Minnesota Public Radio features by Cathy Wurzer http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=77 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Sat, 01 Nov 2014 08:14:41 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Cathy Wurzer http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Q&A: Wealth, elitism dominate Minnesota campaign ad themes Here's a look at some of the political ads flooding the airwaves this campaign season, and whether there's any truth behind them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/27/wealth-elitism-dominate-minn-campaign-ad-themes?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:00:00 -0500 How the Twin Cities handled smallpox in 1924 Cathy Wurzer talks with a history of medicine professor about the smallpox outbreak of 1924. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/26/morning-edition-smallpox?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:30:00 -0500 With free holiday shipping, Target jockeys for position For the first time, Target is offering free shipping this holiday season. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with RSR Research retail analyst Paula Rosenblum about the develeopment http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/23/target?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Allegations of child slavery linger for Cargill Minnetonka-based company is asking a federal court to overrule a court decision that links it to abusive work conditions on cocoa farms overseas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/22/cargill-and-child-slavery-allegations?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:39:37 -0500 Philip Brunelle reflects on the legacy of Stephen Paulus The Twin Cities classical composer produced an impressive volume of scores, operas and choral pieces. "He had a wonderful, beautiful sense of the style," recalls the artistic director of VocalEssence. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/20/philip-brunelle-reflects-on-the-legacy-of-stephen-paulus?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:50:00 -0500 Philip Brunelle reflects on the legacy of Stephen Paulus The Twin Cities classical composer produced an impressive volume of scores, operas and choral pieces. "He had a wonderful, beautiful sense of the style," recalls the artistic director of VocalEssence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/20/philip-brunelle-speaks-about-stephen-paulus?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:09:58 -0500 Minn. nurses don't feel ready to meet Ebola threat, union chief says "We do not feel we have the information we need to care for patients," Minnesota Nurses Association President Linda Hamilton tells MPR News. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/14/hamilton?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:09:29 -0500 As ALS makes him wind down, Bruce Kramer reaches out While his condition and impending death make him "sad beyond belief," he says he has a new appreciation for life. Listen to the conversation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/14/bruce-kramer?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Duluth mayor Don Ness won't seek third term Ness was first elected in 2007 and faced no opposition for re-election in 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/13/duluth-mayor-don-ness-wont-seek-third-term-?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:55:24 -0500 Suicide in Minnesota: More data will mean more effective prevention efforts Minnesota has only a spotty understanding of who is committing suicide and why. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Jon Roesler, an Epidemiologist Supervisor with the state about the matter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/10/suicide?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:19:21 -0500 The story behind St. Paul's expensive settlement MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Curtis Gilbert about how the city's third largest settlement could have been avoided. http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/02/black-bear-crossings-settlement?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:09:30 -0500 Vikings bar Peterson again: What we know so far MPR Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with reporter Tim Nelson about the latest turn in the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/17/peterson-what-we-know-so-far?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:19:55 -0500 As his ALS progresses, Bruce Kramer finds joy in daily life Bruce Kramer has discovered the means to live in the moment, even as those moments dwindle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/17/bruce-kramer-living-with-als?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Tuition freezes and even cuts gain momentum in higher ed After several years of skyrocketing college tuition, students and their families are finally starting to see some relief. http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/11/university-of-minnesota-to-seek-state-funding-boost-to-expand-tuition-freeze?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:48:51 -0500 World War II war brides reunite in St. Paul MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Irene Maio of Duluth, Minn., about the reunion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/05/maio?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:12:14 -0500 The day Dylan turned the Beatles on Today is the 50th anniversary of the day in 1964 when Bob Dylan met the Beatles for the first time and gave them their first taste of marijuana. Paul McCartney was quite taken with the thoughts the drug inspired and asked the band's road manager Mal Evans to follow him around with a notepad and take down all his profound insights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/28/dylan_beatles?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:00:16 -0500 For a Cadillac ride, hop on a Peruvian It's another day at the Minnesota State Fair, and we're meeting another animal on Morning Edition. Today we're checking in on one of host Cathy Wurzer's favorite animals at the fair - horses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/28/fair-horse?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:50:00 -0500 An all-nighter for a barred owl at the Minnesota State Fair We're exploring the State Fair's many animals this week. This time around, Cathy Wurzer took a break from the barns and found Danielle O'Neill with the Wildlife Science Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/27/state-fair-owl?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:30:00 -0500 Dive bar band plays First Avenue Lake Street Dive will be performing tonight at First Avenue in Minneapolis. The band was started by students at the New England Conservatory of Music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/27/dive_bar?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:50:09 -0500 Where ALS 'bucket challenge' money goes in Minnesota The viral fundraising campaign that's clogging up social media with videos of people pouring a bucket of ice water over their head is also bringing tens of millions of dollars to organizations that combat the debilitating disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/27/where-als-bucket-challenge-money-goes-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:42:25 -0500 The secret to preparing a sheep for a show Becky Tonne of Grenada, Minn., raises Suffolk sheep. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with her at the Minnesota State Fair about how she prepares her sheep to show. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/26/fair_sheep?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:04:38 -0500 Why did Elvis start laughing on stage? On this day in 1969, Elvis Presley performed at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. While singing "Are You Lonesome Tonight," Elvis started laughing. But why? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/26/elvis_laughs?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:42:09 -0500 Vikings preseason full of false positives The Minnesota Vikings are now 3-0 in preseason play after beating Kansas City on Saturday night. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor at the Star Tribune, for more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/25/morning-ed-music?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:35:04 -0500 State Fair 4-H kid's cow a real 'diva' Today is the first day of the Minnesota State Fair and throughout the fair we are going to introduce you to some of the more interesting animals you might encounter. This morning, 12-year-old Liz Jabs, a 4H kid from St. Charles, Minnesota tells us about her short horn heifer that she will be showing today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/21/faircow?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:20:20 -0500 Minnesota State Fair opens: What's new The gates at the Minnesota State Fair opened this morning, as they will for the next 12 days, ending on Labor Day. There's some historic changes at the Fair this year. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson who was at the Fair when the gates opened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/21/fairrain?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:15:46 -0500 Just two people watch first Ramones show at CBGB Today's Morning Edition music is inspired by tomorrow's 40th anniversary of the day when the Ramones played their first show at CBGB's in New York. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/15/music?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:09:42 -0500 Buxton may play again this year despite concussion from collision Minnesota Twins General Manager Terry Ryan says it is possible that top prospect Byron Buxton could play again this season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/15/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:01:50 -0500 Climatologist says chances of rain on the way MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the recent stretch of fine weather for outdoor activities. It's been dry, but that could change next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/15/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:16:55 -0500 Lizzo and Caroline Smith team up on a summer jam Today's Morning Edition music is from the song "Let 'Em Say" which is a new release featuring two popular Minneapolis-based singers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/14/music?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:57:37 -0500 Over and over, Bruce Kramer takes a test he'll never beat Nobody likes taking tests, whether in school or a doctor's office. But not everyone has experienced tests the way Bruce Kramer has. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/13/bruce-kramer?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:00:00 -0500 Late night TV inspired hit song 'Ghostbusters' Today's music is from 30 years ago this week when "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr. was the No. 1 song on the U.S. pop charts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/13/music?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:11:09 -0500 Johnson says jobs the top priority of his campaign for governor Johnson won the GOP primary yesterday with just over 30 percent of the vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/13/johnson?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:09:53 -0500 Crop report shows mixed outlook for Minnesota farmers The U.S. is expecting its largest corn and soybean crops ever this fall. With supply so high, crop prices are low -- so low that farmers may end up selling at a loss. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/13/swanson?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:08:23 -0500 McFadden says leadership and ideas will beat Franken The first-time candidate is challenging Democrat Al Franken, a well funded incumbent, in the general election race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/13/mcfadden?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:29:06 -0500 Mashing up 'Paperback Writer' and 'My Sharona' Today's Morning Edition music is from the latest creation of Britain's master of the mash-up Mark Vidler. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/12/music?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:54:46 -0500 Beatles song 'I'll Cry Instead' replaced in band's movie Today's Morning Edition music is from the Beatles with "I'll Cry Instead" a track off the "A Hard Days Night" soundtrack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/11/music?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:11:31 -0500 Vikings player Joseph expected to play in regular season opener The Minnesota Vikings are hoping that defensive tackle Linval Joseph will be ready to play by the regular season opener on September 7. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/11/sinker?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:07:48 -0500 Willie Nelson's braids to be auctioned at Minnesota casino Today's Morning Edition music is from Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson from their 1978 hit album "Waylon and Willie." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/08/music?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 08:58:07 -0500 Looming trade of Love another turn in vicious cycle for Timberwolves Sources are reporting that the Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement to trade star forward Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/08/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 08:47:17 -0500 Climatologist says 90-plus degree days may be on the way, but down the road MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the lack of rain in most of Minnesota for the past few weeks. \ http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/08/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 08:06:37 -0500 Elton John wrote hit album in 10 days Today's Morning Edition music is the song "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" by Elton John. It's a track off his album "Caribou" which was No. 1 the charts 40 years ago this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/07/music?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:00:53 -0500 State launches new website in battle over synthetic drugs People who want to learn more about synthetic drugs can now turn to a new state website. The site describes common symptoms of synthetic drug use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/07/jesson?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 08:47:03 -0500 Dayton pushes for hiring more disabled In an executive order issued Monday, Dayton said the portion of state employees who are disabled has shrunk significantly over the past 15 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/07/disabled?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 08:27:16 -0500 50 years ago, 'Up Above My Head' was Rod Stewart's first live performance Today's Morning Edition music is from 50 years ago today when Rod Stewart performed on television for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/06/music?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2014 08:59:26 -0500 Academy Award winner Hansard to play at First Ave. Today's Morning Edition music is from Glen Hansard and his song "Love Don't Leave Me Waiting" from his first solo album "Rhythm and Repose." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/05/music?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 08:58:48 -0500 The song McCartney wants remembered Today's Morning Edition music is from Paul McCartney and a recording from a live performance of his during a U.S. tour in 1976. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/01/music?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:38:09 -0500 Baby blood samples to be kept with opt-out option available The Minnesota Department of Health can store newborn blood samples and test results indefinitely under a new law that goes into effect today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/01/blood?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:36:59 -0500 Number of cops killed in US is on the rise Charges are expected today in the shooting death of 49-year-old Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick. The incident comes as police departments nationwide are grappling with a recent uptick in gun violence against officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/01/cops?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:35:49 -0500 Lynx score big victory over Phoenix The Minnesota Lynx have extended their winning streak to eight games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/01/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:34:33 -0500 Jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton interprets Joni Mitchell Today's Morning Edition music is from acclaimed jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton singing "All I Want." The song is from the 2013 album "After Blue" which is a collection of her interpretations of Joni Mitchell songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/31/music?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:41:53 -0500 Multi-faceted experience pushed Cornell to top The Target corporation has picked a new CEO. Brian Cornell will be joining the Twin Cities-based retailer on August 12th. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/31/jenkins?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:40:39 -0500 Analyst: Target's new CEO has a solid track record Target has named a new CEO. It hired Brian Cornell, a senior executive at PepsiCo. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Brian Yarbrough, an analyst with Edward Jones, about the hire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/31/yarbrough?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:38:57 -0500 Ebola: Is it a threat to Minnesota? With deadly diseases just a plane ride away these days, we wondered what the likelihood is that we could see a case of Ebola in this country. The director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, joined MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/31/ebola-wurzer-interview?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:45:41 -0500 Denver hit No. 1 with song inspired by wife from Minnesota Today's Morning Edition music is from 40 years ago this week when "Annie's Song" by John Denver was No. 1 on the pop charts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/30/denver?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:11:20 -0500 How Waseca's reacting to lesser charges in the LaDue case John LaDue, 17, was once charged with planning to kill his family and bomb his school, but a judge has dismissed the most serious of those charges. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with reporter Elizabeth Baier about the community's reaction after the judge's order. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/30/wasecacommunity?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:09:44 -0500 New coach faces decision on quarterback at Vikings camp In sports, the Minnesota Twins play the White Sox tonight at Target Field. Across the street at Target Center, the Lynx host the San Antonio Stars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/25/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:46:18 -0500 New neutrino detector unveiled Scientists are celebrating the completion of one of the largest plastic structures ever built. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/25/neutrino?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:06:15 -0500 Mallman's 'Monster Movies' came from cabin fever Today's Morning Edition music is the song "Monster Movies" a new single from the Twin Cities-based musician and composer Mark Mallman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/24/music?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:59:05 -0500 A life 'well equipped' to handle ALS Bruce Kramer says that what is happening to him is simply the way life can go and he's made the choice to embrace his disease. He's also said he's "well equipped" to have ALS. MPR's Cathy Wurzer asks him what he means by that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/23/bruce-kramer-living-with-als?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:00:27 -0500 How Minnesota could welcome immigrant kids MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with John Keller, the executive director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota. He was at the meeting and talked about some of the hurdles specific to this immigrant group and why their situation is different from previous refugees who've settled here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/23/keller?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:34:58 -0500 Another classic album from Stevie Wonder Today's Morning Edition music is from Stevie Wonder with "Boogie on Reggae Woman," a track from his 17th studio album "Fufillingness' First Finale." It was released 40 years ago today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/22/music?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:56:44 -0500 Reeves still belting out 'Dancing in the Street' Today's Morning Edition music is from Martha Reeves and the Vandellas with "Dancing in the Street." It was chosen today in honor of Reeves' 73rd birthday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/18/music?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:08:27 -0500 Kevin Love trade rumors heat up The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly close to making a major trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/18/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:06:19 -0500 Climatologist talks about record cold in July MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a 48 hour period earlier this week when there were record cold temperatures in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/18/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:36:12 -0500 Alzheimer's research at Mayo may open new possibilities to investigate New research from the Mayo Clinic suggests a new protein is linked to Alzheimer's Disease. The discovery could mark a major step forward in understanding and treating the most common form of dementia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/18/alzheimers?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:33:57 -0500 Remembering Johnny Winter's 'Highway 61' Today's Morning Edition music is from Johnny Winter with a live rendition of Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/17/music?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:03:59 -0500 Billy Bean talks about MLB opening a channel to gay players Major League Baseball is taking steps to make gay players feel more welcome. Before last night's All-Star game in Minneapolis, Commissioner Bud Selig announced that the league has hired an "Ambassador for Inclusion." They chose Billy Bean, a former outfielder for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Diego Padres. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/16/bean?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:44:29 -0500 Judge raises pressure on sex offender program Minnesota's sex offender program may be headed for a serious challenge in federal court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/16/sexoffender?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:42:37 -0500 McCrae makes most of his shot at singing 'Rock Your Baby' Today's music is from 40 years ago this week when "Rock Your Baby" sung by George McCrae was the No. 1 song on the U.S. pop charts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/16/music?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:41:12 -0500 Unusually cool weather in our area July has started out cooler than normal and it will get even cooler as we approach the Major League All Star Game in Minneapolis on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/11/seeley_20140711?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:53:14 -0500 Howard Sinker's guide to the All Star festivities Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, talked to MPR's Cathy Wurzer about the festivities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/11/sinker_all_star?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:50:38 -0500 Greazy Meal reunion at the Cabooze Greazy Meal, the popular Sunday night house band at the Cabooze in Minneapolis in the mid-90s, is having a reunion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/11/greazy_meal?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:45:39 -0500 Trampled by Turtles: 'Wild Animals' has a new sound Today's Morning Edition music is the song "Hollow" from the new Trampled by Turtles album "Wild Animals" which comes out next week. The album, produced by fellow Duluthian Alan Sparhawk, of Low, is less frenetic than what we've come to expect from TOT. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/10/music?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:18:19 -0500 Montevideo man ready to grow marijuana A Montevideo man says he's prepared to build and run the state's first medical marijuana manufacturing operation if the state can't get the drug elsewhere. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Jeremy Pauling about his proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/10/marijuana?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:13:01 -0500 Crosby, Stills and Nash struck a chord at Joni Mitchell's house It was on July 3 in 1968 that David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash sang together for the first time. It was at a party at Joni Mitchell's house. The song was "You Don't Have To Cry." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/03/music?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:31:33 -0500 Busy hands and irresistable Cuban rhythm Wednesday's Morning Edition music features the busy hands of Cuban-American Pedrito Martinez, who has been called one of the world's best conga players. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/02/music?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:08:50 -0500 Researchers, advocates see better ALS therapies on the horizon This weekend marks the anniversary of one of pro sports' most poignant moments: Baseball great Lou Gehrig, standing before microphones near home plate at Yankee Stadium as a standing-room only crowd honored him as one of the most famous players of his time -- shortly after he was diagnosed with ALS. The anniversary offers an opportunity to take stock of where research and treatments for the disease may be headed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/30/kramer-living-with-als?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 04:00:00 -0500 25 years ago, Milli Vanilli hit No. 1 then soon crashed Twenty-five years ago today, July 1, 1989, the act Milli Vanilli hit No. 1 in the U.S. for the first time with this song "Baby Don't Forget My Number." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/01/music?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:23:57 -0500 Minn. companies see Hobby Lobby case as opportunity for broader restrictions A closely watched Supreme Court ruling will likely set a precedent for Minnesota companies challenging the contraceptive coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/01/hobby-lobby-minn?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 08:58:03 -0500 Jayhawks re-issued albums to be released Tuesday Today's Morning Edition music puts the focus on tomorrow, when fans of the Jayhawks will be able to get their hands on re-issued versions of three of the band's albums. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/30/music?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:05:19 -0500 Wild target Vanek in free agency The NHL free-agent market opens officially tomorrow, and the Minnesota Wild are courting former University of Minnesota star Thomas Vanek. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/30/sinker?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:54:26 -0500 Howard Sinker on the Timberwolves' top draft pick The Timberwolves nabbed UCLA point guard Zach LaVine in the NBA draft last night. But LaVine's reaction was less-than-enthusiastic. MPR's Cathy Wurzer checked in with Howard Sinker, digital sports editor at the Start Tribune, for reaction to the Timberwolves' pick. LaVine played only one season for UCLA, and he was not a starter. But Sinker says the Timberwolves see him as someone with athletic potential who can make a contribution a year or two down the road. Sinker also discussed the Timberwolves strategy in not trading Kevin Love last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/27/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:13:02 -0500 Duran Duran's 'warbling didn't hinder 'The Reflex' Today's Morning Edition music is "The Reflex," Duran Duran's first No. 1 hit in America. Band members wanted the song to be their first single off their album "Seven and the Ragged Tiger." But their label reportedly objected to the "warbling" in the chorus, which it said would get in the way of the song's stand-alone success. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/23/music?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:13:52 -0500 Twins clinch historic sweep at Target Field The Minnesota Twins closed a four-game sweep yesterday for the first time in the history of Target Field, which opened in 2010. MPR's Cathy Wurzer touched base with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor at the Star Tribune. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/23/sinker?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:51:57 -0500 Spoon to headline Rock the Garden Sunday Today's Morning Edition music is Spoon's track "Rent I Pay" from the band's forthcoming album, "They Want My Soul." The band will headline the second day of day, Sunday, of Rock the Garden at the Walker Arts Center this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/20/spoon?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:48:13 -0500 Pino's long-awaited debut a success MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker about Yohan Pino, who made his first major league start yesterday. He helped the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2. He spent about a decade in the minor leagues before being called up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/20/seeker-pino?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:16:47 -0500 Mark Seeley: Wet weather speaks to broader climate trend Climatologist Mark Seeley says all this wet weather is part of a broader precipitation trend in Minnesota -- a trend representative of a changing climate. Both the "character and quantity" of Minnesota's precipitation is changing, he told MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/20/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:53:53 -0500 Schools questioning free speech for students in social media A former Rogers High School student is suing the Elk River School District. The case raises questions of how we define free speech for students in the digital age. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Richfield-based attorney Aimee Bissonette, who has advised schools across the country on their social media policies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/20/bissonete?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:02:03 -0500 Lessons learned from 2012 Duluth floods Floodwater from recent rains continues to cause problems across the state this morning. Cathy Wurzer checked in with Mayor Don Ness in Duluth, where a major flood just two years ago drew national attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/20/ness?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:37:24 -0500 Lead singer of Steppenwolf to play Mille Lacs Today's Morning Edition music is the unmistakeable sound of Steppenwolf and their classic 1960s motorcycle anthem "Born to be Wild." It's believed to include the first use of the term "heavy metal" in a rock song. Founding member and lead singer John Kay is bringing a band he still calls Steppenwolf to the Grand Casino in Mille Lacs for a show tonight. The current incarnation of Jefferson Starship will also be playing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/19/steppenwolf?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:50:34 -0500 Rainfall not solving low groundwater levels All the rain in recent weeks has lakes and rivers and streams in our region rising to record levels in many places. Flooding is a big concern. As many people shovel mud and suck water out of soggy basements, and farmers fields are underwater, you have to wonder is there any good that could come out of all this rain? Does the heavy rain mean that the problem with declining groundwater levels that we've been reporting on has been solved? MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Jim Stark, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/19/stark?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:35:09 -0500 How a caregiver learns to care for herself Ev Emerson, the wife of Bruce Kramer, teaches music at the Normandale Elementary French Immersion School in Edina, and is also looking after her husband after he was diagnosed with ALS. In our latest conversation, they talk about the challenges of care-giving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/13/living-with-als?refid=0 Sun, 15 Jun 2014 09:00:00 -0500 Patti Smith adds poetry to 'Hey Joe' Today's Morning Edition music is from 40 years ago today, when the woman who would become known as the "godmother of punk" recorded her first single, a cover of "Hey Joe." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/05/patty-smith-adds-poetry-to-hey-joe?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:25:41 -0500 'World Without Love': Asher to play Dakota Today's Morning Edition music comes from 50 years ago this month when "A World Without Love" by Peter and Gordon was the number song on the pop charts. Tonight at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, Peter Asher, the "Peter" part of the band, will be performing this song and others he made with Gordon Waller who died in 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/04/music?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 08:57:30 -0500 Innocence Project leader discusses Billy Glaze A Minnesota man serving life in prison may have been wrongfully convicted. Billy Glaze was found guilty of murdering three women in the late 1980s. He is now 70 years old and has already served more than 25 years behind bars. But new DNA evidence may prove he's innocent, and that the real killer is another man. The Innocence Project has been looking into Glaze's case since 2004. Yesterday, they asked the court to reconsider its decision. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with attorney Ed Magarian, who's working with the Innocence Project on the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/04/magarian?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 08:20:31 -0500 Flooding, lake sewage releases: What we've learned There's an ick factor to the storms that swept across Minnesota this weekend. Torrential rain dropped as much as five-and-a-half inches in parts of the state by Monday morning. That caused sewer overflows into Lake Minnetonka that have already closed beaches. But experts say that's supposed to happen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/03/sewage?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 07:51:10 -0500 Nesmith makes rare appearance with Monkees Today's music is "Papa Gene's Blues" by the Monkees off their debut album which was released way back in 1966. The Monkees will be playing tonight at the Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater in Apple Valley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/02/music?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 08:57:16 -0500 Love's trip to Boston ramps up trade rumors Fans of the Boston Celtics are buzzing over the news that Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love spent the weekend in Boston checking out that city and talking about his appreciation of Celtics history. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the matter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/02/sinker2?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 08:42:12 -0500 Not wearing life jacket a key factor in water deaths It's going to be another warm day across the state. The weather has some Minnesotans back out fishing and boating but this spring the water could be dangerous. A young teen died in the Mississippi River near St. Paul over the weekend, and a man missing in the St. Croix is also presumed to have drowned. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Kara Owens is Boat and Water Safety Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources about staying safe in and around water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/28/owens?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2014 07:55:48 -0500 Looking back: Super Bowl in '92 was a massive effort The NFL announced yesterday that Minneapolis beat out Indianapolis and New Orleans to host one of the world's biggest sporting spectacles, the Super Bowl, for the second time. The person in charge of coordinating all the logistics surrounding that game was Paul Ridgeway, a prominent Twin Cities event organizer at the time. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/21/ridgeway?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2014 07:55:57 -0500 Joe Cocker was first at club that became First Ave. Today's Morning Edition music is from English singer Joe Cocker, who turns 70 years old today. This song "I Come in Peace" is from his 2012 album "Fire it Up." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/20/music?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 08:59:01 -0500 California Chrome's nasal strip developed in Minnesota California Chrome will be allowed to use a product developed in Minnesota during the Belmont Stakes after all. The trainer of the horse, which will be going for the Triple Crown on June 7, had threatened to withdraw from the race if California Chrome could not use the Flair Equine nasal strip. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/20/nasalstrip?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 08:43:35 -0500 Dylan's "Full Moon and Empty Arms" posted online Today's music is from Bob Dylan singing "Full Moon and Empty Arms," a song made popular by Frank Sinatra in 1945. Dylan posted the song earlier this week on his website. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/16/music?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 09:04:19 -0500 Lynx begin title defense with injury concerns The Minnesota Lynx begin their 2014 season in Washington tonight against the Mystics, hoping to repeat as WNBA champions. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the season ahead for the Lynx. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/16/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 08:42:50 -0500 Climatologist talks about our slow motion spring MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a cold and wet spring in much of Minnesota. He says May has been the eighth consecutive month of cooler than normal temperatures in the state, if trends continue through the end of the month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/16/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 07:19:05 -0500 How the Mayo Clinic handles potential patients in clinical trials The Mayo Clinic reports that a woman with a type of blood cancer went into remission after being injected with a huge dose of a re-engineered measles vaccine. We spoke with a clinical trials referral coordinator at the clinic to learn how subjects are chosen to be part of rests for treatments like this. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/15/mayo?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 08:03:08 -0500 Learn to dance with Koo Koo Kanga Roo Today's music is from a song called "Fanny Pack" which is from an album released this week by the Minneapolis-based band Koo Koo Kanga Roo. The album entitled "Whoopty Whoop" is on Asian Man Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/15/music?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 07:15:48 -0500 David Byrne covers 'Sympathy for the Devil' Today's Morning Edition music is David Byrne performing "Sympathy for the Devil" live with his latin funk band in 1992. We're playing it in honor of Byrne's 62nd birthday today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/14/music?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2014 08:58:11 -0500 'New' album by Michael Jackson Today's Morning Edition music is Michael Jackson singing "A Place With No Name," his reinterpretation of the 1972 hit song by America "A Horse With No Name." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/13/music?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 08:59:56 -0500 Plate looks full for lawmakers in home stretch State lawmakers have just one week left to finish their work and adjourn the 2014 session. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Pugmire, who covers the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/12/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 07:37:35 -0500 Jack White's new "ultra LP" full of surprise features Today's Morning Edition music is from "High Ball Stepper" which is an instrumental track from Jack White's forthcoming "Lazaretto" album. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/08/music?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2014 08:55:34 -0500 Sonny Knight making music again with 'I'm Still Here' Today's Morning Edition music is from "Hey Girl" a new album by Sonny Knight and the Lakers. There will be an album release party tomorrow night at First Avenue in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/02/music?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 09:04:51 -0500 The sun expected to re-emerge soon MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the persistent cloudy and rainy weather across much of Minnesota this week. And he has some precipitation totals for the month of April, which included records for many spots in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/02/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 08:33:57 -0500 Learning of ALS diagnosis a trying experience In real life, a grim and blunt medical verdict would send shock waves of fear and disbelief through a patient. In December 2010, Bruce Kramer heard such a diagnosis -- and the way it was delivered would go on to haunt him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/02/living-with-als-diagnosis?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Rainy weather good for Minn. groundwater While the forecast is bad news for people looking forward to nice spring weather, it is good news for our groundwater resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/01/rain-groundwater?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 09:45:44 -0500 Disco reached number one with Mother Father Sister Brother song Today's Morning Edition music is from Mother Father Sister Brother featuring vocals by The Three Degrees with the song "The Sound of Philadelphia." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/01/music?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 09:40:58 -0500 Bobby Vee's music post-Alzheimer's diagnosis Today's Morning Edition music is from a new song from Bobby Vee who was born 71 years ago today in Fargo, North Dakota. In 2011, Vee was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. This song is from an album released earlier this year which he recorded with the help of his family. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/30/music?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:00:11 -0500 Long before Sterling's comments, there was Calvin Griffith Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, the chair of the NBA Board of Governors, says he will work quickly to try and convince Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the franchise after Sterling was banned from the league for life and fined $2.5 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/30/coleman2?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 08:16:54 -0500 Sean Lennon releases new album with girlfriend Today's Morning Edition music is from a new album being released by the band Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. This is their interpretation of the 1940's Peggy Lee hit "Golden Earrings." This is the second album by the band which is composed of Sean Lennon and his girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/29/music?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:57:13 -0500 Parise lifts Wild to Game 7 vs. Avs The Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche will play a seventh and decisive game in their first round playoff series tomorrow night in Denver. The Wild stayed alive in the series by winning last night 5-2 in front of raucous crowd at the Xcel Energy Center. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the Wild's latest victory and looked ahead to game seven. http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/29/wild-avalanche?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:37:00 -0500 'No Saints Around Here' is a caregiver's story When writer Susan Allen Toth's husband James was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, she decided to put her career on hold. The couple enjoyed time together, as Toth transitioned into a new role as her husband's primary caregiver. That experience is chronicled in Toth's new memoir, "No Saints Around Here: A Caregiver's Days." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/29/toth?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:21:57 -0500 Beatles dominated the pop charts 50 years ago Today's music is from 50 years ago this week when "Can't Buy Me Love" by the Beatles was the number one song on the U.S. pop charts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/28/music?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:06:01 -0500 How to save your trees from hungry, winter-weary deer During long, snowy winters, deer tend to gather in herds and feed together on nearby trees and plants that stay above the snow. Usually that happens out in forests, but in parts of Minnesota where homes and neighborhoods are near deer habitat, these herds can become a nuisance in people's yards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/28/wyatt?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 08:36:14 -0500 Spring? Temps suggest not in Duluth Rainy, windy, chilly conditions will continue across Minnesota today. Depending on high warm it gets, we could see some freezing rain in the Duluth area today. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dean Packingham, a forecaster with the National Weather Service office in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/28/packingham2?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 08:28:02 -0500 Minnesota's surplus due to dominate Capitol Minnesota lawmakers are moving closer to the conclusion of the 2014 session, but they still haven't decided how to spend the remainder of the $1.2 billion budget surplus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/28/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 08:01:50 -0500 Red Baraat to rock Orchestra Hall Today's music is by the Brooklyn-based eight piece band Red Baraat. Since they came together in 2008, Red Baraat has been creating music that is a unique blend of hard driving North Indian rhythms, jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop The words to this song are in Hindi and the title "Halla Bol" means "raise your voice." Rad Baraat will be performing tonight at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/25/music?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:04:46 -0500 What's ahead after Wild pull even with Avs? The big sports news in Minnesota is that the Wild have evened their best-of-seven NHL series with Colorado at two games apiece. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about last night's win and what's ahead for the series. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/25/sports?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:47:18 -0500 Climatologist says Duluth nearing all-time snowfall record MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about more snow today for the Duluth area and other parts of northern Minnesota. He also explains the light colored dirt that was left on cars after a recent snow storm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/25/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:09:46 -0500 Bach-star plays at the Dakota Today's Morning Edition music is from a track from Evan Shinners's latest recording of Bach's music "English Suites Volume Two." Shinners will be performing tonight at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. Since graduating from Juilliard in 2010, Shinners has been impressing listeners with his talent and modern take on classical music. Former Saint Paul Sunday host Bill McGlaughlin says "I know this is a lot of weight to put on a young man's shoulders, but Evan reminds me of a young Glenn Gould." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/music?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:04:21 -0500 Severe weather warnings to be tested and tweaked Today at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. sirens will sound across the state as the National Weather Service tests the systems designed to let us know when severe weather is in the air. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Todd Krause, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/krause?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:50:56 -0500 Minnesota e-cig bill sponsor welcomes proposed FDA regulations A bill working its way through the Minnesota Legislature would regulate e-cigarettes on the state level. The bill's sponsor, State Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato, spoke with MPR News' Cathy Wurzer about the legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/sheran?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:29:53 -0500 Neil Young embraces ancient technology Today's Morning Edition music is a recording of Neil Young doing Bob Dylan's "Girl From the North Country." It has a distinct low fidelity sound by design. It's from Young's new album "A Letter Home" which was recorded in a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph direct to vinyl recording booth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/23/music?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:00:34 -0500 Lonnie Johnson celebrated in new book and performances Today's Morning Edition music features the man B.B. King calls "the most influential guitarist of the 20th century," Lonnie Johnson. St. Paul author Dean Alger will release the book tonight at the SubText Bookstore in St. Paul, with live performances of some of Johnson's work by Papa John Kolstad and Harold Tremblay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/22/music?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:01:15 -0500 Lawmakers back at the state capitol Minnesota legislators return from their spring break today with plans to pass a bonding bill, and finalize tax and spending measures. In addition, supporters of medical marijuana are still trying to get a bill passed this year. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Pugmire who covers the capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/22/pugmire?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:55:56 -0500 Wild return home for series against Avs Tonight the Minnesota Wild have their first home playoff game against the Colorado Avalanche. The Wild are down 0-2 in the best-of-seven series. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune about the series. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/21/sinker?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:14:06 -0500 Mankato players and Hoffner to mesh again Minnesota State Mankato football players now say they are ready to return to practice, now that they've been heard. That pretty much sums up a statement from the players yesterday, a day after they refused to suit up for a spring practice because of a sudden change in who will be their head coach. Todd Hoffner was re-instated to the job, after two years away from the University. An arbitrator ruled he had been wrongly fired and could have the job back if he wanted it. He did, and he replaced interim coach Aaron Keen on Wednesday. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the situation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/18/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:11:16 -0500 Climatologist says an unusual pair of records set recently MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about some record lows in Minnesota earlier this week. He also has a forecast for better spring weather for most of the state for Easter weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/18/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:10:05 -0500 Otis Redding album re-released for Record Store Day Today's Morning Edition music is from Otis Redding and his interpretation of the infamous party anthem "Louie Louie." It was one of the tracks on his 1964 debut album "Pain in my Heart." That is one of many albums being re-released on vinyl tomorrow as part of the 7th annual Record Store Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/18/music?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:08:52 -0500 Lawyer: Success agaisnt NFL inspiring hockey lawsuits In the last week, 12 former players have accused the NHL of promoting fighting and downplaying the risk of head injury. They join 10 other former players who filed a suit back in November seeking compensation for head injuries sustained while they were players. The Minneapolis law firm of Zimmerman Reed is representing three of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/17/nhl?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:08:03 -0500 When Phil Spector played with the Rolling Stones Today's Morning Edition music is from 50 years ago this week when the Rolling Stones released their first album. It was mostly cover versions of American rhythm and blues songs, but there were a few original compositions like this one called "Little By Little." The liner notes indicate that it was written by Nanker Phelge, a pseudonym the band used for group compositions, and Phil Spector. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/17/music?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:05:05 -0500 Mankato footballers disrupt coach's reinstatement It should be a very interesting meeting this morning between coaches, football players and administrators at Minnesota State University-Mankato. One day after the school reinstated Todd Hoffner as its football coach, almost every player on the team refused to suit up for spring practice yesterday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/17/courrier?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:27:18 -0500 Living with ALS: Wrestling with angels "Humans have some experience with angel wrestling and it's an experience where generally you come out of it a little wounded but you also come out of it a little stronger," Bruce Kramer says. "I'm doing a lot of thinking about how, moving through ALS into its final phases, that works." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/16/living-with-als-bruce-kramer?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Valerie June one of many to perform at longer Rock the Garden Today's Morning Edition music is from Memphis-based singer-songwriter Valerie June. She is one of the acts that will be performing at this year's Rock the Garden concerts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/16/music?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:57:40 -0500 Horse expo to miss horses because of virus One sure sign spring is near is the annual Minnesota Horse Expo at the State Fairgrounds. But when the expo starts later this month, it'll go on without it's star participants: the horses. That's because veterinarians are recommending horse owners in our region avoid traveling with their horses until recent a virus outbreak is over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/16/horses?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:17:06 -0500 Ringo inspires 'A Hard Day's Night' Today's Morning Edition music is from 50 years ago today, when the Beatles were almost finished filming their first movie which at the time had the working title "Beatlemania." After working all day and into the night, Ringo Starr was heard to say "it's been a hard day." The rest is history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/15/music?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:10:36 -0500 Fargo-area native anticipating new 'Fargo' TV series The television series "Fargo," which is set mostly in a fictional version of Bemidji, debuts tonight on the FX network. One of the people who will be watching the TV show closely tonight will be Amanda Thompson. She told Morning Edition producer Jim Bickal about her experience seeing "Fargo" in the old downtown Fargo Theater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/15/amanda?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:09:02 -0500 Dayton to push for another tax cut Governor Mark Dayton says he still hopes to add some accomplishments to this year's legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/15/dayton?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:46:38 -0500 Elton John on "Soul Train" Today's Morning Edition music is from 40 years ago this week when "Bennie and the Jets" by Elton John was number one on the pop charts. It was his second single to reach the top spot. It was also his first song to make it into the Top 40 on the Rhythm and Blues charts. That distinction earned Elton John an invitation to perform the song on the television program "Soul Train." That's where this recording was made. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/14/music?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:01:34 -0500 Wild enter playoffs with momentum The Minnnesota Wild were beaten by Nashville 7-3 in their regular season finale. They begin a playoff series against Colorado on Thursday. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about why the loss to Nashville doesn't really bode ill for the team, and what to look for in the upcoming playoff series. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/14/sinker?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:48:33 -0500 Sex offender bill deadlocked despite judge's pressure Last December, a task force recommended sweeping changes to the way Minnesota treats and houses sex offenders. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with DFL Rep. Tina Liebling, who was on the Sex Offender and Civil Commitment Task Force. She's also authored a bill that would implement that group's recommendations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/14/liebling?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:08:36 -0500 New Alzheimer's studies point to new care options The number of people with Alzheimer's disease is expected to skyrocket as the baby boom generation gets older. The way we care for dementia patients is the subject of some new reports published this week by Minnesota-based researchers. For more on the non-medical side of Alzheimer's research, MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dr. Robert Kane, an expert in long-term care and aging at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/11/alzheimers?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:13:00 -0500 Climatologist says snow-free areas of Minnesota growing rapidly MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about snow melting quickly across more and more of the state. He also has a wet forecast for the next week or so. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/11/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:11:47 -0500 Rock Around the Clock was an afterthought Today's Morning Edition music is from 60 years ago tomorrow, when Bill Haley and His Comets went into a studio in New York to record "Thirteen Women (and only one man in town)" which was released as the A-side of their first single for Decca Records. As time was running out at the end of that session, they recorded the B-side of the single. That song would become the 1950s anthem of youth rebellion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/11/music?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:10:12 -0500 Gophers win thriller against rival in NCAA tournament Last night, the University of Minnesota Gophers men's hockey team beat North Dakota in the NCAA semifinals 2-1 on a last second goal by senior defenseman Justin Holl. That dramatic finish led to rioting in the streets of Dinkytown in Minneapolis. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the game, the riot, and the upcoming championship game against Union. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/11/sports?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:16:08 -0500 Sheriff says new medical marijuana bill unlikely to crack law enforcement opposition A Senate bill that got a hearing on Thursday would allow the sale of marijuana at so-called alternative treatment centers, but not home cultivation. People with debilitating medical conditions would be eligible to buy. Parents of children with severe epilepsy have been pushing for legalization. http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/11/medical-marijuana-exceptions-make-it-harder-to-enforce-the-law-sheriff-says?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:14:17 -0500 Medical marijuana bill heading for key vote A state Senate committee is expected to vote on medical marijuana this morning. Sen. Scott Dibble has been pushing to legalize medical marijuana for years. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dibble abut the legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/10/dibble?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:35:33 -0500 E Street Band gets its Hall of Fame moment Today's music on Morning Edition is from the E Street Band, performing in London in 1975. They will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight during a ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/10/music?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:56:05 -0500 Sharon Jones performing again after cancer Today's Morning Edition music is from a track off "Give the People What They Want," the latest album from Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. They will be performing tonight at the State Theater in Minneapolis. Last year she was diagnosed with stage two pancreatic cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/09/music?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:58:33 -0500 Today's music is all about the 'ooga chaka' Today's music is based on the song "Hooked on a Feeling." It was a top five hit for B.J. Thomas in 1969. A different version of the song made it to number one, 40 years ago this week. It was by the Swedish group Blue Swede and it included a distinctive chanted introduction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/08/music?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:56:25 -0500 Hospitality industry leader lays out objections to minimum wage deal DFL leaders at the state legislature expect to pass a new minimum wage law later this week, after months of negotiations between the House and Senate over how high that wage should be and whether it should keep growing automatically. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dan McElroy, who's President of Hospitality Minnesota, which is opposed to the measure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/08/mcelroy?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:33:25 -0500 Rumor mill abuzz about Timberwolves head coaching job The Minnesota Timberwolves play the Heat in Miami tonight. With eight games left in another disappointing season for the Wolves, there is growing speculation that head coach Rick Adelman will not be back with the team next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/04/timberwolves-coach?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:06:14 -0500 Winter storm this big unusual in April "If you can work from home today, it probably isn't a bad idea," MPR Meteorologist Mark Seely told MPR News' Morning Edition this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/04/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:04:26 -0500 Jerry Lee Lewis rocks Germans in historic performance Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of a performance that would become one of the greatest live concert albums ever released. It happened at the famous Star Club in Hamburg, Germany where young people were enthralled with American rock and roll. They were very excited to see one of their heroes, Jerry Lee Lewis, and he did not disappoint them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/04/music?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:03:20 -0500 St. Vincent comes to town Today's music is "Digital Witness" a track from the new album by singer-songwriter Annie Clark who goes by the stage name St. Vincent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/03/arts/st-vincent?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:55:35 -0500 Twins fans can expect to see more key replays on Target Field scoreboard The Minnesota Twins play the White Sox in Chicago again today, hoping to win their first game of the year after losing the first two. The home opener is Monday at Target Field. The experts are predicting that the Twins will be one of the worst teams in the major leagues again this year, but Morning Edition producer Jim Bickal reports that there is something new to look forward to at the ballpark. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him about it. It involves what you will see on the scoreboard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/03/sports/target-field-scoreboard?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:37:16 -0500 Minority Republicans wield influence over bonding bill To move forward, a bonding bill needs the support of three-fifths of the House members. That means some Republicans need to join Democrats in voting for it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/03/politics/dean-bonding-bill?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:35:50 -0500 Wilson splits with father as Beach Boys record #1 hit Today's music comes from 50 years ago today. The Beach Boys began recording "I Get Around" a song which would become their first number one hit in the U.S. It was also during this recording session that Brian Wilson fired his father Murry as the band's manager. The two would continue to have a contentious relationship. In 1969, without Brian's knowledge, Murry Wilson sold the publishing rights to the entire Beach Boys back catalog of songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/02/art/beach-boys?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:11:32 -0500 How Robert Gordon inherited 'Fire' Today's music is in honor of singer Robert Gordon, who turns 67 tomorrow. This song, "Fire," was written by Bruce Springsteen who hoped to get his idol Elvis Presley to record it. But Elvis died shortly after it was written. Instead, Springsteen offered it to Robert Gordon after seeing him perform live. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/28/music?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:00:10 -0500 Gopher women's basketball coach's seat gets hotter after NIT loss The season is over for the University of Minnesota women's basketball team. They were defeated by South Dakota State last night in the women's N.I.T. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the future of the Gopher program and head coach Pam Borton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/28/sports?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:45:09 -0500 Sen. Heitkamp proposes changes to ACA Until this week, Congress has proposed very few actual changes to Affordable Care Act. A group of six U.S. senators is now trying to get support for a package of tweaks to the law. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke withone of them, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/28/heitkamp?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:40:32 -0500 Climatologist says March colder and drier than normal so far MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about winter clinging to most of Minnesota this spring. It's been 7 to 11 degrees colder than normal for most areas. But he does have a warm-up in his forecast for the next couple of days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/28/weather?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:37:31 -0500 How Diane Ross became Diana Ross Today's music is the song "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through his Eyes," the first top 40 hit by the Supremes. We are playing it in honor of Supremes lead singer Diana Ross who turns 70 today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/26/music?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:05:48 -0500 Why MSP airport lines are so long right now If you've been to the Twin Cities international Airport lately, you have probably noticed how long the lines are to get through security. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with airport spokesman Patrick Hogan, who explains what's going. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/26/airport?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:01:26 -0500 Franken pushes bill aimed at 'stalking' apps Sen. Al Franken is going to "try again" to pass an anti-stalking law that focuses specifically on what our mobile devices know about us. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke about the bill with Franken, a DFLer who chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/26/franken?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:20:41 -0500 4 Minnesota tax law changes most likely to affect filers Tax day is just three weeks away. But if you've put off filing your taxes this long, keep putting it off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/25/news/tax-law-changes?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:08:13 -0500 'New' music from Johnny Cash Fans of Johnny Cash get a treat today when "Out Among the Stars" is released. Cash began the album in the early 1980s but never finished. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/25/arts/johnny-cash?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:05:09 -0500 God Bless America started as a prayer for peace Today's music comes from 75 years ago today when, on March 21, 1939, Kate Smith recorded her signature song "God Bless America." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/21/arts/god-bless-america?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:00:50 -0500 Winter storm warnings still popping up in Minnesota MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about snow and cold hanging on in the Upper Midwest even as the first day of spring has come and gone. He also says the outlook for the rest of spring favors colder than normal temperatures for the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/21/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:49:48 -0500 Reggae innovator Lee Scratch Perry turns 78 Musician Lee "Scratch" Perry, a native of Jamaica, turns 78 today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/20/arts/lee-scratch-perry-birthday?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:58:42 -0500 MNsure ramping up outreach to younger Minnesotans With a deadline fast approaching, the state's health insurance marketplace MNsure is making an aggressive push to sign up uninsured young Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/20/health/mnsure-scott-leitz-interview?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:46:51 -0500 What we know now about women and Alzheimer's disease New statistics show that 1 in 6 women over age 65 will get Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota and North Dakota reports that the number for men is 1 in 11. Debbie Richman, the Director of Education and Outreach for the Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota and North Dakota talked about the report with Morning Edition host cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/19/alzheimers-statistics?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:13:11 -0500 King of the guit-steel guitar comes to town Today's music is Junior Brown's "Hang Up and Drive," a tune from his latest release. He'll be beringing his double-necked guitar that combines a regular six-string with a steel guitar to the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/19/music?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:02:24 -0500 Book shows Wahl was a trailblazer for women A new biography celebrates the life of a true trailblazer. "Her Honor" by Star Tribune columnist Lori Sturdevant tells the story of Rosalie Wahl. Wahl, who died in 2013, was the first woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/18/wahl?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:01:20 -0500 Failure in baseball led Pride to music Today's music is "Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger" by Charley Pride in honor of his 76th birthday today. In all, Pride recorded 39 songs that made it to the top of the country charts. But country music was not his first career choice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/18/music?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500 Gophers not invited to the big dance In sports, we now know the 68 teams that will be competing in the men's NCAA basketball tournament, and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers are not one of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/17/sinker?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:04:11 -0500 Dayton now says 'certainly time' to work out medical marijuana bill "There's still, I think, two months left in the legislative session, which is certainly time to see if something can be worked out. Whether it can or not, I don't know at this point," Gov. Mark Dayton told Cathy Wurzer this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/14/poltics/dayton-marijuana?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:53:12 -0500 Minnesota acts trying to stand out at SXSW At the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas Lady Gaga will deliver the keynote address today. She is the youngest person and first woman to have that honor. MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with Jim McGuinn, the program director for our sister station 89.3 The Current, about the festival with a focus on Minnesota acts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/14/music2?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:01:17 -0500 Frequent March tournament snow storms largely a myth MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about snow that just hasn't stopped in northeastern Minnesota, and he sheds light on whether Minnesota really does have frequent March tournament snow storms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/14/weather?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:59:52 -0500 Close games and a thriller ending mark boys basketball tournament so far It was a wild day at the Minnesota Boy's High School tournament yesterday with several of the games going to multiple overtimes. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/14/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:58:25 -0500 Minneapolis Park Board commissioner says new SWLRT tunnel plan requires a deeper look There is yet another new proposal on the table to solve one of the trickiest questions about the proposed Southwest light rail line: "the deeper shallow tunnel." MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner Anita Tabb, who represents the Kennilworth area, about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/13/tabb?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:15:21 -0500 Andre Cymone releases first new music in 27 years Andre Cymone, who was the bass player in Prince's first touring band, has released a new solo album. It's called "The Stone." He will be playing at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on Sunday. This is his first solo recording in 27 years, and we have a clip you can hear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/13/andre_cymone?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:34:35 -0500 Classical musician's approach aimed at attracting young people Today's music is from violinist David Garrett and his take on Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Garrett will be performing tonight at the State Theater in Minneapolis. Born in Germany, Garrett was a child prodigy who first played with the Hamburg Philharmonic orchestra at the age of 10. He studied with Itzhak Perlmann and at Julliard. Lately, Garrett has been committed to making classical music more accessible to young people. The music performed during his current "Crossover" tour combines classical elements with pop, rock and rhythm and blues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/12/music?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:13:29 -0500 Rep. Holberg says proposal to protect public data has costs The authors of a bill which will get a hearing today at the Legislature say that if it doesn't pass, your auto insurance rates could go up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/12/politics/holberg?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:12:01 -0500 'Seasons in the Sun' originally from France Today's music is from 40 years ago this week when "Seasons in the Sun" by Canadian singer Terry Jacks was the number one song on the U.S. pop charts. It is a translation of the French song "Le Moribond" by the popular Belgian-born singer Jacques Brel. The original French version about the laments of a dying man included verses about his unfaithful wife. The Terry Jacks version left that part out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/11/music?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:57:04 -0500 How 'The Sound of Silence' became a hit Fifty years ago today, Simon and Garfunkel recorded "The Sound of Silence." The acoustic version of the song was included on their first album "Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/10/arts/sound-of-silence?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:04:42 -0500 Assessing playoff chances for Minnesota teams The Minnesota Wild lost to St. Louis in a shootout Sunday night by a score of 3-2. The Minnesota Timberwolves lost at home to Toronto 111-104. And the University of Minnesota Gopher men's basketball team beat Penn State 81-63. The Gopher women's basketball team won just one game in its conference tournament. As the regular seasons wind down, our local hockey and basketball teams are all looking to secure a spot in the post season. Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/10/sinker?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:55:16 -0500 House and Senate differ on how quickly to change state taxes DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's Friday deadline for a tax cut bill is fast approaching, and lawmakers are not expected to meet it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/10/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:53:41 -0500 David Bowie and Jimmy Page recorded together before they were famous On this date in 1965, an English group known as The Mannish Boys released their version of "I Pity the Fool." Neither the song nor the group amounted to much, but members of the band did. The singer is David Bowie who was calling himself Davie Jones at that time. And the solo guitar licks were provided by Jimmy Page, who was a prolific studio musician before his time with the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/05/mannish_boys?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 10:42:46 -0600 Beck's new album is "companion" to 2002 record about sorrow Today's music is from the lead single off a new album by Beck, his first original album in six years. He calls "Morning Phase" a sequel to his 2002 hit record, "Sea Change." We played the "Blue Moon" track this morning, which Beck says is inspired by a biography of Elvis Presley that he'd been meaning to read for years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/24/music?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:05:26 -0600 Olympics may have been good for the Minnesota Wild The Minnesota Wild return to action along with the rest of the National Hockey League this week. The NHL took a break to allow many of its players to go to Sochi for the Olympics which just ended yesterday -- the Wild resumes its season against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the impact of the Sochi games on the league. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/24/sinker2?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:04:09 -0600 Why Northstar told riders to skip southbound trains Southbound Northstar commuter rail trains are apparently running again after a difficult morning. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Metro Transit spokesperson Drew Kerr about the matter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/24/northstar?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:01:56 -0600 Dayton discusses top 2014 Legislature issues Gov. Mark Dayton looks ahead to the 2014 legislative session with MPR's Cathy Wurzer, talking about his stand on the "unsession," taxes, marijuana and other issues that are sure to come before lawmakers this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/24/governor-dayton-discusses-top-issues-before-the-2014-egislature?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 07:27:25 -0600 70th anniversary of the first bebop recording Seventy years ago this week, the first bebop recordings were made. They were performed by a band featuring Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespe, Max Roach and bassist Oscar Pettiford who grew up in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/20/music?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:45:04 -0600 As his ALS progresses, Bruce Kramer welcomes silence -- Bach, and 'Tommy' If you listen carefully, you'll discover that you're bombarded by noises of all kinds. The constant drone of traffic, technology, talking, and television is the background buzz of our lives. But while the rest of the world is getting louder, Bruce Kramer, who has ALS, is becoming quieter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/19/health-living-with-als-bruce-kramer?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Devo's guitar player Bob Casale remembered Today's music is based on some sad news this week for fans of the innovative art-rock band Devo. Guitarist Bob Casale died on Monday from heart failure. He was 61 years old. Bob and his brother Gerald were founding members of the band which started on the campus of Kent State University in reaction to the shooting of students by the National Guard in 1970. Casale's guitar playing was a key element of the distinctive Devo sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/19/music?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 08:57:57 -0600 Music star takes on Olympic giant slalom Today's music is the "Winter" concerto from Vivaldi's Four Season's perfomed by violin virtuoso Vanessa-Mae. Her techno-classical music has sold millions of albums, but she put that career on hold to train for the Olympics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/18/music?refid=0 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 09:00:50 -0600 Pitino has Gopher mens hoops pointed toward the big dance The Gophers are 17-9 and have surprised a lot doubters who didn't expect much from this team this season, including Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him about the season so far, and whether the team could make next month's NCAA tournament. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/18/sinker?refid=0 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:44:10 -0600 US women's hockey team routs Sweden The U.S. women's hockey team, featuring several Minnesota players, routed Sweden 6 to 1 today. They will play next in the gold medal game on Thursday. Dave Schwartz of KARE-11 talked about the game and the rest of the action at the Winter Olympics with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/17/olympic_women?refid=0 Mon, 17 Feb 2014 09:48:43 -0600 Dylan and The Band rocked out 40 years ago today Today's music is from a recording of Bob Dylan and The Band that was made 40 years ago today at the Forum in Los Angeles. It was the last stop on a 21-city concert tour, Dylan's first tour in seven years. Ringo Starr was among the celebrities at the show and described it as "bloody fantastic. The best concert I've ever been to." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/14/music?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:15:12 -0600 Spring training about to begin for Minnesota Twins On Sunday, pitchers and catchers for the Minnesota Twins arrive in Fort Myers, Fla., to start getting ready for the upcoming baseball season. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/14/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:03:08 -0600 Frequency of below zero temps in Twin Cities will slow MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a forecast that doesn't include many days below zero, which is a stark change from winter so far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/14/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:01:25 -0600 Odd sound awakens some people in St. Paul and Minneapolis People in Minneapolis and St. Paul were awakened early this morning by an unusual sound. Some people thought it might be animals howling. Other folks guessed it was a train. MPR reporter Tim Nelson called Ramsey County dispatchers, who initially thought it might be a concrete grinding project that got an early start. But that was not the case. Authorities now say they think it's the sound of spring. Dispatchers sent several officers to check out the sound and they concluded that it's ice breaking up on the Mississippi River. The river had frozen over during the recent cold snap. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/02/strange-howling-sound-awakens-st-paul-listen-to-it-here/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:09:20 -0600 Happy birthday Carleton alum Peter Tork Today's music is "Step by Step" the title track from a new record by Peter Tork and his band Shoe Suede Blues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/13/arts/peter-tork-step-by-step?refid=0 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:06:37 -0600 'Rhapsody in Blue' was performed live for the first time on this date 90 years ago Today's music is from 90 years ago today when "Rhapsody in Blue" was performed live for the first time. Just a few weeks earlier, Paul Whiteman had commissioned George Gershwin to create a concerto-like piece for an all-jazz concert. This recording of Gershwin and the Whiteman Orchestra was made just a few months after that first performance in 1924. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/12/music?refid=0 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 08:59:25 -0600 It was 50 years ago today that the Beatles came to play Today's music is from 50 years ago today when the Beatles played their first concert in the United States. It was at the Collesium in Washington, D.C. The stage was in the middle of a basketball arena and several times during the show, Ringo's drum kit and the microphones were rotated so the band would be facing a different part of the audience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/11/music?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:59:36 -0600 Minnesotans get mixed results in Sochi so far It's another busy day at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Among the sports on today's schedule: pairs figure skating, curling, cross country skiing and women's slopestyle free skiing. Keri Herman, a native of Bloomington, Minnesota, is competing in that event. Dave Schwartz of KARE-11 is tracking all the Minnesota athletes and he spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/11/schwartz?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:19:26 -0600 Drone Not Drones: Luke Heiken plans 28-hour buzz at the Cedar Cultural Center An impressive list of musicians will take the stage to provide 28 hours of continuous drone music. The money raised will benefit Doctors Without Borders. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/02/drone-not-drones-luke-heiken-plans-28-hour-buzz-at-the-cedar-cultural-center/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 08:58:47 -0600 Keeping up with Minnesota athletes in Sochi The opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Sochi begin today. When the U.S. team marches into the stadium, Minnesota athletes will be well represented. One of the people who will be tracking those athletes is KARE-11 TV's Dave Schwartz. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer from Sochi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/07/sports/keeping-up-with-olympics?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 08:23:50 -0600 Frigid winter much colder than in recent years MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about how cold this winter has been so far, and he answers a question about whether the cold has killed off agricultural pests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/07/weather/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 08:21:05 -0600 Songs about the root beer lady and other Minnesota legends Today's music is "The Root Beer Lady" from a new collection of music by the Twin Cities band Tree Party. The songs are all based on the true stories of remarkable people from Minnesota's history. They are collected on a CD entitled "Iced Over: Thawing Minnesota's Local Lore." Tree Party will perform the songs live at a CD release party on Sunday at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. The Root Beer Lady in the song was Dorothy Molter who lived on Knife Lake in the Boundary Waters for 56 years. She was famous for her homemade root beer which she sold to passing canoeists. Molter was the last permanent resident of the BWCA. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/06/arts/root-beer-lady-songs?