's first light rail service, debate continues over how to expand transit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/hiawathalrt_fiveyears?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Oberstar's transportation bill begins legislative journey Congressman Jim Oberstar's transportation bill starts its legislative journey today with a draft session scheduled in a House of Representatives subcommittee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/23/transpo_bill_congress?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Experts say re-timing traffic signals could reduce pollution, travel times Many of the 2,000 traffic signals in the Twin Cities haven't been reset in years, causing traffic back-ups, which in turn create pollution problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/17/addressing_idling?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 State pursuing more tax scofflaws The Minnesota Department of Revenue is working to track down $108 million in unpaid sales taxes, an increase of $22 million from the previous year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/08/delinquent_taxes?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Opponents file civil rights complaint against Central Corridor An organization representing residents and businesses along University Avenue in St. Paul has filed a federal civil rights complaint over the Central Corridor light rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/04/centralcorr_complaint?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 15:02:21 -0500 Experts suspect more people driving without insurance Insurance experts suspect a growing number of Minnesota drivers don't have vehicle insurance, but they can't be sure, because the state stopped checking years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/03/cost_of_uninsured_drivers?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Wider measure of unemployment paints darker picture The official U.S. unemployment rate is 8.9 percent. But the government has another measure that tell a truer story of how American workers are faring. By that measure, the unemployment rate is nearly 16 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/27/unemployment_classifications?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Doctor's wartime journals featured in History Center exhibit Veteran Dr. John Linner from Edina kept diaries of the fighting he saw during World War II. The result is his book, "From Normandy to Okinawa," part of the Minnesota Historical Society's Greatest Generation exhibit which opens tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/15/ww2_doctors_tells_his_story?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 'Caroline, Or Change' performers learned from play The "radio" singers in "Caroline, Or Change," talk about their roles, girl groups and the civil rights movement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/18/caroline_cast_sings?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Seat-belt enforcement effort begins today There'll be more traffic stops than usual throughout the Twin Cities this afternoon as police carry out a saturation patrol. Apple Valley sargeant Nick Francis said the goal is to increase seat belt use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/18/dakota_county_seat_belts?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2009 07:53:23 -0500 New anti-drunk-driving strategy goes statewide this summer On July 1, Minnesota will expand statewide a voluntary program that encourages repeat drunk driving offenders to use an ignition interlock on their vehicle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/11/antidrunk_driving_strategy?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Short line railroad seeks public help in improving tracks Short line railroads hope to benefit from a renewed interest in rebuilding the nation's rail system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/05/short_line_railroads?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2009 17:00:00 -0500 New bus service signals a good year for metro transit 2009 is shaping up as an eventful year for transit in the Twin Cities. Northstar Commuter rail rolls out in the northern suburbs in December, and in the southern suburbs there's the predicted start up of the Cedar Avenue bus rapid transit service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/29/brt_transit?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2009 15:45:00 -0500 CEO pay proposal is deja vu for Sabo With public money being used to bail out troubled companies, more attention is being paid to how much those companies pay their CEOs. Congress has already imposed pay caps as part of the bank bailout, and a new bill would expand executive pay limits across the private sector. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/24/ceo_pay_caps_sabo?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 12:09:20 -0500 MnDOT ahead of schedule on federal stimulus allocations State officials say they are ahead of schedule meeting a federal deadline for spending stimulus dollars. Minnesota Department of Transportation officials say they've committed more than half the stimulus money allocated to the state for transportation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/22/mndot_stimulus_allocations?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2009 03:00:00 -0500 A busy year for highway and bridge construction State transportation officials announced a long list of highway and bridge construction projects that will get underway shortly in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/08/constructionseason?refid=0 Wed, 08 Apr 2009 15:30:00 -0500 I-494 and U.S. 169 interchange up for possible rebuilding There's another big transportation stimulus controversy brewing. It's a push to rebuild the interchange at U.S. Highway 169 and I-494, one of the most congested in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/07/494_169_stimulus_rebuild?refid=0 Wed, 08 Apr 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Lots of stimulus money heading to unfinished freeway In Minnesota, the largest chunk of transportation stimulus money is going to build a two and half mile segment of new freeway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/31/freeway_610_stimulus?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's biggest stimulus project proves controversial Wondering where the stimulus dollars are going? In Minnesota, the largest chunk of transportation stimulus money is going to build a new two-and-half mile segment of Freeway 610. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/31/minnesotas_biggest_stimulus_project_proves_controversial?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500 MnDOT launches big 35W construction project this weekend MnDOT will begin work Friday evening at 9 p.m. on $183 million worth of 35W improvements including more lanes and transit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/26/35w_road_work_begins?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2009 17:00:00 -0500 Commercial foreclosures a looming problem So far the number of foreclosures in Minnesota is relatively small, but it's growing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/20/commercial_foreclosures_rising?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Committee recommends expansion of Highway 610 A key Met Council committee recommended the Minnesota Department of Transportation continue planning for the $86 million project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/19/highway_610?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2009 03:23:38 -0500 Construction season begins in Minneapolis Commuters can expect rush hour traffic snarls at some downtown Minneapolis intersections starting today, when construction resumes on Marquette and Second Avenues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/16/minneapolis_street_construction?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2009 08:24:10 -0500 First 11 stimulus road projects announced in Minn. Minnesota transportation officials today directed $40 million in federal stimulus money at 11 outstate road and bridge projects. The 11 projects are part of 60 state highway projects in Greater Minnesota totaling $180 million announced in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/13/roads_minnesota_stimulus?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2009 13:53:13 -0500 Transportation funding debate becomes more urgent The Federal Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke, and two commissions have suggested increasing the federal gas tax. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/10/fed_gas_tax?refid=0 Tue, 10 Mar 2009 14:00:00 -0500 Lake Street rebuild offers guidance on Central Corridor rail project Community groups meet in St. Paul this weekend to voice concerns about the proposed Central Corridor light rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/05/central_corridor_questions_remain?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Metro Transit predicts more red ink Metro Transit is predicting its budget deficit for 2010 and 2011 will be even worse than earlier expected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/05/transitmoney?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2009 14:02:58 -0600 Popular Medicare supplement faces new hurdles New challenges to a popular insurance product called Medicare Advantage come from the Obama administration and unscrupulous insurance agents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/02/medicare_advantage_changes?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Met Council proposes road projects for stimulus funding Seven Twin Cities road projects are being put forward for funding under the federal stimulus plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/26/twin_cities_road_projects?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 12:30:00 -0600 Successful mental health program needs money Last year the program helped more than 300 people with mental illness cover copay costs so they could stay on their medications. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/24/mental_health_program_funding?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 05:41:28 -0600 Federal stimulus will help, but not cure, transit budget deficit Federal stimulus money will help address, but won't close, a transit budget deficit in the Twin Cities. The shortfall is due in part to sharp drop off in transit operating money that comes from the sales tax on motor vehicles sold in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/23/federal_stimulus_will_help_but_not_cure_transit_budget_deficit?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2009 14:56:42 -0600 Homeowners in Minn. expect to benefit from Obama foreclosure plan A Minnesota foreclosure expert says there's no question President Obama's foreclosure solution plan will help people in Minnesota. The question is, how many people will hang onto their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/18/foreclosure_plan_in_minn?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 MnDOT seeks input on tough, 20-year transportation plan Roads, bridges, airports, rail and other transportation wishes total $65 billion, while the state has about $15 billion to spend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/17/20_year_transpo_plan?refid=0 Wed, 18 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 U of M exhibit celebrates 200 years of Darwin If you've been looking for a way to observe today's 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the father of the theory of evolution, it's not too late. A new exhibit opens this evening at the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/12/darwin?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 16:30:00 -0600 Study: Many minorities cut out of prime loan market African Americans and other minorities seeking mortgages in the Twin Cities have some of the highest home loan rejection rates in the country, according to a new study by the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/11/minority_housing_loan_study?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Local ICE officials dismiss critical study Local Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials dismiss a study critical of the agency's arrests of illegal aliens who are also criminals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/06/ice_dismissal?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2009 07:23:56 -0600 Highways, bike trails and rails are 'shovel-ready' in Minn. MnDOT handed members of Congress a giant job-jar of road, bridge, transit and trail projects totaling almost $1 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/05/shovel_ready_transpo_projects?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Transit backers expect an end to major funding hurdle Transit proponents predict a federal requirement widely viewed as a hindrance to transit projects will be modified, and perhaps eliminated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/30/transit_cost_effectiveness_index?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Mass transit ridership hits 26-year high Twin Cities transit ridership last year was the highest in more than a quarter century. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/29/mass_transit_ridership_hits_26_year_high?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2009 12:05:59 -0600 Minn. could get $477 million in stimulus for roads and bridges Minnesota could get more than $477 million of the economic stimulus moving through Congress to upgrade its highways and bridges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/28/minn_stimulus?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2009 16:10:06 -0600 New map shows speeds of the information superhighway There's a new map of Minnesota being prepared and you're invited to participate. It isn't a roadmap, but a map of the state's broadband or high-speed Internet service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/26/minneosta_undertakes_broadband_map?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2009 16:00:00 -0600 Central Corridor delayed to study noise concerns The Central Corridor light rail project has been delayed a few months, in part to look at noise and vibration concerns raised by entities along the rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/14/lrt_delay?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 14:58:42 -0600 World War II vets talking more about horrors of combat The willingness of the vets to tell their stories can be traced in part to a decision by the Veterans Administration to look more closely at the stress and anxiety many older vets still experience from military service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/09/aging_vets_talk?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Transportation one exception to funding crisis While most every area of state government faces trims, bridge and road funding can't be touched. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/06/transportation_funding?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Economic stimulus could lift up some minorities A veteran organizer and educator sees opportunity for minorities in forthcoming economic stimulus package. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/23/minority_hiring_lobby?refid=0 Mon, 29 Dec 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Metro Transit faces additional financial problems Lower than expected revenues pose serious problems for Twin Cities bus and rail system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/22/metro_transit_faces_additional_financial_problems?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 14:50:56 -0600 Seats are scarce on Amtrak's Empire Builder Amtrak's fleet has not grown in recent years, to match the demand for passenger rail seats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/17/amtrak_at_capacity?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Fusion centers protect us, but at what cost? Preventing terrorism is the goal of an expanded domestic intelligence plan now in place in all 50 states including Minnesota, but privacy advocates worry it goes too far, with too little oversight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/16/fusion_centers_privacy?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2008 15:00:00 -0600 MnDOT improves minority hiring record The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the hiring of so-called Disadvantaged Business Enterprises exceeded the agency's goal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/03/mndot_minority_contractors?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Macy's staple dies at 93 Lydia Lunney was a fixture at Macy's River Room in downtown St. Paul for 74 years. She died yesterday at the age of 93. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/28/lunney?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2008 07:11:41 -0600 Coyle center's work not slowed by neighborhood crime The Brian Coyle center's mission of helping immigrants assimilate is as old as the Cedar Riverside neighborhood itself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/26/coyle_center?refid=0 Thu, 27 Nov 2008 14:00:00 -0600 Wait time for Section 8 housing increases to 7-12 years A tight Twin Cities rental housing market is lengthening the waiting time for Section 8 housing for low income people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/25/tight_rental_markets_extends_section_8_waiting_times?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2008 13:47:18 -0600 ER nurses say Minn. roads are unsafe A survey by emergency room nurses ranks Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota at or near the bottom in roadway safety laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/20/nurse_road_survey?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2008 08:26:16 -0600 35W bridge collapse offers nation infrastructure lesson If America decides to get to work repairing and replacing infrastructure the job can be done fast and well, according to the head of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/19/ballarini_infrastructure?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2008 13:00:00 -0600 Transit projects suffer from lagging auto sales Slumping vehicle sales in Minnesota are creating a financial hole for Twin Cities transit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/18/transit_autos?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 09:03:06 -0600 From Belarus to Minn., a composer's journey Ten years after leaving Belarus, Sergey Khvoshchinsky finds a new home and a big audience in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/07/belarus_to_minnesota_composer?refid=0 Fri, 07 Nov 2008 13:00:00 -0600 Ritchie: Senate recount will involve hundreds, cost $90K Secretary of State Mark Ritchie told reporters today the recount to decide the U.S. Senate race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken will involve hundreds of people and will cost at least $90,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/05/recount_details?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Thousands of foreclosure scams yield a small number of criminal charges Authorities say a significant number of the 66,000 foreclosures in Minnesota the last three years were the result of toxic mortgages or scams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/30/mortgage_charges_lawsuits?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 State money does little for foreclosure relief Most of Minnesota's state housing money will go to help preserve existing affordable housing or finance new units. Preventing foreclosures gets much less funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/24/state_foreclosure?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2008 07:20:35 -0500 Economic pain stresses people and services The number of people seeking food, shelter, medical care and other necessities is up and social service agencies are feeling the demand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/08/economic_pain?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Allina lays off up to 350 workers Minneapolis-based Allina Hospitals and Clinics is laying off some 350 workers throughout its system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/03/allinajobs?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2008 13:57:18 -0500 Minnesota sees increase in bicycle fatalities Bicycle commuting is up by double-digit numbers in Minneapolis, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. However, there is a downside to having more bike commuters. Already this year, bike fatalities in Minnesota are more than double what they were for all of last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/30/bike_fatalities?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2008 15:52:29 -0500 Regional transpo plan calls for less pavement, some bus and rail The 2030 Transportation Policy Plan also encourages more people to live closer to where they work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/24/transportation_plan?