Minnesota Public Radio features by Nikki Tundel http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=80 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:06:46 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Nikki Tundel http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Scrambling down Main Street Moose Lake to find agates The Annual Agate Days Stampede took place in Moose Lake, Minn., on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Trucks layered Moose Lake's main street with 400 pounds of agates, which were mixed in with 2,000 quarters and four tons of rock. An estimated 3,500 people practically dived over one another to try to find as many agates as they could. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/20/moose-lake-agate-hunt?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:48:31 -0500 Minnesota photographer borrows clothes in China to explore 'Chinese-ness' For his latest work, Duluth-born Wing Young Huie focuses his camera on his own background in a series called "Chinese-ness" -- an exploration of Chinese identity, one that for him has long been distant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/09/wing-young-huie-chineseness?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:31:00 -0500 In dance performance, story unfolds floor by floor The Turnblad Mansion -- from its kitchen to bathroom to stairwells -- is the set for the world premiere dance-theater piece KOM HIT! (Swedish for "Come here!"). http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/07/swedish_dance_performance?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:38:15 -0500 Photos: At Lanesboro's rhubarb festival, it's about more than pie The annual Rhubarb Festival in Lanesboro marks the start of our weekly photo gallery of Minnesota festivals. Whether you want a rhubarb fashion show, rhubarb soups and beverages, or even rhubarb facials, Lanesboro was the place to be on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/09/photos-at-rhubarb-festival-its-about-more-than-pie?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 09:58:57 -0500 Somali-Americans who fled civil war confront tribalism in new home Many Somalis in Minnesota came to the state to flee a civil war fueled by tribalism. Now, some in the community are fighting against this discrimination against Somalis from different tribes through discourse, music, poetry and dance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/05/somali-anti-tribalism?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:58:44 -0500 Twin Cities artist Taj Ruler: Improv is 'finding the truth in the moment' When improvisational comedy is good, people in the audience may get the impression that it's by design. But the actors on stage would tell you their work is anything but scripted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/23/taj-ruler-improv-artist?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2014 15:37:29 -0500 Holy SpringCon, Batman! Comic book lovers come out to play Comic book lovers, creators and dealers gathered for the Minnesota Comic Book Association's 26th annual SpringCon at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on May 17-18, 2014. The weekend event was a mix of character costumes, comic art and a comic book marketplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/19/springcon2014?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2014 10:15:44 -0500 Five decades after fleeting success, R&B singer Sonny Knight reclaims the stage Sonny Knight's retro-style R&B may have finally found its time, and at 66, the Mississippi-born singer is reclaiming the stage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/02/sonny-knight?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 16:19:10 -0500 Photos: Powwow season kicks off in Minneapolis American Indian dancers, young and old, gather for the 6th Annual Traditional Powwow at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/01/photos/minneapolis-powwwow?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0500 Timotha Lanae is a U.K. chart-topper, but still under-the-radar in her Minn. hometown In Minnesota, Lanae is best known as a stage actress. She has performed everywhere from the Chanhassen Dinner Theater to the Guthrie in Minneapolis. But in London, she's a singing sensation capturing fans with music that blends old-school and contemporary R&B, soul, jazz and funk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/28/arts/timotha-lanae?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Photos: The Dalai Lama celebrates the New Year in Minneapolis The Dalai Lama observed Losar, the Tibetan New Year, in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, March 2, 2014. More than 2,500 people packed a sports center at Augsburg College to hear His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. His speech was followed by a celebration of the holiday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/03/dalai-lama?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:06:18 -0600 Curry Diva has built devoted following over long career Over the last 30 years, Heather Jansz launched Sri Lankan restaurants in Minneapolis and St. Paul and has cooked for everyone from Deepak Chopra to Black Sabbath. She may be the only chef to ever execute curry lutefisk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/18/curry-diva?refid=0 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:58:45 -0600 Hend Al-Mansour creates art to question women's roles Hend Al-Mansour practiced medicine in Saudi Arabia for nearly two decades, but it was still illegal for her to drive a car. Wanting freedom, she moved to Minnesota in 1997 and fulfilled her dream of becoming a full-time artist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/05/hend-al-mansour?refid=0 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 17:01:35 -0600 Dancing in the Chinese New Year In St. Paul, Minn., the CAAM Chinese Dance Theater honored the New Year with a performance by 51 young dancers. They are performing "Homecoming: A Chinese New Year's Tale," which has been referred to as the Chinese version of the Nutcracker ballet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/29/chinese-new-year-caam-chinese-dance-theater?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:49:35 -0600 Our favorite photos of 2013 May snow storms, tall ships, annual rituals and small towns fighting for survival all were part of the stories told with photographs from around the state this year. Here are a few of our favorites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/23/news/photos-of-the-year?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:08:45 -0600 Video: Ornaments with a Soviet flair Soviet tree ornaments were designed to replace the traditional Christmas decorations and highlight triumphs of the USSR. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/23/arts/soviet-ornaments?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 10:16:35 -0600 Photos: Celebrating Santa Lucia at the Swedish Institute Santa Lucia Day is a Scandinavian festival that takes place on one of the darkest days of winter. It was originally created to honor St. Lucia, one of the earliest Christian martyrs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/19/arts/sankta-lucia-swedish-institude?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Exhibit serves up blind dinner date as art What better way to get to know someone than over dinner, asks artist Aki Shibata, whose exhibit consists of a dinner date where where she cooks meals for strangers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/11/art/blind-date-aki-shibata?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:00:00 -0600 Legacy of lutefisk For many, it's the season of fish. For others, it's the lutefisk, to be exact. Lots and lots of lutefisk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/26/lutefiskdinner?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 06:00:00 -0600 55101 as hipster haven. Um, seriously? A report out today has named ZIP code 55101 as the top hipster market for real estate in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/21/hipster_stpaul?refid=0 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:47:18 -0600 American Indians balance native customs with Christianity Many misconceptions can be found of Native American spiritual practices. For America's indigenous people, late 19th century Christianity meant forced assimilation and cultural domination. And generations later, Native Americans who chose Christianity are sometimes said to have "sold out." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/13/arts/native-spirituality-christianity?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:45:42 -0600 Photos: Ministry unites spiritual customs of indigenous communities with Christianity's traditions All Saints' Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis is a tiny church -- services average about 20 attendees - and one of just a handful of ministries in the country that unite the spiritual customs of indigenous communities with the religious traditions of Christianity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/13/arts/photos-native-spirituality-christianity?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:34:11 -0600 Video: Creating a Halloween wonderland Some people put out pumpkins for Halloween. James Broden prefers zombie babies (the plastic kind, of course). http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/creating-a-halloween-wonderland/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:06:52 -0500 Photos: Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum A national gallery once existed in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. But years of war led to its destruction. The new Twin Cities museum aims to fill the void. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/18/arts/photos-somali-artifacts?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum fills void for those who left country A national gallery once existed in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. But years of war led to its destruction. The new Twin Cities museum aims to fill the void. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/18/arts/somali-artifact-cultural-museum?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Black women's lives showcased in 'A Mile In My Shoes' High-heels serve as canvases in a new exhibit for the community art project, "A Mile in My Shoes," which showcase biographies of local black women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/08/arts/plaster-shoes-black-women?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Utility boxes become canvases for public art in Minneapolis Carly Schmitt's Curiosities of Lyndale Project brings together the community by asking them to share objects that they think best represents them. The result: public art covering some of the neighborhood's ugliest public structures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/11/curiosities-of-lyndale-public-art-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:12:51 -0500 Carly Schmitt captures the curiosities of one neighborhood Artist Carly Schmitt asked people in the Lyndale neighborhood of Minneapolis to share objects that they thought best represented them for her Curiosities of Lyndale project. She then photographed the images and photoshopped them to make them appear like they are in curio cabinets along Lyndale. The result: public art covering some of the neighborhood's ugliest public structures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/12/carly-schmitt-art-photos?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:39:35 -0500 Photos: State Fair kids and their animals MPR's Nikki Tundel documented some of the many young people who showed their animals at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/02/state-fair-kids-animals?refid=0 Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:05:15 -0500 Photos: Animals get glammed up at the fair Before animals compete at the Minnesota State Fair, they get groomed and styled by their human companions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/30/state-fair-grooming-photos?refid=0 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:26:01 -0500 Internet Cat Video Festival photos: The Grandstand was packed The Walker Art Center's hugely successful 2012 Internet Cat Video Festival moved to the Minnesota State Fair this year, and the event filled the Grandstand. Here's a look at some of the people -- and cats -- on hand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/29/human-interest/internet-cat-video-fest-photos?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 06:38:20 -0500 Photos: Skulls at the State Fair The Minnesota State Fair may seem like it's all sweetness and light, but from the fine arts building to the children's midway, skull imagery is everywhere. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/28/photos/fairskulls2013?refid=0 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 08:00:00 -0500 Photos: Faith at the fair From Sunday morning church services to icons of Jesus, examples of Christianity abound on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/26/religion/photos-faith-at-the-fair?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:04:02 -0500 Minnesota State Fair still lifes In the crazy busy-ness that is the Minnesota State Fair, Nikki Tundel set out to find peaceful moments in time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/22/statefair_stilllife?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 18:12:57 -0500 Cedar Cultural Center celebrates 25 years of hosting global music What began 25 years ago as a place to hear Celtic tunes has survived and grown into a global music venue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/12/arts/cedar-cultural-center-25-year-anniversary?refid=0 Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:29:15 -0500 Rapper Kaoz believes there's room in hip-hop for gays When Kevin Moore steps up to the microphone as the hip-hop artist Kaoz, he "aims to speak the truth" - addressing everything from poverty to racism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/09/arts/rapper-kaoz?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:28:30 -0500 African exhibit finds home at American Swedish Institute The American Swedish Institute, a hub for Scandinavian culture, is temporarily broadening its scope to include clothes and artifacts of the Oromo, the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/10/arts/oromo-exhibit-american-swedish-institute?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:48:53 -0500 Mpls. clothing retailer Mode-sty targets conservative fashionistas One Minneapolis company is making things easier for those who wish to show a little less skin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/03/arts/modesty-online-retailer?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:43:05 -0500 Photos: Somali Independence Day celebration in Twin Cities Somalis in Minnesota commemorated Somali Independence Day this weekend as the 52nd anniversary of their country's struggle for independence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/01/arts/photos-somali-independence-day?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:43:18 -0500 Exercise trends tap world cultures to get folks fit More health clubs are incorporating multiculturalism into their exercise offerings. And that leads to Lebanese belly dancing in American health clubs, Russian kettlebells in gyms and Zumba enthusiasts packing studios. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/11/arts/exercise-multiculturism?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 18:00:00 -0500 Meet 'Big Honza,' Montgomery, Minnesota's 12-foot Czech folk hero A combination of the area's Czech heritage and a huge helping of imagination formed the character Big Honza. Locals hope this fictional folk hero will put their town on the map. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/20/arts/big-honza-montgomery?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2013 13:13:35 -0500 Preserving a tradition that prepares Hmong souls for eternity Funerals are considered the most elaborate -- and important -- of all Hmong ceremonies. Now, though, many Hmong-Americans are unfamiliar with the time-honored tradition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/06/news/hmong-funeral?