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 09:03:15 -0600 Boy George says he's planning a new album Today's music is from 30 years ago today when "Karma Chameleon" by Culture Club was the number one song on the Billboard charts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/05/arts/boy-george-album?refid=0 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 09:03:30 -0600 Another tough year for Gopher women's basketball Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer and Star Tribune digital sports editor Howard Sinker discuss the university of Minnesota Women's basketball team, which is struggling again this season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/31/gopher_women?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:33:50 -0600 Bidding farewell to January's brutal weather Statewide observers reported mean monthly temperatures that ranged from 7 to 10 degrees colder than normal, ranking among the 3-4 coldest Januarys of the past 35 years. University of Minnesota meteorologist Mark Seeley discussed the weather with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/31/seeley_jan_31?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:26:31 -0600 Documentary spotlights pioneering Kim Loo Sisters A new documentary tells the story of the Kim Loo Sisters who grew up in Minneapolis. They were a singing group that appeared on Broadway, on the radio and in the movies. They were among the first Asian-American performers to reach a mainstream audience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/29/kim_loo?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 06:30:00 -0600 The Beatles sing 'Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand' Fifty years ago today, The Beatles recorded "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand," a version of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" translated into German. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/29/arts/beatles-german?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:56:10 -0600 MN National Guard chief on continuing work in Afghanistan MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with Major General Rick Nash, who's Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, about the future of the Minnesota National Guard in Afghanistan -- and beyond. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/29/news/minnesota-national-guard-afghanistan?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:43:49 -0600 Howard Sinker on the Wild, Wolves, and a fun team from St. Olaf MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about who's hot, and not in the Minnesota sports scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/28/sports/sinker?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 08:59:40 -0600 Ringo Starr's 'You're Sixteen' was number one 40 years ago Fourty years ago this week, "You're Sixteen" by Ringo Starr was the number one song on the Billboard charts. It was Ringo's second song to top the charts in his post-Beatles career. One of the muscians that helped Ringo with this recording was his old bandmate Paul McCartney. Paul and Ringo were together again last night. They both performed during the Grammy Awards. Ringo sang "Photograph" and then played the drums while McCartney debuted a new song. On this recording, from back in the 70s, McCartney is the one you hear playing the kazoo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/27/arts/ringo-starr?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:20:42 -0600 Civil Rights leader Mathew Little dies at 92 Little served as president of the Minnesota chapter of the NAACP for many years before retiring in 1993. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/27/news/matthew-little-obit?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:18:43 -0600 Deep freeze means Apostle Island's ice caves can now be reached on foot This unusually cold weather is making the ice thicker on parts of Lake Superior, and that's providing the opportunity to explore one of our region's most beautiful hidden winter gems. The sea caves of the Apostle Islands are accessible by foot for the first time since 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/27/environment/apostle-island?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:02:16 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra wins Grammy Just back from the brink after a 14-month lockout, the Minnesota Orchestra has won the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/26/minnesota-orchestra-wins-grammy?refid=0 Sun, 26 Jan 2014 17:28:08 -0600 New CD celebrates the music of the Prohibition debate A concert and party at the Landmark Center in St. Paul will celebrate the release of a new CD by the Rose Ensemble. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/24/arts/prohibition-debate-music?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:03:34 -0600 New college hockey tournament showcases Minnesota teams Tonight at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, the inaugural North Star College Cup hockey tournament gets underway. MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the new tournament. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/24/news/north-star-college-cup?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:57:24 -0600 Minn. curler unworried about security in Sochi MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with one of those participants, Jessica Schultz, a physical therapist in Richfield. She is one of two Minnesotans on the U.S. Olympic women's curling team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/24/news/curler-sochi-security?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:35:45 -0600 St. Paul singer PaviElle French embraces old-school soul St. Paul-based soul singer PaviElle French will be performing tomorrow night at Pillsbury House in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/23/arts/pavielle-french?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:01:47 -0600 Buddy Holly's last recordings Fifty-five years ago this week, Buddy Holly left his home in New York City and headed to Milwaukee to begin a concert tour billed as the Winter Dance Party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/22/arts/buddy-holly-last-recordings?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:06:43 -0600 MIA connects 'sacred' past with 'spiritual' present That word "sacred" made contemporary art curator Elizabeth Armstrong nervous at first. She wasn't sure if it would be relevant. But she realized the secular world that we live in today is actually really hungry for a connection to the sacred. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/22/arts/sacred-minneapolis-institute-of-arts?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 04:00:00 -0600 MLK Jr. tribute to feature Ysaye Barnwell Ysaye Barnwell, a singer, composer and arranger in the acclaimed acapella group Sweet Honey in the Rock for many years, will be one of the featured performers on Sunday at the 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/17/arts/mlk-tribute?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:57:18 -0600 Strong winds caused blizzard conditions, climatologist says MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about this past week's blizzard in western and northwestern Minnesota which was a result of strong winds blowing around snow, not necessarily new snowfall. And he talks about the rollecoaster temperature swings hitting the state this winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/17/weather/seeley-blizzard?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:47:37 -0600 Cassim says his friends are out of UAE prison following satirical video fracas Woodbury native Shezanne Cassim returned to Minnesota last week after he spent the past nine months in a United Arab Emirates jail cell for posting a satirical video on YouTube. He has also learned that his friends have now been released. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. Here's a transcript of their conversation http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/17/cassim-says-his-friends-are-out-of-uae-prison-following-satirical-video-fracas?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:33:07 -0600 The 1934 Bremer kidnapping: Gangsters replace bootlegging cash with ransom money Eighty years ago today, Edward Bremer, Jr., heir to the Schmidt Brewery fortune, was kidnapped by the Barker-Karpis gang. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/17/bremer-kidnapping-barker-karpis-gang?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Messersmith to release new single 'Ghost' "Ghost" is the new single from Jeremy Messersmith's forthcoming album "Heart Murmurs," which will be released on Feb. 4. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/16/arts/messersmith-single?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:57:23 -0600 Vikings new head coach Zimmer to face myriad of issues The Minnesota Vikings have hired their new head coach. Mike Zimmer, an NFL defensive coordinator for the last 15 years, replaces Leslie Frazier who was fired in December. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the new coach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/16/sinker?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:48:30 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra must now recover from 'a huge hit' The 15-month lockout of musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra is over. A new three-year contract will take effect Feb. 1 and concerts will begin later that month. Bill Eddins is a former associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, discussed the settlement with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/01/minnesota-orchestra-must-now-recover-from-a-huge-hit/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:11:15 -0600 Rosanne Cash explores her roots Rosanne Cash's new album "The River and the Thread" is out today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/14/arts/rosanne-cash?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:59:22 -0600 4 questions about Target's free credit monitoring Target began offering a free year of credit monitoring yesterday in an attempt to reassure customers who are concerned about the company's massive security breach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/14/business/target-credit-monitoring?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:38:33 -0600 46 years ago today, Johnny Cash played Folsom Prison On this day in 1968, Johnny Cash and his band played for the inmates inside Folsom State Prison near Sacramento, Calif. The day before the performance, Cash was given a recording of a song written by one of the Folsom inmates. The musicians quickly learned the song and decided to use it as the show's finale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/13/arts/johnny-cash-folsom-prison?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:05:53 -0600 Vikings search for coach tough to decipher The Minnesota Vikings are narrowing the field in their search for a new head coach. MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about that story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/13/sports/vikings-coach?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:04:08 -0600 The challenge of living well with ALS, but also accepting the inevitable Bruce Kramer was diagnosed with the incurable disease ALS in 2010 and says that he's accepted his fate, even as he rises to the challenge of living with the disease by taking part in drug trials and now by using a machine that helps him to breathe -- and feel better. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/13/health/living-with-als?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 04:17:23 -0600 Outkast to perform again 10 years after 'Hey Ya' hit number one Ten years ago today, "Hey Ya" by Outkast was the number one song on the U.S. pop charts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/10/arts/outkast-hey-ya?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:58:22 -0600 Timberwolves players under fire from each other The Minnesota Timberwolves take on Charlotte tonight at Target Center. After their loss on Wednesday, the Wolves are now 0-10 in games decided by four points or less. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/10/sport/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:47:55 -0600 Scientists coax ancient creature to life A lake near Lindstrom, Minn., is host to a remarkable scientific achievement announced this week. Scientists in Oklahoma have managed to hatch the eggs of a creature that lived in South Center Lake hundreds of years ago. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Lawrence Weider, a biology professor at the University of Oklahoma, about the news. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/10/science/resurrection?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:39:19 -0600 Minnesota: Coldest in nation for most of the first week in January MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about Minnesota's cold weather so far in 2014 when the state was often colder than even Alaska. He has a forecast that's much different though, as the deep freeze recedes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/10/weather/minnesota-coldest?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:31:35 -0600 DiCamillo wants to share 'absolute joy' of reading as young people's literature ambassador The Library of Congress will inaugurate Minnesota author Kate DiCamillo as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/09/arts/dicamillo-young-people-literature-ambassador?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 10:03:02 -0600 Northfield professors moonlight in a band The Northfield-based band the Counterfactuals recently released a new album: "Minimally Decent People." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/09/arts/counterfactuals?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:02:37 -0600 Cellist Zoe Keating brings her 'swoon inducing' music to Minneapolis Keating is a native of Canada, now living in San Francisco. During her shows, she uses her cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record and play layer upon layer of music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/08/arts/zoe-keating?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 09:12:51 -0600 Supporters of medical marijuana in Minn. to push again next session Previous attempts have failed. Gov. Mark Dayton has said he will only sign the legislation if it has the endorsement of law enforcement. So far, they've been opposed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/08/politics/medical-marijuana-next-session?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 08:45:49 -0600 Pink brings her highwire act to Target Center Pop star Pink will be performing tonight at Target Center in Minneapolis. Her show at the Xcel Energy Center last March was listed by Jon Bream of the Star Tribune as his favorite concert of 2013. He wrote that Pink "put on arguably the most daring concert in the history of arena rock." It's a show heavy on acrobatics. At one point she flies over the audience doing somersaults. The question for this show is how well will she handle the vocal gymnastics. This concert was originally scheduled for last November, but was postponed because of the singer's inflamed vocal chords and laryngitis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/07/arts/pink-target-center?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 08:57:50 -0600 Pitino's Gophers get first conference win Yesterday, the University of Minnesota Men's basketball team defeated Purdue 82-79 at Williams Arena. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/06/sports/gophers-win?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 09:56:29 -0600 Education commissioner explains decision to close schools Extra police officers will patrol the streets of today to make sure no school children are waiting in the cold for school buses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/06/education/cassellius-schools?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 09:54:39 -0600 Vinton song 'There I've Said it Again' marked the end of an era 50 years ago today, "There I've Said it Again" by Bobby Vinton reached number one on the Billboard charts. It was the third song by Vinton to reach the top of the charts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/06/arts/there-ive-said-it-again?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 09:51:18 -0600 Final show tonight at Artists Quarter In what has become a New Year's Eve tradition, vocalist Carole Martin will be performing at the Artists Quarter in downtown St. Paul tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/31/arts/artists-quarter-final-show?refid=0 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:16:34 -0600 Klobuchar pushes for 'kill switch' to combat smartphone thefts Former Minneapolis mayoral candidate Mark Andrew was beaten for his phone at the Mall of America recently, and other high profile cases have also gotten attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/31/politics/klobuchar-cell-phone-thefts?refid=0 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:13:07 -0600 Dawes coming to Minneapolis Today's music is from "Christmas in L.A." a collaboration between Dawes and the Killers that came out earlier this month. Proceeds from the sale of the single on iTunes will benefit the AIDS prevention charity known as REDS. Dawes will be in town tonight and tomorrow night playing at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/30/music?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 09:45:50 -0600 Andrew recovering from beating after theft incident One of the women who attacked former Hennepin County Commissioner and Minneapolis mayoral candidate Mark Andrew on Thursday is due to make a court appearance today. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Andrew about what happened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/30/andrew?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 09:43:22 -0600 Vikings looking for new head coach The Minnesota Vikings fired head coach Leslie Frazier today. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about why Frazier was fired and what's next for the team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/30/frazier?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 09:41:36 -0600 Run Westy Run reunites for two shows Run Westy Run were mainstays of the Minneapolis post-punk scene of the '80s and '90s, but haven't played together since 1998. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/27/run_westy?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:11:09 -0600 Gophers play Syracuse in the Texas Bowl The University of Minnesota football team is in Houston where they will play Syracuse this evening in the Texas Bowl. The game caps a remarkable season for the Gophers. Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, previews the game with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/27/sinker_1227?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:06:21 -0600 No middle ground: people love or hate Dylan's Christmas album When our friends over at The Current recently asked people to list their <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2013/12/18/930-coffee-break-best-and-worst-holiday-songs" target="blank">least favorite and most favorite</a> Christmas albums of all-time, they suggested that Bob Dylan's 2009 album "Christmas in the Heart" might make both lists. <p> Some people can't stand the sound of his voice these days, while others feel the gravelly croaking vocals are a refreshing antidote to the syrupy renditions of these songs that we hear all the time. Either way, it's a memorable addition to the Christmas music tradition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/24/dylan_xmas?refid=0 Tue, 24 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0600 R.T. Rybak looks back at his last year as Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak spoke with MPR News' Cathy Wurzer about his last year in office and what he's looking forward to in 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/23/rybak-on-2013?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:18:38 -0600 The Trailer Trash take on Christmas For 20 years, honky tonk music fans have flocked to Lee's Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis around the holidays to see and hear the Trashy Little Christmas show. Tonight is the last time this year to catch the special show featuring Trailer Trash. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/23/trailer_trash?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 10:11:49 -0600 Will the Vikings fire head coach Leslie Frazier? The Minnesota Vikings are now 4-10-1 after losing to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday by a score of 42-14. With one game left in a very disappointing season for the Vikings, there is growing speculation that head coach Leslie Frazier will be fired. Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, discussed the Vikings coaching situation with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/23/sports/sinker-frazier?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 09:59:40 -0600 Hip hop concert to benefit Native American youth Today's music is from the Twin Cities hip hop group Big Quarters with their song "New Plateau." . http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/20/arts/native-american-hip-hop?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 09:06:01 -0600 Timberwolves still a work in progress The Minnesota Timberwolves are in Los Angeles to play the Lakers tonight. On Wednesday, the Wolves beat Portland, a team that came into the game with the best record in the NBA. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/20/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 09:04:19 -0600 Winter solstice just around the corner MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the amount, and the frequency of measurable snow fall this month in many parts of the state. And he has some good news for those suffering the winter blues: the winter solstice is near and daylight will start getting longer and longer as the days go by. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/20/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 09:02:32 -0600 Remembering a country music legend Today's music is Ray Price and Vince Gill with "Heartaches by the Number," from the 2007 album "Last of the Breed." Price died yesterday at the age of 87. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/17/price?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 09:00:48 -0600 New technology can help an ALS patient breathe easier This month marks the third year since Bruce Kramer of Minneapolis received a medical diagnosis that changed his life in an instant. Now he's using a pacemaker-like implant that helps him breathe and feel better, even as he knows his ALS won't halt its march. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/16/health/avoiding-false-hope-as-technology-helps-an-als-patient-breathe-better-?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 03:00:00 -0600 50 years ago, Singing Nun reached #1 with 'Dominique' "Dominique" by the Singing Nun reached number one on the Billboard charts 50 years ago this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/16/arts/singing-nun?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 09:08:07 -0600 Vikings QB Cassel stars in victory over Philly MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about Matt Cassel's performance as well as other quarterbacks in the NFL. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/16/sports/sinker-vikings?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 09:06:25 -0600 A Christmas rock opera comes to Target Center Today's music is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra with "Faith Noel" from their rock opera "The Lost Christmas Eve." They will be performing it live tomorrow night at Target Center in Minneapolis. It's the final installment of the band's Christmas trilogy which all deal with loss and redemption around the holidays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/13/transsiberian?refid=0 Fri, 13 Dec 2013 08:57:23 -0600 Gopher women's volleyball seek to advance in NCAAs The University of Minnesota Women's volleyball team is once again in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/13/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 13 Dec 2013 08:38:35 -0600 Wisconsin's aluminum Christmas tree legacy If you've ever watched "A Charlie Brown Christmas," you may recall Lucy telling Charlie Brown to "get the biggest aluminum Christmas tree you can find, maybe painted pink." In 1965, when the program first aired, the world's leading manufacturer of aluminum Christmas trees, even pink ones, was in Manitowoc, Wis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/09/aluminum_trees?refid=0 Fri, 13 Dec 2013 07:50:05 -0600 A poetry party for elders with Alzheimer's and dementia sparks memories Elders living with dementia and other forms memory loss are expressing themselves creatively with the help of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/12/arts/alzheimers-poetry-project-of-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:00:13 -0600 Cantus sings about each person and animal in the Christmas story Today's music is the highly regarded Twin Cities-based vocal ensemble Cantus, with a song from their latest Christmas album. Several of the shows are already sold out, but there are still some tickets available. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/12/cantus?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:01:18 -0600 Sub-zero temps key to I-Falls' cold weather testing biz Days like this in International Falls -- it was -20 with a -37 windchill this morning -- are perfect for testing new cars and trucks to make sure they're ready for extreme conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/11/nevanen?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:56:38 -0600 New collection celebrates gospel music Do you have a gospel music fan on your Christmas list? If so, you may want to check out a new four-CD collection that is being released today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/10/arts/gospel-collection?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:58:31 -0600 Contemporary take on 'A Visit from St. Nicholas' The Sounds of Blackness will be performing "The Night Before Christmas: A Musical Fantasy" tonight on the Guthrie Theater's Wurtele Thrust stage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/09/arts/visit-from-st-nicholas?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 09:02:45 -0600 Dylan's infamous electric guitar from Newport could fetch $500K The Fender Stratocaster guitar that Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival is being auctioned off today in New York by Christie's Auction House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/06/arts/dylan-goes-electric-guitar-auction?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 09:47:25 -0600 Two new pitchers reshape Minnesota Twins staff Major League Baseball's winter meetings begin on Monday. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about that, and recent roster moves the Minnesota Twins have made. The team has signed two free agent pitchers, Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/06/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 09:45:54 -0600 Climatologist talks snow and cold in Minnesota MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about this winter's first major snow storm that hit most of Minnesota this week. And he tells us that the cold weather that followed the storm will stick around for a while. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/06/weather/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 09:43:12 -0600 Legendary rock and roll pioneer Little Richard turns 81 Little Richard was the original rock and roll wild man of the 1950s, but he also made a number of gospel recordings like this one. Richard was born into a very religious family and is an ordained minister of the Church of God of the Ten Commandments. He stopped playing rock and roll for many years because he came to believe that it was the devil's music. Richard quit touring relatively recently, not for religious reasons, but because he was having trouble getting around after hip surgery. Happy birthday to a true music legend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/05/arts/little-richard?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 09:03:52 -0600 Ronnie Spector sings her classic Christmas songs at the Dakota Jazz Club Fifty years ago today the Ronettes's classic album "A Christmas Gift for You" was released. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/04/arts/ronnie-spector?refid=0 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 09:53:04 -0600 Many supporters of copper mining focused on jobs MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Bill Hanna, the executive editor of the Mesabi Daily News, based in Virginia, about how the mining debate is playing out in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/04/environment/mining-debate?refid=0 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 09:51:29 -0600 Meet the man behind the Dayton's auditorium Christmas shows For lots of people who grew up in the Twin Cities, it was a holiday tradition each year to go to Dayton's in downtown Minneapolis to see the Christmas-themed window displays and walk through the elaborate shows in the 8th floor auditorium. A new book "Dayton's: A Twin Cities Institution" tells the story of the department store as a community institution. One of the people that author Kristal Leebrick features in the book is Jack Barkla. Since the 1970s Barkla has been responsible for creating the auditorium shows. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked to Barkla about what he calls "conjuring up magic." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/04/barkla?refid=0 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 07:13:26 -0600 40 years ago today, CBGB's opened in New York City Forty years ago today, the famous music venue CBGBs opened in New York City. The club's full name was actually CBGB-OMFUG which stands for "Country Bluegrass Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/03/cbgb?refid=0 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 09:09:30 -0600 Otto: Think of taxpayers when considering copper-nickel mining State Auditor Rebecca Otto has been an outspoken skeptic of proposals to mine copper and nickel in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/03/environment/copper-nickel-mining-otto?refid=0 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 09:04:42 -0600 Today's Music: Drinks all around on Thanksgiving Eve Thanksgiving Eve is one of the most popular nights of the year to go out and see live music. This year there are lots of shows to choose from including one that has become a Thanksgiving Eve tradition. For the past decade, the Ike Reilly Assassination has been coming to the Twin Cities on the night before Thanksgiving to put on a wild and rollicking show. They will be joined this year by the Honeydogs, Communist Daughter and the all-female Clash tribute band Rude Girl. It should be quite a night of music tonight at First Avenue in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/27/reilly?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:57:45 -0600 Deal on a new farm bill proves elusive Farmers head into their Thanksgiving meals this week with a lot of uncertainty. So do low income families who rely on federal food assistance. Both groups could see big changes from a new Farm Bill that is stalled right now in Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/27/farmbll?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:31:34 -0600 Today's Music: Thelonious Monk in Paris in 1969 Today's music comes from jazz legend Thelonious Monk performing "Don't Blame Me" live in Paris in 1969. A recording of that concert is being released today on Blue Note Records. "Paris 1969" includes several of Monk's well known compositions played by his quartet, plus some old Tin Pan Alley tunes like this one that he plays solo on the piano in his own unmistakable style. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/26/monk?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:59:31 -0600 Today's music: African singer Rokia Traore plays in Minneapolis Today's music is from Rokia Traore, off her latest album "Beautiful Africa." On this record, she adds some rock and roll into the mix along with the music of her native Mali and other European influences. She will be performing tonight at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/25/arts/rokia-traore?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:59:34 -0600 Hot Minnesota Wild heading into tough stretch of games Tonight the Minnesota Wild are in St. Louis to take on the Blues. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about how well the Wild have played so far despite injuries to their top goaltenders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/25/sinker?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:45:57 -0600 Kling's 'Gulliver Unravels' a twist on Swift classic A new show created by Twin Cities writer and storyteller Kevin Kling premieres this weekend at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/25/kkling?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:20:17 -0600 Today's music: The Beach Boys write a song on the day JFK died Fifty years ago today, after learning that President John F. Kennedy had been killed, Brian Wilson and Mike Love of the Beach Boys got together in a hotel room and finished writing a ballad they had been working on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/22/music?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:06:13 -0600 Gopher football team faces uphill battle with Badgers On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings are in Green Bay to play the Packers. But unlike most seasons, that is not the most highly anticipated Minnesota - Wisconsin border battle football game of the year. That distinction goes to the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Wisconsin Badgers, who square off at TCF Bank stadium in Minneapolis tomorrow afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/22/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:04:43 -0600 Minnesota on the day JFK died At 12:30 p.m. this afternoon in Dallas, Texas, there will be a moment of silence to mark the exact moment when 50 years ago President Kennedy was shot as his motorcade drove past Dealey Plaza. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with professor Annette Atkins who teaches history at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University about how Minnesotans reacted to the news. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/22/atkins?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:01:05 -0600 Climatologist details historic nature of a recent tornado outbreak MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the historic outbreak of late-season tornados in several midwest states earlier this week. Eight people died in those storms. He also has a cold forecast for Minnesota for the next couple of days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/22/weather?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:58:35 -0600 Minnesota lawmakers pushing bipartisan anti-child sex trafficking legislation A law that hasn't even taken effect yet in Minnesota is inspiring federal legislation to take on the problem of child sex trafficking in the United States. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with DFL U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen from Minnesota's Third Congressional District about the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/21/sextrafficking?refid=0 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:34:01 -0600 Bluesman Gary Clark, Jr. plays in Minneapolis Blues prodigy Gary Clark Jr. will be performing at a sold out show tonight at First Avenue in Minneapolis. He has two songs on the soundtrack to the motion picture, "12 Years a Slave," that show off his quieter side. You can click on the audio link to hear "Glitter Aint Gold." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/20/music-gary-clark-jr?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:10:59 -0600 Today's music: 40 years since 'Keep on Truckin' topped the charts Fourty years ago this week, "Keep on Truckin" by Eddie Kendricks was the number one song on the pop charts. It was the only solo recording by the co-founder of the Temptations to reach number one. Truckin' was a dance step that became popular in Harlem in the 1930s. Kendricks once said about this song "I knew it was a hit because of the title. The old people used to truck when they were dancing. And I knew the trucking industry would embrace the record." To make that connection stronger, truck driving sound effects were added to the mix. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/19/music?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:01:24 -0600 Health insurance companies in Minnesota push against extending old health plans It's been a confusing few weeks for the more than 140,000 Minnesotans whose health insurance doesn't meet the standards of the nation's new health care law. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Julie Brunner, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, which represents insurance companies that do business in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/19/healthplans?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:48:17 -0600 Today's music: History made at Sound 80 studios At a Minneapolis recording studio, Sound 80, everyone from Bob Dylan to Dave Brubeck to the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra recorded music during the 1970s. And it was at Sound 80 in 1978 where the SPCO made one of the first digital recordings to be released commercially. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/18/sound-80?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:13:25 -0600 Minnesota sports teams aplenty in action MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, who gave her a quick status check on several local teams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/18/sinker?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:11:33 -0600 Showing 'Minnesota in the 70s' was a big deal It doesn't seem like a decade with nearly the significance of the '60s. But a new book about the 1970s in Minnesota shows what a transformative decade it was for our state politically, socially and economically. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/17/showing-minnesota-in-the-70s-was-a-big-deal?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Unusual circumstance hasn't stopped a top Minn. college football team The Minnesota State Mankato football team looks to complete a perfect regular season tomorrow when they take on the Upper Iowa Peacocks. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the team and some strange circumstances it has had to handle along the way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/15/sports/msu-mankato-football-team?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 08:53:06 -0600 Minnesota based ARC staff now on the ground in Philippines MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with a Minnesotan who is part of that relief effort on the ground in the Philippines. Graham Eastmond is with the American Refugee Committee, which is based in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/15/news/philippines-arc?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 08:35:55 -0600 Sex offender program to face scrutiny in next legisative session Plans to move some of Minnesota's civilly committed sex offenders to a less restrictive facility are on hold this morning now that Gov. Mark Dayton has decided to halt any changes to the state sex offender treatment program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/14/politics/sex-offender?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:56:58 -0600 Minnesota DFL members of Congress express interest in changing the Affordable Care Act The political fallout from the problems with the Affordable Care Act have some Minnesota Democrats suggesting they'll support Republican legislation that could significantly roll back parts of the 2010 law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/14/politics/health-care-dbf?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:54:58 -0600 New book shows F. Scott Fitzgerald's adolescent musings A new book published by the University of Minnesota Press reveals some of Fitzgerald's earliest writing. "The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald" is a memoir that Fitzgerald wrote when he was 14 years old and living in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/13/fitzgerald-thoughtbook?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 06:49:31 -0600 Minnesota's link to prohibition captured in 'American Spirits' A congressman from Granite Falls, Minn., was the author of legislation that led to the prohibition of alcohol in the United States in 1920. The story of Judiciary Committee Chairman Andrew Volstead is part of an exhibit now on display at the Minnesota History Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/12/news/minnesotas-link-to-prohibition-captured-in-american-spirits?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 06:22:23 -0600 Sinker: U of M Women's Hockey a dominate force The University of Minnesota Women's Hockey team will go for its 58th straight win tonight against Minnesota State-Mankato at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. Howard Sinker, digital sports editor for the Star Tribune explains why they've been so dominant -- but also why they're more vulnerable now than usual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/01/sinker-u-of-m-womens-hockey-a-dominate-force?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:39:37 -0500 Mark Seeley on a wet October and what happens to our blood pressure in winter University of Minnesota Climatologist updates a remarkable wet month of October and discusses why experts suggest adjusting blood pressure medication this time of year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/01/mark-seeley-on-a-frosty-october-and-what-happens-to-our-blood-pressure-in-winter?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:18:56 -0500 Living with ALS: Contemplating the right kind of 'Endgame' This is part of our continuing series of stories about Bruce Kramer, the former dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas, as he copes with life after being diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/31/health/living-with-als-bruce-kramer-endgames?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 05:00:00 -0500 Season of promise lies ahead for Minnesota Timberwolves The Minnesota Timberwolves play their first game of the regular season tonight at home against Orlando. The Wolves have missed the playoffs for the last nine seasons, but this year's team is inspiring more optimism than usual. For awhile now, we have relied on basketball analyst extraordinaire Britt Robson to give us the straight dope on the Timberwolves. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him about the season ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/30/robson?refid=0 Wed, 30 Oct 2013 08:57:53 -0500 The refurbished Cathedral of St. Paul pipe organs come to life Over the last three years, The Cathedral of St. Paul's two pipe organs were taken completely apart and cleaned, the leather windchests were replaced and more than 1,000 pipes were added. The Cathedral Heritage Foundation raised $3.4 million dollars to pay for the restoration. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/10/the-refurbished-st-paul-cathedral-pipe-organs-come-to-life/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:42:58 -0500 Paranormal investigator says the inexplicable has happened to him It's a weekend for Halloween parties and ghost stories. Tomorrow afternoon at the historic Warden's House in Stillwater, a group of "paranormal investigators" will share what they've found at a few notable Minnesota locations that some people claim are haunted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/25/paranormal?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 08:53:41 -0500 Southeastern Minnesota unusually cold recently MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about below normal temperatures in Minnesota this past week, especially in southeastern Minnesota. He also has an early peek at the weather forecast for trick-or-treaters going out on Halloween. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/25/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 08:51:17 -0500 Platelet Rich Plasma treatment scientifically unproven Gov. Mark Dayton is at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester today to get treatment for an ailing hip muscle. The therapy he'll undergo is growing in popularity -- especially among athletes -- but there isn't much science to back up its effectiveness. The procedure is called "Platelet Rich Plasma Injection" -- or PRP. A lot of professional athletes including Tiger Woods, Raphael Nadal and Alex Rodriguez have used PRP to treat muscle ailments. It's allowed in pro sports because the primary ingredient is the player's own blood. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dr. Bradley Nelson, an orthopedic surgeon who teaches at the University of Minnesota Medical School, to find out more about Platelet Rich Plasma Injection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/23/platelet?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 08:33:33 -0500 Claeys faces tough task as Gopher football's acting head coach The University of Minnesota Gopher football team will be in Evanston, Illinois tomorrow to take on Northwestern. This will be the first game with Tracy Claeys as the acting head coach. He is filling in for Jerry Kill who is taking time off to concentrate on treating his epilepsy. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the outlook for the Gophers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/18/snker?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:01:53 -0500 Sen. Klobuchar says new factors at play in next round of budget talks Now that the federal government is open and the debt ceiling has been raised, Congress will attempt once again to figure out a way to reach a long term budget deal. The agreement reached Wednesday is a temporary fix. The government is financed through January 15th and the debt ceiling will need to be addressed again by February 7th. If Congress can't work out a compromise by early next year, the U.S. could be back in the same crisis situation again. One of the lawmakers who helped craft this week's deal was Minnesota DFL Senator Amy Klobuchar. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Sen. Klobuchar on Morning Edition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/18/klobuchar?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:00:23 -0500 October a wet month so far MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about above normal moisture for much of Minnesota this month. He also says snow is in the forecast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/18/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:59:01 -0500 Wheels fall off for Vikings in crushing loss to Carolina In sports, fans will have one more chance today to cheer for the WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx. Meanwhile, it doesn't look like there will be any parades for the Minnesota Vikings this year. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for Star Tribune, about the loss. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/14/sinker?refid=0 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 08:56:48 -0500 Lynx roll to WNBA championship In sports, the Minnesota Lynx are once again the champions of the WNBA. The Lynx beat the Dream 86-77 in Atlanta last night to win their second championship in three years. The Lynx went undefeated in the post season. Maya Moore was named the MVP of the Finals. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the Lynx, and about University of Minnesota Gopher head football coach Jerry Kill, who's taking an indefinite leave to focus on his health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/11/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 11 Oct 2013 09:00:10 -0500 Computer evidence key to proving allegations involving priest and child porn St. Paul Police announced Tuesday that the department is reopening an investigation into whether a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis had child pornography on his computer. Minnesota Public Radio reporter Madeleine Baran has been covering this story extensively. She's also covered other cases of child pornography. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with her about how these kind of investigations work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/09/computer?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 08:55:56 -0500 Lawmaker to focus on the sellers of synthetic drugs The Select Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs will hold a hearing Wednesday afternoon at the capitol to learn more about the effect the drugs are having in the Twin Cities metro area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/09/simonson?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 08:54:16 -0500 Vikings sign a new QB. Lynx dominate to open WNBA Finals In sports, the Minnesota Lynx have taken a one game to none lead in their WNBA Final series against the Atlanta Dream. Minnesota routed Atlanta 84-59 last night at Target Center. And the Minnesota Vikings had the week off, but made some news by signing free agent quarterback Josh Freeman who last played with the Tampa Bay Bucaneers. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke about both those stories with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/07/sinker?refid=0 Mon, 07 Oct 2013 08:54:16 -0500 A friend's ALS death in the circle of life Bruce Kramer found a safe haven for conversation about ALS with a friend who also had the disease. They talked together freely and sometimes with raw emotion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/06/living-with-als-bruce-kramer?refid=0 Mon, 07 Oct 2013 05:54:46 -0500 Minnesota Wild starts season as Lynx enter WNBA Finals In sports, the Minnesota Wild are back on the ice for another season. In the opener last night in St. Paul, the Los Angeles Kings won a shootout for a 3-2 victory over Minnesota. The WNBA finals begin Sunday at Target Center in Minneapolis. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke about those stories with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/04/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 09:10:46 -0500 Major storm to hit the central U.S. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a big, slow moving storm that's due to hit in the middle of the U.S. and last through the weekend. It's forecast to cause just rain in parts of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/04/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 09:07:29 -0500 Is the Minnesota Orchestra doomed after Vanska's departure? The Minnesota Orchestra is now without a music director and principal conductor. As he had threatened, Osmo Vanska resigned from that position yesterday after the planned concerts at Carnegie Hall were cancelled. The concerts, which were supposed to happen in November, were called off because of the orchestra's labor dispute which has been going on for over a year. Replacing Vanska will be a challenge for the orchestra for a number of reasons. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke about that with Drew McManus, a Chicago-based arts consultant and author of the orchestra business blog, Adaptistration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/02/mcmanus?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 09:05:40 -0500 Kline defends Republicans over shutdown Of all the members of Minnesota's Congressional Delegation, Republican Rep. John Kline is closest to the House leadership. He is a committee chairman and a 10-year veteran of budget battles in Congress. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him about the partial federal government shutdown that's entered its second day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/02/kline-shutdown?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 09:04:14 -0500 Official: MNsure running smoothly today MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with April Todd-Malmlov, the executive director of MNsure, Minnesota's online health care exchange marketplace. That website and those serving other states launched yesterday with some technical glitches. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/02/malmlov?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 09:02:20 -0500 Photos, technology change self-perception As we get older, there's no denying that our bodies change. Photographs of ourselves can be startling, sometimes unnerving reminders of those changes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/02/living-with-als-photos-technology-change-perspectives?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 06:00:09 -0500 Londoners not so interested in Vikings vs. Steelers The Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers are in London right now getting ready for their game Sunday at Wembley Stadium. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Bruce Orwall about whether Londoners care. He was a reporter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press for eight years and is now the London Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/26/orwall?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 08:58:34 -0500 More losing puts Twins manager Gardenhire's future in doubt The Minnesota Twins watched Oakland celebrate winning the AL West title yesterday after the A's beat the Twins 11-7. Just a few years ago, the Twins were regularly celebrating playoff berths, but the team has fallen on hard times of late. And there is growing speculation that as a result manager Ron Gardenhire will be replaced after the season ends. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, to talk about Gardenhire's future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/23/sinker?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 08:52:13 -0500 Lynx look to avenge last year's loss in WNBA Finals The WNBA's Minnesota Lynx play the Seattle Storm tonight in the first game of their first round playoff series tonight at Target Center. We take a look at their prospects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/20/lynx?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 09:05:08 -0500 Rollercoaster temperatures to go on upswing next week MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the up-and-down temperatures for much of Minnesota in the past week. He also talks about recent storms that have improved drought conditions. And he says next week looks warmer than normal for the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/20/weather?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 08:58:46 -0500 State epidemiologist urges smarter use of antibiotics Health officials around the country are facing "potentially catestrophic consequences" if they can't slow the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections. For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control is estimating the toll of those infections, saying they kill 23,000 people a year in the U.S. At least two million Americans fall ill from drug resistant bacteria annually. The new government report relies on data from Minnesota and other states that closely track cases of antibiotic resistant bugs. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Ruth Lynfield, Minnesota's state epidemiologist, about the situation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/17/lynfield?refid=0 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:05:09 -0500 Rep. Kline leaning toward support of military action against Syria Minnesota's congressional delegation is split over the Syria issue. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., sits on the House Armed Services Committee and served 25 years in the Marine Corps. He discussed his position with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/04/kline_syria?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 07:56:17 -0500 U.S. needs more senators with business expertise says Mike McFadden Morning Edition is getting to know the Republican Candidates for U.S. Senate. In a conversation with MPR's Cathy Wurzer, businessman Mike McFadden says the Senate is lacking members who understand what businesses need to succeed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/23/us-needs-more-senators-with-business-expertise-says-mike-kcfadden?refid=0 Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:21:41 -0500 Learning about the paddlefish at the State Fair The State Fair is full of people who have expertise on a wide variety of topics. So during this year's Fair, we're going to explore the knowledge that resides between the Pronto Pups and the butterheads. Think of it as Morning Edition's State Fair University. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/22/paddlefish?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 08:20:37 -0500 For young people, getting into farming can be a challenge With young people struggling to get into farming and older farmers struggling to get out of the business, there are several groups trying to bridge the generation gap in farming here in Minnesota. Jan Joannides is executive director of Renewing the Countryside. She talked about the situation with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/21/young_farmers?refid=0 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 08:51:12 -0500 Health care chief concern for Abeler in US Senate run Three Republicans are already stepping up to run against U.S. Sen. Al Franken in 2014. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer has invited each of them into the studio to talk about the campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/20/politics/abeler-interview?refid=0 Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:22:32 -0500 Minnesota coaches on the hot seat With the Twins having another losing season, there is a lot of speculation that manager Ron Gardenhire will be replaced after the season ends. And his tenuous situation is not unique among the Minnesota coaching fraternity. Howard Sinker, digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, discussed the situation with Mornign Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/19/sinker-coaches?refid=0 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:30:50 -0500 North Shore historic fish house at center of legal dispute A court hearing later this week will determine what happens to the historic Beaver Bay fish house on the North Shore of Lake Superior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/19/fish_houses?refid=0 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:14:16 -0500 Rybak: lower property taxes was top priority When the annual budget setting process started, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak had one thing on his mind. "I said, 'No matter what, we're lowering property taxes,'" Rybak told MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/16/rybak-lower-property-taxes-was-top-priority?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:00:54 -0500 The wolf pack on Isle Royale is growing Visitors to Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior are hearing and seeing signs of a litter of wolf pups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/16/wolf_pups?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 08:53:15 -0500 Departing assistant concertmaster says Minnesota Orchestra 'has lost its way' Stephanie Arado, assistant concertmaster for the Minnesota Orchestra, is leaving the group after 22 years and a work stoppage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/13/departing-assistant-concertmaster-says-minnesota-orchestra-has-lost-its-way?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Farmers welcome recent rains MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about rain that ended a recent dry spell, and the prospects for warmer temperatures for the tail end of summer and for the fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/09/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 08:26:34 -0500 Lawmakers struggle with mandate to reform Minnesota's sex offender treatment program State Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester, discussed proposed changes to Minnesota's sex offender treatment program with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/08/news/sex-offender?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 10:09:43 -0500 Mpls. police union leader: Chief on right track with community dialogue The head of the union representing Minneapolis police officers said Thursday that Chief Janee Harteau is asking the right questions about how to prevent racially charged incidents involving officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/08/news/minneapolis-police-union-leader-community-dialogue?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 09:49:17 -0500 Study: Messy desks get creative juices flowing New research shows that the decisions you make and your creativity are influenced by the relative neatness of your workspace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/07/news/messy-vs-clean-workplace?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 08:54:27 -0500 Having the right kind of bucket list When it comes to bucket lists, "you have to care about other people," Bruce Kramer says. "You have to care about other things besides yourself." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/05/health/living-with-als-empathy-not-sympathy?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 05:55:00 -0500 Video: Minnesotan aboard space station talks about health, fitness Vining native Karen Nyberg, one of the astronauts aboard the International Space Station, is serving as flight engineer for Expedition 36. She flew to the space station on a Russian-built Soyuz space craft in May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/05/science/video-minnesotan-aboard-space-station-talks-about-health?refid=0 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 07:05:50 -0500 New Minn. laws include sick leave, 911 calls, bus driver safety Same-sex marriage is the highest profile new law taking effect here on Aug. 1. But there are a few other changes to state law today. MPR's Cathy Wurzer has more about laws that changed regarding sick leave, 911 emergency calls, bus driver safety and bicycles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/01/politics/new-laws?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 08:58:38 -0500 Rybak says cop controversy detracts from good police work Internal investigators at the Minneapolis Police Department are reviewing the case of two off-duty police officers caught on tape using racial slurs during an incident in Green Bay last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/31/news/rybak-green-bay-cop-incident?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:10:53 -0500 Polk Co. same-sex couple excited to marry at midnight The new Minnesota law legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect tonight at midnight and many couples are wasting no time to tie the knot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/31/news/same-sex-marriage-polk-county-couple?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:07:27 -0500 Is Twins pitcher Deduno on way to becoming staff ace? For Minnesota Twins fans, there hasn't been a lot to cheer about on the field. But there is one player who's been quite impressive lately: starting pitcher Samuel Deduno. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/29/twins-pitcher-deduno-as-ace?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:12:41 -0500 Plaintiff on unionization case says his clients may refile later A judge has dismissed two federal lawsuits aimed at stopping the unionization of state-subsidized child care providers. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis ruled that since no union election or collective bargaining has occured yet, it would be premature for him to determine the Constitutionality of a "speculative scenario." The lawsuits that were filed claimed that the new state unionization measure violates federal labor law and infringes on first amendment rights of free association. The rulings clear the way for the AFSCME Council 5 union to move ahead with its efforts to organize more than 12,700 in-home providers. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with the attorney for the plaintiffs Doug Seaton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/29/politics/seaton-unionization-ruling?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 08:58:36 -0500 Cool temperatures move in across Minnesota MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about colder-than-normal temperatures in the forecast for most of Minnesota. He also looks back at how heat and preciptitation earlier in the spring and summer will affect crops. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/26/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:04:57 -0500 Zoo trying to prevent extinction of 'most Minnesotan' butterfly Biologists at the Minnesota Zoo are scrambling to prevent a modern day extinction of a species that once thrived in Minnesota. The Poweshiek skipperling is a butterfly that lives its whole life in the prairies of the upper Midwest. But the tallgrass prairie is mostly gone. And so is a species that was once among the most common butterflies in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/26/zoo-trying-to-prevent-extinction-of-most-minnesotan-butterfly?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 01:32:16 -0500 Chan Poling, the reunited Suburbs and the Kickstarter life Bypassing record labels probably wasn't a great option for The Suburbs when the Twin Cities band released its last collection of songs 27 years ago. It's legit now. The reunited band is recording a new album, and turning to fans to help pay for it. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/07/chan-poling-and-the-suburbs-use-kickstarter-to-pay-for-new-album/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 06:20:16 -0500 Klobuchar testing the waters with Iowa speech? The Washington Post listed Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar as one of 10 Democrats with the best shot at being the party's 2016 nominee. Klobuchar will be the keynote speaker at the North Iowa Democrats' "Wing Ding" Fundraiser, which takes place at the famous Surf Ballroom on August 16. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/22/klobuchar-testing-the-waters-with-iowa-speech-?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:10:21 -0500 Latest heat wave in the top 10 percent in history MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the heat and humidity this week. He also answers a question about what day of the year has the least chance for precipitation in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/19/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 08:42:04 -0500 Rep. Kline talks food stamps, immigration and student loans MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Republican Rep. John Kline about several issues before the House of Representatives in Washington. He represents Minnesota's Second Congressional District, and is chairman of the House Education and the Workforce committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/15/kline?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 09:31:52 -0500 Bruce Kramer welcomes a new role in his family Bruce Kramer has been in two drug trials since being diagnosed with ALS. The second recently ended, but he's asked the drug company to let him keep taking the medicine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/15/health/living-with-als-a-shortness-of-breath-a-family-grows?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 06:21:28 -0500 Not all heat waves are the same MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about heat waves in the 1930s and the 1990s that were very different. He also had the statewide weather forecast for the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/12/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:47:54 -0500 Republicans successful in effort to split off food stamps from farm bill It's been a busy 24 hours on Capitol Hill. Thursday afternoon, the U.S. House passed a farm bill without a section of the proposal that included food stamps. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Washingon-based reporter Brett Neely about the new bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/12/neely?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:45:09 -0500 Recalling Minnesota's community bands and bandshells Bandshells and band concerts have a long, rich history in our region. Today, the professional chamber orchestra Minnesota Sinfonia performs at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/12/arts/bands-bandshells?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:00:07 -0500 Bob Dylan pays homage to Bobby Vee at memorable Midway Stadium show Bob Dylan's Americanarama tour is headed to Peoria, Ill., tonight. Last night, he sold out Midway Stadium in St. Paul with a show that also included Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and the Richard Thompson Electric Trio. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with The Current's Andrea Swensson about the show. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/11/dylan?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 09:15:55 -0500 Honour cites business experience as a plus in race for governor Republicans are lining up to take on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton in the 2014 elections. But the first high-profile candidate to formally declare was businessman Scott Honour of Wayzata. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him on why he thinks he should be the next governor of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/01/honour?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 08:58:23 -0500 June another wet month for Minnesota MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the wet whether in the state in June, and tells us about some specific communities that had record precipitation. He also answers a question about recent high dew points. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/28/weather?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 09:54:29 -0500 Chaotic NBA draft has player with question marks headed to Timberwolves The Minnesota Timberwolves traded picks with Utah in yesterday's NBA draft, and then landed UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad in the first round. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the draft. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/28/timberwolves?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 09:52:57 -0500 Bioethicist: Public health trumps help for individuals What are the ethics of conducting clinical drug trials in cases where the patient has a terminal illness? Jeffrey Kahn, a professor of bioethics and public policy at Johns Hopkins University, discusses the matter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/28/kahn?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 09:50:27 -0500 Sen. Thompson says his private and public sector work makes him stand out Already, four Republicans have formally announced that they're running for governor. The most recent to jump into the race is state Sen. Dave Thompson of Lakeville. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him about his candidacy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/27/thompson?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:58:52 -0500 GOP gubernatorial candidate Johnson says electability gives him edge Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson is one of a handful of declared Republican candidates vying for the chance to run against DFL Gov. Mark Dayton in the general election. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him about his candidacy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/26/johnson?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:03:14 -0500 Zellers touts time as speaker in run for governor The 2014 election is still more than a year away. But already some high-profile Republicans are vying to take on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, including former Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers, who spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/25/zellers?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 09:43:58 -0500 Minneapolis Parks Board still busy cleaning up damaged trees Waves of weekend storms have damaged trees across Minneapolis. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board Superintendent Jayne Miller about the clean up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/24/miller?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:41:35 -0500 Training police dogs to take the right bite out of crime To get a better sense for how dogs are used in police work, Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer visited the Tim Jones Memorial K-9 Kennels, where the St. Paul Police train their patrol dogs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/20/news/st-paul-police-dog-k9-unit-training?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 07:35:00 -0500 Patient argues for changes to drug trials "Obviously we're not talking about a cure for ALS here," Bruce Kramer says. But if a medicine helps a patient feel better, "that would certainly be helpful." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/21/kramer?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:15:00 -0500 Zoo animals had different fates post-flood in Duluth Admission to the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth will be free today to mark the one-year anniversary of a flood that inundated the zoo grounds. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Peter Pruett, who's the Director of Zoo Operations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/20/animals?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:06:35 -0500 Minnesotans win history contest Eight groups of Minnesota students all placed at the 2013 National History Day competition at the University of Maryland yesterday. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with one of them, Kateri Schmidt, about their winning project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/14/history?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 09:37:05 -0500 Some spring planting hasn't been this late in decades MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the wet spring in many parts of the state, and how that's affected farmers. He also answers the question: how long does the average thunderstorm last in any one given spot in Minnesota? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/14/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 09:14:37 -0500 Climatologist confirms lack of sun in June with data MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about cloudy weather the first week of June. He says the lack of sun and high levels of precipitation are having an impact on farmers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/07/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 08:45:42 -0500 How to avoid, and if needed, respond to a bear attack It's very rare for a bear to attack a human. There have only been five documented injuries caused by bear attacks in Minnesota since 1987. But it does happen. A 72-year-old woman in Aitkin County was attacked by a sow bear just this week. She escaped with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with DNR Large Carnivore Specialist Dan Stark about how to prevent or survive a bear attack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/06/news/how-to-respond-to-a-bear-attack?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 08:43:09 -0500 'The Supper Club Book' explores a Midwest tradition and its people They have names like the Tee Pee, in Tomah, Wis., the HobNob in Racine, Wis., the Morocco in Dubuque, Iowa, and Jax Cafe in Minneapolis. Author Dave Hoekstra spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the book which he has been researching over the last three summers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/05/arts/the-supper-club-book-explores-a-midwest-tradition-and-its-people?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 06:00:00 -0500 Better weather dampens wildfire near Menagha Firefighters will be working to contain a wildfire in northwestern Minnesota today. That fire near Park Rapids has already destroyed at least a dozen homes. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Robertson who was at a charred part of the landscape near Menahga, Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/16/wildfire?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 09:34:51 -0500 Budget deal shapes week ahead at the Capitol State lawmakers are heading into the final week of the 2013 legislative session with a pivotal Senate vote to legalize same-sex marriage, and a framework for balancing the budget and ending the session on time. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Pugmire about the week ahead at the state capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/13/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 08:41:54 -0500 Climatologist says fishing opener to be windy and cold MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the weather for the walleye fishing opener in Minnesota this weekend. He also reviews some snowfall records set in parts of southeastern Minnesota earlier in May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/10/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 10 May 2013 08:58:25 -0500 A trip of a lifetime, so far, coming up soon for astronaut-to-be Abby Harrison is a sophomore at South High School. Next week, she'll be leaving for a trip to Kazakhstan in Central Asia to see the launch of a Russian Soyuz space capsule. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Abby Harrison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/08/harrison?refid=0 Wed, 08 May 2013 08:47:07 -0500 Bruce Kramer, patient, becomes a lecturer once again We follow Bruce Kramer as he delivers a guest lecture at the University of Minnesota medical school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/07/health/bruce-kramer?refid=0 Wed, 08 May 2013 07:15:00 -0500 Proposal preserves parts of collapsed I35-W bridge for history Five years after the collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, the state is still dealing with some of the wreckage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/07/scher?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 10:42:56 -0500 Peter Sagal talks about 'Constitution USA,' and his Harley-Davidson The host of NPR's 'Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me,' on talks to MPR's Cathy Wurzer about his new documentary, "Constitution USA," and riding across the country on a tricked-out Harley-Davidson to interview Americans for the program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/07/arts/peter-sagal?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 06:47:33 -0500 Budget talks to highlight the Capitol agenda With just two weeks left in the legislative session, conference-committee negotiations will heat up on several key budget bills. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with one of Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol reporters, Tim Pugmire, about the week ahead for state lawmakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/06/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 08:54:22 -0500 Two Republicans debate legalizing same-sex marriage Brian McClung, an aide to former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, supports legalizing same-sex marriage. Fritz Knaak, a former Republican state senator, oposes it. They debated the issue with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/06/mcclun_knaack?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 08:28:51 -0500 Climatologist talks wintery weather records set in April and May MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about this spring's winter-like weather that seeped into May, where record daily snow amounts fell on southeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/03/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 09:09:12 -0500 Kline touts overtime-comp time trade-off bill The bill aims to lift the requirement from the Fair Labor Standards Act that requires most workers to be paid for overtime, rather than so-called "comp time." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/03/politics/kline-touts-overtimecomp-time-tradeoff-bill?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 08:27:02 -0500 Oil and gas boom even bigger than previously thought in North Dakota North Dakota's boom times seem to be here to stay -- at least for a while. A new government analysis finds the Williston basin of North Dakota holds more than 7.4 billion barrels of undiscovered oil that can be recovered. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with David Flynn an economist at the University of North Dakota about what the new estimate could mean for the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/01/flynn?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 10:47:03 -0500 Senate to tackle taxes and minimum wage The Minnesota Senate votes today on a tax bill that would erase a projected $627 million budget deficit and pay for spending increases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/29/politics/week-at-capitol?refid=0 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:42:40 -0500 Fargo and Moorhead to see river crest in days The Red River will crest this week in Fargo and Moorhead, several feet lower than originally expected. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Dan Gunderson who was in our Moorhead bureau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/29/gunderson?refid=0 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:40:06 -0500 Latest online test problems investigated We're in the middle of assessment testing season for schools in Minnesota. And if that doesn't make students and teachers nervous enough, glitches over the past couple of weeks have caused problems with some online testing. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's education reporter Tim Post, who reported yesterday that a number of school districts have had problems with online assessment tests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/26/postdebrief?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:51:30 -0500 Scientists tracking new bird flu closely Health officials are on high alert following news that a new strain of bird flu has emerged in China. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. He has a team in China watching the disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/25/flu?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:05:22 -0500 Alzheimer's research making progress but needs more funding Alzheimer's currently afflicts about 5 million Americans, and as baby boomers age, the number of people with Alzheimer's is expected to rise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/24/health/alzheimers-research?refid=0 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:31:54 -0500 Yoga helps reconnect an ALS patient's disconnected body The ancient discipline of yoga keeps attracting new followers. Bruce Kramer says it helps him cope with ALS. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/23/health/living-with-als-yoga-reconnects-disconnected-body?refid=0 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 06:00:00 -0500 Storm hit trees in Worthington hard Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be in southwestern Minnesota today to assess the amount of damage caused by an ice storm earlier this month. One of the things that the FEMA team will see is a lot of damaged trees. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Scott Rosenberg, city forester for Worthington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/23/weather/rosenberg?refid=0 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:37:56 -0500 Several off-season factors to determine fate of Timberwolves The Minnesota Timberwolves season is over. They beat San Antonio last night by a score of 108-95 to finish off yet another disappointing, injury-riddled season. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Wolves guru Brit Robson about the team's future. Robson covers the NBA for SportsIllustrated.com. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/18/timberwolves?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 09:23:10 -0500 Weather service to raise the urgency in tornado warnings Tornado test sirens across the state will ring out twice today. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dan Luna, the meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen, about the changes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/18/tornado?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 09:21:24 -0500 Rochester mayor responds to call for more local money in Mayo expansion When the House Tax committee reconvenes today, one of things under discussion will be a new plan for funding improved infrastructure around the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Some lawmakers want the city of Rochester and Olmsted County to kick in more money toward the project. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede about the new plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/17/brede?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:37:46 -0500 Budget votes to be front-and-center at the state capitol The Minnesota House and Senate are ready to start voting on budget bills this week. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio news reporter Tim Pugmire about the week ahead at the capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/15/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 08:54:00 -0500 Climatologist says winter storm brought lots of moisture MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about this week's late winter storm and how much water content it contained. Some parts of the state saw record precipitation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/12/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 09:08:04 -0500 Twins again face decision on games because of weather More snow is in the forecast for today in the Twin Cities with a high temperature of 36 degrees. That's not exactly ideal outdoor baseball weather, but the Twins begin a homestand tonight against the New York Mets. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with the president of the Twins, Dave St. Peter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/12/sports/twins-home-games-weather?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 09:05:23 -0500 Emergency response cranks up around Worthington A major winter storm is hitting southweatern Minnesota hard. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Julie Anderson who's with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety about emergency services that have been activated in that part of the state, and with reporter Tim Nelson about traffic, and with meteorologist Craig Edwards about the forecast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/anderson?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:51:32 -0500 Worthington area still coping with ice A late winter storm is hitting Worthington, Minnesota and the surrounding area hard with ice and power outages. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio Worthington bureau reporter Mark Steil about the latest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/worthington?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:49:15 -0500 GOP Chair hails new beginning for state party A new chairman is taking the reins of Minnesota's troubled Republican party. Former State Rep. Keith Downey was elected by the state central committee on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/08/downey?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 11:03:12 -0500 Flurry of budget work to hit Capitol With six weeks left in the legislative session, state lawmakers are ramping up their budget work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/08/politics/capitol-preview?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 11:00:57 -0500 An assessment of proposed property tax changes Next year, hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans could get more money back from state property tax rebates. That is, if the DFL House passes a plan proposed this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/04/politics/property-tax-changes?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 09:56:26 -0500 A Pitino takes U of M men's basketball coaching job University of Minnesota officials are expected to introduce the next head coach of the men's basketball team tomorrow in a news conference: Richard Pitino. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/04/sports/pitino-gophers-basketball?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 09:39:22 -0500 Letters from a Minnesota soldier in the Civil War The next installment of our journey with a Civil War soldier from Minnesota finds him in a slow time between battles. Our guide as we trace Edward Bassett's Civil War experience 150 years later is historian Annette Atkins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/02/atkins?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 09:02:29 -0500 Mark Seeley: Late arrival for spring temps MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the cool and wet weather in the month of March in Minnesota. He also looks ahead to the home opener for the Minnesota Twins on Monday, which is expected to be cold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/29/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:16:18 -0500 Twins fans should brace for cold seats, hot treats The Minnesota Twins are heading for their earliest outdoor opener ever on Monday, and it's shaping up to be a chilly one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/29/sports/twins?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:25:56 -0500 Florida Gulf Coast University's alley-oop hoop strategy The Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles are using an offensive play called the alley-oop as a key part of their offensive strategy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/29/sports/florida-gulf-coast?