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Wall Street bailout may bring little relief to homeowners The $700 billion federal bailout of the financial industry may not help Faith Burns, or other homeowners, renegotiate their loans. Consumer advocates say a bailout for Wall Street should include provisions to help homeowners keep making payments and stabilize communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/23/bailout_homeowners_relief?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2008 00:15:00 -0500 Foreclosures push rents higher, squeezing low income families Foreclosuses are forcing more people to rent, driving up the cost of rental housing and putting an additional squeeze on low income families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/18/rent_foreclosures?refid=0 Sun, 21 Sep 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis downtown to become more pedestrian friendly Minneapolis is on a mission to make downtown more friendly to walkers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/17/mpls_pedplan?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2008 15:10:39 -0500 New bridge doesn't fix transportation problems The new 35W bridge was built in record time, and the funding for it was found with amazing speed. But don't expect the fast action and cooperative spirit to be a model for other state transportation projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/15/bridgemoney?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Minn. housing commissioner leaving for new job Tim Marx, who heads Minnesota's Housing Finance Agency, wins bipartisan praise for his work. He is taking a new job in New York City. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/10/timmarx?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2008 15:03:17 -0500 New I-35W bridge to open next week The bridge could be open to traffic as early as next Tuesday, slightly more than 13 months after the old on collapsed on Aug. 1, 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/09/bridgeopens?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2008 15:07:09 -0500 Hiawatha LRT development could bode well for Central Corridor Twin Cities developers say light rail in Minneapolis is a magnet for development and that's music to the ears of Central Corridor LRT project backers in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/08/lrt_development?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2008 03:00:00 -0500 From Iraq to Minnesota, a new life The five-year long Iraq war has created millions of refugees and now a handful are resettling in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/04/issues_2008?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2008 02:00:00 -0500 Central corridor applies for federal funding The Central Corridor light rail project reaches a milestone this week as the Metropolitan Council is expected to formally request funding from the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/02/centralcorridorfunding?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2008 02:58:53 -0500 Traffic deaths up in Minnesota The slight increase in Minnesota traffic fatalities in 2007 is in contrast to the national roadway death toll which declined. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/26/crash_fatalities?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2008 16:30:00 -0500 Highway 100 once again open in St. Louis Park Part of southbound Highway 100 is once again open after having been shut down in St. Louis Park because a tractor-trailer hit the Minnetonka Boulevard bridge this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/22/highway_100_bridge?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2008 07:45:45 -0500 Count all the numbers, and the job picture looks even bleaker The official U.S. employment rate for July is 5.7 percent. It's also 10.3 percent, and that higher number may be a more accurate reflection of the nation's job market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/20/unemployment_number?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Head of fraudulent mortgage company pleads guilty Hennepin County officials say a man charged with dozens of cases of mortgage fraud -- mostly in north Minneapolis -- pleaded guilty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/20/fraud?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2008 06:41:48 -0500 Metro Council approves fare increase to go into effect this fall The Metropolitan Council late Wednesday afternoon approved a $0.25 fare increase in order to cope with revenue shortfalls and increased fuel costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/13/fare_hike?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2008 17:59:43 -0500 Hawthorne neighborhood takes steps to climb out of crisis A north Minneapolis neighborhood hit hard by the mortgage foreclosure crisis is taking steps to recover. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/12/hawthorne?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2008 07:07:52 -0500 Signs point to growth in Minnesota's homeless population That growth puts a potential obstacle in the path of Minnesota's goal of ending long term homelessness by 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/04/homelessness_growth?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2008 03:00:00 -0500 I-35W engineer answers concerns about the new bridge The engineer overseeing construction of the new I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis says the span may open as early as mid-September, which has caused some to wonder about its safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/30/issues_2004?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2008 18:35:00 -0500 Vento Sanctuary acquires neighboring industrial facility A unique urban nature sanctuary next to downtown St. Paul may grow to include an interpretive center. A long awaited land deal has been completed to acquire an abandoned building next to the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/21/vento_park?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2008 02:00:00 -0500 Foreclosure crisis recovery in Minneapolis to cost millions Millions of dollars are being spent to help some north Minneapolis neighborhoods recover from the mortgage foreclosure crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/15/mplsrecovery?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2008 02:13:36 -0500 Minnesota's population is rising New population estimates show the Twin Cities region continues to grow by nearly 30,000 people a year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/17/popultaion?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2008 07:05:15 -0500 Minnesota entered statehood with an economic whimper Our current mortgage meltdown crisis is a modern day version of a spectacular collapse 150 years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/10/panic_of_1857?refid=0 Sun, 13 Jul 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Air conditioning carries a high cost in energy and dollars Global warming means a lake breeze just isn't enough, especially at night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/03/air_conditioning?refid=0 Sun, 06 Jul 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Counties turn to gravel to surface back roads Officials in some of Minnesota's counties are allowing lesser used hard surfaced roads to revert to gravel surfaces due to declining funds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/27/gravel?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2008 07:53:43 -0500 Some 'toxic' mortgages are being renegotiated More mortgages are being renegotiated now than two years ago, according to one Minneapolis housing counselor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/23/economy_2008?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2008 03:00:00 -0500 The view from Prospect Park The people along University Ave. in St. Paul and Minneapolis were told 25 years ago there was a light rail line in their future. Now with state bonding approved, the Central Corridor line is a step closer to reality. We visited the Prospect Park neighborhood to see how residents there view the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/13/univaveprospectpk?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 From 35th Street to Wall Street: Anatomy of a foreclosure Tomorrow, a Minneapolis woman is scheduled to lose her home. Faith Burns has been told to be out of her house. The bank says she's fallen behind on her monthly mortgage payments and is foreclosing on her. We traced the path of Faith Burns' mortgage to Wall Street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/02/foreclosureanatomy?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2008 15:00:00 -0500 U of M to make its case for alternate LRT route University of Minnesota officials disagree with the Metropolitan Council over the Central Corridor route through the U of M campus, as the clock ticks on the application for funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/29/centralcorridor_dispute?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2008 04:00:00 -0500 Timeline of Faith Burns' decline into foreclosure A timeline showing the path Faith Burns followed from purchasing a home to seeing it foreclosed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/29/foreclosuretimeline?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2008 14:44:13 -0500 Central Corridor's funding fight could send project to the back of the line The Central Corridor management committee urges governor and Legislature to agree on funding for the project before adjournment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/09/metcouncil_centralcorridor?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2008 16:55:00 -0500 Survey shows Minnesota rent is least affordable in Midwest The Minnesota Housing Partnership says Minnesota's average rental housing costs are well above what many low and minimum wage earning workers can afford. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/08/mn_rent?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2008 08:21:06 -0500 Tough economy, crackdowns lead to drop in mortgage brokers Abuses from the subprime lending era prompted the state of Minnesota to toughen state licensing standards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/04/mortgage_brokers?refid=0 Sun, 06 Apr 2008 15:00:00 -0500 How to reform mental health care in Minnesota One of the most dramatic reforms is an idea new to the state: Instead of at a hospital, a treatment center or a group home, people who need mental health care are served by a team of caregivers who come to them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/11/mentalhealthreforms?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2008 16:47:29 -0500 Think congestion is costly? Consider vehicle crashes A new national study done for AAA finds the Twin Cities ranks eighth out of 26 comparable cities in the cost of vehicle crashes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/06/crashstudy?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2008 03:30:00 -0600 Met Council approves Central Corridor plan The Metropolitan Council Wednesday approved a Central Corridor light rail plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/27/corridor?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Compromises move Central Corridor light rail toward a milestone The Metropolitan Council is expected to approve recommendations for key components of the St. Paul to Minneapolis line today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/26/corridorpreview?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2008 03:00:00 -0600 How Pawlenty's veto impacts transit One of the tax increases in the transportation bill vetoed by Gov. Pawlenty is an optional one-quarter percent sales tax for Twin Cities transit. Advocates say the money would supply a long needed, dedicated source of transit funding for the metro area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/22/transittax?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2008 17:06:13 -0600 Court system short of cash The Minnesota judicial system is reporting a deficit, and a group is studying the possibility of closing county courtrooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/15/courts?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2008 14:53:31 -0600 Report: Depression state's top mental health issue A study by Minnesota's seven largest health insurers finds about one out of every ten state residents with health insurance is diagnosed at some time in their life with a mental illness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/06/mchp?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2008 17:51:13 -0600 Six months after collapse, 35W bridge rebuild is ahead of schedule Cold weather has not deterred crews building the new I-35W bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/31/bridgeupdate?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Lenders sued for rushing through foreclosure process There's a new effort to slow the rate of home foreclosures in the Twin Cities. Minneapolis Legal Aid attornies are accusing a group of home loan companies of rushing foreclosure proceedings in violation of state law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/25/foreclosurelawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2008 11:38:32 -0600 Mpls program promises housing for long-term homeless Money from Minneapolis and other sources is being used to hire outreach workers who offer homeless people on the street a place to live. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/18/hennepinhome?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2008 02:00:00 -0600 Fixing bridges not Minnesota's only transportation problem Potholes are popping up all over on state roadways. The crews fill them, but with the cold and the traffic they are soon back. One reason crews are having a tough time keeping up is that they are strapped for money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/15/pavement?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Met Council aims to trim price tag of University Avenue LRT Hopes remain high among supporters that construction will start in 2010 on a light rail line between St. Paul and Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/08/lrttrims?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Lending a helping hand in Nepal Nepal, some 12,000 miles from Minnesota, is one of the poorest countries on the planet. More than 20 years ago a Minnesota couple started a school, health clinics and nutrition programs in Nepal. Now, Earl and Beverly Thompson are wondering who will continue the work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/31/nepal?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Making happy holidays for seniors "Shut ins" is the old expression for people who do not have a lot of contact with the outside world. There are thousands of people in Minnesota -- no one knows for sure how many -- who are older and who have no one looking after them. A Twin Cities area Gifts for Seniors program reaches nearly 3,000 isolated older people. For some, it is the only human contact they have during the Holidays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/24/shutin?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2007 15:49:17 -0600 Central Corridor planners hiring minorities and women contractors The Central Corridor light rail transit project is still in planning stages, but the Metropolitan council is taking steps to comply with federal rules which require the hiring of women and minority-owned contractors for some of the work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/17/corridor_funding?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2007 16:17:58 -0600 Above-ground construction work begins on 35W bridge Construction workers Monday began the above-ground phase of construction on the I-35W bridge project, as workers began pouring concrete for the first of five bridge abutments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/17/bridge_concrete?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2007 12:58:46 -0600 Feds grant $156.8M for Northstar rail line State and federal officials signed documents Tuesday that bring nearly half of the funding for the $320 million Northstar commuter rail line between Minneapolis and Big Lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/11/northstar_funding?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:17:00 -0600 Three MnDOT managers discplined over Pitt case State officials have disciplined three Transportation Department managers for lax oversight of an emergency manager who stayed out of state after the Interstate 35W bridge collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/10/mndotreprimand?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2007 11:16:08 -0600 Still working at 92 Lydia Lunney, 92, has been working in almost the same job for 74 years. She's one of the smiling hostesses at Macy's River Room restaurant in downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/03/longtimeworker?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Lydia Lunney's 74 years of work Lydia Lunney has worked for 74 years at the River Room restaurant in downtown St. Paul. Here are a few highlights of her career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2007/12/05_olsond_lydia/index.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2007 17:02:35 -0600 All aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder Airports are chock full of people Wednesday hoping the weather holds so flights won't be delayed or cancelled. This is also the busiest travel day of the year for Amtrak, the country's passenger rail service. The most popular overnight train service in the country is Amtrak's Empire Builder, the train from Chicago to the West Coast by way of the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/20/passengertrains?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2007 03:01:00 -0600 Minnesotans drive billions of vehicle miles a year, but the growth has leveled off The number of miles Minnesotans drive has leveled off, stopping a decades-long trend. What's going on? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/14/vmt?refid=0 Sun, 18 Nov 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Marine pilots' stories collected in new book Two Minnesotans have collected stories written by themselves and other Marine pilots and published them in a new book, Marine Wings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/12/marinepilots?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2007 17:00:00 -0600 What is a DBE? The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, or DBE, program was put in place by the federal government nearly 30 years ago, to encourage businesses owned by minorities and women to bid on government contracts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/07/dbesidebar?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2007 17:06:08 -0600 A timeline of the MnDOT projects in question This timeline shows the progress on two major MnDOT contracts which are now under scrutiny by federal investigators for inadequate hiring of minority and women-owned businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2007/11/09_mndot/timeline.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2007 16:33:46 -0600 MnDOT falls far short on goals for hiring women and minority contractors Women and minority-owned businesses in Minnesota have missed out on tens of millions of dollars worth of state highway and transit contracts, in possible violation of federal law. The federal government has launched an investigation, and a MnDOT employee filed a whistleblower lawsuit, saying she was threatened with firing because she brought the issue to her supervisor's attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/08/mndotdbe?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2007 16:00:00 -0600 The major players A list of the major players involved in the investigation over whether MnDOT hired contractors for major construction projects, even though there were questions about whether they were following federal laws on subcontracting work to minority and women-owned businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/02/castdbe?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2007 14:00:05 -0600 MnDOT admits it hasn't met DBE goals The Minnesota Department of Transportation has fallen short for years on its own goals for hiring minority and women-owned businesses on construction projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/08/dbegoals?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2007 00:52:00 -0600 Honeycrisp apple losing its patent protection, but not its appeal One of Minnesota's icons, the Honeycrisp apple enters a new era next year when its patent expires. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/11/honeycrisp?refid=0 Sun, 21 Oct 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Warm concrete and warm fingers are the secret to wintertime bridge construction Construct a new I-35W bridge in winter? No sweat, says the project's manager. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/10/coldwxconstruction?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Russian singers plumb the depths of the human vocal range Russia's top choir, the State Symphony Capella, concludes its first U.S. tour in Minneapolis on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/04/capella?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2007 17:15:00 -0500 People from Myanmar are saddened by events in their homeland People from Myanmar, also known as Burma, who live in Minnesota say they are saddened, but not surprised, by the eruption of violence in their homeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/26/burmareact?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2007 15:15:00 -0500 More older workers staying on the job New Census data show the Twin Cities workforce has a high percent of older workers. The numbers show more than a quarter of the regions workforce is between 65 and 72. That puts the Twin Cities in the top five among large metro areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/11/older_workers?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2007 23:01:00 -0500 Foreclosure crisis is not easing in north Minneapolis The bad news on the mortgage foreclosure front is getting worse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/22/foreclosureupdate?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Alabama native sings over second chance It's graduation day at the Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps center in St. Paul, and one of the graduates, Terrance Cummings, an accomplished vocalist, is so pleased he's graduating, he's inviting the community to come join him in song. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/16/jobcorpsgrad?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2007 15:08:52 -0500 Minnesota picks preliminary design for bridge to replace fallen span The drawing reveals few details about the new bridge, aside from its general size and the number of lanes it will contain. The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the sketch will guide contractors who will use the information to work up detailed proposals for the new bridge http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/14/design?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2007 13:32:52 -0500 Demand for youth programs outstrips availability From the Great Depression to today, the debate over youth programs continues, and so does the demand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/13/youth?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Bridge collapse renews focus on transportation funding debate Members of Congress are promising millions of dollars in assistance to rebuild the I-35W bridge. Two key Minnesota lawmakers are angry that it has taken a tragedy to free up money for such an essential piece of the state's transportation infrastructure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/02/rebuilding?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 16:15:16 -0500 Congress' only Muslim hears from sheiks on trip to Iraq U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, Congress' only Muslim, made a weekend trip to Iraq, where a pair of sheiks urged him to help counter al-Qaida's vision of Islam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/30/ellisoniraq?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jul 2007 11:46:53 -0500 In one north Minneapolis neighborhood, kids choose the street or more positive activities At 25th Avenue and North Fourth Street, there are positive activities available, but kids still lack for adult supervision, some residents say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/18/youth?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Residents and technology muscle crime off Bloomington Avenue The latest numbers show crime in Minneapolis is down compared to last year. Nowhere is the decline more obvious and welcome than on a main thoroughfare in south Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/11/bloomingtonavecrime?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Hey lead foot, if you want to save gas, slow down A Hinckley man is encouraging drivers addicted to speed to slow down. Drive-easy and conserve, he says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/06/mileage?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Fiddler explores music to die for Hardanger fiddle music is not exactly a chart topper in this country. Even so, a Minneapolis musician is devoting her life to helping audiences appreciate the centuries-old Norwegian musical tradition. Karen Torkelson Solgard is also giving the music an unmistakable American accent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/28/hardanger?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2007 15:39:47 -0500 Norma Sommerdorf creates a "Red River Girl" Stampeding bison, drunken oxcart drivers and a teen romance are all part of a new book by a St. Paul author. The book "Red River Girl" is fiction, but the story is rich with historical fact from the mid-1840s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/20/redrivergirl?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Seeking to put light rail project on track It's nail-biting time for University Avenue light rail line. Supporters of the rail link between downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis are now lobbying the governor for a special session to take up a bonding bill that includes borrowing for light rail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/13/corridor_funding?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2007 01:00:41 -0500 Sierra Club sues to block new Stillwater bridge The Sierra Club has filed another lawsuit to try stop construction of a new four-lane bridge across the St. Croix River near Stillwater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/05/stillwaterbridgesuit?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2007 13:30:00 -0500 Minnesota not alone in struggle for transportation funding Most states are feeling the transportation spending pinch, and they're having mixed success finding ways to raise money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/04/moretranspo?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2007 05:00:00 -0500 Transportation advocates disappointed by session The failure of lawmakers and the governor to agree on a transportation spending package before adjourning late Monday is causing lots of dismay among those folks, even anger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/22/transpo_budget?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2007 17:15:45 -0500 Refugee loses his bid to stay in Minnesota A man who feared for his life in his native Afghanistan fled that country and made his home in Minnesota for 17 years. But just over a month ago, the Department of Homeland Security deported him because of an old drug conviction. He claims he's innocent, and is trying to return to the U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/18/deportation?refid=0 Sun, 20 May 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Untangling the infamous Crosstown Commons now underway One of Minnesota's largest and most expensive road and bridge projects is underway. The rebuilding of the Crosstown Commons traffic interchange in south Minneapolis began on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/15/morecrosstown?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Even with new legislation, foreclosure crisis will continue Bills addressing the mortgage foreclosure crisis will become Minnesota law August 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/11/subprimelegis?refid=0 Sun, 13 May 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities bus system to get security upgrade The agency that runs the Twin Cities bus system announced security upgrades in the wake of several attacks on buses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/03/bussafety?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2007 14:15:09 -0500 When birds and buildings collide, birds lose A bird's life is filled with danger. Human beings, specifically our buildings, are part of the problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/02/birds?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2007 05:00:00 -0500 Housing money to rescue foreclosed homes The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency announced its largest award ever on Friday to create a revolving loan fund to help buy foreclosed homes before potentially unscrupulous investors get to them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/30/foreclosure?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2007 15:30:00 -0500 Retired English teacher's writings find a musical home St. Paul writer Sister Mary Virginia Micka is still smiling from having her words set to music and performed in public recently. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/26/sister?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2007 14:00:00 -0500 Crime rides the bus A Metro Transit bus shooting early Sunday morning has some riders on edge. A sampling of rider attitudes at St. Paul bus stops reveals a sharp split. Some say they feel safe waiting for and riding buses. Other's are worried about the crime they observe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/23/bussafety?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2007 16:47:25 -0500 Crime and decay follow foreclosures in Minneapolis The home foreclosure crisis is setting off fears of crime and decay in some Minneapolis neighborhoods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/17/northforeclosure?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2007 05:00:00 -0500 Ties between student loan vendors and colleges -- too cozy? Way too cozy. That's one way to describe the relationship between some college and university financial aid officials with student loan lenders. How cozy are those relationships in Minnesota? That's what Attorney General Lori Swanson is asking lenders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/11/studentloanfolo?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2007 05:00:00 -0500 A new push for high-speed rail Remember when people used to ride trains? Quite a few still do. Ridership is up, and the change of power in Congress has improved funding prospects for passenger rail in this country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/05/passengertrains?refid=0 Sun, 08 Apr 2007 16:00:00 -0500 Construction, Minnesota's other season, kicks off Work on 157 projects with a price tag of $1.5 billion is now underway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/05/construction?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2007 15:30:18 -0500 State gets Crosstown project bids State transportation officials say long-delayed construction may begin in June on the Crosstown interchange in south Minneapolis, the state's most famous traffic bottleneck. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/30/crosstownbids?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2007 10:20:13 -0500 Airport neighbors win victory in court A judge denied a request by the Metropolitan Airports Commission to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed by Minneapolis homeowners, who argue the MAC has reneged on a promise to pay for noise mitigation in their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/28/airportnoise?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2007 15:46:04 -0500 Speeding still a problem, still deadly Minnesota officials say there were 230,000 speeding convictions last year, up sharply from recent years. Speeding remains one of the major factors in roadway deaths and injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/27/speeding?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities congestion hits truckers, too Like car drivers, freight haulers get snarled in traffic, and the delays cost money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/16/truckcongestion?refid=0 Sun, 18 Mar 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Transit ridership up nationally Transit ridership in this country is up. Higher gasoline prices appear to be part of the reason. A check with some Twin Cities riders shows parking costs are also a factor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/09/transit?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2007 07:25:00 -0500 Central corridor light rail project has $200 million problem Federal funding for the project could hinge on a smaller pricetag for the 11-mile rail line, scheduled to go on line in 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/27/payingforlrt?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2007 05:00:00 -0600 With the help of a St. Paul man, the South comes to terms with civil rights era crimes Dozens of old civil rights era murder investigations in southern states have been revived. A St. Paul man, Chuck McDew, monitors the results with interest because he knew some of the victims. Many were civil rights workers who like McDew were registering black voters in the early 1960s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/23/mcdew?refid=0 Mon, 26 Feb 2007 10:00:00 -0600 Study probes decline in food stamp use A study on the sharp rise in food shelf use in Minnesota is raising questions about why so few people are turning to food stamps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/20/foodstamps?refid=0 Tue, 20 Feb 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Can technology save us from global warming? It's tempting to believe technology, both known and yet-to-be-invented, will avert a future global warming disaster (perhaps without much sacrifice on our part). Reporter Dan Olson deconstructs our technological faith, and looks at how far the promise of human ingenuity will get us. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/14/global_warming_tech?refid=0 Thu, 15 Feb 2007 16:24:00 -0600 Iraqi native, former Minneapolis businessman, sees Iraq's troubles firsthand Former Minneapolis restaurant owner Sami Rasouli says conditions are worsening for ordinary Iraqis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/24/samiiraq?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jan 2007 15:00:00 -0600 No tax increase, no long term solution for transportation funding Minnesota vehicle owners come out pretty well in Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposed budget. As expected, he does not propose raising the gasoline tax or license tab fees. But some people worried about repairing roads and bridges, and building transit, have some issues with the governor's proposals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/22/budgetreaxtransp?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jan 2007 16:59:51 -0600 Bolivians benefit from Minnesota's surplus medical goods Rather than wringing their hands over all that is wrong in the world, a Mendota Heights couple is actually doing something about it. Segundo and Joan Velasquez collect new and used medical goods headed for the trash heap in this country and send them to clinics in Bolivia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/18/boliviahelp?refid=0 Sun, 21 Jan 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Will a mileage tax replace the gas tax? Money collected from the 20-cents-a-gallon state motor fuels tax has flattened out after decades of steady increases. Some politicians say the state needs to explore an alternative. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/02/mileagetax?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jan 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Inflation may send Minnesota's transportation spending off a "funding cliff" After years of big budgets for road and bridge construction, state spending on transportation is headed for a sharp drop off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/02/contruction?refid=0 Sun, 14 Jan 2007 15:14:04 -0600 Legislators in a race to keep up with transportation needs Declining gas tax revenue and road and transit needs await the 2007 Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/14/previewtranspo?refid=0 Tue, 26 Dec 2006 00:05:00 -0600 Demand for groceries is up at food shelf serving American Indians The food shelf at the Division of Indian Work in Minneapolis temporarily ran out of food recently. They're not alone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/13/indianfood?refid=0 Sun, 17 Dec 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Central corridor rail line moves ahead with key federal approval There's still plenty that could derail the project, but the prospects for a line rail line between St. Paul and Minneapolis moved a major step forward on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/14/centralengineering?refid=0 Thu, 14 Dec 2006 16:00:00 -0600 Three major bus rapid transit projects going nowhere fast Bus Rapid Transit plans around the region are stalled for lack of money and other problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/29/brtstalled?refid=0 Thu, 07 Dec 2006 15:17:16 -0600 Decline in vehicle sales tax collections may mean leaner times for transit A slump in the motor vehicle sales tax revenue means less money for the Twin Cities public transit system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/06/mvsttroubs?refid=0 Wed, 06 Dec 2006 18:00:00 -0600 Metro churches link up to lift families out of poverty Families Moving Forward helps families find jobs, housing and education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/families?refid=0 Fri, 24 Nov 2006 10:00:00 -0600 Fed approval a major step for St. Croix River bridge A plan to build a new bridge across the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin cleared another major hurdle Monday, as the federal government signed off on the project's environmental impact study. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/stcroixbridge?refid=0 Mon, 20 Nov 2006 15:45:16 -0600 Twin Cities lags competing communities in transit effort Even with the approval by Minnesota voters to dedicate all of the motor vehicle sales tax revenue to transportation, other cities get a bigger piece of the transit pie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/16/transitranking?refid=0 Fri, 17 Nov 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Transportation amendment won't pay for it all Despite Tuesday's vote approving the transportation amendment, some lawmakers are predicting a sharp drop in road construction over the next two years unless the gas tax and tab fees are increased. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/09/transportationamendment?refid=0 Thu, 09 Nov 2006 04:00:00 -0600 Agricultural interests push counties for "10-ton roads" Farmers and others say moving the millions of tons of farm commodities off fields and to market is taking a heavy toll on county roads. The fix could cost billions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/30/tentonroads?refid=0 Tue, 07 Nov 2006 05:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis targets downtown jams and neighborhood speeding Minneapolis officials are trying to solve two of the city's most persistent transportation problems with a 10-year plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/30/mplstranspo?refid=0 Thu, 02 Nov 2006 02:00:00 -0600 Supreme Court hears challenge to transportation funding amendment Behind the argument over the amendment is an increasingly fractious tug of war over how to increase funding for a Minnesota transportation system that is slowly crumbling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/25/mvestcourt?refid=0 Wed, 25 Oct 2006 14:38:05 -0500 Music and Ibsen join in message of forgiveness Terje Vigen, Ibsen's poem of forgiveness is in English and set to music performed by a Norwegian group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/18/ibsen2006?refid=0 Wed, 18 Oct 2006 16:23:27 -0500 Diesel begins the journey toward becoming a cleaner fuel This weekend, diesel's image as a smelly, dirty fuel undergoes an official makeover. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/12/diesel?refid=0 Fri, 13 Oct 2006 16:00:00 -0500 The reuse movement takes on our disposable culture Salvaging and reuse have become big businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/09/reuse?refid=0 Mon, 09 Oct 2006 15:54:00 -0500 Vento Nature Sanctuary reclaims land and lost history A large piece of land on the edge of downtown St. Paul that was once a dump, a train yard and a brewery is being transformed into the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/02/ventopark?refid=0 Sun, 08 Oct 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Powell says U.S. was "dead wrong" about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tuesday in Minneapolis the United States was, "dead wrong," when the government said Saddam Hussein was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/02/powellum?refid=0 Tue, 03 Oct 2006 15:00:00 -0500 State holds onto money to train minorities for transportation jobs Minnesota Department of Transportation officials say they don't have the money to train more people of color for jobs in transportation, even though federal money is available. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/29/traingmoney?refid=0 Sun, 01 Oct 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Ballot question would set aside money for roads and transit Minnesota voters will be asked whether the state Constitution should be amended to require that all of the sales taxes collected on motor vehicles be spent on roads, bridges and transit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/27/mvst1?refid=0 Thu, 28 Sep 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis goes green to save green The buildings we live and work in consume a lot of energy. When the buildings are owned by government, taxpayers end up footing the utility bill. Minneapolis officials have signed on to a plan which commits them to dramatic energy savings in new public buildings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/05/greenmpls?refid=0 Thu, 14 Sep 2006 00:00:00 -0500 The outlook for Minnesota jobs Minnesota's jobs picture this Labor Day is decidedly mixed. The state economy is adding jobs at a much stronger pace than the national average. And a new state survey shows a growing number of job vacancies. The problem is the pay rate for many of the jobs is low. The median hourly wage is just $10. There are other troubling prospects on the horizon as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/04/mnjobsoutlook?refid=0 Mon, 04 Sep 2006 16:30:00 -0500 Cookies are crime prevention tool in north Minneapolis Every week dozens of neighborhood teens show up at Cookie Cart on West Broadway in north Minneapolis. For many it's their first job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/22/cookiescrime?refid=0 Fri, 25 Aug 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Another bicyclist killed in Minneapolis A bicyclist was killed Thursday morning near the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. It's the second bike fatality in as many weeks in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/17/bikesafety?refid=0 Thu, 17 Aug 2006 16:28:23 -0500 Coleman supports higher gas mileage standards Higher gas prices are fueling the call for cars that get better gas mileage. For years, U.S. automakers have resisted attempts to raise the mandatory mileage requirements. Now a new attempt is underway in Washington, with an unlikely supporter -- Minnesota's Republican Sen. Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/28/gasmileage?refid=0 Tue, 01 Aug 2006 05:00:00 -0500 U. S. tax dollars help bid for democracy in Burma A Minneapolis man spent part of his summer helping pro-democracy activists who oppose the brutal military regime in Burma. His trip was paid for, in part, by the U.S. government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/03/nedactivist?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jul 2006 07:00:00 -0500 Familiar causes lead to new rise in crime in Minneapolis Getting tough on crime in this country has had mixed results. Many ex-convicts are getting out of prison, and are ill-prepared to resume life. At the same time, police and youth workers report a rising number of disaffected young people turning to a life of crime for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/07/crimecauses?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jul 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Dull, old, unloved and still the best way to save energy dollars Conservation advocates struggle to make their case as public attention focuses on flashy new energy alternatives. But some Minnesotans find conservation is an energy source. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/27/conservation?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jun 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Fate of Central Corridor linked to funding questions The Met Council votes on whether or not to recommend building the $840 million Central Corridor rail line between St. Paul and Minneapolis on June 28th. Whatever it recommends, the council has little control over what Minnesota voters do this fall on a major piece of the Central Corridor's funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/20/centraltransitwrap?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jun 2006 00:05:00 -0500 No takers on Crosstown highway reconstruction There's another delay in relieving congestion on Minnesota's biggest traffic bottleneck. Minnesota Department of Transportation officials said Friday construction on the Crosstown interchange in south Minneapolis and Richfield, scheduled to start this summer, has been put off indefinitely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/16/crosstown?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jun 2006 15:29:41 -0500 Fifty years of "The Singing Wilderness" There's a piece of paradise in northeastern Minnesota, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the BWCA. Admirers credit a book published 50 years as part of the inspiration for creating the wilderness area. And they credit the author, the late Sigurd Olson, for putting into words the reasons humans need wilderness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/01/sigolsonanniversary?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jun 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Will LRT and change come to central corridor neighborhoods? There's wide agreement that building a nearly $1 billion light rail line between St. Paul and Minneapolis will affect surrounding neighborhoods. The disagreement is over whether the effects will be good or bad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/11/corridorpreview?refid=0 Mon, 22 May 2006 14:00:00 -0500 Rising gas costs ending sprawl? At one point lower gasoline prices allowed families to afford a nice home out in the country and not pay an arm and leg for fuel to get to Minneapolis or St. Paul for work. But has $3 gas changed that equation? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/01/gasdevelopment?refid=0 Wed, 10 May 2006 16:15:00 -0500 Northstar commuter rail reaches major milestone The proposed Northstar Commuter Rail service appears to be moving forward, with the announcement Monday of a key track leasing deal. The agreement gives the Northstar Rail Authority permission to use Burlington Northern Santa Fe track between Big Lake and Minneapolis indefinitely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/08/northstar?refid=0 Tue, 09 May 2006 00:00:00 -0500 A bicycle built for seven peddles world peace Could the conference bike lead to world peace? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/26/confbike?refid=0 Fri, 28 Apr 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Road costs more often being paid by property taxes Think Minnesota's transportation costs are funding with revenue from gasoline tax and license tabs? Think again. And check your property tax bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/20/transpofunding?refid=0 Sun, 23 Apr 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Local group helps returning vets Minnesota's military veterans sometimes need help with medical, social and financial issues once they return home. A small nonprofit group gets high marks for its responsiveness to veterans' problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/17/macv?refid=0 Tue, 18 Apr 2006 04:00:00 -0500 A cycling mecca gets lessons on becoming more bike friendly Minnesota and the Twin Cities are bicycling meccas. We consistently get high marks from cyclists around the country for our system of trails. But we have a ways to go before we match the bicycling mania that grips the residents of Munster, Germany. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/29/germancycling?refid=0 Sun, 09 Apr 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Distractions take their toll on Minnesota drivers Every year as many as 100 people in Minnesota die in vehicle crashes because they were distracted while driving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/04/impaireddriving?refid=0 Fri, 07 Apr 2006 00:01:00 -0500 Confusion about MVST ballot question fuels funding debate at Capitol Transportation advocates are worried they're confusing Minnesota voters with language they may face this November on the state's general election ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/29/mvest?refid=0 Thu, 30 Mar 2006 16:00:00 -0600 A year after shootings, little has changed in mental health care for kids The Red Lake school shootings a year ago put a spotlight on supplying effective mental health care for Minnesota children. A year later experts say there's been no improvement in services or access for children who need help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/16/kidsafterredlake?refid=0 Tue, 21 Mar 2006 17:00:00 -0600 Roundabouts coming to intersections near you Vehicles are stacking up at an increasing number of Twin Cities intersections controlled by lights or stop signs. During a rush hour it's common for long lines of commuters to wait and then inch ahead. One solution is roundabouts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/13/roundabouts?refid=0 Mon, 13 Mar 2006 16:30:00 -0600 Personal choices contribute to global warming Manufacturers make conventional cars that get lots of miles per gallon, and thus emit much less pollution. But most Minnesotans are driving more and bigger vehicles, creating more -- not less -- pollution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/01/carbon?refid=0 Mon, 06 Mar 2006 14:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty's roads plan: Less than meets the eye? Gov. Tim Pawlenty began a push Wednesday for passage of a constitutional amendment that would set aside millions of tax dollars for road construction and mass transit, saying it could leverage billions more to tackle backlogged projects. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/02/01_olsond_transpoplan/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2006 12:49:00 -0600 Recent case exposes cracks in fractured mental health system A grisly killing in Burnsville early this month has renewed calls for reforming Minnesota's mental health care system. A day after he was denied admission to a hospital, a 23-year-old man diagnosed with depression allegedly decapitated his stepmother. While the incident is isolated and extreme, critics say it illustrates the problems with gaining access to the state's mental health care system. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/20_olsond_mentalhealth/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2006 16:00:00 -0600 'Mortgage foreclosure rescues' cost some their homes Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Minnesota homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments have become victims of a controversial lending practice known as mortgage foreclosure rescue. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/07_olsond_stripping/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jan 2006 07:26:00 -0600 Urban Youth Conservation program steers kids from gang life A one year-old Minneapolis gang diversion project is struggling with success. Struggling because it is overwhelmed with young black men and teens who want to participate. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/22_olsond_urbanyouth/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2005 15:41:00 -0600 Wrecks on the road As many as 2,800 Minnesota drivers have unknowingly bought wrecks. State Farm Insurance, the country's largest vehicle insurer, admits it totaled vehicles involved in crashes, but didn't change their titles to show they were wrecked or salvage cars. Consumers are dissatisfied with State Farm's proposal to settle the issue. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/15_olsond_autoscams/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2005 05:00:00 -0600 Christenson, architect of key education reforms, dies at 75 Gerald Christenson, who had a hand in shaping in state education policy for decades despite never holding elective office, has died of cancer. He was 75. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/01_olsond_obit/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2005 11:23:00 -0600 Will proposed Medicaid cuts hurt or help? Minnesota officials are bracing for federal funding cuts and rule changes in Medicaid. The welfare program pays for health care for half a million poor people in Minnesota. The changes are part of the controversial House and Senate budget reconciliation bills. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/15_olsond_medicaid/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2005 15:37:00 -0600 MSP opens new runway as nation's air system edges toward gridlock There's a new runway open for takeoffs and landings at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. Even with this expansion and the addition of runways at other airports, experts say we're approaching air travel gridlock because the system isn't growing fast enough. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/27_olsond_runway/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2005 00:02:00 -0500 Bus, rail or what between St. Paul and Minneapolis? Long before the Hiawatha light rail line was even a gleam in the eye of Twin Cities transit lovers, there was a more promising route, the Central Corridor between St. Paul and Minneapolis. The question is what should be built there -- bus or rail. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/25_olsond_corridorb/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2005 00:02:00 -0500 The campaign to save the Whitewater River One of Minnesota's most scenic and best loved rivers, the Whitewater in southeastern Minnesota, is sick and growing sicker. The state has already declared portions of the river's three branches impaired or polluted because of high fecal coliform levels. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/10_olsond_impairedriver/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2005 14:00:00 -0500 Urban runoff a toxic brew The runoff from rainstorms carries away a toxic brew of substances spilled onto roadways and parking lots. Most of it goes untreated into lakes and rivers. There's a long list of regulations to control stormwater runoff, but compliance is sketchy and cleanup is slow. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/10_olsond_impairedrunoff/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Lots of lots foil transit The Twin Cities has a love affair with parking lots, it seems. Thousands of acres are devoted to them. Transit advocates rail against them, saying parking lots are a waste of space. They say Minnesota's property tax system is one factor which encourages the proliferation of lots. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/20_olsond_taxtransit/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Businesses sending along higher energy costs to consumers Business people are building the rising cost of gasoline into the price they charge for their products. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/02_olsond_trucking/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2005 16:10:00 -0500 Minnesota musicians play to save the European folk (music) A Minnesota dance band is preserving the folk music fast disappearing from Europe. Four women and a man make up Orkestar Bez Ime, pronounced, 'ore-kehstar bezz-EE-may'. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/08/30_olsond_orkestar?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2005 13:51:00 -0500 Crash in Mosul kills Minnesota soldier The mother of Elden Arcand says he enlisted in the Army so others wouldn't have to serve. His Forest Lake family learned Monday the 22-year old Army Private First Class was killed in Iraq. He is the 26th Minnesotan to die as a result of injuries sustained in the war. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/24_olsond_casualty/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2005 15:41:00 -0500 Reflections on race from a World War II veteran The Minnesota Historical Society is observing the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II this weekend. One event features music by World War II veteran Charles Beasley and his big band. Beasley was an Army musician during the war, in an all-black unit. The anniversary gives Beasley a chance to reflect on race relations in this country. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/12_olsond_beasley/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Aug 2005 04:00:00 -0500 Federal money promotes walking and biking Tucked away in the transportation bill is more than $600 million to encourage children to walk or bike to school. The provision is called Safe Routes to School. Pedestrian and bicycle advocates call the measure a major advance for encouraging non motorized traffic in this country and a way to improve childrens' health. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/02_olsond_saferoutes/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2005 15:46:00 -0500 Minnesota funding boosted by transportation bill Congress is poised to vote on a new federal transportation bill. The House is expected to vote tonight and the Senate is expected to vote on it tomorrow. Many observers predict the bill will be passed, since most differences have been ironed out. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/28_olsond_transpobill/?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2005 16:47:00 -0500 Ameriquest's lending practices questioned The Minnesota attorney general's office confirms that it's investigating the mortgage lending practices of Ameriquest, one of the country's largest home mortgage lenders. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/27_olsond_predatorylending/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2005 16:55:00 -0500 Minnesota law targets foreclosure scams Minnesota officials are watching to see if a state law is helping protect people from mortgage foreclosure scams. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/27_olsond_foreclosure/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Meeting tries to break logjam over Stillwater bridge Representatives from 28 groups meet Tuesday at Stillwater City Hall to try agree on a plan for a new bridge across the St. Croix River. While some participants say an agreement is close, at least two groups say they still oppose a new bridge. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/19_olsond_bridge/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2005 05:30:00 -0500 Capitol gridlock ties up transportation Minnesota lawmakers found money to make up some of the projected revenue shortfall facing Twin Cities transit service. Overall, lawmakers say, transportation spending on the state's aging road and bridge system will remain largely unchanged. The budget agreement contains no increase in the state gasoline tax, license tab fees, or other sources of revenue that could help fix what many say is a deficient state transportation system. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/11_olsond_transit/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2005 16:07:00 -0500 A new generation of crash avoidance devices aims to save lives Researchers including scientists at the University of Minnesota are working on a new generation of electronic devices that will save lives by helping drivers avoid crashes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/29_olsond_avoidance/?refid=0 Sun, 10 Jul 2005 15:00:00 -0500 In another time of war, Minnesota suspended civil liberties It was 88 years ago when the U.S. entered World War I, a conflict far more unpopular than the current war in Iraq. Then, as now, officials worried how the country could protect itself at home, and how many civil liberties should be restricted in the interest of national security. The reaction by Minnesota officials was extreme. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/04_olsond_safety/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jul 2005 14:00:00 -0500 Shutdown rips through state nonprofits and their clients The partial state government shutdown is causing Minnesota nonprofits that help battered women, immigrants and others to lay off workers and plan for closing their doors. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/01_olsond_nonprofits/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2005 16:49:00 -0500 Metro neighborhoods try to calm drivers Roadway congestion is causing a growing number of Twin Cities drivers to cut through neighborhoods. The neighbors are reacting in a variety of ways. One expert says many residents are failing to examine their own driving behavior to see if they are part of the problem. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/20_olsond_calming/?refid=0 Sun, 19 Jun 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Final 212 link will speed commute and growth Work begins this summer on the last link of one of Minnesota's longest-running and most controversial road building sagas. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/13_olsond_highway/?refid=0 Sun, 12 Jun 2005 15:00:00 -0500 SEC ends probe of General Mills General Mills says the Securities and Exchange Commission has ended its investigation of the company's sales and accounting practices, and is taking no action. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/02_olsond_generalmills/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2005 17:01:00 -0500 Minnesota vet adapts military training to humanitarian work A Minnesota veteran is adapting his military skills to help people in Darfur. That's the region of Sudan where the world's worst humanitarian disaster continues to unfold. Alex Erolin is the security manager for the Minneapolis-based American Refugee Committee. ARC is supplying health and other services for people living in the sprawling and squalid refugee camps there. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/30_olsond_olsonmemday/?refid=0 Mon, 30 May 2005 15:14:00 -0500 At the Minneapolis VA hospital, vets help vets Every day volunteers help patients navigate the miles of hallways and the maze of offices at the sprawling Minneapolis Veterans Hospital. Some see the donation of their time as a way of giving back for help given them. Others view it as a way to honor the contribution of friends or family serving in the military. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/13_olsond_vets/?refid=0 Sun, 29 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Common Hope counters globalization's corrosive effects Common Hope, a St. Paul-based nonprofit, is helping Guatemala's poorest weather the transition into the global economy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/27_olsond_common/?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Minnesota group puts human face on globalization One face of globalization is the never-ending search by business for markets and profit in every corner of the world. The nonprofit group Global Volunteers puts another face on globalization. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/27_olsond_volunteers/?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2005 14:00:00 -0500 Former Minneapolis resident works to bridge divisions in Iraq A Minnesota resident is among a group of Iraqis and others who will lead a clean-up team in the destroyed city of Fallujah. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/06_olsond_sami/?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Out of prison, but not out of trouble Minnesota's prison inmate population is rising, and so is the number being released. However, many ex-cons lack the education or skills needed to find a job. Some are still addicted to drugs. Too many return to a life of crime. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/02_olsond_exconstwo/?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2005 14:06:00 -0500 Testing companies score big profits Passage by Congress three years ago of the No Child Left Behind law has been nothing short of a windfall for testing companies in this country. This is the peak of testing season. All across Minnesota students are getting ready to take tests required by state and federal mandates. That means more business for the companies that create, publish and score the tests. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/18_olsond_testingagain/?refid=0 Sun, 17 Apr 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Rare keyboard surfaces in St. Paul Next time you're poking through grandma's attic you might keep your eyes open for one of these. A rare American-built clavichord made 244 years ago in Pennsylvania has popped up in the collection of the St. Paul Schubert Club. Curators say the instrument is priceless. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/08_olsond_clavichord/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2005 16:41:00 -0500 Rough road ahead for agreement on state transportation funding Minnesota lawmakers still have major differences over a transportation financing bill. Both Republicans and Democrats seek big spending increases for roads, bridges and transit. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/06_olsond_transportation/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2005 09:50:00 -0500 Minnesotans reflect on death of pope Thousands of Catholics and others attended services and vigils around Minnesota Saturday night to honor the memory of Pope John Paul II. One of the largest was at the St. Paul Cathedral. Archbishop Harry Flynn led a mass and offered his memories of Pope John Paul. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/02_olsond_popemn/?refid=0 Sun, 03 Apr 2005 08:07:00 -0500 Mental health care missing for most Minnesota children who need it Most young people in this country who need mental health treatment aren't getting it. A Minnesota study says less than a third of the state's children are getting the mental health care they need. The experts say there aren't enough mental health care workers and health care companies aren't making mental health a priority. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/28_olsond_frontlines/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2005 16:46:00 -0600 Searching for reasons behind school shootings Monday's shootings on northern Minnesota's Red Lake reservation, experts say, fit a tragically familiar pattern. A young man described as a loner with behavior problems from a troubled family background gets ahold of guns and begins killing people. What caused Jeff Weise to turn to violence? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/23_olsond_teens/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2005 00:02:00 -0600 Public transit options disappearing in Twin Cities Metro Transit plans to reduce or cancel service on around 70 percent of its routes each weekday and raise nearly all fares by 25 cents to deal with a budget crunch. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/15_olsond_transitcuts/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2005 12:09:00 -0600 U of M climatologist took the earth's temperature Making the case for global warming is like assembling a huge jigsaw puzzle -- the big picture emerges from many pieces. One of the early pieces came from the work of University of Minnesota climatology professor Don Baker. The U of M is recognizing Baker Friday with a lifetime achievement award. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/04_olsond_baker/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Protecting your identity Some new tools will be available this week to help prevent identity theft. Starting March 1, residents in Minnesota and surrounding states can get a free copy of their credit report every year. Experts say that'll help people spot incorrect information, and alert them to fraudulent activity. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/28_olsond_privacy/?refid=0 Sun, 27 Feb 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Finding culture and history in the suburbs The slam against suburbs is they lack culture or history. Wrong and wrong. Eden Prairie school children are discovering their suburb is loaded with culture and history, but it takes some digging to find it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/17_olsond_edina/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2005 14:33:00 -0600 Gordon Parks' many artistic faces African American photographer, composer, writer and Hollywood filmmaker Gordon Parks didn't buy his first camera and roll of film in Minnesota, but he had his first photographic show here. And the Twin Cities is where Parks got his first job playing piano and where his first musical compositions were performed. Parks is a Kansas native who spent several tumultuous teenage years in Minnesota. Now in his 90's Parks lives in New York City. His remarkable life story is told Sunday afternoon at the Ordway Theater as part of the VocalEssence Witness series. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/11_olsond_parks/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Feb 2005 16:34:00 -0600 An honor for one who scratched 'the itch' African American photographer, composer, writer and Hollywood filmmaker Gordon Parks didn't buy his first camera and roll of film in Minnesota, but he had his first photographic show here. And the Twin Cities is where Parks got his first job playing piano and where his first musical compositions were performed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/10_olsond_gordonparks/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2005 00:02:00 -0600 Species extinction rate speeding up Scientists say wildlife extinction rates are soaring. The die-off, they claim, threatens the planet's web of life or biodiversity which sustains farming, forestry and oceans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/31_olsond_biodiversity/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Feb 2005 16:34:00 -0600 Chamber calls for higher gas tax to pay for new roads The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the state's largest business interest group, today proposed a massive speedup in state transportation projects. The chamber proposes a 5 cent a gallon increase in the state gas tax, among other ideas, to pay for the package. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/26_olsond_chambertranspo/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2005 14:04:00 -0600 More fuel for the transportation debate Minnesota's transportation funding debate has gotten a big jolt with the release of a study by the Citizens League. The study recommends that Minnesota gas tax revenue, constitutionally dedicated for road and bridge building, be used for additional transportation needs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/21_olsond_citleagtrans/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2005 11:12:00 -0600 A new gospel team emerges from a family tragedy A husband and wife gospel duo was making a big mark on the Twin Cities music scene a few years when tragedy hit the family. Since then the family has worked hard to put their lives back together. Among the signs of hope, the family members are singing again. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/17_olsond_hughes/?refid=0 Sun, 16 Jan 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Banks say "trust us" on community reinvestment Federal officials want to change banking rules that have helped low-income people buy homes and start businesses. Bankers say the rules are a burden, and they can be trusted to reinvest in poor areas on their own. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/17_olsond_cra/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2005 10:00:00 -0600 Christmas hymn born out of anquish A Christmas hymn created by a Minnesota composer years ago grew out of the life and death struggle of his three-year-old son. The good news is the child survived, and the hymn went on to become a big favorite. Earlier this month, 50 years after writing the hymn, composer Paul Manz was listening to a live radio broadcast and got an early Christmas present. He heard a world famous choral group sing the tune. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/20_olsond_manz/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Dec 2004 17:16:00 -0600 In memory of a sister So far this year in Minnesota, 104 people have died because they were homeless. One of them is Janice Bradley, who was struck and killed by a car. She was remembered Thursday night in Minneapolis as part of a memorial event for all homeless people. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/16_olsond_homeless/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2004 16:11:00 -0600 St. Paul kids learning to sing from the heart Minnesota is the land of seasons -- fishing, hunting, skiing...and choral. All sorts of groups are polishing their tunes for big holiday vocal extravaganzas, including students at one St. Paul public school. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/16_olsond_choir/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2004 13:52:00 -0600 Finding asylum in Minnesota Census numbers show the number of immigrants to Minnesota has declined since September 11, 2001. However a very small component -- the number of people seeking political asylum -- has rebounded. People who win political asylum in the United States are seeking sanctuary from violent regimes in their homeland. The asylum granted a man now living in Minnesota saved his life. Now he's waiting for word that his wife and son can join him. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/25_olsond_togo/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Nov 2004 12:36:00 -0600 The next big Twin Cities transit debate Brace yourself. Now that the debate over the Hiawatha light rail line has concluded, there's another big Twin Cities transit brouhaha on the horizon. This one is the Central Corridor project. The question is what form of transit should be built between downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul -- bus or rail? The answer may be known by Jan 1, 2005. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/22_olsond_central/?refid=0 Sun, 21 Nov 2004 15:00:00 -0600 South Minneapolis 'wasteland' sprouts new development A wave of development is sweeping through one of Minneapolis' poorest neighborhoods. Ground was broken on the city's south side for another phase of the Portland and Franklin Gateway project. The Phillips neighborhood intersection was once plagued with crime. The project grows out of three decades of work started by a group of women from a religious order. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/17_olsond_development/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2004 17:21:00 -0600 Cold War refugees make music in Twin Cities The paths of two gifted musicians crossed when they moved to the Twin Cities. Both Shulamit Irina Maneev and Yuri Merzhevsky are from the former Soviet Union. They studied separately at the same music school in Russia. Now they play together the classical music they both love. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/12_olsond_russians/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Nov 2004 15:17:00 -0600 Challenges possible at the polls Most Minnesotans will cast their votes Tuesday without a hitch. However, it's almost certain that hundreds will be challenged on their right to cast a ballot. The close election, memories of Florida's voting irregularities and partisan passions will cause challengers from both major parties to scrutinize what happens at the polling place. Minnesota law allows each major party to have one challenger at each polling place. But election officials say they've trained election judges to make sure the challengers behave themselves. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/01_olsond_law/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2004 00:02:00 -0600 Police work corrupted by culture of silence A former Minneapolis police officer says a code of silence encourages unethical, even criminal, behavior among some cops. Michael Quinn says the code of silence encourages good cops to say nothing to prevent the bad behavior of other police officers. Quinn has written a book titled, "Walking With the Devil: The Police Code of Silence." http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/28_olsond_badcops/?refid=0 Thu, 28 Oct 2004 14:00:00 -0500 Palestinian-Israeli conflict not on the campaign radar screen Middle East peace has hardly been mentioned in the presidential campaign. Neither George W. Bush nor John Kerry have talked much at all about their plans for a solution to the violence between Palestinians and Israelis. One likely reason the issue doesn't come up is there's very little to debate. Analysts say Bush and Kerry have virtually identical positions. They're both strong supporters of Israel. Even so, the issue's absence from the campaign dismays two Minnesotans with a personal stake in Middle East peace. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/21_olsond_mideast/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2004 13:11:00 -0500 Light rail spurring development along transit line? Even before the Hiawatha light rail line was built in Minneapolis, boosters were predicting the transit service would be a potent development tool. Indeed, there are a lot of projects planned or already going into the ground along the rail line. Others take a broader view, and point out there's a fairly rapid pace of development all around the Twin Cities, due in large measure to the region's fast growing population. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/04_olsond_development/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2004 11:54:00 -0500 Rokia Traore' brings songs of Mali to Minnesota West African singer Rokia Traore' created quite a stir in her homeland of Mali. She shaved her head and sang in public about the plight of women. Traore's behavior was a huge break with tradition. In Mali, only select vocalists, mostly men, are allowed to perform. These days, Traore' tours the world and performs her blend of traditional and contemporary music to a growing audience of admirers. She performs Oct. 10 in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/08_rokia?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2004 00:01:00 -0500 The cost of Minnesota racial achievement gap Minnesota's racial achievement gap is wide and persistent. By junior high nearly half of the state's minority students are testing well below their white counterparts in reading, writing, and math. Poverty, experts say, is one of the most reliable indicators of who will fall into the achievement gap, and minorities are disproportionately represented among the state's poor. They and society pay a high cost for their not doing well in school. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/20_olsond_gapcost/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Sep 2004 00:01:00 -0500 The Education Achievement Gap: Minnesota's Embarrassment Minnesota students are traditionally among the nation's top performers on key standardized tests. Unfortunately, the statewide averages mask an embarrassing reality. Students of color consistently score far below their white classmates. This disparity in academic performance between groups of students is known as the achievement gap. It's a national problem. But Minnesota's gap is particularly wide. MPR News analyzes the gap in this special series, and also gives you an opportunity to suggest solutions with our Idea Generator. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2004/09/achievementgap/?refid=0 Sun, 26 Sep 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's roads are wearing out Minnesota's highways are deteriorating faster than the state can maintain them. Transportation Department officials say more than a third of state-maintained roads are in a category called "too far gone." The result is that for the first time in 20 years, the state's road quality index is declining. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/23_olsond_roads/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2004 17:09:00 -0500 Lost luggage doesn't deter Serb brass band A brass band unlike any most Americans ever hear takes the stage Wednesday night in Minneapolis at the Cedar Cultural Center. The music is straight from the villages of southern Serbia, where parties can last for days. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/15_olsond_boban/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2004 15:47:00 -0500 From war in Burma to peace in Minnesota Nearly 200 refugees from Burma are arriving in Minnesota. They are members of an ethnic minority called the Karen (pronounced kuh REN). They are part of a wave of 4000 resettling in the United States. The Karen have been fighting and losing a civil war with Burma's military leaders for 55 years. The Burmese military has tortured, raped and killed thousands of Karen people. Many of the Karen arriving in Minnesota have been living in refugee camps in Thailand. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/09_olsond_karen/?refid=0 Sun, 08 Aug 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Federal funding cuts freeze out some who need housing A cutback in federal funds has forced many Minnesota counties to freeze applications for the country's largest housing welfare program. The result is poor people who want housing help, including many with physical and mental disabilities, are being told there's none available. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/21_olsond_housing/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jul 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Gray wolf on track for removal from endangered species list U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton says the gray wolf has made such a strong comeback in Minnesota and other states it should be removed from federal protection. Norton proposed the rule change at a wolf research center near Forest Lake Friday. The announcement starts a process which would take the eastern gray wolf off the endangered species list. The action, if approved, would turn wolf management over to states, and critics say that would be a mistake. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/16_olsond_wolves/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jul 2004 15:36:00 -0500 Old music reaching new audiences Old time Scandinavian music is making a comeback with new audiences. Five musicians from the Brainerd area called Skalmusik preserve and play Swedish and Norwegian folk tunes. The group's members carry on long family traditions of playing music that reflects their heritage. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/13_olsond_skalmusik/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jul 2004 20:23:00 -0500 A cleaner Mississippi River faces new pollution challenges The Grand Excursion reminds us that Twin Cities development along the Mississippi River picked up speed with the arrival of white settlers 150 years ago. But that early development was mostly industrial and caused lots of pollution driving people away from the river. The industrial uses have declined, the water is cleaner these days and interest in living along the river has never been higher. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/28_olsond_riverdevelop/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jul 2004 16:02:00 -0500 Is Hiawatha the end of the line? The Hiawatha light rail service that begins Saturday in Minneapolis almost didn't happen. Through the 1980s and 1990s, planning fights and funding problems nearly scuttled the project. Now that the line is ready to open, new disagreements cloud the future of additional Twin Cities transit service. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/25_olsond_lrthistfuture/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jun 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Arsenic pollution found in south Minneapolis neighborhood Federal tests confirm high levels of arsenic at 10 south Minneapolis locations, including a number of homes. The sites in the Phillips neighborhood are downwind from a former pesticide plant, where arsenic was used 60 years ago. Federal officials say they want to begin cleanup of the arsenic pollution this summer. A neighborhood activist says yards at dozens more homes could have high levels of arsenic. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/16_olsond_arsenic/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2004 15:16:00 -0500 Lessons from the Holocaust Retired University of Minnesota physician Dr. Robert Fisch, the world renowned expert in mental retardation, received one of university's highest awards on Wednesday. Fisch, 78, has another distinction: he's escaped death twice. Fisch is a World War II Holocaust survivor. Then, in 1956 he escaped death in Hungary after that country's revolution against the Communists. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/02_olsond_fisch/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 2004 11:04:00 -0500 Dale Warland Singers leave on a high note The Dale Warland Singers take the stage for the final time Sunday afternoon, after 32 years of performing. Founder and conductor Dale Warland announced a year ago this was the group's final season. He says he'll devote more time to arranging and composing. The Warland Singers have won a worldwide reputation and following. A hallmark of their three decades is the commissioning and performance of new choral works. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/27_olsond_warlandfarewell/?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2004 14:00:00 -0500 Section 8 cuts sow fear among poor families As many as 2,000 poor people in Minnesota risk losing their housing by this summer. The federal Housing and Urban Development agency has cut the money it spends on a rental assistance program called Section 8. Federal officials say they're following Congress' order to cap a program whose costs are increasing 30 percent a year. The reduction is causing local housing officials to scramble for ways to avoid forcing people out of their homes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/14_olsond_hud/?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2004 16:52:00 -0500 Drivers feeling $2 a gallon gas pains Two-dollar-a-gallon gasoline is starting to bite some folks, but not others. Prices tipped over that mark at some Twin Cities gas stations this week. Most drivers are apparently coping, but a few are feeling financial pain. One expert says gas prices aren't high enough to kick off dramatic changes in behavior. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/12_olsond_gasprices/?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2004 16:39:00 -0500 A better place for troubled students A private north Minneapolis school which educates some of the city's most difficult children has a new building. The Plymouth Christian Youth Center's grand opening is Monday. The school traces it's roots 50 years ago to white seminarians who wanted to help young people in north Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/10_olsond_school/?refid=0 Sun, 09 May 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Reclaiming Minneapolis Demolition crews knock down the former headquarters building of Warden Oil near downtown Minneapolis on Friday. Neighbors hope the long awaited cleanup of one of the state's most polluted sites marks the beginning of better times for an area used as the city's dumping ground. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/06_olsond_superfund/?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2004 05:00:00 -0500 Getting the buses on board with light rail The first light-rail service in Minneapolis will start as early as mid-June. The April 3 start was delayed by the Metro Transit drivers strike. The anticipated June Hiawatha Line startup ushers in a major bus route realignment. Officials say the bus changes affect south Minneapolis, Edina, Richfield and Bloomington. The routes are being modified to bring passengers to light-rail stations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/21_olsond_lrt/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2004 08:00:00 -0500 Money targeted for a speedier bus ride in metro Even though the bus strike appears to be settled, the Twin Cities transit picture is still confusing. The Governor and lawmakers are proposing cuts to the Metro Transit budget while at the same time they support a new form of bus service called bus rapid transit or BRT. The legislature is poised to approve $30 million in start up funds for two Twin Cities bus rapid transit corridors. The "rapid" in BRT is achieved by giving buses priority over other vehicles. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/14_olsond_brt/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2004 16:42:00 -0500 Getting ready to breach the dam A researcher at the University of Minnesota is part of a salmon rescue mission. The work is helping officials in the state of Washington prepare for the country's largest dam removal project. The goal is restoration of a legendary salmon river to its original condition. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/22_olsond_dams/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2004 11:49:00 -0500 Long-range transportation troubles loom for Twin Cities Advocates say the region's lack of transit isolates people without cars. Business leaders predict growing roadway congestion will stall the Twin Cities economy. A rising chorus of voices is clamoring for a comprehensive Twin Cities transportation plan to address the problems. But there's little agreement on what to build and how to pay for it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/05_olsond_transpo/?refid=0 Sun, 04 Apr 2004 15:00:00 -0500 High schoolers set sights on building airplanes Some Minneapolis high school students want to build an airplane. The Washburn High School aviation class has everything lined up for the project - except money. There are only a handful of high school aviation classes in Minnesota like the one at Washburn. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/12_olsond_airplane/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2004 06:00:00 -0600 As Kerry mulls No. 2, Ferraro's '84 run becoming a distant memory Former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro says women running for office today face many of the same voter doubts directed at her. She says polls then and now show voters doubt women are tough enough for the country's top elective offices. Ferraro joined Walter Mondale, the l984 Democratic party presidential candidate, Wednesday in Minneapolis to talk about changes since their historic campaign. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/10_olsond_mondaleferraro/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2004 13:53:00 -0600 Driving, flying, pedaling all part of history center exhibit The new transportation exhibit at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul shows the state's railroad and street car history. There's a look at aviation and even bicycles. It's the exhibit's section on automotive history that contains some of the most intriguing details. Did you know the state once had dozens of car manufacturers? Did you know there was once a Farmer's Anti-Automobile Society? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/04_olsond_exhibit/?refid=0 Sun, 15 Feb 2004 15:00:00 -0600 U of M researchers create ethanol-to-hydrogen energy reactor President Bush and Congress have committed the country to lessening our dependence on fossil fuels by developing hydrogen as an alternative power source. However, most hydrogen is made from fossil fuels. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a way to make hydrogen from ethanol, a renewable fuel. But not everyone agrees making hydrogen from ethanol adds up. Observers say it takes a lot of energy to make ethanol. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/12_olsond_hydrogen/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2004 14:06:00 -0600 Riding the rails or stuck in traffic? The legislative session that began Monday may determine the fate of the proposed Northstar commuter rail service. Under the latest version of the plan, commuter rail cars would carry riders about 40 miles from Big Lake, north of the Twin Cities, to downtown Minneapolis. Supporters say the line is needed to relieve congestion on Highway 10 in one of the state's fastest growing corridors. Opponents acknowledge the corridor's rapid growth, but they say numbers used to support a commuter rail line don't add up. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/03_olsond_northstarupdate/?refid=0 Tue, 03 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 Media mob Minneapolis light rail for free ride Cold weather and bracing wind chills didn't stop the Hiawatha light rail line from leaving a south Minneapolis station. The media were given a preview of Minnesota's first light rail service Wednesday. Partial service doesn't begin for the fare-paying public until April 3. Riders discovered cold station platforms and warm cars on their trip. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/28_olsond_trainride/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2004 17:22:00 -0600 History theater reviews life of activist still very much alive The St. Paul-based Great American History Theatre's current production, "Joe", is about a former Catholic priest who becomes an advocate for poor people. The one-man play chronicles the work of Minneapolis activist Joe Selvaggio, the founder of Project for Pride in Living, PPL. PPL helps poor people find housing and work. Actor Jim Stowell shows Joe the rebellious Catholic priest, the protester and Joe the self-described pest as he raises money from rich people. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/23_olsond_joe/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2004 15:47:00 -0600 Minnesotan from Iraq laments family's plight A Minnesotan recently returned from Iraq says people there are happy the old regime is gone, but are fearful of the criminals preying on them. Sami Rasouli is an Iraqi-American and a Minneapolis businessman. He was born and raised in Najaf, a southern Iraq city where people suffered severe repression under Saddam Hussein. Rasouli visited several of his sisters still living in the country. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/19_olsond_sam/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2004 13:05:00 -0600 Airport people-mover running (very) late A people-mover at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport is still not moving any people, 18 months after being installed. The airport tram will carry passengers nearly a mile along one of the concourses. It's been out of commission for a year and half. The company installing the system is paying hefty penalties for the delay, and airport officials say it will be April before the tram will be working. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/15_olsond_trains/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jan 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Minnesota begins search for uninsured drivers Check to make sure your have auto insurance. It's the law in Minnesota. Soon the state will send letters to 2 percent of Minnesota's drivers, asking for proof of coverage. Vehicle owners who don't have insurance or who don't respond will lose their drivers license. It's an attempt to rein in Minnesota's rising rate of uninsured motorists. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/09_olsond_uninsured/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2004 11:26:00 -0600 Icy work building the Winter Carnival palace The weather is perfect for building the St. Paul Winter Carnival ice palace. Two shifts of volunteers are sawing huge cakes of ice -- 27,000 in all -- from Lake Phalen. Workers downtown are stacking the 500-pound blocks to build the structure. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/07_olsond_icepalace/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jan 2004 01:00:00 -0600 Bloomington Avenue rising amid blight There's a renaissance underway along one of south Minneapolis' most rundown, crime-infested thoroughfares. A new hardware store and dozens of units of new housing are going up on a blighted stretch of Bloomington Ave. But signs of renewal haven't stopped drug sellers and prostitutes from doing business there. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/09_olsond_bloomingtonave/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Flynn letter on racism draws applause Archbishop Harry Flynn received a warm welcome at a community forum in north Minneapolis on Tuesday. One African American speaker after another praised the head of the St. Paul Minneapolis archdiocese for his recent pastoral letter on racism. Flynn was applauded for calling on Catholics to root out racism in the church and society. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/02_olsond_flynn/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2003 15:42:00 -0600 Marian Biersdorf's pumpkin pie recipe Here's the Festal canned pumpkin pie recipe perfected by Marian Biersdorf. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/27_olsond_pierecipe/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 The pumpkin pie lady Homemade pumpkin pies will be on lots of Thanksgiving day tables for dessert. And whether they know it or not, the pie eaters in our region have Minnesota's Marian Biersdorf to thank for blazing a culinary trail. Thirty years ago Biersdorf used her college training and the memory of her mother's recipe to create what many of us know as the traditional pumpkin pie. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/27_olsond_pumpkin/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2003 15:15:00 -0600 A tale of two police departments Why can't Minneapolis be more like St. Paul? That's the question some are asking about police community relations. For whatever reason St. Paul appears to avoid the police abuse allegations that dog Minneapolis. Both cities are seeking new chiefs of police because of retirements. But the new Minneapolis police chief will inherit strained relations with some of the city's minority residents. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/24_olsond_chiefs/?refid=0 Sun, 23 Nov 2003 15:00:00 -0600 Local officials relieved The St. Paul is staying put St. Paul officials are breathing a sigh of relief that, for the moment at least, the new St. Paul Travelers Insurance company will be headquartered here. That decision was part of Monday's announcement of the merger of St. Paul Companies and Travelers Insurance, to create the nation's second largest business insurer. Analysts say the proposed merger buys the company some time in an environment where change is the order of the day. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/17_olsond_stpaulreax/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2003 17:15:00 -0600 Fighting nuisance crime in downtown Minneapolis Police statistics show crime in downtown Minneapolis is down. Even so, a growing number of people who live and work downtown are concerned about public safety there. They say nuisance crimes, such as public urination and panhandling, are hurting downtown's image as a safe place. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/14_olsond_downtowncrime/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Big Woods preservation is on the ballot in Wayzata There's a tiny piece of the Big Woods still standing in Wayzata. Tuesday, voters in the western Twin Cities suburb next to Lake Minnetonka will decide its fate. On the ballot is a proposal, which if approved, would tax Wayzata property owners about $3 million to help pay for preserving 14 acres of trees. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/30_olsond_woods/?refid=0 Thu, 30 Oct 2003 14:16:00 -0600 Building into the sky Homebuilt aircraft enthusiasts often cite the Wright brothers as their role models. One hundred years ago the Wright brothers designed, built and flew the first homebuilt aircraft. These days there are more than 23,000 homebuilts licensed by the federal government, with 1,000 more being assembled every year. A Wisconsin man's homebuilt aircraft is the focus of a new children's book on aviation, timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of flight. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/13_olsond_fly/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Homeowners victimized by foreclosure rescue scam A St. Paul real estate investor is accused by his customers of duping them into selling their homes and taking their equity. Minnesota officials want a judge to order Hendrie Grant to turn over documents from transactions. Several homeowners facing foreclosure say Grant rushed them through a complicated and confusing real estate deal they thought would help them save their homes. Instead, they discovered they'd sold their house to Grant and had agreed to a lease-back deal with much higher monthly payments. His accusers say the deals fit the pattern of a foreclosure rescue scam. It's a little-known form of predatory lending that appears to be spreading. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/22_olsond_foreclosure/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2003 00:01:00 -0500 A Minnesota Marine is home and healing A Minnesota Marine just back from the war in Iraq says many residents he encountered welcomed American troops. Jorge Alvarado returned home Saturday after nearly nine months of duty that began with combat and ended with security detail. He faced danger at every turn but the incident that injured him was caused by a car crash. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/16_olsond_marine/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2003 14:04:00 -0500 Minnesota's poverty rate is the second lowest in the nation, but the numbers may not tell the whole story Once again, Minnesota has the country's second lowest poverty rate. However, people who help the poor say the formula for calculating poverty is woefully out of date and Minnesota's real rate is probably double what's reported. The new U.S. Census Bureau poverty numbers released Friday showed nationally that poverty rose and incomes declined for the second year running. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/26_olsond_poverty/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2003 15:05:00 -0500 Metro highway plan set to move forward The Metropolitan Council is expected to sign off Wednesday on a huge Twin Cities transportation spending package. Most of the road and bridge money approved last session by Minnesota lawmakers will go towards relieving bottlenecks. However, there are questions about how some projects that were lower on the priority list ended up being the big time money winners. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/17_olsond_transplan/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2003 11:00:00 -0500 Ride-sharing catches on in Dakota County What would it take to get Twin Cities drivers to share a ride? That's a question transportation planners are pondering as roadway congestion grows. The vast majority of roadway trips are by single occupant vehicle drivers. A Dakota County van service is using satellite technology to try attract riders by reducing waiting time for shared rides. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/11_olsond_vanpool/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2003 05:00:00 -0500 Youth greening the east side of St. Paul Surprising as it may seem, gardening is an exotic activity for some -- particularly youngsters. A program in east St. Paul has several dozen young people learning to garden. They're also selling what they raise and getting paid for their efforts. The unusual program is run by the Community Design Center of Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/04_olsond_gardens/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Debate rages over development along the Mississippi State officials say a large housing development proposed along a picturesque section of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities will damage unique natural features. The nation's largest home builder, D.R. Horton, wants to put up more than 2,000 units of riverfront housing in the Twin Cities suburb of St. Paul Park. The proposal has touched off a debate over the project's size and impact. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/28_olsond_riversedge/?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jul 2003 12:00:00 -0500 The Enthusiasts: The bicycle guy Minneapolis resident Gary Hoover commutes on a bicycle -- actually a tricyle. The self-employed handyman is a common sight on south Minneapolis streets. He's the bearded fellow pedaling a bright red, custom-made cargo three-wheeler. The Hoover family gave up their car several years ago. They rely almost exclusively on cycling to get around. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/16_olsond_enthusiasts/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2003 18:00:00 -0500 Mediation aims to resolve deadlock over Stillwater bridge The 30-year-old Stillwater bridge controversy is drawing the attention of Congress and the Bush administration. They want the environmental stalemate solved. Traffic tie-ups at the old, two-lane bridge are growing. One reason is the explosive growth in Wisconsin's St. Croix County. The Sierra Club says the congestion can be remedied in part by funneling more Wisconsin drivers to the nearby I-94 bridge. Supporters of a new Stillwater bridge say the Sierra Club plan doesn't deal with population growth in western Wisconsin. Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Olson reports. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/21_olsond_stillwaterbridge/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Remembering Kenneth Dayton Former Dayton Hudson CEO Ken Dayton is being remembered for his charitable giving to the arts. Dayton died Saturday at the age of 80, one day short of his 81st birthday. Dayton and his wife contributed more than $100 million to several arts organizations as well as a host of other civic and cultural groups over a period of 50 years. He was the last of the five Dayton brothers to run the family's retail business and left the company's leadership in the early '80s. He is the uncle of U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/21_helmsm_daytonobit/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2003 15:28:00 -0500 America's biggest real estate deal included half of Minnesota The 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase is taking a back seat to the Lewis and Clark bicentennial observance. However, the Louisiana Purchase is arguably a bigger deal -- literally. In one stroke the size of the country was doubled. Behind the transaction lurks a tale of geopolitics and intrigue. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/04_olsond_lapurchase/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jul 2003 05:00:00 -0500 The nuts and bolts of life with light rail The Hiawatha line is still 10 months away (April 2004) from starting service. Even so, anticipation is building as commuters and neighborhood residents watch the station construction. MPR's Dan Olson provides a status update of the light-rail construction and answers questions about how the system will work. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/11_olsond_lrt/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2003 14:53:00 -0500 Traffic and livability questions surround light rail station Traffic and neighborhood concerns affect development around light rail stations in a south Minneapolis neighborhood http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/10_olsond_transit/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2003 07:25:00 -0500 Minnesota human rights advocate from liberia returns to West Africa A Minnesota human rights advocate whose life has been threatened by Liberia's president Charles Taylor is returning to West Africa. Taylor was indicted by the United Nations Wednesday on war crimes charges. Samuel Kofi Woods and his family were granted political asylum in this country and moved to Minnesota after his life was threatened. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/05_olsond_liberian/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2003 15:52:00 -0500 Teen pregnancy prevention program goes wanting for money A successful Minnesota program that helps teenage mothers stay in school and not get pregnant again has been hit by state budget cuts. The program, which is run by the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency, is losing more than half its funds. The irony is the program has been widely recognized as a success. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/29_olsond_visitingnurses/?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2003 14:30:00 -0500 More illegal guns on Minneapolis streets Minneapolis police are confiscating more illegal firearms. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/27_olsond_guns/?refid=0 Mon, 26 May 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Minnesota's rising unpaid health care bill Minnesota's public hospitals and clinics are stuck with a large and growing bill for uncompensated care. It's the unpaid bill they're left holding when they treat the state's 272,000 uninsured residents. Most of the bill is paid by local taxpayers and other patients with health insurance. Hospital officials say Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget proposal will cause uncompensated care costs to grow. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/12_olsond_uncompensated/?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Mariachi strolls on to Minnesota music scene This weekend on St. Paul's west side, one of Minnesota's best known Mariachi bands performs in the state's biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration. Mariachi music is an infectious blend of brass, strings and voices featuring songs about life's eternal themes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/05_olsond_cincomusic/?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Missing link for cyclists opens A key link in the Minneapolis Midtown Greenway bicycle and pedestrian trail officially opens Saturday. The Greenway slices through south Minneapolis on abandoned railroad right of way. The new link connects Minneapolis with southwest Twin Cities suburbs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/25_olsond_greenway/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2003 13:00:00 -0500 HCMC struggles with budget problems Hennepin County officials say federal and state budget cuts are forcing them to reduce services at their medical center. Hennepin County Medical Center in downtown Minneapolis is the state's largest public hospital. A growing number of its patients don't have medical coverage and don't qualify for state or federal medical programs. County officials approved a plan Tuesday they hope will pull the medical center out of its financial tailspin. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/22_olsond_hcmc/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2003 16:13:00 -0500 U of M, city respond to riot University of Minnesota officials say they're looking for a way to respond to student misconduct off campus. Police arrested 11 U students Saturday night for allegedly damaging property in Dinkytown next to the campus after the U men's hockey team won a championship game. The 11 face expulsion from the U if they broke laws on university property. However, the U's student conduct code doesn't apply if they broke laws off campus. Other schools have off-campus student conduct codes and U officials say they need one. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/14_olsond_riotfolo/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2003 12:19:00 -0500 Light rail pulls into the Mall of America station Long before the first Twin Cities light rail car rolls a year from now builders hope to improve the location of one of line's most important stops - the Mall of America station in Bloomington. Planners orginally proposed a station a block and a half away from the shopping center. The search is underway to find the additional money it will cost to deliver light rail passengers closer to the Mall. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/09_olsond_lrtmall/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2003 05:00:00 -0500 Local opera legend, Vern Sutton, retires from U Vern Sutton, a living Minnesota opera legend, is retiring. He's ending 36 years as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Music. However, Sutton is not yet ready to leave the stage. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/02_olsond_vernsutton/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2003 16:00:00 -0600 Keeping American Indian kids in school American Indians in Minneapolis high schools have the highest dropout rate of any minority group. Eighty-five percent of them don't graduate in four years. A school district intervention worker is trying to find ways to keep these young people in school. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/18_olsond_indiankids/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2003 05:00:00 -0600 Somali advocate Omar Jamal arrested The federal government has charged Minnesota Somali activist Omar Jamal with violating immigration rules. The Homeland Security Agency has detained him in the Washington County jail. Jamal also faces criminal charges for the same allegations -- that he lied to the government to get into the country. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/01_olsond_jamal/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2003 11:43:00 -0600 Lesson on Learning: Behind the "No Child Left Behind" law The federal government has expanded its role in public schools by making unprecedented demands for raising student achievement. More than a year ago, President Bush signed into law sweeping changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The so-called "No Child Left Behind" law requires all states and local school districts to follow strict rules on student testing, teacher training and accountability. Supporters say the law ensures much needed school reform. But critics claim it's a threat to local decision making. http://news.mpr.org/features/2003/03/03_pugmiret_leftbehindthree/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2003 17:00:00 -0600 Life After Prison: Kris Megenuph's story Part two of the series profiling people getting out of prison focuses on a young woman getting over her addiction. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/04_olsond_prisonmegenuph/?refid=0 Sun, 02 Mar 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Life After Prison: Ty Larkin's story The nation's prison population the last two decades has grown to record levels. Now, a record number of those put behind bars are getting out. Many are returning to their former neighborhoods. They're looking for jobs and a place to live, and they have a prison record. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/03_olsond_prisonlarkin/?refid=0 Sun, 02 Mar 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Life After Prison The nation's prison population the last two decades has grown to record levels. Now, a record number of those put behind bars are getting out. Many are returning to their former neighborhoods. They're looking for jobs and a place to live, and they have a prison record. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/03_olsond_prisonhome/?refid=0 Sun, 02 Mar 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Remembering Orville Freeman Former Minnesota Gov. Orville Freeman, who served as agriculture secretary under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, has died. He was 84. His family says Freeman died last night of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He had been living at Walker Methodist Health Center in south Minneapolis. Minnesota's 29th governor was a Minneapolis native. He was a University of Minnesota football star, a Marine during World War II and a close friend of Hubert Humphrey. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/21_olsond_freemanobit/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Feb 2003 10:08:00 -0600 Pawlenty: State shouldn't pay for LRT operation There's another spat brewing over Minnesota's first light rail line. Supporters of the 11.5-mile transit service from downtown Minneapolis to the Mall of America in Bloomington had been counting on state funds to operate it. However, in his budget proposal, Gov. Pawlenty proposes the state pay less than half of the operating cost. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/20_olsond_lrtcuts/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2003 15:55:00 -0600 'Faces at the bottom of the well' Local authorities say the two-decade-old war on drugs has not diminished the availability of illicit drugs. That makes the job of groups trying to divert young African American men from the drug trade more difficult. One of those groups is Mad Dads. Mad Dads is an acronym for Men Against Destruction-Defending Against Drugs and Social-Disorder. The 13-year-old organization was started in Omaha. It's headquartered in Florida. The Minneapolis chapter uses prayer and straight talk to get men off the street. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/03_olsond_maddads/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Feb 2003 10:21:00 -0600 PRT pulls into the station A prototype personal rapid transit system is being built in Fridley. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/20_olsond_prt/?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jan 2003 06:00:00 -0600 Layoff pace increases in Minnesota Minnesota's economy ended on a grim note for 2002. The number of state residents who lost their jobs in December jumped 15 percent from the previous December. Last year's overall layoff rate in Minnesota was lower than the year before but still cost the state tens of thousands of jobs. The hardest hit sectors last month were construction and retail. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/09_olsond_unemployed/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2003 15:54:00 -0600 Minnesota highway deaths up in 2002 Youth, alcohol and mild winter weather are factors contributing to a sharply higher number of road deaths in Minnesota in 2002. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/03_olsond_highway/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2003 15:29:00 -0600 What's the plan? Metropolitan Council members may delay a vote on a 30-year management plan for the Twin Cities. After Republican victories in November, the Met Council is being advised to do nothing until Gov.-elect Pawlenty selects new Met Council leadership. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/17_olsond_planning/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2002 17:12:00 -0600 Waiting for the dream Immigrants are encountering long lines at Minnesota's only INS office. Nearly every morning at the Bloomington INS facility, hundreds wait outside in the winter cold. Often, many are turned away because the INS doesn't have enough staff to answer their questions. INS officials and others say the lines are growing longer because the number of immigrants to this country remains high and Congress is adding more rules on how to handle them. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/13_olsond_immigration/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Dec 2002 08:00:00 -0600 Roger the Rigger Some very large and fragile pieces of ancient Egyptian art have arrived in Minnesota. They're part of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts new exhibit, "Eternal Egypt" which opens later this month. The exhibit's 144 treasures include massive and irreplaceable granite sculptures. Moving them requires the deft touch of a rigger and a mighty big elevator. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/04_olsond_rogertherigger/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Dec 2002 17:02:00 -0600 Bread for the masses A husband and wife team scour local grocery stores for donated baked goods and deliver the food to those in need in Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/27_olsond_bread/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2002 10:00:00 -0600 Gopher Oil site being cleaned up, after decades of complaints A new chapter is unfolding for one of Minnesota's oldest polluted sites. A five-acre brownfield in a Minneapolis neighborhood is finally being cleaned, and a developer will build housing there next spring. Neighbors started complaining about the pollution 90 years ago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/25_olsond_gopheroil/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2002 06:00:00 -0600 Mondale ready to run Walter Mondale has given Democrats the answer they were looking for. Mondale says he's ready to accept their plea to replace the late Sen. Paul Wellstone on the ballot. Mondale made his intent known in a letter to state Democratic Party Chairman Mike Erlandson. Democrats plan to meet Wednesday night to consider Wellstone's replacement, and state and national Democrats have made it clear they want Mondale. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/30_olsond_mondale/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Combating crime with coffee and a smile Some south Minneapolis residents are trying to deter a rash of drug dealing and prostitution in their neighborhood. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/15_olsond_crime1/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Driving with gas; hydrogen, that is. Is hydrogen the fuel that will help us kick our dependence on foreign oil? The world's major car companies are in a race. They are trying to get models powered by hydrogen fuel cells to showrooms as early as next year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/14_olsond_fuelcell/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Protecting what remains of paradise Public support appears to be growing for protecting what remains of rare Twin Cities habitat. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/07_olsond_preservation/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 A boring adventure Workers are boring two tunnels through sandstone 70 feet below Minneapolis St.Paul International airport. When the tunnels are complete they'll allow the trains of the Hiawatha light rail line to drop off passengers at the airport's two LRT stations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/30_olsond_lrt/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Growth grates at Lake Elmo sensibilities Twin Cities' population growth is causing the Metropolitan Council to press Lake Elmo and other communities to prepare for more growth. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/16_olsond_elmo/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Fighting polio with "gentle hands" Minnesota's polio epidemics in the 1940s and early '50s caused panic, because there was no known prevention or cure. A self-taught nurse from Australia, Elizabeth Kenny, brought a revolutionary polio treatment to the state. Minnesota became her base of operations, and Kenny became America's most admired woman. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/22_olsond_sisterkinney/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 First phase of Block E opens Last-minute haggling over design details is clouding the opening of Block E in downtown Minneapolis. Commuters and others will be able to use the new underground parking ramp beginning Monday. The hotel, movie theatres and restaurants built on the once-vacant land also open soon. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/05_olsond_blocke/?refid=0 Mon, 05 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Shooting investigation begins A shootout in south Minneapolis public high rise has left a veteran police officer and a woman suspect dead. The shooting happened in the evening hours as two police officers responded to a call of woman with a gun acting in a threatening manner. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/02_hughesa_copshooting/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 To sprawl or not to sprawl State Sen. Myron Orfield, DFL-Minneapolis, is considered one of this country's most influential metropolitan demographers, and he has a new book outlining his ideas for managing sprawl. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/22_olsond_growth/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Memorial at the mounds Memorial Day draws visitors to carefully tended modern day cemeteries. All around Minnesota there are hundreds of ancient cemeteries, many unmarked and untended. Even so, many, including state archaeologists, consider them sacred ground. Many have been identified. Federal law protects them. One of the state's best known ancient burial sites is in St. Paul, high above the Mississippi River. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/27_olsond_mounds/?refid=0 Mon, 27 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Brandenburg, DNR work to save prairie A sprawling prairie restoration project is underway in Minnesota and Iowa. The first remnant is near Luverne, the southwestern Minnesota hometown of photographer Jim Brandenburg. Brandenburg is famous for pictures of wolves and other images published on the pages of National Geographic magazine. As often as he can, he returns to Luverne where he has a gallery and a pet project. Brandenburg is working with the federal government to help reclaim the first piece of Northern Tallgrass Prairie Project in an area called the Blue Mounds. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/23_olsond_prairie/?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Police, Somalis ease tension Confrontration over the police killing in Minneapolis last week of an armed, mentally ill Somali man has turned into pledges of cooperation. A Somali spokesman joined Minneapolis Police Chief Robert Olson in promising to repair relations strained by the shooting of Abu Kassim Jeilani. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/21_olsond_somalismeet/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Clean slate or coverup? There's a good chance someone you know has a criminal record. Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans have a conviction for a crime in their past. In most cases they've paid their fines and served their time. However, their criminal record follows them everywhere. It prevents many from getting work or a place to live. Some say after a period of time most criminal records should be sealed, or expunged. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/18_olsond_expunge/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Study outlines health insurance disparity A new study shows Minnesota's fastest growing minority population is the least likely to have medical coverage. Census figures show the number of Latino Minnesotans grew 166 percent during the past decade. A University of Minnesota public health study says while many of the new residents qualify for health care coverage, they don't know how to get it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/12_olsond_insurance/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 An eye for Minneapolis A young Minnesota architect, raised in Nigeria and north Minneapolis, has won a prestigious national award. His projects include inner city and suburban school designs and the renovation of his neighborhood library. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/04_olsond_architect/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Legal loansharking? Payday loan companies make high-interest, short-term loans with payment due at the borrower's next pay check. Consumer advocates say too many borrowers can't pay off the loans and refinance their way deeper into debt. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/22_olsond_payday/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Felons slip through gun background checks A new study says background checks are failing to prevent thousands of felons from buying guns. The Washington D.C.-based Americans for Gun Safety says in Minnesota the past two and half years, nearly 200 felons and others prohibited from owning guns passed background checks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/16_olsond_gunsales/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 From the ground up, and down Light-rail officials say construction on the state's largest public works project is proceeding on schedule. And they say the $675 million Hiawatha line is within budget. Some of the most intense and visible activity is on Fifth Street in downtown Minneapolis and in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood near downtown. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/20_olsond_lrt/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 The political legacy of Sharon Sayles Belton R.T. Rybak's mayoral victory in Minneapolis Tuesday marks the end of Sharon Sayles Belton's eight years in office. She was the first black and the first woman elected mayor in Minneapolis when she won the office in l993. She leaves her post in January as the city's crime rate is at it's lowest point in decades, and downtown development is at a peak. Her friends and coworkers say the achievements are part of her legacy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/07_olsond_ssbobit/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Economic shockwave hitting Minnesota The economic ripple effect of last week's terrorists attacks is taking a heavy toll on the Twin Cities convention business. Officials say concern about safety and the difficulty of flying have caused planners of several large conventions to cancel their events. The result is a sharp downturn for businesses who rely on convention trade. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/20_olsond_economy/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Mpls mayoral hopefuls support development aid The four major candidates for Minneapolis mayor all support the use of city subsidies for development. However, they have widely varying views on how much to spend and how the money should be used. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/30_olsond_mayordevel/?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis candidates debate housing issues The four major candidates for Minneapolis mayor explained how they'd supply more affordable housing in the city. City Council member Lisa McDonald, Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein, business consultant R. T. Rybak and Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton gave their views at a forum Tuesday night sponsored by two housing advocacy groups. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/21_olsond_housing/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities 'Tremors' Beneath a portion of the Twin Cities soon, a behemoth the length of a football field will be chewing its way across town. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/16_olsond_tunnel/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Hiding a 'mountain of cash' Money laundering's toll on Main Street businesses occurs when drug dealers put their cash back into circulation. Worry about corruption caused by money laundering has prompted lawmakers here and abroad to create roadblocks to slow drug dealers from hiding their ill-gotten gains. But even the regulators admit as soon as a roadblock is erected, the drug traffickers find a way around it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/03_olsond_moneylaundering/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Session 2001 Wrap-up: Transportation Even supporters of the $3.6 billion transportation funding package approved by the Legislature and governor say they're disappointed it doesn't do more for roads in the state. The bill does provide a substantial one-time boost for mass transit in the Twin Cities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/02_olsond_transportation/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 A Night on the Bridge of Souls A decade before their attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese had invaded and occupied broad stretches of China and the Korean peninsula. Japan's aggression included the massacre of more than 300,000 people in one of China's major cities, Nanjing. On May 30, 2001, Asian and American composers and musicians - including cellist Yo Yo Ma - presented the first concert of remembrance and reconciliation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/31_olsond_bridgeofsouls/?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Compassion and Survival Along with the carnage and destruction caused by World War II there are amazing accounts of compassion and survival. Two Minnesotans, former prisoner of war Richard Carroll, and Holocaust survivor Sabina Zimering told their survival accounts to Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Olson as part of MPR's 'Voices of Minnesota' series. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/25_olsond_voices/?refid=0 Fri, 25 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 More People, Fewer Homes New census numbers confirm that Minnesota's housing shortage is getting worse. The number of Minnesota's housing units increased the past decade, but demand grew faster. Census numbers show vacancy rates for both homeowner and rental occupancy are half what they were 10 years ago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/23_olsond_housing/?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Beyond NAFTA Establishing the Free Trade Area of the Americas - a vast trade area from Canada to Chile - is the ultimate objective for 34 heads of government, including President Bush. A final agreement is still years away. Many Minnesota companies welcome the prospect of easier access to customers in South America, but skeptics say the deal benefits mostly big companies and their investors at the expense of workers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/20_olsond_ftaa/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 The Faces of Minnesota: One Town's Story The new census numbers confirm a controversial fact of Twin Cities life: The growth of small towns on the fringe of the metro area is exploding. Lower land costs are attracting a flock of urban and suburbanites. Take St.Michael, along Interstate 94 on the way from the Twin Cities to St. Cloud. The town's population has doubled in the past decade. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200103/30_olsond_censussuburbs/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Turning Setbacks to Stepping Stones Minneapolis-based Fraser offers some of the most comprehensive programs in the country for children with mental disablities. But waits of a year to get Fraser services are common. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200103/27_olsond_fraser/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2001 12:00:00 -0600 From Karelia With Love A trio of Karelian folk musicians is in Minnesota to sing and play centuries-old music from their homeland. Karelia is an autonomous region of the Russian Federation. The Karelian Folk Ensemble tunes showcase ancient instruments and stories of forest wizards. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200103/08_olsond_karelian/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Musician Brings Latin Beat to Christmas in Minnesota Musicians who try give familiar Christmas tunes a fresh sound face long odds. Nearly every carol has been done in nearly every style. Minneapolis-based harpist Nicholas Carter has beaten those odds. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/21_olsond_harp/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 The Cost of Winter Heating Hits Home Just as the weather has turned bitterly cold, Minnesotans are facing much higher bills for natural gas. It may be a relatively short-term increase, as analysts are already expecting next year's bills to be lower. But this winter, many homeowners and businesses face monthly heating bills more than 50 percent higher than last year's. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/12_olsond_gasprices/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Feeding the Hungry is a Full-Time Job for Loaves and Fishes The founders of Minneapolis-based Loaves and Fishes Too opened a temporary dining hall in a church basement in the early 1980's to serve free meals to poor people. The "temporary" program starts its 20th year in January. Loaves and Fishes volunteers buy, prepare and serve more than 300,000 free meals a year at six sites. It is one of Minnesota's largest and longest running free food services. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/11_olsond_loaves/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 The Battle of Woodbury Woodbury, Minnesota - one of the fastest-growing cities in Minnesota - is the poster child for urban sprawl. Now, the city is trying to slow its growth. In doing so, some residents and would-be residents will feel the pinch. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200011/20_olsond_woodbury/?refid=0 Mon, 20 Nov 2000 12:00:00 -0600 White Earth Answers a Call to Action Residents on northwestern Minnesota's White Earth Indian reservation use an unusual strategy to combat a chronically high suicide rate. Volunteers accompany police and rescue squads on calls and try convince the person attempting suicide to get help. People on White Earth say their program saves lives and may work in other communities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/29_olsond_suicide-m/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 The Sweet Summer Corn The wealth being harvested around Minnesota these days is filling tables with summer riches. It is peak season for all kinds of delicious items from the garden. At the top of the list, inside a plain green husk, with golden yellow nuggets of pleasure inside is one vegetable above all others - sweet corn. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/24_olsond_corn/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Rhubarb Revolution Rhubarb leaves very little middle ground. Folks either like rhubarb or hate it. Ignoring it is virtually impossible, especially now, during rhubarb's peak season. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/01_olsond_rhubarb/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Justice in Black and White: The Justice Gap Black men in Minnesota are sent to prison at a rate more than three times the national average. Minnesota's imprisonment ratio of blacks to whites is 25-1, the highest of any state in the country. Some say racism is behind the disparity. Others say the causes are more complex. A study is underway to find out what's behind the imbalance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200004/17_olsond_race/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Apr 2000 12:00:00 -0500 MinnesotaCare's Unmet Challenge More than 40 million Americans don't have health insurance. In Minnesota, somewhere between 250,000 to 450,000 lack coverage. Medicaid covers the poorest of the poor. MinnesotaCare, the state's health program reaches many others. But MinnesotaCare is not free; people pay premiums. And MinnesotaCare's eligibility restrictions put it out of reach for many low-income working people. A Twin Cities network of free clinics run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet supplies care to those who fall through the cracks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200003/13_olsond_care/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Mar 2000 12:00:00 -0600 The Mondale Lectures: Atlantic City Revisited In the first of a series about his 50 years in public life, former Vice President Walter Mondale provides an insight into negotiations between civil rights activists and President Lyndon Johnson, negotiations that he brokered. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200002/11_olsond_mondalelectures/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Feb 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Behold, the Mighty Goat This is a tough time of year for goats. Sheep dominate nativity scenes everywhere. And here in Minnesota cows have a lock on the dairy market. But goats are making a stand. Their milk, cheese and meat are gaining in popularity. And in the wider world of dairy consumption, goats rule. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199912/23_olsond_goats/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Dec 1999 12:00:00 -0600 The Longest Road Why has it taken so long to finish a road project that legions of lobbyists, business owners and commuters say is desperately needed? Part of the answer is found in the way Minnesota finances road building. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199912/06_olsond_hiway/?refid=0 Mon, 06 Dec 1999 12:00:00 -0600 The Father of Gospel Music This year marks the 100th birthday of the father of black gospel music, Thomas Dorsey. St. Paul gospel singer Thelma Buckner met Dorsey and talked about his legacy with Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Olson. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199907/22_olsond_dorsey/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jul 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Climbing On the Train An MPR poll shows most Twin Cities residents favor spending money for a light-rail transit system. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199907/02_olsond_lrtpoll/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jul 1999 12:00:00 -0500 An Institution Turns 90 Few people who've served Minnesota have been held in high esteem as Elmer L. Anderson. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199906/17_olsond_elmer/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Ancient Carvings Leave Their Mar Tucked away in southeastern Minnesota, a mysterious hand is carved into a long rock outcropping. It and thousands of other symbols were carved centuries ago by the Dakota, but what do the carvings mean? Interest in the site is heating up as archaelogists and visitors flock to the Jeffers Petroglyph Site. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/27_olsond_petro/?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Legislators Give LRT a Lift But critics say the transit plan will cost much more than proponents claim. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/12_olsond_lrt/?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Small Towns Face Building Boom (News Feature) http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/26_olsond_elko/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Poet President During his trip to the Twin Cities, Vaclav Havel calls for a civil society. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/26_olsond_havel/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Pass the Bucks The Legislature's refusal to fund light-rail transit has other cities in line to grab the federal funds the state could've used. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/12_olsond_transit/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Tara the Tutor Tutors teaching kids in the inner-city learn how to change a life - or two. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/06_olsond_tutor/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Light Rail Highlights Ventura Transit Budget Some legislators wonder if metro projects will sap money for rural transit plans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199901/29_olsond_transit/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Getting Skills Government decides when training is more important that having a job. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199810/13_olsond_training/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 1998 12:00:00 -0500 The Economics of Organic Farming Although farmer Carmen Fernholz has found organic farming to be profitable, his approach is not viable for everyone. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199806/09_olsond_fernholz-m/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Abusing the Body Check Some believe body checking should be banned from boys' high school hockey because of the chance of serious injury. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199803/04_olsond_hockey/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Remembering Dave Moore Pat Miles, Bud Kraehling, and other colleagues recall newsman Dave Moore's impact on Twin Cities media. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199801/29_olsond_moore/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 1998 12:00:00 -0600