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 15:38:37 -0500 Photos: Rain can't dampen Cinco de Mayo in St. Paul A dreary day didn't stop the annual Cinco de Mayo parade and festival in St. Paul on Saturday, with its traditional dancers, food and other attractions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/05/arts/photos-cinco-de-mayo?refid=0 Sun, 05 May 2013 13:09:02 -0500 Film illustrates health care through refugees' eyes For the past seven years, Twin Cities filmmaker Chris Newberry has been documenting the lives of refugees as they try to navigate the health care system in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/17/arts/american-heart-fiml?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:06:48 -0500 Life in a homeless shelter through the eyes of an 8-year old Homelessness is on the rise in Minnesota, up 6 percent over the past four years. And nearly half the homeless are children younger than 21. MPR News spent time with an 8-year old girl named Paris, whose family is living at a Minneapolis shelter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/25/news/video/homeless-shelter?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:00:00 -0500 India, Japan and the Midwest meet in new Ragamala Dance show This weekend, the acclaimed South Indian company Ragamala Dance premieres a performance at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis celebrating the cultural connections between India and Japan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/22/arts/india-japan-midwest-meetragamala-show?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:13:22 -0500 For some city dwellers, race shapes definition of 'urban' The word "urban" has come to mean different things to different people. In many cases, its connotation changes based on the racial makeup of the community in which it's being used. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/07/social-issue/urban-state-of-being?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:00:00 -0600 Sami-themed coffee shop celebrates an arctic culture There's no shortage of coffee houses in the Twin Cities. But Chris Pesklo's new shop is the only one to highlight the Sami culture, sharing the coffee and customs of the indigenous people of far northern Scandinavia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/19/arts/sami-coffee-shop-arctic-culture?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Photos: 'Batuque' blends Afro-Brazilian dance and capoeira martial arts Contempo Physical Dance hits the Cowles Center stage in Minneapolis (Feb. 1-3) with the world premiere of "Batuque." The company blends contemporary movements with Afro-Brazilian dance and capoeira martial arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/arts/contempo-physical-dance-batuque?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:53:31 -0600 Culturally specific theaters face funding challenges Culturally specific theaters historically are at a disadvantage when it comes to maintaining fiscal stability. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/29/arts/culturally-specific-theater-funding?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:47:09 -0600 Photography is transformative magic for Xavier Tavera Photography is magic. That's how Xavier Tavera describes the art form. It can snatch up a split-second of life and turn it into an everlasting moment. Then there's the way it bridges the gap between strangers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/16/arts/xavier-tavera-photography?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Penumbra Theatre set to reopen after donors step up Last August, the St. Paul theater company, facing a financial crisis, cut staff and suspended all programming indefinitely. Today, Penumbra announced it will resume production in the spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/07/arts/penumbra-theatre?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:30:12 -0600 'Scrooge in tha Hood' reimagines Dickens for modern day Ever since its publication in 1843, "A Christmas Carol" has been a staple of the holiday season. The Charles Dickens novella has sparked countless adaptations, including a unique reimagining by a Minneapolis theater company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/21/arts/minnesota-mix-scrooge-in-tha-hood?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 07:25:00 -0600 Video: Mpls. Indian dance studio externalizes joy The Ragamala Dance in Minneapolis has presented its take on traditional South Indian classical dance everywhere from community parks in the Twin Cities to the Kennedy Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/12/arts/ragamala-dance?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:11:29 -0600 Gordon Parks inspires students at namesake school During the centennial year of Gordon Parks birthday, students at the school named for the great photographer and director talk about what he means to them now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/04/arts/minnesota-mix-gordon-parks?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0600 When Halloween costumes cross a cultural line Halloween has never been a poster child for political correctness. While a time for traditions like pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, it can also be, as some see it, a time for all-too-predictable displays of racism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/31/arts/halloween-cross-cultural-line?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:32:30 -0500 Photos: The power of Robin Hickman's Barbie collection Robin Hickman has been called a St. Paul "treasure." She's a social activist, a TV and film producer, and a long-time leader in the African American community. But what makes Hickman most proud these days is her extensive multicultural doll collection, and how she uses it enhance the lives of others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/19/arts/photos-barbie-doll-collection?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 06:55:51 -0500 Barbie dolls wield power for collector, acceptance for girls Robin Hickman has been called a St. Paul "treasure." She's a social activist, a TV and film producer, and a long-time leader in the African American community. But what makes Hickman most proud these days is her extensive multicultural doll collection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/19/social-issue/minn-mix-barbie-collector?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Artist photographs Hmong-American experience A new photo exhibit in St. Paul showcases the Hmong-American experience through the eyes of Pao Her, a pioneer in the world of contemporary photography who, as a child, often felt smothered by her Hmong culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/26/art/minnesota-mix-hmong-photographer?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:00:35 -0500 Years later, Twin Cities funk and soul bands get their due In conjunction with a release compiling old area funk and soul songs, many of the featured artists will participate in an R&B revue at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/20/arts/twin-cities-funk-soul-valdons-reunion?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:39:37 -0500 Minnesota Mix: A cultural camp for young, adopted Latinos For these 500 adoptees, part of summer vacation is a culture camp that immerses them in the traditions of their birth countries. The La Semana camp reflects the personal experience of its chairman, Jim Stromberg, who along with his wife adopted two children from Latin America. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/arts/adopted-latino-camp?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 16:39:17 -0500 Photos: A cultural camp for young, adopted Latinos La Semana is a Minnesota-based summer camp created specifically for children adopted from Latin America. Campers, ranging from kindergartners to high schoolers, explore the cultures and traditions of their birth countries and bond with those whose backgrounds are similar to their own. While at La Semana, which is Spanish for "the week," attendees learn Latin American dances and, on the final night of camp, they put on a formal performance for friends and family. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/arts/photos-la-semana-latino-summer-camp?