Minnesota Public Radio features by William Wilcoxen http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=72 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 25 May 2018 21:31:14 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by William Wilcoxen http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Ski trek to North Pole is an American first An Ely man and his fellow arctic adventurer are back from an unprecedented North Pole expedition. Tyler Fish and John Huston made a 55-day trek across the Arctic Ocean without any external help; skiing, snowshoeing, and even swimming their way to the top of the Earth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/11/arctic_guys?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Last year deadliest for Minn. bicyclists since 2000 The state Transportation Department reports 2008 was the deadliest year for Minnesota bicyclists since 2000. Thirteen bicyclists were killed in traffic accidents -- up from four the previous year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/04/bike_fatalities?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2009 17:43:25 -0500 Lowrider car show a celebration of culture, creativity St. Paul's west side is spruced up and ready to host the region's largest Cinco de Mayo festival today and Saturday. Along with the jalapeno-eating contest and the headlining musical act from Mexico, there'll be a hundred or so entries in the lowrider car show. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/30/lowriders_cincodemayo?refid=0 Fri, 01 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 35W victims praise work of settlement panel The lawyer for several survivors of the 35W bridge collapse says some of them wept when they learned of the compensation amounts offered to them in last week's settlements with the state. A legislative committee heard a final report today from the panel that distributed the nearly $37 million compensation fund. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/21/35w_survivors_compensation?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 18:17:01 -0500 Minnesotans' income grew last year New Commerce Department numbers show a key measure of prosperity grew slightly more in Minnesota than the national average last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/25/incomegrowth?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:11:18 -0500 Medtronic cutting jobs, defending product, disclosing payments to docs Tuesday has been a busy day for Fridley-based Medtronic. The company told employees in the morning that job cuts are in the offing, but no details will be available until the company's accounting year starts in May. Meantime, there are developments on two issues that have dogged the medical device maker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/24/medtronic_docpayments?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 09:52:55 -0600 Motorists busted by PhotoCop receive refund notices Motorists who received tickets under Minneapolis' PhotoCop program can expect to receive refunds in the next two-to-three months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/22/photocop?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 08:44:55 -0600 Ameriprise Financial plans 300 layoffs in Minnesota Ameriprise Financial plans to cut about 300 jobs in Minnesota. The Minneapolis-based financial services company revealed the cutbacks in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/20/ameriprise_financial_announced_300_layoffs_in_minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2009 17:51:25 -0600 Ford sues Denny Hecker dealership Ford Motor Company is suing a Hecker dealership in Stillwater for allegedly failing to pay for more than 3 million dollars in vehicles and parts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/14/ford_sues_hecker?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 07:47:58 -0600 Twins owner Carl Pohlad dies Minnesotans in business, sports and philanthropic circles are looking back on the life of Carl Pohlad, who died yesterday at the age of 93. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/05/pohlad1?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2009 16:38:14 -0600 Vikings season ends The Vikings were knocked out the NFL playoffs in the first round when they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 26-14 at the Metrodome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/05/vikings_season_ends?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2009 07:04:21 -0600 Vikings miss chance against Falcons The Minnesota Vikings missed a chance to wrap up their first division title since 2000, as they lost to the Atlanta Falcons 24 to 17 at the Metrodome yesterday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/22/vikings_no_good?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 08:28:07 -0600 National champs for the second year in a row Concordia University's women's volleyball team has now won two straight national titles. The team, which competes at the NCAA's Division Two level, has generated plenty of enthusiasm on campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/11/concordia_volleyballchamps?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2008 02:00:00 -0600 Some Minn. car dealers expect more closings The closing of six Denny Hecker auto dealerships in the Twin Cities area late last week has cast a pall over the region's surviving dealers. Some industry observers expect more closings. Others, though, say the doom and gloom is overdone and that conditions are not so bad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/24/car_dealerships_closing?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2008 18:07:33 -0600 Vikings end losing streak against Packers The Vikings' victory Sunday ended a streak of five straight losses to their arch rivals, the Packers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/10/vikings?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2008 07:32:01 -0600 Groups educate ex-offenders about their right to vote An estimated 65,000 Minnesotans will be ineligible to cast ballots Tuesday because they've been convicted of crimes. But Minnesota does restorr the vote to ex-offenders once they've served their time and are released from parole or probation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/31/felon_voting?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Vandals strike homes of six Minn. legislators U.S. Senator Norm Coleman says the heated rhetoric of the campaign season may have fueled acts of vandalism at the homes of six Minnesota elected officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/22/coleman_vandalism?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2008 12:07:47 -0500 Oberstar pushes walking and biking campaigns A new report issued Monday quantifies the potential benefits of getting more Americans to travel by foot or bicycle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/21/rails_to_trails?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2008 07:03:22 -0500 Vikings beat Lions, tie for first in division The Minnesota Vikings have evened their record at three wins and three losses and are now tied for first place in their division following yesterday's 12 to 10 victory over the Detroit Lions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/13/vikes?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2008 07:57:12 -0500 Star Tribune sued over alleged sexual harassment Female employees in the Star Tribune's mailroom complained about a hostile work environment, and claim the company did not take effective action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/30/stribharassment?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2008 15:34:13 -0500 Twins, fans wait to celebrate The Minnesota Twins won their regular season finale by shutting out the Kansas City Royals six to nothing at the Metrodome, but they are still not sure if they are the American League's Central Division champions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/29/twins?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2008 06:33:55 -0500 July housing sales increase from June The number of Twin Cities sales in July increased 4.8 percent compared to last month, but sales are still down from last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/13/home_sales?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2008 07:20:18 -0500 A commission to reopen Ft. Snelling's upper post Boosters of a plan to redevelop Fort Snelling's Upper Post say consolidating layers of bureaucracy could be the key to revitalizing the historic site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/29/snelling?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2008 07:20:19 -0500 RNC draws support from law enforcement across state Republican National Convention security organizers say nearly eighty agencies and jurisdictions will contribute 3,000 or more officers to police the event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/23/rnc_police?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2008 06:37:44 -0500 High gas, food prices take their toll on Simon Delivers High food and fuel costs have led to the demise of the Twin Cities-based online grocery service Simon Delivers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/15/simon_delivers?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2008 23:15:16 -0500 Nightclub owners hope to reach compromise Saint Paul city officials will meet today with owners of a nightclub that remains closed after it was the scene of a fatal shooting last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/01/masons?