Minnesota Public Radio features by Melanie Sommer http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=66 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Sun, 27 May 2018 04:22:22 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Melanie Sommer http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Audio: Michele Bachmann, in her own words Michele Bachmann's political life led from the Stillwater school board to Congress, a failed presidential bid and a narrow re-election to a fourth term. We've collected some audio clips of those moments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/30/politics-bachmann-own-words?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 07:34:18 -0500 Surly Brewing to build new facility in Minneapolis' Prospect Park area Surly Brewing Co. has purchased a site in the Prospect Park area of Minneapolis to build a new brewery and taproom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/15/surly-brewing-builds-new-facility-in-minneapolis-prospect-park-area?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 15:48:46 -0500 Sanford withdraws from Fairview merger talks Sanford Health is withdrawing from merger discussions with Fairview, acording to a statement released by the company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/health/sanford-withdraws-from-fairview-merger-talks?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:29:21 -0500 Butcher & the Boar gets James Beard nomination A new Minneapolis restaurant, Butcher & the Boar, has been named a semifinalist in the the James Beard Awards as Best New Restaurant in the country. A record 17 Minnesota restaurants and chefs have been named semifinalists for the awards, the pre-eminent competition that recognizes the culinary arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/19/arts/james-beard-award-nominations?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:26:47 -0600 Some good economic signals; health care via webcam; photos of January in Minnesota Today on the MPR News Update: Some better economic news coming from Wall Street and the job market; some pharmacists are now consulting with patients via webcam; we ride along on a train trip through Mexico with Central American immigrants; and your photos of Minnesota in January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 10:23:52 -0600 Mayo's expansion plans, Dayton's job creation claims, and the newest food trends Welcome to the MPR News Update. In the news today, the Mayo Clinic's multi-billion-dollar expansion plan for the city of Rochester; Gov. Dayton's budget proposal, and its claims about job creation, are getting more pushback; the race for Minneapolis mayor is already getting crowded; and a look at the hot food trends of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/31/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:28:20 -0600 The DFL outlines its priorities; some suprises and snubs in the Oscar nominations Today on the MPR News Update, a look at the top priorities of the DFL leaders in the new legislative session, the deal that sells off big chunks of the Supervalu grocery chain, and the nominations -- and snubs -- for the Academy Awards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/10/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:07:15 -0600 Flu claims another teen; efforts underway to reduce sex trafficking; expecting Minn. tax increases? Today on the MPR News Update, a ninth grader from suburban Minneapolis has died of the flu. DFLers in the Minnesota Legislature outline their priorities for the session, and the mayor of Duluth tries to raise awareness about sex trafficking in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/09/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2013 11:25:43 -0600 MPR News Update: Who's better at plowing? Businessman tapped to lead MnDOT Today on the MPR News Update, MPD Blue looks a little more rainbow these days. Illegal immigrants are speaking out more and more. And, the state considers changing the status of dozens of animal and plant species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/12/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 10:46:08 -0600 Wish lists coming early to DFLers, movie business ramping up again in Minn. Today on the MPR News Update, Democrats set to take control of the Minnesota Legislature are going to be seeing a long wish list of funding requests from various interest groups. The debate over what the Vikings can do regarding seat license fees for their new stadium continues. Minnesota colleges are looking at ways to improve students' readiness for the workplace. And a new movie about University Avenue shows how its gritty, quirky nature could provide some clues as to what its future might be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/16/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:34:19 -0600 Attorney: Senser's wife drove car in hit-and-run Amy Senser, the wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser, was driving the family's car when she struck and killed a pedestrian last week, according to the family's attorney. The identity of the driver involved in the hit-and-run accident had not been revealed until today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/02/senser-family-hasntidentifiedhit-and-run-driver?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2011 15:07:59 -0500 Minneapolis, St. Paul schools closed Tuesday Public schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul will remain closed for another day, in the wake of the massive snowstorm that hit the region over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/13/mpls-stpaul-schools-closed?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2010 22:55:15 -0600 U of Minn. names presidential finalist: Eric Kaler Eric Kaler is currently provost at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/11/umn-president-search?refid=0 Fri, 12 Nov 2010 05:00:08 -0600 Twin Cities Catholics to close 21 churches The Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis plans to close 21 Catholic churches around the Twin Cities metro area and dozens more would share priests under a reorganization plan being unveiled this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/16/archdiocese-reorg-plan?refid=0 Sat, 16 Oct 2010 11:22:27 -0500 Gubernatorial candidates' rhetoric sharpens in debate With just three weeks before Election Day, the three major-party candidates for governor are taking some harder shots at each other to try to sway voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/12/midmorning-gubernatorial-debate?