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 15:26:57 -0500 Cultures, generations mix in this immersive English class As anyone who has tried to learn a foreign language knows, the key to fluency is speaking that new language as much as possible. A hundred students from around the world are participating in a intense, immersive-English program right here in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/23/culture/minn-mix-immersive-english?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 New book explores the lives of Ojibwe elders Duluth's Holy Cow! Press is celebrating its 35th anniversary with the release of its most monumental work to date. The new book, "Spirit of the Ojibwe," is a comprehensive look at the history of a Wisconsin band of Ojibwe Indians. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/03/arts/ojibwe-history-minnesota-mix?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 05:00:00 -0500 New country, new sport for young Somalis in Minn. Soccer is the most popular sport among Somalis in their native country. Young Somali-Americans, on the other hand, are passionate about basketball. The Hoop for Hope Somali Basketball Tournament, held in Minneapolis recently, is proof of that. Last week, hundreds of young adults cheered on Somali athletes from across the U.S. and Canada as they competed in what has become an annual sporting event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/05/news/somali-basketball?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jul 2012 16:34:57 -0500 The immigration raid that became a play Four years ago, immigration authorities raided a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa. It was one of the largest single roundups in U.S. history, resulting in the arrest of nearly 400 undocumented workers. That event is the focus of a new play. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/20/arts/clandestino-play?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2012 17:09:34 -0500 Monocultural churches still the norm in diverse US society Ethnic diversity is shaping Minnesota's culture in many ways, and there's a small but growing movement in the United States to make Sunday morning church services more culturally diverse. However, the vast majority of the nation's religious services remain monocultural, with just one language, race or ethnic group represented. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/07/religion/church-diversity?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 15:39:19 -0500 Minnesota Mix: Church of All Nations a 'bunch of misfits' Studies show that Christian churches are among the most segregated gathering places in the United States. Church of All Nations in Columbia Heights sees itself as a national leader in challenging that spiritual status quo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/06/arts/multicultural-church?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 13:35:16 -0500 Photos: Syttende Mai, Norway's Constitution Day The Norwegian culture was on display across the Twin Cities on May 20, as churches and communities celebrated Syttende Mai, Norway's Constitution Day. ("Syttende Mai" translated means May 17 in Norwegian.) In Minnesota, the holiday is often commemorated on the Sunday closest to that date. Each year, one of the biggest celebrations takes place at Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/21/syttende-mai-photos?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2012 14:11:58 -0500 Variety in film festival marks a transition in Hmong filmmaking The third annual Hmong film festival this weekend features works by artists who tell a variety of stories, signaling a transition in Hmong filmmaking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/18/hmong-film-festival?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Photos: Twin Cities SAY WORD! Youth Poetry Festival Middle and high school students from across the Twin Cities area performed at the SAY WORD! Youth Poetry Festival in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 21, 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/photos-twin-cities-syouth-poetry-festival?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Kulture Klub Collaborative helps struggling youth define their lives in art This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Kulture Klub Collaborative, a Minneapolis non-profit which helps bring art into the lives of struggling youth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/20/kulture-klub-collaborative?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Burnsville High School gets an infusion of Mexican culture It's said that music is the language of the soul. But for composer Jorge Cozatl, it is also the key to hearing and understanding another culture. The Mexico City native is an artist-in-residence at Burnsville High School where he teaches about the musical traditions of his homeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/09/cantare?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 20:37:21 -0500 Somali-American photographer presents a new view of his community A photography exhibit at the Whittier Gallery in Minneapolis aims to showcase young Somali men who are improving the lives of others in the Twin Cities. After years of seeing images of Somali terrorists in the news, photographer Mohamud Mumin wanted to offer a different picture of his community. His first solo show will do just that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/29/somali-portraits?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 16:37:45 -0500 Photos: Mohamud Mumin's Somali youth exhibit For years, photographer Mohamud Mumin watched as a tiny minority of Somali-Americans -- like those who left Minnesota to join the radical Islamic militia group al-Shabab -- made headlines. Mumin wanted to refocus attention on the more positive, and more representative, happenings in the Somali community. In 2010, he began capturing the images of young Somali men and documenting their efforts to improve the lives of those around them. On March 24, 2012, the Whittier Gallery in Minneapolis, Minn., launched an exhibition of his work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/minnesota-mix-photographer-mohamud-mumin?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:42:28 -0500 Tough lessons in CTC's play about community destruction A century-old story of discrimination is the basis for a world premiere production opening Friday in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/15/lizzie-bright-buckminster-boy?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 At the Flamingo restaurant, African fare simmers with Minnesota culture Frey Haile is from Eritrea, Shege Kebede from Ethiopia. Both women are refugees from the brutal conflict between their homelands. Today they own and operate the Flamingo restaurant in St. Paul. Their goal is to share their East African culture with everyone they can. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/02/minnesota-mix-flamingo-restaurant?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 12:34:15 -0600 NikeeJS raps in praise of small town life Rapper NikeeJS began recording rhymes when he was 14 years old. Back then, his lyrics relied mostly on rap staples like Beamers and bling. Twelve years later, you might say the Jackson, Minnesota musician has flipped the script. Today, he draws more inspiration from cornfields than Cristal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/21/nikeejs-rural-rapper?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 13:38:06 -0600 Video: Mu Daiko's drummers pound out tradition The rhythmic pounding of a 4,000-year-old Japanese drumming tradition will pulse through Minnesota in the coming weeks as the St. Paul-based Mu Daiko drumming ensemble embarks on its 15th anniversary tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/15/video-mu-daiko-drummers-pound-out-tradition?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 11:00:58 -0600 Minnesota Mix: Ray Evangelista's 'enhanced karaoke' goes down easy St. Paul's Hunan Garden is home to one of the capital city's longest-running musical acts. One-man band Ray Evangelista has been belting out cover songs at the Chinese restaurant for more than two decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/30/ray-evangelista?