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2008 05:38:27 -0500 St. Paul City Council passes 4 a.m. bar close The St. Paul City Council has agreed to let some of the city's bars stay open until 4 a.m. during the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/26/four_am?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2008 06:41:47 -0500 Truckers lobby for new diesel standards The high cost of diesel fuel is leading the trucking industry to lobby for new national standards. Trucking companies are making changes to improve mileage, including having drivers lower their speeds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/12/truckers?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 07:56:04 -0500 Flooding in Ill. and Mo. cause delays up and down the Mississippi Flooding on the Mississippi River is prompting the Army Corps of Engineers to close a nearly two-hundred mile section of the river to barge traffic. The Corps plans to close several locks and dams in Illinois and Missouri beginning Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/11/nobarges?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2008 08:00:11 -0500 Long line is fine for Obama faithful Officials estimated that 30,000 to 40,000 people stood in a line that snaked through the heart of St. Paul. Many in the line said they were drawn to the event because they felt it was a chance to be part of history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/04/line?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2008 00:43:20 -0500 An entertainment destination St. Paul's University Ave. has a history as an entertainment destination and a gathering place that changes with the times. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/13/univaveentertainment?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Prindle family hit heavy by Sunday's tornado Officials Monday afternoon identified 2-year-old Nathaniel Prindle as the one fatality in Sunday's tornado. In addition, they said his his 4-year-old sister was transported to a St. Paul hospital. Seventeen other people were hospitalized and 32 people were treated at a local school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/26/hugofolo?refid=0 Mon, 26 May 2008 01:47:12 -0500 Gas prices make the bus a fare deal for many As gas prices have climbed, more and more people are getting out of their cars and in to buses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/22/takingthebus?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2008 00:00:01 -0500 Spring brings utility disconnections for thousands As April draws to a close, Minnesotans usually think about turning off their furnaces and radiators for the season. But in many cases, utility companies are doing it for them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/28/utilities?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Sokol keeps Czech-Slovak heritage alive Many services for immigrants to Minnesota are aimed at helping new arrivals from Southeast Asia, Africa or Latin America. But in some neighborhoods, institutions that served immigrants of a previous century carry on, as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/01/sokol?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0500 ICE agents conduct sweep through Worthington-Sioux Falls area Federal immigration officials say 36 illegal immigrants were arrested during a three-day sweep through the Worthington - Sioux Falls area last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/04/ice?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2008 08:43:44 -0600 Twins spending millions to enhance roster, stadium The Minnesota Twins are spending millions of dollars to beef up their roster and their new ballpark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/12/ballparkspending?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Minnesotans try to weather the economic downturn Between rising unemployment, falling interest rates, precipitous market swings and proposals for stimulus, the economy has been prominent in the headlines for the past couple of weeks, and Minnesotans of all walks of life are feeling the affects in different ways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/23/workforce?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2008 03:05:00 -0600 State economist says Minn. is in a recession Minnesota's new job numbers paint a grim economic picture. The state economist has even suggested that Minnesota is in a recession, although the governor is not convinced. There's no denying recent job losses, though. The state lost 2,300 jobs in December and ten times that number over the past six months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/15/recessionmain?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2008 01:00:00 -0600 Vikings win to stay in playoff hunt The Vikings beat the Chicago Bears 20-13 to stay in control of the NFC's last wild-card spot, despite four turnovers and a missed extra point. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/17/vikingswin?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2007 23:19:07 -0600 Crack cocaine offenders sentences shortened About 20 U.S. prison inmates serving time in Minnesota could be released as a result of a federal panel's decision to retroactively apply shorter sentences for crack cocaine offenses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/11/cocaine_convictions?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2007 23:27:06 -0600 Audit finds St. Paul awards few minority contracts A new report finds less than 7 percent of St. Paul's contracts last year went to companies owned by women and minorities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/29/minoritycontracts?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2007 08:29:18 -0600 New St. Paul development helps neighborhood A new St. Paul development may help boost a neighborhood in need. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/27/stpaulgroundbreaking?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2007 13:07:59 -0600 Timberwolves open their first post-Garnett season For the first time in 13 years, the Minnesota Timberwolves will be without Kevin Garnett, who was traded during the off season. Team officials hope local sports fans will take a liking to the young bunch of Wolves who will carry on without K.G. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/01/wolvesopener?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2007 01:00:57 -0500 GMAC's ResCap mortgage unit to cut 3,000 jobs Approximately 460 jobs would be eliminated in Minneapolis, where ResCap is based and employs 1,550 people. That would be the largest job losses in any one city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/17/gmaccuts?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2007 12:06:47 -0500 Ford workers pin hopes on battery-powered truck Ford Motor Company's Twin Cities assembly plant is slated to go dark next year. But some of the plant's workers hope battery power can keep Minnesota's auto industry moving forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/16/electricranger?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2007 06:30:46 -0500 Imams outline discrimination lawsuit against US Airways Six Islamic leaders who were removed from a U.S. Airways flight in November at the Twin Cities airport filed suit against the airline for discrimination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/12/muslimlawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2007 12:00:00 -0500 Wisconsin authorities reveal details of Hmong hunter's death A Wisconsin man now faces a murder charge in connection with the killing of a Hmong hunter who was found shot and stabbed to death in a wildlife area near Green Bay earlier this month. Autopsy results show the hunter's death was extremely violent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/16/huntercharged?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jan 2007 00:00:00 -0600 Radke retires after 12 seasons Brad Radke announced his retirement yesterday, after 12 years as a fixture in the Twins' pitching rotation. His colleagues say Radke will also be remembered for the determination he showed in pitching through the persistent injuries that finally ended his career. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/19/radkeannouncement?refid=0 Tue, 19 Dec 2006 22:25:34 -0600 Jets soar, Vikings crash The Minnesota Vikings' playoff chances are hanging by a thread after the team's sixth loss in its last eight games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/18/vikingslose?refid=0 Mon, 18 Dec 2006 06:36:36 -0600 Betty Crocker retires her catalog Friday marks the end of an era for one of Minnesota's best-known businesses. General Mills is shutting down a program that's seen generations of consumers snip and save box-top coupons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/28/bettycrocker?refid=0 Thu, 14 Dec 2006 00:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis police apologize, say student's death a homicide Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan has publicly apologized to the parents of a University of Minnesota student whose 2002 death was first determined to be either an accident or suicide but is now considered a homicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/jenkins?refid=0 Tue, 21 Nov 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Mesaba reaches tentative agreement with mechanics Bankrupt Mesaba Airlines and the union representing its mechanics have reached a tentative agreement on a contract that would cut the mechanics' pay and benefits. With today's announcement, the mechanics join the pilots and flight attendants unions, which also have tentative agreements awaiting member votes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/31/mesaba?refid=0 Tue, 31 Oct 2006 17:50:00 -0600 Boof could become household name with Game 2 win In Game 2 of their playoff series with the Oakland A's, the Twins will try to rally behind an unlikely hero when Boof Bonser takes the pitcher's mound. Bonser was in the minor leagues only two months ago, but he'll throw the first pitch at the Metrodome today as the Twins try to bounce back from yesterday's 3-2 loss. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/03/boof?refid=0 Tue, 03 Oct 2006 21:43:43 -0500 Minor leaguers involved in St. Paul brawl Fort Worth defeated the Saints at Midway Stadium on Sunday to win the championship of the American Association. The apparently tried to beat them again at a bar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/11/brawl?refid=0 Mon, 11 Sep 2006 14:00:00 -0500 In St. Paul, Joe Mauer has been an all-star all along Locals will be cheering for one of their own, Cretin-Derham graduate Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, when he takes the field Tuesday night with his American League teammates in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/10/joemaurerallstar?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jul 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Fort Snelling buildings listed among most endangered Preservationists hope some fresh national attention can help save more than two dozen buildings that are falling to pieces in one of Minnesota's most historic locales -- Fort Snelling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/10/fortsnellingendangered?refid=0 Wed, 10 May 2006 23:40:12 -0500 The stars come back to St. Paul for Prairie Home premiere On Wednesday night, the stars of the movie "A Prairie Home Companion" filed into downtown St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater for a Hollywood-style premiere, complete with a red carpet -- for the first Midwest showing of the film based on the long-running radio show. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/02/aphcpremierefollow?refid=0 Thu, 04 May 2006 00:01:00 -0500 Kirby Puckett remembered Former Minnesota Twins star Kirby Puckett is bringing fans to the Metrodome one last time. Many have been leaving flowers and mementos at an impromptu memorial for the Hall of Famer outside a ticket window. Puckett died of a massive stroke Monday at a hospital in Arizona. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/07/puckettremembered?refid=0 Tue, 07 Mar 2006 10:44:02 -0600 Program helps immigrants become teachers St. Paul's public schools are taking part in a program to help immigrants become licensed to teach English as a second language. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/27/eslteachers?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2006 18:18:59 -0600 Neighbors, businesses spar on future of Grand Avenue Many neighbors fear the spread of regional and national chains attracted by Grand Avenue's success will spoil the character that helped make the avenue what it is today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/16/grand?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2006 11:46:34 -0600 Tough times for the beacon of St. Paul One of the city's landmarks, the First National Bank Building, reflects both the uncertainty and the promise of Saint Paul's business future. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/25_wilcoxenw_firstbank/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Nov 2005 09:00:00 -0600 Twin Cities mayors pledge cooperation The current mayor of Minneapolis and the future mayor of St. Paul met Wednesday to congratulate one another on their respective victories in Tuesday's elections. They said they expect to replace the two cities' rivalry with a new era of cooperation on issues that affect both Twin Cities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/09_wilcoxenw_mayorsdayafter/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2005 17:14:00 -0600 Future of St. Paul's Ford plant on the line There's speculation that Ford will announce plant closings on Thursday. Experts disagree on whether the plant in St. Paul is a likely target for cutbacks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/19_wilcoxenw_ford/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2005 18:01:00 -0500 St. Paul cops return from New Orleans A team of St. Paul police officers is counting its blessings after spending 19 days helping law enforcement comrades in New Orleans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/11_wilcoxenw_policereturn/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2005 20:00:00 -0500 The Wild welcome fans back Hockey fans reveled in a 6-3 Wild victory as the National Hockey League returned to the ice after the labor dispute that cancelled last season. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/06_wilcoxenw_wildopener/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2005 08:00:00 -0500 Minnesotans opening hearts and homes in wake of hurricane disaster Minnesota is responding to Hurricane Katrina with its publicly-funded resources, as well as with private donations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/04_wilcoxenw_katrinamnsun/?refid=0 Sun, 04 Sep 2005 10:35:00 -0500 Minnesota soldier killed in Afghanistan Friends and family of Clarks Grove, Minnesota, native Corey Goodnature are mourning the Army Warrant Officer's death in Afghanistan. Goodnature was among 16 soldiers killed when their Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/03_wilcoxenw_goodnature/?refid=0 Sun, 03 Jul 2005 22:00:00 -0500 Center for Torture victims speaks out against alleged torture by U.S. The Minneapolis-based Center for Victims of Torture marks its 20th birthday, and enters political waters by calling on the U.S. to renounce torture in interrogation policy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/27_wilcoxenw_tortanniv/?refid=0 Sun, 26 Jun 2005 21:15:00 -0500 Real estate developer Kelly Doran enters Senate race A political newcomer who calls himself a centrist Democrat has entered the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mark Dayton. Kelly Doran will use some of his personal wealth as he woos moderate Democrats in the race. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/05_wilcoxenw_doran/?refid=0 Sun, 05 Jun 2005 20:55:00 -0500 Art lovers, and the curious, check out the new Walker Supporters of the Walker Art Center are thrilled to have the Minneapolis museum and performance space open again, following a 14-month expansion project. After several days of VIP events, regular art lovers and curious neighbors got a look at the new building on its opening day Sunday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/18_wilcoxenw_walkerpublic/?refid=0 Sun, 17 Apr 2005 12:00:00 -0500 New coach, same result for Timberwolves Kevin McHale's coaching career got off to an inauspicious start Sunday, when the Minnesota Timberwolves lost a close one to the Chicago Bulls, 87-83 at Target Center. Veteran coach Flip Saunders was fired over the weekend because of the team's poor performance this season. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/13_wilcoxenw_twolvescoach/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Feb 2005 00:09:00 -0600 Winter medallion hunt brings out the most dedicated By the end of this week, Minnesota's capital city may have more nightlife in its parks than in its bars and restaurants. The St. Paul Winter Carnival's Treasure Hunt is underway, and the dedicated hunters involved in the chase are profiled in a new documentary. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/24_wilcoxenw_medallionmovie/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2005 11:25:00 -0600 Relief worker says tsunami victims turning the corner A week after the tsunami disaster in south Asia, relief workers say the response has finally turned a corner -- and now involves helping survivors rather than assessing damage. A Northfield, Minnesota, native who now works for the Twin Cities-based American Refugee Committee in Thailand spoke with MPR's William Wilcoxen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/01/03_tsunamirelief?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jan 2005 13:45:00 -0600 Flu nurse asserts her innocence The nurse whose impromptu flu shot clinics at Augsburg College have caused a stir is insisting anew that she did nothing wrong. Michelle Torgerson says she did not dilute or otherwise tamper with the flu vaccine left over from her employer's previous clinic. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/13_wilcoxenw_nursespeaks/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2004 10:30:00 -0600 Kennedy, Wetterling stage final 6th District debate Incumbent Republican Mark Kennedy and his Democratic challenger Patty Wetterling are involved in one of Minnesota's hottest congressional races. Their final debate was broadcast live from a Twin Cities television station. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/24_wilcoxenw_6distdebate/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Oct 2004 07:00:00 -0500 For Twins fans, it's wait 'til next year The Minnesota Twins insisted they were a far better team than the one steamrolled out of last year's division series by the New York Yankees. And they might have been. A year later, though, the result was the same: Yankees in four. Season over. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/09_ap_twinsgame4/?refid=0 Sat, 09 Oct 2004 21:15:00 -0500 Yankees crush Twins to take 2-1 series lead Backed by Derek Jeter's three RBIs and a relentless offense, Brown threw six strong innings to lead the Yankees past the frustrated Minnesota Twins 8-4 on Friday night for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five AL playoff series. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/08_ap_twinsgame3/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2004 22:30:00 -0500 Santana leads Twins to brink of division title The Minnesota Twins can wrap up their third straight Central Division title with a victory over the White Sox in Chicago tonight. The Twins suffered lopsided losses to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday and Saturday, but bounced back Sunday winning 5-1, as pitching star Johan Santana tied a team record by winning his 12th game in a row. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/20_wilcoxenw_twins/?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2004 08:00:00 -0500 Kelly says he'll veto smoking ban The St. Paul City Council has approved a ban on smoking in the city's bars and restaurants. But whether the measure will ever go into effect is unclear. Mayor Randy Kelly says he will veto the city ordinance and pursue a regional no-smoking policy at the county level. Backers of St. Paul's ordinance could muster only four votes on the seven-member council, which is not enough to override a veto. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/24_wilcoxenw_stpaulsmokeban/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 2004 11:26:00 -0500 St. Paul council gets an earful on smoking ban proposal Policymakers in St. Paul are considering the hot-button issue of whether to prohibit smoking in bars and restaurants. Duluth and Rochester already have similar ordinances banning smoking where food and beverages are sold. St. Paul city council members got an earful Wednesday night at a public hearing, where the alloted time was equally divided between critics and supporters of the proposed smoking ban. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/27_wilcoxenw_smokedebate/?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2004 10:14:00 -0500 Humphries leaves U of M to turn pro The University of Minnesota men's basketball team said goodbye to its star player on Thursday. Kris Humphries announced he's leaving the U of M after just one year to try his hand at a career in pro basketball. It's the third time in five years the Gophers have seen their best player leave school early for the pros. But some analysts think Humphries is more likely than his predecessors to find success in the pros. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/08_wilcoxenw_humphries/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2004 14:52:00 -0500 For Twins fans, TV deal is a losing proposition The Major League Baseball season begins in two weeks and many Minnesota Twins fans are still wondering how closely they'll be able to follow their team on television this year. Nearly two-thirds of the Twins' games will be televised on a network that is currently unavailable to most Minnesotans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/22_wilcoxenw_vicsports/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2004 10:11:00 -0600 Herb Brooks commemorated in bronze and on the big screen In movie theaters around the country Friday night, audiences will relive the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team's unlikely march to a gold medal under the leadership of the late Herb Brooks. In Brooks' hometown of St. Paul, the opening of the movie &quot;Miracle&quot; is just one part of a hockey-filled week. Thursday night, officials unveiled a bronze statue of the Hall of Fame coach outside the city's arena and convention center, which is hosting this weekend's National Hockey League All-Star game. Family members and friends attending the ceremonies say Brooks' spirit is alive and well in the city he called home. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/06_wilcoxenw_herbbrooks/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2004 02:25:00 -0600 Ice Palace opening marks start of Winter Carnival The St. Paul Winter Carnival's first walk-in ice palace in more than 60 years marks the start of Minnesota's oldest winter festival. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/23_wilcoxenw_icepalaceopens/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2004 11:20:00 -0600 Massive development project proposed for St. Paul's west side A prominent St. Paul real estate developer unveiled big plans on Thursday for 75 acres of land on the city's Mississippi riverfront. Jerry Trooien envisions a $1 billion housing, retail, and entertainment complex just across the river from downtown on land that is now mostly vacant. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/13_wilcoxenw_stpauldev/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2003 17:19:00 -0600 Gopher women's basketball team is back for more The University of Minnesota women's basketball coach says this year's squad has a chance to be the most successful in team history. Coach Pam Borton says the U of M is carving a spot among the elite programs in women's college basketball. Minnesota begins play this week with its first exhibition game of the new season. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/05_wilcoxenw_gopherseason/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2003 07:00:00 -0600 Parking in bipartisan alley Eventually during their visit to the State Fair, more than one million Minnesotans will get tired and head for home. But for people who live near the fairgrounds, there's no going home from the fair. Some neighbors make the most of it by making a cottage industry of parking cars. Along one block, car parking brings a neighborhood together. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/25_wilcoxenw_faircars/?refid=0 Sun, 24 Aug 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's pro sports teams optimistic about future The Vikings are in training camp, the Twins are in a pennant race, and the Wild and Timberwolves are bullish on their upcoming seasons. But in a languid economy, some business people have wondered if the Twin Cities can financially support all four of its major pro sports teams. The Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce put that issue before a panel of top executives from each of those teams Wednesday. The chamber heard a group that sounded optimistic about the chances of each team meeting its needs in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/13_wilcoxenw_sportsbiz/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2003 18:14:00 -0500 Mississippi River gets visitor center It's been 15 years since federal officials declared 72 miles of Mississippi riverfront in the Twin Cities a National River and Recreation Area. Now the Park Service is opening a visitor center to introduce people to the parks, trails, and historic sites along the Mississippi. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/08_wilcoxenw_riverpark/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2003 07:00:00 -0500 Wild on verge of playoff exit after game 3 loss to Ducks For the second time in seven months, a Minnesota sports team could see its post-season journey end in Anaheim. Last fall, baseball's Twins were ousted by the Anaheim Angels. Now it's the Anaheim Mighty Ducks who have the Minnesota Wild on the ropes. Anaheim's 4-0 victory Wednesday night, gives them a commanding 3-0 game lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference Finals. Another loss would end the Wild's surprising Stanley Cup playoff run. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/15_wilcoxenw_wildgame3/?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Wild in an 0-2 hole against the Ducks The Minnesota Wild are heading to Anaheim still searching for their first goal in their Stanley Cup playoff series with the Mighty Ducks. The Wild now trail the best-of-seven series 2-0, following a 2-0 loss Monday night. The next two games are in Anaheim, and the Wild need at least one win just to bring the Western Conference Finals back to Minnesota for a game five. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/13_wilcoxenw_wildlose/?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2003 10:15:00 -0500 Ecstasy in the 'state of hockey' The Minnesota Wild have done it again. The Wild's 4-2 victory over the Canucks in Vancouver on Thursday night completed Minnesota's second straight come-from-behind win of a Stanley Cup playoff series. On the brink of elimination, the Wild beat Vancouver three times in a row -- just as they did in their first round series with Colorado. It's an unprecedented feat in hockey and it means the Wild will now host Anaheim in the start of the Western Conference Finals. The game thrilled thousands of Minnesota fans who stayed up to watch it on television. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/09_wilcoxenw_wild/?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2003 09:03:00 -0500 Wild win to force game 7 -- again The Minnesota Wild keep surprising the hockey world. They beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-1 in St. Paul Wednesday night to push their Stanley Cup playoff series into a decisive game seven, which is Thursday night in Vancouver. The game marked the fifth time this spring the Wild have pulled out a victory when a loss would have ended their season. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/08_wilcoxenw_wildgamesix/?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2003 10:54:00 -0500 Wild on the brink of elimination The Minnesota Wild again find themselves in a three games to one hole in a Stanley Cup playoff series. Friday night's 3-2 overtime win by Vancouver gave the Canucks a commanding lead in the best of seven second round series. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/03_wilcoxenw_fridaywild/?refid=0 Sat, 03 May 2003 09:39:00 -0500 Wild lose defensive struggle against Canucks It was a bad night for Minnesota's two playoff teams. The Minnesota Wild lost to the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 Tuesday night in St. Paul, They now trail the Canucks two games to one in their Stanley Cup playoff series. Across the river in Minneapolis, the Minnesota Timberwolves lost by 30 points to the Los Angeles Lakers in their NBA playoff game. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/30_wilcoxenw_wild/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2003 07:45:00 -0500 Timberwolves beat Lakers to tie series The Minnesota Timberwolves bounced back from a 19-point loss in game one by walloping the Los Angeles Lakers 119-91 at Target Center last night. The victory means the best-of-seven series is tied at one game apiece as the teams travel to Los Angeles for games three and four. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/23_wilcoxenw_wildwolves/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2003 05:33:00 -0500 A Wild win forces game seven Minnesota's hockey season continues. The Minnesota Wild thrilled an overflow crowd in St. Paul Monday night, defeating the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in overtime. With their second straight victory, the Wild pushed their Stanley Cup playoff series with favored Colorado into a decisive game seven, Tuesday night in Denver. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/22_wilcoxenw_wildwin/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2003 09:58:00 -0500 Wolves' performance leaves fans wondering: 'what time does the Wild game start?' The Minnesota Timberwolves opened a playoff series on their home court for the first time on Sunday, but home court advantage was not enough for the T-Wolves, as they fell to the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers 117-98. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/21_wilcoxenw_wolves/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2003 07:00:00 -0500 Thousands jam downtown St. Paul, but Wild lose playoff game After an 11-year absence, hockey's Stanley Cup playoffs are back in Minnesota. The Minnesota Wild, however, are still waiting for their first home-ice goal of the playoffs. The Wild were shut out by the Colorado Avalanche in game three of their playoff series in St. Paul Monday night. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/15_wilcoxenw_wild/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2003 07:00:00 -0500 St. Paul rec centers face uncertain future Budget cuts threaten city funding for St. Paul's nine part time recreation centers. What would be lost if those centers close? Can others provide those services? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/12_wilcoxenw_recs/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2003 10:00:00 -0600 It's a new era for U of M women's basketball The University of Minnesota women's basketball team has made itself at home in what was once considered the men's arena. The larger capacity of Williams Arena is needed to accommodate the biggest crowds in the Big Ten Conference, who are flocking to see the Gopher women. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/27_wilcoxenw_hoops/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2003 10:33:00 -0600 Mendota Heights weighs the future of Pilot Knob Mendota Heights is considering a developer's proposal to build town homes on a hill with a commanding view of the Twin Cities. Critics say the construction would alter the historic, sacred character of Pilot Knob. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/09_wilcoxenw_mendotahousing/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2002 17:00:00 -0600 Hearing draws complaints from taxpayers As local governments finish the annual budget process, they are holding public hearings to give property taxpayers a chance to comment on the tax bills they'll get in the new year. This year the meetings occur against the ominous backdrop of a big state budget deficit that has cities, counties -- and taxpayers -- worried about what the future holds. St. Paul residents who attended the Truth in Taxation hearing Tuesday night expressed some of those worries. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/11_wilcoxenw_truthtax/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2002 11:30:00 -0600 Fame on trial Baseball hero Kirby Puckett is due to stand trial in February on charges he dragged a woman into a restaurant bathroom and groped her there. How does the dynamic of a trial change when the defendant is a celebrity? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/02_wilcoxenw_celebrities/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2002 06:00:00 -0600 GOP rallies in waning days of campaign While Minnesota's DFLers were formalizing Walter Mondale's Senate candidacy, candidates from other parties were getting back on the campaign trail. Major party candidates took a four-day hiatus from campaigning following the plane crash that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone. But politicking resumed in earnest yesterday. Republican candidates visited various parts of the state during the day and then converged for a joint political rally in St. Paul. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/31_wilcoxenw_wilcoxen/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Twins' season ends with Anaheim's 10-run seventh The Anaheim Angels finally did what no one else could: eliminate the Minnesota Twins. Minnesota allowed a record 10 runs in a humiliating seventh inning Sunday, losing 13-5 to Anaheim in Game 5 of the AL championship series.` http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/14_wilcoxenw_twinslose/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Twins lose; Series even at one apiece The Anaheim Angels evened the American League Championship Series by defeating the Minnesota Twins 6-3 at the Metrodome. The best-of-seven series now shifts to California, where the Angels will host the next three games. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/10_wilcoxenw_twinsgame2/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Twins win game 1 over Angels Joe Mays pitched the Minnesota Twins to a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Angels in the first game of the American League Championship Series. The Twins need three more victories to earn a spot in the World Series. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/09_wilcoxenw_twinsgame1/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Twins play Anaheim in pennant chase Only one team stands between the Minnesota Twins and a spot in baseball's World Series. At the Metrodome tonight the Twins will take on the Anaheim Angels in the opening game of the American League Championship Series. The winner of the best-of-seven series will face either the St. Louis Cardinals or Giants in baseball's fall classic. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/08_wilcoxenw_pennantpreview/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Twins look forward to home stand Playoff baseball returns to Minnesota Friday, when the Twins host the Oakland Athletics in game three of their first-round playoff series. The last post-season baseball game at the Metrodome was the Twins' game seven victory in the 1991 World Series. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/03_wilcoxenw_twinshome/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2002 05:00:00 -0500 Ready for the PGA The PGA Championship gets underway at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska this week. Grounds crews have been working for weeks to get the course ready for the pros. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/12_wilcoxenw_pgaready/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota roadside fireworks won't blow you away When the Minnesota Legislature legalized some types of fireworks this year, it set the stage for the arrival of an American institution long missing from the Land of Lakes: the roadside fireworks stand. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/04_wilcoxenw_fireworksstands/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Gophers sanctioned in women's basketball scandal The National Collegiate Athletic Association imposed new sanctions on the University of Minnesota for rule violations that occurred under former women's basketball coach Cheryl Littlejohn. But the penalties were relatively mild by NCAA standards and were not nearly as harsh as they could have been under a worst-case scenario. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/02_wilcoxenw_sanctions/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Landmark Center at 100 A variety of musical, dramatic, and artistic events will highlight this weekend's birthday celebration for one of St. Paul's most historic buildings. The centennial of Landmark Center has admirers of the castle-like structure expressing gratitude that the building lasted 100 years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/03_wilcoxenw_landmark/?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 New senator makes history Voters on St. Paul's East Side have elected the country's first Hmong-American legislator. Mee Moua, 32, won Tuesday's special election to fill the state Senate seat vacated by Randy Kelly, who was elected mayor last fall. DFLer Moua defeated candidates from three other parties and will immediately go to work in the legislative session that started Tuesday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/29_wilcoxenw_moua/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Gopher women on the rebound The University of Minnesota women's basketball team is enjoying a dramatic turnaround this year, after several losing seasons under a former coach who resigned under a cloud. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/25_wilcoxenw_gophers/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Herb Brooks goes for the gold again St. Paul native Herb Brooks received one of hockey's most prestigious awards Tuesday. Brooks was among the winners of the Lester Patrick Awards, which honor outstanding service to hockey in the United States. At a ceremony in St. Paul, Brooks reflected on his Olympic coaching experiences - of the past and present. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/15_wilcoxenw_brooks/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Randy Kelly takes oath as mayor St. Paul welcomed its new mayor Friday. A full roster of St. Paul political leaders were on hand as Randy Kelly was sworn in as the city's first mayor to hail from its East Side. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/04_wilcoxenw_kellyoath/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Norm Coleman's legacy Randy Kelly's inauguration as the new mayor of St. Paul on Jan. 2 will bring a close to Norm Coleman's leadership of the capital city. The last eight years have been a period of prosperity for many - but not all - of St. Paul's residents. It remains to be seen how history will judge Coleman's tenure, but many of his supporters think he will rank as one of the city's most effective mayors. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/24_wilcoxenw_goodbyenorm/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Kelly beats Benanav in St. Paul mayor's race State Sen. Randy Kelly defeated City Council member Jay Benanav in the race to succeed Norm Coleman as mayor of St. Paul. But Kelly won by only about 400 votes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/07_wilcoxenw_stpaul/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Benanav, Kelly hold final debate Voters in St. Paul will choose a new Mayor Tuesday. With Norm Coleman not seeking a third term, the race to succeed him has been a hard fought contest between Randy Kelly and Jay Benanav. The candidates met at the Fitzgerald Theater Sunday for the final debate of the campaign. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/05_wilcoxenw_stpauldebate/?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Poll: Kelly holds slight lead over Benanav http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/02_wilcoxenw_stpaulpoll/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Campaign Profile: Randy Kelly Voters in St. Paul choose a new mayor on Tuesday. State Sen. Randy Kelly and City Council member Jay Benanav have had plenty of chances to debate each other, and those meetings have clarified the candidates' differences. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/01_wilcoxenw_kelly/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Campaign Profile: Jay Benanav Norm Coleman's decision not to seek a third term as mayor of St. Paul made for a crowded field of would-be successors this summer. But since the September 11 primary narrowed the list of candidates to two - Jay Benanav and Randy Kelly - the campaign has become more focused. Here's a profile of Jay Benanav. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/31_wilcoxenw_benanav/?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0600 St. Paul candidates reflect neighborhoods St. Paul is often called a city of neighborhoods. The candidates in this year's mayoral race represent parts of the city that illustrate the strength and range of its neighborhoods. Randy Kelly represents the East Side in the state Senate. City Council member Jay Benanav represents the fourth ward, an area that includes Merriam Park and other western neighborhoods. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/24_wilcoxenw_stpaulhoods/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Campaign 2001: Back to business in St. Paul Voter turnout is typically low in off-year elections, when only local races are decided. But in St. Paul this year, at least one constituency claims to be more involved in the mayor's race. Some of the city's business leaders say their interest in local politics grew during the administration of Mayor Norm Coleman, and business people seem to be paying more attention than usual to the race to succeed Coleman. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/11_wilcoxenw_business/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Business leaders react to uncertainty Economic uncertainty is among the anxieties facing Americans in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. A panel of business leaders and scholars met at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management Thursday night, to share views on the economic implications of last week's events. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/21_wilcoxenw_businessreacts/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Benanav, Kelly head for November showdown DFLers Jay Benanav and Randy Kelly have emerged from the St. Paul mayoral field to face one another on the November ballot. The winner will succeed Norm Coleman, who is not seeking a third term as mayor. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/12_wilcoxenw_results/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 The 'Norm' Factor Norm Coleman is not seeking a third term as mayor of St. Paul, but his imprint is visible on this year's race. The relationships of the major mayoral candidates to Coleman and his legacy are among the political angles at play in Tuesday's mayoral primary. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/07_wilcoxenw_normfactor/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 St. Paul debate puts housing at number-one issue The six leading candidates in Saint Paul's mayoral race gathered at Concordia University for their last debate before Tuesday's primary. The six are competing for the City Hall office Norm Coleman is vacating after two terms. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/05_wilcoxenw_debate/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 St. Paul Candidate Profiles - Part Two St. Paul voters will elect a new mayor this year, with incumbent Norm Coleman stepping down after two four-year terms. Coleman's successor will likely come from a group of six candidates who have run the most aggressive mayoral campaigns. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/04_wilcoxenw_profiles2/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Profiling the St. Paul mayoral candidates St. Paul voters will soon narrow the field of candidates hoping to succeed Mayor Norm Coleman, who is not running for re-election. The two candidates emerging from the September 11 primary will likely come from a group that includes Jay Benanav, Randy Kelly, Jerry Blakey, Bob Long, Bob Kessler, and Bobbi Megard. We take a closer look at candidates Megard, Long, and Kessler. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/31_wilcoxenw_profile1/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 St. Paul candidates try to break from the pack In less than a month, St. Paul voters will narrow a crowded mayoral field from 16 candidates down to two. The six leading candidates in the primary race to succeed outgoing Mayor Norm Coleman took part in a forum on MPR's <i>Midday</i>. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/15_wilcoxenw_mayor/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 'Status-quo budget' marks Coleman's exit Mayor Norm Coleman is sending his last budget proposal to the St. Paul City Council, and for the eighth straight year, the budget calls for no increase in city taxes. But Coleman, who is not seeking re-election, may be leaving City Hall just in time. Some city officials expect a slowing economy will make it more difficult to maintain St. Paul's recent pattern of avoiding tax increases without cutting services. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/14_wilcoxenw_coleman/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Puckett, Winfield enshrined in Hall of Fame Plaques of Kirby Puckett and Dave Winfield now hang just a few feet from those of Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Puckett and Winfield were inducted in Cooperstown, New York, and many Minnesotans were on hand to mark the occasion. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/06_wilcoxenw_halloffame/?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Vikings' Stringer dies The Minnesota Vikings are struggling to cope with the sudden death of one of the team's top players. Tackle Korey Stringer died early Wednesday morning after collapsing from heat stroke following practice at the football team's training camp in Mankato. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/01_wilcoxenw_stringer/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Out-of-control parents threaten youth sports Summer youth sports leagues are heating up around Minnesota, just as the thermometer is sticking in the 90s. Heat, fatigue, and the pressure of a big game are a combustible combination, not just for the players but for their parents as well. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/19_wilcoxenw_sports/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Three killed in Wisconsin tornado Emergency officials and volunteers are helping with cleanup following the tornado that swept through parts of northwestern Wisconsin Monday night. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/19_wilcoxenw_tornado/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 The Color of Justice in Minnesota Several dozen scholars, attorneys, policymakers, and law enforcement personnel put their heads together at the University of Minnesota Thursday to take a closer look at the issue of racial bias in Minnesota's criminal justice system. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/14_wilcoxen_racial/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Cyclists Compete in National Championships In the next several days, the sports world will crown some national champions. Pro basketball and college baseball will bestow their titles. But another championship is going on in Minnesota. Bicyclists from around the country have gathered in Blaine for the National Track Cycling Championships, which continue through Saturday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/14_wilcoxenw_bikerace/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Bush Will Highlight St.Paul District Heating Plant President George W. Bush will focus on energy when he visits St. Paul this week. The president is scheduled to make a speech on energy policy to an invitation-only audience of Twin Cities business leaders. President Bush will also tour the plant that heats and cools most of the buildings in downtown St.Paul. Here's a look at what the president will see. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/16_wilcoxenw_districtenergy/?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Job Training Takes a Specialized Turn The assembly line brought a dramatic change to 20th-century manufacturing by allowing products to be mass produced. At the start of a new century, technology is again changing manufacturing by allowing more products to be custom-made. In an age of computers and robots, even the job skills needed to work in manufacturing are becoming more specialized. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/09_wwilcoxen_jobtraining/?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Charlie Browns Around Town St. Paul officials say the Charlie Brown hotline is one of the hottest lines in town. Many in the capital city are optimistic the follow-up to last summer's popular series of Snoopy statues will be even more successful. The promotion is part of the city's tribute to St. Paul native Charles Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip. Organizers say dozens of St. Paul businesses have lined up to sponsor the Charlie Browns. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/02_wilcoxenw_charlies/?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Coleman to St. Paul: 'Dream with Me' Norm Coleman used his final State of the City speech to take an imaginary journey through Saint Paul in the year 2004. The technique allowed Coleman, who is not seeking a third term as mayor, to count as successes a number of projects still in the works and some that are not even that far along, including three new pro-sports facilities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200103/14_wilcoxenw_coleman/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Minnesota Sends Two to Hall of Fame Kirby Puckett and Dave Winfield have been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame, in their first year of eligibility. Winfield is a St. Paul native whose 22-year major league career included a couple of seasons with the Minnesota Twins. The biggest celebration was for Puckett, who during his 12 years in Minnesota became one of the Twins' best and most popular players. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200101/17_wilcoxenw_puckett/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jan 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Stadium Proponents Gear Up for New Funding Effort A citizens panel put together by the Minnesota Twins to look at the baseball team's future has finished its work. After six months of study, <i>Minnesotans for Major League Baseball</i> says the state risks losing the Twins unless the team gets a new ballpark combined with financial reforms in big-league baseball. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200101/11_wilcoxenw_stadium/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jan 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Stadium Talk Dominates NFL Official's Visit to Capitol The National Football League's top executive spent much of Friday at the Capitol talking to lawmakers about the idea of a new stadium for the Vikings. The team doesn't have a specific proposal, but Commissioner Paul Tagliabue's visit signals that the Vikings are gearing up their efforts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200101/05_wilcoxenw_tagliabue/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jan 2001 12:00:00 -0600 U of M Football: For the Love of Floyd The victors in the Minnesota-Iowa football game get more than a win in the standings. They get the honor of hoisting a bronze statue of a pig onto their shoulders as they march off the Metrodome field. "Floyd of Rosedale" goes home with the winning team in a college football rivalry that dates back nearly a century. One of the most memorable "Floyd" showdowns occurred 40 years ago, in Minnesota's last national championship season. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200011/16_wilcoxenw_gophers/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Nov 2000 12:00:00 -0600 McCollum Elected to Congress Minnesota's fourth congressional district is staying in Democratic hands with Betty McCollum's victory over Republican Linda Runbeck and the Independence Party's Tom Foley. McCollum is only the second woman in state history to be elected to Congress and the first in more than 40 years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200011/08_wilcoxenw_4dist/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2000 12:00:00 -0600 NCAA Levels Sanctions in Cheating Scandal The final shoe dropped in the University of Minnesota academic fraud scandal . But it was not as heavy as some Minnesotans feared it might be. Many of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's sanctions against the men's basketball program are adjustments in punishments the university has already imposed on itself. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/24_wilcoxenw_u/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Friends Bid Farewell to Vento Hundreds of mourners came to Saint Paul on Friday October 13, to pay a final tribute to Bruce Vento. The former school teacher and 12-term congressman was hailed as a champion of the environment, the working class, and the needy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/13_wilcoxenw_ventofuneral/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 DFL Rift Overshadows Congressional Race Betty McCollum, Linda Runbeck, and Tom Foley have advanced to the November general election in the race to succeed retiring Fourth District Congressman Bruce Vento. DFL endorsee McCollum won a hotly contested primary last night. But a couple of her party rivals are upset about negative campaigning in the primary and are not sure they'll work for McCollum. Republican and Independence Party candidates see the DFL rift as a chance to take a seat the Democrats have held for 52 years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200009/13_wilcoxenw_4dist/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Sep 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Harriet Island Marks West Side Rebirth A $14 million face lift of Harriet Island Regional Park has revived a century-old gathering place on the Mississippi River. The park renovation, combined with this summer's news that new housing and jobs are coming to the river flats, is creating a new momentum for Saint Paul's West Side. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200009/08_wilcoxenw_harriet/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Sep 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Fourth District Candidates Debate at State Fair Candidates vying to succeed Bruce Vento in Congress debated on Minnesota Public Radio. The race is developing into the state's hottest contest. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/31_wilcoxenw_4distdebate/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 The Fair's Urban Campground A swan song of summer gets underway today as the 2000 edition of the Minnesota State Fair opens at the grounds in Falcon Heights. The fair's popularity can make transportation and parking a challenge in the area for the 12 days of the fair. Some visitors and exhibitors avoid traffic headaches by camping at the fair. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/24_wilcoxenw_fair/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 The Minnesota Staduim Saga Continues The Minnesota Twins may try again next year to gain permission to play a few outdoor baseball games at a temporary ballpark. A proposal to put up a temporary ballpark in Bloomington for three games in the 2000 season was rejected by Major League Baseball officials. The commissioners who run the Metrodome also had some reservations about the plan, fearing it could set a precedent that would cause the Dome's other disgruntled tenant - the Vikings - to seek changes in their lease agreement. The situation reflects the tangle of interests intertwined in the Twin Cities stadium landscape. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/22_wilcoxenw_stadium/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 The Stench of Saint Paul The president of Minnesota Brewing says newly installed equipment has reduced the odor from ethanol production at the Saint Paul plant. The company is dealing with odor complaints that have plauged the West Seventh neighborhood for the last two months. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200007/11_wilcoxenw_ethanol/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jul 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Fourth District DFLers Debate Incumbents are seeking re-election in seven of Minnesota's eight congressional districts this year. The exception is in the Fourth District, where Bruce Vento's retirement creates an open seat. The district, which includes Saint Paul and its closest suburbs, has been in Democratic hands since 1948. The four candidates running in September's DFL primary gathered on June 1 for a debate sponsored by the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/01_wilcoxenw_4debate/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Remembering Malik Sealy The Minnesota Timberwolves are beginning to face life after Malik Sealy. A few members of the basketball team's staff and front office spoke about the weekend death of Sealy, a starting guard who was killed in a car accident early Saturday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200005/22_wilcoxenw_sealy/?refid=0 Mon, 22 May 2000 12:00:00 -0500 The Sleeper Race The race to succeed Bruce Vento in Minnesota's Fourth Congressional District could provide a new snapshot of the political base of Minnesota. Some political wags say changing demographics and urban sprawl have put the Republican Party in a good position to take over a DFL stronghold. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200004/28_wilcoxenw_4dist/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Apr 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Reclaiming the River The new Science Museum of Minnesota marks the opening of a new era, not only for the museum but also for its host city. Saint Paul officials say the museum's new location makes it a key to linking downtown with the Mississippi River. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199912/10_wilcoxenw_museum/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Dec 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Scandal Leads to Ousters at University of Minnesota Results of an eight-month investigation released by the University of Minnesota confirm widespread academic fraud and other rule violations in the men's basketball program. U of M President Mark Yudof announced top administrators in men's athletics are leaving the University as a result of the probe. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199911/19_wilcoxenw_cheating/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 1999 12:00:00 -0600 U of M Report on Academic Fraud Due The University of Minnesota is expected to impose additional sanctions against its men's basketball team this week following a seven-month academic fraud investigation. The new punishment will come on top of the probation and ban on postseason play university President Mark Yudof announced last month. It won't necessarily be the last round of sanctions against the U of M. The U's findings go to the NCAA, which will decide if more penalties are warranted. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199911/17_wilcoxenw_u/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Calvin Griffith Dead at 87 The man who brought big league baseball to Minnesota has died at the age of 87. Calvin Griffith died in his retirement home of Melbourne, Florida, of kidney infection. Griffith started the Minnesota Twins when he moved his baseball team from Washington, D.C., to the Twin Cities in 1961. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199910/20_wilcoxenw_griffith/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Oct 1999 12:00:00 -0500 What's Changed? Despite the headlines, Carl Pohlad still owns the Minnesota Twins, and the opponents of a publicly subsidized baseball stadium in Saint Paul are still against the idea. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199910/08_wilcoxenw_twins3/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Effect of a Tax When given a chance to raise their own taxes, voters usually decline the opportunity to pay more. But that tendency will be tested next month in Saint Paul, where a ballot question asks if the city should raise its sales tax to help pay for a new open-air baseball stadium for the Minnesota Twins. In part three of our series on the stadium issue, Minnesota Public Radio's William Wilcoxen looks at the prospect of a tax hike in Saint Paul and the economic benefits ballpark advocates say the city would reap. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199910/06_wilcoxenw_stadium/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Doomed Dome How did the Metrodome go from new to inadequate in less than two decades? Would a new ballpark have a longer life span? In part one of our series on the stadium referendum, Minnesota Public Radio's William Wilcoxen has this look at the Metrodome and its prospective successor in Saint Paul. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199910/04_wilcoxenw_dome/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Vikings Ready to Blitz Legislature http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199909/01_wilcoxenw_mccombs/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Unswayed Taking Carl Pohlad out of the picture doesn't seem to change people's minds on a new stadium for the Minnesota Twins. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199908/04_wilcoxenw_pohlad/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Clem Haskins Story Although he leaves in the shadow of scandal, Clem Haskins' contributions to basketball and young people are worth acknowledging. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199906/25_wilcoxenw_clembackground/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jun 1999 12:00:00 -0500 On a Wing and a Promise St. Paul Mayor Coleman briefs the city council on his idea for a new stadium, and suggests no money will be spent until Major League Baseball gets its finances straight. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199906/24_wilcoxenw_stadium/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Basketball's Big Bucks The U of M's basketball program leads the Big Ten in revenue. The fallout from the cheating scandal, could spread to other sports. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199906/21_wilcoxenw_hoopmoney/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jun 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Dead on Arrival As St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman puts a petition drive together for a state-funded baseball stadium, a key legislator says he needn't bother. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199906/11_wilcoxenw_stadium/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Reining in the Boosters U of M officials hope new rules will prevent abuses in athletic programs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199906/08_wilcoxenw_boosters/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 1999 12:00:00 -0500 A Southern Accent for St. Paul St. Paul officials look to Tennessee for inspiration on rejuvenating the city's riverfront. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199906/07_wilcoxenw_river/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 1999 12:00:00 -0500 What Now for the Timberwolves? A lost season ends for the once-promising team. Fans hope the team's future doesn't mirror its past. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/17_wilcoxenw_twolves/?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Task Force to Investigate Booster Money University auditor says money is sometimes dedicated for purposes that are not appropriate university expenses, such as a $9,000 trip to Las Vegas for the men's basketball coaches and their spouses. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/07_wilcoxenw_boosters/?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500 A Web of Deceit? The former head of the academic counseling unit says University of Minnesota faculty and officials knew all about cheating in the men's basketball program. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/20_wilcoxenw_cheating/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Waiting Game Poll shows public support for Haskins will wane quickly if cheating allegations are proven. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/16_wilcoxenw_poll/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 1999 12:00:00 -0500 More Charges Tutor, former player make new allegations that Haskins knew about cheating on U basketball team. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/24_wilcoxenw_gangelhoff/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 U Deja Vu A scandal led to the Haskins' era. A scandal now threatens it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/19_wilcoxenw_haskins/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Law Firm Appointed Firm with knowledge of the NCAA will lead U probe into cheating allegations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/19_wilcoxenw_lawyer/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Gophers Lose U benches four players. NCAA Tournament ends for Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/11_wilcoxenw_gophers/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Cheating Scandal Brewing St. Paul Pioneer Press story alleging cheating by some U of M basketball players has Ventura criticizing the messenger. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/10_wilcoxenw_basketball/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Riverfront Recreation Cities re-think riverfront usage due to increased traffic on the Mississippi. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199809/14_wilcoxenw_recreation-m/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 1998 12:00:00 -0500