Minnesota Public Radio features by Bob Reha http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=59 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:16:35 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Bob Reha http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Tribal colleges offer specialized education The nation's 35 tribal colleges offer a specialized approach to higher education. The goal is to get Indian students into the classroom and a career. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/01/tribalcolleges?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jan 2007 13:00:00 -0600 Two Minnesota soldiers killed by same blast The two Minnesota National Guard soldiers who were killed in Iraq this weekend were from the same unit based in Crookston. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/04/soldierskilled?refid=0 Mon, 04 Dec 2006 16:21:23 -0600 Wahpeton soldier killed in Afghanistan The latest North Dakota soldier killed in Afghanistan is a National Guard member from Wahpeton. A Guard spokesman says Cpl. Christopher Kleinwachter, 29, died of injuries in a vehicle rollover Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/01/soldierobit?refid=0 Fri, 01 Dec 2006 13:48:25 -0600 North Dakota Senator becomes powerful voice for Indians When Congress goes into session in January, the shift of power from Republicans to Democrats will be good for the upper Midwest. In the U.S. House, the Agriculture and Transportation committees will be chaired by Minnesota Rep. Jim Oberstar and Collin Peterson. North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan will chair the Indian Affairs Committee. Indian advocates say they're happy the three-term Democrat will take over the leadership position. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/21/dorganindianaffairs?refid=0 Fri, 24 Nov 2006 00:00:01 -0600 Peterson becomes a powerful voice for agriculture Now that Democrats have won a majority in both houses of Congress changes in leadership are coming. Minnesota 7th District Rep. Collin Peterson will be the new chair of the House Agriculture Committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/09/petersonagchair?refid=0 Thu, 09 Nov 2006 15:00:00 -0600 High turnout for a mid-term, experts say Despite reports of a few problems at some polling places today, it appeared Election Day is running smoothly, with estimates indicating high turnout for a mid-term election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/07/turnout?refid=0 Tue, 07 Nov 2006 16:30:00 -0600 7th Congressional District race offers clear choices Rep. Collin Peterson won the 7th Congressional District seat for the first time in 1990. In the past 16 years, the Democrat has solidified his bond with voters in the conservative district. This year he's challenged by Republican Michael Barrett. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/06/7thdistrict?refid=0 Tue, 31 Oct 2006 02:00:00 -0600 Iraq, transportation, taxes dominate Moorhead Senate debate The three candidates running for Minnesota's open U.S. Senate seat held a lively debate Tuesday night on the Concordia College campus in Moorhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/11/midday2?refid=0 Tue, 10 Oct 2006 22:00:00 -0500 Rodriguez sentenced to death The jury has decided Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. should be executed for the kidnapping and death of college student Dru Sjodin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/22/rodriguezpenalty?refid=0 Fri, 22 Sep 2006 10:50:13 -0500 Rodriguez's mother urges jury to spare son's life Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.'s mother was called Tuesday as a witness in federal court to help spare her son from the death penalty for the killing of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/12/rodrigueztest?refid=0 Tue, 12 Sep 2006 17:04:03 -0500 Rodriguez guilty in Sjodin case Jurors have found Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. guilty of kidnapping resulting in the death of college student Dru Sjodin. The verdict clears the way for the first death penalty deliberations in North Dakota in more than a century. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/30/rodriguezverdict?refid=0 Wed, 30 Aug 2006 11:56:43 -0500 Prosecutors outline case against Rodriguez Lawyers took very different approaches to opening statements in the trial of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. Monday. Rodriguez, 53, of Crookston is charged with kidnapping resulting in the death of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin. She disappeared from a Grand Forks mall parking lot in November 2003. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/14/rodriguezday1?refid=0 Mon, 14 Aug 2006 09:51:48 -0500 Jury to begin hearing Rodriguez case Monday Jurors will begin hearing the death penalty case against Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. next week. Twelve jurors and four alternates are being selected from a pool of 70 people. Rodriguez is on trial for the kidnapping and killing of a 22-year-old woman in 2003. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/10/jurypoolrodriguez?refid=0 Thu, 10 Aug 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Managing a river of extremes City officials in Fargo, North Dakota are paying close attention to the weather. The city is dependent on the Red River of the North for all of its water. The situation has prompted some precautionary actions to conserve. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/02/managingredriver?refid=0 Fri, 04 Aug 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Drought forces ranchers to make tough decision Drought conditions in northwest Minnesota and the Red River Valley are hurting farmers and ranchers. The dry weather isn't just damaging crops and reducing yields, it also has some ranchers selling off cattle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/21/livestockprices?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jul 2006 00:00:01 -0500 Jury selection a deliberate process Picking a jury pool in a high-profile case is a bit of art and science. Lawyers interview people looking for some very specific qualities and characters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/17/juryselection?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jul 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Jury selection begins in Rodriguez trial The first day of jury selection begins in the Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. trial. He is accused of kidnapping and killing Dru Sjodin in November, 2003. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/05/juryselectionbegins?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jul 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Fargo/Moorhead a destination point for new immigrants Fargo, North Dakota has a long history of accepting people driven out of their homeland by war. Twenty years ago, the city saw an influx of refugees from Vietnam. In the years since the nationalities have changed but the influx of new Americans and the communities acceptance of them, has not. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/26/immigrationpatterns?refid=0 Sun, 02 Jul 2006 15:00:00 -0500 North Dakota's first capital punishment case in 100 years set to begin in Fargo For the first time since 1905, a capital punishment is being argued in federal court in Fargo, North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/13/nddeathpenalty?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jun 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Pelican Rapids confronts housing shortage Pelican Rapids is attracting retirees and summer residents with lakeside cabins, as well as new immigrants looking for work. As a result, good housing is in short supply. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/25/pelicanrpdshousing?refid=0 Tue, 30 May 2006 14:00:00 -0500 North Dakota National Guard loses soldier A soldier with the North Dakota National Guard has died in Iraq. Military officials say Specialist Michael Hermanson, 21, of Fargo, was killed Tuesday when his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade south of Balad, Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/25/fargosoldier?refid=0 Thu, 25 May 2006 16:47:14 -0500 The number of children raised by grandparents is on the rise in Minnesota About 71,000 children in Minnesota are being raised by their grandparents or other relatives. It's a situtation that presents a number of problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/11/grandparentsstepin?refid=0 Tue, 23 May 2006 00:00:01 -0500 Moorhead utility wants to revive interest in wind power Wind power is popular with with consumers in Moorhead, Minnesota. The local utility, Moorhead Public Service is now trying to expand its customer base. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/28/windcustomers?refid=0 Thu, 11 May 2006 15:00:00 -0500 NCAA upholds ban on Fighting Sioux mascot The NCAA has denied the University of North Dakota's appeal to continue using the Fighting Sioux nickname in postseason tournaments. It's the second time the University of North Dakota, UND, has lost an appeal on this issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/28/ncaavsund?refid=0 Fri, 28 Apr 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Jump Start program helps people move on in life The Jump Start program helps low income people of the White Earth Nation get cars and find jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/18/jumpstart?refid=0 Sun, 23 Apr 2006 14:30:00 -0500 Waffle Plan researchers convinced they can lower flood levels After four and half years of research, advocates of the Waffle Plan say it will reduce flood levels for cities and towns in the Red River Valley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/13/waffleredux?refid=0 Mon, 17 Apr 2006 00:00:01 -0500 Cluster clinics help migrant workers stay healthy Health concerns aren't often at the top of the list for migrant workers, but their health problems can be chronic. Diabetes and obesity are problems, and often migrant workers aren't doing anything to monitor their diseases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/28/migranthealth?refid=0 Tue, 11 Apr 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Things begin to look up along Red River Volunteers are working throughout Eastern North Dakota and Western Minnesota to fortify their defense against flooding. And their efforts appear to be paying off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/01/floodsat?refid=0 Sat, 01 Apr 2006 16:50:55 -0600 Sandbags reappear along Red River It likely won't be a repeat of the infamous 1997 flood, but Red River Valley areas are watching the river closely as some flooding is likely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/31/flood?refid=0 Fri, 31 Mar 2006 15:45:42 -0600 "Fargo" the movie turns 10 The tenth anniversary of the release of the movie "Fargo" gets royal treatment, coinciding with the city's 6th annual film festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/01/fargoanniversary?refid=0 Thu, 02 Mar 2006 00:00:00 -0600 Curling gets more popular Curling is getting more popular at regional rinks because of a post-Olympic glow. The success of the U.S. men's curling team's is the cause. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/28/curlingfrenzy?refid=0 Wed, 01 Mar 2006 14:00:00 -0600 A burning hot new market for corn farmers Some corn farmers can't keep up with the demand to dry their corn for use in corn stoves. Such stoves won't ever replace ADM as a global corn market, but they are bringing money into farmers' pockets in a new way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/17/cornmarket?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2006 00:00:00 -0600 North Dakota town wants to stop fast trains A small North Dakota town fights a Burlington Northern Santa Fe plan to increase train speeds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/14/fasttrains?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2006 14:00:00 -0600 Art lessons from China Even as American businesses are trying to forge business links in China, so are children in the Red River Valley. Students in one elementary school are exchanging art with Chinese students. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/31_rehab_youngart/?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Pelican Rapids High School is improving its grades The Pelican Rapids High School is rising to the challenges of teaching a diverse population and satisfying new national education standards. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/27_rehab_nclbpelicanrpds/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2006 14:00:00 -0600 Fargo man combines health care with art Ken Heide uses his woodworking skills to help people live a regular life. He is one of the few people left in the U.S. who carve wooden legs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/09_rehab_woodenlegs/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2006 00:01:00 -0600 Authorities explore ways to curb underage drinking A coalition of police and public health officers in northwestern Minnesota are working together to curb underage drinking. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/03_rehab_kidsliquor/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2006 01:00:00 -0600 University of Minnesota - Crookston anticipates big changes University of Minnesota - Crookston officials are working to develop a new mission for the Crookston campus. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/27_rehab_umcfuture/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Minnesota recovers from winter storm Folks across the region began to dig out from the first winter storm of the year Tuesday. High winds, combined with ice and snow, toppled hundreds of power poles and made driving nearly impossible. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/29_gundersond_morewinterwx/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2005 10:01:00 -0600 Winter storm moves into Minnesota A winter storm glazed roads, stranded travelers, knocked out power and closed schools in western Minnesota and the Dakotas on Monday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/28_ap_weather/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2005 12:39:00 -0600 Community seeks answers to binge drinking A series of tragic events in northwestern Minnesota has refocused attention on underage binge drinking. Excessive alcohol is blamed for the recent deaths of two college students. Everyone agrees there is a problem, but finding a solution is difficult. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/25_rehab_msumdrinkfollow/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Nov 2005 13:00:00 -0600 Airline industry problems don't hurt UND's smooth ride Despite the airline industry's financial problems, one of the country's largest aviation schools at the University of North Dakota is still very popular with students. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/08_rehab_undaviation/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2005 12:32:00 -0600 St. Paul effort meets adoption's challenges About 2,000 children are adopted by Minnesota families every year. For the past four years the St. Paul Public Schools have been providing classes that allow families with adopted children to meet and learn from each other. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/24_randolpht_adoption/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Oct 2005 04:00:00 -0500 Charges filed in alcohol death of Moorhead student Prosecutors charged six men Monday with felonies for selling liquor to an underaged student at Minnesota State University - Moorhead. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/10_rehab_drinkingcharges/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2005 15:51:00 -0500 Officials trying to stop off-campus drinking Moorhead college student Patrick Kycia's death has revived calls to address the problem of binge drinking. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/05_rehab_msumdrinking/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2005 18:00:00 -0500 Smaller towns expect to keep Northwest air service Smaller cities across upper Midwest expect to retain Northwest air service, despite the company's recent bankruptcy filing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/19_rehab_nwaregional/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2005 17:15:00 -0500 Katrina sparks memories of 1997 flood The images from Hurricane Katrina hit close to home in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where eight years ago a historic flood, ravaged the city. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/07_rehab_memories/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2005 16:17:00 -0500 South Dakota's Ellsworth AFB to stay open The federal base closing commission voted Friday to keep Ellsworth Air Force Base open. The commission rejected the Pentagon's recommendation to close South Dakota's second-largest employer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/26_rehab_ellsworthopen/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2005 15:47:00 -0500 NCAA bans Indian mascots, nicknames from postseason The NCAA is banning the use of American Indian mascots by sports teams during its postseason tournaments. Regionally, the announcement is expected to have the most impact at the University of North Dakota, home of the Fighting Sioux. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/05_rehab_sportsnames/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2005 16:37:00 -0500 Winners and losers assess impact of CAFTA Farm leaders disagree over the benefits of the Central American Free Trade Agreement, which was signed by President Bush this week. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/12_rehab_cafta/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2005 03:00:00 -0500 Consumers have mixed reaction to reopening U.S. border to Canadian cattle Consumer reaction is mixed to lifting of the ban on Canadian cattle imports to the U.S. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/29_rehab_beefissues/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2005 11:04:00 -0500 Minnesota Marine killed in Iraq A Marine from Minnesota was killed in Iraq Saturday. Sgt. Bryan James Opskar, 32, grew up in Princeton. Officials with the Marine's Minneapolis office say Opskar died when a roadside bomb exploded. Opskar is being remembered as a leader and a team player. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/25_rehab_opskarobit/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2005 13:55:00 -0500 Devils Lake outlet almost done, but more court battles ahead After years of arguing, work is almost complete on an outlet for Devils Lake in northeast North Dakota. The lake has no natural outlet, and for several years has threatened to flood the community of Devils Lake. The outlet could be open in a few weeks but the plan now faces a challenge in Canada's Federal court. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/30_rehab_outletopens/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Crookston considers the future of its historic buildings A local preservationist wants to save historic buildings in downtown Crookston. But county and city officals say theres not enough money to save every building. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/31_rehab_historictowns/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2005 14:00:00 -0500 Canadian ranchers rebuild beef market Canadian cattle ranchers are struggling with the impact of the continued U.S. ban on their livestock. Some say the ban could actually make the beef industry in Canada stronger and less dependent on the U.S. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/30_rehab_canadabeef/?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Good news and bad for the Grand Forks Air Force base The Pentagon announced on Friday that about 180 military bases across the country could be shut down. The Grand Forks Air Force base in North Dakota will stay open, but today's proposal could relocate 2,700 military employees, or 85 percent of the military personnel at the base. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/13_rehab_gdforksbase/?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2005 15:41:00 -0500 Methamphetamine use driving an increase in foster care Local social service providers in Clay County are seeing an explosion in foster placements. It's one of the invisible consequences of the increase in methamphetamine use. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/31_rehab_methfoster/?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2005 12:00:00 -0500 Fargo residents debate the need for a downtown arena A multi-purpose arena is at the center of an economic development debate in Fargo. Voters have a chance to weigh in whether a sales tax should go for a new, mid-sized arena. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/29_rehab_arenadevelopment/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Red Lake students return to school for cleansing ceremony Students returned to Red Lake High School on Monday for the first time since a teenage gunman killed nine people and himself three weeks ago. A healing ceremony was held outside the school before students and parents entered. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/11_rehab_redlakecleansing/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2005 17:22:00 -0500 Teachers return to Red Lake High School Teachers and staff returned to Red Lake High School on Monday. For many it was the first time they had been in the building since the March 21 shootings. They gathered personal belongings like plants and grade books. It's uncertain whether students will resume classes there or elsewhere. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/04_rehab_redlaketeachers/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2005 15:37:00 -0500 Red Lake prepares to return to school Teachers and staff from the Red Lake High School gathered in Bemidji on Thursday. They discussed what's next for the school as they move to recover from the March 21 shooting that left 10 people dead. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/31_rehab_redlaketeachers/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2005 17:29:00 -0600 Red Lake's children look to adults for answers Funeral services continue Monday for the victims of the school shooting on the Red Lake Indian reservation. The Ojibway people of Red Lake are struggling to cope with violence that left 10 people dead. Counselors and tribal elders are urging people to speak out and do the things necessary to begin healing the wounded. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/28_rehab_rlakemon/?refid=0 Sun, 27 Mar 2005 16:00:00 -0600 Tragedy leads to &quot;incredibly sad&quot; weekend of funerals A long week of sorrow and grief in Red Lake is reaching its peak, with the first of many wakes and funerals for the victims of the shooting spree. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/25_rehab_mourning/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2005 04:00:00 -0600 Strong emotions lie close to the surface Two days after the shooting rampage on the Red Lake Reservation, the community remains stunned. There was some good news Wednesday, when doctors reported that three of the teenagers wounded in Monday's shooting are improving. The community is quiet, but it's clear strong emotions lie very close to the surface. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/23_rehab_redlakeday3/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2005 21:57:00 -0600 Starting the long process of healing One day after the shootings in Red Lake, people gathered in nearby Bemidji to comfort one another and pray. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/22_rehab_redlakehealing/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2005 18:00:00 -0600 Sports is a family affair Kelly Roysland is a vital player for the Minnesota Gophers basketball team. Her love of sports is a family affair. Her grandmother Bernice Carlin is a pioneer in women's athletics http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/18_rehab_roysland/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2005 16:51:00 -0600 Beef ban decision weighs health concerns with economics A federal judge in Billings, Montana will hear arguments against lifting the ban on Canadian cattle from American markets. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/02_rehab_beefban/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2005 07:00:00 -0600 Putting a pricetag on coyotes The number of coyotes living in Minnesota is on the rise, and the animals are becoming more common in populated areas. Some legislators are proposing to bring back bounties on coyotes, which would pay people for each one they kill. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/14_rehab_coyotebounty/?refid=0 Sun, 13 Feb 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Winter's all about survival Minnesota is a state of extremes. In the summer it can be oppressively hot, while winter brings blizzards and body- numbing cold. One fourth grade teacher in Moorhead has made winter survival part of her classwork. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/07_rehab_wintersurvival/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Feb 2005 15:00:00 -0600 A new Bush campaign, this time to sell his plan to remake Social Security President Bush began a campaign swing for Social Security reform on Thursday with a stop in Fargo. He challenged a wary Congress on Thursday to &quot;put partisanship aside.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/03_rehab_bushfargo/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2005 12:31:00 -0600 Coleman unveils plan to make U.S. more competitive Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., flew around the state for summits in Moorhead, Hibbing and Rochester to announce legislation aimed at keeping jobs in the United States. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/24_rehab_compete/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2005 16:06:00 -0600 North Dakota lawmakers to change sex offender laws North Dakota lawmakers will likely toughen the laws against violent sex offenders this year. Lawmakers rejected the idea of reinstating the death penalty, but tougher penalties for violent sex offenders are expected to pass. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/18_rehab_ndsexoffender/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2005 12:00:00 -0600 Grand Forks hosts World Junior Championship hockey tournament Hockey players from around the globe are in Grand Forks and Thief River Falls this week for the World Junior Championship tournament. Ten teams are playing hoping to win the gold medal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/30_rehab_juniorhockey/?refid=0 Thu, 30 Dec 2004 12:00:00 -0600 Where will all the garbage go? City and county officials in Fergus Falls are looking for new ways to dispose of garbage. When the city's incinerator closes, trash from seven counties will need to find a new home. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/10_rehab_incineratorgone/?refid=0 Mon, 06 Dec 2004 16:00:00 -0600 Food banks see downturn in corporate donations Food banks in Minnesota are seeing a decline in corporate donations. In the past, food banks have gotten surplus from major food manufacturers. But in a weak economy, surplus items that normally would be donated have found a new, secondary market. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/22_rehab_foodshelves/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Nov 2004 14:00:00 -0600 Changing market prices worry ranchers The beef industry is cyclical. Just a year ago, the market was robust, and ranchers in all phases of the business were making money. Now, for some people the market has cooled. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/15_rehab_cattleprices/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 2004 15:00:00 -0600 Dakota residents turning out in record numbers to vote early It's a familiar scene on election day, long lines of people at their local polling place, waiting to vote. Waiting is often given as an excuse by people who don't vote. Election officials in North and South Dakota have taken action, they hope will make it easier for people to vote and election officials say early returns indicate, it's working. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/01_rehab_dakotavote/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2004 16:00:00 -0600 Cheney says he's 'sensitive' to sugar issues Vice President Dick Cheney campaigned in Moorhead, Monday. The vice president's visit is part of the Bush administration's attempt to win Minnesota in the presidential election. Minnesota is one of several battleground states in the midwest. Republicans believe the Bush-Cheney ticket, could be the first Republican presidential campaign to win Minnesota since the Nixon-Agnew ticket in 1972. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/25_rehab_cheneymoorhead/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Oct 2004 16:21:00 -0500 North Dakotans cast early presidential votes Voters in Fargo, North Dakota have a two-week head start in voting for president. As many as 10 percent of the city's eligible voters may cast an early ballot. Officials hope making it easier to vote will boost turnout. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/25_rehab_ndearlyvote/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Oct 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Challengers press incumbent for District 9A House seat The curse and blessing of any incumbent is a legislative record. Morrie Lanning knows that all too well. He's the Republican state representative for District 9A, which includes the city of Moorhead and the northern half of Clay County. His challengers say he's vulnerable, because he's not representing Moorhead's interest. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/18_rehab_legprofile/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Sewer problems threaten growth in small towns Many rural Minnesota communities are stuck with an expensive problem; their sewer systems are worn out. It will cost millions of dollars to replace the systems -- money most towns don't have. If the sewers aren't fixed the communities' economic future is in jeopardy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/06_rehab_sewerdev/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2004 00:01:00 -0500 &quot;The Guys&quot; remembers 9/11 firefighters One of the most enduring images of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is of the firefighters who rushed to the World Trade Center. In Fargo, a local theater group is teaming with the Fargo fire department to produce &quot;The Guys.&quot; The play remembers the heroes of 9/11 as regular people. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/08_rehab_theguys/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Pelican Rapids critical of poor report card School officials in Pelican Rapids question the fairness and accuracy of No Child Left Behind standards. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/26_rehab_pelrapids/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Pedestrian-train accidents on the rise Over the last four years, 10 people have died at railroad crossing accidents in the Fargo-Moorhead area -- all of them were pedestrians. Some of the victims were elderly. One was a teenager. None of the accidents happened at crossings thought to be especially dangerous. None of the deaths appear to be suicides. The accidents have local officials shaking their heads and looking for answers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/19_rehab_traincrossings/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2004 04:00:00 -0500 Battle of bands gives young musicians hope Musicians will tell you no matter how much they rehearse the moment of truth comes when they perform in front of an audience. Now a days it's an experience many young rock musicians have to do without. Paying jobs for bands are scarce, especially for beginners. In rural areas the odds of finding a paying gig are even worse. But there is some hope. Some communities are reviving an old tradition to help young musicians get started. A Battle of the Bands contest. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/13_rehab_bandbattle/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2004 01:00:00 -0500 Vice President Cheney visits East Grand Forks Vice-President Dick Cheney visited East Grand Forks, Minnesota on Friday. Cheney's visit is part of a Republican push to win in Minnesota this fall. Traditionally a stronghold for Democrats in the presidential election, Minnesota is seen as a battleground state in 2004. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/06_rehab_cheneyegdforks/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2004 16:24:00 -0500 Fargo man invents new identification program Each year, about a half-million people are cremated. Occasionally families ask: how do we know we're getting the right ashes? Now a Fargo, North Dakota man thinks he has the answer to eliminating that doubt. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/05_rehab_cremationid/?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jul 2004 11:00:00 -0500 Moorhead passes smoking ban in all public workplaces The Moorhead City Council has approved a smoking ban that would make it illegal to smoke in all public indoor workplaces. Moorhead is the latest community to pass a ban. Duluth, Cloquet and Moose Lake have smoking bans. Olmsted County, which includes the city of Rochester, has a county- wide ban. Supporters of the ban are hopeful it will prompt officials in neighboring communities in North Dakota to take similar action. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/22_rehab_mheadban/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jun 2004 16:00:00 -0500 Treating meth addiction requires a different approach Methamphetamine scares people. The stimulant is extremely addictive, and stories are common of the outrageous behavior of meth addicts. The myths about meth are common too. One of them is that it's almost impossible to kick the habit for good. Addiction counselors say that's just not true. But recovering from meth addiction can require some new techniques. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/14_rehab_methtreatment/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2004 04:00:00 -0500 Memorials help two mothers remember their children It's never easy when a child dies. It's often difficult to find the right way to remember them. Two mothers, one in Sioux Falls and one in Moorhead, each lost a child in the past few years, and now have memorials in place to remember them. One began as an impromptu expression of grief. The other was a well-planned goodbye. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/31_hetlandc_memorials/?refid=0 Mon, 31 May 2004 15:00:00 -0500 21st birthday is a deadly one Reaching your 21st birthday is an important milestone in life. It's a time of celebration. Unfortunately, it can be a day of tragedy, as it was for Jason Reinhardt. Reinhardt turned 21 this year. On his birthday, he died from an overdose of alcohol. Jason's mother, Ann Buchanan, hopes the death of her son can shock young people into realizing that alcohol is legal, but lethal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/26_rehab_colldrink/?refid=0 Wed, 26 May 2004 16:30:00 -0500 Rodriguez charged in Sjodin case; could face death penalty Convicted sex offender Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. has pleaded not guilty to a federal charge in the kidnapping and death of Dru Sjodin. Rodriguez appeared in federal court in Fargo Wednesday, where he was charged with kidnapping resulting in death. If he is convicted, the 51-year-old Rodriguez of Crookston, Minnesota, could face the death penalty. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/12_rehab_rodriguezcourt/?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2004 15:55:00 -0500 Region mourns Dru Sjodin The public goodbyes for Dru Sjodin begin today. A wake is scheduled in Cross Lake Friday afternoon, and her funeral will be Saturday in nearby Nisswa. Next week a memorial service will take place on the University of North Dakota campus. Searchers found Sjodin's body last Saturday in a ravine near Crookston, Minnesota. The Sjodin case has captivated the state and much of the nation since she disappeared five months ago. Some of those who knew her say finding her body will help them mourn. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/23_rehab_sjodincase/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Apr 2004 05:00:00 -0500 Officials test waffle plan for flood control For years residents of the Red River Valley have struggled with floods. Cities and towns have spent millions of dollars building dikes and diversion projects in an attempt to stay dry. Now researchers are working on a new approach to flood protection, patterned after a waffle. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/14_rehab_waterwaffle/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2004 05:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's highways 'on the verge of crisis' Business owners in outstate Minnesota say the state's highway system is on the verge of a crisis, and they're urging lawmakers to spend more money to maintain and improve highways. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/05_rehab_ruralroads/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 2004 05:00:00 -0600 Moorhead City Council debates smoking ban Moorhead city officials are voting on an ordinance that would ban smoking in local restaurants. About a dozen Minnesota communities have such laws. Proponents say the bans protect workers from second-hand smoke but others argue the smoking bans are a personal attack on smokers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/05_rehab_smokeban/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2004 06:00:00 -0600 Debate begins over consolidating 911 services Consolidation can be a bad word in rural cities and towns. For decades, services and programs have been consolidated to save money. School districts have been the primary target, but last year, state lawmakers wondered if consolidation could be used in other areas. One idea on the table now is whether to merge dispatch centers that coordinate emergency services. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/13_rehab_911options/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2004 14:00:00 -0600 New theater group opens in Fargo Live theater in the Fargo-Moorhead area has a long history. The Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre has been around for more than 50 years. The local colleges all have reputable theatre departments. Now a small group of friends is establishing a professional repertory company. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/19_rehab_moorheadtheater/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Minnesota's low income kids need new daycare options Minnesota residents talk a lot about the great quality of life they have. The state has enjoyed a national reputation for good schools and supportive children's programs. But that image has taken a hit lately. Funding for low income daycare has been chopped. Lawmakers will struggle again this year to make up a deficit that could total $500 million. It's a situation that may leave some families, scrambling to pay the daycare bill. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/09_rehab_daycareupdate/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2004 16:21:00 -0600 Kerry campaigns in North Dakota Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry campaigned in Fargo on Sunday, two days before the state's caucus. The Massachusetts senator said he was going to watch the Superbowl in Fargo and defeat President George W. Bush in November. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/02_rehab_kerryinnodak/?refid=0 Sun, 01 Feb 2004 19:06:00 -0600 A study in contrasts When it comes to the union movement, Minnesota and North Dakota are a study in contrasts. Minnesota has a strong organized labor movement. North Dakota has strongholds of organized labor, but is often thought of as an anti-union state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/26_rehab_unionsdakota/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2004 12:00:00 -0600 Access to dental care a problem for low income people in rural Minnesota Dental care is a vital but sometimes overlooked part of health care. Finding a dentist can be tough. Patients out number dentists by a wide margin. In Minnesota the numbers work out to about 1600 patients per dentist. It's even tougher to find a dentist if you're poor and live in a rural area. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/26_rehab_dentalhealth/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Kucinich brings campaign to North Dakota Dennis Kucinich brought his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to Fargo Tuesday. Despite a poor showing in the polls, the Ohio congressman believes he still has a shot at the party's presidential nomination. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/13_rehab_kucinich/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2004 15:01:00 -0600 Standing room only crowd greets Dean in Fargo The man some call the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, visited Fargo on Monday night. Howard Dean's visit came on the heels of a campaign stop Sunday by Dick Gephardt. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/06_rehab_deanfargo/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2004 05:44:00 -0600 Gephardt tells growers he's top candidate to change trade policy Democratic presidential hopeful Richard Gephardt said he's the best candidate to change trade policy, telling a group of Red River Valley sugar beet growers that a new deal with Central America would hurt family farms. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/04_rehab_gephardt/?refid=0 Sun, 04 Jan 2004 22:00:00 -0600 Lots of winners in JOBZ program, but questions remain Gov. Pawlenty travels around the state Thursday to announce the locations of new tax-free enterprise zones. Starting next month, new development on thousands of parcels of land outside the metro area will be free from property, income, and sales taxes. Economically-stressed rural communities are waiting to see if this will spark the turnaround they need. Critics say Minnesota is about to land the latest blow in a battle nobody wins. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/18_horwichj_jobzones/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2003 10:04:00 -0600 Past sex offender arrested in Sjodin's disappearance A man described by authorities as a predatory sex offender faced a kidnapping charge in the disappearance of a University of North Dakota student, and the girl's family said the arrest gave them new hope that she would be found. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/02_ap_dru/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2003 11:34:00 -0600 Cattle prices continue to soar A shortage of live cattle is driving prices to all time highs. For 7 years, ranchers in cattle country have struggled to survive a drought. Some ranchers can't afford feed. They've culled their herds. Others have gone out of business. But those who have managed to survive are cashing in. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/13_rehab_beefprices/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 North Dakota clean air dispute continues Over the past four years the Environmental Protection Agency and North Dakota's Health Department have debated whether the state's air is clean enough. Regulators can't agree on whose monitoring methods are most accurate. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/10_rehab_coalskies/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Red River Valley farmers anticipate a profitable harvest Harvest equipment is rolling through the region's farm fields. It's a critical time for farmers, because their income is dependent on this time of year. Farmers hope market conditions are ripe for a good price. So far this year in the Red River Valley, harvest has been going smoothly and it appears the price may be right. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/13_rehab_harvestfarmer/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Federal government approves quiet zone plan for Fargo-Moorhead Railroads opened up the Great Plains, and played a big role in the history of the Fargo-Moorhead area. The old Great Northern and Northern Pacific lines sliced through the two towns. Today, the piercing sound of a locomotive's horn is still common, but a new plan recently approved by the Federal Railroad Administration will silence the horns. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/25_rehab_quiettrains/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Farmers lament inability to get bumper wheat crop to market The wheat harvest in the Northern Plains is complete and the crop is out of the field. Farmers have started to move the harvest from the farm to the elevator. But the next step will be more difficult. That is, finding enough railroad cars to move crops from elevators to markets around the country. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/17_rehab_graintrain/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2003 11:00:00 -0500 JOBZ application deadline nears Building - or rebuilding - a healthy economy is a tough job, especially in rural Minnesota. This year, small towns across the state are hoping to use a new tool for economic development, provided by the legislature. Minnesota's new Job Opportunity Building Zones, or JOBZ, allows cities to offer lucrative incentives to developing businesses in the designated areas. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/04_rehab_jobz/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Smoking ban proposed for Fargo-Moorhead area An anti-tobacco coalition in the Fargo-Moorhead area wants local bars and restaurants to go smoke-free. They've proposed an ordinance to local city officials, and hope it's approved by the end of the year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/21_rehab_nosmo/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Beefing up U.S. border security The United States and Canada share 4,000 miles of border, and along that stretch, the U.S. Border Patrol has an agent every 16 miles. The border between the U.S. and Mexico is half as long, but there's an agent every 1,000 feet. That's about to change. Officials say the agency will be shifting personnel to shore up the northern patrol. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/07_rehab_beefyborder/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2003 14:00:00 -0500 State budget cuts take day care assistance from some Cuts in the state's budget took affect July first. Minnesotans who receive aid are starting to feel the difference. People who need state assistance for child care got a case of sticker shock this month. Lawmakers increased fees and co-payments along with cuts in some services to balance the state's budget. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/29_rehab_daycarecuts/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2003 06:00:00 -0500 Water Wars: The lost towns of Lake Sakakawea This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Garrison Dam. The fifth-largest earthen dam in the world, Garrison is located in central North Dakota. The dam on the Missouri River created Lake Sakakawea. The reservoir is 178 miles long and in some places, six miles wide. When the dam was built, many people were forced to sell their land and move. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/02_rehab_riverhistory/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2003 00:01:00 -0500 The cost of higher education likely to increase When the MnSCU Board of Trustees meets in July, tuition increases will be on the agenda. All 33 institutions of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system are asking for tuition hikes. If approved, MnSCU's full-time students will see their average costs rise about $400 a year. Students would pay more than $3,500 a year in tuition and fees. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/24_rehab_tuitionsystem/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2003 17:00:00 -0500 Ranchers seek grassroots support for mandatory labeling law A coalition of grassroots organizations have launched a campaign to gain support for country-of-origin labeling laws. The groups have targeted county commissions in seven states to sign a resolution supporting country of origin labeling. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/13_rehab_moo/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2003 14:00:00 -0500 Vanessa's fight against fat Vanessa, 28, grew up in rural South Dakota. Weight has always been a problem. Two years ago she decided to do something about it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/02_rehab_obesityvanessa/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2003 14:00:00 -0500 Family road trips are still popular Memorial Day is the official start of summer vacation season -- the first long weekend of the season when people head for their favorite retreats. For many people, summer vacation means packing the family into the car for a road trip. We wondered how healthy that tradition still is. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/26_rehab_traveldriving/?refid=0 Mon, 26 May 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Phosphorus levels threaten Big Detroit Lake Big Detroit Lake in northwest Minnesota is a popular destination for tourists. Each summer the lake attracts thousands of tourists who pump millions of dollars into the economy. But the lake faces a serious environmental threat. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/13_rehab_lophosphate/?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2003 11:00:00 -0500 The National Symphony Orchestra tours North Dakota The National Symphony Orchestra is spending two weeks touring North Dakota. It's part of the American Residency program the orchestra began in 1992. In two weeks the musicians will have performed 200 concerts and workshops across the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/05_rehab_nsoresidency/?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2003 08:28:00 -0500 A new approach to farming Earthwise is a farmer-owned company that is taking a new approach to agriculture. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/25_rehab_earthwise/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2003 06:00:00 -0500 Farmers prepare for spring planting Farmers across the state are eager for the weather to settle so they can plant their crops. Machinery is rolled out of the shed and prepped for work. It's time to act on plans developed over the winter. Spring is a time for optimism on the farm. This year is no exception. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/16_rehab_prespringfling/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2003 18:00:00 -0500 Community theaters brace for funding cutbacks A sour economy and funding cuts have community theater groups looking for ways to get by. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/04_rehab_theaterwoes/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2003 17:00:00 -0600 Rural areas passing on homeland security money Some rural Minnesota counties find application process for homeland security funds too complicated. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/02_rehab_securitymoney/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2003 15:00:00 -0600 War raises questions for Azad Berwari One thousand American troops parachuted onto an airfield in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq Thursday. It's the first large deployment of American ground troops in the region. The action is being followed closely by Kurdish people in the Fargo-Moorhead area which is currently home to some 500 Iraqi Kurds. Many are reluctant to speak publicly about the war. But Azad Berwari, a graduate student in Fargo, speaks freely about his concerns. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/28_rehab_fargokurd/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2003 05:00:00 -0600 County officials anticipate service cuts County commissioners and other local leaders are looking for ways to cope with the funding cuts in Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget. The governor's spending plan calls for cuts in many programs to fill a $4.2 billion shortfall. As debate over the proposal heats up, some officials are questioning the long-term affects, especially in social programs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/12_rehab_budgetcuts/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2003 12:00:00 -0600 Budget cuts scare social service providers Social service providers are looking for ways to cope with funding cuts in Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget. The governor's spending plan eliminates health insurance coverage for many people who are working, but poor. Some services will merge, and health care premiums for those who are covered will increase. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/20_rehab_healthcuts/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2003 16:00:00 -0600 Iraq on the minds of Nobel Forum attendees The 15th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum is paying special attention to the potential for war with Iraq. The Forum, held in Moorhead, has drawn big names to discuss this year's theme, &quot;Striving for Peace: A World Without Borders.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/14_rehab_peaceforum/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2003 16:31:00 -0600 Musical composition &quot;Memorial&quot; debuts A new musical composition titled &quot;Memorial&quot; captures the emotions of September 11th terrorist attacks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/13_rehab_memorialmusic/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Feb 2003 16:00:00 -0600 Main Street movie theaters alive and well in North Dakota In some small towns in rural North Dakota there's treasure to be found. Many small towns still have an old-fashioned movie theater on Main Street. The theaters are the focus of a new exhibit, &quot;Memory Palaces of the Dakotas.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/13_rehab_movietheatre/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Feb 2003 10:37:00 -0600 Recycling project helps needy people Say, 'recycling,' to most people and they think newspaper, aluminum and glass. But there's a project in Fargo, North Dakota, that gives a new twist to recycling. The United Shoe Project is a business that literally turns rags into riches. The project helps needy people, while cutting through red tape. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/04_rehab_shoes/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2003 05:00:00 -0600 Health insurance is a luxury for many Health care insurance is a luxury many people can't afford. It's a problem many families in rural Minnesota are worried about. Now some folks are trying a new approach to an old problem. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/27_rehab_poorhealth/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Rural Minnesota prepares for funding cuts Rural Minnesota communities are bracing for a series of budget cuts. Of special interest is the Local Government Aid program. That aid is how some rural cities pay for basic services, like fire and police protection. As state lawmakers prepare to whittle down a multi-billion dollar deficit, out-state officials prepare to plead their case. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/16_rehab_lgacuts/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2003 18:00:00 -0600 Oats LeGrand is a small town legend What makes someone a legend? Is it a person's skill, personality or charisma? In northwest Minnesota, people of all ages call Odis &quot;Oats&quot; LeGrand a legend. He has been an athlete, teacher and a sportscaster, and was once named by Sports Illustrated &quot;The Voice of Small-Town America.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/31_rehab_oats/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jan 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Author researches the history of black baseball in Minnesota Baseball has a long history in Minnesota. The Twins have played professional baseball in the state for more than 40 years. Names like Kirby Puckett, Jacque Jones and Torii Hunter are familiar to most fans. But what about &quot;Rat&quot; Johnson, Bobby Marshall and Ted &quot;Double Duty&quot; Radcliffe? They've been forgotten. Now a new book documents the contributions of the men who helped open the door to America's pastime. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/18_rehab_baseball/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Country doctor comeback Health care in rural areas is often limited. It's uncommon for a small town to have a doctor or a hospital. But in Oakes, in southeastern North Dakota, the community is bucking that trend thanks to the efforts of a husband-and-wife team of doctors. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/19_rehab_oakescare/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2002 13:30:00 -0600 7th District Congressional race favors incumbent Congressman Collin Peterson, a DFLer, seeks another term in the 7th Congressional District against Republican Dan Stevens. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/30_rehab_7thdistrict-m/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Health care advocates make case for school nurses Schools in North Dakota are not required to have a nurse on staff. It's one of only two states were school nurses are optional. But a $1 million grant may change that. A Fargo-based medical foundation is out to prove school nurses are critical to the well-being of students. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/22_rehab_nurse-m/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Oct 2002 15:30:00 -0500 Seasons of extreme weather sow a spotty harvest Farmers experience the yo-yo effect of another year of extreme weather. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/14_rehab_harvest-m/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Fourth time could be the charm for North Dakota lottery The fourth vote on a lottery in North Dakota may be a winner. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/03_rehab_lottery-m/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Researchers tout "Waffle Plan" as a way to help reduce flooding in the Red River basin Researchers say "Waffle Plan" could be the key to reducing flooding in the Red River Basin. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/19_rehab_waffle-m/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Debating the safety of ATVs All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, are a controversial subject. A recent study conducted by doctors, consumer and conservation advocates says ATVs are a serious health threat to children. The study suggests it's time for stricter regulation of ATV riders. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/28_rehab_atv-m/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Refugees boost North Dakota's population The population of North Dakota rose slightly in the 1990s, according to the U.S. Census - primarily because of an influx of refugees from other countries. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/20_rehab_nodakcensus-m/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Farmers helping farmers For 11 years, Partners in Progress has helped farmers in the Dakotas and northwest Minnesota stay on the land. Farmers, bankers, and retirees all chip in cash and expertise to help farmers climb out of debt. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/16_rehab_partners-m/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Can we prevent floods in the Red River Valley? Flooding in northwest Minnesota has become a regular event. Twice this year heavy rains have wiped out crops, swept away roads and destroyed bridges. For people who live in the area, it's a frustrating situation. Some say money spent on cleanup and relief might be better invested in flood prevention efforts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/17_rehab_mitigation-m/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Twin Valley begins its recovery Elected officials have been touring flood stricken areas of northwestern Minnesota. 13 counties have been declared federal disaster areas. Torrential rains swept through the region last week. The water washed away crops and destroyed roads from the Canadian border. However people in Twin Valley, near Ada say they are going to need some help too. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/17_kerre_twinvalleyflood-m/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Suicides in Fosston lead to talk about a taboo People in Fosston, Minn. are developing a suicide awareness and prevention program. The community's suicide rate among young people is five times higher than the state average. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/06_rehab_fosstonsuicides-m/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Farm family study raises more questions than answers University of Minnesota researchers say families of farmers who use pesticides are more likely to have children with birth defects than urban families.The researchers stress however the study found no direct link between the health problems and pesticide use. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/04_rehab_pesticides-m/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Jailhouse rock Cass County officials are being asked to stop demolition of the county's old jail in Fargo, N.D. Preservationists say the jail and adjoining sheriff's residence have historic value. Some believe their true worth could be as a youth center and rehearsal hall for the growing number of young bands in the Fargo-Moorhead area. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/27_rehab_jailhouse-m/?refid=0 Mon, 27 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Neighborhood battles wethouse in Fargo The Fargo Planning Commission has approved a long term housing complex for chronic alcoholics, despite the objections of neighbors. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/10_rehab_wethouse-m/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Searching for Bigfoot Bigfoot or Sasquatch, the giant hairy apelike creature, is generally something associated with the northwestern United States. But a Moorhead man is convinced the creatures are alive, well and living in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/01_rehab_bigfoot-m/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Researcher studies wolves vs. livestock Wolves continue to thrive in Minnesota, and the process to remove them from the Endangered Species List continues. While that is good news for the species, it will present new wolf management problems. Near Thief River Falls in the northwestern corner of the state, new research shows wolves are little threat to livestock. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/27_rehab_wolfstudy-m/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 End of the line for Rugby? Amtrak has threatened to discontinue all long-distance train service in October if Congress doesn't give it $1.2 billion in the next budget year. Among the long-distance trains being targeted is the Empire Builder, which runs between Chicago and Seattle. It also serves many small communities along the line, including tiny Rugby, N.D. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/21_rehab_amtrak-m/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Town gets together to read Harper Lee's novel <i>To Kill A Mockingbird</i> is considered a timeless classic by some. Its message of inclusion and tolerance has touched countless readers. Now teachers and students at the Fergus Falls Middle School are finding the book is not only great reading, but a tool for bringing the community together. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/31_rehab_fergusreads-m/?