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2012 12:54:47 -0600 Artist Dougie Padilla creates loud pieces through meditation Artist Dougie Padilla is known for his loud and raucous paintings. He's exhibited his work at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and in museums from Fargo, North Dakota, to Paris, France. But Padilla himself is attracted to the calm and quiet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/16/dougie-padilla-meditation?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Photos: Twin Cities' diversity on display If you want to learn the make-up of a city, just check out its public murals. Communities' ethnic and cultural backgrounds are often reflected on the sides of their convenience stores and barbershops, restaurants and apartment buildings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/09/public-murals-demographic-diversity?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2012 13:12:50 -0600 Hip-hop helps young worshippers relate with urban church Many urban churches are finding it increasingly difficult to get young adults through their doors. But one Minneapolis minister is engaging religion-wary teens and twenty-somethings by mixing a little hip-hop in with the holiness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/22/hip-hop-church?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:33:39 -0600 Slideshow: The multicultural nativity In Minnesota, it's common to see creches that portray Jesus with white skin and golden-brown hair. But that's just one version of the Christian Savior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/19/multicultural-messiah?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2011 06:00:00 -0600 For the modern Indian artist, traditions loom large The term American Indian art often evokes images of beads and buckskin -- and that can be a challenge for contemporary Native artists, whose work has nothing to do with quills or birch bark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/12/minnesota-mix-bobby-wilson-american-indian-art?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 14:16:03 -0600 Photos: Pomp and circumstance for new U of M president Eric Kaler was officially inaugurated as the president of the University of Minnesota Thursday, and let those at the school know he's a tough boss who expects a lot from them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/22/gallery-u-of-m-welcomes-new-president?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 18:16:29 -0500 Photos: 2011 Minnesota State Fair Moments The Minnesota State Fair draws to a close Monday night. Here's a look at some moments from The Great Minnesota Get-Together. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/05/state_fair2011?refid=0 Mon, 05 Sep 2011 11:45:47 -0500 Photos: Asleep at the Minnesota State Fair The State Fair has no shortage of activities, but sometimes the best thing to do is nothing at all. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/31/asleep-at-the-fair-photos?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 09:57:23 -0500 Get in the queue for the Magic Bus Cafe; food trucks frequent Twin Cities Gourmet food trucks are now a summer staple in the Twin Cities. Food fanatics Chris and Cathy Lockyear are taking today's trend and giving it some old-school spin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/25/twin-cities-food-trucks?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 18:48:54 -0500 Photos: Scenes from the special session 2011 all-nighter After working through the night and early into the morning, the Minnesota House and Senate passed 12 budget and spending bills on July 20. Here are some scenes from the all-night session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/special_session_gallery?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 11:44:32 -0500 Pictures: Cooling off in the heatwave The heat wave of 2011 rolls on, and the hottest air may be yet to come by Wednesday. Meanwhile, Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis is providing respite from the heat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/19/heatwave?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 07:54:52 -0500 Blue Heron chicks released into wild Almost two months after being rescued, a group of Great Blue Heron chicks displaced by the north Minneapolis tornado was released back to the wild near Coon Rapids on July 18, 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/18/heron-release-photos?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:45:23 -0500 The Metrodome's new roof rises The Metrodome's new roof was engineered to be stronger than the previous one, which collapsed in a record-setting December 2010 blizzard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/12/metrodome-inflated-wednesday?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 08:39:12 -0500 Video: 1 year after tornado tore through southern Minn. family farm, a celebration A year ago, a twister tore through the Zeller family farm in southern Minnesota. Last week, the family threw a party to show appreciation to everyone who supported them during a difficult year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/21/zeller-farm-one-year-later?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 09:42:43 -0500 Photos: Every day is Flag Day The holiday commemorates the anniversary of Old Glory becoming the country's official flag in 1777. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/14/flag-day-photos?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 15:24:13 -0500 Photos: Preparing graves for Memorial Day For many people, Memorial Day Weekend includes a visit to the cemetery. It's John Peterson's mission to make sure those cemeteries are ready for the holiday. Peterson is the creator and owner of the Twin Cities business Grave Groomers. Some families hire Peterson to tend to graves of recently deceased loved ones. Others want him to care for the burial sites of those who passed away long ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/27/preparing-graves-for-memorial-day?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2011 14:21:51 -0500 Photos: Farewell ceremony for Red Bulls Some 2,400 members of the Minnesota National Guard are deploying to the Middle East over the next several weeks. The state's official departure ceremony for those soldiers, members of the Guard's Red Bulls team, was held Sunday at Fort Snelling. Hundreds of people came to bid them farewell. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/22/deployment-redbulls-slideshow?refid=0 Sun, 22 May 2011 21:22:58 -0500 Photos: Chiropractor to the animal world The Minnesota Legislature passed a law in 2008 permitting specially trained chiropractors to offer their services to animals. The state now boasts 22 licensed animal chiropractors. Reporter Nikki Tundel met up with Kyla Awes, a lifelong animal lover who adjusts the spines of horses, dogs, cats, and the occasional potbellied pig. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/04/animal-chiropractor-gallery?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2011 10:00:00 -0500 Taking a stand: A week's worth of Minn. Capitol demonstrations Outside the Capitol, the issues discussed don't always match what lawmakers are debating inside. During the week of April 10, 2011, Reporter Nikki Tundel captured a week in the life of the Capitol steps and documented those who showed up there to share their political points of view. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/18/week-of-capitol-demonstrations?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2011 12:14:29 -0500 Photos: Deployment uncertain, couple wed early Spc. Brian Wunderlich, 26, is unsure if he will deploy to Kuwait soon, but many of his friends are preparing to leave. So Wunderlich and his new wife Margarita Jacobson, 29, moved their wedding from June to Saturday, April 2, 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/military-wedding-photos?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Photos: Gov. Dayton's inaugural ball Gov. Mark Dayton capped off his first week in office by hosting an inaugural ball at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Some 2,000 people attended, including members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/08/inaugural-ball-photos?refid=0 Sat, 08 Jan 2011 22:33:46 -0600 2011 Minn. Legislature convenes The Minnesota Legislature convened Tuesday under full GOP control for the first time in 38 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/04/legislature-day-one-photos?