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 06:34:46 -0500 Justice Anderson reflects on Minn. Supreme Court tenure Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Paul Anderson retires in May. He spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about his time on the court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/27/politics/justice-anderson-reflects-on-minn-supreme-court-tenure?refid=0 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 08:19:42 -0500 Lawmakers to hear from constituents back in districts It will be a quiet week at the State Capitol, as the legislature takes its traditional Easter/Passover break. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/25/politics/lawmakers-constituents?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 09:09:46 -0500 The story behind those 'cheeky' billboards Public health officials are taking an "unusually cheeky" approach to compel Minnesotans to get screened for colon cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/25/health/colonoscopy-billboards?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 09:07:41 -0500 Tubby Smith's job at risk with a chance at redemption in NCAA Tonight in Austin, Texas the University of Minnesota will take on the 11-time national champion UCLA Bruins in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/22/news/gophers-ncaa?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:54:38 -0500 Climatologist talks about a cold and snowy March so far MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a mid-March blizzard that hit much of Minnesota, and the cold start to spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/22/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:52:09 -0500 WCHA holds Final Five with big changes on the horizon One of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year for hockey fans starts today at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul: the WCHA Final Five tournament. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/21/news/wcha-final-five?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 09:04:49 -0500 Senate majority leader previews budget framework Senate DFL leaders will release their budget priorities Wednesday, a day after House DFL leaders released theirs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/20/bakk_targets?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 07:31:26 -0500 Health exchange billl heads to Gov. Dayton The bill establishing Minnesota's highly controversial health insurance exchange is about to become law. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Elizabeth Stawicki, who's has been covering the long-running debate in Minnesota over the exchange as well as the health care overhaul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/stawicki?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:43:13 -0500 Climatologist says snow storms this March set some records MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a snowy March in much of Minnesota, and he tells us about the dense water content of all that snow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:39:11 -0500 SXSW festival a whirlwind of music It is going to be another busy day today at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin,Texas. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Jim McGuinn, who is the program director at our sister station The Current. He's there, taking in as much of the music as he can. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/mcguinn?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:37:10 -0500 MN House Speaker talks budgets, guns and marriage Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to release his revised budget proposal today. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with DFL House Speaker Paul Thissen about the state budget, gun proposals, and same sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/14/thissen?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:11:06 -0500 Compensation chair says pay hikes overdue for many public employees The state Compensation Council approved a plan Monday night to raise the pay of the governor, legislators and state commissioners. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Compensation Council Chair Tom Fraser about the move. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/12/fraser?refid=0 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 08:57:11 -0500 Winning math coach looking to go out on top When the Minnesota state high school math tournament is held today, Wayzata will be going for an unprecedented sixth straight state title. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/11/education/math-coach?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:05:23 -0500 GOP senator breaks ranks to support a same-sex marriage bill Committees in both the Minnesota Senate and House are expected to take up legislation legalizing same-sex marriage tomorrow. Republican Sen. Branden Petersen of Andover has signed on a co-author of the bill. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him about his position on the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/11/marriage?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:03:37 -0500 World Baseball Classic mixes up Twins spring training Tonight in Phoenix, the United States plays Mexico in the first round of the World Baseball Classic. A dozen players from the Minnesota Twins organization are participating, including catcher Joe Mauer and closer Glenn Perkins who are playing for the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/08/news/twins-world-baseball-classic?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 10:41:31 -0600 Climatologist says pace of temperature change is remarkable MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a new study on climate change which looks at temperatures going back to the last Ice Age. He also explains the snowy start to March in much of Minnesota. Seeley also has the forecast, which includes rain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/08/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 10:37:39 -0600 Purple Caucus aims to foster bipartisan cooperation When you mix red and blue, you get purple. Some Minnesota lawmakers hope that is a potent blend which results in less polarized politics. Yesterday, DFL Sen. Roger Reinert of Duluth and Republican Sen. Jeremy Miller of Winona launched the bipartisan "Purple Caucus" saying it is time for both parties to come together. Miller discussed the new caucus with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/05/purple_caucus?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 08:29:31 -0600 Xcel seeks 10.7% rate increase The first public meetings are set today on a proposal by Xcel Energy to increase rates by 10.7 percent across the state. The utility's proposal would raise the prices paid by 1.2 million electric customers in Minnesota. But the state Department of Commerce has gone on record as saying, the hike is too high. Laura McCarten, an Xcel Energy Regional Vice President, talked about the proposed rate increase with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/xcel_increase?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 08:47:32 -0600 Climatologist wraps up meteorological winter MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the weather this past December, January, and February, otherwise known as meteorological winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/01/weather/seeley-meterorological-winter?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 09:00:13 -0600 On his birthday, Bruce Kramer contemplates faith Birthdays can take on special meanings: Tangible evidence that they are still here, yet also milestones on a dwindling journey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/living-with-als-bruce-kramer-faith?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 06:35:13 -0600 Company wants to launch oil tankers on Lake Superior North Dakota's oil boom is going so strong that there aren't enough pipelines and railroad cars to transport all the crude oil out of the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/environment/oil-tankers-lake-superior?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:56:43 -0600 Schulze faces another deadline to make a bid for Best Buy Best Buy founder Richard Schulze has today and tomorrow to finalize a bid for the company he led for more than four decades. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with reporter Martin Moylan, who has been following the Best Buy saga. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/27/moylan?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 08:58:58 -0600 Hoarding a private issue that frequently explodes into public view MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Janet Yeats, president of the Minnesota Hoarding Task Force, which is coming up with better ways to get hoarders the help they need. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/25/hoarding?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:10:54 -0600 Budget forecast has potential to change Capitol politics MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Tim Pugmire, one of Minnesota Public Radio News' Capitol reporters, about the week ahead for state lawmakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/25/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:08:40 -0600 U of M women's hockey team goes for a perfect season The defending national champion University of Minnesota Women's hockey team goes for its 41st straight win tonight on the road against St. Cloud State. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talks with head coach Brad Frost about his record-setting team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/22/women_hockey?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 08:50:36 -0600 Rep. Keith Ellison sees optimism in Somalia visit Minnesota U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison visited Somalia's capital city of Mogadishu on Tuesday, the first visit in years by a member of Congress to what until recently was considered one of the world's most dangerous cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/20/politics/ellison-somalia?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:06:49 -0600 Study aims to learn how military families grieve Losing a loved one is difficult under any circumstances, but the US military is trying to understand the unique grieving process for families when the person lost is in the military. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with the Minnesota mother of an Army sergeant who took his own life after coming home from Iraq about the matter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/19/mary_lindberg?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 07:09:32 -0600 One-on-one: Minnesota same-sex marriage debated The same-sex marriage debate at the Capitol is picking up steam this week. Jake Loesch of Minnesota United for All Families, which supports legalizing same-sex marriage, and opponent Jason Adkins of Minnesota for Marriage joins MPR's Cathy Wurzer in the studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/12/news/wurzer-same-sex-marriage?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:40:00 -0600 Marriage and taxes to make headlines this the week at the Capitol The effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota picks up this week when supporters gather for a Valentine's Day rally at the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/11/politics/capitol-debrief?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:28:39 -0600 Doctors concerned about proposed gun legislation One bill being considered by the Legislature to fight gun violence would require that some people get a letter from a doctor or mental health care provider before they could buy a gun. Dr. Dave Thorson, Board Chair of the Minnesota Medical Association, discussed the proposed legislation with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/06/thorson_guns?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 08:43:57 -0600 Minneapolis considers changing how the history of race relations is taught The Minneapolis school district is considering whether to change its curricula after an emotional community meeting on Wednesday night. Julie Landsman taught in Minneapolis public schools for more than 20 years and has since written several books on race. She spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/25/landsman_race?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 08:44:07 -0600 Former Obama aide speaks at the University of Minnesota Bill Burton, a former Deputy Press Secretary in the Obama White House, speaks today at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota. He talked about the Obama presidency with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/24/bill_burton?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:16:28 -0600 A look at Governor Dayton's property tax reform proposals Governor Mark Dayton didn't just propose a budget on Tuesday, he also put forward an overhaul of the state's tax system. Dakota County Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord, chair of a group that's made recommendations to simplify Minnesota's property tax system, talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the Governor's property tax proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/23/kathleen_gaylord?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:34:11 -0600 Climate change is the focus of hearings at Minn. Legislature Climate change is the focus of a series of joint hearings this month at the Minnesota Legislature. The first hearing today features a discussion about the impact on groundwater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/22/climate_change_joint_hearings_jean_wagenius?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2013 09:36:30 -0600 Minnesotans at President Obama's inauguration Charles Hallman, a reporter for the Minnesota Spokeman Recorder, was on hand four years ago for Obama's first inaugural. He joins MPR's Cathy Wurzer by phone from Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/21/politics/charles-hallman-fergus-falls-marching-band-inauguration?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jan 2013 08:39:26 -0600 Debate touches on pros and cons of raising state minimum wage Some of the first bills introduced at the Minnesota Legislature this year would raise the state's minimum wage, which has not increased since 2005. The federal standard of $7.25 an hour applies to people who work for large companies or companies that engage in interstate commerce. The state minimum wage for the smallest of businesses is $5.25 an hour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/19/business/debate-minimum-wage?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Prince jams with his hometown fans His six-piece horn section marched out NOLA-style, cycling through a funky, complex melody, followed by a drummer, bassist, guitarist, and three back-up singers. Prince himself emerged on the dark stage soon after. Andrea Swensson, of The Local Current blog, talked about the show with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/18/prince_dakota?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 08:39:36 -0600 Sheriff says he won't enforce federal gun laws Some county sheriffs around the country have announced that they will not enforce new federal gun laws that they feel are unconstitutional. One of them is the sheriff in Minnesota's Pine County, Robin Cole. Sheriff Cole explained his position to Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/17/sheriff_guns?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 08:09:52 -0600 Disappointed by a drug trial's curtailment A drug trial that intrigued doctors who treat patients who have ALS, including Bruce Kramer, of Minneapolis, has ended. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/15/health/bruce-kramer-als-drug-trial?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 05:57:15 -0600 What doctors do to prevent suicides A memorial service will be held in Duluth today to honor the life of an acclaimed journalist who had a wonderfully graceful way of telling a story. Sadly, Larry Oakes's own story ended last week in the woods near Hawk Ridge in Duluth. Larry Oakes was a longtime award-winning reporter for the Star Tribune who recently took his own life. Dr. Katharine Nelson, Program Director for the University of Minnesota Psychiatry Residency Program talks about what family members and medical professional can do to try and prevent a suicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/11/nelson_suicide?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 08:44:39 -0600 Melisa Franzen joins the Minnesota Senate Every new session brings with it fresh faces. Among the new lawmakers this year is State Sen.-elect Melisa Franzen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/franzen?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 10:16:40 -0600 NHL getting ready to play again NHL management and the union representing players are expected to ratify a deal ending the lockout later this week. Cathy Wurzer discussed the situation with Mike Russo who covers the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/07/russo_nhl?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 07:45:44 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra, SPCO musicians, negotiate with management today Later today representatives of locked out musicians at the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will sit down with representatives of their respective managements to negotiate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/02/arts/minnesota-orchestras-negotiation?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 10:56:24 -0600 Minnesota flu season could be severe Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious disease epidemiology at the Minnesota Department of Health, discussed the situation with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/02/flu_update?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 08:33:03 -0600 U of M bureaucracy scrutinized in Wall Street Journal report New analysis by the Wall Street Journal suggests that tuition at public universities has been rising much faster than inflation because of bloated buraucracies. Joining MPR's Cathy Wurzer with reaction to that finding is Laura Brod, a member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/31/college_tuition_on_the_rise_laura_brod?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:05:18 -0600 Land of 10,000 Stories special airs tonight MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with KARE 11's Boyd Huppert about the stories he shares. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/21/kare_11_boyd_huppert_greg_thomas?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 09:53:30 -0600 A guide to live holiday music this weekend If you are in the mood to see some live holiday music this weekend, we have a few suggestions for you. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/21/holiday_music?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 07:25:16 -0600 At Christmas, Kramer contemplates an anniversary Bruce Kramer and his family, who will never forget the moment two years ago this month when he was diagnosed with ALS. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/19/living-with-als-bruce-kramer-christmas?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 06:30:00 -0600 Minnesota teachers are prepared to handle school shootings Julie Blaha, president of the teachers union in the Anoka-Hennepin school district, spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about how teachers will talk about the Connecticut school shooting rampage with their students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/minnesota_schools_prepare_school_shootings?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 07:21:55 -0600 Lutheran church faces financial challenges Luther Seminary in St. Paul is having financial problems. Its current president resigned after reports that the school lost nearly $4 million last year. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer discussed that with the presiding Bishop of the ELCA, Mark Hanson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/14/bishop_hanson?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 07:51:11 -0600 New MNDOT commissioner Zelle talks priorities The CEO of a Minneapolis-based bus company will become the next commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation in January. He talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about his transportation priorities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/zelle?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 07:31:37 -0600 Dayton: Cuts, taxes needed to close budget gap Gov. Mark Dayton said spending cuts in all departments are being considered to fill the state's just-announced budget gap, but he said the deficit shouldn't be solved with cuts alone, and new tax revenues should be part any legislative package moving forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/06/politics/dayton-budget-deficit-cuts-taxes?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 07:52:52 -0600 Drug-resistant 'superbug' detected in Minn. There is growing concern among health care professionals about the spread of so-called superbugs. State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield joins MPR's Cathy Wurzer to talk about the situation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/03/superbug_cre_lynfield?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 07:57:44 -0600 November sees warmer, drier weather MPR's Cathy Wurzer speaks with Climatologist Mark Seeley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/30/weather/seeley-weather?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 09:59:07 -0600 White Bear Lake suit highlights balance between environment, commerce A lawsuit has been filed against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources over the shrinking water levels of White Bear Lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/30/environment/water-white-bear-lake-dnr?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 09:49:32 -0600 Understanding the line between self defense and murder In Minnesota it's legal to own a gun and even shoot an intruder in the name of self-defense but taking the life of another person is a more complicated matter. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Hamline law professor Joseph Olson who has studied self-defense laws and teaches self defense courses, including how to handle a gun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/news/self-defense?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:22:46 -0600 Picking the best local albums of 2012 The Current is conducting an online poll to determine the Top Local Albums of 2012. David Campbell, who hosts The Local Show on the Current, spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the poll and a few of his favorites from the past year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/23/campbell_best?refid=0 Fri, 23 Nov 2012 09:21:27 -0600 Can Best Buy match online prices and remain profitable? In an effort to compete with online merchants over the holidays, Best Buy is now matching the prices that consumers find on the Internet. Joining MPR's Cathy Wurzer to discuss that strategy and the future of Best Buy is Brian Yarbrough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/21/business/best-buy-price-matching?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 09:36:34 -0600 William Alexander: Winning National Book Award 'surreal' William Alexander's debut novel "Goblin Secrets," received the Young People's Literature Prize. The fantasy story is about a boy in search of his brother, set in a world where acting is illegal unless you are a goblin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/16/arts/alexander-goblin-secrets?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 08:45:31 -0600 Hunters asked to look for marijuana growers Wisconsin's gun deer hunting season starts on Saturday and hunters will spot a special request on the last page of their regulations pamphlet. The Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters to keep an eye out for illegal drug operations. David Spakowicz, Division of Criminal Investigation director of field operations for Wisconsin's eastern region, discussed the situation with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/hunter_pot?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 08:54:15 -0600 Rep. Erik Paulsen on avoiding the fiscal cliff The U.S. House Ways and Means committee is a key player in the effort to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen R-Minn. serves on that committee. He spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about his ideas for a compromise solution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/13/paulsen_cliff?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 08:35:00 -0600 Do Republicans need to change how they pick candidates? Republicans are trying to figure out what happened during the election on Tuesday night so they can start regrouping. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/08/politics/seifert-republican-candidates?refid=0 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 08:32:07 -0600 A preview of the Timberwolves basketball season MPR's Cathy Wurzer gets a sneak peek at the Timberwolves season with our favorite basketball analyst Britt Robson who writes about the NBA for SportsIllustrated.com. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/02/news/timberwolves-season-preview-basketball?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 09:58:52 -0500 Hunter looks forward to first wolf hunt One of the people in northern Minnesota who has a license to hunt wolves starting Saturday is Joel Treat. He works as a customs officer in International Falls. Joel spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer what he's expecting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/01/wolf_hunt?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2012 11:58:31 -0500 Understanding the Electoral College University of Minnesota Political Science Professor Kathryn Pearson talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about how the Electoral College could factor into the upcoming Presidential election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/01/pearson_electoral?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2012 09:07:19 -0500 The history of the same-sex marriage debate MPR's Cathy Wurzer speaks with reporter Sasha Aslanian about the history of the same-sex marriage debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/25/history_same_sex_marriage_debate?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 10:09:26 -0500 Author places Paul Wellstone in the 'Social Justice Hall of Fame' The late Minnesota senator's life story is now part of a new book titled, "The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame," by professor Peter Dreier, who teaches politics at Occidental College in Los Angeles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/25/politics/paul-wellstone-social-justice-hall-of-fame?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 06:41:36 -0500 Party leaders push for control of the Minn. Senate Sen. Michelle Fischbach is the chair of the Senate Republican legislative election committee. DFL Sen. Tom Bakk is charged with retaining control of the Minnesota Senate for his party. They spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/17/politics/fischbach-bakk?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:55:50 -0500 Engeldinger's parents torn by son's mental illness, shooting rampage In this second part of an interview with Cathy Wurzer of MPR News, Chuck and Carolyn Engeldinger talk about their son and how they tried to get him help for his mental illness before he opened fire in a workplace shooting rampage last month in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/17/news/engeldinger-parents-part-2?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Engeldinger parents describe their son's struggles with mental illness Many lives changed the afternoon of Sept. 27 at a small but growing Minneapolis business called Accent Signage Systems. An employee, Andrew Engeldinger, had just lost his job, and he responded by opening fire and killing six colleagues. His parents spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/engeldinger_1?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 09:02:10 -0500 A tough weekend for Minnesota sports Howard Sinker, Digital Sports Editor for the Star Tribune, discussed losses by Lynx, Vikings and Gophers with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/15/sinker_sports?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 08:56:37 -0500 ALS leads to a medical leave of absense Bruce Kramer will no longer lead faculty and staff as dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/health/living-with-als-bruce-kramer?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 06:40:43 -0500 Artist encourages others to use his music in their art When Minneapolis songwriter Jeremy Messersmith released his new EP, "Paper Moon," he sent out a Twitter message asking fans to remix it. That's because Messersmith released the new album under a Creative Commons license. The license gives users permission to share creations ranging from software to songs while avoiding standard copyright restrictions around sharing. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Messersmith about his decision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/messersmith_paper?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 07:53:32 -0500 Meteorologist Mark Seeely discusses weather trends University of Minnesota Meteorologist Mark Seeley talks with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the preliminary September weather data and the continuing dry weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/28/news/seeley-weather?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:54:19 -0500 Mayor R.T. Rybak on the shootings in Minneapolis Five people died and four others wounded in the aftermath of a shooting Thursday at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis. Among those killed was the president and founder of the company Reuven Rahamim. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak about the shooting and Rahamim. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/28/rybak_on_shootings?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:18:20 -0500 Lockouts becoming more common in labor disputes Lockouts used to be relatively rare in the United States, tut more than eleven percent of work stoppages last year were lockouts, which is a dramatic increase from two decades ago. Labor expert John Remington of the University of Minnesota spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the trend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/27/lockouts?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:49:42 -0500 Trees in Minnesota are highly stressed by the drought You might have noticed that Minnesota's fall leaves have been less spectacular than usual this year. That's because the extreme drought covering much of the state is also weakening trees in Minnesota's forests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/26/stressed_trees?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 08:44:26 -0500 New Hastings bridge lifted into place Crews have been out all night slowly jacking up a huge slab of concrete and steel into its place as the main span of the new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings. The mayor of Hastings, Paul Hicks, was there overnight and talked to Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about what he saw. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/24/hastings_bridge?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:20:22 -0500 It was a good weekend for Minnesota football fans It's being hailed as the biggest win in a long while for the Minnesota Vikings. Yesterday, the Vikings beat the highly-regarded San Francisco 49s by a score of 24 to 13 at the Metrodome. The Vikings are now 2 and 1 this season after starting last year 0-4. Howard Sinker, Digital Sports Editor for the Star Tribune, discussed the local sports scene with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/24/sinker_sports?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:13:27 -0500 The Current explores the music of Eau Claire Justin Vernon of Bon Iver is just one of many artists to come out of the vibrant Eau Claire music scene, which is the subject of a special edition of The Local Show on our sister station The Current this Sunday. DJ David Campbell discussed the show with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/21/eau-claire?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 09:58:09 -0500 The Wisconsin Senate race is now very close Lee Bergquist, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, discusses the nail-biter race for Wisconsin's open U.S. Senate seat with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/20/wisconsin_senate?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 09:58:29 -0500 What you need to know about Hantavirus The South Dakota health department is warning residents about the spread of the potentially fatal Hantavirus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/hantavirus_minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 09:43:58 -0500 Are election polls accurate? MPR's Cathy Wurzer speaks with Larry Jacobs, who teaches at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Professor Jacobs specializes in elections and voting behavior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/11/politics/election-polls-accuracy-larry-jacobs?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:02:03 -0500 Remembering the Battle of Antietam To discuss the Battle of Antietam, the first fought on northern soil in the Civil War, MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Morning Edition historian, Annette Atkins. Professor Atkins teaches history at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/11/news/annette-atkins-battle-of-antietam?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:52:53 -0500 What to expect from the Vikings this season MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with Howard Sinker, digital sports editor for StarTribune.com, about what we can expect from the Vikings this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/news/vikings-sinker-forecast?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:10:25 -0500 Weekend forecast with Mark Seeley MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with Mark Seeley about this weekend's weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:08:35 -0500 Horse breeders excited by additional purse money at Canterbury Park Cathy Wurzer speaks with Thoroughbred horse breeder Jeff Hilger about what additional money from Canterbury Park can do for his operation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/news/canterbury-park-purse-money?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:06:14 -0500 Two Minnesota Olympians reflect on their experience Seventeen Minnesotans made it to the Olympics this year. Two of them, Amanda Smock and Susie Scanlan, spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/06/minnesota_olympians?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 07:39:54 -0500 The seasons and ALS both work their changes Bruce Kramer's legs no longer serve him. Seemingly simple tasks have become almost impossible for him to complete without help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/20/health/living-with-als-bruce-kramer?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 06:10:48 -0500 The Chairman of the Mdewakanton Sioux talks about his community Stanley Crooks, Chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community talks with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the war's legacy and the future of his people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/17/crooks_future?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 08:17:19 -0500 Stanley Crooks: Mdewakanton were divided over US-Dakota War MPR News has been marking the 150th anniversary of the US-Dakota War of 1862 by speaking with various people about the implications of the conflict. Stanley Crooks, chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux community, spoke with Cathy Wurzer of Morning Edition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/15/human-interest/dakota-war-stanley-crooks?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 06:20:34 -0500 European settlers caught in the middle of the US-Dakota War This week marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the US-Dakota War of 1862. Historian Annette Atkins from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's Univeristy talks with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the white settlers who found themselves caught between government corruption and desperate Indians. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/15/dakota_settlers?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 07:39:47 -0500 President Lincoln's role in the US-Dakota War of 1862 The conflict between the Dakota people and European settlers had been building long before the first shots were fired in the Dakota War. Dave Nichols, author of 'Lincoln and the Indians,' discussed this chapter in history with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/14/lincoln_indians?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 08:47:39 -0500 Is it possible to reverse global warming? July was the 10th straight month that the average temperature in Minnesota was above normal. Is this a preview of the type of weather that will be normal in the future? Is there anything that can be done to reverse the trend? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/13/reverse_warming?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 08:27:55 -0500 State employee labor contracts hit turbulence at the Capitol A Minnesota House-Senate subcommittee meets today to discuss state employee labor contracts negotiated by the Dayton administration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/09/news/state-labor-contracts?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 11:23:47 -0500 State senator says special session bill to be limited to flood victims There will be a joint House-Senate hearing today at the Minnesota State Capitol to discuss a flood relief package for northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/07/gimse?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 08:58:59 -0500 Minnesota wrestlers in action at the Olympics Chas Betts of St. Michael, Minnesota will soon compete in the Greco Roman wrestling competition at the Olympics in London. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/06/news/minnesota-wrestlers-olympics?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 11:11:41 -0500 Drought hurting organic farmer's bottom line Drought conditions continue to challenge farmers in some parts of Minnesota. Many farmers are losing crops and coping with higher-than-usual irrigation costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/06/news/drought-organic-farmers?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 10:54:39 -0500 Do cities change the weather? How storms behave when they interact with a city is the subject of a new NASA-funded study. The project will explore how things like buildings and urban pollution can alter a storm's intensity and direction. Cities in the Great Plains, including Minneapolis and St. Paul, will be observed by a team of researchers from around the Midwest. One member of the team is University of Minnesota professor Laura Musacchio. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dr. Musacchio, who's a landscape ecologist, and who will help translate the conclusions the scientists make into useful planning for cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/03/weathercities?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 09:30:27 -0500 Meteorologist Edwards says just how hot July was in Minnesota Meteorologist Craig Edwards filled in for climatologist Mark Seeley for the weather on Friday. MPR's Cathy Wurzer and Edwards spoke about the second warmest July in much of Minnesota ever. He also says it looks like temperatures will be above normal in August. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/03/edwards?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 09:27:49 -0500 David Campbell tells us what's happening on the local music scene David Campbell, host of The Local Show on The Current, talks with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about what's new on the local music scene. He tells us about 18-year-old John Mark Nelson who has a new record coming out this month. Plus Grant Cutler and Abby Wolf have teamed up to form the new group Wolf Lords. They play tonight at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/03/campbell_music?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 08:07:41 -0500 Mixed results for Minnesota athletes at the Olympics so far MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, who's covering the London Olympics with a particular emphasis on Minnesota athletes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/31/blount-minnesotans-olympics?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:53:27 -0500 Anti-bullying task force member answers questions about recommendations A task force charged with examining the state's policy on bullying has finished its work. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with task force co-chair Walter Roberts, who's also a professor of counseling at Minnesota State in Mankato. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/31/bullying-task-force?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:51:44 -0500 Best Buy founder faces big hurdles in a takeover It appears Best Buy founder Richard Schulze is continuing his effort to buy back that company. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with financial analyst R.J. Hottovy, who follows Best Buy for Morningstar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/31/best-buy?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:49:56 -0500 FEMA official explains denial for flood damage aid In it's announcement yesterday, FEMA said that "damage to dwellings was not of such severity and magnitude as to warrant the implementation of individual assistance." FEMA spokesperson Richard Gifford discussed the decision with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/26/fema_aid?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:27:48 -0500 Bachmann's comments draw criticism from family of a McCarthy target The controversy over Rep. Michele Bachmann's claims that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the U.S. government continues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/26/tilsen_mccarthyism?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:05:45 -0500 Professor calls for flood mitigation in Duluth In the aftermath of the Duluth flood disaster, officials are rebuilding ruined streets and other infrastructure, but a University of Minnesota Duluth professor sees an opportunity for his community to rebuild more than roads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/24/flood_mitigation?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:32:17 -0500 Climatologist Seeley talks about the latest climate forecast MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the climate outlook for temperatures and preciptition in August and September. He says it looks like warmer than normal temperatures will continue for the entire state. The southeastern part of Minnesota is forecast to be dryer than normal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/20/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:05:42 -0500 The push to develop drought-resistant crops The lead researcher on this project at the is Dan Voytas of the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences talks about his research with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/18/drought_resistant?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 08:49:18 -0500 DNR: Warm weather is stressing fish in Minnesota lakes The hot weather this summer is having a big impact on the lakes in our region. Don Pereira of the Fisheries Research Policy Manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources talked about the issue with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/17/warm_lakes?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:42:09 -0500 Managing ALS along with the stress of caregiving As ALS slowly saps Bruce Kramer's health, both he and his wife, Ev, are learning how to help him manage the disease -- and the unknown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/28/health/living-with-als-part-6-caregiving?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2012 06:00:00 -0500 MN Gov. Ramsey a controversial leader before war in 1862 On Saturday, an exhibit about the war opens at the Minnesota History Center in downtown St. Paul. Annette Atkins, who teaches history at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, joins us to discuss the exhibit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/28/atkins?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:01:37 -0500 Several state parks are still closed because of flood damage Cheri Zeppelin, DNR information officer for the northeast region, tells Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer how the flood has impacted Minnesota state parks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/21/parks_closed?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:54:03 -0500 Q&A: Lake Superior Zoo sustains damage in flood Two seals escaped from the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth early this morning and 11 barnyard animals drowned after heavy rains flooded the facility and surrounding areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/20/disaster/duluth-zoo-q-and-a?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2012 15:28:29 -0500 After flood, zoo animals escape; some perish Two seals escaped from the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth early this morning after heavy rains flooded the facility and surrounding areas. The zoo's polar bear, Berlin, also escaped from her exhibit area, but was returned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/20/weather/duluth-zoo-floods?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2012 09:53:03 -0500 With ALS at semester's end, a teaching career reframed It's summer. School's out. Graduates have been urged to step out into the world. Teachers, including Bruce Kramer, tend to look back on the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/19/bruce-kramer-als-classroom?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2012 06:00:32 -0500 How will the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act affect Minnesota? The Supreme Court could rule as soon as today on the fate of the country's new health care law. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with two state lawmakers about how the ruling could affect the delivery of health care in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/18/health_care?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 08:30:51 -0500 More drownings in Minnesota this year So far this year, five people have died while boating on Minnesota waterways and 19 people have drowned in non-boating related incidents. Tim Smalley, boat and water safety specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, talked about the trend with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/13/drowning?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2012 08:55:31 -0500 Harness track opposes deal between Canterbury Park and Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community The Minnesota Racing Commission will hold a special meeting this afternoon to consider a proposed agreement that would send millions of dollars to the state's horse racing industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/13/casino_deal?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2012 08:46:54 -0500 Two Minnesota men set a world record playing Strat-O-Matic Baseball Two Minnesota men now hold the world record for consecutive hours playing a board game. They spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the achievement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/11/strat_record?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 08:53:08 -0500 Next step unclear after Schulze leaves Best Buy early The founder and outgoing chairman of Best Buy is resigning from the company's board sooner than expected. That decision has many analysts, shareholders and Best Buy employees wondering what happens next. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/08/davidowitz?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 08:31:49 -0500 Wisconsin's recall election in context Wisconsin voters are in the national spotlight today, after their governor, Scott Walker, survived a high profile recall election. Joshua Spivak, author of The Recall Elections Blog, discussed the history of recall laws in Wisconsin with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/05/spivak?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 07:45:31 -0500 Stargazers prepared to watch once-in-a-lifetime transit of Venus Stargazers around the world are setting up special telescopes and passing out cardboard eclipse glasses to view the once-in-a-lifetime celestial cameo of Venus passing in front of the sun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/05/venus?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 08:41:32 -0500 Twins hope to draft elite player The Minnesota Twins will have the second overall pick in the amateur player draft which begins Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/04/sinker-twins-draft?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 09:47:01 -0500 Wis. recall 'just a question of how many people vote' Months of campaigning to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker comes to an end today, as voters prepare to head to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to unseat a mid-term governor for the third time in the nation's history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/04/kraus?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 08:44:24 -0500 'A New Deal for Artists' offers a fresh look at the Great Depression A new exhibit at the Minnesota History Center offers a fresh look at America during the Great Depression. "1934: A New Deal for Artists" features 56 paintings created as part of the Public Works Art Project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/31/newdealart?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Future of Sartell paper remains unclear after fire The future of a paper mill in the central Minnesota town of Sartell is unclear after a fire broke out Monday, killing one person and injuring four others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/30/sartellmayor?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2012 08:54:27 -0500 Speculation high about Mitt Romney running mate Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is being mentioned as a possible running mate for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romeny, even though Pawlenty said recently that he wasn't interested. MPR's Cathy Wuzer talked with former Republican Congressman Vin Weber, a Pawlenty supporter, about the process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/25/weber?refid=0 Fri, 25 May 2012 07:47:54 -0500 Fate of Vikings stadium rests with Minneapolis City Council The Minneapolis City Council on Thursday is scheduled to take the first of two votes that would green light the city's share of financing a new, billion-dollar home for the Minnesota Vikings on thes site of the Metrodome downtown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/24/stadium?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2012 08:05:37 -0500 Remembering some of Duluth's lost architecture Architectural historians will tell you that Minneapolis has torn down a number of lovely historic buildings over the decades. In Duluth many historic buildings have also fallen victim to fire or the wrecking ball. There's a new book that celebrates the Twin Ports buildings that have been lost to time called "Lost Duluth." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/17/lost_duluth?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2012 08:49:03 -0500 Mayo Alzheimer's expert lauds new federal initiative Dr. Ronald Peterson acknowledged that the 13-year deadline may seem short for an affliction that, at least for now, has no proven treatment. But he says that the goal will invigorate research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/16/mayo-alzheimers-expert-lauds-new-federal-initiative?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2012 08:16:41 -0500 Best Buy scandal brings lessons about corporate governance Best Buy founder Richard Schulze is stepping down as chairman after an investigation found Schulze did not disclose allegations the company's CEO was having an improper relationship with a female employee. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Harvard professor Bill George about corporate governance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/15/billgeorge?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2012 07:37:59 -0500 Minneapolis mayor happy with final stadium deal, predicts City Council approval Speaking with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer on Thursday, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said the compromise Vikings stadium bill headed for a Thursday vote in the state Senate will also win passage in the Minneapolis City Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/10/rybak_stadium?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2012 07:56:17 -0500 Stadium bills rely in part on new gambling revenue The bill that has passed the Minnesota House and Senate funds a Vikings stadium in part through new revenue expected to be generated by electronic pull tab gambling and electronic linked bingo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/gambling?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 09:45:33 -0500 Minnesota Senate debates the Vikings stadium bill The proposal for a new publicly-subsidized stadium for the Minnesota Vikings is still alive. The Minnesota House passed the measure last night on a 73 to 58 vote. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer discussed the legislation with two Senators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/08/senate_stadium?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 08:01:33 -0500 Jury deliberates the fate of Amy Senser The jury in the Amy Senser hit and run trial is expected to resume its deliberations later this morning. Senser has been charged with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide in a crash that killed 38-year-old Anousone Phanthavong last August as he stood next to his stalled car on the side of a freeway exit ramp. The wife of former Viking Joe Senser testified that she didn't know she had struck someone. To get a conviction on the first felony count, the prosecution had to prove that Senser did know she hit someone. To get a conviction on the second count, the prosecution needed to prove that not only did she know it, but she also failed to report it as soon as reasonably possible. Joe Tamburino is a Minneapolis defense attorney who has practiced in criminal law for almost 20 years. He has tried over 70 jury trials. He was in the courtroom for some of the Senser trial, and he discussed the case with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/02/senser_analysis?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2012 08:47:05 -0500 Republicans introduce a new Vikings stadium funding proposal Republicans at the Legislature are taking a different approach to financing a Vikings stadium. On Tuesday, they threw a monkey wrench into the month's long negotiations between the team, the governor, the city of Minneapolis and a bipartisan group of legislators. They announced their own plan that is radically different from the one being talked about at the Capitol for months. Tom Scheck discussed the proposal with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/02/stadium_plan?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2012 08:38:20 -0500 As his ALS weakens him, it forces Bruce Kramer to move house Let's face it. Moving is no picnic. Packing boxes and physically moving them from place to place is tough task. Now, consider the difficulty if your mobility is limited. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/bruce-kramer?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Mayo: Exercise, computer use may stem memory loss in seniors A new study suggests that combining computer use with moderate exercise late in life may decrease the odds of memory loss. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/memory?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 09:03:48 -0500 Expanded gambling bill awaits vote in Legislature Officials at Canterbury Park say a bill moving through the Legislature to expand gambling in the state will also help the sport of horse racing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/expanded-gambling?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:11:46 -0500 Future of stadium bill, bonding bill uncertain at State Capitol Republican legislative leaders had hoped that Monday would be the last day of the 2012 Legislative session, but now they say they're no longer sure they'll meet that goal. They want to act on a tax bill and a bonding bill, but are also under pressure to vote on a new Vikings football stadium. MPR Capitol reporter Tim Pugmire talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:09:51 -0500 Vikings stadium has air of inevitability at the Capitol Just a week after the Vikings stadium proposal appeared to be dead, it's back and nearing full votes in the House and Senate. DFLer Ryan Winkler tells Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer about why the stadium bill has been revived. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/25/winkler_stadium?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 08:38:22 -0500 University of Minnesota researcher rescues valuable tissue samples Thanks in part to a professor at the University of Minnesota, tissue samples gathered decades ago are being used today for important medical research. A new DNA analysis process called polymerase chain reaction is revealing new information about infectious diseases. For example, scientists have learned new things about Hepatitis C by analyzing blood serum that was collected from airmen during the Korean War. It's likely that blood serum would have been destroyed if it wasn't for the efforts of Dr. Edward Kaplan. He's a professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at the University of Minnesota. He told MPR's Cathy Wurzer that when he found out about the serum samples, being stored in Cleveland, he came up with an innovative and inexpensive way to get them delivered to the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/25/kaplan_tissue?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 08:15:03 -0500 DNR official: Walleye opener date won't change A proposal to move up Minnesota's walleye fishing opener by a week is expected to be voted down today in the state senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/confused_fish?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:01:09 -0500 How the weather goes from tornadoes to snow On Sunday, warm, moist air helped create a series of tornadoes in central Minnesota. On Monday, much of the state is getting snow. Tony Zaleski of the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service talks to Cathy Wurzer about why this dramatic shift is happening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/zaleski_weather?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 08:36:04 -0500 Mark Seeley on frosty spring temperatures Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota climatologist and meteorologist Mark Seeley about recent hard freezes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/13/mark-seeley-frost?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 10:39:58 -0500 Minnesota has high-purity, low-cost heroin Cathy Wurzer talks with Minnesota's drug abuse strategy officer about the growing number of young people using heroin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/13/carol-falksowski-heroin?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 10:06:03 -0500 'From Fields to Fairways' tracks early Minnesota golf There are nearly 600 golf courses in Minnesota, several of them -- Interlachen, Hazeltine, Woodhill -- with celebrated status. Those courses, along with a number of other private clubs, are profiled in a new book "From Fields to Fairways" from the University of Minnesota Press. It's an exhaustive history of rare photos and little known details of some of Minnesota's most beautiful and exclusive golf courses and how they helped spur development of the state's many public courses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/12/from-fields-to-fairways?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 06:30:00 -0500 Former state senator says state funding makes Vikings stadium debate different Cathy Wurzer talks with the chief author of a 2006 Twins stadium bill about how it differs from a current Vikings stadium bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/11/steve_kelly_vikings_stadium?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:29:06 -0500 What Best Buy needs in a future CEO Cathy Wurzer talks with retail analyst Anne Morriss about the challenges for a new Best Buy CEO. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/11/best_buy_anne_morriss?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:25:42 -0500 MPR's Dan Gunderson checks in from northwest Minnesota Cathy Wurzer checks in with MPR reporter Dan Gunderson about the latest news out of northwest Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/11/dan_gunderson_reporter_debrief?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:19:50 -0500 Apple orchard uses helicopters to help save crop Cathy Wurzer talks with Afton Apple Orchard's Michael Fleming. The farm is working to save its apple crop from frosty weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/11/apple_crop_michael_fleming?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:10:26 -0500 U of M professor says frosty weather damages fruit trees Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota horticultural science professor Mary Meyer about the effect of cold weather on area plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/10/mary_meyer_frost_plants?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 10:01:56 -0500 Should journalists sign petitions? Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota professor Jane Kirtley about the ethics of Wisconsin journalists signing recall petitions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/09/kirtley_journalism_ethics?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 10:19:51 -0500 Vizenor says White Earth Nation 'has the ability' to help fund Vikings stadium MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with White Earth tribal nation chairperson Erma Vizenor about a proposal to help fund a possible Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/06/erma_vizenor_stadium?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 10:06:00 -0500 Mark Seeley on warm April weather MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota climatologist and meteorologist Mark Seeley about Minnesota's warm spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/06/seeley_weather?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 10:03:19 -0500 MPR's Liz Baier checks in from southeastern Minnesota Cathy Wurzer talks with reporter Elizabeth Baier about the latest news out of southeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/liz_baier_regional_news?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 10:55:32 -0500 How higher blend ethanol affects a car's engine Cathy Wurzer talks with Bruce Jones, the co-director of the Minnesota Center for Automotive Research at Minnesota State University in Mankato. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/bruce_jones_ethanol?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 10:49:16 -0500 MPR's Tim Nelson on Vikings stadium developments Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR's Tim Nelson about legislative developments in negotiations over a Vikings stadium plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/tim-nelson-vikings?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 10:13:45 -0500 Writer travels Europe with a 1963 guidebook Cathy Wurzer talks with Minneapolis writer Doug Mack. His new book, "Europe on Five Wrong Turns a Day" chronicles his travels through Europe with a 1963 Frommer's guide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/doug_mack_europe?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 10:06:48 -0500 A March for the record books What a month! More temperature records were broken this month than in any month since the Dust Bowl Era of the 1930s. Within the United States it is estimated that over 6,500 daily high temperature records were set or tied during the month of March. Across Minnesota climate stations 424 new daily high temperature records were set and 327 new daily warm low temperature records were set in March, including 8 new statewide daily high temperature records, and for many observers, the earliest date for an 80 degree reading (March 17). In addition many observers reported the highest dewpoints ever measured in the month of March, some even in the 60s. University of Minnesota meteorologist Mark Seeley discusses the weather with Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/seeley_march?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 08:55:41 -0500 Department of Health looking into reports of cancer cases Cathy Wurzer talks with John Soler, a cancer epidemiologist with the Department of Health, about reported cases of cancer in Minnesota communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/29/soler0329?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 08:37:26 -0500 MPR's Conrad Wilson checks in from Collegeville Cathy Wurzer talks with reporter Conrad Wilson about the latest news out of central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/28/conrad0328?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 08:46:53 -0500 Proposed mine would be Minnesota's largest Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota-Duluth professor Jim Miller about the Twin Metals mine proposal near Ely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/28/mine0328?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 08:34:31 -0500 Minneapolis city council member Sandy Colvin Roy supports Vikings stadium bill Cathy Wurzer talks with Minneapolis city council member Sandy Colvin Roy about why she supports the stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/roy0327?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 08:52:37 -0500 U of M professor studies the styles of Supreme Court justices Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota professor Timothy Johnson about how Supreme Court justices react to oral arguments over the nation's health care law at the Supreme Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/johnson0327?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 08:42:05 -0500 Canterbury Park official responds to horse racing safety investigation The horse racing world is buzzing about an exhaustive study of horse breakdowns and jockey injuries detailed in the New York Times. A state by state survey by the Times, this weekend, shows that about 3,600 horses died racing or training at tracks across the country over the past three years. In Minnesota, at Canterbury Park, there were 3.2 incidents per 1,000 starts, that's fewer than most tracks nationwide. The Times investigation also found lax enforcement of horse racing drug rules, with illegal and often legal drugs masking lameness in sore horses. The racing industry pledged to clean up it's act after the televised breakdown of the filly Eight Belles in the 2008 Kentucky Derby. Jeff Maday, a spokesman at Canterbury Park in Minnesota, talked with Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer about the safety of horse racing here in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/26/canterbury_reacts?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:08:40 -0500 Mark Seeley on record-breaking temperatures Cathy Wurzer talks with climatologist Mark Seeley about March's warm weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/23/seeley0323?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 07:46:18 -0500 MPR's Tim Nelson on stalled Vikings stadium bill Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR reporter Tim Nelson about why the Vikings stadium bill hasn't moved forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/23/nelson0323?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 07:39:03 -0500 Clintonville still not sure why 'booming' sounds are happening Cathy Wurzer talks with Clintonville, Wi.city administrator Lisa Kuss about the underground rumbling sounds heard in the area this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/22/clintonville-booming-morning-edition?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:22:11 -0500 MPR's Tom Robertson checks in from Bemidji Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR reporter Tom Robertson about the latest news out of northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/robertson0321?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 10:16:17 -0500 Don Shelby on life lessons learned from basketball Former TV anchor and reporter Don Shelby writes about getting a new pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars in his book "The Season Never Ends - Wins, Losses and the Wisdom of the Court" -- and so much more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/shelby-basketball?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 07:29:19 -0500 Thoroughbred breeders says racino could help a struggling industry Spring is normally a very busy time of year on horse breeding farms, but at one of the largest in Minnesota, life is not as hectic this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/19/horses-racino?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 07:08:00 -0500 History of urban farming in the Twin Cities Cathy Wurzer looks at Minneapolis' agrarian past with Bob Quist of the Minnesota Historical Society. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/19/quist0319?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 10:02:20 -0500 Capitol News Update with MPR's Tim Pugmire Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR's Tim Pugmire about the week ahead at the state capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/19/pugmire0319?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 10:00:16 -0500 State weather record could fall today Cathy Wurzer talks about our record-breaking warm weather with Mark Seeley, a climatologist and meteorologist from the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/16/seeley-warm-weather?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2012 10:16:24 -0500 The Current's Andrea Swensson on SXSW's Minnesota ties Cathy Wurzer talks with The Current's Andrea Swensson from the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/16/andrea-swenson-sxsw?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2012 09:59:26 -0500 Dr. Kristine Yaffe on the latest dementia research Cathy Wurzer talks with Dr. Kristine Yaffe about her research into dementia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/16/yaffe?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2012 08:43:54 -0500 Should public money be used to fund a new stadium? As part of our "One on One" debate series, Cathy Wurzer talks with stadium supporter Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak and the U of M's Art Rolnick, who's critical of the stadium plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/14/debate0315?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 06:30:00 -0500 MPR's Laura Yuen previews "Outsiders" series Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR's Laura Yuen about her series, The Outsiders: Is Minnesota Nice to Newcomers? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/yuen0312?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 09:52:43 -0500 Capitol News Update with MPR's Tim Pugmire Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR's Tim Pugmire about this week's news out of the capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/pugmire0312?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 09:10:51 -0500 Sen. Julie Rosen: 'Best stadium bill ... ever' Cathy Wurzer talks with Republican state Sen. Julie Rosen about the Vikings stadium bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/rosen0312?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 08:48:57 -0500 U of M study: Can rock music make you racist? A University of Minnesota study finds that when people listen to music that is culturally relevant to them, it conjures warm feelings about their own racial or ethnic group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/09/musicracism0309?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 08:58:43 -0600 An ALS patient describes breaking the news with 'The Tell' Bruce Kramer talks about what it's like breaking the news of his disease with family and friends, and how he works against letting the disease define him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/bruce-kramer-als-the-tell?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Sen. Kathy Sheran proposes legislation to prevent future shutdowns Cathy Wurzer talks with Sen. Kathy Sheran about her proposal to stop possible government shutdowns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/shehan0306?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 09:57:11 -0600 UND political scientist says no clear leader in North Dakota Cathy Wurzer talks with University of North Dakota political scientist Mark Jendrysik about Tuesday's caucuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/ndcaucus0306?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 09:48:55 -0600 Little Crow was 'born to be a leader' in the Dakota War of 1862 Cathy Wurzer talks with historian Annette Atkins about the role of Dakota Indian leader Little Crow in the Dakota War of 1862. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/05/littlecrow?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 10:47:04 -0600 MPR's Brett Neely on the politics behind the St. Croix River Bridge bill Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR's Brett Neely about the politics at work in Congress to pass a bill for a new bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/05/neely0305?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 10:09:50 -0600 Capitol News Update with MPR's Tim Pugmire Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR political reporter Tim Pugmire about the latest in Minnesota politics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/05/pugmire0305?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 10:05:41 -0600 Weather with Mark Seeley Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR meteorologist Mark Seeley about our week of wintry weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/02/seeley0302?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 08:56:31 -0600 Upcoming hockey tournament will feature new checking rules Cathy Wurzer talks with Star Tribune sports columnist Rachel Blount about new hockey rules. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/02/blount0302?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 07:42:17 -0600 MPR's Tim Nelson on Vikings stadium deal announcement Cathy Wurzer talks with Tim Nelson about an expected Vikings stadium deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/nelsondebrief0301?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 08:55:45 -0600 Can you avoid fees on Spirit Airlines? Washington Post travel reporter Andrea Sachs recently flew on Spirit Airlines and shares her experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/andreasachs?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 08:48:17 -0600 How Minnesotans survived major winter storms in the 19th Century Weather forecasters gave Minnesotans plenty of warning about the winter storm that's hit almost the entire state. Of course, Minnesotans throughout history developed their own methods for handling severe weather appropriate to their times. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/atkins?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:22:56 -0600 Conflict over moratoriums flares up in southeastern Minnesota On Wednesdays, Morning Edition checks-in with one of our reporters who is based outside the Twin Cities. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Elizabeth Baier in Rochester about a few stories she's covering in southeastern Minnesota. Baier has been following the moratoriums several southeastern Minnesota counties have passed as they figure out how to regulate silica sand mining in the region. Companies are looking at the sand to help in the oil and natural gas industry. But now there are bills in the Minnesota House and Senate that would limit these moratoriums. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/regional?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:20:57 -0600 Q&A: Dayton previews state budget forecast The governor discussed the coming state budget forecast, the castle doctrine bill, a potential change to the way teachers are laid off and progress on a new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/governor-mark-dayton-morning-edition?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 08:15:39 -0600 Capitol News Update with MPR's Tim Pugmire Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR political reporter Tim Pugmire about the latest legislative news out of the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/27/pugmire0227?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:07:53 -0600 MPR's Dan Kraker reports on sexual abuse in Grand Marais Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR's Dan Kraker about his investigative reporting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/27/kraker0227?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:00:52 -0600 Mark Seeley: Snow expected in coming days University of Minnesota meteorologist and climatologist Mark Seeley says this is the snowiest week so far for many parts of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/24/seeley0224?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 10:48:57 -0600 Minot lawyer defends UND's Fighting Sioux nickname Reed Soderstrom chairs the referendum committee that's working to keep the UND "Fighting Sioux" name. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/24/soderstrom0224?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 10:41:51 -0600 Hockey mom Karen Schneider agonizes over youth hockey's safety Writer Karen Schneider penned an article in Sports Illustrated about high school player Jack Jablonski's injury. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/24/schneider0224?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 10:35:18 -0600 Vigil scheduled for NDSU students; Labor rally in Fargo; North Dakota prepares to caucus MPR's Dan Gunderson talks with Cathy Wurzer about the latest news out of the northwest Minnesota area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/22/gunderson0222?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:51:30 -0600 City of Minneapolis investigating broken bridge cables Cathy Wurzer gets an update on the closed Sabo bridge from Mike Kennedy, the director of Transportation, Maintenance, and Repair for the City of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/21/kennedy0221?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:18:18 -0600 Redistricting is 'the essence' of power politics, Hamline professor says Hamline University's David Schultz says redistricting is "the essence of what power politics is all about." Schultz joined MPR's Cathy Wurzer me to talk about the state's redistricting history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/21/redistricting_qa?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 07:22:45 -0600 Redistricting maps to shake up the week at the Capitol Minnesota lawmakers are eagerly awaiting a new map of political boundaries, which is expected to be released this week. The unveiling of the re-districting plan from a court-appointed panel will likely send legislators scrambling to find out what their home districts look like and whether they'll have to face one of their own colleagues when they run for re-election. Sex offender notification and child care unionization could also get plenty of attention this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/20/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 20 Feb 2012 09:01:53 -0600 The Dakota War, and Gov. Henry Sibley in retrospect As we head into the somber commemoration of the Dakota War this year, we thought it appropriate to call in historian Annette Atkins to help us learn more about Gov. Henry Sibley and his times, and the events that laid the groundwork for the war. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/19/sibley-annivesary?refid=0 Mon, 20 Feb 2012 06:30:00 -0600 Bachmann to vote 'no' on extension of payroll tax cut Congress is scheduled to vote today on a bill to extend a payroll tax holiday. Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann tells MPR News she plans to vote "no" on the bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/17/baachmann?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 09:08:15 -0600 Climatologist Seeley talks about snowfall MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about an unusual sight in many parts of Minnesota this winter: snowfall. It happend this week in the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/17/weather?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 09:05:04 -0600 Super PAC strategist says both sides need to play by same rules We're a little more than eight months away from November's presidential election, and already much of the early campaigning has been dominated by third-party groups known as Super PACS. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/16/burton?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 08:43:59 -0600 Ex-Gov. Arne Carlson: State of State speech will impact dynamics at Capitol Tonight, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton will give his second State of the State address to the GOP-controlled Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/15/carlson?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 09:05:44 -0600 Foley exploring options for policing the city Every Wednesday MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with one of our reporters in greater Minnesota to learn about some of the news they're tracking. Today Conrad Wilson joined her from Collegeville. He's been following a story in Foley, Minn. where the city is still without a police force to patrol its streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/15/regional-reporter-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 09:02:20 -0600 Capitol news update with MPR's Tim Pugmire DFL Gov. Mark Dayton prepares to deliver his State of the STate address this week and Republican lawmakers plan to roll out their key job proposals. A look at the latest news out of the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/13/pugmire0213?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 10:22:17 -0600 The Current's Andrea Swensson on Bon Iver's Grammy wins Bon Iver, the Eau Claire, Wisconsin-based band, led by Justin Vernon, won best new artist at the Grammy Awards. Andrea Swensson who writes for the Local Current blog talks with Cathy Wurzer about the group's success. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/13/andreaswensson?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 09:52:09 -0600 Documentary shows how slavery continued after the Civil War On PBS stations around the country viewers are getting a sobering history lesson. It's history you didn't learn in school. We were taught that the enslavement of African-Americans ended with the Civil War. In reality, a new documentary, produced in part here in Minnesota, reveals that a new type of slavery began in the Deep South after the Civil War and persisted all the way through World War Two. "Slavery by Another Name" shows how tens of thousands of African-Americans were imprisoned on trumped-up charges and leased to the owners of factories, farms and mines as slave-laborers. The documentary is based on a Pulitizer Prize winning book written by Douglas Blackmon. Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer discussed the documentary with Blackmon and his co-executive producer Catherine Allan of Twin Cities Public Television. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/13/slavery_documentary?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:56:08 -0600 'Slavery By Another Name' documentary has Minn. connection A new documentary to be broadcast tonight, produced partly in Minnesota, shows how thousands of African Americans were imprisoned on trumped-up charges after the Civil War and leased to the owners of factories, farms and mines as slave laborers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/13/slavery-by-another-name?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:31:32 -0600 Santorum win extends GOP presidential race MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Carlton College political science professor Steven Schier about Rick Santorum's prospects in the GOP nominating race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/08/schier?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2012 09:03:45 -0600 Body-gripping trap users and dog owners clash On Wednesday, we check in with one of our reporters based outside the Twin Cities. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Tom Robertson who's in Bemidji and covers northern Minnesota. He's been following the recent controversy surrounding the use of so-called "body-gripping" traps by trappers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/08/robertson?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2012 09:00:38 -0600 U of M's AD says he wanted to keep his job a bit longer University of Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi will step down from the job this summer. The university announced yesterday that Maturi's last day will be June 30, 2012, when his current contract runs out. After that, he'll remain on staff at the university for another year, as a special assistant to U of M president Eric Kaler. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/03/maturi?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 09:44:57 -0600 Climatologist Seeley on fog in late January MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about more unusual weather this winter, including lots of fog in the past few days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/03/weather?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 09:41:52 -0600 Super Pac money to target Cravaack Every Wednesday we chat with one of our reporters in greater Minnesota to learn about some of the news they're tracking. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Dan Kraker who was in our Duluth bureau. They talked about a Super Pac that's going after Eight District Congressman Rep. Chip Cravaack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/01/duluth?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2012 09:58:15 -0600 Lawmakers focus on privacy of what videos you watch Would you let Netflix post all your DVD rental history on Facebook? Right now, the federal Video Privacy Protection Act keeps companies from publishing those viewing records. But, Congress is looking at an amendment to the 1988 act that would make it easier for companies to share people's movie watching habits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/videoprivacy?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:46:41 -0600 Some key stories from Minnesota Today The limits of free speech are being debated in Little Falls. The mayor of Duluth is getting threatening messages from around the world. And the Fargo Forum is looking at the importance of water to the history of that area. Those are just of the few of the stories you'll find by reading Minnesota Today, a daily guide to what's being reported around the region. You can find it at MPRNews.org. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/olsontoday?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:44:02 -0600 Anderson looks to move on after PUC ouster It looks like Gov. Mark Dayton has a new staff member. Former Public Utilities Commission chair Ellen Anderson says she's going to accept a job with his administration focused on energy issues. Her move comes just a day after Senate Republicans at the State Capitol rejected her confirmation as PUC chair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/andersonnext?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:41:26 -0600 Fight over some gubernatorial appointees looms at the Capitol Pledges of bipartisan cooperation for the 2012 session could get thrown out the window today when the Minnesota Senate takes up the confirmations of four members of DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's cabinet. Republicans appear ready to reject Ellen Anderson as chair of the Public Utilities Commission. And a contentious proposal to require voters to show photo identification at the polls will get attention this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/30/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2012 08:45:29 -0600 Climatologist Seeley reviews a warm January MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about why January was so warm in Minnesota. He also talks about the spring flooding risk, which is down because of a lack of precipitation over the last few months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/27/weather?