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Job-seekers attracted to smaller markets As the economic slowdown continues, more people are looking for work. Some are considering giving up their jobs in metropolitan areas to move back to what they perceive as a safer environment. Since the September terrorist attacks, areas like the Red River Valley have seen an increase in interest in what the region has to offer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/27_rehab_recruiting-m/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 A haunting experience http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/26_rehab_haunted-m/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Nicole's House will serve abuse victims in Moorhead Each year, hundreds of thousands of people are battered by their spouses. In an effort to reduce those numbers, the Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation is working on a transitional housing program known as Nicole's House. The first house is scheduled to open in Moorhead in December. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/15_rehab_nicole-m/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Bataan Art A survivor of the Bataan death march documents the experience with a series of drawings, currently on exhibit at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/29_rehab_bataan-m/?refid=0 Sat, 29 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 New ambassador trades Fargo for Central America Moving is always a pain. There are clothes to pack, furniture to move, items to store and a dozen other potential problems. Those complications are compounded when the move is international. For Russ and Susie Freeman of Fargo, that's what this summer has been about. But instead of a new permanent home the Freemans will be spending the next three and a half years in Belize, as Russ fulfills his duties as the new U.S. Ambassador to Belize. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/03_rehab_belize-m/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Freethinkers wage an unpopular battle A group called the Red River Freethinkers is fighting to remove a marker engraved with the Ten Commandments from the grounds of the Fargo City Hall. Similar battles are being waged in other cities. The Freethinkers are a distinct minority, but are garnering a lot of attention. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/22_rehab_freethinkers-m/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 A summer at language camp As Minnesota's population has become more diverse communities, small rural towns have faced a series of challenges. Perhaps the most basic is communication. Many new immigrants are unable to speak English. Often, it's the children in a family who learn English first. Although local schools are making progress, they fear lessons learned during the school year, might be forgotten during summer vacation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/20_rehab_reading-m/?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 A mixed bag for farmers Farmers are mulling over mixed news. They are use to battling the weather, but this year has been more of a struggle then most. Spring was marked by excessive rain, delaying planting for small grain crops like wheat and barley. Over the past few weeks, extreme heat and humidity has hung over the Midwest. The weather is moderating now, but new national projections predict the price for some crops, notably corn and soybeans may rise as a result of the weather. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/15_rehab_wheat-m/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Electric cars a hot item in Fargo Fargo, N.D. may never replace Detroit as the car capital of the world, but Fargo-based Global Electric MotorCars or GEM is gaining international attention. After being bought by Daimler-Chrysler last October, GEM has nearly doubled production. Now the company is negoitating to move to a bigger building and double its work force. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/08_rehab_gem-m/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Drug sting operation upsets Detroit Lakes residents Detroit Lakes residents are threatening to sue in the wake of a police drug sting. In June police arrested 18 people on drugs charges, after a 10-month undercover operation. Officers confiscated $300,000 worth of drugs, and promise dozens more arrests. But residents are furious that, as part of the sting, police set up a drug house next to a school. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/18_rehab_drughouse-m/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Families Launch Campaign for Railroad Safety Two years ago, Ryan Nelson and Gerry Nybo of Detroit Lakes died when a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Train hit their car at a railroad crossing. For the Nybo and Nelson families the accident has left many unanswered questions - questions they say the railroad has shown little interest in answering. Now the dead mens' parents have organized Citizens Against Railroad Tragedies, a group working to force changes in the way such accidents are investigated. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/11_rehab_rrsafety-m/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Wind Power Gets a Lift The McKnight Foundation announced plans Tuesday to spend $2.5 million over the next two years on developing what it calls "clean energy." The money will fund in part the Wind on the Wires program, which is studying how to improve transmission line capacity to maximize use of wind power generated in the upper Midwest. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/01_rehab_windpower-m/?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Energy Prices Spur More Talk of Wind Power America is facing an energy crisis. In Minnesota, energy experts say the state will soon need five new power plants. The crisis is making some folks look west to the Dakotas, which could produce more wind power than they need. The next problem is getting that energy to where it could be used. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200101/29_rehab_windfarm-m/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jan 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Students Get Educated About Tattoos It's easier to get a divorce than to remove a tattoo. Once the marks of rebels and outcasts, tattoos and piercings have crossed into the realm of fashion accessories. Now one Minnesota college is trying to educate students and others about the risks of body art. The aim of the Peer Education Program at Minnesota State University-Moorhead is not to discourage individuals from acquiring body art, but to make sure it's done safely. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200101/02_rehab_tattoos-m/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jan 2001 12:00:00 -0600 The Abstinence Debate Three years ago, a clinic in Fargo began an abstinence education program. At the time, abstinence education was considered unusual, even revolutionary. Not anymore. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/07_rehab_abstinence-m/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 A History in Dust There is growing concern much of the cultural history of American film is threatened because many of those films are literally falling to pieces. Time has destroyed thousands of early films. The Library of Congress is trying to raise public awareness of the problem. Its tour pulls into Fargo. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200003/15_rehab_film-m/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Mar 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Unicameral Has Few Fans in Rural Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura's push for a unicameral legislature is his top priority for the 2000 legislative session. The issue has spawned a loud and long debate. In outstate Minnesota, there is a growing concern that a one-house legislature would be bad news for rural areas. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200002/29_rehab_unicameral-m/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Feb 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Grand Forks Looks for a Place in the Amazon (.com) Jungle Given the excitement - at least on the stock market - over the Amazon.com Internet bookstore, it might seem like a no-brainer for a community to try to encourage a distribution center in its midst. However, when faced with just that possibility the city of Grand Forks is finding there is a lot to debate, and it's becoming a discussion on the city's whole economic future. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200001/13_rehab_amazon-m/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Grand Forks Conference Tries to Put Brakes on Global Warming Across the globe, the average temperature has been slowly but steadily rising. For years now, scientists, citizens, and industry experts have argued about the problem of global warming; first of all whether it exists, and then what to do about it. This week in Grand Forks, people from around the region have gathered to talk about climate change in the Northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountain region and how people can change the global warming trend. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199911/16_rehab_global-m/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Nov 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Fighting Noise with Noise http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199911/02_rehab_noise-m/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 1999 12:00:00 -0600