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jan 2011 15:52:05 -0600 Inauguration Day for Minnesota's 40th governor Scenes from the inauguration of Mark Dayton (DFL) as Minnesota's 40th governor in St. Paul, Minn. on Jan. 3, 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/03/mark-dayton-governor-inauguration?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jan 2011 19:34:46 -0600 Home church: Fellowship in the living room In the age of megachurches, a growing number of Christians are looking for a more intimate way to connect with God and each other. Enter the home church movement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/08/home-church?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 09:00:00 -0600 Photos: A gallery of challenged ballots in gov. recount The recount of Minnesota's gubernatorial election is well underway with more than 70 percent of the ballots counted in only a few days. This gallery shows just a handful of the ballots being challenged by both sides. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/photos-challenged-ballots?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 12:40:46 -0600 A day at Camp Ripley with the Red Bulls Minnesota's Red Bull brigade will deploy to Kuwait and Iraq in the spring of 2011. Reporter Nikki Tundel went to Camp Ripley, near Little Falls, Minnesota, to catch a day in the life of the 34th Infantry division and learn how they're preparing for their mission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/22/photos-minnesota-34th-infantry-red-bulls-training-camp-ripley?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Photos: A nighttime tribute to veterans The Scott County Historical Society honored veterans with a luminary display in Stans Garden in Shakopee, Minn., on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. The display was made up of 100 decorated paper bags, each with a lit votive candle inside. Some honored those currently serving in the military. Others acknowledged veterans who have died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/11/veterans-day-luminary?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 23:31:24 -0600 On Veterans Day, a VFW tradition Tommy Johnson served in Korea and spends every Veterans Day at the Hopkins VFW. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/11/vfw-dinner?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 16:59:13 -0600 Photos: A long day for election judges The polls may open at 7 a.m. on Election Day, but polling places are buzzing much earlier than that. Reporter Nikki Tundel stopped by the Nokomis Community Center in Minneapolis to catch some of the election preparations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/02/photos-poll-worker?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:28:50 -0500 Autumn colors in rural Minnesota Early autumn brought all kinds of color to Minnesota. Reporter Nikki Tundel captured some of this fall's offerings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/13/fall-colors?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 11:32:51 -0500 Makeshift memorials Roadside memorials are often seen along the country's highways, typically noting the location where someone died along that road. More recently, homemade memorials have made their way off the streets and into residential neighborhoods. Reporter Nikki Tundel documented some of the makeshift memorials around the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/29/road-side-memorials?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 12:45:43 -0500 As summer winds down, careful planning for first day of school Anna Nottleson, 7, has been looking forward to the start of the 2010-2011 school year. She spent her last few hours of summer vacation preparing for her first day of second grade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/07/back-to-school?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2010 12:37:26 -0500 Sheep in sheep's clothing It's not often you see models trying to devour their outfits on the runway. But that's just the kind of thing that can happen at the Minnesota State Fair's 4-H Lamb Lead Show. Reporter Nikki Tundel checks out a livestock competition where farm animals and fashion collide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/06/sheep-video?refid=0 Mon, 06 Sep 2010 12:02:21 -0500 Judging at the Minnesota State Fair Thousands of items are judged each year at the Minnesota State Fair by a wide array of experts. Photographer Nikki Tundel documented several of those competitions this year for All Things Considered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/03/photos-judging-large?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 2010 13:15:46 -0500 Slideshow: Close up at the Minnesota State Fair It's often the big things that get all the attention at the Minnesota State Fair. The big boar. The big slide. The biggest bucket of cookies. Instead we're taking a close-up look at some of the fair's smaller details. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/31/closeup-fair-photos?refid=0 Tue, 31 Aug 2010 12:09:19 -0500 4-H at the State Fair Over 2,700 4-H youth are competing in the 2010 Minnesota State Fair, showing everything from cattle to needlepoint. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/30/photos-fair-livestock?refid=0 Mon, 30 Aug 2010 11:23:29 -0500 Slideshow: Pink chaps and preteens at 4-H horse show Preteens in pink chaps and gem-encrusted shirts rounded the ring at the Washington County Fair's 4-H Horse Show this week. The county competition is one of dozens leading up to the Minnesota State Fair. Reporter Nikki Tundel caught some of the pint-sized equestrians in action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/07/4-h-slideshow?refid=0 Sat, 07 Aug 2010 10:47:43 -0500 Photos: Poetry slam in St. Paul Hundreds of poets are in St. Paul for the 2010 National Poetry Slam. Spoken-word artists from across the country have come to show off both their writing and performance skills in front of thousands of spectators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/06/poetry-slam-photos?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 15:46:15 -0500 Public murals as graffiti prevention Studies show that structures covered with community-oriented artwork are rarely the targets of vandals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/28/photos-murals-slideshow?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jul 2010 08:05:06 -0500 A homemade aircraft competition About 90,000 people showed up to watch 37 an unusual competition on Harriet Island. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/24/flugtag-final-slideshow?refid=0 Sat, 24 Jul 2010 19:04:09 -0500 Daring young women build a flying machine for Flugtag About 40,000 spectators are expected to watch the Red Bull Flugtag competition going on this afternoon on Harriet Island in St. Paul. Teams build their own flying machines in hopes of winning. We see how one team, the Chicks on a Stick, have been preparing for the competition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/24/flugtag-slideshow?refid=0 Sat, 24 Jul 2010 13:49:28 -0500 Kids get thrown from sheep for fun Mutton busting is one of the most popular events for kids at Wisconsin's annual Farm Technology Days. Minnesota Public Radio offers a glimpse into this increasingly popular activity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/22/kids-get-thrown-from-sheep-for-fun-?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 11:55:39 -0500 After the storm in Alden, Minn. On June 17, 2010, nearly 40 tornados were reported across the state of Minnesota. One of those twisters tore through the Zeller family farm in Alden. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/21/after-the-storm?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jun 2010 06:21:39 -0500 Video: Nurse steps from hospital ward onto picket line Brittany Christianson is participating in Minnesota's largest nurses' strike. Her emotions range from nervous to excited to sad. The 24-hour work stoppage means she'll be turning her patients over to a non-union, replacement nurse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/10/strikingnurse-video?