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 09:19:37 -0600 Redistricting chair hopeful court-drawn boundaries can be avoided As the legislative session gets underway this week, the controversial issue of redistricting looms over many lawmakers. The governor and legislators have until February 21 to decide on new legislative and congressional maps. If they fail, a judicial court panel releases its own plan. And once lawmakers know their future districts, they'll want to begin campaigning for November's election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/redistricting?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 08:49:32 -0600 Next farm bill could include big changes On Wednesday, we check in with one of our reporters who's based outside the Twin Cities to find out what's going on in their part of Minnesota. Today MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Mark Steil in Worthington. One of the stories he's been following is this year's proposed federal farm bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/25/steil2?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 09:17:02 -0600 DFL Rep. Thissen says 2012 sesson focus should be jobs The 2012 legislative session kicks off today. Legislators are back at the Capitol for what's expected to be a short session. But some big topics are expected to be discussed. Those include a possible new Vikings stadium, a slew of constitutional amendments, and contentious redistricting plans. Yesterday on the program we heard from House Speaker Kurt Zellers about Republican priorities for the session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/24/thissen?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 08:45:31 -0600 Speaker Zellers looks ahead to his agenda for Session 2012 Minnesota's 2012 legislative session opens tomorrow. Most of the pre-session talk has been dominated by the back and forth over a possible new Vikings stadium. But the governor's bonding proposal and a number of constitutional amendment proposals are also expected to get serious consideration this session. GOP leaders who control the House and Senate say they plan to push forward an aggressive reform agenda. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/23/zellers?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 09:00:20 -0600 Climatologist Seeley about talks cold and wind chills MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about wind chills, and a lack of snow in some parts of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/20/weather?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 09:08:56 -0600 Basilica rector lays out concerns with Linden Ave. stadium site Gov. Mark Dayton is not choosing a specific Vikings stadium site to endorse at least not yet. However, he says that if certain objections can be overcome, the Linden Avenue site in Minneapolis may offer the most promise. Some of the stiffest objections to the site have come from nearby businesses and members of the Basilica of St. Mary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/19/bauer?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 09:39:43 -0600 Sviggum denies conflict between Senate, U of M duties Former state House Speaker Steve Sviggum says there is no conflict of interest between his new job as a senior legislative staffer and his seat on the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/18/sviggum-denies-conflict-of-interest?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 08:12:59 -0600 Peter Smith: Settling Iron Range disputes Up on the Iron Range, they'll debate just about anything. But the internet is changing how those disputes are settled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/17/petersmith?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2012 09:45:22 -0600 Scholar says we must move beyond celebrations to honor King Penn State professor Kirt Wilson says we need more deliberative, policy-oriented discussions about race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/13/kirtwilson?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jan 2012 07:01:00 -0600 Sen. Norm Coleman on the influence of PACs in politics Sen. Norm Coleman predicts Mitt Romney will be the nominee, and says money always influences races. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/09/coleman?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2012 11:37:03 -0600 Drake University political scientist analyzes Iowa caucuses Goldford says Republicans are desperate to find the right conservative candidate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/09/goldfordme?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2012 11:31:55 -0600 MPR's Catherine Richert on Iowa caucus results MPR's Catherine Richert analyzes caucus results with Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/09/richert?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jan 2012 11:16:59 -0600 Des Moines Register columnist reflects on Iowa caucuses Political columnist Kathie Obradovich covered the Iowa caucuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/04/obradovich?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jan 2012 11:11:20 -0600 Influential Sioux City professor and talk show host backs Santorum Sam Clovis teaches business and economics at Morningside College and hosts a local talk radio show. For the first time, he's endorsed a candidate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/03/clovis?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 10:34:07 -0600 Sioux City Republican backs Bachmann, will vote for Santorum Linda Holub is a Sioux City Republican activist. She says too many of her fellow evangelicals won't support a woman for president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/03/holub?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 10:25:57 -0600 Ninety-one year old Iowa voter likes Bachmann, but remains undecided Sheldon, Iowa voter Bernie Boone remains undecided on caucus day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/03/bernieboone?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 10:10:28 -0600 Iowa pastor urges congregation to choose a "righteous" candidate Marcus Moffitt has been pastor at the Calvary Baptist Church in Sheldon, Iowa for 20 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/03/moffitt?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 10:00:14 -0600 Des Moines Register reporter Jason Noble on Bachmann's final push Cathy Wurzer talks with reporter Jason Noble about Michele Bachmann's campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/03/jasonnoble?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 08:26:26 -0600 Iowa Rep. Steve King talks with Cathy Wurzer U.S. Congressman Steve King is one of Iowa's most influential conservative voices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/03/steveking?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 08:15:36 -0600 Former Iowa House speaker analyzes Republican field Former Iowa House Speaker Chris Rants says GOP presidential candidates are courting voters in northwest Iowa, which is home to that state's strongest conservatives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/30/rants2way?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Gender differences still apparent in campaigns Iowa State professor Dianne Bystrom has studied how female candidates are covered by the media during campaigns, and she says they experience more personal criticisms than male candidates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/29/bystrom2way?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Bachmann's campaign experience differs from past female candidates Journalist Christina Bellantoni talks with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about whether or not anything has changed for female presidential candidates in the past four years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/29/bellantoni2way?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Evangelicals play important role in Iowa caucuses MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with the chair of the religious studies program at Morningside College in Sioux City. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/30/forbes2way?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Iowa presidential dynamics still unsettled on eve of caucuses Tomorrow all political attention will be on Iowa as voters attend caucuses and mark the beginning of the GOP presidential nominating process. The race has seen candidates rising and falling over these past few months including Minnesota congresswoman, Michele Bachmann. Minnesota Public Radio has sent a team of reporters, producers and hosts to Iowa for caucus coverage including Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/02/wurzer2?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jan 2012 09:22:42 -0600 Climatologist Seeley reviews weather extremes in 2011 MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the year in weather in 2011 which included lots of snow in the beginning of the year, high dew points in the summer, a straight-line wind speed record, a dry autumn, and a warm end-of-year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/30/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 30 Dec 2011 08:58:50 -0600 Bachmann Iowa chair defects to Ron Paul Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign enters the home-stretch of the Iowa Caucuses with some bad news. Her state campaign chairman, Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson, has defected to one of her competitors, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio news reporter Mark Zdechlik, who's in Des Moines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/29/zdechlik?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2011 09:18:28 -0600 MPR's Mark Zdechlik follows Michele Bachmann in Iowa A look at Congresswoman Michele Bachmann as she wraps up her bus tour of all 99 Iowa counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/27/zdechlik?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2011 09:52:08 -0600 Britt Robson previews Timberwolves season Sports Illustrated writer Britt Robson previews the Minnesota Timberwolves season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/26/brittrobson?refid=0 Mon, 26 Dec 2011 09:58:44 -0600 DNR warns frozen lakes remain dangerous Typically at this time of year in Minnesota you can count on being able to walk or drive out on our state's frozen lakes and ponds. But not this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/23/icesafety?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2011 10:30:26 -0600 Retail analyst says Best Buy must act quickly to win back customers Best Buy says overwhelming demand for some of its products has forced it to cancel some customers' online orders. Retail analyst, Sucharita Mulpuru, says the company must act quickly to fix its mistakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/23/bestbuy?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2011 10:23:38 -0600 Idaho offers hints at what a Minnesota wolf hunting season would be like The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources could open a wolf hunting season as early as next fall. MPR's Cathy Wurze spoke with John Rachael, who works with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and who manages the wolf hunt there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/22/wolf?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 09:04:32 -0600 Courthouse shooting victims doing better It's Wednesday, when we check in with one of Minnesota Public Radio's reporters outside of the Twin Cities. The big news in northeast Minnesota of course is the shooting that took place in the Cook County courthouse last Thursday. Minnesota Public Radio reporter Dan Kraker was in Grand Marais last week covering the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/21/regionaldebrief?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 09:02:35 -0600 Like Lou Gehrig, Bruce Kramer turns to Mayo Bruce Kramer is being treated for ALS at the Mayo Clinic -- the same clinic where 1930s baseball icon Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with the same disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/16/bruce-kramer-als-part-1?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2011 10:00:00 -0600 Neil Johnson frames the 'Resorts of Minnesota' Author Neil Johnson spent a year traveling around the state visiting resorts and gathering their stories for his book, "Resorts of Minnesota." He says the first resorts opened in Minnesota in the 1870s, but it's hard to pinpoint the state's very first resort. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/14/resorts-of-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 06:00:00 -0600 M.F. Global's missing money affects Minn. farmers On Wednesdays we check in with one of our reporters who's based outside the Twin Cities, to find out what's going on in their part of Minnesota. Today MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with Mark Steil in Worthington. One of the stories he's been following is the fallout for Minnesota from the MF Global bankruptcy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/14/farmers?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 09:04:58 -0600 New coach has Wild on top of NHL The Minnesota Wild will attempt to win their eighth straight road game when they take on the Jets tonight in Winnipeg. The Wild have already set a franchise record by winning seven straight away from home. The Wild have been the surprise team in the NHL this season, compiling the league's best record after missing the playoffs for the last three years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/13/wild?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2011 08:56:40 -0600 Geology and history put fracking sand in southeastern Minnesota Later today in southeastern Minnesota, Winona County will hold two forums on frack sand mining. That might not sound terribly exciting, but the sand mining is a controversial topic in southeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/12/geology?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 09:06:27 -0600 Burning Swede Hollow: Why an immigrant community deliberately went up in flames Fifty-five years ago this coming Sunday, the St. Paul immigrant community known as Swede Hollow went up in flames -- deliberately. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/08/burning-swede-hollow?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 06:00:00 -0600 Post office job cuts could hit in rural Minnesota On Wednesdays we check in with one of our reporters who is based outside the Twin Cities. Today, MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Elizabeth Baier who covers southeastern Minnesota. She's been following a proposal by the U.S. Postal Service to close or reduce operations at five of its Minnesota mail processing centers. The plan isn't final, but many people would lose their jobs around the state if the centers close. Baier spoke from MPR's Rochester bureau about that and other news in that part of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/07/debrief?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 09:23:00 -0600 Minn. health care ratings group plans to examine newly available Medicare data Minnesota Community Measurement President Jim Chase spoke with MPR's Morning Edition about new Medicare information being made available by the health care reform law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/07/medicare-q-and-a?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 09:13:18 -0600 Funding ideas to take center stage at Vikings stadium hearing A pair of Minnesota Senate committees is holding the second of two public hearings to talk about a potential new Minnesota Vikings stadium. Last week's meeting focused on where it might be built. Today, lawmakers will hear about ways to pay for it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/06/stadium?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2011 09:10:30 -0600 Music offers solace to Bruce Kramer's journey with ALS On Dec. 6, 2010, Bruce Kramer was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Since then, his passion for music has lifted his spirits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/05/bruce-kramer-als-part-1?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2011 06:00:00 -0600 Duluth ER doctor disputes notion of 'harmless' synthetic marijuana Duluth emergency room doctors dispute the claim that synthetic drugs are not harmful. They're seeing an increasing number of people show up with serious medical conditions after using synthetic marijuana and synthetic ecstasy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/05/duluth-synthetic-marijuana?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2011 09:56:12 -0600 Climatologist reviews warm and dry November MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the driest November on record in many parts of the state like the Twin Cities. The southern part of Minnesota is in a drought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/02/weather?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 10:57:42 -0600 Surplus shakes up politics at the state Capitol Minnesota's forecast for a revenue surplus is giving state lawmakers new fodder in their battles over taxes and spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/02/surplus?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 10:54:57 -0600 Author explores Minnesota's smallest towns Author Jill Johnson's new book, "Little Minnesota," explores the state's 100 smallest towns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/01/littleminnesota?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 06:00:00 -0600 Fallout from Delta's decision to cut services in rural areas On Wednesday, we check in with one of our reporters who is based outside the Twin Cities. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio news' Tom Robertson who covers northern Minnesota from our Bemidji bureau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/30/airservice?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:57:28 -0600 Sen. Julie Rosen on Vikings stadium hearings The lead author of stadium legislation in the Senate talks about the first of two public hearings over financing a new stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/29/julierosen?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2011 10:58:00 -0600 James Hormel's pioneering journey One of the Hormel heirs, James C. Hormel, didn't stay in the family business. Instead, he made U.S. history by becoming the first openly gay U.S. ambassador. Hormel writes about that in his memoir "Fit to Serve." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/28/hormel_book?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2011 10:17:09 -0600 How retailers lure customers on Black Friday For many shoppers on Black Friday, it's all about prices. For retailers, a lot of strategy goes into setting those prices and using them to lure consumers into their stores. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/23/markbergen?refid=0 Fri, 25 Nov 2011 07:00:00 -0600 Beth Dooley spotlights local, seasonal Thanksgiving fare Local food writer Beth Dooley's new cookbook focuses on helping people eat seasonal foods all year long. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/22/beth-dooley-qa?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2011 06:00:00 -0600 Virginia hospital deal moves forward, rebuilding Babbitt and deer hunting numbers MPR reporter Dan Kraker talks with Cathy Wurzer about the latest news from northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/16/kraker-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 13:03:24 -0600 Update on Vikings Stadium Negotiations The Vikings quest for a new stadium is having about as much luck as its football squad is finding on the field. Just a week from a deadline set last month by Governor Mark Dayton, a deal for a new NFL venue seems as far away as ever. Reporter Tim Nelson covers the stadium battle for MPR and brings us up to date on the latest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/16/stadiumupdate?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 10:52:46 -0600 Twins Concerned About Players in Venezuela The Minnesota Twins currently have two Venezuelan natives on the team-Jose Mijares and Lester Oliveros. Twins president Dave St. Peter says the team has concerns about their safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/15/twins-players-venezuela?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2011 11:13:53 -0600 Mayo Clinic psychologist: Coaches, parents, athletes can protect against abuse After a week of disturbing allegations within the Penn State football program, a Mayo Clinic psychologist says there are steps coaches, parents and athletes can take to protect themselves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/14/mayo-protect-athletes-against-sexual-abuse?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 08:42:57 -0600 Documentary Explores History of North Minneapolis A new documentary about a unique Minnesota community airs Sunday on Twin Cities Public Television. "Cornerstones: a History of North Minneapolis" explores the people and places that shaped the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/11/northsidedocumentary?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 12:24:09 -0600 Veterans museum shares soldiers' stories in their own words On this Veterans' Day we travel to Perham, Minn. The small town just off Highway 10, near Detroit Lakes, is home to the "In Their Own Words" Veterans Museum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/11/veteransmuseum?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 11:11:48 -0600 Senator Klobuchar backs St. Croix bridge bill Sen. Amy Klobuchar's bill to build a new bridge over the St. Croix River may take an important step forward today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/10/klobuchar_bridge?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2011 08:02:06 -0600 State may sell or trade land in the BWCAW After years of stalemate, talks are beginning again over a possible deal to swap and sell state lands within the federal Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/08/bwca_sale?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2011 08:46:51 -0600 Sand mining the target of some ire On Wednesdays, we check in with one of our reporters who is based outside the Twin Cities. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Elizabeth Baier in Rochester who covers southeastern Minnesota. One of the stories she's tracking is the growing interest in the controversial practice of silica sand mining. Near Chatfield, the Elmira township held a meeting last night to consider a sand mining proposal, and to the east, county commissioners in Winona County are considering whether to temporarily stop sand mining operations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/02/baier?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2011 09:22:12 -0500 Indian Gaming Association neutral on plan to fund Vikings stadium with electronic pull tabs One remaining option to fund a new Vikings stadium is to expand gambling, which doesn't sit well with Minnesota's Indian Gaming Association. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/02/gaming_stadium?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2011 08:17:03 -0500 Clock ticking on a Vikings stadium Gov. Mark Dayton says he wants viable plans for a new Minnesota Viking stadium on his desk this week, so he can make a recommendation on a new NFL venue next week. That's ahead of a special session he's offered to call the week of Thanksgiving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/31/stadium?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 09:01:47 -0500 Expert: Flu vaccine still has value despite new study Flu season is here. You've seen vaccination signs everywhere from the drug store to the grocery store. But now you're wondering what to do after hearing the news that the flu vaccine is not as effective as previously thought. If you missed it, a new study out Tuesday found that flu vaccines provide only moderate protection against influenza. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/26/vaccinevalid?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 09:14:38 -0500 A new deadline is made on American Crystal Sugar lockout MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with northwestern Minnesota reporter Dan Gunderson about the 3-month-old labor dispute at American Crystal Sugar and the oil boom in neighboring North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/26/gunderson?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 09:11:57 -0500 New help for underwater mortgage holders About 16-percent of all mortgages in Minnesota are underwater, according to the national research firm CoreLogic. That means close to 95,000 Minnesotans owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. President Obama is establishing new rules to help underwater homeowners refinance their mortgages. Commissioner Mary Tingerthal of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer about the program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/refinance_program?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 07:34:15 -0500 For women professional basketball is year round Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen is recovering from ankle surgery. Whalen says she had minor surgery to clean out the ankle shortly after her team won the WNBA Championship a few weeks ago. Her recovery will delay the start of her season in the women's Euro-league by about six weeks. She plays for Prague and competes against lots of other WNBA stars who play all over Europe. Whalen tells Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer that being in the WNBA and the Euro-league means playing basketball pretty much year round. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/24/whalen_europe?refid=0 Mon, 24 Oct 2011 07:51:12 -0500 Border crossing building picks up support On Wednesdays, Morning Edition checks in with an MPR reporter who is based outside the Twin Cities. Today, Tom Robertson, who covers northern Minnesota out of our Bemidji bureau, talked about a story he's tracking. It's happening in International Falls where local officials are throwing support behind a proposed new border crossing facility on the Rainy River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/19/robertson?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 08:52:00 -0500 October is unseasonably warm so far Many Minnesota weather observers have reported the warmest first two weeks of October, averaging from 12 to 14 degrees warmer than normal. University of Minnesota meteorologist Mark Seeley talks about the warm weather with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/14/seeley_weather?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2011 10:22:49 -0500 'The 1968 Exhibit' recreates tumultuous times, from Tet to Nixon January 1968 ushered in a tumultuous year in American history, one in which the Tet Offensive began in Vietnam, Johnny Cash performed at Folsom Prison, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated and Richard Nixon was elected president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/12/the-1968-exhibit?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:54:46 -0500 Pagami fire costs going up On Wednesdays, we check in with one of our reporters based outside the Twin Cities to find out what's going on in that part of Minnesota. For the past several weeks our Duluth reporter Dan Kraker has been covering the Pagami Creek Fire, still burning in the Boundary Waters. He's also gearing up for a royal visit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/12/kraker?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 09:40:24 -0500 Religious leaders debate political endorsements Two Minnesota pastors debate whether they should be in the business of political endorsements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/30/pastors-pulpit-politics?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 07:00:00 -0500 Should in-home daycare providers be unionized? Two committees in Minnesota's Republican-controlled state Senate hold a joint hearing tonight looking at an effort to unionize Minnesota's in-home daycare providers. DFL Governor Mark Dayton says he's considering whether to authorize providers to vote on forming such a union. Two in-home child care providers debate the issue with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer as part of our One on One series. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/22/daycare_union?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 08:54:52 -0500 Firefighters gain some ground with help from rain Firefighters are optimistic that the wet weather will continue to help contain their battle against a Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness wildfire that as already burned about 147 square miles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/pagamikraker?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 08:42:12 -0500 Senser case hits a nerve Amy Senser, the wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser, is facing charges of criminal vehicular homicide. Senser is accused of hitting Anousone Phanthavong with her car and killing him on the night of August 23. The complaint also says she left the scene of the accident. The charges were announced yesterday in Hennepin County Court. Senser is free on $150,000 bail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/16/collins?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2011 09:07:16 -0500 Boundary Waters fire a positive for ecology It's the biggest fire the Boundary Waters have seen in more than a century. But historically, big forest fires used to be commonplace in that area. In fact, they're part of a natural process that rejuvenates the ecosystem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/15/ecology-of-pagami-creek-bwca-fire?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 10:58:55 -0500 Gopher football coach recovering from seizure University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill is still in a Twin Cities hospital. Phil Miller, who covers the Gophers for the Star Tribune, talked about Kill's situation with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/12/kill_seizure?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 08:43:41 -0500 Morning Edition: Twin Cities hip-hop artist Brother Ali speaks with MPR Twin Cities hip-hop artist Brother Ali is one of several musicians who will perform at Minnesotans Standing Together. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/09/morning-edition-brother-ali?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2011 18:07:43 -0500 Climatologist talks fall color outlook MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley talks about some frost earlier this week in northern Minnesota, and also the high potential for excellent fall colors in the state this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/09/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2011 09:21:07 -0500 Religous leader talks about 9/11 and an upcoming ceremony marking 10 years This Sunday is the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America. Events commemorating the anniversary will be held around the country, including here in Minnesota. On Sunday at 2 p.m. on the state Capitol mall in St. Paul, there will be a ceremony organized by a broad coalition of religious organizations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/09/ceremony?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2011 09:19:27 -0500 Minnesota congressional delegation has mixed reaction to Obama speech Pass this jobs bill. That was President Barack Obama's call to Congress last night after he laid out his nearly $450 billion plan to kick start the economy and spur job growth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/09/obamareax?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2011 09:18:00 -0500 Life as a new Union soldier in the Civil War It's been 150 years since Edward Bassett send a letter from a field in Maryland to his family. He was serving in the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry unit during the Civil War. This year marks 150 years since the beginning of the war. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/08/civilwar?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 10:53:39 -0500 Morning Edition: The Civil War through the eyes of Minnesotans Marking the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Morning Edition speaks with historian Annette Atkins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/07/morning-edition-the-civil-war-through-the-eyes-of-minnesotans?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Gov. Pawlenty emerges on the Colbert Report Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has kept a low profile since dropping out of the GOP presidential race. Last night, he appeared on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." In an excerpt from the show, Pawlenty talked about his decision to leave the race after the Republican straw poll in Ames, Iowa last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/07/pawlenty?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 09:08:33 -0500 Sugarbeet harvest ramps up without union workers Replacement workers at American Crystal Sugar face a big test tomorrow because the sugarbeet harvest is now underway. Tomorrow, the company starts its five factories in the Red River Valley with replacement workers because 1,300 union workers are still locked out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/07/gunderson?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 09:06:42 -0500 Cathy Wurzer plays Midway games at the fair MPR's Cathy Wurzer visits the Minnesota State Fair in her quest to win a stuffed animal in one of the Midway games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/04/wurzer-midway-games?refid=0 Mon, 05 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 September's heat blast won't last September began with a blast of heat. Many parts of the state saw temperatures over 90 degrees. But a cold front is coming fast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/02/septembers-hot-flash-wont-last?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2011 09:18:48 -0500 Encounters between bears and people on the rise The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning people in the Ely area to take precautions against attracting bears. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/31/bear_human?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 08:53:54 -0500 Minneapolis students head back to school It's the first day of school for 29,000 students in Minnesota's 3rd largest school district. Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about her goals for the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/29/minneapolis-students-head-back-to-school?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 08:23:22 -0500 Auto magnate Sam Pandolfo's remains return to St. Cloud Sam Pandolfo, the man who tried to make St. Cloud a mecca of automobile manufacturing during the early 1900s, is coming home this weekend. But he's been dead for more than 50 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/18/auto-magnates-remains-return-to-st-cloud?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:51:30 -0500 Guthrie gives 'Pinafore' a modern twist You might wonder what Gilbert and Sullivan would say if they were alive to see the new production of "H.M.S. Pinafore" currently playing at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. The operetta premiered in London in 1878, but the Guthrie's version has a distinctly modern flavor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/15/guthrie-gives-pinafore-a-modern-twist?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Iowa straw poll voters discuss Pawlenty and Bachmann Two Republican voters from Iowa discuss last night's debate with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/12/bachmann-pawlenty-voters?refid=0 Fri, 12 Aug 2011 08:35:34 -0500 Analysis of Wisconsin recall elections Democrats in Wisconsin did not win enough seats in recall elections Tuesday to take over the state senate. Democrats picked up two seats, but needed three. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/heim?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 11:24:03 -0500 Evangelist a big influence on Bachmann A profile in the New Yorker magazine of Republican presidential candidate and 6th District Rep. Michelle Bachmann explores some of the key things she's read or saw which shaped her political philosophy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/new-yorker-bachmann?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:52:10 -0500 Sanford hospital labor dispute dragging on There's still no progress in the labor dispute between Sanford Bemidji Hospital and about 230 of its registered nurses. Last month the nurses voted to reject Sanford's contract offer and instead authorize a strike. Now, officials with the Minnesota Nurses Association union say they're planning an informational picket for August 17. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/robertson?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:50:23 -0500 State parks budget whacked twice Minnesota's State Parks officials are starting to figure out how they'll deal with the double whammy their budget took from the government shutdown and the state budget deal that ended it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/09/parks?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 11:04:07 -0500 U.S. debt downgrade to hit Minnesota The downgrade of federal debt is expected to trickle down through Minnesota's economy in coming weeks, but no one knows for sure what that will look like. We already know that some of the state's flagship companies have taken a hit -- SuperValu and Ameriprise Financial lost more than 12 percent in the stock market yesterday. And more uncertainty lies ahead for the public and private sector. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/09/debt-downgrade-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 11:01:59 -0500 A look behind the jobs numbers The Labor Department reported today that the U.S. economy added 117,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate went down to 9.1 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/05/farrell?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2011 10:27:42 -0500 Feds cut loan subsidies for grad students The debt ceiling deal in Washington included a provision to cut funding for many graduate students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/04/friedrich?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 11:03:37 -0500 Fighting Sioux debate coming to a head The lockout continues at American Crystal Sugar company. About 1,300 workers were locked out on Monday after they rejected a final contract offer from the company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/03/gunderson?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2011 10:50:23 -0500 American Crystal Sugar locks out workers American Crystal Sugar workers are locked out as of today. They rejected a proposed contract over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/01/gunderson?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 09:05:09 -0500 Where Minnesota's delegation stands on the debt deal MPR Washington Correspondent Brett Neely briefs Cathy Wurzer on how Minnesota's members of Congress plan to vote on the deal to raise the debt ceiling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/01/where-minnesotas-delegation-stands-on-the-debt-deal?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 08:22:02 -0500 Cravaack in the spotlight on key debt limit bill Republican House Speaker John Boehner is still looking for enough votes to pass his latest bill to raise the federal debt limit. Minnesota Republican congressman Chip Cravaack was lobbied much of yesterday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/29/neely?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2011 09:27:41 -0500 Report: Property taxes to go up most in south-central Minnesota It's been a week since a new budget was signed into law for the state of Minnesota, and we're still looking at how that budget is being implemented. Cities and counties around Minnesota predict property tax hikes and service cuts, because of the new state budget. The budget freezes state aid to local governments - locking in for the next two years cuts made during the Pawlenty administration. A report from the State House research department estimates those local governments together will raise property taxes by some $376 million as a result. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/27/steil?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2011 10:48:41 -0500 Paulsen, Ellison discuss debt ceiling With just over a week to go before the U.S. government hits its debt limit, U.S. Reps. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., and Keith Ellison, D-Minn., offer their perspectives on raising the debt ceiling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/25/paulsen-ellison-discuss-debt-ceiling?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 08:10:14 -0500 Mark Seeley talks about the recent heatwave, looks ahead to tomorrow's storms This week's weather broke a lot of records around the state. MPR meteorologist Mark Seeley looks back on the heat wave, and ahead to severe weather expected tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/22/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2011 10:58:50 -0500 Civil rights groups weigh in on school district's sexual orientation policies Two national civil rights groups will hold a news conference today to talk about the Anoka-Hennepin school district's sexual orientation policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/dunbar-school-harrassment?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:42:14 -0500 Trading air conditioning for fans -- but not just any fans In the struggle to stay cool, it's hard to imagine anyone being opposed to the delights of air conditioning. But one St. Paul resident is arguing against it, and in favor of fans. That's right, good, old-fashioned fans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/tortorello?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 10:18:39 -0500 'Cut, cap, and balance' plan clears House in debt ceiling vote Yesterday, the House passed the so-called "cut, cap and balance" bill which Republicans say they want on the books before voting to raise the debt limit. The bill would cut spending by trillions of dollars, cap future spending and begin the process of amending the Constitution to require a balanced budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/kline-cap?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 10:01:29 -0500 With no stadium bill, Vikings' future uncertain The Legislature went home this morning without dealing with the Vikings stadium issue and the team's future is as cloudy as ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/nelson-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 09:49:17 -0500 Shutdown: three budget bills down, six more to go It's day 19 of the State government shutdown and there's still no word about when Governor Mark Dayton will call a special session to finally pass a state budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/19/scheck_capitol?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 09:48:17 -0500 Q & A: Uncertainty still looms large at the State Capitol State lawmakers are still not ready to vote on a budget agreement that would end the 18-day-old government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/18/pugmire-talks?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:24:17 -0500 Political expert: Miscalculations in budget negotiations lead to blows on both sides After all the maneuvering and brinkmanship involved in negotiating a budget deal, who actually came out ahead? And who took the worst political hits? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/jacobs-analysis?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:09:04 -0500 Storms today, heat and humidity for the weekend There's a chance for showers and more severe thunderstorms today and tomorrow, but then get ready for the heat. Some places in the state are expected to have temperatures in the 90s F and Heat Index Values well over 100 degrees F on Sunday and Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/seeley-weather?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 09:33:55 -0500 Minnesota logging operations stalled by shutdown Minnesota loggers are waiting for a court ruling that will determine whether they'll be allowed to continue logging operations in state forests during the government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/robertson-logging?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 10:31:56 -0500 Photos: The throwback taverns of the Badger State Nearly every Wisconsin town has at least one bar or tavern. Many taverns are a throwback to a different time and place and they are celebrated in a new book and photo exhibit that opens today in West Bend, Wis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/wisconsin-taverns?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 07:26:35 -0500 Shutdown cutting off the flow of alcohol About 300 bars, restaurants and liquor stores around Minnesota are unable to buy alcohol right now because of the government shutdown. A court appointed referee overseeing the shutdown will take up their case today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/12/alcohol_sales?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 07:53:23 -0500 Republicans run as Democrats in Wisconsin primaries Voters in the Hudson/Menomenie/River Falls area of western Wisconsin go to the polls tomorrow. It's a Democratic Party primary election that will the determine the candidate who'll challenge Republican state Senator Sheila Harsdorf in a recall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/11/wisconsin-primary?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2011 08:42:49 -0500 Shutdown: Gov. Dayton and Republican leaders fundamentally opposed, must find alternatives Last week Republican lawmakers said that a budget deal was close to being made, but Governor Dayton indicated in an interview today on Morning Edition that negotiations are not as close as they seem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/05/scheck-shutdown?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2011 10:24:38 -0500 The political dynamics of a shutdown This shutdown is much more extensive than the partial shutdown the state saw in 2005. A court order is keeping money flowing to services deemed essential. Reporter Tim Pugmire was up late last night as budget talks broke down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/pugmire-shutdown-debrief?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 10:59:56 -0500 Q & A: How will the shutdown affect roads? Metro Transit buses and trains are operating on normal schedules, the Stillwater Lift Bridge is open, but road construction projects have stopped. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/roads-shutdown-q-and-a?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 08:09:34 -0500 Shutdown: what will be the first effects we see? We're getting a better picture of what will happen if lawmakers don't reach a budget deal and the state government is forced to shut down starting tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/30/richert-debrief?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 11:01:19 -0500 Budget talks continue, so does vow of silence There's still no budget deal between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders, and that means the start of a state government shutdown is now less than 16 hours away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/30/pugmire-budget?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 10:45:36 -0500 Canterbury Park to run extra races in anticiption of shutdown A couple of extra races will be run Thursday at Canterbury Park in Shakopee. Those races were originally scheduled for Monday, but the racetrack may not be open after today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/30/sampson-canterbury?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 10:25:31 -0500 North Dakota continues to grapple with flooding impacts Flooding continues to be a big problem in North Dakota. Even as the waters begin to recede, some of the temporary dikes along the Souris have started to erode and weaken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/gunderson-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:23:30 -0500 Shutdown won't stop tax collections, but could affect refunds Even if Minnesota state government shuts down on Friday and has to stop spending money on many state programs, that doesn't mean it stops collecting money. Taxes will still be due, shutdown or not. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/frans-shutdown-taxes?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:09:10 -0500 Near-famine conditions driving Somali refugees to Kenya The United Nations says Somalia is on the brink of famine. The UN announced yesterday it's seen a dramatic increase in Somali refugees arriving at camps in neighboring Kenya. As many as 20,000 have crossed the border in just the last two weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/amos-somalia?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 09:56:48 -0500 Minnesota History: A chain of lakes that wasn't always linked One hundred years ago today Minneapolitans watched a floating parade to celebrate the creation of the Minneapolis park system, with the linking of Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/28/atkins-calhoun?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:06:53 -0500 Expert: Bachmann lags in N.H. polls Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann heads to the key presidential primary state of New Hampshire Tuesday. She officially kicked off her campaign for the Republican nomination Monday in Iowa, which holds the first caucus of the election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/28/scala-bachmann?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 09:37:55 -0500 Rare book show opens Friday in Twin Cities Pat Coleman, the acquisitions librarian for the Minnesota Historical Society, speaks with Cathy Wurzer about the Twin Cities Antiquarian and Rare Book Show. It opens Friday night at the state fairgrounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/24/rare-book-show?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2011 10:53:56 -0500 The Current's David Campbell on the new Bon Iver album The Wisconsin-based band Bon Iver released its second album "Bon Iver, Bon Iver" this week. It's been getting lots of attention from music critics around the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/24/campbell?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2011 09:45:42 -0500 Minnesota delegation reacts to Obama's speech on withdrawing troops Reaction to President Obama's plan to withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of next summer is coming in from all quarters. And that includes Minnesota's congressional delegation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/23/neely-obama-troops?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:01:11 -0500 Budget dispute moves from Capitol to courtroom A Ramsey County judge today will look at which parts of state government will continue operating if there's a government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/23/scheck-petitions?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 09:46:21 -0500 Farmers cope with heavy rain and flooding Heavy rains over the past couple of days have caused rivers to rise, flooded some farm fields, and caused power outages. The storm is moving out today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/22/steil_debrief?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 11:17:19 -0500 Expert: What you need to know about aneurysms Nearly 30,000 Americans experience ruptured aneurysms each year, but it's estimated another 6 million are walking around with undiagnosed aneurysms in their brains. That's 1 in 50 Americans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/22/nussbaum-aneurysms?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 11:04:00 -0500 Mayor Rybak headed to Washington in search of tornado aid Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is going to the White House next week to meet with members of the Obama administration. He's hoping to line up federal funding to aid in the recovery from the tornado that hit his city three-and-a-half weeks ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/15/rybak-aid?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 08:31:00 -0500 Shutdown raises questions that have few answers right now Unless DFL Governor Mark Dayton and the Republican leadership in the legislature can agree on a compromise budget, the state government will shutdown in 18 days. We still don't know what the full impact of that shutdown would be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/13/shutdown?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2011 09:01:37 -0500 Governor and GOP leaders to meet on the budget Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders are expected to meet privately again Monday to discuss how to erase a projected $5 billion budget deficit -- and also how to avoid a looming government shutdown. Dayton said he wants House and Senate leaders to show up at that meeting with a new budget number. But Republicans still appear unwilling to compromise on taxes or spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/06/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2011 08:35:38 -0500 Judge who oversaw 2005 shutdown explains 'essential' services If DFL governor Mark Dayton and the Republican controlled legislature can't agree on a budget by the end of this month, Minnesota will be forced into a government shutdown. But the state can't shut down entirely, so a court would have to decide which functions of state government are essential. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/06/shutdown-judge?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2011 07:37:07 -0500 Stillwater lift bridge legislation stirs up debate from local politicians With bi-partisan bills moving through the House and Senate, it looks more likely that the old Stillwater Lift Bridge might be replaced by a larger four-lane bridge. But opponents haven't backed down. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke to advocates from both sides of the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/01/stillwater-bridge?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2011 10:24:34 -0500 Bachmann appearance in New Hampshire to honor veterans On the heels of her trip to Iowa last week, Minnesota Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann is in New Hampshire for a Memorial Day appearance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/30/zdechlik?refid=0 Mon, 30 May 2011 09:11:30 -0500 Q&A: Gov. Dayton at an impasse with state Republicans MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton about a potential government shutdown and what it will take to prevent that from happening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/dayton-budget?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 10:47:30 -0500 Washington County's siren failure a sign of problems with Minnesota's warning system Minnesotans got a reminder this week that warning sirens aren't always the best way to find out potentially dangerous weather is coming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/baran-sirens?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 10:20:50 -0500 Duluth news anchor Dennis Anderson retires after more than 50 years as a journalist Veteran news anchor Dennis Anderson is retiring from WDIO-TV. The Hall of Fame broadcaster started in radio in 1961 at a Virginia Minnesota station before working in TV. He joined WDIO in Duluth in 1969 and has enjoyed a long career since. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/anderson-retirement?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 10:00:27 -0500 Expert says public support increasing for same-sex marriage Next year, Minnesota will become the 30th state to ask voters to ban same-sex marriage in the state constitution. Those marriage amendments have had an almost perfect track record with voters. But public opinion on the issue appears to be shifting quickly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/lewis_marriage_amendment?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 09:57:48 -0500 Is tornado activity increasing in Minnesota? Meteorologist Paul Huttner and University of Minnesota geography professor Kenny Blumenfeld discussed the increase in tornados and whether urban residents should expect more tornados in the near future with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/blumenfeld_huttner_tornadoes?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 09:47:15 -0500 Tornado victims receiving help and services from city of Minneapolis Two days after a tornado hit hard in north Minneappolis we know a lot more about the extent of the damage, but the the future for many tornado victims is a big question mark. For now, the city is doing what it can to help victims with basic needs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/williams_tornado_victims?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 09:40:07 -0500 North Minneapolis faces a tough day of clean up and recovery Xcel energy says there are 14,000 people without power this morning after a deadly tornado swept through north Minneapolis. It killed one person and injured 29. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/23/tornadodamage?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 11:27:25 -0500 Rybak overseeing city's tornado response City crews in Minneapolis are clearing debris this morning, block-by-block, and assessing damage from a tornado. Residents of hard-hit north Minneapolis emerged from their homes after taking cover yesterday to see trees uprooted and roofs torn off. At least one person was killed and 33 other people were taken to hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/23/mayor?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 11:24:30 -0500 Storms blossomed right over the heart of the metro MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with meteorologist Craig Edwards about the storms that spawned at least one tornado that hit north Minneapolis hard. Damage reports also came in from St. Louis Park, and Fridley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/23/tornadoanalysis?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 11:22:33 -0500 Former Twins executive remembers Harmon Killebrew Clark Griffith is the son of former Twins owner Calvin Griffith and was an executive with the team for many years. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about what Harmon meant to fans, teammates, and the Twins franchise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/18/schultz-killebrew?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 10:23:00 -0500 Warmer weather is good news for Minnesota farmers Minnesota farmers may have turned the corner on what has been a frustrating spring planting season so far. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with reporter Mark Steil about that and other agricultural issues in his area of southwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/18/steil-ag-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 10:07:03 -0500 Minnesota history: The Civil War and training at Fort Snelling It was 150 years ago this month when hundreds of young Minnesota men began their training at Fort Snelling to fight in the Civil War. Minnesota was the first state to offer troops for the Union effort. At the Minnesota Capitol today, those who fought will be honored during Minnesota's Civil War Sesquicentennial Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/18/history-chat-minn-civil-war?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Belly dancers and saxophones: a glimpse at the history of Twin Cities jazz Minnesota might not be the first place you think of when you think of jazz, but it has a surprisingly vibrant history - according to jazz historian Jay Goetting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/17/goetting-jazz?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2011 10:09:21 -0500 Expert: Minnesota's constitutional amendments throughout history Minnesotans may be voting on a number of constitutional amendments in 2012. Having multiple amendments on the ballot, if it happens, isn't all that unusual. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with David Schultz about the sometimes colorful history of changing the state's constitution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/17/schultz-constitutional-amendments?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2011 10:00:04 -0500 Minnesota law leaves bullying policies up to districts An MPR News investigation has found Minnesota has one of the weakest anti-bullying laws in the country. MPR's Tom Weber and Cathy Wurzer talk about what that means for students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/16/weakonbullying?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 11:27:28 -0500 One week left and still no deal There's just one week left in the legislative session, and lawmakers are still looking for a deal on how to erase a projected $5 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/16/pugmiredebrief?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 11:10:14 -0500 New details emerge on Vikings stadium proposal There are new details today about the deal reached between the Minnesota Vikings and Ramsey County. The two agreed on Tuesday to a plan to build a retractable roof stadium on the site of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills. The two sides say it was a handshake deal, and they've released a 12-page list of the terms of the deal. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/05/the_fine_print.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 10:55:48 -0500 The Arden Hills Vikings? The Minnesota Vikings say they want to move out of Minneapolis to the suburbs. They said yesterday that they shook hands with Ramsey County officials on a deal that would put them on a 260-acre site in Arden Hills, the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant. But the deal is a long way from done. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/11/vikings-stadium-location?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2011 09:59:04 -0500 Regional news: Rochester may have a new school superintendent this week Rochester's last superintendent spent just about four years in the district's top position. Now, two Midwesterners are among the three finalists for the position. By the end of the week, parents, teachers and students might know who their next schools' leader will be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/11/baier-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2011 09:52:02 -0500 One-on-one debate: Same-sex marriage in Minnesota The Minnesota Senate will vote Wednesday to put same-sex marriage on the ballot next year. Bill sponsor Rep. Steve Gottwalt, R-St. Cloud, and Rep. Steve Simon, DFL-St. Louis Park, debated the issue as part of the Minnesota Public Radio News series One on One. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/11/debate-same-sex?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2011 07:36:10 -0500 Governor and top lawmakers to jockey over the budget State lawmakers have just two weeks left in the legislative session, and there's still no sign of an agreement to erase a projected $5 billion budget deficit. DFL Governor Mark Dayton and Republican House and Senate leaders remain at odds over taxes, spending cuts, and even the process they'll follow to negotiate a final budget deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/09/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2011 09:10:42 -0500 From long johns to sexy lingerie: The Munsingwear story A new exhibit has just opened at the Minnesota History Center which exposes the inside story of Munsingwear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/munsingwear?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2011 03:00:00 -0500 3M sponsors Kentucky Derby horse Mucho Macho Man When a big, dark horse breaks out of post position #13 at the Kentucky Derby this Saturday, Minnesota-based 3M hopes it will be a lucky run for the colt called Mucho Macho Man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/05/muchomachoman?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2011 09:46:50 -0500 As walleye season opener approaches, new results from pollutant testing in area lakes Tests of fish from 9 of Minnesota's 10 largest walleye lakes show those lakes have little or no contamination from a class of pollutants called perfluorochemicals, or PFCs. State officials say PFCs are still a problem in some Twin Cities area lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/04/robertson-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 09:41:17 -0500 Minnesota Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano throws 5th no-hitter in team history In the 50+ seasons that the Minnesota Twins have been playing baseball, there have only been five games in which they held the opposition hitless. The fifth no-hitter in team history happened last night in Chicago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/04/gleeman-no-hitter?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 09:32:45 -0500 Royal wedding viewing party gets massive turnout in Minneapolis A big crowd gathered this morning at Brit's Pub in downtown Minneapolis to watch the royal wedding. The pub was packed floor to ceiling with people in colorful attire and elaborate hats celebrating together. Many had been waiting for the doors to open at 4:00 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/29/royal-wedding-higgins?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 09:49:51 -0500 Mineral rights auction catches some landowners by surprise The Minnesota DNR will conduct an auction starting today for the mineral rights to over 600 parcels of land in St. Louis, Itasca, Lake and Koochiching counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/28/vandelinde?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 10:07:18 -0500 Vikings on the hunt for a quarterback The Minnesota Vikings will get their chance to pick a quarterback tonight in the National Football League Draft. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/28/murphy-vikings-quarterback?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 09:52:57 -0500 Northwest Minnesota news: receding floodwaters, renewable fuel production Floodwaters have receded in much of our region, but some parts of the Red River valley are still fighting high water. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dan Gunderson from the Moorhead bureau about flooding and other stories in northwest Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/27/gunderson-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 11:08:41 -0500 St. Paul's Lawson Software sold for $2B Lawson Software announced early this morning that it will sell itself to a private equity firm and a software firm for about $2 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/26/lawsonsoftware?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 10:00:59 -0500 Capitol preview: Vikings stadium, gambling, and the state budget State lawmakers return to the Capitol today after taking a week off, and they still have a lot of work left to get done in the final month of the session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/26/pugmire-preview?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 09:50:42 -0500 One-on-one debate: Would outsourcing government services save Minnesota money? As the debate over how to balance the state budget continues, Republican lawmakers are pushing for more outsourcing of government services. GOP legislators say hiring private companies to do work currently done by state employees can save money, but DFLers disagree. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/25/wurzer-interviews-downey-goodwin?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Southern may not be only theater in trouble The Southern Theater in Minneapolis has set itself a formidable task this week. It aims to raise $400,000 by Saturday. Organizers say, if they fail, the West Bank institution will have to close its doors. The Twin Cities has a national reputation for its theater, but the current economy has severely tested several companies, and even caused the collapse of the internationally renowned Theater de la Jeune Lune. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/25/southern?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:23:47 -0500 South Carolina political expert: Pawlenty's message would connect here Both former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann are scheduled to appear at a Tea Party tax day rally on the steps of the South Carolina State House today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/18/south-carolina-political-expert-pawlentys-message-would-connect-here?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2011 08:14:49 -0500 It may only be April, but never too early to prepare for tornado season Tornado sirens go off around the state today at 1:45pm. But don't worry, it's all just part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. Todd Krause, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chanshassen, explains what this means for you. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/14/krause?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:54:31 -0500 Attorney: Lawsuit against Vatican will be long and hard battle The Vatican has been served with court papers related to allegations in a sexual abuse case. St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson said this week he was notified that the papers were successfully filed through official diplomatic channels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/14/jeff-anderson-vatican?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:11:34 -0500 Owatonna School District changes policies following federal investigation A 17-month federal investigation has found the Owatonna School District's policies, procedures and trainings were not adequately addressing harassment issues against Somali-American students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/baier-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 10:09:06 -0500 Timberwolves likely to finish on the bottom. Again. The Minnesota Timberwolves play their final game of the season tonight at the Target Center against the Houston Rockets. A loss would guarantee that the Wolves will finish with the worst record in the NBA. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/robson-twolves?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 10:02:27 -0500 Auto insurance changes make headway at the state Capitol The auto insurance industry wants to make it harder for accident victims to sue for pain and suffering damages. And they want to restrict payouts for less serious injuries like strains and sprains. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/dunbar-auto-insurance?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 09:54:09 -0500 New music from three artists that call Minnesota home It's a big week for the local music scene. Minneapolis-based hip-hop act Atmosphere, Duluth-based Indie rockers Low, and local songstress Haley Bonar all release new albums this week. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with David Campbell for a preview of their new records. Campbell is the host of the Local Show, Sundays on 89.3 The Current. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/campbell-new-records?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 09:51:30 -0500 Fort Snelling's role in the start of the US Civil War It was 150 years ago today, April 12, 1861, when the United States began unraveling in a civil war that pitted Americans against each other. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/11/fort-snelling-civil-war?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Conference committees to get busy at the Capitol House and Senate conference committees will begin working this week on the Republican-backed budget bills that have already passed both chambers. Gov. Mark Dayton has declined an invitation from GOP leaders to take part in those negotiations, because he says the bills aren't quite ready. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/11/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2011 10:37:52 -0500 House and Senate to take up more budget bills Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate are expected to pass their remaining budget bills this week, and then start negotiating toward a final budget deal with Governor Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/pugmire-capitol?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 09:37:47 -0500 Blogger Aaron Gleeman on Twins' chances in 2011 The Minnesota Twins play their first regular season game of the year tonight in Toronto. Carl Pavano will start for the Twins, who hope to repeat as American League Central Division champions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/01/twins-gleeman?refid=0 Fri, 01 Apr 2011 09:22:16 -0500 First crest ebbs, but flooding not over for southwest Minnesota Most rivers across southwest Minnesota continue to fall this morning as the first of what may be a two-crest flooding season ebbs. So far the damage in that region has been much less than expected. However, the extended flood season could have impacts on spring planting and crop yields. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/30/steil-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 09:49:05 -0500 Collective bargaining battle continues in Wisconsin The battle over a new Wisconsin law that strips most public workers of their collective bargaining rights continues. And it's getting pretty complicated. Governor Scott Walker signed the bill into law, but a court order is blocking it from going into effect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/30/patrickmarley?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 09:37:19 -0500 Minnesota higher education facing deep cuts Minnesota is facing one of the largest higher education cuts in state history. The House and Senate passed education budget bills yesterday. Critics say the bills roll funding for colleges and universities back to 1998 levels, even though they already serve thousands more students. Some of the most heated debate has come from Republican amendments in both houses that would ban the use of state and federal funding for cloning. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2011/03/house-joins-senate-in-higher-ed-bill-cloning-amendment/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 09:30:08 -0500 Minnesota Historical Society soon to have new leadership at the helm The state agency that preserves Minnesota's history will have a new leader as of May 1st. Steve Elliott will be replacing the previous director, Nina Archibald, who retired in January. Elliott is currently the president of the New York State Historical Association and the Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/29/elliot-mnhs?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2011 09:21:55 -0500 Big budget bills to hit the floor this week Legislators will be putting in some long hours at the Capitol this week as the House and Senate vote on a series of budget bills. Republican leaders say the bills fulfill their pledge to erase a $5 billion budget deficit without raising taxes. But DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, who wants to raise taxes on the state's top earners, claims the GOP is trying to balance the books with "extreme" spending cuts and "unrealistic" numbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/28/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:44:30 -0500 Minnesota history: Women photographers in the 19th century Photography studios popped up all over the country in the late 19th century, and a surprising number of the photographers were women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/28/anette-atkins-women-photographers-history-chat?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Gov. Dayton wants to have competitive bidding for health plans for the state Earlier this week, Republicans put out their proposals to cut spending on health care to the tune of 1.6 to 1.8 billion dollars. That's a much deeper cut than Dayton wants. Lucinda Jesson oversees those programs as Governor Dayton's Department of Human Services commissioner. She spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about Dayton's plans for a competitive bidding process for HMO's that cover nearly 500,000 of the state's poorest residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/24/jesson?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 10:07:12 -0500 Regional debrief with Dan Gunderson Heavy rain and snow from this morning's storm is adding more water and snow on top of already saturated soil, increasing concerns about spring flooding. Fargo Moorhead is preparing for possible record flooding on the Red River. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with reporter Dan Gunderson from our Moorhead bureau about the latest in flood preparation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/23/gunderson?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 11:04:19 -0500 News Cut blogger Bob Collins's take on the news News the rest of us might miss has a way of getting Bob Collins thinking. Bob writes the popular News Cut blog at MPR.org. Cathy Wurzer spoke to him about what caught his eye in headlines this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/22/collinsnewscut?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:25:24 -0500 More budget details to emerge at the Capitol House and Senate budget committees will put in some long hours this week to complete work on spending bills before a self-imposed Friday deadline. Republicans in the House finished up a tax bill and unveiled a K-12 education bill over the weekend. They'll roll out a Health and Human Services bill today. Meanwhile, a Wisconsin-style labor fight appears to be brewing at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/21/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:21:41 -0500 Racino bill resurfaces at the Capitol As Minnesota wrestles with a $5 billion budget deficit, a bill that would establish a so-called racino at Minnesota's two horse racing tracks will be introduced Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/21/day?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:16:39 -0500 Looking back at the first women in Minnesota's Legislature March is women's history month, and as part of our regular conversations about Minnesota history we asked St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict history professor Annette Atkins to tell us about some women trailblazers in various fields. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/women-minnesota-legislature?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 MN history: Sculptor Evelyn Raymond's 70-year career in Minnesota Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer, in honor of Women's History Month, met Prof. Annette Atkins at the Minnesota History Center to look at some of sculptor Evelyn Raymond's work and discuss her accomplishments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/mnhistory-evelyn-raymond?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Mark Seeley talks about the weather and flood outlooks MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with climatologist Mark Seeley about warming temperatures on the horizon and what that means for flooding threats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/11/seeleyweather?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 09:19:58 -0600 Minnesotans prominent in Muslim radicalization hearing A hearing that will be held in Washington this morning is getting a lot of attention. The House Homeland Security Committee, led by Republican Pete King of New York, will look into Muslim radicalization and the potential for terrorism in the U.S. Among those testifying will be Minneapolis DFL Congressman Keith Ellison who is Muslim. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/radicalization?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 10:51:20 -0600 Wisconsin Assembly to take up controversial bill The Wisconsin Assembly, the equivalent of the Minnesota House, is expected to be in session today. They are expected to take up a bill that passed the Wisconsin Senate last night. That bill would strip most public workers in Wisconsin of their collective bargaining rights. Thousands of protesters descended on the Capitol after news of the hastily-called vote was reported. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/marley?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 10:48:50 -0600 Statue of Chief Bemidji to be replaced This week city leaders in Bemidji voted to support efforts to replace a statue of an Indian that's been sitting on the shore of Lake Bemidji for decades. The grassroots effort to replace the statue is partly about art and partly about race relations. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke this morning with reporter Tom Robertson from our Bemidji bureau to explain what's happening with the statue and to talk about a few other things happening in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/09/robertsondebrief?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 09:53:04 -0600 A tri-partisan move to minimize politics in redistricting It's an issue that always gets lots of heat at the at the state Capitol. It crops up when it's time to redraw Minnesota's political map. That time is coming, and a tri-partisan group of former state lawmakers -- one each from the Republican, DFL, and Independence parties -- wants to change the way redistricting is done. Today, the group will call for a commission of retired judges to take over the job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/08/sviggum?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 10:40:33 -0600 GOP expected to reveal budget targets Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate are ready to start filling in the blanks on their plan for erasing a projected $5 billion budget deficit. GOP leaders will unveil budget target numbers later this week. Those numbers will be the first glimpse of how Republicans plan to balance the books through spending cuts and no new taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/07/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 10:41:16 -0600 News from Duluth with Bob Kelleher MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Duluth-based reporter Bob Kelleher about the latest on the Cirrus sale, updates on the PolyMet mining project, highways on the move in the Iron Range, and other news from his part of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/02/kelleherdebrief?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2011 09:29:49 -0600 Local collector finds hobby in old Twin Cities TV clips Cathy Wurzer talked with Minnesota collector Tom Oszman about his collection of more than 300 videotapes of old Twin Cities media, sports and promos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/22/oszman-oldtv?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2011 06:39:11 -0600 Picking university regents is politically contentious State legislators will elect four University of Minnesota Regents today during a joint session of the House and Senate. Regent selections traditionally prompt partisan complaints, and this year is no different. There's already plenty of partisan bickering underway at the Capitol following last week's release of Governor Mark Dayton's budget proposal. The Democratic governor's plan to erase a projected $6.2 billion state budget deficit gets more scrutiny this week in several committee hearings. Tim Pugmire discusses the week ahead at the Capitol with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/21/week_in_politics?refid=0 Mon, 21 Feb 2011 08:23:19 -0600 Climatologist Mark Seeley on February weather trends MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with climatologist Mark Seeley about February weather trends and the spring flooding outlook. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/18/seeleyweather?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 09:19:32 -0600 Dayton poised to unveil budget DFL Gov. Mark Dayton unveils his plan to erase the state's projected $6.2 billion state budget deficit on Tuesday. MPR's Tim Pugmire preview's the governor's announcement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/14/dayton-poised-to-unveil-budget?refid=0 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 08:26:48 -0600 2010 sets record for wettest year in Minnesota history The State Climate Office has announced that 2010 was Minnesota's wettest year on record. Every part of the state reported at least 34 inches of precipitation last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/11/seeleyweather?refid=0 Fri, 11 Feb 2011 09:19:08 -0600 DNR issues special hunting permits to aid in CWD testing efforts The DNR is issuing special hunting permits near the area where a wild deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease last fall. The permits allow landowners to shoot whitetail deer as part of a special harvest to test for the fatal brain disease. Cathy Wurzer spoke with MPR reporter Elizabeth Baier from our Rochester bureau to talk about this and other stories in southeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/09/baier?refid=0 Wed, 09 Feb 2011 09:12:31 -0600 Climatologist Mark Seeley talks about this winter's huge snowfalls With the storm front that ripped through the Midwest this week, some places in the state saw their snowfall rise to over 70 inches for the season. Cathy Wurzer spoke with MPR's Mark Seeley about this week's weather and the continuing cold we can expect in the week ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/04/seeleyweather?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 10:04:56 -0600 A preview of the week ahead at the State Capitol Governor Mark Dayton releases his preferred list of public works projects today at the State Capitol. Cathy Wurzer talked with MPR's Tom Scheck about this and other issues this week in Minnesota politics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/scheckpreview?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 09:46:23 -0600 Holocaust survivor Henry Oertelt passes away at the age of 90 Henry Oertelt, a man who brought his story of surviving the Holocuast to tens of thousands of students, teachers, and individuals throughout Minnesota, has died. A survivor of five Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz, Oertelt was a lecturer and author of the book, An Unbroken Chain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/28/oertelt?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 09:47:35 -0600 Climatologist Mark Seeley talks about the weather With an already deep snow cover across most of the state and much more winter still ahead of us, many Minnesota watersheds will be at risk for major flooding come spring. Cathy Wurzer spoke with MPR's Mark Seeley about flooding outlooks and what we can expect for this coming week in weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/28/seeleyweather?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 09:27:42 -0600 Minnesotans in DC: President of the American Association of Museums Ford Bell Cathy Wurzer talks with Minnesota native Ford Bell, a veterinarian by training and a former CEO of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, who is now Bell the president of the American Association of Museums in Washington D.C. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/28/ford-bell?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 06:41:11 -0600 Education commissioner explains where Minnesota fits in State of the Union proposals MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with new Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius about "Race to the Top" and where Minnesota fits in new federal proposals in education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/27/cassellius?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 11:12:10 -0600 MPR's Morning Edition talks Minnesota politics from Washington D.C. Minnesota Public Radio Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer is in Washington, D.C. assessing, analyzing, and talking about Minnesota's influence in the nation's Capitol, and the effect that Washington has on Minnesota. On today's show Cathy spoke to Michael Berman - known as the patriarch of Minnesota politicos in D.C. - former Rep. Jim Oberstar, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. John Kline, and Rep. Keith Ellison. For coverage of their responses to President Obama's State of the Union speech, full interviews, and feature stories on Minnesota's clout in Washington click on the link above. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2011/01/minnesotas-clout-in-washington/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 09:17:58 -0600 MPR's Morning Edition is in the nation's Capitol and taking measure of Minnesota's Clout in Washington, D.C. Minnesota Public Radio Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer is in Washington, D.C. assessing, analyzing, and talking about Minnesota's influence in the nation's Capitol, and the effect that Washington has on Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2011/01/minnesotas-clout-in-washington/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 10:51:30 -0600 A chat with Minn. native Thomas Nides, No. 2 at State Dept. Thomas Nides, one of Minnesota's most influential people in Washington, is being sworn in today as deputy Secretary of State -- the No. 2 position in the department. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about his new job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/24/morning-edition-in-dc-tom-nides?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 11:52:43 -0600 MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with Josh Holmes Josh Holmes, a native of Minnesota, is chief of staff for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. He previously worked for former Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota. Holmes spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/24/morning-edition-in-dc-josh-holmes?