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 12:07:24 -0500 New commander named for Minn. Guard's Red Bulls Brig. Gen. David Elicerio has been named commander of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. Elicerio takes over from Major General Richard Nash, who's been named commander of the Minnesota National Guard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/10/elicerio-red-bulls?refid=0 Fri, 10 Sep 2010 09:07:11 -0500 Suspect in St. Paul triple murder commits suicide in jail A St. Paul man accused of shooting three relatives to death last month took his own life in his Ramsey County jail cell Friday afternoon, according to authorities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/20/mchugh-suicide?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 22:37:08 -0500 Emerald ash borers found in Minneapolis The insects were found in four trees in the Prospect Park-East River Road neighborhood of Minneapolis, within Tower Hill Park, according to state agriculture officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/25/ashborer-mpls?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 17:23:20 -0600 Deputies shoot, kill armed person at Sherburne Co. government center The Sherburne County sheriff says deputies shot and killed a person outside the government center in Elk River Friday, after the individual pulled out a handgun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/02/sherburne-county-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 14:40:08 -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 7 Minn. schools get 'blue ribbons' from feds Seven schools in Minnesota have been designated 2009 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/15/blueribbon-schools?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2009 12:12:55 -0500 Como's longtime Sparky the sea lion dies The California sea lion was the star of the "Sparky Show" at the Como Zoo from 1981 up until his retirement in 2001. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/04/sparky-obit?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2009 11:49:01 -0500 Tinklenberg withdraws from 6th District race Democrat Elwyn Tinklenberg said today he is ending his campaign for Congress in Minnesota's 6th District. This would have been his third attempt to unseat Republican incumbent Michele Bachmann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/04/tinklenberg-withdraws?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2009 11:16:32 -0500 St. Paul schools choose interim superintendent The St. Paul school board will appoint a district administrator as interim superintendent to run the school system once Meria Carstarphen leaves the post for a new job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/17/interim_supt?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2009 15:15:18 -0500 Minn. Historical Society faces drastic budget cuts The Minnesota Historical Society said today it may lay off nearly 100 employees, cut the hours of another 220, and close some historic sites in the state as a result of cuts in its state funding and the poor economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/16/historical_cuts?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2009 15:20:36 -0500 Minnesota author Bill Holm dies at 65 Minnesota author Bill Holm has died. Holm, who was also an English professor at Southwest Minnesota State University, was 65. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/26/billholm_obit?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 10:45:20 -0600 The allure of the lake White Bear Lake has been a vacation destination for decades. Locals and out-of-staters alike have built homes and resorts there, sailed boats and fished off her shores. Here's a look back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/22/wbl_slideshow?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 15:01:42 -0600 Vikings still have 11,000 tickets left for playoff game The Minnesota Vikings say they still have 11,000 tickets left to sell for their Sunday afternoon playoff game, to avoid a local television blackout. The NFL has extended the deadline by a day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/31/vikings_ticketupdate?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2008 13:04:20 -0600 RNC activities to be sharply curtailed tomorrow John McCain says Republicans will suspend most of the activities planned for Monday's opening of their national convention because of the threat of Hurricane Gustav. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/31/nodelay?refid=0 Sun, 31 Aug 2008 15:12:09 -0500 Winona bridge to reopen Saturday The Winona bridge over the Mississippi River will reopen to most traffic on Saturday morning. It was closed abruptly 10 days ago when inspectors found rust and corrosion in gusset plates at several locations of the bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/12/bridgereopens?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 12:53:10 -0500 U of M president treated for pulmonary embolism University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks is recovering from a pulmonary embolism and a blood clot in his leg, which he experienced while hiking on a family vacation in Washington State. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/30/bruininkshealth?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2008 14:20:00 -0500 Pawlenty orders state government hiring freeze Gov. Tim Pawlenty has imposed a hiring freeze on most state agencies, due to concerns over the state's projected budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/19/hiringfreeze?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2008 12:00:37 -0600 State Patrol: BAC of killed Mankato student was 0.06 percent Rissa Amen-Reif, the Mankato college student who was struck and killed by a car after attending a sorority party in November, had a blood alcohol level of .06 percent, below the legal level of intoxication, according to the State Patrol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/22/mankatobac?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2008 14:27:34 -0600 Swanson sues EPA over tailpipe emissions The lawsuit was filed in response to the EPA's decision in December 2007 to deny California's request to set higher tailpipe emissions standards than the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/10/epalawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2008 10:00:49 -0600 A glossary of terms Definitions of some of the scientific terms used in this report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/28/toxic2glossary?refid=0 Sun, 01 Apr 2007 00:00:00 -0500 How communities are responding There's only so much that individual communities can do for their residents at this point. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/30/toxic2communities?refid=0 Sun, 01 Apr 2007 00:00:00 -0500 Tubby Smith: "I feel the love already" New University of Minnesota men's basketball coach Tubby Smith got a standing ovation at Williams Arena Friday afternoon, in his first official meeting with fans and the media. High expectations are riding on Smith's shoulders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/23/smithnewsconf?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2007 11:59:18 -0500 Frank Gehry: Architect as sculptor One look at a Frank Gehry building reveals his belief that architecture is art. His undulating metal exteriors often look more like sculptures than buildings. Gehry is recognized today as one of the most inventive architects of our time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/19/gehryprofile?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jan 2007 10:53:58 -0600 Frederick Law Olmsted: The father of landscape architecture A man named Frederick Law Olmsted has had perhaps more influence on our public landscape than anyone else. He is referred to as the father of landscape architecture, and pioneered the notion -- radical at the time -- that common green space should be accessible to everyone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/19/olmstedprofile?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jan 2007 10:52:37 -0600 Frank Lloyd Wright: One of the greatest, and most controversial During his lifetime, despite his genius (or perhaps because of it), Frank Lloyd Wright's lifestyle, personality, and even his work were often the subjects of great controversy. Now he is recognized as one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/19/flwrightprofile?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jan 2007 10:49:59 -0600 Michael Graves: A household name Designer Michael Graves' name has become synonomous with Target, the retail store chain. Graves has designed several hundred household items for Target, including toasters, wall clocks and toilet brushes -- and made the idea of good design accessible to everyone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/19/gravesprofile?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jan 2007 10:47:06 -0600 A timeline of the Guthrie Theater The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis closes a chapter in its history this weekend, with the final performance of "Hamlet" at its longtime home on Vineland Place. Next month, it will move to a new and expanded facility along the Mississippi River. Here are some highlights of the Guthrie's rich history. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/05/guthrietimeline?refid=0 Fri, 05 May 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Beating the high cost of heating Sticker shock on your heating bills this winter may be the incentive you need to make your home more energy efficient. Or you may need some extra help paying those bills. This Cold House takes a closer look at why heating costs are going up, and what you can do about it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2005/12/thiscoldhouse/index.php/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2005 16:00:00 -0600 What do you have to spend to save money? There are many steps you can take around your home to make it more energy-efficient, and reduce your monthly utility bills. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/15_sommerm_energycostsaving/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2005 14:00:00 -0600 One mother's prom dress diary I haven't shopped for a prom dress since my own high school days -- a long time ago. So it was an adventure for me the day I took my 15-year-old daughter shopping for her first prom dress. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/22_sommerm_promdiary/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2005 15:38:00 -0500 Meth in Minnesota: The costly addiction Meth is taking its toll in Minnesota. Methamphetamine, a highly-addictive drug that's been around for decades, has become the drug of choice for many in recent years because it's cheap, easy to make, and a "good high." But it is a costly drug in terms of the devastation it causes for users and their families. One family in northern Minnesota has lived that nightmare for years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2004/06/meth/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2004 08:45:00 -0500 Meth in Minnesota Meth use has been rising for years in many states around the country, and Minnesota is no different. Law enforcement officials say methamphetamine is now the drug of choice in rural Minnesota. And the Twin Cities has become a transit point for the drug as well. The costs of meth addiction reach across all segments of our communities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/14_sommerm_methoverview/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2004 04:00:00 -0500 Shannon Olson's 'Children of God Go Bowling' In "Children of God Go Bowling," we find semi-fictional heronine Shannon in her mid-thirties and still besieged by reminders that her life is anything but normal. Her friends are blossoming in marital bliss, everyone seems to own a home, and even her baby sister is having a baby. Why, in the march to adulthood, has she been left behind? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/20_newsroom_childrenofgod/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2004 12:00:00 -0600 The obesity epidemic Americans are eating themselves to death. More people eat too much, get too little exercise, and suffer a variety of health problems as a result. We've seen virtually a doubling in the number of obese persons over the past two decades, and an alarming increase in the number of obese children. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/02_sommerm_obesityoverview/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Wellstone has MS U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone has revealed he has a mild form of multiple sclerosis. The senator made the announcement at a press conference at his home in St. Paul. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200101/01_sommerm_wellstonetest/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600