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 2010 17:42:18 -0500 Supervisor fills in for striking nurses Polly Groshens is a clinical director at Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury, Minn. On the day of the work stoppage, she filled in for striking nurses at St. John's Hospital in Maplewood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/10/subnurse-video?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:15:49 -0500 Polar bears' new digs at Como Zoo officially open A modern and more spacious polar bear exhibit at St. Paul's Como Zoo officially opened Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and visits by hundreds of patrons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/03/polarbear-slideshow?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 16:41:59 -0500 Video: Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Minnesota's competitiveness Gov. Tim Pawlenty was a guest on Minnesota Public Radio's Midday program Tuesday, when he made the case that Minnesota can afford to cut more government spending without hurting its quality of life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/18/tim-pawlenty-interview-competitiveness?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 16:06:26 -0500 Video: Gov. Tim Pawlenty on declining federal Medicaid money Gov. Tim Pawlenty talking to host Gary Eichten on the Minnesota Public Radio News program Midday, about why he declined to have Minnesota participate early in the expansion of the federal Medicaid program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/18/tim-pawlenty-interview-medicaid?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 16:06:22 -0500 Video: Gov. Tim Pawlenty on the current mood of voters Gov. Tim Pawlenty was a guest on the Midday program on Minnesota Public Radio Tuesday, when he talked about why voters seem to be so angry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/18/tim-pawlenty-interview-voter-mood?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 16:06:18 -0500 Baldwin Township: A Portrait For generations, Baldwin Township was populated almost entirely by family farms, vacation cabins and seemingly endless groves of pine trees. Then, in the early 1990s, this tiny slice of rural Minnesota became one of the fastest growing communities in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/baldwin-township-video?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 01:03:56 -0600 Baldwin Township: A Portrait For generations, Baldwin Township was populated almost entirely by family farms, vacation cabins and seemingly endless groves of pine trees. Then, in the early 1990s, this tiny slice of rural Minnesota became one of the fastest growing communities in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/03/baldwin-township-video?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 14:57:06 -0600 A tour of Baldwin Township Jeff Holm, a lifelong resident of Baldwin, offers up a tour of the township. The 29-year-old is currently the chair of the township's board of supervisors. He worries about the future of the area and is concerned by what he views as a lack of community engagement on the part of many who call Baldwin home. /projects/2010/02/ground-level-baldwin-township/multimedia/tour-slideshow/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 07:29:48 -0600 Using fake blood clots to train real nurses Reporter Nikki Tundel visits a Minnesota nursing program where pistachio pudding indicates infection and boiled okra is used to represent post-op drainage. And the students are better clinicians because of it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/15/nursing-video?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2009 13:56:11 -0600 When saving energy isn't about saving the Earth Wally Andress recycles, uses energy-saving light bulbs and takes the bus to work. But his actions have nothing to do with lessening his carbon footprint. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/wally?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Going green -- with or without the government For some, waiting for the government to address climate change just doesn't make sense. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/gene?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Road vs. Rail -- from Big Lake to Minneapolis Some commuters will ride the Northstar train to save time on their trip to downtown Minneapolis each day. But will they really get there any faster? MPR News sent two teams to document their trip from Big Lake to Minneapolis this morning to answer that question. /features/2009/11/northstar-commuter-rail/road-v-rail/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 18:24:23 -0600 A Northstar celebration -- Minnesota style Thousands of people came out over the weekend to celebrate the launch of the new Northstar commuter train -- with a distinctly Minnesota touch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/15/northstar-video?refid=0 Sun, 15 Nov 2009 23:27:05 -0600 Multigenerational living makes a comeback Multigenerational living was once commonplace in American culture. Today it's making a comeback -- thanks to the economic recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/09/tundel-recession?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 08:43:50 -0600 Video: Foster care for fowl From Chicago to Houston to South Portland, Maine, the urban chicken movement has taken hold. More and more city folks are raising the birds right in their own backyards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/urban-chickens?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 15:07:51 -0500 Honoring the lives of our pets The Memorial Pet Cemetery in Roseville, Minnesota, was established in the early 1920s. Today it's the final resting grounds for thousands of animals -- from cats and dogs to guinea pigs and a hedgehog. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/29/pet-cemetary-photos?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Not your typical summer camp Most summer camps give kids a chance to experience new things. One in St. Paul lets them try out some old ones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/19/victorian-era-camp?refid=0 Sat, 19 Sep 2009 14:29:20 -0500 Lost and found at the Minnesota State Fair Each year, the fair's Lost and Found Office takes in hundreds of items -- from cell phones and car keys to baby strollers and Barbie dolls. Employees catalog and tag everything that's turned in. Then they simply wait, hoping the original owners will come claim their possessions. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2009/09/10-lost-and-found/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2009 19:45:51 -0500 Llamas in costume Llamas are best known for their work as pack animals in the highlands of Peru. At the Minnesota State Fair, however, they've set aside the trekking supplies and don costumes instead. Reporter Nikki Tundel attended the fair's 4-H Llama Costume Contest and learned a lot about the long-necked mammals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/08/llamas-in-costume?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2009 18:06:33 -0500 Slideshow: The Fairgrounds in winter MPR's Nikki Tundel visited the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in the dead of January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/27/fairgrounds-in-winter?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2009 12:57:38 -0500 65 years later, female WWII test pilots finally recognized During World War II, several hundred women became WASPs in the Air Force, so they could fly military planes. Their efforts have gone unrecognized, until just recently. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/12/wasps?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 12:00:00 -0500 Life, on the lawn To many, Andrew Moore is "that guy in south Minneapolis with all the stuff on his lawn." /features/2009/08/11_lawn_art/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2009 13:49:07 -0500 Hairstylist to the dolls Jan McCulloch works at the American Girl salon at the Mall of America. It's her job to pamper dolls and style their hair. And, yes, she gets paid for this. /features/2009/07/20_doll_stylist/?