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 11:22:58 -0600 Climatologist Mark Seeley talks about the weather This January has been unusually snowy in Minnesota, with some parts of the state seeing 17 inches this month alone. Cathy Wurzer speaks with MPR climatologist Mark Seeley about the consequences of so much snow and when we can expect this cold snap to break. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/21/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:34:23 -0600 Snowplow driver strike avoided in St. Louis County St. Louis County drivers may be breathing a sigh of relief this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/19/kelleherupdate?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jan 2011 09:50:54 -0600 Mark Seeley talks about the weather Cathy Wurzer speaks with climatologist Mark Seeley about January's cold snap and what kind of weather to expect for the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/14/weather?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 09:48:50 -0600 Canola oil plant to bring jobs to northwestern Minnesota It looks like 2011 will bring with it a new construction project in northwestern Minnesota that has people talking about jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/12/anderson-canola?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:31:17 -0600 Mental health should be part of talk post-Arizona shooting A lot of the reaction to Saturday's shootings in Tucson has focused on whether angry political rhetoric can fuel this kind of violence. Bob Collins has been writing about the tragedy from a different point of view. Bob is the author of the NewsCut blog at MPRNews.org. He's written that this event raises questions about how our society deals with people who have mental illness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/11/bobcollins?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:57:19 -0600 Minnesota history: The rise of 3M Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer paid a visit to the old St. Paul headquarters of 3M recently with St. John's University historian Annette Atkins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/11/mn-history?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jan 2011 06:58:49 -0600 DNR a tough agency to lead effectively Gov. Mark Dayton begins his second day on the job today. But he still needs to make some key appointments to his cabinet. One critical position, that hasn't been filled, is the commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources. That can be a challenging job because of the wide variety of activities that the DNR regulates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/04/merriam?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jan 2011 08:59:27 -0600 Highway closed after massive accident A chain reaction car crash near Fargo yesterday has made national news. Dozens and dozens of cars plowed into one another on Interstate 94 outside of Fargo. The freeway is closed between Jamestown, N.D. and Alexandria, Minn. because of bad road conditions and abandoned vehicles. Jim Thorson, the Chief Deputy Sheriff of Cass County, N.D., talked to MPR's Cathy Wurzer about the situation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/31/interstate-94-closed-fargo?refid=0 Fri, 31 Dec 2010 10:54:30 -0600 New state budget commissioner faces big challenge Gov. Mark Dayton's pick to be commissioner of Management and Budget, Jim Schowalter, faces a massive challenge. He will have just six weeks to come up with a plan to solve the projected $6.2 billion deficit in Minnesota's next two-year state budget. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with Schowalter about his new job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/31/commissioner-schowalter?refid=0 Fri, 31 Dec 2010 10:48:24 -0600 2010 was a wild weather year Meteorologist Mark Seeley looks back on a record-setting year for weather in our region and looks ahead to more nasty weather on the way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/31/weather-year?refid=0 Fri, 31 Dec 2010 10:41:25 -0600 Highlights from pop music in 2010 David Campbell, host of The Local Show on The Current, talks about highlights of the year in pop music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/31/year-in-music?refid=0 Fri, 31 Dec 2010 10:34:59 -0600 Damaged dome makes Gopher baseball homeless College baseball programs are scrambling to find a ballpark -- now that officials with the Metrodome say that stadium's damaged roof won't be repaired until March at the earliest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/30/gopher_dome?refid=0 Thu, 30 Dec 2010 09:59:15 -0600 Wind power highlights news in southeastern Minnesota Some residents in Goodhue County have been fighting for years to prevent the construction of wind turbines near them. Meanwhile, the Red Wing city council recently approved a project that might turn the city into a training hub for people who work on turbines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/29/baier?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2010 09:04:04 -0600 Tuesday game part of an odd year for Vikes The Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to play the Eagles tonight in Philadelphia. It will be the first NFL game to be played on a Tuesday since 1946. The game was originally scheduled for Sunday night, but was moved because of the big snowstorm on the east coast. This is the third straight Vikings game in which the date, the location or both had to be changed because of weather-related problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/28/murphy?refid=0 Tue, 28 Dec 2010 10:16:14 -0600 Austerity marks Minnesota theater in 2010 2010 was a challenging year on many fronts, and though the Twin Cities theater scene certainly had its share of travails, there were some bright spots along the way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/27/papatola?refid=0 Mon, 27 Dec 2010 08:48:55 -0600 Duluth store keeps selling synthetic pot despite ban As early as today, the federal government could make it a felony to sell or possess five chemicals found in so-called synthetic marijuana. The products are sold as incense under brand names including K-2, Spice and The Happy Shaman. They include chemicals that mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Jim Carlson, owner of Last Place on Earth in Duluth updates Cathy Wurzer on the effort to regulate this product. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/24/synthetic_pot?refid=0 Fri, 24 Dec 2010 09:39:54 -0600 The snow just keeps falling A persistent snow storm brought some significant amounts to many Minnesota communities over Monday and Tuesday this week. Areas along the north shore (near Lake Superior) from Duluth to Finland reported snowfall totals from 9 to 13 inches. Across portions of southern Minnesota some observers reported record-setting or record-tying amounts, including 7.5 inches at North Mankato, 7.4 inches at Hutchinson, and 7.0 inches at Waseca and Owatonna. More snow is seen for Christmas Eve and perhaps Christmas Day in southeastern sections of the state. In addition more snow is possible before the end of the month next Friday, so additional snowfall records may be in store for some communities. Meteorologist Mark Seeley discusses the weather with Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/24/seeley_weather?refid=0 Fri, 24 Dec 2010 09:31:11 -0600 Pawlenty: 'We reined in and reduced government' After eight years, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty will soon leave the governor's office. DFL Gov.-elect Mark Dayton will take office Jan. 3. Pawlenty spoke with MPR's Morning Edition to discuss his tenure as governor and his future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/23/pawlenty-wurzer?refid=0 Thu, 23 Dec 2010 06:37:59 -0600 Christmas not a joyous time for many in Pipestone The holidays won't be a happy time for the employees of a wind turbine factory in Pipestone because they're losing their jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/22/pipestone?refid=0 Wed, 22 Dec 2010 08:33:34 -0600 Bill George remembers Win Wallin Former CEO Bill George offers his remembrance of Win Wallin, who succeeded him at the helm of Medtronic. Wallin died Monday. He was 84. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/21/bill-george-remembers-win-wallin?refid=0 Tue, 21 Dec 2010 09:58:35 -0600 New Medicaid enrollees may have to wait Gov.-elect Mark Dayton wants to fast-track the expansion of Medicaid in Minnesota under President Obama's health care reform law. Dayton says he'll authorize the expansion within days of taking office on January 3, 2010. But state officials say it could take until October to move about 95,000 low-income Minnesotans into the program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/20/ludeman?refid=0 Mon, 20 Dec 2010 09:05:50 -0600 Fighting racial discrimination in St. Louis County A northeastern Minnesota task force working to combat racial disparities in the justice system meets Friday afternoon in Duluth. St. Louis County was one of four jurisdictions in the United States that won grants from the American Bar Association to promote racial justice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/ford?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 11:03:58 -0600 A colder and snowier outlook for winter MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the National Weather Service's outlook for the next three months. It looks like it's going to be colder and snowier than normal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 11:01:46 -0600 TCF Bank Stadium prepped for Vikes Shovelers and maintenance personnel are back at TCF Bank stadium today to work on getting the Gopher's home field ready for its debut as a pro football venue. The Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to play the Chicago Bears on Monday in Minneapolis, but their usual home, the Metrodome, isn't available because the dome's roof can't be fixed in time after last weekend's major winter storm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/16/tcfbankstadium?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 11:09:30 -0600 Supporters of high speed rail to Duluth undeterred Backers of high speed rail between the Twin Cities and Duluth say they plan to proceed with the project. That's despite a newly conservative political climate in Washington, and despite a recently released study that suggested the line could be a money loser. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/15/duluth?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 10:46:31 -0600 Record snow presents challenges This is the final day of snow emergency parking restrictions in Minneapolis. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul needed two snow emergencies to clear the streets after last weekend's record snowfall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/15/challenges?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 10:44:48 -0600 Ethanol subsidies in tax deal The Senate is due to vote Wednesday on the controversial deal to extend tax cuts and unemployment benefits that both due to expire soon. Minnesota's U.S. Senators and others successfully pushed to add into that bill an extension of ethanol subsidies. Minnesota is the country's fourth largest producer of ethanol. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Mike Jerke, the general manager of Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/15/ethanol?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 10:42:24 -0600 Lack of long term care a growing problem The St. Paul-based Citizen's League has come up with a plan for solving what they see as a growing crisis: how to pay for the long-term care of the elderly. Currently, 40 percent of that care is financed through Medicaid. And the cost is rising quickly. A report, released today, shows that if nothing changes, the annual bill for taxpayers will increase five-fold between now and 2035. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/longterm?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 11:07:03 -0600 Twin Cities fire fighters busy after storm Twin Cities fire fighters battled several fires overnight and again this morning. As of 7:30 in the morning, there was a big one still burning in St. Paul. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Tim Nelson who spoke from the scene of the big fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/firefighting?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 11:04:38 -0600 Dayton chief of staff talks about the future DFL Gov.-elect Mark Dayton has lots of people to hire between now and the time he takes office on January 3, 2010. Last week, Dayton did announce his inner circle of advisers including Tina Smith. She'll serve as Dayton's chief of staff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/13/smith?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2010 10:50:35 -0600 Minnesota and N. Dakota fighting over carbon costs Minnesota and North Dakota are at odds over the environmental costs of generating electricity. The dispute could end up in court, and it's not the first time the two states squared off over this issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/08/gunderson?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 10:30:18 -0600 A look back at the Sears and Roebuck empire Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer and historian Annette Atkins met up at the Midtown Global Market to talk about Mr. Sears and his retailing empire and how the Minneapolis Sears store has morphed into a rich tapestry of businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/06/sears-roebuck-history?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2010 05:00:00 -0600 Fans question Gopher football coach selection Star Tribune sportswriter Phil Miller says Gopher fans were hoping for a big name when the U of M announced its new head football coach. Instead they got Jerry Kill -- a relative unknown from Northern Illinois University. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/06/fans-question-gopher-football-coach-selection?refid=0 Mon, 06 Dec 2010 11:16:08 -0600 Ex-Gov. Quie laughs off Republican ban It doesn't bother former Gov. Al Quie that he's been banned from the Republican Party for not supporting its gubernatorial candidate. But Quie says it's a mistake for a party to punish dissent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/06/exgov-quie-laughs-off-republican-ban?refid=0 Mon, 06 Dec 2010 10:56:04 -0600 Rochester looking to create an Uptown of its own The nightlife in Rochester, Minnesota is not exactly like the Twin Cites. But some business owners and at least one city official are looking to change that. They'd like to imitate the popular "Uptown" entertainment district in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/baier?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 08:53:10 -0600 Senate focusing on food safety Congress is on the verge of passing the first major overhaul of America's food safety laws since the 1930s. The Senate is considering a version of the reform today. The House passed a more stringent bill last year, but it's the Senate version that's expected to take precedence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/30/food?refid=0 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 08:51:22 -0600 Mark Seeley: Warmer weather on the way MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the consequences from a recent ice storm, and the forecast which includes warmer weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/26/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 26 Nov 2010 08:40:20 -0600 Test for manganese underway A Minnesota company called Cooperative Mineral Resources started work last week on a demonstration project to test a new way to extract manganese ore. It's happening in the tiny town of Emily, in north central Minnesota. The ground beneath the town is believed to contain a mother lode of manganese. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/24/manganese?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 09:41:22 -0600 Airport travel smooth in the morning It's the day before Thanksgiving and we're starting off one of the busiest travel days of the year. Out at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, the initial rush of travelers is actually easing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/24/nelson?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 09:39:29 -0600 Childress fired; Frazier hired The Minnesota Vikings begin the Leslie Frazier era in earnest today. Frazier was named head coach yesterday, after Brad Childress was fired. The team is just 3-7 and suffered a crushing 31-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the Metrodome. Team Owner Zygi Wilf introduced Frazier as the interim-head coach, who will lead the team for the last six games of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/23/vikingsanalysis?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 09:08:16 -0600 Cold coming for Thanksgiving MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a tempurature drop for Thanksgiving, and he explains "thunder snow." It happened in a recent winter storm, and he says it's very unusual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/19/weather?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2010 09:14:59 -0600 Emmer transition moving ahead With no declared winner in the Minnesota governor's race and a recount looming, both DFLer Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer are laying the groundwork to take power next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/18/transition?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 08:54:18 -0600 Prison could boost to Appleton economy A private prison closed since last January in western Minnesota may reopen. If that happens, it will be a welcome economic lift for the community of Appleton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/17/steil?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 08:41:17 -0600 Alzheimer's awareness month puts focus on early screening In Minnesota, there are nearly 98,000 people living with Alzheimer's disease, and the numbers are only going to go up as our population grows older. MPR's Morning Edition spoke with one of the world's foremost experts in the field of dementia and Alzheimer's research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/16/alzheimers-interview-wurzer?refid=0 Tue, 16 Nov 2010 09:51:26 -0600 Wintry weather on the horizon MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the coming change in the weather, especially for central Minnesota, which includes snow. He also tells listeners about Winter Hazard Awareness Week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/12/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 12 Nov 2010 09:25:47 -0600 U of M president search coming to a head The University of Minnesota's board of regents are expected to name finalists for the school's top job Friday. The university's Board of Regents has the names of four semi-finalists, but those names are being kept secret. The regents will vote on the finalists during their regular monthly meeting at which point the names become public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/12/post?refid=0 Fri, 12 Nov 2010 09:23:19 -0600 Honoring the fallen at Fort Snelling National Cemetery Cathy Wurzer went to the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis with history professor Annette Atkins to learn more about the history of that sacred place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/11/fort-snelling-cemetery?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 06:13:38 -0600 Change coming to Duluth waterfront There are several changes afoot in a popular area along Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota. One big entertainment venue is closing. Another venue is expanding. And traffic is moving again on the freeway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/10/kelleher?refid=0 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 08:44:50 -0600 Bachmann faces uphill battle on the Hill The newly elected Republican majority in Congress meets next week to choose its leaders. They'll elect the Speaker of the House, the majority leader, the whip and a few lesser known posts including "conference chair." That's the number-four position in the House Republican caucus, and it's the one Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann hopes to win. But in spite of her national profile and unmatched frundraising prowess, Bachmann appears to be the underdog in the race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/09/conference?refid=0 Tue, 09 Nov 2010 09:16:04 -0600 Alan Page looks back on career The life story of Minnesota's most famous Supreme Court justice is told in a new biography, "All Rise: the Remarkable Journey of Alan Page." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/08/page?refid=0 Mon, 08 Nov 2010 09:55:47 -0600 Climatologist analyzes record number of tornados MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the record number of tornados in Minnesota in 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/05/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 11:00:05 -0500 Wisconsin GOP sweeps to victory Republicans in Wisconsin rode a political tide to victory all across the state. They knocked off Democratic Senator Russ Feingold. Republicans also picked up the governor's office, both legislative state bodies, and two U.S. House seats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/franklin?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 11:48:41 -0500 Analyzing GOP victories in Minnesota We still don't know who will be Minnesota's next governor. With 100 percent of the precincts counted, DFLer Mark Dayton leads Republican Tom Emmer by 9,057 votes. A recount is likely. Meanwhile, 18-term DFL Congressman Jim Oberstar has been defeated by Republican Chip Cravaack in the the 8th district. All the other incumbent members of Minnesota's congressional delegation were re-elected. And Republicans have taken control of both the Minnesota House and Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/jacobs?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 11:46:52 -0500 The impact of a recount on governing Minnesota It looks like the race for Minnesota governor is headed to a recount. DFL candidate Mark Dayton holds a very narrow 9,057 vote lead over Republican Tom Emmer. 100 percent of the precincts have reported. The small margin points to an automatic recount. The GOP also took control of the Minnesota House and Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/scheck?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 11:41:20 -0500 James seeks revenge over Tolliver video When the NBA Heat host the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight in Miami, word is that Heat superstar LeBron James will have an added incentive to play well. Word is that James is not happy about a YouTube video posted by Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver. Tolliver's video spoofs the much-criticized hour-long ESPN special in which James announced his decision to play for the Heat. Brit Robson, who writes about the NBA for Sports Illustrated dot com, discussed the controversy with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/02/tolliver_lebron?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2010 10:30:47 -0500 Q&A: The state of local government aid Jay Kiedrowski, who studies public finance at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute, spoke with MPR's Morning Edition about the state's local government aid program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/29/q-and-a-localgovernmentaid?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 06:05:18 -0500 Q&A: Analyzing the plans for higher education James McCormick, chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, spoke with MPR's Morning Edition about the gubernatorial candidates' views on higher education funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/28/q-and-a-higher-ed?refid=0 Thu, 28 Oct 2010 07:48:31 -0500 GOP eyes Walz seat Across the country, Republicans are looking to gain a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives during next week's mid-term election. In order to do that, they need to knock off some incumbent Democrats. In Minnesota's First district, Republican challenger Randy Demmer is hoping to benefit from the national wave of anti-incumbent fever and defeat Democratic Congressman Tim Walz. And both national Republicans and Democrats have poured money into the race making it one worth watching. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/27/baier?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2010 11:09:17 -0500 Q&A: Analyzing the candidates' health spending plans MPR's Morning Edition speaks with former commissioner of the state Department of Human Services about the gubernatorial candidates and health and human services spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/27/q-and-a-goodno?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2010 07:54:21 -0500 Q&A: Analyzing the candidates' K-12 education plans Peter Hutchinson, president of the St. Paul-based Bush Foundation, spoke with MPR's Morning Edition to provide more context for the debate over K-12 education funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/25/education-budget-hutchinson?refid=0 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 21:15:57 -0500 Q&A: Analyzing the candidates' tax plans Laura Kalambokidis joined MPR's Cathy Wurzer to put the proposals in context. Kalambokidis is an economist who studies state and federal tax policy at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/25/qa-tax-proposals?refid=0 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 06:01:41 -0500 Museum portrays the dangerous history of mill work Working in a 19th century flour mill could be hazardous to your health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/21/millcitymuseum?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2010 05:00:00 -0500 Hundreds urge reprieve for North High Supporters of saving North High School in Minneapolis say shutting the school down would affect the entire city. Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson says low enrollment and poor student achievement justify closing the school. But more than 200 people spoke out against the plan at a community forum last night. Some claimed the district set North up to fail, in part, by closing the elementary and middle schools that fed into the high school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/19/north2?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 09:08:38 -0500 A big week for local earnings reports A lot of local companies will release earnings reports this week, including United Healthcare, Polaris, US Bank Corp and St. Jude Medical. Chris Farrell explains what we can learn from these numbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/18/monday-markets?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2010 11:18:14 -0500 Gophers begin search for new football coach The University of Minnesota football program is looking for a new head football coach. Sunday, Athletic Director Joel Maturi fired Tim Brewster from that position. Cathy Wurzer spoke with reporter Phil Miller, who covers the U of M for the Star Tribune, about the coaching change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/18/beyond_brewster?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2010 11:03:57 -0500 Climatologist highlights warm October MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the extended period of warm and dry weather so far in October in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/15/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 10:51:01 -0500 Speaker looks toward to special session State legislators are due to return to the Capitol on Monday for a special session to vote on funding for cleanup, repairs, and other relief for 21 counties hit by recent flooding. Earlier this week, the federal government announced it would provide disaster relief as well. While they're in session, state lawmakers are also expected to consider assistance for areas of northern Minnesota damaged by tornadoes and severe storms earlier this summer. Meanwhile, some lawmakers want to broaden the scope of the special session to toughen anti-bullying laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/15/kelliher?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 10:48:37 -0500 Minnesota congressional races round up There are just three weeks to go until election day and Republicans are looking to pick up lots of seats in Congress. They're goal is to regain control of the House and possibly the Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/13/wasserman?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 11:04:57 -0500 Good harvest and high prices to boost farmers Minnesota farmers are watching grain prices soar as they push to finish the fall harvest. Corn prices alone rose for the fourth day in a row yesterday and are up 21 percent since last week. The rally started after the size of the nation's corn harvest was scaled back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/13/steil?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 10:54:49 -0500 Farrell explains Nobel economics prize MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell who analyzes the Nobel's picks for economics. Farrell also looks at the positive effect the agriculture sector is having on Minnesota's economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/11/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 10:49:01 -0500 What Horner's not saying about his sales tax idea Every Monday leading up to election day, we're zeroing in on what the candidates for governor are saying on the campaign trail and what they're not saying. This week, we look at part of Independence Party candidate Tom Horner's plan to solve the state's projected budget deficit. Horner says the budget can't be balanced through cuts alone, and the state needs to increase revenue. He says he would lower the rate on the sales tax by one percent, and then expand it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/11/sales?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 10:47:12 -0500 Climatologist explains warm dry weather MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the extended period of dry and warmer-than-normal weather in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/08/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2010 10:41:14 -0500 African Americans and African immigrants hold summit African immigrants and African Americans will come together tomorrow in an effort to unite two communities that have had a strained relationship in the past. The Pan African Summit will be held at the Center for Families in North Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/08/montgomery?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2010 10:36:34 -0500 Campaign managers assess outlook of gubernatorial race Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner campaigns in northwestern Minnesota today, with stops in Thief River Falls, Moorhead, and East Grand Forks. Republican Tom Emmer will talk to Best Buy employees in Richfield. And DFL candidate Mark Dayton makes an appearance on MPR's Midday for the program's "Meet the Candidates" series. The candidates' three campaign managers came into the studio to talk about their strategies heading into the final weeks of the election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/07/campgaignmanagers?refid=0 Thu, 07 Oct 2010 10:27:51 -0500 Synthetic marijuana ban target of lawsuit MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio news reporter Bob Kelleher who talked from our Duluth bureau about the ban on synthetic marijuana in Duluth and an internal Republican poll on the race in the 8th Congressional District, plus other news in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/06/kelleherdebrief?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 11:16:22 -0500 Feingold trails in Wisconsin Senate race Russ Feingold was elected to his third term in the U.S. Senate six years ago with a double digit margin of victory. Now polls show him trailing by double digits. Political scientist Charles Franklin says Feingold's challenge is to show voters why his 18 years in the Senate "is an advantage, not a disadvantage." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/05/feingold-trails-in-wisconsin-senate-race?refid=0 Tue, 05 Oct 2010 11:51:08 -0500 Farrell watching conflicted Fed MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio Chief Economic Correspondent Chris Farrell about the debate within the Fed on what to do about the economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/04/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2010 11:14:46 -0500 What Emmer's not saying on the budget Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer is on the campaign trail downplaying the state's projected $5.8 billion deficit. The state government is expected to take in about 7 percent more money in the next two-year budget cycle than in the current bienium. But, he says, expenditures are expected to go up 17 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/04/notsaying?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2010 11:10:47 -0500 Two local music CD releases create buzz When there are interesting things going on in the local music scene, we like to invite David Campbell into the studio. He's the host of "The Local Show" on our sister station, The Current. This morning, David is here to talk about an upcoming show at First Avenue in Minneapolis that he's excited about. On Saturday night, there will be a CD release party for two local bands that have just finished new recordings: Dark Dark Dark and Roma di Luna. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/01/campbell?refid=0 Fri, 01 Oct 2010 11:16:04 -0500 Climatologist sums up wet September weather MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley who summarizes the weather in September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/01/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 01 Oct 2010 11:10:53 -0500 St. Paul prepped for flooding St. Paul has buttoned up its downtown riverfront for the second time this year, as Mississippi flood waters are set to crest there in the city weekend. Record rains dating back as early as the spring are to blame. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/01/nelson?refid=0 Fri, 01 Oct 2010 10:53:22 -0500 Flood impacts assessed Federal disaster relief officials are touring the 35 counties that suffered flooding in southeastern Minnesota last week. But the high water continues in some areas closing roads and causing damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/29/baier?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 10:51:32 -0500 Spivak talks with Morning Edition about winning a MacArthur Marla Spivak, a University of Minnesota entomologist who has won a MacArthur grant, spoke with Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer on Tuesday. Below is an edited transcript of their conversation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/28/spivak-qa?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2010 07:58:19 -0500 Looking back on St. Paul's Ford plant Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer talked with history professor Annette Atkins about the St. Paul Ford plant and its place in St. Paul history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/28/ford-plant-history?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2010 06:11:47 -0500 Floods prompt talks of special session State help may be on the way for southern Minnesota residents flooded out by last week's freak deluge of rain. Up to ten inches of rain fell across a wide swath of southern Minnesota, causing substantial damage to towns like Zumbro Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/27/senjem?refid=0 Mon, 27 Sep 2010 11:32:05 -0500 Coen brothers' first film gets Chinese makeover If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Coen Brothers may be feeling pretty good right now. Or maybe not; it's hard to tell with them. This weekend Twin Cities filmgoers can see "A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop," which is a Chinese remake of the St. Louis Park natives first film "Blood Simple." MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News arts reporter Euan Kerr, who has seen the new film. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/chinese-coen-movie?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 11:07:25 -0500 After uproar, 'Troubled Waters' to be shown The University of Minnesota has reversed course on showing a documentary about the causes and environmental impact of water pollution. University officials said Thursday that the premiere of the film "Troubled Waters" would go on as originally planned on October 3. Just a week ago, the U canceled the premiere, saying the film needed further review. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Alex Friedrich who writes about higher education for MPRNewsQ.org's "On Campus" blog. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/troubled?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 11:05:48 -0500 Flood damage spreads wide in southern Minn. Hundreds of home owners, businesses and farms are cleaning up this morning after record rains across southern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/flooding-debrief?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 11:03:42 -0500 Floods cause damage in southern Minnesota Heavy rain swept across southern Minnesota overnight, leaving flooded roads and homes from near the South Dakota state line and into western Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/23/nelson?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 10:51:35 -0500 Flooding unusual in fall Many areas of southern Minnesota are flooded with several cities inundated with up to 9 inches of rain overnight. Increasing frequency of floods is a growing concern in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/23/buen?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 10:49:42 -0500 Twins playoff matchups The Minnesota Twins are champions of the American League Central Division. With a week-and-a-half to go in the regular season, the Twins could finish with the best record in the American League. That would give them the home field advantage in the first two rounds of the playoffs. The big question is who will they play in the first round which begins on October 6th. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/gleeman?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 09:02:27 -0500 Wolves to be protected on reservation An estimated 100 wolves live on the Red Lake Indian Reservation near Bemidji and tribal leaders want to protect them. So they've adopted a plan to manage the wolves and their habitat on the reservation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/robertson?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 08:59:47 -0500 Rainy in the south and cold in northern Minnesota MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley talks about recent wet weather. He also tells you some general rules on how to predict the weather yourself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/17/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 17 Sep 2010 10:56:00 -0500 Fitzgerald Theater celebrates 100th anniversary Cathy Wurzer met Twin Cities architecture historian Larry Millett at the Fitzgerald Theater and they talked about the design of the building and how it fits into history of live theater in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/15/fitzgerald-theater-history?refid=0 Fri, 17 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Honoring St. Paul's retired firefighters Cathy Wurzer talked with a current and retired St. Paul firefighters about the history African-American firefighters in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/15/african-american-firefighters?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Farmers face tricky decision planting sugar beet seeds Sugar beet farmers in the Red River Valley are starting the fall harvest, but they're not sure if they'll have seed for next years crop. That's because of a legal dispute over genetically modified seed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/15/gunderson?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:48:38 -0500 Rep. Oberstar talks pipeline safety A pair of serious accidents in recent months have raised new questions about the safety of a key part of our nation's infrastructure -- underground energy pipelines. A gas transmission line ruptured in California last week and killed seven. Oil pipelines have sprung leaks in Michigan and Illinois this year -- and both belong to a company with about 1,400 miles of pipeline in Minnesota. The U.S. House Transportation Committee will have a hearing on pipeline safety in Washington D.C. today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/15/oberstar?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:44:34 -0500 Twins look to bury White Sox The first place Minnesota Twins take on the second place White Sox in a pivotal three-game series beginning tonight in Chicago. The Twins lead the White Sox by six games in the American League Central division with 19 games left to play. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/14/twins?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2010 08:58:56 -0500 Scrutinizing Emmer's 45-day budget clock for lawmakers MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News politics reporter Tom Scheck about a plan that Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer talks about in debates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/13/notsaying?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 10:57:59 -0500 Farrell to focus on new housing and employment numbers Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell talks with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about housing and employment. He says the housing market should recover when the labor market does. Plus, he previews the week ahead on Wall Street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/13/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 10:42:20 -0500 September windy and cold MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley talks about weather in September, which has been windier and colder than normal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/10/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 10 Sep 2010 10:34:22 -0500 Favre leads Vikes back to New Orleans The Minnesota Vikings are back in the belly of the beast tonight, the New Orlean's Superdome. That's where last season ended with a tough loss to the Saints, just one win short of the Super Bowl. Despite getting pummeled in that game, 40-year-old quarterback Brett Favre had an outstanding season last year, and is back with the goal to lead Minnesota to its first Super Bowl victory ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/09/vikings2?refid=0 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 08:59:44 -0500 Matching green jobs with minorities and low-income workers Minnesota DFL Congressman Keith Ellison hosts a forum Wednesday night in Richfield aimed at connecting minority communities with so-called green jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/08/greenjobs?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2010 11:47:33 -0500 A new way to watch the DNR fish pond: Live on the web This year there's a new way to see the fish in the pond and you don't even have to go to the Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/02/dnr-fishpond?refid=0 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 08:02:49 -0500 Powerline project advances in western Minnesota The fate of a powerline project in western Minnesota seemed to be tied to a coal-fired power plant that was nixed. But, the powerline is still moving forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/01/powerline?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 09:03:44 -0500 St. Luke's and nurses reach tentative agreement About a third of the nurses in Duluth, who were on the verge of holding a one-day strike, have just reached a tentative contract agreement. They work at St. Luke's hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/01/nurses?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 09:00:26 -0500 Shop owner reacts to synthetic marijuana ban Duluth is the first Minnesota city to ban synthetic marijuana. The city council voted unanimously last night to make it illegal to buy, sell or possess the products within city limits. Sold as "incense" under brand names including Genie, K-2 and Spice, synthetic marijuana is made of dried herbs sprayed with a chemical that mimics the active ingredient in pot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/31/carlson?refid=0 Tue, 31 Aug 2010 10:59:38 -0500 Local bands rock the fair David Campbell, host of "The Local Show" on 89.3 The Current, previews some of the hot Minnesota bands that will perform at the state fair this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/27/local-bands-rock-the-fair?refid=0 Fri, 27 Aug 2010 13:17:05 -0500 U.S. Rep. Peterson has his own flood protection plan As the Army Corps of Engineers considers whether to delay its water diversion plan to protect the Fargo-Moorhead area from flooding, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson says he'll push forward with his plan to build "water retention" areas upstream of the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/26/us-rep-peterson-has-his-own-flood-protection-plan?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 10:38:27 -0500 Home sales in Minneapolis lags nation The National Association of Realtors says sales of existing homes plunged in July to their lowest rate in 15 years -- dropping 27 percent from the year before. And the drop for the Twin Cities market was significantly larger than that. Home sales here fell a whopping 42 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/homesales?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 10:35:10 -0500 Silo billboard raises eyebrows A silo that was turned into a cylindrical billboard for St. Peter-based countertop manufacturer Cambria has created quite a bit of controversy in south-central Minnesota this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/baier?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 10:30:39 -0500 Architecture at the Minnesota State Fair The Minnesota State Fair is full of unique architecture. Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer took a tour of the fair and the buildings that make up its history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/state-fair-architecture?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 URS settles with 35W bridge collapse victims Payments are on the way to the survivors and family members of those who were killed when the old 35W bridge collapsed in August 2007. The engineering company that was working on the bridge when it has agreed to pay out $52 million to settle claims by victims of the disaster. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/nelson?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 11:00:48 -0500 Minnesota generating private sector jobs Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell talks about communications being an engine of jobs for the U.S. economy, and where Minnesota's job picture fits in the national scene. Plus, he previews the week ahead on Wall Street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/23/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 09:51:25 -0500 Climatologist Mark Seeley sees a sppedy end to the humid weather Climatologist Mark Seeley says he expects a speedy end to the humid weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/13/climatologist-mark-seeley-sees-a-sppedy-end-to-the-humid-weather?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2010 09:58:14 -0500 The unusual history of Irish immigrants to Minnesota While most Irish immigrants in the U.S. came to large cities, in Minnesota Archbishop John Ireland encouraged them to create rural settlements. Historian Annette Atkins discusses the unusual way that Irish immigrants settled in Minnesota. She joined Cathy Wurzer to talk about all things Irish. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/13/irish_history?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2010 08:30:57 -0500 Farmers markets brought to reservations A new state health department program is introducing farmers markets to Minnesota's Ojibwe Indian Reservations. The goal is to provide better access to fresh fruits and vegetables. It's a way to tackle some of the big health challenges in Indian communities, including high rates of diabetes and obesity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/12/robertson?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2010 11:13:39 -0500 Primary winners join Cathy Wurzer on Morning Edition The winners of the August 10 primaries, Mark Dayton, Tom Emmer and Tom Horner, joined Cathy Wurzer today by phone to discuss their victories, and what comes next on the campaign trail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/big_three_interviews?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 09:45:46 -0500 Political reporter Tom Scheck looks to the road ahead for candidates Political reporter Tom Scheck joined Cathy Wurzer in the studio this morning to discuss the road ahead for last night's primary winners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/political-reporter-tom-scheck-looks-to-the-road-ahead-for-candidates?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 09:40:41 -0500 Reporter Laura Yuen gives updates from polling places across the Twin Cities Minnesota Public Radio reporter Laura Yuen visited polling places in Minneapolis and St. Paul. She updated us on how long the lines were, and how voters could register at the polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/10/laura_yuen_visits_polling_places?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 09:40:20 -0500 Susan Kimberly retires after a long, colorful career Susan Kimberly, former Deputy Mayor of St. Paul and former president of the St. Paul City Council, former democrat and former man is retiring. She joined Cathy Wurzer to look back over her career. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/06/susan_kimberly_retires?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 09:30:31 -0500 All the news from Northern Minnesota A cellphone tower in the boundary waters sparks a lawsuit, nurses picket in Duluth and the Splitrock lighthouse turns 100. Bob Kelleher joins Cathy Wurzer to discuss all the news from Northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/04/all_the_news_from_northern_minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 09:38:00 -0500 An oil spill in Michigan calls Minnesota's pipeline safety into question A faulty pipe owned by the energy company Enbridge is to blame for the the recent oil spill in Michigan. More than 14-hundred miles of that very same Enbridge pipeline runs through northern Minnesota. State Fire Marshall Jerry Rosendahl oversees Minnesota's Office of Pipeline Safety. He joined Cathy Wurzer this morning by phone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/03/pipeline_safety_in_minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 10:04:12 -0500 New polls reach cell phone owners With the state's primary just a week away, poll season is in full swing. For the first time the Star Tribune's polling methodology includes voters who only have cell phones. Rob Daves, a public opinion research consultant based in Minneapolis joined Cathy Wurzer to discuss the complexities of polling a primary election race in the age of cell phone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/03/cell_phone_polls?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 09:56:15 -0500 Farrell talks GDP, wages and deflation MPR chief economics correspondant Chris Farrell joins Cathy Wurzer to talk about GDP, wages and deflation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/02/farrell_monday_markets?refid=0 Mon, 02 Aug 2010 09:30:49 -0500 Climatologist Mark Seeley talks about high dew points Cathy Wurzer discusses high dew points with climatologist Mark Seeley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/30/climatologist-mark-seeley-talks-about-high-dew-points?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jul 2010 09:27:31 -0500 Minnesota led on crack and cocaine sentencing fairness President Barack Obama is expected to sign a bill that would reduce the disparities between sentences for crimes involving possession of crack cocaine compared to powdered cocaine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/29/sentencing?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2010 11:01:25 -0500 A closer look at DFL candidates' education proposals The three Democrats vying to be their party's nominee for Minnesota governor in this fall's election are battling over their education credentials. Two of those three, Mark Dayton and Matt Entenza, are running ads that focus on the issue. Margaret Anderson Kelliher is talking about her education proposals on the campaign trail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/29/education?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2010 10:58:35 -0500 A history of theater in Minnesota Cathy Wurzer and historian Annette Atkins discuss theater's long history in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/28/history-of-theater-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jul 2010 11:06:15 -0500 All the news from Northwestern Minnesota The DNR sues a Minnesota township over housing construction too close to a lakeshore, a $360,000 training facility is being built for power line workers near Baudette, and Moorhead becomes one of about 50 Minnesota communities with ordinances punishing those who host parties knowing that underage drinking occurs. Reporter Dan Gunderson talks with host, Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/28/northwest-news?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jul 2010 10:41:39 -0500 Sports medicine expert says new rules, not new helmets, will prevent concussions Dr. William Roberts, chair of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the Minnesota State High School League says concussions will be cease to exist with new rules, not new helmets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/23/concussion-a-problem-for-sports-players?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 09:49:08 -0500 Mark Seeley predicts more weather disturbances this summer Mark Seeley says La Nina could be causing the weather disturbances we have seen all summer. He says there could be more to come. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/23/la-nina-will-cause-more-weather-disturbances?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 09:37:48 -0500 Bush Foundation president: Health care redesign needed Two of the three leading DFL candidates for governor say they'll look to a 2009 report from a group Minnesota foundations for ideas to reduce state spending. The report proposes changing the way the state pays for health care and taxing employer-provided health insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/21/hutchinson-bush-foundation?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jul 2010 09:52:19 -0500 Key questions for the Fed chairman Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street, and analyzes what's happening in the economy in the Upper Midwest. This week, he spoke about the some questions he wants the Fed chairman to answer in his semi-annual trip to Capitol Hill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/19/farrell2?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jul 2010 10:49:46 -0500 Debate emerges over oil drilling in the Great Lakes It may surprise you that one of the hot issues in the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race this year concerns drilling for oil in the Great Lakes. Putting the politics aside, this got us wondering if drilling for oil in the Great Lakes is a real possibility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/19/oil?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jul 2010 10:46:54 -0500 Democrats examine Minneapolis for 2012 convention Officials with the Democratic National Committee are in Minneapolis today, looking over the city with an eye towards hosting the 2012 Democratic National Convention. It would be the second national convention in a row in the Twin Cities, a prospect that has some people excited, and others alarmed as the selection process moves forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/19/dnc?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jul 2010 10:41:05 -0500 Twins struggle after promsing start Blogger Aaron Gleeman joins Cathy Wurzer to examine the Twins' season so far, and to explain the team's current slump which comes after an excellent few months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/13/twins-overview?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 08:55:49 -0500 Hennepin County's new digital library The Hennepin County library will soon begin making e-books available for readers to download to their computer or e-reader. Seven hundred titles will be available when the program starts, but files won't be compatible with the two most popular e-readers, the ipad and the Kindle. Vicky Helgeson, a senior librarian in Hennepin County joins Cathy Wurzer to explain the program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/13/digital-library?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 08:23:47 -0500 Chris Farrell on renting, earnings season and the recession Chris Farrell talked with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about the start of earnings season, why it's better to be a renter than a landlord right now and the long-term effects of the recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/12/monday-markets-with-chris-farrell?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jul 2010 12:07:46 -0500 Weather with Mark Seeley Mark Seeley examines why July has been so wet in Minnesota, and he forecasts the weather for the weekend ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/09/weather-with-mark-seeley?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jul 2010 10:05:16 -0500 Presbyterian pastor explains church's decisions on gay clergy With about 5,000 members, Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina has the largest congregation of any Presbyterian church in the upper midwest. John Crosby is senior pastor there. He was at last night's vote and he joined Cathy Wurzer this morning by phone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/09/presbyterian-pastor-explains-decision?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jul 2010 09:56:43 -0500 Reporter debrief: Liz Baier with news from southeast Minnesota Cathy Wurzer gets all the news from southeast Minnesota. She talked to reporter Liz Baier about panhandling licenses, registration for same-sex couples and fixing the tornado warning system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/07/news-from-southeast?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 10:35:41 -0500 Economist says tip credit won't change much in Minnesota The candidates for governor in Minnesota are divided over whether workers who earn tips should be subject to a lower minimum wage. It's an issue that's been debated for years at the state capitol. St. Cloud State economist Orn Bodvarsson has done extensive research on both tipping and the minimum wage, and he joined Cathy Wurzer this morning from our studios in Collegeville to discuss the policy debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/07/tip-credit-no-help-for-minnesotans?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 10:26:15 -0500 Hospital CEO responds to the end of constract dispute with Minnesota Nurses Association Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association yesterday voted to accept a contract offer from 14 metro area hospitals, averting a major strike. One of the hospitals was Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. Dr. David Abelson is the CEO of Park Nicollet, he joined Cathy Wurzer by phone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/07/hospital-ceo-responds-to-nurses?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 10:18:40 -0500 Union president pleased with contract ratification, still fighting for patient safety Linda Hamilton, president of the Minnesota Nurses Association, said she is pleased that the nurses have ratified their new contract, but she will still work for the staffing ratios that nurses believe will ensure patient safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/07/union-president-responds-to-ratification?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 10:14:20 -0500 Tuesday market analysis with Chris Farrell Cathy Wurzer and Chris Farrell delve into this week's job numbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/06/farrell-markets?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 New technologies help crack old cases Law enforcement agencies have put more focus on solving cold cases in recent years, in part because new technology has made it possible to solve old crimes. Sgt. Anita Muldoon heads up the cold case unit at the St. Paul Police Department and she joined Cathy Wurzer this morning by phone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/02/cold-cases?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jul 2010 10:11:21 -0500 Weather with climatologist Mark Seeley Mark Seeley previews the weekend's weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/02/seeley-weather?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jul 2010 09:51:47 -0500 Authorities search for new clues in 1989 Wetterling disappearance Authorities spent two days searching a farm outside St. Joseph in central Minnesota. They were just yards from where 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped at gunpoint on a country road in 1989. Cathy Wurzer got the facts from reporter Tim Nelson, who was on the scene yesterday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/02/authorities-search-for-wetterling-clues?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jul 2010 09:25:45 -0500 New laws take hold It's July 1, which means new laws take effect in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/01/laws?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 2010 11:16:08 -0500 Emmer talks budget and rail from campaign trail Republican endorsed gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer is on the hustings again today, as part of a three day, 20-city tour of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/01/emmer?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 2010 11:08:45 -0500 News from Duluth from Bob Kelleher Invasive fish in the great lakes, cell phone towers in the Boundary Waters, and illegal music downloads-- Cathy Wurzer talks to Duluth reporter Bob Kelleher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/30/kelleher-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 08:58:10 -0500 Franken previews what he will ask Kagan during confirmation hearing today Al Franken joined Cathy Wurzer by phone from Washington to preview the day ahead in the Kagan confirmation hearing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/30/franken-on-kagan-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 08:52:27 -0500 Monday Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street, and analyzes what's happening in the economy in the Upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/28/monday-markets-farrell?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jun 2010 09:42:48 -0500 Canterbury Park racetrack turns 25 This weekend Canterbury Park celebrates its 25th anniversary. Cathy Wurzer discusses the history of horse racing in Minnesota with author and race-handicapper Steve Davidowitz. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/25/canterbury?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jun 2010 12:03:25 -0500 Mark Seeley talks weather with Cathy Wurzer Cathy Wurzer talks with meteorologist Mark Seeley about the weekend's weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/25/seeley_weather?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jun 2010 11:56:49 -0500 A portrait of Gideon Pond, the first to write the Dakota Language Tawaxitu means "friend" in the language of the Dakota Indians. The first person to write those words down was a white missionary named Gideon Pond. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/24/gideonpond?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 17:11:03 -0500 Water levels in northwestern Minnesota high Rainfall amounts are important this time of year, not only for growing crops around the region, but also to replentish lake levels and groundwater. Portions of northern Minnesota have gotten more rainfall than usual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/gunderson?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 11:17:33 -0500 Nurses vote on authorizing open-ended strike Thousands of nurses are voting today on whether to stage a second walkout at Twin Cities hospitals. The vote follows a one-day strike against a half dozen hospital groups on June 10. Today, nurses are voting on an open-ended strike as part of their labor impasse with the hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/21/nelson?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:48:54 -0500 New candidates shake up races Native American voters in Minnesota have historically aligned themselves with the DFL party. But two Native American candidates in northern Minnesota are bucking that trend. The two have formed their own political party and are running for state House and Senate seats currently held by the DFL. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/robertson?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 10:42:48 -0500 Minnesota-made beach cleaning machines help in gulf Machines made in Minnesota, are being used to clean up beaches affected by the Gulf Coast oil spill. Mike McPherson is the Vice-President of Sales for Cherrington Beach Cleaners and he is in Grand Isle over-seeing the operation there. He talked to Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/16/beach-cleaning-oil-spill?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2010 09:55:57 -0500 Oberstar, Bachmann react to Obama's speech MPR's Morning Edition interviewed Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar and Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann on Wednesday for their reaction to President Barack Obama's speech on the Gulf Coast oil spill. Below are excerpts from those interviews. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/16/oberstar-bachmann-obama-address?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2010 08:29:20 -0500 Minn. companies helped fight WWII in surprising ways Many Minnesota institutions pitched in to help with the war effort during WWII. Cargill built ships, General Mills made gun sights and Hormel made SPAM, of course. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/15/minn-companies-helped-fight-wwii-in-surprising-ways?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Weather with Climatologist Mark Seeley University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/weather-with-mark-seeley?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 09:43:35 -0500 Motorcycle deaths in Minnesota down Minnesota roads were a lot safer last year -- especially for motorcyclists. A new report from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety shows motorcycle fatalities dropped 26 percent in 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/motorcycle-deaths-in-minnesota-down?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 09:31:12 -0500 Unanswered questions remain after nurse strike Twin Cities nurses are expected to return to work today after participating in the largest nurses strike in the country's history. 12,000 nurses at 14 metro hospitals walked off the job for 24 hours. They're fighting to keep their pension benefits and increase staffing. Both sides still need to work out a new contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/unanswered-questions-remain-after-nurse-strike?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 09:26:36 -0500 Hospital spokesperson emphasizes flexibility The biggest nurses strike in U.S. history is taking place today in the Twin Cities. One of the top issues for the 12,000 nurses walking the picket lines is setting nurse-to-patient ratios. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/10/hospitalview?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 2010 10:07:03 -0500 Striking nurse opens up about staffing More than 12,000 nurses from 14 Twin Cities area hospitals are on strike today. They walked off the job at 7 this morning. The union says workers want nurse-to-patient ratios set to improve patient safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/10/nurseview?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 2010 10:05:05 -0500 A report from the nurse picket lines More than 12,000 Twin Cities area nurses have walked off the job. The one-day nursing strike affects 14 hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/10/picketline?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 2010 10:02:33 -0500 Crops, raw milk, school closings, and sheep in the city -- an update from Worthington Mark Steil joins Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer to talk about crops, raw milk, education and ..... sheep. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/09/crops-raw-milk-school-closings-and-sheep-in-the-city--an-update-from-worthington?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 09:20:35 -0500 Plans finalized for new state park at Lake Vermilion A new state park in northeastern Minnesota could be open for hiking as soon as this fall. Gov. Pawlenty and a top U.S. Steel executive have finalized a deal in which the state will buy three thousand acres on the shore of Lake Vermilion for $18 million. Cathy Wurzer talked to Courtland Nelson,Director of Parks and Trails at the Department of Natural Resources, who estimated the park could have 300 thousand visitors a year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/09/the-dnrs-new-state-park-at-lake-vermillion?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 09:10:35 -0500 Home ownership makes sense in Minneapolis Renters in Minneapolis may want to think about buying a house, according to the real estate website trulia.com. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/07/farrell-says-housing-market-in-minneapolis-looking-up?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 11:38:18 -0500 Twin Cities bus ridership on the rise Twin Cities Metro Transit spokesman Bob Gibbons says that bus ridership in the Twin Cities is up, but commuters still complain of too few routes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/07/bus-ridership-twin-cities?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 11:11:19 -0500 Feta cheese holds special place for Egyptian immigrant Like many immigrants, Arab Americans feel passionately about the food of their homelands. Commentator Ahmed Tharwat lives in Minnesota now, but he grew up in Egypt. And he says there is one Egyptian delicacy that's especially important to him -- feta cheese. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/04/fetacheese?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 10:38:24 -0500 Weather with Mark Seeley University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/04/weather-with-mark-seeley?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 10:33:45 -0500 Hearing on Erlinder case held in Rwanda A hearing was held this morning in Kigali, Rwanda for Twin Cities law professor Peter Erlinder. Erlinder has been imprisoned in Rwanda for a week now. He's charged with denying the 1994 Rwandan genocide that killed more than 800,000 people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/04/ehrlinderhearing?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 10:24:08 -0500 Lobbyist: North Dakota oil poses environmental risks Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., says the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a good argument for extracting oil on land -- specifically North Dakota land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/04/north-dakota-oil-poses-environmental-risks?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 10:03:01 -0500 Minnesota nonprofits win $30 million case against Wells Fargo A Ramsey County jury has ruled against Wells Fargo bank in a case involving nonprofits. The Minneapolis Foundation, the Medical Foundation, and others say Wells Fargo invested their money in securities the bank knew were risky. Media reports say the nonprofits have been awarded about $30 million in damages, and today, the judge hears arguments over punitive damages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/03/nonprofits?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 10:54:53 -0500 Holiday traffic tests Duluth road construction The huge road repair project in and around Duluth got its first major traffic test over the Memorial Day weekend. The project has reduced the roadway to one lane in each direction over parts of a 10-mile stretch. MnDOT officials were telling motorists to expect trips to allow an extra half-an-hour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/02/kelleher?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 2010 11:13:12 -0500 Farrell previews the week's econ news Minnesota Public Radio News Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell gives his weekly rundown of the events shaping Minnesota's economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/01/chrisfarrell?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 10:54:09 -0500 Restored St. Rose Church of Lima has long history Memorial Day is a day to remember those who've passed on, including those who served in the U.S. military. There are many Memorial Day observances and one of them will be a special mass Monday morning at a little pioneer church near the Kenyon/Wanamingo area of southeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/28/st-rose-church?refid=0 Mon, 31 May 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Tax credit to kick-in this summer for angel investors Fledgling businesses looking to expand in Minnesota will get some help securing investors starting this summer. In July or August the state will begin to accept applications for its new Angel Investor Tax Credit as part of a 5-year, $50 million dollar effort to spur innovation and job growth in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/27/angel?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2010 11:19:49 -0500 Raw milk presents health risk The Minnesota Department of Health has linked three cases of E. coli to unpasteurized milk from the the Hartmann Dairy Farm near the south-central Minnesota town of Gibbon. Three people have been hospitalized with illnesses linked to milk from the farm. A fourth case is under investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/27/milk?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2010 11:18:13 -0500 Child pornography next target for lawyer A St. Paul attorney who's made a career of suing clergy members over alleged child sex abuse says he's turning his attention to the issue of child pornography. Jeffrey Anderson has filed a federal lawsuit against a former St. Paul teacher -- and an unnamed 100 people who looked at explicit pictures he took of children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/27/nelson?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2010 11:14:44 -0500 Survivor urges against driving drunk In southeastern Minnesota, the only survivor of last year's deadly Memorial Day crash that killed five people near Rochester has been speaking this week about the dangers of drinking and driving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/26/baier?refid=0 Wed, 26 May 2010 10:38:41 -0500 Hospitals call for more talks with nurses Twin Cities hospitals are asking nurses to stop posturing and get back to the bargaining table. The hospitals' plea comes nearly a week after an overwhelming majority of nurses rejected new contract offers and authorized a one-day strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/25/nurses?refid=0 Tue, 25 May 2010 11:01:01 -0500 Great Recession changes Minnesota job market This week Minnesota Public Radio News will be airing a series of reports about the future of the job market in the state. We'll look at how employment trends are changing in the wake of the Great Recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/24/baxter?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2010 10:21:11 -0500 One-day nurse strikes effective in California About 12,000 Twin Cities nurses are voting today on whether to authorize a strike. If approved, the strike against 13 metro-area hospitals could begin no sooner than June 1, and it would last only one day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/19/california?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2010 09:13:08 -0500 Immigration dispute rises in Willmar In the west-central Minnesota community of Willmar, some Latino residents are upset that the city council is considering a federal immigration enforcement training program for police officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/19/immigration?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2010 08:59:30 -0500 Structural deficit big despite new budget The Minnesota state budget is balanced, for now. The Legislature passed a budget yesterday that solves a $3 billion shortfall. But when lawmakers return to the capitol next year, they're expected to face a deficit nearly twice that size. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/18/gunyou?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 10:49:38 -0500 Monday Market report with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street, and analyzes what's happening in the economy in the Upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/17/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 11:20:26 -0500 End of session sets up politics for fall This year's 2010 legislative session which ended Sunday night may carry major political ramifications for elections later this year. The Republican and DFL endorsed candidates for governor are both sitting legislators. Add to that a governor who's considering a run for president, and political stakes get even higher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/17/grolniksmith?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 11:18:47 -0500 Politics of the session to play out The outcome of the 2010 legislative session could affect the political ambitions of some of the key players in Minnesota politics down the road. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/17/scheck?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 11:16:26 -0500 Treaty rights supporters to launch fish-off today Tomorrow is the big walleye fishing season opener in Minnesota, but some Native Americans from the White Earth and Leech Lake bands of Ojibwe plan to violate state law by fishing in Lake Bemidji today. It's part of a rally to draw attention to an 1855 treaty between the Ojibwe and the U.S. government. The bands claim they may have given up land in the treaty, but they kept their right to hunt, fish, and gather in a large section of northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/14/robertson?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 10:33:46 -0500 Don Shelby recalls TV news career and looks ahead Longtime award-winning WCCO-TV news anchor Don Shelby officially announced his retirement today. Shelby, who has worked at the station for more than 30 years, will sign off on Nov. 22. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/shelby?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 10:54:46 -0500 Treaty rights to be asserted in different ways This Saturday is the Minnesota fishing opener, but plans for the Anishinabe fish-off are going ahead. Some members of the White Earth and Leech Lake bands of Ojibwe say they'll intentionally violate state law and fish the day before the opener. Their goal is to draw attention to hunting and fishing treaty rights they claim are guaranteed in an 1855 treaty with the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/robertson?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 10:38:58 -0500 Former Gov. Quie reflects on budget negotiations MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with former Minn. Gov. Al Quie on Wednesday about the budget problems he dealt with in the '80s and about his take on the current negotiations. Below is an edited transcript of their conversation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/quie-budget?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 10:34:17 -0500 Republican lawmaker reacts to DFL budget plan Rep. Laura Brod, R-New Prague, discusses the state budget impasse with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/11/brod_budget?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2010 10:02:29 -0500 Budget to dominate last week at Capitol We're heading into the last week of the 2010 legislative session, and Minnesota lawmakers still have a big financial mess to clean up. The state budget deficit of $536 million ballooned to nearly $3 billion as a result of a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling last week. The court ruled against Gov. Tim Pawlenty's unallotment budget fix from last summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/10/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 10 May 2010 11:17:33 -0500 Ruling changes budget and politics at the Capitol Gov. Tim Pawlenty and state lawmakers are faced with a budget deficit that has the potential to be a whole lot bigger today than it was yesterday. That's because the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that the governor's unilateral unallotments of the state budget last July were an overreach of his executive authority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/06/scheck?refid=0 Thu, 06 May 2010 09:42:55 -0500 An in-depth look at choice for St. Paul police chief St. Paul is getting a new police chief. Tom Smith is a 21-year veteran of the department. He was named yesterday to head the force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/30/chief?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 09:24:30 -0500 The historic Como-Harriet Streetcar Line The Como-Harriet Streetcar Line is part of the Minnesota Streetcar Museum. The historic car runs during the spring and summer between Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/28/como-harriet-line?refid=0 Thu, 29 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Farmers lucking out so far with weather The spring weather has been almost perfect for farmers, and they already have a lot of planting done around Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/28/steil?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 09:02:21 -0500 Parents can be liable for their teen drivers Recent traffic deaths in Minnesota that involve teenagers has raised questions about the legal responsibility of the parents of teenage drivers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/27/ampulski?refid=0 Tue, 27 Apr 2010 10:38:14 -0500 Party endorsements shorten time at the Capitol The DFL party gubernatorial endorsee, and Minnesota House Speaker, Margaret Anderson Kelliher travels around the state today to campaign. Kelliher beat out seven other challengers in a six-ballot endorsement battle Saturday in Duluth. Minnesota Republicans are preparing to gather in Minneapolis later this week to endorse their candidate for governor. And that means another abbreviated week at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/26/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 11:00:43 -0500 Cap Wigington, St. Paul's architect Of the approximately 100,000 architects in the United States in 2005, only about 1,500 were African-American, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This fact makes the story of Clarence "Cap" Wigington even more remarkable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/21/cap-wigington?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 04:00:00 -0500 Out-of-state firefighters in Minnesota to help Fire fighting crews from Illinois and Michigan have been called in to help control several large wildfires burning in Minnesota. Those crews will also help react to new fires that crop up, as the spring dry-spell continues this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/bergerson?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 10:48:57 -0500 Author's take on Shiue case More psychological experts will take the stand today to tell a judge whether or not Ming Sen Shiue should be locked up indefinitely as a "dangerous sexual predator." Shiue was convicted 30 years ago of murder, kidnapping and rape. He's eligible for parole from federal prison in July. He took the stand himself yesterday, saying he is no longer dangerous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/biernat?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 10:46:25 -0500 Monday Market report with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street, and analyzes what's happening in the economy in the Upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/19/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2010 10:47:41 -0500 Education to highlight week at Capitol State lawmakers are poised to take up several school reform issues during a shortened week at the State Capitol. Later in the week, DFL legislators will head to the state political convention in Duluth where the party will endorse a gubernatorial candidate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/19/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2010 08:56:50 -0500 UnitedHealth and YMCA act to prevent diabetes UnitedHealth Group is going to start paying for a novel diabetes prevention program. The Minnetonka-based health insurer is announcing today it will reimburse YMCAs in six cities -- including Minneapolis/St. Paul -- for offering programs that are proven to cut people's risk for the disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/14/diabetes?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 09:05:29 -0500 Minnesota native talks about winning the Pulitzer Prize T.J. Stiles, a native of Minnesota and a Carleton College graduate, won a Pulitzer Prize in the biography category for his book "The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt." He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/13/stiles?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 10:18:59 -0500 Klobuchar: 'I love my job; this is where I want to stay' Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Klobuchar Tuesday about the Supreme Court nomination process, as well as about her name being mentioned as a possible nominee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/13/klobuchar-morning-edition?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 08:20:11 -0500 Monday Market report with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street, and analyzes what's happening in the economy in the Upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/mondaymarkets?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 10:42:08 -0500 Target Field hires official meterologist Target Field in Minneapolis has its own meteorologist. It's Craig Edwards, who did on-air weather forecast for Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/meteorologist?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 10:39:51 -0500 Lull in store at Capitol State lawmakers have just over a month left in the 2010 session, but much of their budget-balancing work has slowed significantly because lawmakers are in a holding pattern until they learn how much federal health care money they can use to help erase the remaining budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 10:35:35 -0500 Many ways to get to Target Field The Minnesota Twins play the Boston Red Sox in the inaugural game at Target Field in Minneapolis The first pitch is scheduled for 3:10 this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/targetlogistics?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 10:29:40 -0500 Fees raise the ire of Newscut blogger Spirit Airlines is dropping some fares down to a penny. Beyond that penny, all the customer has to pay is the $52 fuel fee, and $45 dollars to travel with luggage, and a $40-per-year membership fee. Oh, and $19 in taxes, too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/newscut?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 08:58:00 -0500 Population of bees declining sharply It was not a good winter for honey bees. Scientists have noted a sharp drop in the number of honey bees in the Unites States for the last four years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/bees?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 09:00:35 -0500 Four day school week not a budget panacea Kids, teachers and parents in another Minnesota community are preparing to adjust their routines a bit. Next fall, the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City school district plans to hold classes only four days a week. Many other districts are considering it -- especially in rural areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/fourday?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 08:56:59 -0500 Weather with Climatologist Mark Seeley University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 08:54:17 -0500 No major damage from St. Paul floods Floodwaters on the Mississippi River in St. Paul started to recede overnight. This morning, the water mark stands at 18.3 feet, down about two inches from the crest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/25/nelson?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 08:47:36 -0500 Gov. Pawlenty in New Hampshire again Gov. Tim Pawlenty is back in the critical presidential battleground state of New Hampshire today. He's talking with students there this afternoon and then he'll headline a dinner this evening in Manchester. It's his second trip to the state since he announced he won't run for a third term as governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/25/newhampshire?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 08:44:29 -0500 Stillwater mayor on bridge closure Rising waters on the St. Croix River will force the Stillwater lift bridge to close today. For the more than 16,000 cars and trucks that cross the bridge each day, the Minnesota Department of Transportation recommends detouring south to the Interstate 94 bridge at Hudson or north to the Highway 243 bridge at Osceola. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/harycki?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 10:42:15 -0500 Monday Market report with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street, and analyzes what's happening in the economy in the Upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/22/economy?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:24:34 -0500 Twins and Joe Mauer agree to contract Twins fans everywhere are breathing a collective sigh of relief after learning that catcher Joe Mauer has signed a new contract with the team through the 2018 season. Starting next year, Mauer will make $23 million a year over eight years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/22/bickal?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:22:04 -0500 Officials look to next steps after Red crests The water is on its way down this morning on the Red River at Fargo-Moorhead, and today the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency - FEMA - will be in Fargo-Moorhead to talk with local officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/22/gunderson?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:20:14 -0500 Rep. Walz unworried about health care vote Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota's 1st Congressional District voted for the health care overhaul bill Sunday. Republicans have vowed to target Democratic lawmakers who support the measure in the next election, but Walz says he's not concerned about that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/22/walz?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:17:48 -0500 DFL deficit plans come to the fore DFL state lawmakers are ready to take their first bite out of a nearly $1 billion budget deficit. The Minnesota House and Senate are expected to vote today on a bill that would reduce state spending by about $314 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/22/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:15:50 -0500 Highlights of South by Southwest If you're a music lover, the place to be this weekend is Austin, Texas for the "South By Southwest" music festival. It's become the world's biggest annual music gathering, and it's been going on since Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/19/mcguinn?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2010 10:32:12 -0500 Return of NCAA ring delights former Gopher player Walter Bond played guard for the University of Minnesota basketball team 20 years ago, when the Gophers made it to the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament in 1990. A ring that marked that accomplishment was stolen from him shortly after he received it. But this week, Walter Bond got his ring back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/17/bond?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2010 10:55:32 -0500 Head of MNSCU unhappy with bonding vetos Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a state bonding bill with $686 million for building and maintenance projects around Minnesota. But that amount is about a third smaller than lawmakers had approved because the governor vetoed 52 of the projects in the bill. The biggest cuts came from proposed projects at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/mnscu?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:02:19 -0500 Flood repetition presents psychological issue The Red River is rising -- again. What's becoming an annual event causes a state of anxiety that can take a toll on the mental health of area residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/psychology?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:00:49 -0500 Transplant surgeon writes autobiography University of Minnesota surgeon and professor Dr. John Najarian has written an autobiography called "The Miracle of Transplantation: The Unique Odyssey of a Pioneer Transplant Surgeon." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/najarian?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:58:32 -0500 Flood preparations hit high gear The push is on today to build sandbag walls and temporary levees in several low-lying neighborhoods of Fargo and Moorhead. In some places, the work will go on around the clock until the areas are protected from the rising Red River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/floodprep?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:56:01 -0500 Monday Market report with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street, and analyzes what's happening in the economy in the Upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/15/economy?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:54:54 -0500 Fate of bonding bill leads Capitol agenda this week The bonding bill is on Gov. Tim Pawlenty desk today and he says he will sign it into law. But, he also says he will trim its $1 billion cost with his line-item veto. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/15/bonding?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:52:19 -0500 Flood forecast anticipates rising Red Forecasters with the National Weather Service are predicting that the Red River in the Fargo - Moorhead area could be dangerously high by this weekend. That's quite a bit earlier than when we usually see spring flooding in that area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/15/red?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:50:10 -0500 Newscut blogger highlights census two-step You probably have not received your census form in the mail quite yet, but most American households have received an "advance letter" from the Census. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/newscut?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 10:57:27 -0600 Identity theft fraud rings evolving Two people have pleaded guilty so far in what investigators call a massive case of identity theft and bank fraud here in Minnesota. At least 10 Minnesotans have been arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/fraud?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 10:55:03 -0600 A preview of this week's financial news Minnesota Public Radio Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell predicts that there will be some interesting financial news this week regarding international trade and wages. He discussed the financial markets with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/08/wall_street_week?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 2010 11:37:18 -0600 Minnesota denied Race to the Top funding Education reporter Tom Weber spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about Minnesota not being a finalist in the so-called "Race to the Top" competition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/05/funding_denied?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 12:09:37 -0600 It has been a warm week in Minnesota Finally this week many observers in Minnesota reported their first temperature readings of 40 degrees F or higher since December 1 of last year. Mark Seeley talks about that and more with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/05/warm_week?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 12:01:38 -0600 Festival explores Jewish humor The first ever Minneapolis Jewish Humor Festival continues today. It's been going on all week at the Sabes Jewish Community Center, with performances and lectures about the art and tradition of jewish humor. Rabbi Sim Glaser is a student of Jewish humor and he's one of the presenters at this week's festival. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked to him about why so much great American comedy comes out of the Jewish community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/jewish_humor?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 09:59:48 -0600 Monday Market report with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street, and analyzes what's happening in the economy in the Upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 11:25:49 -0600 This Week at the Capitol Minnesota House DFL leaders say they are ready to vote today to override Governor Pawlenty's recent veto of a health care bill affecting thousands of low income adults. Lawmakers will also learn later this week if the $1.2 billion budget deficit that they still need to fix has grown any bigger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/capitol_update?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 10:33:33 -0600 Gov. Pawlenty to veto bonding bill The bill that DFL state lawmakers have touted as creating jobs is about to run headlong into a gubernatorial veto. The bill in question is a $1 billion bonding proposal for public construction projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/pugmire?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 10:51:24 -0600 Veto override vote could come this week A partisan showdown is looming at the State Capitol this week over health care coverage for thousands of low income adults. DFL leaders in the House and Senate say they'll try to override Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of a bill to extend General Assistance Medical Care, which passed by wide bipartisan margins. But Republicans in the House are promising a united front to uphold the governor's veto. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/22/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 10:48:41 -0600 Pawlenty to unveil budget fix today Gov. Tim Pawlenty unveils his proposal today for fixing a $1.2 billion deficit in the current two-year budget. The Republican governor has said he will provide a solution with spending cuts alone. MPR Capitol reporter Tim Pugmire previews the speech. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/15/budget_preview?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 10:31:23 -0600 Safety on big vs. small airlines Minnesota Public Radio's Bob Collins writes our NewsCut Blog. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about two levels of safety that he sees on commercial airlines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/03/collins?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2010 10:31:45 -0600 Former Gopher Darwitz predicts U.S. will take gold in Vancouver Former Gopher hockey star Natalie Darwitz predicts youthful energy and speed will help the U.S. women's hockey team capture the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/02/darwitz-hockey?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2010 08:38:22 -0600 News Cut's Bob Collins talks sports and Vikings stadium News Cut blogger Bob Collins has been exploring a few stories from the world of sports, from NFL playoff football on one end of the spectrum to girls' high school basketball on the other. He talked with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/27/bobcollins?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 10:52:51 -0600 New AIDS numbers show need for outreach Minnesota health officials are trying to figure out what to do next after seeing a sharp increase in the number of new HIV and AIDS infections last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/27/aids?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 10:50:51 -0600 Somali youth in Minnesota face challenges Minnesota Public Radio News is airing a series of reports on Somali youth called "Civil War Kids." It looks at the lives and struggles of Somali families that fled fighting at home only to encounter more violence in America. Minnesota has one of the the largest populations of Somalis in the U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/26/yuen?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2010 09:03:12 -0600 Johnson talks about leading Minneapolis schools Bernadeia Johnson has been tapped to lead the Minneapolis public schools. Johnson, who is the district's deputy superintendent, was named the only finalist for the job at Tuesday night's school board meeting. Johnson talked with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/20/johnson?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 11:06:48 -0600 Heroin deaths on rise in metro area, sheriff says The Twin Cities area has seen an increase in deaths from heroin overdose in 2009, and authorities in Hennepin and Anoka counties say the purity of the drug in the area may be one factor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/12/heroin-deaths?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 14:15:14 -0600 Star Tribune's new publisher talks about challenges The Star Tribune Thursday announced Michael Klingensmith will be the paper's new publisher. Klingensmith spent more than 30 years with Time, Inc. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about the challenges he'll face at the Star Tribune. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/08/klingensmith?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 11:03:43 -0600 Looking back, looking ahead with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's Chief Economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses retail sales in 2009, and the economic forecast for the coming year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/28/monday_markets?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2009 10:18:38 -0600 Franken, Klobuchar set to approve health care legislation Senate Democrats, including Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, say they will pass legislation overhauling the nation's health care system Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/23/franken-health-care?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2009 09:54:47 -0600 Farrell: Twin Cities housing market "repairing" MPR chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell expects to see more evidence that the Twin Cities housing market is "repairing" when the National Association of Realtors releases data on existing home sales Tuesday. But he does not expect the change to be dramatic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/21/farrell-twin-cities-housing-market-repairing?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Sid Hartman releases CD of old sports interviews Longtime Star Tribune sports columnist Sid Hartman has released a new CD called "Sid Hartman and his Close Personal Friends--The Lost Tapes." The CD includes Hartman's interviews through the years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/21/sid-hartman-cd?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2009 11:16:27 -0600 Minnesota artists cover the Beatles "Minnesota Beatle Project" is a new CD that features 16 Minnesota-based artists interpreting Beatles songs. One of the more intriguing tracks in the collection is a version of "Norwegian Wood" by Jeremy Messersmith and Zach Coulter. This is the first time they have recorded music together. Messersmith is a solo artist and Coulter is a member of the band Solid Gold. They spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the creation of their unique version of the song. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/15/beatle_project?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Regions Hospital faces same issues as HCMC The Hennepin County Board votes today on a plan to scale back charity care at Hennepin County Medical Center in response to state budget cuts. Regions Hospital in St. Paul is also struggling with cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/15/regions?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2009 10:24:23 -0600 Minn. auto dealer happy to make case to stay open Dozens of Minnesota Chrysler and GM dealerships marked for elimination have won the right to appeal their cases through binding arbitration. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with one dealer who plans to do just that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/15/leonard?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2009 10:22:44 -0600 Rep. Ellison reacts to public option in trouble on Capitol Hill Democrats in the U.S. Senate appear to be moving toward a health reform bill that would not include a government-run "public option" insurance program, even though such an option exists in the House-approved bill. U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, an outspoken supporter of the public option, reacts to the Senate's action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/publicoption?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 09:16:55 -0600 Could the Vikings leave Minnesota? Fans of the Minnesota Vikings rally this afternoon at the state Capitol to drum up political support for a new, publicly funded professional football stadium because its organizers are convinced the Vikings will leave Minnesota if they don't get a new stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/03/vikings-leave-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Former federal prosecutor analyzes Petters verdict Prosecutors say Minnesota businessman Tom Petters could spend the rest of his life in prison, after a jury found him guilty of running a $3.5 billion Ponzi scheme. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/03/petters-analysis?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 International Falls administrator worries about LGA cuts Once again the state is facing a projected budget deficit, and once again, Gov. Tim Pawlenty has targeted Local Government Aid for cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/03/international-falls-lga-cuts?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Rep. Walz reacts to Obama plan on Afghanistan President Obama said in a speech from West Point that he is sending 30,000 more troops to implement a new strategy in Afghanistan. U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, DFL-Minn., is cautious in his reaction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/02/walz-afghanistan?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2009 11:07:24 -0600 A look at this season's Nutcracker productions Perhaps no holiday performance tradition is more prevalent this time of year than "The Nutcracker." Scores of dance companies across the state are bringing Tchaikovsky's classic ballet to the stage, and our theater critic takes a look at some of his favorites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/02/papatola?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2009 10:59:38 -0600 EPA considers raising ethanol cap Corn farmers and ethanol producers in Minnesota are hoping to catch a break from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today. The EPA is considering a proposal to boost the amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/01/morris?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 10:51:42 -0600 Retailers hoping for a big Cyber Monday Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street, and analyzes what's happening in the economy in the upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/30/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2009 10:46:34 -0600 Mark Seeley: Cold weather coming next week University of Minnesota meteorologist Mark Seeley expects temperatures to drop next week, following an unusually warm November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/27/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 27 Nov 2009 08:48:52 -0600 Prices wars worry independent booksellers With Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon.com slashing book prices below wholesale levels, independent bookstore owners worry customers will expect them to follow suit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/27/prices-wars-worry-independent-booksellers?refid=0 Fri, 27 Nov 2009 08:21:39 -0600 Crash investigation turns to bus company The probe into the bus crash that killed two people and injured 20 others continues in southeast Minnesota today. Inspectors are combing over the damaged bus at a garage in Austin. But attention has also turned to the company that owns the bus, and whether it was following motor carrier regulations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/20/busdebrief?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 09:16:12 -0600 Investigators to resume work in bus tour crash Authorities will get a better look today at the tour bus that flipped over on Interstate 90 yesterday afternoon near Austin, Minnesota. The crash killed two people and injured 21 others, with some in critical condition. The group was on the way back to Rochester, after a trip to the Diamond Jo casino in Northwood, Iowa. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/19/buscrash?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2009 11:11:01 -0600 Sen. Franken talks health care The U.S. Senate begins debate soon on a health care reform bill. Sen. Al Franken, DFL-Minn., said he wants the bill to include a public option for health insurance. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/18/senatorfranken?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2009 10:57:55 -0600 Religion and stage plays a tricky mix This weekend, local audiences can find nuns at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and the Ordway in St. Paul, and a Lutheran pastor at the Plymouth Playhouse. The plays that feature these characters are all light-hearted holiday offerings, but mixing religion and the arts can be a tricky blend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/18/papatola?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2009 10:56:10 -0600 Joblessness changes social worker's life Social worker Anne Ferguson's career has been all about helping those in need. But now she's the one who could use a hand. Ferguson was laid off this summer from a job caring for elderly patients with Alzheimer's and dementia. It's the second time she's been laid off in three years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/18/unemployed?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2009 10:53:49 -0600 In Blaine, clunkers meet their end The federal Cash for Clunkers program may be over, but the work continues for businesses that have to recycle more than 700,000 gas guzzling trade-ins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/16/cash-clunkers-video?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 22:04:57 -0600 Prosecution in Petters to wrap up case soon Federal prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case today in the fraud trial of businessman Tom Petters, and the defense will then take its turn. Petters is accused of leading a scheme that ripped off investors for $3.5 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/16/petters?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 11:19:57 -0600 Change of venue a hot topic in high-profile court cases The legal concept of "change of venue" has been in the news a lot recently. The attorney for the man accused of killing 13 people on a Texas military base says his client will have a difficult time getting a fair trial in Fort Hood "given the national media attention that has been focused" on the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/12/ampulski?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2009 10:32:13 -0600 Klobuchar, Franken, McCollum attend Ft. Hood service Minnesota's two U.S. senators and at least one memeber of Congress are attending this afternoon's memorial service for the victims of the shooting at Fort Hood army base in Texas last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/10/forthood?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2009 10:41:53 -0600 How losing a job changed one woman's life More than 40 years later, Judy Shaw is back where she started. This fall, she re-enrolled at Normandale Community College -- the same place she began her post-secondary education back in 1968. She is going back to school because she lost her full-time job more than two years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/04/shaw?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 10:00:35 -0600 First IRV election in Minneapolis starts off well Minneapolis has begun its first election under the new instant runoff voting system. The system is also called ranked choice voting, because voters now have the option of ranking up to three candidates in order of preference for every office on the ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/irv?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 10:20:48 -0600 Young Minnesota Timberwolves worth watching The Minnesota Timberwolves put their perfect 1-0 record on the line tonight when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Wolves won their season opener on Wednesday night, coming back from 19 points behind to beat the New Jersey Nets. The team has a new head coach, several new players, and a new general manager this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/30/robson?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 10:35:36 -0500 Play's cancellation risks entire traveling tour The strange case of a star-studded production of the play "A Christmas Carol" took another twist this week, when its upcoming run at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis was cancelled. That is threatening the viability of the entire tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/28/papatola?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2009 11:28:17 -0500 Golden eagle returns to Minnesota This is the time of year when the skies are filled with migrating birds. There's one big bird that researchers are very interested in -- a golden eagle who was nursed back to health in Minnesota and released in March, wearing a special GPS unit strapped to his back. The latest data from the unit shows he's back in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/26/eagle?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2009 10:56:24 -0500 Rochester school honors civil rights activist This weekend, residents of Rochester, Minn., will dedicate a new elementary school which is named in honor of George Gibbs, a civil rights activist, a military veteran, an entrepreneur -- and the first African-American to set foot on Antarctica. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/gibbs_school?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 14:12:13 -0500 Good news for Brett Favre and other older athletes Vikings quarterback Brett Favre will celebrate his 40th birthday tomorrow, still playing in a league where the average age for players is around 27. Football can be a punishing game for an aging body. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked about aging athletes with an expert on fitness after 40. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/old_athletes?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 09:42:45 -0500 Iowa stop to boost Pawlenty's profile Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn., is heading to Iowa next month, a key state for any potential presidential candidate. Drake University political scientist Dennis Goldford says the visit will pay off if Pawlenty decides to run for president in 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/08/pawlentyiowa?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 08:36:56 -0500 The future of the dinner theatre The Chanhassen Dinner Theaters are getting a new owner. Earlier this week, theater officials announced that the suburban playhouse will be sold to businessman and theater aficionado Greg Frankenfield. The sale appears to secure the prospects of that playhouse, but it also represents the latest jolt to what was once a thriving collection of dinner theaters both here in the Twin Cities and elsewhere. Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola talks with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the business and artistic ramifications of the sale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/07/papatola_dinner?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 10:15:14 -0500 Twin Cities attorney is a Coen brothers punch line When the new Coen brothers movie "A Serious Man" is shown in the Twin Cities, the line that gets the biggest audience reaction is an inside joke. It comes when a character needs a criminal defense attorney and he is advised to "hire Ron Meshbesher." MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with the real-life Ron Meshbesher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/07/meshbesher?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 09:55:19 -0500 U of M to host soccer if Chicago wins 2016 Olympics The International Olympic Committee makes its choice Friday on which city will get the honor of hosting the 2016 summer games. Chicago is in the running along with Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, and Madrid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/01/olympics?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2009 10:00:07 -0500 Student population ebbs and flows for school districts Minnesota's largest school district voted to close six schools last night. The Anoka Hennepin School board hasn't had to shutter buildings since the 50s, but the district faces a budget squeeze thanks to declining enrollment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/29/gillaspy?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 08:56:17 -0500 U of M sues Met Council on Central Corridor The proposed Central Corridor light rail line between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis has hit a bump. The University of Minnesota is suing the Metropolitan Council over concerns about the route of the rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 10:10:30 -0500 U of M hopes to win solar house competition At the U of M's St. Paul campus, students have designed a fully-equipped house powered entirely by solar energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/18/solar_house?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 07:57:55 -0500 Borlaug's connection to the U of M Norman Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in combating world hunger. He died Saturday at the age of 95. Borlaug graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1937, and continued to be involved with the university throughout his life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/14/borlaug?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2009 08:45:51 -0500 Remembering beloved kids TV shows Locally-produced TV shows for kids, which aired in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, will be celebrated tonight at the Heights Theater in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/10/kids_tv?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2009 08:00:06 -0500 Police trained to handle domestic disturbances with care The death of North St. Paul police officer Richard Crittenden demonstrates once again how dangerous domestic disputes can be for the police. Crittenden was shot and killed when responding to a domestic disturbance call yesterday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/08/cop?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2009 10:55:18 -0500 County tax hike proposed for HCMC The Hennepin County Board votes today on a proposal to increase the county's property tax levy by nearly 5 percent, with the bulk of the money to be used to cover costs of caring for uninsured patients at Hennepin County Medical Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/08/hennepin?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2009 10:53:48 -0500 A preview of back to school Summer ends today for thousands of students across Minnesota who are going back to school. The new year will feature a presidential address to students, schools gearing up for more H1N1 flu, and a number of districts are getting ready to ask voters for more money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/08/weber?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2009 10:50:25 -0500 Bachmann to host health care forum today Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will host a public forum on health care this afternoon in Lake Elmo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/27/bachmann-health-care-forum?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2009 07:05:25 -0500 What's next for the gang strike force? Four legislative committees convene next week to discuss a new report alleging widespread misconduct and even criminal behavior by members of the now-disbanded Metro Gang Strike Force. MPR reporter Tim Nelson discusses what's next. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/21/strike_force?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 10:43:04 -0500 Mark Seeley discusses a strange week in weather Wednesday's severe weather in the Twin Cities metro area and surrounding region came as a surprise, since the morning forecasts that day did not suggest any chances for severe weather development. Meteorologist Mark Seeley talks about what happened with Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/21/seeley_weather?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 10:38:00 -0500 Severe weather surprises forecasters Wednesday's severe weather in the Twin Cities came as surprise to forecasters. Mike Griesinger with the National Weather Service says until the tornadoes were spotted, there was very little evidence that severe weather was possible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/20/storm_surprise?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 10:42:22 -0500 Kline's Rx for health reform: Start over U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., on Thursday called for Democrats to scrap their health insurance reform bill and draft a new one with more input from Republicans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/20/johnnkline?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 10:13:27 -0500 Minnesota monarch butterfly population falls Minnesota's monarch butterfly population is 38 percent below average this summer, according to preliminary statistics from the University of Minnesota. Cool, dry weather is likely the prime culprit, but ecologists also suspect human beings are playing a role. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/19/minnesota-monarch-butterfly-population-falls?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 HealthPartners CEO: Co-ops aren't the "magic answer" Health care co-ops such as Minnesota's Health Partners could be part of health reform legislation working its way through Congress. But HealthPartners CEO Mary Brainerd isn't sure co-ops are the "magic answer" to rising health care costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/19/healthpartners-ceo-coops-arent-the-magic-answer?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 10:30:35 -0500 Will Brett Favre turn the Vikings into champions? This Friday, when the Vikings host the Kansas City Chiefs in a preseason game at the Metrodome, Brett Favre is expected to start at quarterback. The former Green Bay Packer and three-time NFL MVP signed a contract with the Vikes yesterday. That signing came just three weeks after Favre announced that he would not come out of retirement to join the team. St. Paul Pioneer Press Vikings reporter Sean Jensen discusses the signing of Favre with Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/19/favre_jensen?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 10:13:05 -0500 Fringe shows to watch... and watch out for! The 16th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival got off to a hot start last weekend, with strong attendance and a handful of sellout shows among its 162 productions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/05/fringe-shows-to-watch-and-watch-out-for?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2009 09:51:53 -0500 For Twins ballpark, grass is greener in Colorado The grass for the new Twins ballpark has been growing for about a year -- not in Minnesota, but in Colorado. Chosen for the fast-draining qualities of its sandy soil, the turf will make the 800 mile trek to Minneapolis in August. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/17/for_twins_ballpark_grass_is_greener_in_colorado?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 08:24:15 -0500 Analysis: Does fighting abroad constitute terrorism? National security law professor John Radsan explains the government's interest in prosecuting two men for traveling to Somalia to fight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/radsan?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 15:06:38 -0500 Sotomayor questioned on 1987 Minnesota case At her Senate confirmation hearing, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has faced hours of questions about her 2001 speech "A Latina judge's voice." In addition to the oft-quoted passage about "wise Latina" women, the speech contains a reference to Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/mcculloughsotomayor?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 08:29:32 -0500 Terrorism law predates 9/11 Salah Ahmed, one of the two Somali-Americans facing terrorism charges, is expected to appear in federal court in Minneapolis Thursday for a detention hearing. Ahmed and Abdifatah Isse are charged with providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to "kill, kidnap, maim and injure." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/terrorism_law_predates?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 07:54:49 -0500 Court hearing expected in missing Somali men case A court hearing is the latest development in the story of a group of Somali refugees, living in the Twin Cities, who returned to Somalia, and may have fought alongside a terrorist group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/15/somali?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 10:52:56 -0500 Franken has a few questions left for Sotomayor Minnesota's newest senator will be the last to question Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor today. Is there anything left to ask? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/15/franken_sotomayor?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 08:18:37 -0500 Classified ad sparks new mystery novel Best-selling author and former Twin Cities TV producer Julie Kramer got the inspiration for her latest novel from a classified ad. It said: "Wedding Dress, never worn." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/14/classified_ad_sparks_new_mystery_novel?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 08:08:22 -0500 Monday market report with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/13/economy?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2009 09:46:35 -0500 Mauer to participate in All Star home run derby The Major League Baseball All Star festivities begin today. Three Minnesota Twins players -- Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Joe Nathan -- will play in the All Star game tomorrow night for the American League. Tonight, Mauer participates in the home run-hitting contest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/13/mauer?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2009 09:44:02 -0500 Minnesota Wild prepares for NHL draft The National Hockey League draft takes place Friday and Saturday in Montreal. This will be the first draft since the Minnesota Wild hired a new general manager and head coach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/nhldraft?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 10:17:32 -0500 Census briefs Bachmann's office on privacy concerns U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., says she will leave most of her U.S. Census survey blank next year, even though that violates the law. Bachmann told Fox News she is "just not comfortable" answering questions about income and commuting time. MPR's Cathy Wurzer discusses the situation with a Census Bureau official. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/bachmanncensus?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 10:10:42 -0500 Monday market report with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio News chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell analyzes the latest economic news. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/15/mondaymarkets?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 14:44:16 -0500 Gov. Pawlenty on unallotment and his future plans Gov. Tim Pawlenty is moving ahead with the process of evaluating the state's budget and deciding what to unallot, or cut. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/28/pawlenty?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2009 08:30:20 -0500 Gay rights organization pleased with property rights bill A gay rights organization is pleased Gov. Pawlenty has signed legislation to protect the property rights of unmarried couples - including same-sex couples - in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/27/515_property_rights_bill?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2009 09:06:21 -0500 Statistics on real estate can be confusing Standard and Poor's reported yesterday that Twin Cities housing prices suffered "the worst monthly decline of any metro area" in the history of its respected Case Shiller index. But the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors measures the median sale price for homes in the metro, and they say prices actually increased during that same period. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/27/realestate?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2009 08:56:52 -0500 New property law helps unmarried couples Unmarried couples -- including same-sex couples -- who own property together have gained a new protection under Minnesota law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/27/samesex?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2009 08:54:44 -0500 A new life for an old church A little 19th Century limestone church near Kenyon is slowly coming back to life. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis boarded up St. Rose of Lima in 1961, and there it sat unused for nearly 50 years. But a special mass will be held at St. Rose today. There was one last year, too, thanks in part to community volunteer Jill Palof. Cathy Wurzer spoke with her in 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/25/a_new_life_for_an_old_church?refid=0 Mon, 25 May 2009 08:00:10 -0500 Hauser case parallels one in Utah in 2003 The Hauser's situation has a number of parallels with a 2003 case in Utah. Courts there ordered the family of 12-year-old Parker Jensen to seek chemotherapy for what was believed to be a deadly form of cancer. The Jensens fought back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/21/hauser?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2009 08:54:45 -0500 Pawlenty taking unallotment to unprecedented level Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he will not wait long to decide what programs to cut in order to balance the state budget that has a $2.7 billion deficit. The governor says he will use his unallotment power to get the job done. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/20/unallotment?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2009 10:35:27 -0500 Audio slideshow: Jemne Puppet Stage celebrates its 60th birthday Since 1949, children have sat enthralled the by puppet shows at the St. Paul Public Library. The downtown library's Jemne Puppet Stage celebrates its anniversary 60th this weekend. /features/2009/05/15_puppet_slideshow/index.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Expert says more bikes on the road makes cycling safer Despite an increased number of cycling fatalities on Minnesota roadways in 2008, it may actually be getting safer to ride a bike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/14/bikes_cars?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2009 08:42:53 -0500 Art-a-Whirl an opportunity for artists Northeast Minneapolis' annual Art-a-Whirl extravaganza gets underway this weekend. It is an opportunity for artists to show off, and sell, their work while in their studios. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/13/papatola?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2009 10:37:04 -0500 One week left in the regular session State lawmakers are entering the final full week of the regular 2009 legislative session, and there is still no agreement on how to erase a projected $4.6 budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/11/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2009 09:00:59 -0500 Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest in the financial markets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/04/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2009 08:55:13 -0500 Budget deadlines looming over lawmakers State lawmakers are entering the final two weeks of the legislative session. All of the budget and tax bills must be out of conference committees by midnight on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/04/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2009 08:48:38 -0500 State hospitals see more worried patients State officials say we should expect to see more Minnesotans diagnosed with the H1N1 flu virus. Hospitals and clinics around the country are seeing a surge in people who are worried about the flu, but not sick with it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/01/hcmc_h1n1_doc?refid=0 Fri, 01 May 2009 07:52:56 -0500 Minnesota Health Department prepares for swine flu Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Health Commissioner Sanne Magnan are in Cold Spring, Minnesota this morning to talk with school district and local officials about next steps after receiving confirmation that a person at Rocori Middle School has the H1N1 Swine Flu virus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/30/ready_for_flu?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2009 08:34:50 -0500 Minnesota state epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield Minnesota state epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield said no cases of the swine flu virus have been detected yet in Minnesota, but she thinks it's likely that we will see some cases in the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/27/ruth_lynnfield?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2009 10:16:15 -0500 Minnesota prepares for possible swine flu outbreak Minnesota health officials say they are stepping up monitoring and are asking doctors around the state to send in specimens from patients of any kind of respiratory symptoms that may be related to a unique strain of swine flu. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/27/michael_osterholm?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2009 10:07:39 -0500 Taxes and health care lead agenda at Capitol Despite veto warnings from Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate passed new tax increases last week. And they're expected to give the Republican governor another veto target today with the passage of a large finance bill for Health and Human Services programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/27/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2009 09:51:43 -0500 Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest in the financial markets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/27/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2009 09:48:41 -0500 State unions, lawmakers busy at the Capitol Today could be another long day for lawmakers in the Minnesota House and Senate as they continue to debate spending bills. And there's word of a tentative contract agreement between top state employee unions and the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/23/capitol?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2009 08:42:35 -0500 Equal protection central to Senate appeal Later today, Norm Coleman's attorneys are expected to file a motion at the Minnesota Supreme Court to ask the high court to speed along Coleman's appeal of the out come of the U.S. Senate race. At the heart of the former senator's case is the claim that Minnesota counties violated the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause by applying different standards in the processing of absentee ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/21/equal?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 09:00:22 -0500 Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest in the financial markets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/20/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2009 10:08:25 -0500 Tax bills set agenda at Capitol DFLers in the Minnesota House and Senate are expected to unveil tax bills this week that spell out which taxes they want to raise as part of their plans to erase a projected $4.6 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/20/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2009 09:02:52 -0500 Cisneros to appear on Talking Volumes Host Kerri Miller welcomes author Sandra Cisneros to the stage for the next installment of Talking Volumes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/20/cisneros?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2009 08:58:19 -0500 Fire danger spreading to more of Minnesota Lack of precipitation through central Minnesota is causing high fire danger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/15/fire?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2009 09:49:34 -0500 Clock is ticking for lawmakers Just five weeks remain in the 2009 legislative session, and deep disagreements remain over how to erase the state's $4.6 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/14/capitol?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2009 08:58:20 -0500 Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest in the financial markets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/13/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2009 08:54:04 -0500 Central Corridor still faces potential obstacles The proposed Central Corridor light rail line is another step toward being built, after the Met Council and MPR have agreed on ways to reduce the noise impact on the MPR building in St. Paul. But there are other obstacles, and Met Council Chairman Peter Bell talked to MPR's Cathy Wurzer about them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/09/train?refid=0 Thu, 09 Apr 2009 09:05:59 -0500 Arts and activism can make a volatile mixture Minneapolis' In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is working on puppets for the 35th annual May Day Parade -- an example of how the arts group wears its liberal politics on its sleeve. That got art critic Dominic Papatola thinking about the connection between the arts and activism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/08/arts_and_activism_can_make_a_volatile_mixture?refid=0 Wed, 08 Apr 2009 10:52:37 -0500 Tree-eating bugs arrive on Minnesota border A species of invasive insect that has killed tens of millions of tress in the last decade has been spotted just a mile from Minnesota. Scientists in Wisconsin have confirmed that the emerald ash borer has spread to a town south of La Crosse, right on the border of southeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/08/treeeating_bugs_arrive_on_minnesota_border?refid=0 Wed, 08 Apr 2009 08:32:17 -0500 Tulips are up, but still no senator As Minnesota Public Radio's Mark Zdechlik was planting his tulips last November, he wondered whether they would sprout before the battle between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman. They have. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/08/tulips_are_up_but_still_no_senator?refid=0 Wed, 08 Apr 2009 08:23:20 -0500 Remembering long-time radio host Steven Cannon For a couple of decades, Steve Cannon hosted his WCCO radio show called The Cannon Mess. He spoke to listeners, and voiced a stable of oddball fictional characters, who joined him on an afternoon drive time show that was extremely popular in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/07/cannon?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 09:40:02 -0500 Teachers union concerned about proposed school budget cuts Education funding comes up today in the Minnesota Senate. The DFL-backed bill would cut K-12 funding by more than 3 percent. The state's teachers union, Education Minnesota, is opposed to that move. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/07/education?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 09:34:58 -0500 Bonding and education top issues this week at the Capitol The state House takes up a bonding bill today aimed at getting some construction projects underway throughout the state. The Senate is expected to vote on an education bill that cuts spending on public schools and raises taxes this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/06/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 06 Apr 2009 11:06:12 -0500 'Buy local' can be bad economics A new Twin Cities-based Web site encourages people to pick three local businesses and spend $50 at each of them every month. Organizers claim that will help the whole local economy. But economist Louis Johnston says buying local doesn't necessarily make economic sense. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/06/buy_local_economics?refid=0 Mon, 06 Apr 2009 08:02:27 -0500 Life returning to more normal in Fargo - Moorhead Life is returning to something closer to normal for residents in the Fargo - Moorhead region. For more than a week, they have been battling the flooding Red River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/01/flood?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 09:12:36 -0500 Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest in the financial markets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/30/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2009 09:49:56 -0500 Budget disagreements front and center at Capitol This week, all eyes return to the state's $4.6 billion sate budget deficit and the growing disagreements between Governor Tim Pawlenty and the DFL-controlled Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/30/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2009 09:46:46 -0500 Storm stirs up worries along flooding Red River The next worry for those battling the flooding Red River in the Fargo - Moorhead area is a major winter storm coming their way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/30/flood?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2009 09:02:05 -0500 Fargo mayor says dikes to stay at 43 feet Officials in Fargo have just finished briefing reporters with the latest information on the flooding situation in the Fargo-Moorhead area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/27/briefing?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 11:40:55 -0500 News Cut families move out of flooding homes News Cut blogger Bob Collins gives us an update on the families who live on Riverview Circle in Moorhead, who were told to evacuate their homes last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/27/newscut?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 11:38:00 -0500 Dikes need to go up another foot in Fargo Officials in Fargo and Moorhead are making another urgent call for volunteers to help fight the flooding Red River this morning. The urgency comes from the latest flood forecast, which has the Red rising to 41 feet on Saturday. The forecast is forcing officials to raise dikes a foot higher than planned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/26/flood?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2009 09:01:11 -0500 Rolvaag-Anderson race no longer longest recount It was on this day in 1963 that Karl Rolvaag became Minnesota's 31st governor. That marked the end of what was then the longest-running recount in Minnesota history. The battle between Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken for the U.S. Senate is about to break that record. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/25/recount?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 10:56:19 -0500 Snow presents yet another issue for flood fighters It is not just flood waters that Fargo residents have to deal with - now a snowstorm is hitting the area. Three to four inches of snow are already on the ground. Despite the bad weather, sandbagging continues in Fargo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/25/flood?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 10:53:26 -0500 Scientists track golden eagle as it soars The weather might not be perfect today, but it won't matter much to one large golden eagle. The eagle will get to be in the wild again, after spending weeks in the Twin Cities, recovering from an injury. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/25/golden_eagle?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 10:12:39 -0500 Update on the flood preparations in Fargo Thousands of sandbags will be filled and stacked again today in the Fargo-Moorhead area as residents and volunteers try to keep the rising Red River from flooding their communities. MPR's Dan Gunderson has an update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/24/flood_debrief?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 10:43:05 -0500 Farmer's home an island next to the flooding Red River Noreen Thomas lives on a farm 15 miles north of Moorhead, and it's now an island surrounded by water. Thomas spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about her situation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/24/farm?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 10:38:07 -0500 DFL budget revenue the big question at the Capitol State lawmakers now have three budget proposals to consider as they try to solve a projected $4.6 billion deficit. But big questions remain about the new tax revenue that House and Senate Democrats say they need to make their plans work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/23/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2009 10:50:30 -0500 Flood forecast changes slightly overnight City officials in Fargo-Moorhead are describing the potential flood situation there as urgent. The Red River in the area is expected to rise higher and more quickly than previously thought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/23/flood?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2009 10:47:30 -0500 An analysis of legal strategies in the Senate trial Lawyers for Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken are expected to make closing arguments today in the trial over who should be Minnesota's second U.S. Senator. The election contest trial has lasted seven weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/13/trial?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2009 08:57:59 -0500 Budget commissioner tells Congress how MN will spend stimulus Minnesota Commissioner for Finance and Budget Tom Hanson is in Washington today to discuss how Minnesota will spend its share of President Obama's economic stimulus package. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/13/stimulus?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2009 08:54:40 -0500 Taxes and budget highlight week at the Capitol State lawmakers begin working this week on plans for solving a budget deficit that is now projected at $4.6 billion. Taxes loom large this week as well, with the release of a new report on state tax collections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/09/capitol_budget_deficit?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2009 09:01:36 -0500 Obama stem cell order to affect U of M President Barack Obama is planning to sign an executive order today that will end limits on using federal dollars for embryonic stem cell research. One of the institutions that will be directly affected by the change is the Stem Cell Institute at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/09/obama_stem_cell_university_of_minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2009 08:58:58 -0500 Columnist Nick Coleman on why he left the Star Tribune Longtime metro area columnist Nick Coleman has accepted a buyout and no longer writes for the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune newspaper. He talked with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about his decision to leave and his thoughts on the current state of journalism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/05/coleman_leaves?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2009 04:00:00 -0600 Analysis of new HIV research from the U of M Researchers at the University of Minnesota are planning to conduct more animal trials on a treatment that could help stop the virus that causes AIDS from spreading. An AIDS researcher shares his take on the new research announced yesterday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/05/aids?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2009 10:33:05 -0600 Franken to make his case in Senate contest Democrat Al Franken's lawyers call their first witnesses today in the lawsuit over Minnesota's disputed U.S. Senate election. Republican Norm Coleman's lawyers rested their case yesterday, after more than five weeks of testimony. We get some perspective from a legal expert who's been following the trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/03/franken?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2009 11:15:59 -0600 New budget forecast just released The Minnesota budget deficit is expected to be $4.57 billion over the next two-year budget cycle, down from the previous estimate of $4.85 billion, according to state finance officials. MPR's Tom Scheck previews the announcement coming this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/03/budget?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2009 11:09:52 -0600 Advice for bringing kids to see art When the Minnesota Opera opens its production of "Pinocchio" this weekend, the Ordway Center audience will likely be dotted with children. But when is the proper age to bring your child to the opera, the theater, the concert hall, or the art gallery? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/25/papatola?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2009 10:54:26 -0600 Budget to dominate another week at the Capitol Twin Cities metro area residents get their turn this week to sound off at state budget listening sessions set up by state lawmakers. Legislators held several of the town hall style meetings last week in out-state Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/23/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2009 10:57:47 -0600 New book of photographs celebrates life in Minnesota Minnesota native Tom Arndt has been taking pictures all over the world for over forty years. His new book "Home: Tom Arndt's Minnesota" focuses on the people of his home state. Arndt is a street photographer who captures moments in the lives of ordinary people. He spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the pictures and his approach to photography. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/19/arndt_home?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Meteorologist Mark Seeley says warmer weather is on the way Mark Seeley says that it will be generally cloudy with warmer temperatures this weekend. A chance for snow in the north. By Sunday some freezing rain and sleet may occur in southern and western counties. Temperatures will generally range through the 20s and 30s F with a good chance for snow by Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/06/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2009 09:54:38 -0600 NewsCut college tour visits Winona State Bob Collins, the author of the NewsCut blog, is in the midst of a tour of the MNSCU campuses around the state. He's talking to students about their lives and their outlook for the future. So far, Bob has visited Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Vermilion College in Ely and Century College in White Bear Lake. This week, he was on the campus of Winona State University, the first four-year institution he has visited. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2009/02/winona.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2009 09:00:36 -0600 Governor Pawlenty's budget proposal will impact the arts Governor Tim Pawlenty's budget proposal and the federal stimulus package, making its way through Congress, could have a substantial impact on the state's arts landscape. Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola discusses how this legislation could affect the arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/29/papatola_arts?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2009 09:44:26 -0600 50 years since the day the music died Fifty years ago this week, one of the defining moments in rock and roll history occurred, when musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash. Several events are planned to commemorate the anniversary in Clear Lake, Iowa, where they played their last concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/28/winter_dance_party?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Job losses add to financial woes The week begins with news of more job losses. Minnesota Public Radio's Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell previews the week ahead on Wall Street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/26/monday_markets?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2009 10:45:50 -0600 New book tells John Beargrease's story This weekend, teams of mushers will gather in Duluth for the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog marathon. A new book titled "John Beargrease: Legend of Minnesota's North Shore," tells the story of Beargrease's life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/23/beargrease?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2009 09:05:33 -0600 Minnesotan attends Obama prayer service The newly-inaugurated President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will attend a prayer service this morning at the Washington National Cathedral. Miguel Diaz, a theology professor at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, was invited to attend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/21/diaz?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2009 09:07:17 -0600 Minnesota's only U.S. senator busy on inauguration day Minnesota's only U.S. senator, DFLer Amy Klobuchar, attended the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama today. Yesterday, she hosted an open house reception for Minnesotans at her Senate office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/20/klobuchar?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2009 12:01:22 -0600 Minnesotans among the millions in D.C. for inauguration Millions of people from all over the country are in the nation's capital to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama today, including many from Minnesota. One of them is Miguel Diaz, a professor of theology at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/20/diaz?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2009 11:34:03 -0600 Minnesota's new congressman attends inauguration Minnesota's newest member of Congress, Republican Erik Paulson of the 3rd District, is among those attending today's inauguration. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about the experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/20/paulsen?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2009 09:50:40 -0600 MnSCU reacts to Pawlenty's tuition cap proposal Gov. Tim Pawlenty specifically focused on tuition at insitutions of higher education in part of his State of the State speech yesterday, proposing a firm cap on tuition increases. University officials are concerned about that idea. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/16/tuition?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2009 10:39:26 -0600 Birds a constant problem at Twin Cities airport Officials say the U.S. Airways plane that crashed into the Hudson River in New York yesterday apparently hit a flock of birds. Birds also are a major issue at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/16/airplanes?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2009 10:37:10 -0600 An early look at long-term state budget solutions A bipartisan panel this week said that Minnesota's budget problems are here to stay unless elected officials take steps to fix the situation long term. The state faces a projected $4.8 billion deficit for the next two-year budget cycle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/14/budget?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 08:57:13 -0600 Erik Paulsen, one of few new Republicans, joins House When the 111th Congress convenes in Washington today, Minnesota will have a new face in the U.S. House of Representatives: Erik Paulsen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/06/eric_paulsen_us_house?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2009 09:31:51 -0600 Residents offer budget solution ideas to state leaders Minnesotans have offered hundreds of ideas for solving the state's budget deficit. They've submitted suggestions to state House leaders, who have put out a call on the House Web site asking people to share their thoughts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/31/budget_ideas?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2008 10:52:45 -0600 Minneapolis author sees her book on the big screen "The Tale of Despereaux" opens Friday in theaters around the country. The movie is based on a book by local author Kate DiCamillo. It tells the story of an unlikely hero: A puny mouse with extremely large ears. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/17/derpereaux?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2008 07:34:43 -0600 State provides resources for selecting a nursing home Recent reports of patients being abused at two Minnesota nursing homes have raised concerns about the potential for abuse at other care facilities. The Minnesota Department of Health monitors the conditions at approximately 400 nursing homes in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/15/nursing_homes?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 07:58:10 -0600 Job outlook grim Bad news just keeps coming in the job market. Next week, Minnesota officials will report how the state's job market fared in November, when the nation lost 533,000 jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/12/jobs?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2008 09:59:35 -0600 Peavey Plaza named marvel of modernism Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis has been named one of the 2008 "Marvels of Modernism" by the Cultural Landscape Foundation. The plaza, which sits below street level next to Orchestra Hall, is one of 12 public spaces from around the country that have received this designation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/04/plaza?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Regional retailers are hopeful for the holidays Retailers from around the region talk about what they are doing differently this year because of the down economy and low consumer confidence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/28/regional_retailers?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2008 08:31:56 -0600 Weather with Mark Seeley University of Minnesota Meteorologist and Climatologist Mark Seeley looks back at what happened with the weather in November and what we can expect this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/28/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2008 07:34:41 -0600 Remembering a fierce Great Lakes storm In the fall of 1905, a powerful storm struck the Great Lakes, causing one of the most dramatic shipping disasters in the nation's history. A new book by Curt Brown tells the story of that storm: "So Terrible a Storm: A Tale of Fury on Lake Superior." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/20/storm?refid=0 Thu, 27 Nov 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Oberstar reacts to latest bailout plan When members of Congress return to Washington Monday for a lame duck session, they will consider whether to provide bailout money to the struggling U.S. auto industry. U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, a DFLer from Minnesota's 8th District, discusses the latest bailout developments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/17/oberstar?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2008 10:37:25 -0600 New book tells history of Duluth's famous lift bridge The aerial lift bridge is an icon in Duluth. When raised, the bridge allows giant ships to enter and leave the protected waters of Duluth Harbor. Tony Dierckins is the author of "Crossing the Canal: An Illustrated History of Duluth's Aerial Bridge." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/14/aerial_bridge?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2008 11:47:20 -0600 St. Paul native makes another trip to space NASA officials are optimistic the weather will cooperate for this evening's launch of the space shuttle Endeavour with a Minnesota astronaut aboard. Heidi Stefanyshyn-Piper is making her second shuttle trip. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/14/shuttle?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2008 09:52:21 -0600 Former MnDOT official reacts to NTSB findings Bob McFarlin, who was second in command at MnDOT when the 35W bridge collapsed, says the NTSB report does not find fault with the state's bridge inspection procedures. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/14/mcfarlin?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2008 09:44:21 -0600 Delta faces tough workplace issues in takeover of NWA Delta and Northwest Airlines are in the early stages of knitting together their two operations. One of the trickiest issues ahead is how to combine the two workforces. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/13/workplace?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 10:44:43 -0600 The role of third parties in Minnesota in 2008 There were several political races in Minnesota, including the U.S. Senate rae, where a third party candidate played a significant role. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/06/jacobs?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2008 09:57:49 -0600 Minneapolis house gets top energy rating A house in Minneapolis is the first newly constructed home in Minnesota to get the highest possible LEED rating for sustainability. MPR's Cathy Wurzer took a tour of the house. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2008/10/28_cwurzer_leedslideshow/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Candidates spend $31 million in Twin Cities on political ads Candidates, special interest groups and political parties spend millions of dollars trying to influence who you'll vote for on Election Day. One of the best, and most expensive, ways to do that is through TV advertising. MPR News took a look at how much the candidates have spent on TV advertising in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/15/scheck?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2008 09:45:27 -0500 U.S. Senate campaign enters final weeks The latest polls show a close race between incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and DFL challenger Al Franken. Independence Party candidate Dean Barkley is in the race as well, polling at near 20percent. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with key strategists from each campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/15/senatecampaign?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2008 09:18:39 -0500 A preview of the new Talking Volumes season Talking Volumes host Kerry Miller talks with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about the authors and books that are included in the regional book club's new season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/03/books?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2008 10:44:08 -0500 Congressmen unswayed by changes to bailout bill The U.S. House is expected to take up the $700 billion financial rescue plan Friday. Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer spoke with 7th District Rep. Collin Peterson and 1st District Rep. Tim Walz, both of whom voted against the bill earlier this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/02/walz_peterson?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2008 08:48:48 -0500 How the new 35W bridge was built so quickly State officials announce today when the new I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River will open to traffic, perhaps as early as Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/15/bridge?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2008 09:04:53 -0500 The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden turns 20 Twenty years ago this week, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden opened to the public. It's one of the largest urban sculpture gardens in the country. MPR's Cathy Wurzer recently took a walking tour of the garden with Olga Viso, head of the Walker Art Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2008/09/08_jbickal_sculpturegarden/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Rybak deems convention week a success As the out-of-town visitors to the Republican National Convention head home today, the normal daily routine in Minneapolis and St. Paul should resume. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says the RNC was a success for the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/05/rybak?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2008 08:44:57 -0500 Twin Cities survive RNC and protests Protests were one of the biggest unknowns ahead of the Republican National Convention. As it turned out, there were hundreds of arrests and complaints by both demonstrators and police. MPR's Tim Nelson spent the last four days on both sides of the police lines, and tells us what he saw. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/05/nelson?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2008 08:39:55 -0500 DNC has all the elements of great theater After Barack Obama's acceptance speech tonight, the Democrats will wrap up their national convention in Denver. The quadrennial party gatherings are equal parts politics and pageantry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/28/papatola?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2008 09:08:17 -0500 State delegates hope for unity Members of the Minnesota delegation are hoping Hillary Clinton's address will help unify the party after the long divisive primary battle between Clinton and Senator Barack Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/26/scheck?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2008 09:07:40 -0500 Next Coleman-Franken 'debate' unfolds in cyberspace Starting tomorrow, U.S. Senate candidates Al Franken and Norm Coleman will answer questions on YouTube. It's part of a YouTube program called "You Choose '08," which is highlighting some of the biggest congressional races in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/11/grove?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2008 09:44:34 -0500 Web site asks Republicans to 'hold noses' and vote for McCain Georgia and Ed Pullen of Wahpeton, N.D., have launched a Web site to encourage reluctant Republicans to support John McCain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/08/pullen?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2008 08:38:11 -0500 The best -- and worst -- of the Fringe Festival As the 15th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival moves into its second weekend, Morning Edition Arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola is still getting used to daylight again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/07/papatola?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2008 08:35:51 -0500 Pups introduced to pack at Ely wolf center The pups, Aidan and Denali, have been segregated from the center's pack since their arrival this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/04/wolfpups_introduced?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2008 07:28:10 -0500 St. Paul hopes Ford converts local plant instead of closing it Ford Motor Co. is expected tomorrow to identify three truck plants that will convert to car production, and local officials hope one of them will be the St. Paul plant, which has been slated to close next year. But one auto industry analyst doubts St. Paul will be spared. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/23/cole?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2008 07:39:31 -0500 Driving in Minneapolis will be a challenge this weekend Getting around in the city of Minneapolis could provide challenges for drivers this weekend. Interstate 35W between I-94 and the Crosstown Highway will be closed in both directions for a pavement rehabilitation project. Plus, special events will cause additional closures and delays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/11/weekend_traffic?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2008 08:35:14 -0500 Hudson business owner to host John McCain A Hudson company will be the site for a campaign visit Friday by Republican presidential candidate John McCain. It's billed as a town hall meeting focusing on women in business. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with LouAnne Reger, president and CEO of J&L Steel Erectors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/09/reger?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2008 09:41:58 -0500 Plaintiffs pleased with Wal-Mart ruling A Dakota County judge has ruled that Wal-Mart cut short employees' rest and meal breaks and forced them to work off the clock, violating the state's labor laws two million times. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with Jon Parritz, one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs in the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/02/walmart?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2008 10:10:51 -0500 Weisman exhibit features New Deal art Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt launched the New Deal. It was a massive federal relief effort intended to improve the economy and provide employment during the Great Depression. A new exhibit at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis features art from that program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/26/newdeal?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Barge traffic caught in a logjam Flooding across the Midwest has forced the Army Corps of Engineers to close several locks along the Mississippi River, halting barge traffic from St. Louis to St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/24/barge_traffic?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2008 08:24:27 -0500 Minnesotan is the oldest in the Women's Open field The oldest player to take to the Interlachen course is Martha Nause of Minnesota. Nause, 53, coaches golf at Macalester College in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/22/nausegolf?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Flood impact to last all summer In his weekly weather commentary, University of Minnesota meteorologist and climatologist Mark Seeley comments on a number of subjects including the recent flooding in several Midwestern states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/20/seeley_floods?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2008 11:58:35 -0500 Attorney General goes after mortgage fraud The national mortgage fraud problem is especially acute in the Twin Cities. The FBI reports that dozens of fraud investigations are currently underway, and they label the Twin Cities as one of the 10 worst problem areas in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/20/mortgage_fraud?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2008 08:33:00 -0500 Major rain events are happening more frequently It's been a particularly tough month as heavy rains have flooded communities and forced evacuations in at least six Midwestern states. It seems as if the flooding is as bad as it's ever been, and experts say it just might be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/19/100yearflood?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2008 09:30:00 -0500 University of Iowa responds to flooding The summer session at the University of Iowa will begin on Monday in Iowa City, even though parts of the campus are still under water. University officials say 20 buildings were inundated when the Iowa River flooded over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/19/universityiowaflood?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2008 09:16:09 -0500 Cases of abandoned horses on the rise Across the state, the number of abandoned and abused horses has been rising. It is a problem seen across the country as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/15/horses?refid=0 Sun, 15 Jun 2008 16:43:30 -0500 Excessive rain damaging crops in southeast Minnesota Recent flooding in southeast Minnesota has damaged roads and homes. The rain has also been bad news for many farmers, who are worrying about their crops. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/12/crops?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 10:24:36 -0500 Homeless shelter near GOP convention site to remain open The Dorothy Day Center in downtown St. Paul will remain open and enhance its services when the Republican National Convention comes to St. Paul in September. Catholic Charities runs the center and has been working on a plan for what it will do differently during the convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/12/catholiccharities?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 10:18:27 -0500 New exhibit features Alec Soth's Mississippi photos A new exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts features the work of Minneapolis photographer Alec Soth. "Sleeping by the Mississippi" is a collection of large photographic prints that were originally published in a book by the same name. MPR's Cathy Wurzer took a tour of the exhibit recently. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2008/06/04_soth2/index.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2008 02:00:00 -0500 Obama supporters ready for his St. Paul rally tonight South Dakota and Montana are holding the final two Democratic primaries of the year today. After the polls close, Sen. Barack Obama is expected to speak at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is co-chair of Obama's Minnesota campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/03/rybak?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2008 10:04:34 -0500 New book tells story of world famous horse A new book tells the story of Minnesota's own Dan Patch, one of the most beloved horses in American history. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Charles Leerhsen, the author of "Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch, the Most Famous Horse in America." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/02/patch?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2008 10:45:02 -0500 Lessons from the Rogers tornado Many residents of Hugo are putting their lives back together a week after a tornado killed a 2-year-old child, destroyed 50 homes and damaged many others in that community. People who live in Rogers, just northwest of the metro, survived a tornado in 2006 and know what rebuilding is like. Bob Collins, the author of Minnesota Public Radio's News Cut blog, has been talking with some of those people in Rogers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/02/collins?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2008 10:05:27 -0500 Community restores abandoned church This Memorial Day, for the first time in nearly 50 years, a southern Minnesota community will celebrate Mass in a church abandoned half a century ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/26/strose?refid=0 Mon, 26 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 New documentary follows U of M lion researcher A new documentary from American RadioWorks looks at the conflict between the animals of Tanzania and the people who live near them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/21/serengeti?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2008 09:30:26 -0500 St. Olaf student prepares to join Washington Redskins A St. Olaf College student is back at school after recently spending a weekend at rookie camp with the Washington Redskins. Senior and wide receiver Horace Gant has signed a three-year contract with the Redskins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/19/gant?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2008 10:45:58 -0500 Lawmakers approve funding for new state park Lawmakers included funding for a new state park in a second bonding bill they passed before adjourning Sunday night. The park along Lake Vermilion in northern Minnesota was one of Gov. Pawlenty's top priorities this session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/19/park?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2008 10:02:45 -0500 Monday Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest economic news. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/19/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2008 08:43:27 -0500 Legislative session nears end, still no budget plan With one week to go before the constitutional deadline to adjourn, Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leaders are no closer to reaching agreement on the best way to erase the state's $935 million projected budget deficit. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck is following the latest developments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/12/scheck?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2008 09:31:18 -0500 New memoir tells Hmong story A new book tells the story of one family's life in Minnesota after a harrowing escape from Laos. Hmong author Kao Kalia Yang has written a memoir called "The Latehomecomer." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/06/latehomecomer?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2008 15:30:55 -0500 Budget negotiations continue at the State Capitol Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leaders met behind closed doors for several hours on both Saturday and Sunday, but reached no agreement on how to solve the state's $935 million projected budget deficit. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck has been following the developments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/05/legislature?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2008 09:29:01 -0500 Minnesotan breeds Kentucky Derby contender The most famous horse race of all, the Kentucky Derby, will be run on Saturday. One of the favorites is a horse named Big Brown, who was bred by Gary Knapp -- a native of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/01/big_brown?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2008 10:06:39 -0500 Storm spotters keep their eyes on the skies As the temperatures rise, so does the chance for severe weather. There are some people who don't wait for the sirens to sound as they track potentially dangerous storms. They are specially trained volunteers with a storm spotting group called Metro Skywarn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/23/spotters?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Mayo finds common thread in pork plant illnesses Researchers say more workers at pork plants have contracted a mysterious neurological illnesses. The Mayo Clinic's Dr. Daniel Lachance says the common thread is pork brains. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/17/mayo_porkbrains?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 09:44:36 -0500 Minnesota Wild tied 2-2 in playoff series The Minnesota Wild return to the Xcel Energy Center Thursday night with their best-of-seven playoff series against Colorado tied at two games each. The Wild lost to the Avalanche 5-1 Tuesday night in Denver. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/16/wild?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2008 09:32:37 -0500 New movie is based on old-time Duluth football team A new movie with Duluth as its backdrop opens next week. "Leatherheads," a comedy about the early days of professional football, is loosely based on the real-life Duluth Eskimos. A local historian tells us more about the Eskimos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/24/leatherheads?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2008 10:18:32 -0500 Pawlenty budget includes cuts to courts Judges and other court staffers are concerned about Gov. Pawlenty's proposal to trim state spending to cover a projected $1 billion budget shortfall. Pawlenty's plan would reduce state funding of district courts by about $7 million a year, or around 2.8 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/13/courts?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2008 08:09:52 -0500 Proposal would restrict hallucinogenic plant During the summer months, it is pretty common to see the dark purple or scarlet flowers of the salvia plant in gardens around the region. However, there is a type of salvia that some Minnesota lawmakers want to add to a list of controlled substances: Salvia divinorum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/06/salvia?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2008 09:19:56 -0600 Rising country star pens song for 35W bridge benefit CD A new CD benefits the survivors and families of the 35W bridge collapse. The first track on the CD, and the only one written especially for this project, is by country music singer Rockie Lynne. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/20/lynne?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2008 11:26:54 -0600 Is Santana trade a good deal for the Twins? In the next few days, the Minnesota Twins and the New York Mets are expected to finalize a deal that will send two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana from Minnesota to New York. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with LaVelle Neal, who covers the Twins for the Star Tribune. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/30/santana?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2008 08:59:55 -0600 Process for scrutinizing bridge design has changed A lot has changed since the 1960s, when the first I-35W bridge was planned and built. Today there's a different process for scrutinizing bridge designs. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with MnDOT's Terry Ward, one of the people in charge of quality control during the construction of the new I-35W bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/16/bridgedesign?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2008 10:16:28 -0600 Gift suggestions for art lovers With less than a week until Christmas, shoppers are entering the final sprint. Instead of a sweater or scarf, how about giving a little culture this holiday season? Arts commentator Dominic Papatola has a few suggestions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/20/dominic?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2007 09:25:11 -0600 Men and women not happier with kids A new study says having kids does not make men happier. The study from the Institute for Social and Economic Research in England says becoming a father fails to increase "life satisfaction" for men. And for women, having kids only makes them happier once the kids are in school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/18/happy?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2007 10:56:20 -0600 News Cut's Bob Collins takes a look at the caucuses from Iowa MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's online reporter Bob Collins, the author of a new Web feature called News Cut -- a fresh take on the latest news headlines. Collins was in Decorah to scope out Ron Paul's popularity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/10/newscut?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2007 14:05:25 -0600 Luther College students active in politics -- on both sides of the aisle MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Jake Rosholt, chair of the Luther College Republicans, and Grace Trimble, chair of the Luther Democrats, about how presidential politics is playing out at Luther College. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/10/campus?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2007 14:00:58 -0600 Most Iowans stay at home for the caucuses About 10 percent of Iowa's voting population actually participates in the caucuses. MPR's Cathy Wurzer presents some of the voices of those who do not intend to go to the caucuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/10/retail?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2007 13:56:09 -0600 Ron Paul finds enthusiastic support at Luther College GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul has attracted an eclectic and passionate group of supporters at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with one of them, Karl Amlie, who chairs Ron Paul's campaign at Luther. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/10/paul?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2007 13:53:49 -0600 Luther College political scientists talk presidential politics MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked about local and presidential politics with two political science professors at Luther College. Michael Englehardt is also the former chair of the Winneshiek County Republicans. Jim Rhodes has been caucusing with the Democrats since the 1970s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/10/politicalscience?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2007 13:51:24 -0600 The view of the Iowa caucuses from the Decorah News Many of the presidential candidates have been criss-crossing Iowa for months and will continue to do so throughout the holidays, right up until caucus day. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke Paul Scott, a reporter for the Decorah News, about all that attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/10/decorahnews?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2007 13:45:07 -0600 How do the Iowa caucuses work? MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Ben Steines, the chair of Winneshiek County, Iowa, Republicans, and Pat Brockett, co-chair of the Winneshiek County Democrats, about how the Iowa caucuses work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/10/chairs?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2007 13:38:47 -0600 Egg collection reveals much about bird history A new book from a Minnesota-based wildlife specialist tells the story of bird history and conservation in North America, based on a collection of about 4,000 bird eggs gathered by an Iowa farmer named Ralph Handsaker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/28/eggs?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2007 10:44:07 -0600 Holiday sales forecast: Mixed Although the nation's retailers had a robust start to the holiday shopping season, it's not clear that trend will remain through December. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/26/monday_markets?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2007 08:22:13 -0600 Weather Channel founder says global warming is a hoax The debate has been quite heated recently over global warming - no pun intended. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/23/21jet_global_warming?refid=0 Fri, 23 Nov 2007 14:58:25 -0600 Journalist or enemy combatant? Congressman Keith Ellison has launched an independent investigation into Guantanamo detainee, Sami al'Haj. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/06/simon_samialhaj?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2007 07:41:10 -0600 American RadioWorks producer talks about the new documentary - "Wanted: Parents" The latest documentary from American Radio Works "Wanted:Parents" follows two teenagers through their journey to find a forever-home before they age out of the foster care system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/05/arw_winter?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2007 06:54:37 -0600 Catching combat stress: Physicians learn the signs It's been about 60 days since the majority of Minnesota's 2,500 National Guard soldiers returned home from Iraq, and adjusting to life back home can be difficult. A conference Wednesday in the Twin Cities will help health care professionals identify and treat combat stress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/17/polusny_combatstress?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2007 08:26:14 -0500 RB Adrian Peterson leads the way for Vikings Minnesota Vikings rookie running back Adrian Peterson now holds the team record for rushing yards in a single game -- 224, as he lead the team to a 34-31 win over the Chicago Bears Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/15/jensonvikings?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2007 07:22:56 -0500 Survivors of bridge collapse still healing in body and soul Lindsay Petterson and Erica Gwillim were both driving south on the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis when it collapsed on Aug. 1. They were injured in the accident, and are still recovering physically and mentally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/12/bridgesurvivors?refid=0 Sun, 14 Oct 2007 16:00:49 -0500 Saddle shop remembers when horses strolled down Lake Street If you drive down Lake Street near Lyndale Ave. in Minneapolis, you'll pass the usual array of fast-food joints and bars. But one business doesn't seem to fit in -- Schatzlein's Saddle Shop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/12/saddleshop?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2007 07:30:09 -0500 A critique of the 35W bridge design Tom Fisher, dean of the University of Minnesota College of Design, has some good things to say about the design of the new 35W bridge. He also says the bridge will be the beginning of a new approach to infrastructure across the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/09/fisher_bridge?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2007 08:01:55 -0500 Macalester College honors history-making coach Macalester College in St. Paul is honoring a former football coach that made history. Don Hudson was the nation's first black head football coach at a predominently white college when he led the Macalester team from 1971-1975. The school is marking the milestone this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/04/hudson?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2007 03:04:35 -0500 What to do if you're facing foreclosure Richard Todd, vice president for the Federal Reserve of Minneapolis, spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about reforming the mortgage market and what people should do if they're facing foreclosure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/04/toddforeclosure?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2007 07:34:29 -0500 New health commissioner discusses the challenges of the job Sanne Magnan, the new head of the Minnesota Department of Health, talks with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about reforming the troubled department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/28/magnunmorningedition?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2007 10:09:28 -0500 Wisconsin is monitoring bridges with sensor technology The state of Wisconsin is installing sensors on 14 major truss bridges to monitor their safety. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks to Wisconsin bridge engineer Finn Hubbard about how the sensory technology works. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/28/hubbardbridge?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2007 08:19:19 -0500 U of M's business school to require foreign study The University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Business will soon require its undergrads to have a business experience abroad. The new policy goes into effect this fall, with the incoming freshman class. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/25/uptoncarlson?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2007 06:25:04 -0500 Global warming may affect bird migration Fall is migration season for thousands of of bird species. Some bird experts say that global warming is changing the migration patterns of those birds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/21/weidensaulbird?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2007 06:40:37 -0500 How MnDOT will pick the winning bid MnDOT is using a different process to evaluate the bids for the 35W bridge reconstruction project. Instead of simply awarding the contract to the lowest bidder, the agency says it will choose the "best value" bid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/19/gutnechtbridgebids?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2007 09:00:43 -0500 Take a 'Right on Lake Street' A new exhibit opening Tuesday at the Minnesota History Center explores the continuing transformation of Lake St. in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/17/lakestreet_exhibit?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2007 02:00:36 -0500 A bill of rights for cell phone users? U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar holds a forum Monday in Golden Valley about legislation she is sponsoring to protect cell phone consumers. A consumer protection lawyer at the University of Minnesota says cell phone companies are bad at customer service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/17/cellphonescox?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2007 09:34:11 -0500 Dominic Papatola on the challenges facing the new Walker director Dominic Papatola, theater critic for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and regular arts commentator on Morning Edition, talks with host Cathy Wurzer about the challenges facing the newly hired director of the Walker Arts Center, Olga Viso. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/13/paptolaviso?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2007 09:46:43 -0500 R.T. Rybak says reading is a priority for him For our Bookshelf series, we asked Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to select a book that is important to him. He selected "The Heartsong of Charging Elk" by James Welch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/12/rybak_bookshelf?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2007 01:00:00 -0500 Architecture that can change the world A group of architecture and design students at the U of M has come up with a final project they hope will have a big impact. They've created a portable structure, called a "clean hub," that can meet the water, power and storage needs of people affected by natural disasters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/27/cleanhub?refid=0 Sun, 29 Apr 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Football player hopes for call from NFL A Minnesota native who played football for the North Dakota State Bisons last year may be selected in the NFL draft this weekend. Craig Dahl describes what feels like to be sized up by professional football scouts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/25/draft?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2007 05:00:00 -0500 Teen drivers get real-world experience Teenage drivers often end up in traffic accidents because they don't know how to react quickly to avoid a crash. There are a couple of driving clubs in the Twin Cities that train teens how to drive in the real world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/10/teendrivers?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2007 05:00:00 -0500 Lou Bellamy and "The Invisible Man" Lou Bellamy is the founder and artistic director of the African-American Penumbra Theater in St. Paul. Bellamy talked with us about Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man," a novel featuring an unnamed African-American narrator whose race makes him "invisible" to others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/04/bookbellamy?refid=0 Sun, 14 Jan 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Archeologist says findings are significant Archaeologists have discovered artifacts in northern Minnesota that may date back as far as 14,000 years. One of the participants in the dig says the findings are significant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/12/colleenwells?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jan 2007 10:31:47 -0600 Soldier's brother reacts to new Iraq strategy James Berka's brother Joel is in the U.S. Army. Joel is on his second tour of duty in Iraq. James offers his reaction to President Bush's new strategy for Iraq and talks about what his brother has observed during his time overseas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/11/soldier_brother?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jan 2007 08:13:02 -0600 Winona company makes glass into art Winona isn't the largest town in Minnesota, but it has a big reputation as the stained glass capital of the United States. Winona is the home of no less than six stained glass companies, including the largest such firm in the nation -- the Willet Hauser Architectural Glass Studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/22/stainedglass?refid=0 Sun, 26 Nov 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Analyzing the statewide results Democrats did well in Minnesota on Election Day, but Republicans held on to the governor's office and a high profile congressional district. Political scientist Chris Gilbert of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter analyzes the results. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/08/gilbert?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2006 10:21:57 -0600 Collin Peterson to head up House Ag Committee As a result of the Democrats' taking control of the U.S. House, Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson, a DFLer from the 7th District, is in line to become chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/08/peterson?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2006 10:13:56 -0600 Rules for recounts Several races in Minnesota came down to the wire, and were settled by a relative handful of votes. It's possible some will be subject to a recount. Minnesota Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer talks about the recount process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/08/recount?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2006 10:06:43 -0600 Legislative lowdown The races for governor, Senate and open seats in Congress have been getting most of the pre-election attention in Minnesota. But all 201 seats in the Legislature are up for grabs too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/01/legislature?refid=0 Wed, 01 Nov 2006 10:08:37 -0600 A new season for the Timberwolves The Minnesota Timberwolves begin a new season tonight at the Target Center when they play the Sacramento Kings. The team is coming off a disappointing season in which they missed the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/01/robson?refid=0 Wed, 01 Nov 2006 10:05:10 -0600 Campaigns plot strategy with a week to go before the election MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with the three campaign managers for the major party candidates for Minnesota governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/31/managers?refid=0 Tue, 31 Oct 2006 12:00:00 -0600 Starting a new life "900 Miles from Nowhere" A new book blows some dust off the history of the Great Plains. "900 Miles from Nowhere" reveals the lives of early homesteaders through their own letters and photos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/13/homesteaders?refid=0 Fri, 13 Oct 2006 08:00:00 -0500 History Theatre goes political with 'Wellstone!' St. Paul's History Theatre goes political this season with its world-premiere production of "Wellstone!" based on the life of the late U.S. senator from Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/05/wellstoneplay?refid=0 Thu, 05 Oct 2006 09:25:22 -0500 Campaign ads stretch the numbers on taxes A new round of gubernatorial campaign ads takes aim at the candidates' tax policies, but some of the numbers fail to add up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/02/adpolitics?refid=0 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 11:15:45 -0500 Past GOP convention in Minnesota roiled like a 'boiling cauldron' Minnesota last hosted a national political convention in 1892, when Republicans bickered over the re-election of President Benjamin Harrison. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with local historian Iric Nathanson about Minnesota's moment in the political spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/29/nathanson?refid=0 Fri, 29 Sep 2006 09:22:05 -0500 Wisconsin marriage vote splits state Polls indicate the fate of Wisconsin's proposed ban on same-sex marriage rests upon voters' interpretation of the bill. MPR's Cathy Wurzer discussed the issue with JR Ross, editor of the political news service WisPolitics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/28/wisconsin?refid=0 Thu, 28 Sep 2006 07:00:00 -0500 Campaign managers talk strategy in the governor's race Three independent polls this week say the race for governor in Minnesota is essentially a dead heat between Republican incumbent Tim Pawlenty and DFLer Mike Hatch. The top candidates' campaign managers talk about their strategy in the coming weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/22/managers?refid=0 Fri, 22 Sep 2006 11:07:16 -0500 Local volunteer reflects on 9/11 five-year anniversary A Minnesota man recalls his experiences in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Terry Hildebrandt, director of Social Services for the Twin Cities service area of the Salvation Army, volunteered at Ground Zero for some of the recovery efforts. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/11/hildebrandt?refid=0 Mon, 11 Sep 2006 10:20:19 -0500 Survey asks what white people think about being white Researchers at the University of Minnesota are shedding new light on race and racial identity. In a new survey, instead of questioning people in minority groups, researchers focused on what white people think about being white. Researchers say it is the first survey of its kind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/07/hartman?refid=0 Thu, 07 Sep 2006 07:10:00 -0500 Minnesota, U.S. puts financial burdens on students who want higher education A new report on how well individual states and the U.S. provides higher education to its citizens shows Minnesota with a mostly positive record. This year's report shows that the biggest issue for Minnesota is making higher education more affordable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/07/finney?refid=0 Thu, 07 Sep 2006 07:00:00 -0500 First day of school for St. Paul public schools' new superintendent Today is the first day of school for most of Minnesota's students and teachers, and the beginning of St. Paul Public schools' 150th year. The district welcomes a new superintendent, Meria Carstarphen, who was hired last spring from Washington, D.C. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/05/carstarphen?refid=0 Tue, 05 Sep 2006 08:48:46 -0500 Air traffic controller staffing under scrutiny The Federal Aviation Administration is staffing air traffic controllers below authorized levels at nearly 40 major U.S. airports, including the Twin Cities airport. In the wake of an airplane crash in Kentucky last week, a Minnesota congressman is calling for an investigation into FAA guidelines on controller staffing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/01/oberstar?refid=0 Fri, 01 Sep 2006 09:25:32 -0500 100-year anniversary of Dan Patch's state fair record Saturday is Dan Patch Day at the Minnesota State Fair, celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the horse's world pacing record. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Tim Brady, author of "The Great Dan Patch and the Remarkable Mr. Savage," about Minnesota's most famous horse and his owner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/31/danpatch?refid=0 Fri, 01 Sep 2006 08:00:00 -0500 Senators compare security along U.S. borders U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton is one of several senators comparing security along both of our nation's borders. He is ending a two-day tour of our nation's Mexican border Wednesday, after visiting Minnesota's Canadian border last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/30/dayton?refid=0 Wed, 30 Aug 2006 08:00:00 -0500 The view from Biloxi, one year after Katrina American RadioWorks and Marketplace documentary, "Rebuilding Biloxi," marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The producers of the program have made many trips to Biloxi, Mississippi over the last year, and one of them has made another visit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/30/smith?refid=0 Tue, 29 Aug 2006 07:00:00 -0500 It's a shoe...It's a tank...It's art! Among the attractions that visitors can check out at the Minnesota State Fair are all of the items that have been judged; everything from livestock to pickles to quilts and dolls. One of the most competitive categories is fine art. MPR's Cathy Wurzer took a tour of the exhibit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/25/statefairart?refid=0 Mon, 28 Aug 2006 06:00:00 -0500 Ford plant's plans to eliminate a shift leave some workers unsure Workers at the Ford assembly plant in St. Paul are waiting to hear more about the company's plans to eliminate the second shift at the plant. The company has yet to announce whether employees will be offered any buyouts or other severance packages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/24/dean?refid=0 Thu, 24 Aug 2006 07:55:36 -0500 Vikings training camp: A world unto itself Training camp. Those words are familiar this time of year as the Minnesota Vikings often make news out of Mankato. This year's training camp has a different feel than it did last year, since it's the first under new head coach Brad Childress. Training camp under any coach is a world unto itself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/10/vikestrain?refid=0 Fri, 11 Aug 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities airport security beefed up after terrorist plot unveiled In the wake of the thwarted terrorist plot in London, airline passengers are no longer allowed to bring liquids or gels onto any planes. Transportation Security Administration officials urge travelers to put those items into their checked luggage instead. Those heading to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport can expect tighter security measures and delays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/10/hogan?refid=0 Thu, 10 Aug 2006 12:54:57 -0500 Remembering the Schubert Club's director Bruce Carlson Twin Cities area artists are remembering Bruce Carlson, the longtime director of the Schubert Club, who has died afte a battle with leukemia. Carlson was the Schubert's first full-time executive director, and he led the relatively modest chamber music group to a position of prominence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/31/argento?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jul 2006 09:53:29 -0500 The quietest place on earth Minnesota has received a lot of attention lately for nationally acclaimed buildings like the new Guthrie Theater, the new Minneapolis Public Library, and the Walker Art Center. One building in Minneapolis has even made the Guinness Book of World Records -- twice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/27/_orfieldlaboratories?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jul 2006 05:30:00 -0500 Power grids stressed by summer heat, storms across U.S. The oppressively hot weather has left parts of New York City without electricity for 10 days, while California residents were warned about involuntary rolling blackouts. Those developments raise the question of how the power grid in our region could stand up to a lengthy heat wave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/27/kozey?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jul 2006 10:24:01 -0500 Hope for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval of ethanol conversion kits Gov. Tim Pawlenty is urging the United States Environmental Protection Agency to designate Minnesota as a test location for ethanol conversion kits. The kits allow a car designed to run on regular gasoline to use E85, a fuel blend with 85 percent ethanol. It is illegal to convert a gasoline-only vehicle to run on E85 without EPA approval. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/26/ethanol?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jul 2006 08:35:08 -0500 Concordia student returns home after evacuating northern Israel As top diplomats from around the world pressure Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to support an immediate cease-fire in the middle east, evacuation efforts in Lebanon and Israel continue. One evacuee who's already made it out is a student from Concordia University in St. Paul who was in northern Israel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/26/evacuee?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jul 2006 08:27:50 -0500 Huge truck crawling along I-94 A giant truck is rolling across the upper Midwest the next two days, delivering a load to an ethanol plant in Richardton, North Dakota. The truck, carrying an industrial dryer, has 94 wheels and gets 2 miles to the gallon. It's traveling on Interstate 94 across Wisconsin Monday, and will enter Minnesota late Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/24/latham?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jul 2006 10:37:39 -0500 "The Great Gatsby" opens at the Guthrie The Guthrie Theater's first play at its new location opens Friday. It's a play based on Minnesota native F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel, "The Great Gatsby," and it's directed by David Esbjornson, who hails from Wilmar, Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/20/gatsby?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jul 2006 04:00:00 -0500 Photographers get up close to BWCA fire While the fire presents danger to people and property, it also presents an opportunity for local photographers. A few of them were so attracted to the flames that they got in their boats for a closer look. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Barb Tuttle, who took pictures of the Cavity Lake fire from Seagull Lake before it was closed to the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/20/tuttle?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jul 2006 08:37:51 -0500 Why so hot? MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about our current heat wave, and whether we're getting close to setting any new records. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/14/weather?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jul 2006 12:14:45 -0500 Working at Ford is a family affair The Ford assembly plant in St. Paul will close for good within the next couple of years -- after employing thousands of people over time. For many of those people, working at Ford has been a family affair -- with spouses, parents, children and other relatives on the payroll at the same time. We meet one such family. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/13/fordgenerations?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jul 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Research study shows biodiesel greener than ethanol A University of Minnesota study shows that ethanol may not dramatically change the nation's dependence on foreign oil, and it may not be as friendly to the environment as some supporters have claimed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/11/biofuels?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jul 2006 09:21:57 -0500 100 years of Red Wing pottery Red Wing pottery is on display at the Minnesota Historical Society, in a new exhibit called Red Wing Retro. The exhibit features more than 100 years of Red Wing stoneware, dinnerware and decorative art ceramics from the Minnesota company that was once the largest pottery company in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/10/pottery?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jul 2006 01:00:00 -0500 The World Cup sparks national pride in Germany Today is a day of patriotic pride in Germany, where the home team is playing against Italy in the semifinals of the World Cup soccer tournament. Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer talked with MPR's Julie Siple, who is in Germany, about how the World Cup is changing Germany. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/04/nationalism?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jul 2006 08:44:00 -0500 Mauer and Santana All-Stars, Liriano has chance Minnesota Twins pitcher Johan Santana and catcher Joe Mauer will be in Pittsburgh next week for baseball's All Star Game. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with sports commentator Steve Rudolph. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/03/rudolph?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jul 2006 08:40:57 -0500 Fireworks: What's legal and what's not Since 2002, it has been legal in Minnesota for the general public to buy fireworks, but only ones that don't explode or lift off the ground. But it's quite easy to buy those types of fireworks in other states and bring them into Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/03/fireworks?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jul 2006 07:00:00 -0500 Galligan: 'I've accomplished what I set out to do' at Ordway David Galligan, President and CEO of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, announced that he will leave the organization Friday. He talked with MPR's Greta Cunningham about his decision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/29/galligan?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jun 2006 10:57:16 -0500 National Guard surgeon practices combat medicine in Iraq Col. Basil Leblanc, a surgeon with the Minnesota National Guard, recently returned from a three-month mission in Iraq. LeBlanc was responsible for medical operations at several military bases serving more than 5,000 troops. He talked with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/26/leblanc?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jun 2006 09:29:38 -0500 La Clinica closing's ripple effect With the closing of La Clinica en Lake next month, area community clinics are making preparations to serve the 5,200 patients who will have to find new health care providers. But those providers may also feel more financial pressure as that transition takes place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/23/clinics?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jun 2006 10:27:32 -0500 Germany is crazy for the World Cup Much of the world is focused on the World Cup soccer tournament, which is being held in Germany this year. The World Cup, which takes place every four years, is the world's most popular sporting event. MPR producer Julie Siple is in Germany and gives us an up close look of the soccer madness that's overtaken the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/22/siple?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jun 2006 09:22:19 -0500 More dads stay home to raise kids Sunday is Father's Day, and an increasing number of fathers are defying traditional gender roles and redefining what it means to be a dad. Tom Vytlacil is one of those fathers. He is a stay-at-home dad and an organizer of a group called Minnesota Dads at Home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/16/dads?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jun 2006 08:33:22 -0500 Report: Meth lab busts down 78 percent in Minnesota The most recent snapshot of illegal drug activity in Minnesota has a mix of good and bad news. A new Hazelden Foundation report says Minnesota has seen a 78 percent decrease in methamphetamine lab busts over the last year. But it says more people are dying from opiate overdoses caused by drugs like heroin, methadone and oxycodone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/15/hazeldenreport?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jun 2006 07:12:23 -0500 Remembering the 1981 tornado Twenty-five years ago, people living in parts of the Twin Cities took cover as a fierce and destructive tornado churned 15 miles across the metro area. The tornado, packing winds of more than 200 mph, destroyed homes and businesses in Edina, St. Anthony Park, Roseville and Lake Owasso. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/14/tornado?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jun 2006 10:19:26 -0500 Minneapolis may subsidize Target Center losses The Minneapolis City Council could vote Friday to subsidize some operating expenses for the Target Center. A council committee has recommended the plan, which would cover up to half the losses incurred from hosting non-basketball events at the arena, estimated at $1 million to $2 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/13/targetcenter?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jun 2006 08:45:27 -0500 U.S. Senate may approve more competition for cable TV Channel surfers could pick up a remote and dial in their favorite programs if the U.S. Senate supports a recently-approved House bill, making it easier for telephone companies to provide subscription television services. Supporters of the bill say it will lower cable television bills, but opponents worry that the bill will deal a potentially fatal blow to cable access programming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/12/cabletv?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jun 2006 07:56:06 -0500 Sen. Coleman reacts to al-Qaida leader's death World leaders and military officals are reacting to the news that al-Qaida's leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in a U.S. air raid Wednesday night. President Bush called al-Zarqawi's death "a severe blow to al-Qaida and a significant victory in the war on terror." U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman reacted much the same, in an interview with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/08/iraqreax?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jun 2006 10:38:32 -0500 Minneapolis Institute of Arts opens new wing The Minneapolis Institute of Arts will host a grand opening Sunday to celebrate the museum's renovation and new wing, which was designed by American architect Michael Graves. Morning Edition arts commentator Dominic Papatola shares his impressions of the new space. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/07/miawing?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jun 2006 08:25:00 -0500 Jill rides again At a horse show near Cannon Falls this weekend, one woman's dream will come true. Jill Krimmel of Buffalo, Minnesota, was a familiar face at Saddlebred horse shows across the region until she suffered a devastating stroke. After an amazing recovery, Krimmel is back in the saddle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/02/strokehorse?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jun 2006 11:08:45 -0500 Rescued wolf hybrids moving to sanctuary Nineteen timberwolf hybrids at the Golden Valley Animal Humane Society will be moved to a 180-acre wolf sanctuary in Colorado, after being rescued from a farm in western Wisconsin. "Wolf dogs," as they are sometimes called, are increasingly being bred as exotic pets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/31/wolfdog?refid=0 Wed, 31 May 2006 08:00:00 -0500 Finding and losing home in "Tangled Up in Bob" Bob Dylan turns 65 today, and a new documentary is out chronicling Bob Dylan's years growing up in Hibbing. "Tangled Up in Bob," from filmmaker Mary Feidt, features author Natalie Goldberg in her journey to find the connection between Dylan and the place where he grew up. Goldberg talked with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/24/dylan_2006?refid=0 Wed, 24 May 2006 09:50:35 -0500 The future of architecture in the Twin Cities The new Minneapolis Central Library, designed by Cesar Pelli, marks the next stage of innovation in Twin Cities architecture. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked about the future of architectural design in the Twin Cities with Hugh Hardy, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and Principal of New York-based H-3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/19/architecture?refid=0 Fri, 19 May 2006 11:09:27 -0500 The Great Hinckley Firestorm story retold Author Daniel James Brown has written a new book that recalls one of America's most devastating fires -- the Great Hinckley Firestorm, which occurred on Sept. 1, 1894. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/19/firestorm?refid=0 Fri, 19 May 2006 11:05:15 -0500 A dance barn revival An open house is planned this weekend in honor of a well-known barn near Glenwood, Minnesota. During the Depression, the big white barn was used for milking cows. On Sunday nights, the barn's huge hay mow became a hot dance spot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/18/barndance?refid=0 Fri, 19 May 2006 03:00:00 -0500 A birder's poem If you're out for walk today, you might hear a warbler or a robin or another bird song that you don't recognize. Serious birders have mnemonic devices that help them identify birds by their songs. They think of often silly phrases that mimic the sounds that birds make. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/17/birdpoem?refid=0 Wed, 17 May 2006 07:53:08 -0500 Minnesota Guard commander: Bush border plan is 'doable' President Bush has proposed sending 6,000 National Guard troops to patrol the U.S.-Mexican border for illegal immigrants. Some are concerned the Guard is becoming over-extended, since many units are also serving in Iraq. The head of Minnesota's National Guard, Gen. Larry Shellito, says Bush's plan is "doable." He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/16/shellito?refid=0 Tue, 16 May 2006 08:32:09 -0500 Conference committees challenged to find compromise Bills to fund new stadiums for the Twins, Vikings and Gophers are in flux at the Legislature, since the House and Senate have each passed their own versions. They're headed into conference committee, where lawmakers will try to find a compromise. Former DFL House Speaker Dee Long talks with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about the conference committee process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/11/compromise?refid=0 Thu, 11 May 2006 07:25:00 -0500 Mayo doctors to separate conjoined twins A team of doctors at the Mayo Clinic is preparing to separate a set of conjoined twins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/10/conjoined?refid=0 Wed, 10 May 2006 07:00:00 -0500 Dominic Papatola on the Guthrie After 43 years and almost 300 productions, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis will close its storied Vineland Place stage after Sunday night. Next month it reopens at its new $125 million complex along the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/04/guthriedominic?refid=0 Thu, 04 May 2006 14:29:15 -0500 Prairie Home movie is 'above average' Some big stars will be in St. Paul Wednesday night, when the movie version of "A Prairie Home Companion" gets its local premiere. The movie is based on Garrison Keillor's popular radio show of the same name. MPR's Cathy Wurzer asked Colin Covert, film critic for the Star Tribune, how he liked the movie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/02/phcmoviereview?refid=0 Wed, 03 May 2006 10:00:00 -0500 Local musicians compete in songwriting contest Seventeen local musicians will compete in the first ever songwriting contest put on by the local music magazine, Rift. Songwriters were given a topic to write about Sunday at noon, and they have until 8 p.m. Monday to compose an original song. The topic for this contest -- coffee. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with songwriter Brad Senne. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/08/song?refid=0 Tue, 02 May 2006 08:25:00 -0500 "Camp Out" at the International Film Festival A locally-produced documentary explores the first Bible camp for gay, Christian youths. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/28/campout?refid=0 Fri, 28 Apr 2006 10:50:21 -0500 Land in proposed stadium swap may need cleanup In exchange for state help in building a new football stadium, the University of Minnesota has offered to hand over to the state what the school has described as a priceless nature reserve. But a news story over the weekend reported the land is contaminated. Cathy Wurzer talked with Sen. Geoff Michel, R-Edina, author of the Gopher stadium bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/24/michel?refid=0 Mon, 24 Apr 2006 09:29:23 -0500 Potential local buyers not making much headway A group of Twin Cities investors have been interested in bidding for the St. Paul Pioneer Press since it was put up for sale, but aren't making much headway. Bankers for McClatchey have yet to share financial informaton with those investors, according to their spokesman John Wodele. He talked with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/20/pipresslocal?refid=0 Thu, 20 Apr 2006 10:00:57 -0500 Timberwolves close out miserable season The Minnesota Timberwolves play their final game of the season Wednesday night, ending a disappointing season with no playoff appearance. The team may have larger problems. Superstar Kevin Garnett has said he wants to play for a more competitive team. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with Britt Robson, who covers the Timberwolves for the CityPages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/19/timberwolves?refid=0 Wed, 19 Apr 2006 12:00:10 -0500 Sen. Belanger on the latest push for stadiums Momentum at the state Capitol is gathering steam for new stadiums for the University of Minnesota Gophers, the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings. All three teams currently play in the Metrodome, which opened in 1982. Sen. Bill Belanger, R-Bloomington, has been in the Legislature since before the Metrodome opened. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about momentum at the Capitol for stadiums. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/12/belanger?refid=0 Wed, 12 Apr 2006 03:00:00 -0500 Governor talks bonding, taxes, and stadiums The Legislature is busy this session debating a new bonding bill, taxes and fees, as well as possible stadium deals for the Minnesota Gophers, the Twins and the Vikings. Gov. Tim Pawlenty's gave his take on those issues in an interview with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/11/governor?refid=0 Tue, 11 Apr 2006 10:09:17 -0500 Ann Reed releases 25th anniversary CD Minneapolis singer-songwriter Ann Reed releases her 25th anniversary CD this weekend. It's called "Telling Stories." Reed has had devoted fans lining up at the box office for the past quarter-century to hear her smooth alto and her original songs. She spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/07/reed?refid=0 Fri, 07 Apr 2006 09:35:12 -0500 Gopher women's basketball program in disarray Just two years after a Final Four appearance, the Gopher women's basketball program is stinging from the sudden loss of five players in less than two weeks. The departures have raised questions about the leadership of head coach Pam Borton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/06/gopherwomen?refid=0 Thu, 06 Apr 2006 10:02:49 -0500 Local photographer portrays breast cancer survivors Several years ago, Jila Nikpay began taking pictures of breast cancer survivors, photographing women who were strong in the face of illness, women she saw as heroines of their own stories. She's compiled those photos in a new book called, "Heroines: Transformation in the Face of Breast Cancer." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/05/jila?refid=0 Wed, 05 Apr 2006 18:29:00 -0500 Mondale, Carlson call for less divisiveness Two of Minnesota's most prominent elder statesmen are calling on Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leaders to avoid divisiveness as they debate and create public policy. Former Vice President Walter Mondale and former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson have sent Pawlenty and legislative leaders a letter outlining their concerns. Carlson spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/24/arne?refid=0 Fri, 24 Mar 2006 09:33:24 -0600 Amending state Constitution is not uncommon A proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages and civil unions is one of several consitutional amendments under consideration at the Legislature this year. To better understand the amendment process, MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with Fred Morrison, a professor of law at the University of Minnesota. Professor Morrison was the research director for the commission that redrafted the state Constitution in the early 1970s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/23/amendments?refid=0 Thu, 23 Mar 2006 09:36:34 -0600 Pastor who recorded Sen. Johnson's comments has no regrets A pastor who secretly recorded State Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson's recent comments about gay marriage and the State Supreme Court, says he has no regrets he did so. Rev. Brent Waldemarsen of the Harvest Community Church in Willmar spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/17/waldemarsen?refid=0 Fri, 17 Mar 2006 09:46:53 -0600 Mood is somber at spring training following Puckett news Friends of Kirby Puckett are traveling to Arizona to be with the former Twin. Puckett suffered a massive stroke at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona on Sunday. He is listed in critical condition after doctors operated to relieve pressure around his brain. LaVelle Neal covers the Twins for the Star Tribune and is following the story from the Twins spring training camp in Fort Myers, Florida. He talked with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/06/neal?refid=0 Mon, 06 Mar 2006 11:00:00 -0600 Puckett suffers stroke Former Minnesota Twins star Kirby Puckett remains in critical condition Monday morning in a Phoenix, Arizona, hospital after suffering what is being called a massive stroke. Puckett, who is 44, underwent surgery Sunday to relieve pressure due to bleeding in his brain. Dr. David Anderson, head of Neurology at the University of Minnesota, talked with MPR's Cathy Wurzer to provide some background on strokes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/06/anderson?refid=0 Mon, 06 Mar 2006 10:06:39 -0600 St. Paul bars sue to stop smoking ban Several St. Paul bars are asking a judge to stop the implementation of the city's smoking ban, which is due to go into effect at the end of March. Several bars have hired attorney Pat O'Neill, who talked with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/01/smokinglawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 01 Mar 2006 10:09:01 -0600 Group of lawmakers hopes session will look ahead Minnesota lawmakers open the 2006 Legislative session on Wednesday. A group of lawmakers, calling itself the 2020 Caucus, hopes the session will be proactive about addressing issues the state will face in coming years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/01/lawmakers?refid=0 Wed, 01 Mar 2006 10:00:12 -0600 If these walls could talk... An exhibit opening Jan. 14 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul will allow visitors to explore history through the stories of people who lived in one house on the east side of St. Paul over the last 120 years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/13_wurzerc_walls/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2006 06:00:00 -0600 Double losses in the Border Battle Tuesday night was a tough one for Minnesota basketball teams. The Minnesota Gopher men lost to the Wisconsin Badgers 64-62 at Williams Arena. Minnesota is now 0-2 in the Big Ten. And in Milwaukee, the NBA Timberwolves lost to the Bucks, 95-92. Morning Edition sports commentator Steve Rudolph talks with Cathy Wurzer about the teams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/01/11_rudolphsports?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2006 11:00:00 -0600 Tice fired as Vikings head coach The search is on for a new head coach for the Minnesota Vikings. Mike Tice was fired shortly after his team won its last game of the season over the Chicago Bears. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Sean Jensen, who covers the Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/01/02_tice?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jan 2006 08:42:00 -0600 A mother's protest The mother of a Minnesota National Guard soldier is upset that her son had to leave college to train for possible deployment to Iraq. After talking with Gov. Pawlenty on Thursday, she protested, by herself, on the Capitol steps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/12/22_iraq?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2005 11:10:00 -0600 What's the next move for lawmakers in wake of cigarette 'fee' decision? Gov. Pawlenty and state lawmakers are weighing their options after a Ramsey County judge ruled that a 75-cent-a-pack charge on cigarettes is unconstitutional. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked to the Speaker of the Minnesota House Steve Sviggum and Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/12/21_me_cigtax?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2005 11:45:00 -0600 "Body Worlds" exhibit to show real human bodies Next year, the Science Museum of Minnesota will show the exhibit "Body Worlds: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies." It includes human cadavers that are preserved and posed through a process called plastination. Eric Jolly, the president of the Science Museum, spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about the exhibit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/12/09_body?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2005 16:40:00 -0600 Tribute to John Lennon held for 25th year Former Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed 25 years ago. Many people learned of Lennon's death from sportscaster Howard Cosell during a live broadcast. The First Avenue night club in Minneapolis has held an annual tribute to Lennon since his death. Singer Curtis A will be master of ceremonies this year. He and musician Steve Brantseg spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer to talk about what the tributes are like. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/12/08_lennon?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2005 10:57:00 -0600 St. Paul native killed in Iraq A Marine from St. Paul has been killed in Iraq. Master Sgt. Brett Angus was killed by a roadside bomb on Saturday. Angus, 40, joined the Marines in 1982 shortly after graduating from high school. He was on his second tour of duty in Iraq. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Angus' uncle, David Angus of St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/11/29_angus?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2005 10:30:00 -0600 A chat with the pie lady Anne Dimock is a pie lover. She grew up making apple pies at her mother's elbow, and now bakes from her home in Afton, Minnesota. Dimock has written a book called &quot;Humble Pie: Musings on What Lies Beneath the Crust.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/28_wurzerc_pielady/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2005 05:00:00 -0600 Rudy Perpich, the people's governor Minnesota's longest serving governor is still remembered by many in the state for his out-of-the-box ideas and his emphasis on education and jobs. A new book tells the story of Rudy Perpich, from his childhood on the Iron Range through his years in Minnesota politics. Betty Wilson is the author of &quot;Rudy! The People's Governor.&quot; She spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/11/02_perpichbook?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2005 04:00:00 -0600 Churches reflect Minnesota's history From one-room chapels to grand cathedrals, churches all over the state are part of Minnesota's landscape. Now nearly 100 of those churches are showcased in a new book, &quot;Churches of Minnesota.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/12_wurzerc_minnchurches/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2005 04:00:00 -0500 Polio case puzzles state health experts The investigation continues into how an infant in central Minnesota became infected with the polio virus. This is the first case of a polio infection in the U.S. since doctors in this country stopped using the live virus vaccine in 2000. Kris Ehresmann of the Minnesota Department of Health says this case does not pose a health threat to the general public. She talked to MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/10/04_polio?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2005 13:00:00 -0500 Rep. John Kline's son on his way to Iraq As hundreds of Minnesota National Guard troops left this weekend for eventual deployment to Iraq, U.S. Rep. John Kline saw his son go overseas as well. Kline, R-Minn., said his son, Army Major J. Daniel Kline, is on his way to Iraq as part of the 101st Airborne Division. Kline spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/09/19_kline?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2005 01:00:00 -0500 Travel analyst Terry Trippler assesses the impact on consumers Most observers say travelers won't see much change as a result of Northwest Airlines' bankruptcy reorganization. Terry Trippler, an analyst with the CheapSeats.com Web site, talked with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/09/15_nwatrippler?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2005 09:30:00 -0500 Listeners to react to the debate over 'refugee' People who lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina are now scattered across the country, many of them in evacuee camps. Since the start of the disaster, there's been some discussion about whether to describe those people as refugees. Local actor and singer T. Mychael Rambo argues the term &quot;refugee&quot; has negative connotations and racial overtones. Several listeners called MPR with their comments about the subject. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/09/12_refugeecomments?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2005 18:00:00 -0500 Mechanics looking for job options after Northwest Even as Northwest Airlines mechanics are walking the picket lines, many are aware they may not have jobs there after the strike is over. Rick Caligiuri, director of the state's Dislocated Worker Program, talked with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about options available to workers looking to life after Northwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/08/25_dislocated?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2005 11:30:00 -0500 Twin Cities Album: A Visual History Through photographs and commentary, author Dave Kenney offers a virtual tour through 150 years of events in the book, &quot;Twin Cities Album, A Visual History.&quot; Take a Flash tour of the book -- and history -- with Kenney and MPR Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/23_wurzerc_album/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2005 19:24:00 -0500 State Sen. Becky Lourey to join Sheehan vigil near Bush's home State Sen. Becky Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, whose son Matt was killed in Iraq earlier this year, is going to Crawford, Texas to join Cindy Sheehan's protest outside President Bush's ranch. Sheehan, whose son Casey also died in Iraq, has been leading a vigil for the past 11 days. She is asking to speak with President Bush about her son's death. Sen. Lourey says she decided to join Sheehan's vigil during a public appearance over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/08/17_lourey?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2005 10:00:00 -0500 Public employee unions and state reach agreement Minnesota's largest public employee unions reached tentative contracts with state negotiators early Friday morning. The deal needs to be ratified by the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 5. State Human Relations Commissioner Cal Ludeman told MPR's Cathy Wurzer he is pleased with the settlement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/07/29_newsroom_unions?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2005 10:25:00 -0500 Latvian man gets new eye, new outlook A young man from Orge, Latvia, leaves Minnesota this weekend a changed person. Andis Narovskis lost his left eye to cancer when he was a toddler, and has covered his missing eye with dark tinted sunglasses. Through the efforts of a Minneapolis doctor, Andis has a very realistic prosthetic left eye. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/29_wurzerc_eyesurgery/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2005 04:00:00 -0500 Shutdown to hit many nonprofits The partial state government shutdown will have an impact beyond state agencies. Many nonprofit organizations, that provide critical social services, rely on state funding. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Marcia Avner, the Public Policy Director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. She says her organization does not have a comprehensive list yet of the the number of nonprofits that will be affected by the shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/07/01_avner?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2005 10:20:00 -0500 First-term lawmakers frustrated over budget The state's top lawmakers and Gov. Tim Pawlenty are still negotiating a budget deal at the governor's residence. First-term legislators, who will have to vote an any budget agreement but are not invited to the negotiating table, are left to wait. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Rep. Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, and Rep. Mike Charron, R-Woodbury, who are both in their first terms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/06/29_firstterm?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2005 10:20:00 -0500 Empty mansion reopens in Hastings A 15-room mansion in Hastings, designed by Andrew Jackson Downing, a man considered this country's first well-known writer on the subjects of domestic architecture, gardening, and &quot;genteel living,&quot; is opening for tours after standing vacant for 20 years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/23_wurzerc_laduke/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2005 11:31:00 -0500 Court ruling to reduce state revenues, but by how much? Officials with Gov. Tim Pawlenty's administration are studying the implications of a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that could worsen the state's budget deficit. The court ruled Thursday in favor of a company, Hutchinson Technology, which was seeking to avoid paying corporate taxes on income generated by its foreign subsidiaries. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with State Finance Commissioner Peggy Ingison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/06/10_ingison?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2005 09:40:00 -0500 Hennepin County commissioner Mike Opat on new Twins stadium The latest plan for a new Twins stadium is stalled at the Capitol, and it's unclear whether it will be revived. Lawmakers are in special session but have put aside legislation that doesn't have to do with the state's budget. Hennepin County commissioner Mike Opat sheparded the plan through the county board and spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about the likelihood of a new Twins stadium being built. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/06/08_wurzer_stadium?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2005 14:00:00 -0500 Looming layoff notices put pressure on budget negotiators Minnesota lawmakers are in special session trying to agree on several budget bills. They face more pressure this week because state union contracts require that layoff notices go out beginning Thursday for agencies that do not have a budget yet. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Bill Salisbury, a longtime reporter at the Capitol for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/06/06_salisbury?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2005 09:10:00 -0500 Ethanol's effects on cars U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton is traveling around southern Minnesota this week in his ethanol-powered Ford Explorer, continuing his push for alternative fuels. He recently introduced legislation that would require all new vehicles sold in the country to have flexible-fuel engines, which can run on either E85 or regular gasoline. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Paul Brand, an automotive expert for KSTP radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/06/01_ethanol?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2005 09:18:00 -0500 Boating deaths highlight need for safety Five people died in boating accidents in Minnesota over the Memorial Day weekend. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Kim Elverum, coordinator of the Department of Natural Resources boat and water safety program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/05/31_boating?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2005 08:17:00 -0500 Mechanics react to Northwest request for impasse Northwest Airlines has asked the National Mediation Board to declare an impasse in its negotiations with its mechanics union, a move that risks a strike during the busy summer travel season. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Ted Ludwig, president of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) Local 33. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/05/me_amfa?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2005 09:45:00 -0500 Turning part of the Twin Cities airport into a casino A plan that puts video slot machines in the Twin Cities International airport is making its way through the state House. It would authorize the State Lottery to install the machines so that only ticketed passengers with boarding passes could use them. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, who is the sponsor of the plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/05/20_airportslots?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2005 07:35:00 -0500 Live from Milan The regional broadcast of Morning Edition originates from the More Cafe in Milan on Tuesday -- Syttende Mai or Norwegian Constitution Day. The broadcast will touch on the history of Milan and Norwegian immigration to the United States. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/programs/morninged/?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2005 18:00:00 -0500 &quot;A Prairie Home Companion&quot; to be on the big screen Movie director Robert Altman will direct a film version of Garrison Keillor's &quot;A Prairie Home Companion.&quot; Shooting is expected to begin in July in St. Paul with Hollywood stars like Meryl Streep, and Woody Harrelson. Keillor is writing the script. He spoke with MPR Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. He said he is looking forward to working with Altman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/05/16_keillor?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2005 08:28:00 -0500 Waconia schools closed due to school threats Parents of students in the Waconia school district are being urged to talk with their children and, if necessary, check their computers because of recent school threats. That advice came from the Carver County Sheriff Wednesday night at a meeting with about 2,000 people at the high school gym. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Waconia Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/05/12_waconia?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2005 09:19:00 -0500 Reshuffling of Vikings sale partners appears imminent The NFL is expected to announce this week that Reggie Fowler is no longer the lead partner in a group that wants to buy the Minnesota Vikings, and real estate developer Zygmunt Wilf has taken his place. Star Tribune sportswriter Jay Weiner talks with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about the change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/05/10_vikingsowners?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2005 10:30:00 -0500 DFL Senate leader talks taxes and budget As the clock ticks down to the end of the legislative session on May 23, final budget negotiations at the State Capitol cannot begin until the State Senate passes its budget. The DFL-controlled chamber is proposing more spending than the House and Gov. Tim Pawlenty, but have not passed a bill saying how it will pay for that spending. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Sen. Majority Leader Dean Johnson, D-Willmar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/05/04_johnson2?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2005 08:48:00 -0500 Gov. Pawlenty talks budget, minimum wage and stadiums With less than three weeks to go before the end of the legislative session, a number of spending bills are making their way through both the House and Senate. But the two chambers are far apart on how to balance the state budget in the face of a projected deficit. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Gov. Tim Pawlenty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/05/03_governor?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2005 08:04:00 -0500 Minnesota has new teacher of the year Glen Sorenson, a high school science teacher, is Minnesota's new teacher of the year. Sorensen teaches anatomy at Proctor High School just south of Duluth. He was selected from more than 140 candidates and will represent Minnesota in the national competition. Sorenson spoke with <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/05/02_teacherofyear?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2005 10:20:00 -0500 State outlines Web security review The Pawlenty administration is enlisting the help of the private sector to review the security of hundreds of state-run Web sites. The governor called for the review after the Legislative Auditor reported recently that the state's license tab renewal Web site had &quot;serious security weaknesses&quot; in protecting personal information. Dana Badgerow, commissioner of the Department of Administration, is in charge of the review, and she talked with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/05/02_websecurity?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2005 09:00:00 -0500 The secret story of seeing the Ivory-billed Woodpecker A Minnesotan who has been keeping a secret about special bird sighting for more than a year can now let it all out. Jim Fitzpatrick saw the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in a national wildlife refuge in Arkansas. He is the Director of the Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings, and he spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/04/29_woodpecker?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2005 07:50:00 -0500 Different K-12 bills emerging at the state Capitol The dominating issue at the state Capitol is the state's budget, and the biggest item is spending on K-12 education. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with key members of each chamber about education spending and teacher pay. Rep. Barbara Sykora, R-Excelsior, is the Chair of the House Education Finance Committee, and Sen. Steve Kelley, DFL-Hopkins, is the Chair of the Senate Education Committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/04/28_omnibus?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2005 09:02:00 -0500 CenterPoint to check pipeline connections CenterPoint Energy says it will begin searching for gas pipe connections in the metropolitan area that could be like the one that caused an explosion that killed three people back in December. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Charles Kenow, administrator with the Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/04/28_pipeline?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2005 08:45:00 -0500 Twins and Hennepin Co. team up on new ballpark proposal Officials with the Minnesota Twins and Hennepin County are expected to announce a stadium deal during a news conference on Monday. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Star Tribune writer Jay Weiner, who is also a policy fellow at the Humphrey Institute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/04/25_ballpark?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2005 09:53:00 -0500 A Call to Recycle More Paper Friday is Earth Day and leaders of a statewide recycling organization are calling on Minnesotans to put more paper in the recycling bin. They say the demand for recycled paper, from manufacturers in and outside the state, outstrips supply. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Paul Gardner, the Executive Director of the Recycling Association of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/04/21_paper?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2005 09:28:00 -0500 Deadly flu sent to Minnesota health labs Several health labs in Minnesota, and thousands around the world, are checking their facilities for a dangerous strain of the flu that was accidentally sent to them in the last few months. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota State Epidemiologist Dr. Harry Hull. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/04/13_flu?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2005 08:30:00 -0500 Part of Devil's Chair has fallen down Part of the well known rock formation called the &quot;Devil's Chair&quot; has fallen down. The chair used to stand 30 feet tall along the St. Croix River, and was part of the official logo of the city of Taylors Falls. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dan Raedeke, one of the owners of Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/04/12_devil?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Solo drivers can sign up for access to HOV lanes Minnesotans who drive alone, but who want to take the high occupancy lanes on Highway 394, can sign up for accounts that give them access starting today. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Kevin Gutknecht, spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, about the new program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/04/11_mnpass?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2005 08:45:00 -0500 Rome campus puts St. Thomas students close to Pope events The funeral for Pope John Paul II is expected to draw millions of people. A group of Minnesota students has been in Rome watching all the developments related to the Pope. They are on a study abroad program through the University of St. Thomas, which has a campus in Rome. Thanos Zyngas is the director of that campus, and he spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/04/07_stthomas?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2005 09:28:00 -0500 The secret life of Betty Crocker A new book by a Minneapolis author looks behind the veil of one of America's most famous women -- Betty Crocker. She's 84 years old now, and she's had it all -- a career with a Fortune 500 company, a reputation as the ideal homemaker. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/07_wurzerc_bettycrocker/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2005 09:00:00 -0500 Using computer evidence in a case like Red Lake The arrest this week of 16-year-old Louis Jourdain, in connection with the Red Lake shootings, appears to be based in large part on evidence gathered from computers. The Star Tribune reports that according to two sources with knowledge of the investigation, that evidence shows that Jourdain and Jeff Weise had been exchanging electronic messages for over a year about a plan to kill Weise's grandfather, steal his weapons and kill people at Red Lake High School. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Paul Luehr, a former federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/31_computer?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2005 08:57:00 -0600 New health bill at the Capitol covers all Minnesotans The Minnesota Medical Association has come up with a new plan that provides health care for every Minnesotan, and lawmakers in both the State House and Senate have introduced it as a bill. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with State Sen. Sheila Kiscaden, IP-Rochester, who is sponsoring the bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/30_health?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2005 09:10:00 -0600 Schiavo case stirs up memories for Minnesota woman The Terri Schiavo case has brought up many memories for Pattie Butcher. Butcher's son Jamie was 17 in 1977, when he got into a car accident which left him brain-dead. The Butchers kept their son alive for 17 years, until he was 34. They decided then to remove his feeding tube, and had to go to court to do it. Patti Butcher told MPR's Cathy Wurzer the Schiavo case is hard to observe, because she's still angry at the conservative activists who got involved in her son's case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/29_butcher?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2005 14:30:00 -0600 New infection discovered at U of M Researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered a new, deadly infection that strikes people when they are recovering from flu-like illnesses. The researchers say it is a severe variation of toxic shock syndrome. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with professor Patrick Schlievert, a microbiologist at the U of M and one of the scientists who made the discovery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/29_infection?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2005 08:28:00 -0600 Twins stadium announcer Bob Casey dies Minnesota Twins games at the Metrodome just will not sound the same this year. Bob Casey, the only public address announcer the Twins have had in their 44 year history, died on Sunday from complications from liver cancer. He was 79-years-old. Casey was known for his flair behind the microphone, especially for his pronouncements before games that no smoking is permitted in the Metrodome. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Twins President Dave St. Peter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/28_casey?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2005 08:38:00 -0600 Journalist restrictions based on Red Lake sovereignty The Red Lake Band of Chippewa have been able to restrict access for journalists and others to their reservation since Monday's shooting spree because they are a sovereign nation. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Robert Clinton, Foundation Professor of Law at Arizona State University College of Law, about the tribe's sovereignty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/25_sovereignty?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2005 10:14:00 -0600 Counselors descend on Red Lake, but what works best? Community leaders, friends, and professional counselors are looking for ways to help survivors of this week's shooting spree in Red Lake, Minnesota. But there's controversy about what kind of counseling works, and Richard Gist is one of the critics of the way it is often done. He is an associate professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and also works at the Kansas City Fire Department. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/24_gist?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2005 08:54:00 -0600 Shakespeare gets groovy at the Guthrie The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is staging a new production of the Shakespeare comedy, &quot;As You Like It,&quot; with a twist -- this version is set in the late 1960s. Most of the action in the play takes place in a forest, that's seen as an escape from the civil unrest of the time. That storyline inspired director Joe Dowling to set this new version in another time of unrest. Dowling told MPR's Cathy Wurzer they decided on &quot;As You Like It&quot; because it was time for some amusement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/18_extra_dowling?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2005 01:00:00 -0600 More job cuts at NWA Northwest Airlines announced that it is going to stop using 30 older airplanes in its fleet and lay off up to 900 mechanics who maintain them by the end of the year. The job cuts are expected to begin this spring. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Northwest spokesman Thomas Becher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/17_northwest?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2005 09:18:00 -0600 Casino alternative: video lottery in bars Gov. Tim Pawlenty's plan for a new casino gets a hearing in a House committee on Wednesday. The committee will also consider a bill that would allow up to five video lottery machines similar to slot machines in every bar. DFL Rep. Tom Rukavina is the author of that bill. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/16_rukovina?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2005 08:43:00 -0600 Simple test to detect women's heart disease Promising news for women at risk for heart disease is in the current issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. A new study finds that an inexpensive test for elevated white blood cell counts could be used to accurately assess the risk of heart disease. The lead researcher on the study Dr. Karen Margolis spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/15_heart?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2005 08:05:00 -0600 A double dose of March Madness March Madness is sweeping the University of Minnesota. Both the women's and men's basketball teams have made their respective NCAA tournaments for the first time since 1994. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with U of M Athletic Director Joel Maturi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/14_maturi?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2005 08:40:00 -0600 Minnesotans hope to continue Sri Lankan rebuilding A third group of Minnesota volunteers is being formed to go to Sri Lanka, to help rebuild tsunami-ravaged areas of the tiny country. Sri Lanka and other Indian Ocean nations were devastated by the Dec. 2004 tsunami. An initial group was in Sri Lanka in February. Here's a summary of their trip. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/14_wurzerc_srilanka/?refid=0 Sun, 13 Mar 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Racino already up and running in Iowa The racino concept proposed at Shakopee's Canterbury Park horse racing track is not new. Prairie Meadows racetrack in Iowa has already made the transition. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Jack Ketterer, the administrator of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/10_prairiemeadows?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2005 07:44:00 -0600 Schumacher's Hotel in New Prague to close A popular restaurant and hotel in New Prague, Minnesota is closing. Schumacher's Hotel opened in 1974, and is well known in large part because of its owner and award-winning chef, John Schumacher. Schumacher announced his plans to close the place at the end of May. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/09_schumacher?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2005 09:26:00 -0600 Facing NFL scrutiny The NFL Finance Committee will meet Wednesday to hear from its staff attorneys and investigators about Arizona businessman Reggie Fowler. Fowler has signed a purchase agreement to buy the Minnesota Vikings for about $625 million. Now the deal is awaiting NFL approval. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Wheelock Whitney who was one of ten owners of the Vikings before the team was sold to current owner Red McCombs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/09_whitney?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2005 09:25:00 -0600 Federated confirms deal to buy May Federated Department Stores says it has reached a deal to buy May Department Stores which includes 62 Marshall Fields locations for $11 billion. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dave Brennan, a marketing professor at University of St. Thomas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/02/28_federated?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2005 09:15:00 -0600 Guard Chaplain on latest losses in Iraq Relatives say three Minnesota National Guard troops were killed in Iraq earlier this week. They were David Day, Jesse Lhotka, and Jason Timmerman. They all served with the 151st Field Artillery Unit based in Montevideo. State Sen. Dean Johnson, who is also a National Guard Chaplain, spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/02/23_chaplain?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2005 07:47:00 -0600 Weather pictures to Morning Edition Morning Edition has been enlisting the help of listeners to monitor weather conditions around the state. Our Web editor has been whining so long about also getting pictures, that we decided to ask you for those too. And, voila! You came through. Here is a sample. Keep them coming! http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/22_wurzerc_mepix/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 16:09:00 -0600 Advice about identity theft The personal database company ChoicePoint has notified 2,340 Minnesotans that their personal information may have been stolen. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Bruce Gordon, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Commerce, about what consumers can do about identy theft. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/02/22_choicepoint?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 08:59:00 -0600 Vets still fight Iwo Jima flag flap A Richfield man who fought on Iwo Jima has spent years fighting the notion that the famous flag-raising picture was a truthful depiction of what happened. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/18_wurzerc_photo/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Sex offender castration bill introduced A bill that allows the castration of some serious sex offenders has been introduced in the state Legislature. The castration would be done surgically, or chemically with regular injections of drugs. MPR Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Republican State Representative Tom Emmer who introduced the bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/02/18_castration?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2005 10:10:00 -0600 Rowley recommended for anti-terrorism board Several members of Minnesota's congressional delegation are urging the Bush administration to name former FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley to the new Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. Rowley made national headlines when she criticized the FBI's handling of her pleas to aggressively investigate terror suspect Zacarias Moussaoui before the September 11th attacks. The board is supposed to make sure the government does not infringe on people's rights while fighting terrorism. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Coleen Rowley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/02/16_rowley?refid=0 Wed, 16 Feb 2005 09:00:00 -0600 Who is Reggie Fowler? The NFL is expected to scrutinize the Vikings deal closely. League officials will analyze the financial aspects of the deal, but they will also assess the personalities involved, especially Vikings buyer Reggie Fowler. Even though he has made millions in Arizona, Fowler has shunned the media spotlight. MPR Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Craig Harris, a reporter with the Arizona Republic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/02/15_fowlerbackground?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2005 08:50:00 -0600 Report: Vikings sold to Arizona businessman An announcement is expected Monday afternoon that Arizona businessman Reggie Fowler has reached an agreement with Red McCombs to buy the Minnesota Vikings. The purchase price is reported to be at least $625 million. If the deal is approved by the other owners, Fowler would become the first African American to own a National Football League team. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with MPR Sports Commentator Jay Weiner, who is covering the story for the Star Tribune. He says league approval is not a sure thing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/02/14_vikings?refid=0 Mon, 14 Feb 2005 08:38:00 -0600 Former Disney animator takes company to task in his own movie A former animation artist at Walt Disney Company is taking the company to task for abandoning hand-drawn animation for its movies. Disney is relying now on computerized animation, and one of its human artists has made a film critical of that decision. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/10_wurzerc_disneymovie/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2005 11:15:00 -0600 Fundraising a major factor in Dayton decision U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton announced he is not running for re-election in 2006. Dayton cited fundraising as one reason for his decision. Dayton spent about $12 million of his own money in defeating Republican Rod Grams in 2000, but struggled to raise money for his re-election campaign. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with David Schultz, a professor at Hamline University who specializes in election law and campaign finance about the money it takes to run an winning senate campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/02/10_schultz?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2005 09:13:00 -0600 Cold has man busy chopping wood to heat homes An arctic air mass has settled over Minnesota, and that has Eric Bergerson of Fertile, Minnesota really busy. He has his hands full chopping enough wood to heat two homes. MPR Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Eric Bergerson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/01/14_burnwood?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2005 09:27:00 -0600 Public defenders expect funding from lawmakers soon Legislative leaders say they will move quickly to pass legislation funding the state's public defenders and its gang strike task force through the end of June. MPR's Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with John Stuart, the state public defender. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/01/12_publicdefender?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jan 2005 09:44:00 -0600 Vikings upset Packers in their first playoff matchup The Minnesota Vikings beat the Green Bay Packers 31-17 in the first playoff meeting between the border rivals. Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper passed for four touchdowns, two to wide receiver Randy Moss. The Vikings defense stepped up too, intercepting Packer's quarterback Brett Favre four times. MPR's Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Sean Jensen, who covers the Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/01/10_vikings?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2005 08:19:00 -0600 Minnesota torture victim expert testifies in Gonzales hearing The Senate Judiciary Committee began confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales on Thursday. Witnesses included Minnesotan Doug Johnson, who is the executive director of the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/01/06_torture?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jan 2005 08:13:00 -0600 St. Paul considers citywide WiFi The St. Paul City Council is considering providing wireless Internet access -- WiFi -- citywide. The city may research options on whether -- and how -- to provide the access. MPR's Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dave Thune, who is sponsoring the effort. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/01/05_wifi?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jan 2005 09:00:00 -0600 Lawmakers react to Gov. Pawlenty's bonding proposal Minnesota lawmakers convene at the Capitol today for the first day of the 2005 legislative session. Yesterday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty laid out his proposal for an $816 million bonding bill this session. The bonding bill funds capital improvement projects around the state like university buildings, corrections facilities and rail projects. Last year, lawmakers failed to pass a bonding bill. Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer spoke with two legislators -- DFL State Sen. Keith Langseth chairs the Capital Investment Committee in the Senate, and Republican Dan Dorman heads the equivalent committee in the House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/01/04_bonding?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jan 2005 08:40:00 -0600 Playoffs hopes survive for downcast Vikings Despite losing to the Redskins 21-18 Sunday in Washington, the Minnesota Vikings secured one of the NFC wild card berths when Carolina was beaten by New Orleans. The Vikings lost seven of their last 10 games. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with Sean Jensen, who covers the team for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/01/01_me_vikings?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jan 2005 11:15:00 -0600 With starvation increasing, Minnesotans pitch in The United Nations reports that the estimated number of people dying of hunger has gone up for the first time in nine years. One Twin Cities non-profit group is trying mightily to improve the situation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/30_chae_starvingchildren/?refid=0 Thu, 30 Dec 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Time's &quot;Blog of the Year&quot; from Twin Cities A Twin Cities based web log is the recipient of Time magazine's &quot;Blog of the Year.&quot; Powerlineblog.com was one of the first blogs to debunk the story on 60 Minutes that questioned President George W. Bush's National Guard service. It is Time's first &quot;Blog of the Year&quot; award. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Scott Johnson, one of the blog's co-founders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/12/20_powerlineblog?refid=0 Mon, 20 Dec 2004 08:59:00 -0600 Erdahl to monitor Ukrainian repeat election A former Minnesota congressman leaves for Ukraine later this week, where he will help monitor that country's repeat presidential election. Arlen Erdahl is making the trip as part of a bipartisan delegation of former congressmen. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Republican Arlen Erdahl, who also served as Minnesota's Secretary of State. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/12/20_erdahl?refid=0 Mon, 20 Dec 2004 08:55:00 -0600 Whooping cough cases are up Whooping cough is on the rise in Minnesota. Almost 650 cases of the respiratory infection have been reported in the state so far this year, the highest number since 1955. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Kris Ehresmann, chief of the Vaccine Preventable Disease and Tuberculosis unit at the Minnesota Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/12/17_whooping?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2004 08:54:00 -0600 Penny at Bush economic conference Former Minnesota Democratic Congressman Tim Penny is in Washington to speak at a White House economic conference that President George W. Bush is expected to attend. Penny was a member of Bush's Social Security commission in 2001 which proposed plans for fixing Social Security that included establishing personal accounts. Penny says his speech will stress fundamental changes to Social Security. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/12/16_penny?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2004 09:10:00 -0600 Bound for Brainerd A new picture book documents the landmarks on the drive between the Twin Cities and Minnesota's lake country. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked to the author recently. Listen to the interview and browse through the pictures. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/02_wurzerc_brainerd/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2004 08:00:00 -0600 Sen. Coleman calls for Annan's resignation at U.N. Minnesota U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman is calling for the resignation of United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan over a scandal in the United Nation's oil- for-food program. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Coleman, who says the investigation has found widespread fraud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/12/coleman_20041201?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2004 09:58:00 -0600 Airport official responds to fuel leak investigation According to a state investigation, tens of thousands of gallons of jet fuel have leaked out from an underground fuel system over the past three years at the Twin Cities International Airport. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) says the fuel has contaminated the ground, and some of it has drained into the Minnesota river. The investigation concludes that officials mismanaged the inspection and upkeep of the system. Other problems cited include fuel workers who failed to monitor the pressure in the system, and who skipped some repairs that were needed. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Pat Hogan, spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission which owns the airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/11/24_leak?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2004 08:51:00 -0600 Hearing due for hunter suspect A probable cause hearing is expected Tuesday in Hayward, Wisconsin for Chai Vang, the St Paul resident accused of opening fire on a party of hunters from Rice Lake Wisconsin on Sunday. Six people are now dead and two are recovering from their wounds. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Mainstreet Radio's Bob Kelleher who has with an update on the situation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/11/23_shooting?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2004 09:19:00 -0600 GOP and DFL state chairmen get message out on election eve On Tuesday, Americans across the country will go to the polls to elect a president. Minnesotans will also be deciding who to send to the U.S. Congress and to the state House in St. Paul. Both the Republican and DFL parties have been working hard to convince Minnesotans to get out and vote for their respective candidates. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with the state leaders of those two parties -- Republican Ron Eibensteiner and DFLer Mike Erlandson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/11/041101_parties?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2004 08:42:00 -0600 Do celebrity endorsements help political candidates? In the final days of the campaign, both presidential candidates have been getting some help from superstars. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry drew more than 80,000 people to Madison, Wisconsin on Thursday with a rally featuring Bruce Springsteen. And Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to join President George W. Bush in Ohio on Friday. How much do these celebrity appearances help? <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Ed Schiappa, a professor of communication at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/29_celebrities?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2004 08:20:00 -0500 KSTP video sheds light on when Iraqi explosives went missing A news crew with Twin Cities TV station KSTP shot video of U.S. troops in Iraq in April of 2003 that may help determine when tons of powerful explosives were removed from the Al-QaQaa munitions base. Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that almost 380 tons of explosives from the site were not secured immediately after the invasion of Iraq. Reporter Dean Staley, who now works in Seattle, and photo journalist Joe Caffrey were embedded with the 101st Airborne Division at the time. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Caffrey, who says he shot the video nine days after the fall of Baghdad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/29_kstp?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2004 08:09:00 -0500 Election officials preparing for election day With less than a week to go before Americans cast their vote for president, election officials across the nation are busy getting ready. Here in Minnesota, Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer is charged with making sure the election runs smoothly. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Secretary Kiffmeyer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/27_kiffmeyer?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2004 07:40:00 -0500 U of M official watching stem cell debate closely One of the controversial issues in this year's presidential campaign is stem cell research. While both President George W. Bush and his Democratic challenger Sen. John Kerry favor research on adult stem cells, they have very different positions on embryonic stem cell research. In August of 2001, Bush decided to restrict public funding for research on embryonic stem cells to already existing cell lines. Kerry has said that, as president, he would reverse those restrictions. Embryonic stem cells are capable of becoming almost any type of cell or tissue in the body, which makes them valuable in the search for medical treatments. But the research also raises ethical questions, and many opponents say it destroys human life. The University of Minnesota's Stem Cell Research Institute is a leader in the field. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Catherine Verfaillie, director of the Institute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/26_stemcell?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2004 08:07:00 -0500 Pawlenty wants state to get $350 million from Indian casinos Gov. Tim Pawlenty has settled on a specific amount of money he wants Minnesota's Indian casinos to send to the state: $350 million a year. The governor sent tribal leaders a letter asking for that amount in exchange for a guarantee of exclusive gambling rights in the state for a negotiated length of time. The letter also says he wants to meet with tribal leaders next week to discuss his proposal which would send large amounts of Indian casino money to the state for the first time. The head of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association, John McCarthy, calls the $350 million figure &quot;laughable.&quot; <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Gov. Pawlenty's Chief of Staff Dan McElroy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/22_mcelroy?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2004 08:56:00 -0500 &quot;Rock the Vote&quot; coming to Minnesota talking about the draft One of the organizations that tries to mobilize the youth vote is &quot;Rock the Vote&quot; which is taking its bus tour to Duluth and the Twin Cities starting this weekend. &quot;Rock the Vote&quot; has partnered with MTV since the early 1990s in an effort to increase the political participation of young people. &quot;Rock the Vote&quot; is taking the issue of a military draft to young voters this year. That is despite denials that a draft will occur from both President George W. Bush and his Democratic challenger Sen. John Kerry. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Ms. Jehmu Greene, president of &quot;Rock the Vote.&quot; http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/22_rockthevote?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2004 08:49:00 -0500 Survey looks at guns and arrests in Hennepin Co. A survey of men arrested in Hennepin County shows nearly half of them have owned a gun at some point in their lives. Nearly half have also been the target of a shooting. The survey was done by the Council on Crime and Justice, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit. Tom Johnson is the president of the group, and he spoke with <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/19_guns?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2004 08:51:00 -0500 Presidential candidates focus much attention on Wisconsin There should be no doubt, looking at the candidates' travel schedules, that Minnesota and Wisconsin are battleground states. Democrats John Kerry and John Edwards will both be in Minnesota this week, as will President Bush. Mr. Bush is also coming back to Wisconsin on Wednesday, when he'll be in Eau Claire. Mr. Bush was in the Badger state this past Friday; so was John Kerry. Trying to keep up with the candidates is enough to exhaust any political reporter. One of the best in Wisconsin is Dee Hall. She's covering the presidential campaign for the Wisconsin State Journal, and she spoke with <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/18_wisconsin?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2004 09:30:00 -0500 Analyst: NWA pilots deal to help consumers Northwest Airlines and its pilots union say they have reached a tentative agreement. The two-year deal would reduce the airline's costs by $300 million a year. Most of the savings would come from changes in pilots' wages, benefits and other contract terms, but salaried and management employees would also see a reduction totaling $35 million a year. Union leaders still have to vote on whether to recommend the proposal to pilots. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with local travel consultant Terry Trippler about what this means for consumers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/15_trippler?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2004 09:00:00 -0500 Local author nominated for National Book Award The waiting begins for Pete Hautman a local author of a book that has been nominated for a National Book Award. It is called &quot;Godless&quot; and was nominated in the category for young adult literature. The nominees were announced Wednesday at the Fitzgerald theater in St. Paul, and the winners will be announced in November in New York. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with author Pete Hautman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/14_hautman?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2004 08:33:00 -0500 Undecided voter assess the presidential debates The third and final presidential debate between President George W. Bush and Democratic nominee John Kerry is over and voters are now left to mull over the candidates' performances and how that will affect their vote. That process is especially important for undecided voters. Polls suggest they make up about ten percent of the voting public, and could swing the election in many battleground states like Minnesota. Last month Morning Edition aired a story about Joe Raasch an undecided voter from Shakopee. In the story, he said he was looking forward to the debates to help him make up his mind. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Raasch about whether he has made up his mind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/14_raasch?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2004 08:27:00 -0500 Wellstone documentary debuts at Central Standard Film Festival The documentary &quot;Wellstone&quot; will premiere Thursday at 7 p.m. at The Heights theater in Columbia Heights as part of the Central Standard Film Festival. Through archival footage and interviews with friends and family, the film looks at Paul Wellstone's upbringing as the son of a Russian immigrant and his evolution from college professor to U.S. Senator. Wellstone grew up in northern Virginia and met his wife Shelia in high school. They got married while he was a student at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. In this excerpt from the documentary, Jim Stimson, a longtime friend of the Wellstones, talks about how Paul's graduate school research changed the course of his life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/14_wellstone?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Sen. Dayton on his decision to close his D.C. office Minnesota Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., has closed his office in Washington, D.C., citing security concerns. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Sen. Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/13_dayton?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2004 07:30:00 -0500 Will newly registered voters actually vote? The deadline to preregister to vote in Minnesota for this November's election is 5 p.m. today. People who want to register to vote after today's deadline can do do it on election day at their polling station. Getting people to preregister in this year's tight presidential race has been a high priority for many activist groups like the liberal-leaning American Coming Together. But how many of those potential new voters will actually vote? <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Michael McDonald, political science professor at George Mason University who's studied voter behavior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/12_register?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2004 08:26:00 -0500 Financing set for St. Paul biosciences incubator A proposal for a University of Minnesota biotech business incubator in St. Paul gets a boost later today when officials announce they have raised enough money to get the idea going. St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly threw his support behind the idea a year-and-a-half ago, and had the city pay almost $7 million for a building to house the project. But the final deal did not come together until Mayor Kelly also agreed to a $6 million loan guarantee for the project. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Mayor Randy Kelly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/11_incubator?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2004 12:29:00 -0500 Survey: Most nursing homes have no flu vaccines Early results of a survey of nursing homes around the state shows most do not have any flu vaccines. The Minnesota Department of Health is conducting the survey in response to the shutdown of a flu shot manufacturing plant that wiped out half the U.S. supply. Most Minnesota nursing homes were expecting their vaccines to come from that manufacturer. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Kristen Ehresmann, manager of the immunization program at the Minnesota Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/08_nursinghomes?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2004 08:44:00 -0500 Kidnapping of relatives of Venezuelan Twins a worry Twins righthander Carlos Silva will make the first post season start of his major league career tonight when New York plays Minnesota at the Metrodome. The playoff series is tied at one game apiece. Silva will have to contend with a formidable Yankee lineup on the field, while off the field there is troubling news from his homeland. Silva is one of five Twins players from Venezuela where the economic conditions continue to deteriorate. Ransom kidnappings are on the rise and for the last month kidnappers have held the mother of Detroit Tigers pitcher Ugueth Urbina. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Brian Ellsworth, a free-lance reporter based in Caracas, Venezuela. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/08_kidnapping?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2004 08:37:00 -0500 Attorney Clarence Darrow's letters to stay in Minnesota University of Minnesota law librarians can expect a busy few months analyzing the biggest collection of letters to and from the famous lawyer Clarence Darrow. Darrow was involved in important cases like the Scopes trial back in 1925. That is when Darrow defended John Scopes, a teacher accused of breaking state law in Tennessee by teaching evolution to his students. For decades, the letters were tucked away with other Darrow family possessions. Minneapolis attorney Randy Tietjen discovered the letters more than ten years ago. He spoke with <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/07_darrow?refid=0 Thu, 07 Oct 2004 09:06:00 -0500 Twins lose game two to Yankees The Minnesota Twins best-of-five playoff series with the Yankees is now tied at one game apiece after last night's crushing loss to New York in 12 innings. Minnesota took a 6-5 lead in the top of the 12th inning on a home run by Torii Hunter. But Twins closer Joe Nathan, pitching more than two innings for the first time all season, could not hold the lead in the bottom of the 12th. He walked two batters and then gave up a game-tying double to Alex Rodriguez. Derek Jeter scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Hideki Matsui. The Twins and Yankees are headed to the Metrodome for games three and four of the series, and so is LaVelle Neal, who covers the Twins for the Star Tribune. He spoke with <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer from New York. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/07_twins?refid=0 Thu, 07 Oct 2004 09:01:00 -0500 Dylan on Dylan Singing legend Bob Dylan's autobiography &quot;Chronicles&quot; was released this week. Since Dylan rarely gives interviews and has never written about his life before, the book is a unique opportunity to learn more about the life of an American icon. Filmmaker Mary Feidt is putting together a documentary about Dylan's childhood in Minnesota. He was born Robert Zimmerman in Duluth and grew up in Hibbing. Feidt told MPR's Cathy Wurzer she was eager to read &quot;Chronicles&quot; and find out Dylan's impressions of Minnesota. The working title of Mary Feidt's forthcoming documentary is &quot;Tangled up in Bob.&quot; http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/06_dylanbook?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2004 15:30:00 -0500 Undecided voter still undecided after first presidential debate Many undecided voters watched President George W. Bush and Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry at last night's presidential debate. Polls suggest undecided voters make up roughly ten percent of the voting public, and could tip the election in many battleground states like Minnesota. Earlier this week, Morning Edition aired a story about Joe Raasch and undecided voter from Shakopee. In the story, he said he was looking forward to the debates to help him make up his mind. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Raasch who says the debate last night was not enough to get him to commit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/02_undecided?refid=0 Fri, 01 Oct 2004 10:25:00 -0500 Northwest Airlines CEO Richard Anderson resigns Northwest Airlines CEO Richard Anderson is stepping down. Anderson is expected to take a position as an executive with United Health Group. Northwest is elevating company president Doug Steenland to replace Anderson immediately. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Joel Denney, an airline analyst with investment firm Piper Jaffray. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/10/01_anderson?refid=0 Fri, 01 Oct 2004 10:19:00 -0500 Minnesota's minority population growing rapidly New numbers from the U.S. Census bureau show a growing racial divide in Minnesota's population. The new estimates show the population of younger Minnesotans from minority groups is booming. For example in Hennepin County, the number of Hispanic kids under five years old is growing 15 times faster than the rate for white kids. Meanwhile, the state's population of retired people remains overwhelmingly white. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with State Demographer Tom Gillaspy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/09/30_census?refid=0 Thu, 30 Sep 2004 09:00:00 -0500 Kerry creates stir in Wisconsin small town Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry is in Spring Green, Wisconsin, preparing for Thursday's debate with President George W. Bush. Kerry's decision to do his debate prep at the House on the Rock resort is creating quite a stir in the small Wisconsin town. One of the people most excited about the arrival of the Kerry camp is Todd Miller, a Democrat running for the Wisconsin State Assembly, and the co-owner of the Spring Green General Store. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/09/27_springgreen?refid=0 Mon, 27 Sep 2004 08:22:00 -0500 Twins win third division title in a row The Minnesota Twins won the American League Central Division for the third year in a row with an 8-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. The victory clinches a playoff spot for the Twins. It is the first time in the team's 44 year history in Minnesota that they have won their division three years in a row. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Twins General Manager Terry Ryan who was with the team in Chicago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/09/21_twins?refid=0 Tue, 21 Sep 2004 09:41:00 -0500 Independence Party trying to get candidates back on the ballot The future of the Minnesota Independence Party could be determined in the courts in the next few days instead of in elections this November. That is because Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, a Republican, determined late last week that none of the Independence Party candidates would make the ballot because they did not get enough votes in last week's primary election, which saw record low turnout. DFL attorney General Mike Hatch agreed with Kiffmeyer in a legal opinion, but says the Independence Party may have a case to make at the state Supreme Court. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Independence Party Chairman Jim Moore. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/09/20_moore?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2004 07:53:00 -0500 Kiffmeyer on sending homeland security posters to polling places The Minnesota Secretary of State's office is a busy place these days. In addition to checking out the petitions for the Ralph Nader presidential campaign, there is a primary election today. Polls are open until 8 p.m. There are primary races in several U.S. congressional districts, and a number of state House races also have contested primaries. In addition, there are many local primaries as well. <I>Morning Edition</i> host Perry Finelli spoke with the person in charge of overseeing elections in Minnesota, Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/09/14_kiffmeyer?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2004 08:20:00 -0500 Non-genetically modified crops from Minnesota gain worldwide interest Later today a group of people from places as far away as Japan and Spain will go to a farm in Rosemount, Minnesota, where researchers are improving ways to grow crops that are not genetically modified. The trip is part of the first Midwest Specialty Grains Conference in Minneapolis. Attendees are interested in food that has been grown and kept separate from genetically modified food, also known as genetically modified organisms (GMO). Conference organizers say wordwide demand for non-GMO soybeans and grains is growing rapidly. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Bob Zelenka, executive director of the Midwest Shippers Association which is sponsoring the conference. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/09/10_geneticfood?refid=0 Fri, 10 Sep 2004 08:55:00 -0500 Minnesota Chamber of Commerce developing new transportation plan A new report finds that commuters in the Twin Cities metropolitan area waste an average of 42 hours a year because of traffic delays. It is reports like that and the economic costs of an aging transportation system that is prompting the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to renew its effort to get a transportation plan passed at the State Capitol. Later this month, the organization will unveil a new statewide transportation blueprint. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Carolyn Jones, director of transportation issues at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/09/08_chamber?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2004 08:39:00 -0500 Remembering hockey pioneer Cal Marvin Cal Marvin, a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame for his 50 years of work with the sport, has died at the age of 80. Marvin helped establish the northern Minnesota town of Warroad as &quot;Hockeytown USA.&quot; Over the years, Warroad, which has less than 2,000 residents, produced an impressive string of Olympians, professional standouts and amateur stars. In the late 1940s, Cal Marvin founded the fabled Warroad Lakers, a senior league team of post-collegiate stars that skated with the best in the world. Marvin also helped found the men's hockey program at the University of North Dakota where he played collegiate hockey. <i>Morning Edition</i> host Cathy Wurzer talked with Marvin last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/09/07_marvin?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2004 09:20:00 -0500 U of M plans to upgrade medical facilities Top officials at the University of Minnesota are considering a plan to upgrade the University's medical facilities that could cost more than $500 million. The 10-year plan would move all hospital care to campus, and would close the Riverside branch of the Fairview-University Medical Center. It would also include a new children's center and a new outpatient clinic. The plan still needs to be finalized, and approved by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dr. Frank Cerra, the University's senior vice president of health sciences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/09/03_medical?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 2004 11:12:00 -0500 New book on Duluth lynching of a Finnish dockworker It's safe to say that, until a new book was released this week, not many Minnesotans knew of a lynching in Duluth's history. &quot;Suomalaiset: People of the Marsh&quot; looks at the death of a Finnish dockworker, whose body was found swinging from a tree in Duluth's Lester Park. Was the death a suicide or murder? It is a question that author Mark Munger tries to answer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/02_wurzerc_munger/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Sep 2004 14:40:00 -0500 Governor wants police to be able to ask about immigration status Gov. Tim Pawlenty has asked the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul to make it easier for police officers to ask about a person's immigration status. Pawlenty made his request in a letter to the city councils of the two cities. Both cities have ordinances that generally keep police from asking about immigrant status unless it relates to illegal activity. Pawlenty wants the cities to change their ordinances. He says it will help law enforcement protect homeland security. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Paul Ostrow, president of the Minneapolis City Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/09/01_immigrants?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2004 08:06:00 -0500 Dietitian lists her best and worst foods at the State Fair There are all kinds of attractions that bring folks to the Minnesota State Fair, but among the most popular is the food. Of course, much of what you can get at the fair is not exactly health food. HealthPartners has released a list of which foods are the best and the worst for you. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with dietitian Marna Canterbury, who went through the State Fair Thursday and put together the list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/08/27_fairfood?refid=0 Fri, 27 Aug 2004 09:16:00 -0500 Minnesota sends first Hispanic delegate to national GOP convention For the first time ever, Minnesota is sending an Hispanic delegate to the Republican National Convention. Rick Aguilar is a businessman from St. Paul who runs a company that produces conferences and seminars. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Rick Aguilar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/08/27_hispanic?refid=0 Fri, 27 Aug 2004 09:02:00 -0500 Metro area population grows rapidly since 2000 The booming population growth of the Twin Cities metro area in the 1990s is showing no signs of slowing down. The Metropolitan Council estimates that growth since the year 2000 has added almost 100,000 people to the seven county metro area, which is now home to an estimated 2.7 million people. The council did find a change in the pattern of growth since the 90s. Suburbs in the northern and western parts of the metro are now growing faster than those in the eastern metro. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Mark Vander Schaaf, the Metropolitan Council's Director of Planning and Growth Management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/08/26_growth?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2004 08:51:00 -0500 Former Police Chief Finney remembers officers killed 10 years ago A series of memorial events will be held on Thursday, August 26, in honor of two St. Paul police officers who were killed in the line of duty 10 years ago. Officer Ron Ryan was shot while investigating a man who had apparently fallen asleep in his car. Officer Tim Jones was shot during the manhunt that ensued. The culprit, Guy Harvey Baker, confessed to the killings and is serving consecutive life prison terms. In the days after the shooting, the city and the department mourned the loss together in public ceremonies. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with former St. Paul Police Chief William Finney, who was chief 10 years ago and recently retired from the job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/08/25_finney?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2004 08:10:00 -0500 Minnesota doctor questions physicians' actions at Abu Ghraib A University of Minnesota physician is calling for an investigation into the actions of doctors at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. In an article published over the weekend in a British medical journal, Dr. Steven Miles describes ethical lapses by medical personnel at the prison. Miles says he looked at the records because he wanted to know why doctors did not blow the whistle on the abuse at the prison. He says in his investigation he found three major problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/08/23_miles?refid=0 Mon, 23 Aug 2004 08:20:00 -0500 Recall effort of St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly to be launched The effort to recall St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly is expected to kickoff on Saturday. Organizers of the effort say they are upset over the DFL mayor's endorsement of Republican President George W. Bush, and unhappy with Kelly's appearance with Bush at a campaign rally at Xcel Energy Center. Organizers must collect 11,972 signatures on a petition. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with David Duddingston who is one of the leaders of the recall effort. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/08/20_recall?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2004 09:38:00 -0500 Presidential politics in western Wisconsin President George W. Bush's campaign visit to Hudson, Wisconsin, in the western part of the state, is a nod to that area's population growth. But, even though it is in Wisconsin, the area is considered part of the Twin Cities media market. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with professor Tracy Gladstone-Sovell, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin -- River Falls, about the presidential politics of that part of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/08/18_westernwisconsin?refid=0 Wed, 18 Aug 2004 09:15:00 -0500 Health costs up double-digits in 2003 A Minnesota Department of Health report today shows that health care costs in the state went up 10 1/2 percent last year. That is the fourth straight year of double-digit increases. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Julie Sonier, a research economist at the department who helped write the report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/08/13_healthcare?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2004 09:06:00 -0500 Teen pleads guilty in hacker case A teenage computer hacker in Hopkins faces 1 1/2 to three years and one month in prison after pleading guilty to crippling thousands of computers on the internet last summer. Jeffrey Parsons agreed to the prison time as part of a plea agreement reached with prosecutors yesterday. Parsons may also have to pay millions of dollars in restitution. He admitted to unleashing a version of the &quot;Blaster&quot; internet worm that attacked computers including a Microsoft website. When he was arrested a year ago, prosecutors said they were trying to deliver a message to computer hackers. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Paul Luehr, the Assistant U.S. Attorney who handled the search and arrest of Parsons. Luehr is now a computer investigations consultant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/08/12_hacker?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2004 10:16:00 -0500 Shakeup in the St. Paul City Council St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly unveils his 2005 budget plan today. In the audience this afternoon will be new City Council President Kathy Lantry. In a sudden development yesterday, the St. Paul City Council unseated president Dan Bostrom and replaced him with Lantry. Bostrom was seen as an ally of mayor Kelly's. Four of the seven council members make up a liberal block of votes on the council, and they recently questioned the mayor's budget priorities. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with new council president Lantry. She says she has a good working relationship with the mayor and former council president Bostrom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/08/12_lantry?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2004 10:14:00 -0500 Supreme Court upholds Met Council's power to control growth The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld the Metropolitan Council's power to control the pace of development in the Twin Cities area. The court ruled that the Met Council has the authority to require the city of Lake Elmo to connect to the regional sewer system. Lake Elmo officials had challenged the authority of the Met Council saying the sewer connection would spur development at a faster pace than they would like. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Peter Bell, Chairman of Metropolitan Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/08/06_bell?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2004 10:25:00 -0500 Luis Palau speaks about his upcoming Christian festival You have probably seen the billboards and lawn signs around the region, touting this weekend's Twin Cities Festival, featuring Dr. Luis Palau. The Christian based gathering, with rock bands, a skate boarding park, and demonstrations of extreme sports, is expected to draw about 250,000 people to the Minnesota State Capitol grounds. It is sponsored by about 850 churches, a number of high profile corporate leaders and companies, including the Star Tribune. The focus is on bringing people, especially young people, to Jesus Christ. Dr. Palau is internationally known around the world for his evangelism, and is a protege of Billy Graham. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dr. Luis Palau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/08/04_palau?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2004 09:38:00 -0500 Ramsey County Commissioner to spark debate on smoking ban Smoking bans are on the agenda for the Ramsey County Board today when it meets to discuss two proposals. County Commissioner Rafael Ortega is expected to offer one ban that includes all bars and restaurants, and another that would exempt some bars. Ramsey County takes up the issue just as the city of St. Paul debates two proposals similar to Ortega's. The cities of Bloomington, and Minneapolis have recently passed smoking bans that cover all their bars and restaurants. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/08/03_ortega?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2004 09:06:00 -0500 DFL mayor of St. Paul supports Bush re-election St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly, a lifelong DFLer, is boarding a plane today, and touring the state with Republicans who support President George W. Bush. Mayor Kelly came out yesterday in support of the president's re-election campaign. Kelly's announcement comes just three days after the Democratic Party nominated Sen. John Kerry for president. Kelly's tour around the state brings him, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and Republican State House Speaker Steve Sviggum to Rochester and Duluth. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/08/02_kelly?refid=0 Mon, 02 Aug 2004 08:50:00 -0500 Officials closely watching fire in Voyageurs National Park The forest fire in Voyageurs National Park near International Falls, Minnesota continues to burn because of dry conditions. Lightning started the fire on July 8. Minnesota Public Radio's <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Mike Johnson, fire information officer for Voyageurs National Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/07/27_voyageurs2?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jul 2004 10:01:00 -0500 Bush to visit Northern Minnesota President Bush will be in Northern Minnesota next week as part of a bus tour through Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. He's expected to appear at a rally in Duluth on Tuesday. The president was last in Minnesota in April, when he addressed a community college convention in Minneapolis. His Democratic rival, Sen. John Kerry, launched a midwest bus tour from Cloquet last week. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer talked with former Hermantown mayor Dan Urshan, a Republican who is working on the Bush campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/07/08_bushvisit?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jul 2004 09:00:00 -0500 June weather rough on Minnesota farmers Many Minnesota farmers are saying good riddance to the month of June. Their crops have grown slowly during the past month, and some farmers have had to replant fields because of flooding. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer talked with Kevin Paap, who has a 600-acre farm in Garden City, Minnesota and is vice president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/06/30_farmers?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jun 2004 09:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis attorney reacts to Supreme Court ruling The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that detainees being held at the navel base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba can challenge their confinement in U.S. court. The case is considered a setback for the Bush administration, which has held terror suspects at the base and has maintained that it is beyond the reach of American courts. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer talked with Minneapolis-based lawyer Joe Margulies, who was the lead counsel on the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/06/29_mplslawyer?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jun 2004 10:00:00 -0500 MPR breaks ground on expanded headquarters Today is an historic day for Minnesota Public Radio. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place to mark the beginning of construction of a new headquarters in downtown St. Paul. The $41 million project will more than double MPR's existing space. The expansion is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2006. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio President Bill Kling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/06/22_newbuilding?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jun 2004 08:50:00 -0500 Jennings proposes more budget cuts for Minneapolis schools Outgoing Minneapolis Schools Superintendent David Jennings is proposing $23 million in cuts to balance the district's budget. Nearly 500 people, including 250 teachers, would be laid off under the plan. Jennings is leaving his post at the end of this month now that a successor, Thandiwe Peebles, has been named. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Jennings, who says this is the fourth year in a row that the district has been forced to cuts its budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/06/16_jennings?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2004 08:52:00 -0500 Mayor Rybak reacts to superintendent choice and other news Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has seen a wide range of issues involving his city make headlines recently. The Minneapolis School Board chose a new superintendent yesterday. The board voted unanimously to begin contract negotiations with Thandiwe Peebles, a 61-year-old school administrator for the Cleveland school district in Ohio. The Minneapolis City Council has been debating a smoking ban in all public places. In addition, the Warehouse District downtown has been the scene of some violent incidents, prompting at least one business owner there to call for more action to quell rowdy crowds. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/06/15_rybak?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jun 2004 09:00:00 -0500 New policy on placing sex offenders in nursing homes The Minnesota Department of Corrections has issued a new policy on how to place people who have served time in state prison in nursing homes. The policy is designed to prevent another situation like the one at Concordia Care Center in Minneapolis. The state Attorney General sued Concordia's owner because two sex offenders placed there allegedly sexually assaulted other residents. The new policy calls for those who have served time in state prison to be separated from nursing home residents. It also creates a multi-agency, blue-ribbon panel to develop better ways to handle sex offenders. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections Joan Fabian. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/06/10_fabian?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 2004 09:17:00 -0500 Heavy rains and mudslides hit near Mankato Some parts of southern Minnesota were saturated with up to eight inches of rain from storms into early Wednesday. Flash flood warnings have been issued for Blue Earth and Nicollet counties. Mudslides also hit a stretch of Hwy. 169 between Mankato and St. Peter. Officials closed that stretch of the road for a time after it was covered with four to five inches of mud. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Tim Boyer, communications supervisor at the State Patrol in Mankato. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/06/09_mankato?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2004 08:41:00 -0500 Senate Republicans upset over possible special session agenda DFL Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson is expected to announce Tuesday whether the Senate will agree to a special session, under terms worked out with Republican House Speaker Steve Sviggum and Gov. Tim Pawlenty. The three sides have discussed an agenda that would include fixing a budget shortfall, and passing a bonding bill that borrows money for state construction projects. The agenda would be brought up in a specific order to prevent a vote on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Senate Republicans are upset about not being included in the agenda setting process, and even though they are in the minority, they do have leverage. Some of their votes are needed to pass the bonding bill, which requires a three-fifths majority in each chamber. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Republican Senate Minority Leader Dick Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/06/08_dickday?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 2004 08:39:00 -0500 Morning Edition in Winona marks the Grand Excursion On Monday June 7, 2004, MPR's Morning Edition originated from Levee Park in Winona, Minnesota as part of the coverage of this year's Grand Excursion. The celebration commemorates the flotilla of steamboats that chugged up the river 150 years ago. During the broadcast, <i>Morning Edition</i> shared the flavor of Winona, with the help of several local guests. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/07_newsroom_grandexcursion/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2004 07:00:00 -0500 Herseth wins South Dakota election to Congress Democrat Stephanie Herseth is South Dakota's first congresswoman. She defeated Republican Larry Diedrich by nearly 3,000 votes in a special election. Herseth will serve out the remaining seven months of Bill Janklow's term. She lost to him in 2002 and he resigned in January after being convicted of manslaughter for a fatal accident. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Mainstreet Radio's Cara Hetland, who has been covering the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/06/02_herseth?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 2004 09:15:00 -0500 Minnesota members of Congress react to president's speech In a speech last night at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, President Bush presented his five step plan for creating an Iraqi democracy. He said an interim Iraqi government will have &quot;full sovereignty&quot; starting June 30, but 138,000 U.S. troops will remain in Iraq to provide security. Bush said the election of a permanent Iraqi government will happen at the end of 2005. The president of the Iraqi Governing Council says Bush's plan falls short of expectations. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District Rep. Republican Mark Kennedy, and Fourth District Rep. Democrat Betty McCollum, to get their reactions to the speech. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/05/25_reaction?refid=0 Tue, 25 May 2004 08:48:00 -0500 Timberwolves host Lakers in NBA playoffs The Minnesota Timberwolves begin a best-of-seven playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night at the Target Center. The winner of the series will play in the NBA Finals. This is a rematch of last year's first round series which the Lakers won four games to two. Since that series, both teams have made key personnel changes. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer previews the series with Brit Robson who covers the Timberwolves for City Pages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/05/21_robson?refid=0 Fri, 21 May 2004 08:40:00 -0500 Harrington gets unanimous support as new St. Paul police chief St. Paul has chosen a new police chief. John Harrington, 48, was confirmed unanimously by the city council Wednesday, and will take over when Chief William Finney retires in July. Harrington is a native of Chicago and joined the force in 1977. He will oversee about 560 officers, and manage a budget of almost $57 million. Cmdr. Harrington talked with <i>Morning Edition</i> host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/05/20_harrington?refid=0 Thu, 20 May 2004 10:30:00 -0500 Legislative session ends, but not much gets done Monday was supposed to be the last day of 2004 legislative session, but instead lawmakers wrapped things up early Sunday morning without much to show for their work. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer talked with Minnesota Public Radio's Laura McCallum about what happened and why. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/05/17_legislature?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2004 10:15:00 -0500 Roseau residents relieved to see river crest People in the northwest Minnesota town of Roseau are catching their breath this morning. Residents spent several days preparing for what experts said could have been major flooding of the Roseau River, but the river has crested and the town has been spared from any major damage. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Mainstreet Radio reporter Tom Robertson who is in Roseau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/05/14_crest?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2004 08:43:00 -0500 Roseau preparing for flooding Residents of Roseau, Minnesota continue to prepare the town for what could be a major flood. Hundreds of residents have been sandbagging and building clay dykes all night along key parts of the Roseau river. The area around Roseau has seen up to six inches of rain since Monday. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning, and the National Guard is on standby to help if necessary. Roseau is still recovering from a flood two years ago that caused $120 million in damage. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Roseau Mayor Jeff Pelowski. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/05/13_roseau?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2004 08:42:00 -0500 Rep. John Kline on Iraqi prisoner abuse Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee today are expected to see more pictures and video of American soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners. The Pentagon will make the material available for viewing in a high-security room in the Capitol. The viewing comes a day after the beheading of an American citizen was shown on an Islamic Website. The video said the killing of Nick Berg was to avenge the abuse of Iraqis by American soldiers. Minnesota Second District Congressman Republican John Kline is on the House Armed Services committee. He says it is unclear when the new images of prisoner abuse will be made public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/05/12_kline?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2004 09:41:00 -0500 Sviggum and Johnson on legislative endgame Minnesota lawmakers are running out of time to reach agreement on some big issues. The legislature is constitutionally mandated to adjourn in just over a week, but so far there is no plan for fixing a $160 million budget shortfall, and no bonding bill to borrow money for building projects around the state. Both the House and Senate are still considering stadium legislation, too. Legislative leaders are looking at backup plans in case they are not done in time. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Republican Speaker of the House Steve Sviggum, and DFL Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/05/07_leadership?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2004 08:43:00 -0500 Republican congressman responds to Kerry visit Democrats are not the only ones interested in John Kerry's visit to Minnesota. Republicans in the state are also watching the presumptive Democratic candidate for president closely as they try to help president Bush win the state's 10 electoral votes. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Republican Congressman Mark Kennedy, who represents the 6th Congressional District. Kennedy has been a strong supporter of President Bush. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/05/04_kennedy?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2004 03:00:00 -0500 Kerry confident of victory in Minnesota More evidence today that Minnesota is a battleground state in the 2004 presidential race. Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, is coming to the Twin Cities just a week after President Bush made a stop here. Kerry is hoping to keep the state in the Democratic column, a place it has been every presidential election since 1972. The Massachusetts senator will raise money and deliver speeches to supporters. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/05/03_kerry?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 2004 09:36:00 -0500 Three teens die in St. Paul caves Three teenagers are dead and one is struggling to survive this morning after they were apparently overcome by carbon monoxide in the Wabasha caves in St. Paul. A fifth teenager managed to get out of the tunnel yesterday and told police that his friends were still inside. Officials say the group entered the cave through a small hole in the bluffs across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Paul. The complex of caves in the soft sandstone in that area can stretch for hundreds of feet. People exploring the area have died there before. An effort was made to improve safety by filling in the caves with debris from construction. But some experts believe that the effort may have made the caves more dangerous. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Calvin Alexander, a professor at the University of Minnesota who studies geology. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/04/28_caves?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2004 08:54:00 -0500 Wetterling mulling run for Congress Patty Wetterling is thinking about running for Congress this fall to oust Republican Mark Kennedy. Wetterling is nationally known for the way she responded to the 1989 abduction of her son Jacob who's still missing. She helped create the Jacob Wetterling Foundation to push child safety issues at the state capitol, and in Washington, D.C. The DFL party has been recruiting her for the past couple of weeks to run in the Sixth Congressional District which stretches from the suburbs of the Twin Cities, up to St. Cloud. If she does decide to run, she will have to secure the DFL endorsement before a possible matchup against Kennedy. At least one other DFLer, Ted Thompson, has already announced his intention to get the DFL endorsement. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Patty Wetterling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/04/27_wetterling?refid=0 Tue, 27 Apr 2004 08:25:00 -0500 Budget, bonding, stadium debate expected at Capitol Minnesota lawmakers have less than a month to go before they are constitutionally mandated to adjourn the legislative session. House Republicans last week announced a proposal to borrow about $600 million for new construction projects around the state, but that plan will have to be reconciled with the Senate DFLers bonding proposal, which has not been released yet. In addition, lawmakers still need to agree on a fix for a projected $160 million shortfall. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Laura McCallum, Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol Bureau Chief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/04/26_capitol?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2004 08:15:00 -0500 Federal charges could be filed in Sjodin case Thomas Heffelfinger, the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, is not commenting about the possibility of federal charges in the case against Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. Rodriguez has been charged in the kidnapping of Dru Sjodin. Sjodin's body was found Saturday near Crookston, five months after she was last seen leaving a shopping mall in Grand Forks, North Dakota. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer talked with former U.S. Attorney for Minnesota David Lillehaug, who says the case appears to qualify for federal charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/04/19_lillehaug?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2004 10:05:00 -0500 Bus strike settlement hits snag The process of settling the Twin Cities' bus strike has hit a snag. After announcing the tentative agreement early yesterday, Metro Transit delivered the written deal to union leaders with &quot;incomplete&quot; health care numbers. Metro transit then sent additional information to the union last night, but the delay could affect when union members vote on the deal. Workers walked off the job on March 4th over pay and health care, leaving more than 70,000 bus riders to find other ways to get around. The strike has also had an impact on the state's first light-rail line. The line was scheduled to open between downtown Minneapolis and just north of the airport on April 1st, but was delayed because light-rail drivers have been on strike as members of the union. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Peter Bell, the chair of the Metropolitan Council about the latest developments, and the affect of the settlement on the timetable for light-rail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/04/14_snag?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2004 09:40:00 -0500 Picketing bus strikers react to tentative deal A tentative agreement in the Twin Cities' bus strike has been reached. Negotiators met for 15 hours starting at 2:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon. Gov. Tim Pawlenty joined the negotiations at 11:00 p.m. and an agreement was reached this morning at 5:30. Negotiations were conducted at a hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Details of the tentative agreement will be announced this morning at 9:00 a.m. at the Capitol. This is the 41st day of the strike and the key issue separating the two sides has been health care benefits. MPR producer Eugene Cha talked with union members on the picket line after news of the settlement was announced. Mechanic Carl Munson says he is optimistic that the offer will be approved by the union members. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/04/13_picketers?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2004 08:20:00 -0500 Lawmakers to debate budget, stadium, Yecke this week Minnesota lawmakers have five weeks left before the state Constitution forces them to adjourn the legislative session, and most of their work is still unfinished. The House and Senate have passed markedly different plans for fixing a projected shortfall of $160 million in the state budget, and neither body has passed a bonding bill to fund capital projects around the state, and both are still considering legislation for a new stadium. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Laura McCallum, Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol Bureau Chief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/04/12_capitol?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2004 09:00:00 -0500 A loophole, or sound tax policy? Democrats and Republicans in the Minnesota Senate continue to joust over tax policy. The Senate passed a budget earlier this week that raises $60 million by closing so-called corporate tax loopholes. Many Republicans and business leaders object to the plan, and even to the term &quot;tax loophole.&quot; One of the changes included in the Senate bill would make it harder for companies to call themselves &quot;Foreign Operating Corporations.&quot; DFLers say companies can use that designation to shelter income from state taxes. Business leaders say it encourages companies to sell more of their products and services in foreign markets, which creates jobs here in Minnesota. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer talked with DFL State Senator Larry Pogemiller, who authored the legislation, and Dan Salomone, revenue commissioner for the Pawlenty administration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/04/09_loopholes?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2004 09:30:00 -0500 English-only drivers test debated In the Minnesota House, lawmakers are expected to debate an amendment that would require drivers license tests be given only in English. The amendment was proposed earlier this week as an addition to a larger transportation bill. The written portion of the Minnesota drivers license exam is currently given in several languages, including Hmong, Somali, and Spanish. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Republican Representative Marty Siefert, sponsor of the amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/04/07_english?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2004 09:20:00 -0500 Streetcars desired on Greenway A bit transportation history could become a part of the future for the Minneapolis Greenway. There is a plan to bring back streetcars that would connect Lake Calhoun with the Mississippi River. Supporters say a route along the Greenway could carry more than 7,000 passengers a day, and would feed into the Hiawatha Light Rail Line. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with streetcar supporter, and Minneapolis City Council member Gary Schiff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/04/06_greenway?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 2004 08:25:00 -0500 Twins take on Cleveland in season opener The Minnesota Twins open their regular season Monday night with a game at home against the Cleveland Indians. During the off-season, the Twins lost key players through free agency and traded others to cut payroll. The revamped Twins hope the changes will allow them to win a third straight division title. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer talked with La Velle E. Neal III, who covers the team for the Star Tribune. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/04/04_twins?refid=0 Mon, 05 Apr 2004 10:15:00 -0500 Study finds public need not fund ballparks A study at the University of Dayton in Ohio finds that Major League Baseball owners could finance stadiums themselves, and still make money in the long-run. The study looked at more than a dozen new baseball stadiums built since 1989, and found that a typical owner could have recovered the construction costs of his or her new stadium in an average of 12 years. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Larry Hadley, economics professor at the University of Dayton and the study's author. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/03/26_stadium?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2004 09:10:00 -0600 Former Clarke colleague discusses 9/11 hearings The commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has wrapped up two days of hearings on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, the commission heard from former anti-terrorism official Richard Clarke, who said the Bush administration did not urgently respond to the terrorism threat leading up to the attacks. One Minnesotan is reacting to the hearings with an insider's view. Tom Maertens served with Clarke on the National Security Council during parts of both the Clinton and Bush administrations. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer talked with Tom Maertens, who is now retired and living in Mankato. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/03/25_clarktestimony?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2004 12:07:00 -0600 Former lawmakers discuss same-sex marriage vote The Minnesota House has voted in favor of letting the public decide whether the state Constitution should be changed to ban same-sex marriage. After a relatively short debate, the House voted 88-42 in favor of the proposed constitutional amendment. The emotional issue has drawn large rallies at the Capitol, and lawmakers have been heavily lobbied by groups on both sides of the issue. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer talked with two former lawmakers about voting under such circumstances. Mary Jo McGuire is a former DFL House member from Falcon Heights, and Dave Bishop is a former Republican House member from Rochester. /features/2004/03/20040325_me_same-sex marriage?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2004 11:10:00 -0600 Congressman Kline still supports Iraq war One year ago, the United States started the war that eventually ousted Saddam Hussein from Iraq. In the time since the bombs first fell, politicians, activists, and citizens have debated the decision to go to war and its consequences. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Republican Congressman John Kline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/03/19_kline?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2004 08:59:00 -0600 Small town buries one of its own In Ellsworth, Wisconsin, flags are at half staff. Schools will be let out early Thursday, and a couple thousand people are expected for the funeral of one of its residents, an Army reservist, who was killed recently in Iraq. Bert Hoyer, 23, was a specialist with the 652nd Engineer Company, based in Ellsworth. Hoyer was building bridges in Iraq when he was killed by a bomb blast. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/18_wurzerc_ellsworth/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2004 17:20:00 -0600 DNR evaluating new ideas to stop Asian carp Minnesota officials are turning to new ideas in their fight to keep the bighead and other Asian carp out of the Upper Mississippi. The Department of Natural Resources is considering a wall of bubbles and noise to keep the carp from migrating up the river. The bubble and noise barrier could be installed near locks and dams along the river, including one in far southeastern Minnesota. The DNR is rejecting an earlier idea of using an electric fence because it's expensive. The Asian carp can grow to more than 100 pounds, and some species are dangerous to people because they fly out of the water when disturbed. They also affect native species of fish because they eat much of the food in the river. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Lee Pfannmuller, the DNR's Director of Ecological Service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/03/17_carp?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2004 08:36:00 -0600 Prince inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame There will be a party tonight in New York City when Prince Rogers Nelson becomes the first graduate of the Minneapolis Public Schools to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The artist, once again known as Prince, is the only one of this year's inductees to be elected in his first year of eligibility. Critically acclaimed, and at times enormously popular, Prince has produced and performed an impressive body of work over the last 25 years. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with composer and author Bill Banfield, who serves as the director of cultural studies at the University of St. Thomas. He has followed Prince's career closely and says the Twin Cities-based performer is an obvious choice for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/03/15_prince?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2004 09:00:00 -0600 The making of Dylan's Blood on the Tracks Thirty years ago, at a time when his marriage was falling apart, Bob Dylan recorded <i>Blood on the Tracks,</i> considered by many critics as one of the great break-up albums of all time. Rolling Stone Magazine ranks it as one of the top 20 albums of the rock era. A new book explores the creation of that record, including the story of a group of unknown Minneapolis musicians who helped shape its sound. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/24_wurzerc_dylanalbum/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2004 15:00:00 -0600 State's February budget forecast expected Friday Lawmakers will be back at the Capitol on Monday to continue the work of the legislative session. After struggling with a $4.5 billion projected deficit last session, their main job this time around is to agree on a bonding bill to fund capital projects around the state. Their work may be affected by a budget forecast due out at the end of this week. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer talked with Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol Bureau Chief, Laura McCallum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/02/23_legislature?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2004 09:15:00 -0600 Walker receives $10 million gift The Walker Art Center is announcing a $10 million gift from local philanthropists William and Nadine McGuire. The money comes just as the Walker has closed its doors for a year-long expansion. It is one of the largest gifts ever made to the performing arts in Minnesota history. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dr. William McGuire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/02/20_mcguire?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2004 08:42:00 -0600 Education Secretary Rod Paige defends &quot;No Child&quot; law U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige is in Minnesota today to get feedback on the federal &quot;No Child Left Behind&quot; law. That law requires more student testing and puts pressure on low performing schools to improve. Paige's visit comes the day after the state senate education committee approved a bill that essentially allows Minnesota to back out of the the federal law. Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle say it is a case of a federal mandate that does not have adequate funding. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Secretary Paige. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/02/18_paige?refid=0 Wed, 18 Feb 2004 09:00:00 -0600 Bus drivers authorize strike Union leaders for Metro Transit bus drivers have been given the authority to call a strike, after union members voted overwhelmingly to reject the latest contract offer from the Met Council. The main sticking points are wages, and health insurance costs for current and retired workers. The bus system provides about 220,000 rides a day. Riders would get some warning before a strike would begin. The union must file an intent-to-strike notice and wait at least 10 days before hitting the picket lines. The Met Council says they have put their best offer on the table. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with president of the bus driver's union Local 1005 Ron Lloyd, and Met Council chairman Peter Bell. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/02/17_strike?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2004 09:10:00 -0600 Results of teen survey may be in jeopardy Results from this year's Minnesota Student Survey of teenagers may turn out to be less useful to policy makers, because of a change in how parents give permission for their kids take the survey. The survey has been done since 1989, and has gathered information that's shaped programs designed to reduce bullying, smoking, and drug use. In previous years, parents could opt their kids out of the survey. But starting this spring, the Department of Education is requiring written permission from parents. Several school districts say they will not even bother with the survey this year, because they do not have the staff and budget to pay for it. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Cheri Pearson Yecke. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/02/06_survey?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2004 09:11:00 -0600 Herb Brooks' son on &quot;Miracle&quot; movie The movie <I>&quot;Miracle&quot;</I> opens tomorrow in theaters across the nation. The Disney film tells the story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team and their upset of the Soviet Union in Lake Placid, New York. The game has become known as the &quot;miracle on ice.&quot; Minnesota's Herb Brooks coached that team. Actor Kurt Russell portrays Brooks in the movie. Brooks was killed in a car accident last August. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Herb Brooks' son Dan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/02/05_brooks2?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2004 09:50:00 -0600 Sen. Dayton on ricin discovery A suspicious white powder has shut down the U.S. Senate office buildings in Washington, D.C. Officials have confirmed that the poison ricin was discovered in Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's office mailroom yesterday. At least sixteen people were later decontaminated, but Sen. Frist said no one was expected to get sick. The U.S. Capitol building nearby is expected to be open today, and the Senate is expected to convene today as well. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Sen. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/02/03_ricin?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2004 08:15:00 -0600 Twin Cities Hattitude When it is this cold outside, a hat is a necessity, not necessarily a fashion statement. There are those who beg to differ; they think a hat is an art form no matter the weather. The current production at the Guthrie Theater, called &quot;Crowns&quot;, celebrates the hat-wearing tradition among African American women. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/29_wurzerc_hats/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2004 17:00:00 -0600 Anoka County's gamble Gov. Tim Pawlenty's Stadium Screening Committee is due to make its recommendation to the Legislature on Feb., 2. The committee has narrowed down the options for a new Vikings stadium to sites in Eden Prairie and Blaine. If the Blaine site is chosen, that city and Anoka County would contribute up to $240 million toward the cost of the stadium. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer talked with Steve Novak, Anoka County division manager for government service and the county's lead person on the stadium project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/01/26_Anoka?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2004 09:45:00 -0600 Hands on learning in New Hampshire In New Hampshire, the Democratic presidential candidates are criss-crossing the state campaigning before next Tuesday's primary. Their campaigns have provided a learning experience for a group of students from St. Olaf college in Northfield. Those students are spending the month out in New Hampshire, taking a class offered by St. Olaf professor Dan Hofrenning and working on a presidential campaign of their choice. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Professor Hofrenning, and Rachel Ricker, a senior from Lincoln, Nebraska who is enrolled in the class and working on the Edwards campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/01/22_stolaf?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2004 09:00:00 -0600 Minnesota congressional reaction to the State of the Union Both Democrats and Republicans are reacting to the president's State of the Union address. In a nationally televised speech, Bush outlined his domestic priorities for the country and called on Americans to stand behind him in the war on terror. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with two members of Minnesota's congressional delegation -- Republican John Kline and Democrat Betty McCollum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/01/21_sotureax?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2004 11:10:00 -0600 Mom's memory motivates local Heisman candidate Larry Fitzgerald Jr., is playing wide receiver so well at the University of Pittsburgh that those who vote for the Heisman simply can't ignore him. Three years ago the only people watching Fitzgerald Jr.'s games at Holy Angels High School in Minneapolis were his family and friends. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/14_wurzerc_fitzgerald/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2003 16:19:00 -0600 Wellstone crash probe nearing end A year after the plane accident that killed the late Sen. Paul Wellstone and seven others, the crash is still under investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, issued a preliminary report in the spring that reached few conclusions about the accident. Its final report is expected to come out next month. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Jeffrey Johnson, a professor in the Aviation department at St. Cloud State University. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2003/10/wellstonecrashprobe?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2003 07:00:00 -0500 Vintage planes recreate National Air Tour Later this week, about 30 vintage airplanes from the 1920s and '30s will be roaring in the skies above the Twin Cities. Celebrating that time, known as the Golden Age of aviation, is the point behind the 2003 National Air Tour which comes through the Anoka County Airport on Wednesday. About 30 vintage airplanes are being flown on the tour, which begins in Detroit, Michigan. They'll make their way through Illinois, Wisconsin, and arrive at the Anoka County Airport on Wednesday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/08_wurzerc_airtour/?refid=0 Sun, 07 Sep 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Accessibility at the fair Since the early 1990s, the Minnesota State Fair has been actively working to improve accessibility for people who have disabilities. That means updating some old buildings, and providing many new services. <i>Morning Edition</i> host Cathy Wurzer toured the fair recently with an eye toward accessibility. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/28_wurzerc_fairaccess/?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2003 05:00:00 -0500 Preserving &quot;The Tide&quot; It was 1945. Truman takes over after FDR dies in office. It's close to the end of World War II. War movies were still popular. Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly have a hit with <i>Anchor's Away.</i> That was the same year the Navy launched the USS Tidewater. The Tidewater, a little bit longer than a football field, was the biggest vessel ever built at the U.S. Naval Shipyards in Charleston, South Carolina. Nearly 60 years later several former sailors are trying to preserve the history of a ship they call &quot;The Tide.&quot; MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with several of them. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/30_wurzerc_tidewater/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2003 12:05:00 -0500 Hennepin County bans guns on county property The Hennepin County Board has passed a resolution prohibiting dangerous weapons on county property. Five commissioners voted for the resolution, and two abstained. The move comes in response to the recently-passed concealed-carry law, which is expected to increase the number of Minnesotans carrying handguns. Hennepin is one of several counties considering such bans. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with David Hough, an assistant Hennepin County attorney. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2003/06/11_me_guns?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2003 07:20:00 -0500 Archdiocese of Boston expected to name Law replacement soon The Archdiocese of Boston is expected to name a permanent replacement this month for Cardinal Bernard Law, and Twin Cities Archbishop Harry Flynn is on the shortlist. The Boston Globe has reported that the Vatican's choice may be made public as early as today. Law resigned last December, after revelations that he failed to remove known sexual offenders from active ministry. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Don Briel, the director of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2003/06/10_me_flynn?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2003 07:20:00 -0500 Gov. Pawlenty sticks to no-tax pledge The Minnesota Legislature has less than two weeks to come up with a budget for the next biennium. Lawmakers are required by law to adjourn the session by May 19, but House Republicans and Senate DFLers are still far apart in their plans to deal with a projected $4.2 billion shortfall. Gov. Pawlenty has been meeting with legislative leaders and says he's sticking by his pledge not to raise state taxes. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Gov. Pawlenty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2003/05/08_extra_pawlenty?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2003 09:00:00 -0500 'The fans were taken' An article in the latest issue of <i>Sports Illustrated</i> alleges that former Minnesota Twin Kirby Puckett has a history of sexual misconduct. Puckett is currently charged with groping a woman in an Eden Prairie restaurant last September. The magazine's revelations further tarnish Puckett's &quot;good guy&quot; image in Minnesota. Co-author Frank Deford tells MPR's Cathy Wurzer &quot;the fans were taken. They gave their hearts away, and it turned out that the man to whom they gave their hearts was not quite so deserving.&quot; http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2003/03/13_frankdeford?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2003 11:00:00 -0600 Help for ex-offenders Over the last two decades in this country, criminals have been put behind bars at record rates. Now the number of people getting out of prison is also setting records. One Minnesota agency, AMICUS, provides ex-offenders with assistance once they leave prison. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/06_wurzerc_prisonofficers/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2003 16:00:00 -0600 Life After Prison: Robert Gladhill's story Thousands of inmates in Minnesota's correctional facilities will walk free this year. According to the federal government, while about 24 percent of inmates are convicted of another crime and return to prison within three years of their release -- more than 80 percent of them remain free. For former inmates, adjusting to life on the outside can be difficult. They face hurdles, like finding a job and a place to live. Others, like Robert Gladhill, have other obstacles to contend with. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/05_wurzerc_prisongladstone/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2003 14:00:00 -0600 A passion for hockey If you follow politics in Minnesota, you probably know the name Pat Forciea. He has developed a reputation as a leading DFL strategist. But he is just as passionate about hockey as he is about politics. Pat grew up in the Iron Range town of Coleraine, which has a strong hockey tradition. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/28_wurzerc_forceia/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2003 17:00:00 -0600 Celebrating hockey in Roseau Residents of northwestern Minnesota take their hockey very seriously. Tuesday night, the rivalry between the Roseau and Warroad high school hockey teams resumes. It's one of the most celebrated sports rivalries in this part of the state. MPR's <i>Morning Edition</i> and <i>Midday</i> broadcast live from Roseau Tuesday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/28_mainstreet_roseau/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2003 17:00:00 -0600 Women play rec hockey, too There is a well-established hierarchy of hockey in this state, from mini-mites to the collegiate and professional players. Young women have really taken to hockey on all levels. But lest you think it's a young person's sport, you have to meet the players of the Women's Hockey Association of Minnesota -- or WHAM. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/28_wurzerc_womenshockey/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2003 17:00:00 -0600 The lure of lutefisk The annual lutefisk supper at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis usually draws several thousand people. The Friday event is traditionally the biggest event on the Minnesota lutefisk calendar. One Twin Cities couple are regulars on the lutefisk dinner circuit, and <i>Morning Edition</i> host Cathy Wurzer asked them why. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/06_wurzerc_lutefisk/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2002 10:00:00 -0600 Minnesota's factory workers in pictures Local photographer David Parker is out with a new collection of pictures of Minnesota factory workers. Parker traveled to 20 different factories, from the Ford plant in St. Paul to the Potlatch paper mill in Cloquet and the Toro engine manufacturer in Windom. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/25_wurzerc_factories/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2002 11:30:00 -0600 New book on Jesse Ventura A new book by a local political reporter chronicles Gov. Jesse Ventura's remarkable run for office and his time as governor of Minnesota. Tom Hauser has been covering Ventura for KSTP-TV since Ventura first filed to run for governor. Hauser's book, Inside the Ropes with Jesse Ventura, follows the governor through his triumphant tour of late-night talk shows, his relevations to Playboy, his stint as commentator for the XFL, and his battles with the state Legislature. But Hauser told Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer he didn't write this book to dig up any new ground. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2002/10/20021007_me_hauser?refid=0 Mon, 07 Oct 2002 09:00:00 -0500