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2009 19:51:53 -0500 75-year-old time capsule contains veteran memorials A time capsule from 1934 was opened Tuesday at the Minneapolis Veterans Home. The lead box contained everything from military newspapers to a of memorial addresses by President Abraham Lincoln. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/07/time_capsule_open?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 19:19:08 -0500 Foreclosures: Things left behind It's the goal of lenders to get these foreclosed home back on the market as quickly as possible. And the only way they can do that is with the help of "trash-out companies." /features/2009/06/26_foreclosures_ss/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Tracking the tombstone trends Tombstones used to simply offer the name of the dearly departed and maybe a carving of some religious icon. But these days, grave markers showcase everything from the deceased's hobbies to their favorite cartoon characters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/08/gravestones?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Tough job market even tougher for those with disabilities It's the job of state employment counselors to make sure that Minnesotans with disabilities have as good a chance of getting a job as anyone else. But the economic recession is making their mission much more difficult. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/01/jobs_disabilities?refid=0 Thu, 02 Apr 2009 04:00:00 -0500 Is populism in the air? Don't bet on it Americnas were outraged when troubled insurance company AIG paid top executives $165 million in bonuses. Some say this public outcry was a sign Americans have had enough of the country's super rich. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/27/rich?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 17:00:00 -0500 Army responds to record number of suicides The U.S. Army recently made suicide prevention training mandatory for every single person in the service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/18/army_suicide?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2009 17:00:00 -0500 Condo residents put on a play -- way off Broadway Some people ask their neighbors if they can borrow a cup of sugar. Anita O'Sullivan asked hers if she could direct them in a stage show. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/06/condoplay?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2009 15:45:00 -0600 Is there still a place for Catholic confession? In therapy sessions, on talk shows, even online, Americans are confessing their sins. It seems the only place not buzzing with mea culpas these days is the confessional booth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/27/confession?refid=0 Fri, 27 Feb 2009 15:15:00 -0600 Fascination with pirates goes back centuries Today's pirates are a far cry from the dashing swashbucklers featured in folklore. But despite all the present-day pillaging, Americans hold tight to centuries-old pirate mythology. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/06/pirates?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2009 17:00:00 -0600 Same job, smaller paycheck As the economy continues to struggle, more U.S. companies are cutting employee pay. It's a business tactic rarely seen since the Great Depression. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/29/paycuts?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2009 16:00:00 -0600 How past presidents partied In some countries, political change comes in the form of coups and bloodshed. In the Untied States, the transition of power is typically marked by dinner and dancing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/16/gala?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2009 17:15:00 -0600 High school student heads to inauguration People around the country are scrambling and scrounging to get tickets for Tuesday's presidential inaugural ceremonies. Not Erik Vergiels. The Fergus Falls high schooler has had his ticket for months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/16/student_iinauguration?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2009 16:34:46 -0600 Avoiding Facebook faux pas in the workplace Instead of just seeing coworkers in the office hallway, employees are now running into their colleagues in cyberspace. And that kind of interaction can get a bit tricky. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/14/facebook?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 14:00:00 -0600 Slideshow: Images of Jesus Various images and depictions of Jesus during the holidays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/23/slideshow_images_of_jesus?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2008 16:09:44 -0600 Societies create Jesus in their own image The earliest image we have of Jesus Christ was created 300 years after he lived. So perhaps it's only natural that followers depict Jesus in ways that make sense to them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/23/images_of_jesus?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Home for the holidays -- whether you like it or not It's not just politics and religion that make for some tense conversational moments during the holidays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/22/christmas_conversations?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 16:00:00 -0600 The economy alters our notion of attractiveness It's said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But, as it turns out, the state of the economy has a way of altering our vision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/18/recession_beauty?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Photography captures spirit of the spirit world A Minneapolis photographer searches for answers about the afterlife with a camera. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/08/paranormal_photo?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2008 17:00:00 -0600 Bacon, it's not just for breakfast anymore You can now find the popular pork product in chocolate truffles, martinis, even ice cream. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/26/bacon_is_big?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2008 14:00:00 -0600 Ballots reveal a lot about voters The state's U.S. Senate recount offers a rare look into the various voting methods of Minnesotans. But, Minnesota isn't the only state where voters take creative liberties with their ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/26/creative_ballots?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2008 06:00:00 -0600 Making education a priority for homeless students in Minneapolis When a family's focus is on finding food and shelter, getting the kids to class isn't always a top priority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/17/homeless_students?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2008 16:30:00 -0600 The truth is out there. Do voters care? Fact checkers are out in full force this election season. But just how much difference do the facts make? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/29/does_truth_matter?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Economic instability has many turning to gold Tumbling stocks and a fluctuating dollar have prompted a gold rush of sorts. But is the precious metal really a golden opportunity? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/22/gold_fever?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2008 13:51:40 -0500 Jim and Darlyne Lyons: grandparents, bail bond agents Jim and Darlyne Lyons' job, in a nutshell, is to lend thousands of dollars to alleged criminals and then hope to come out on top. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/13/bail_bonds?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2008 16:41:46 -0500 Looking at the upside of pessimism The country's financial turmoil has many Americans fearing for the worst. And, according to some, the nation's newfound pessimism might not be such a bad thing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/06/upside_of_pessimism?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2008 17:41:13 -0500 Scrapbooks make the most of memories Scrapbooking isn't just about preserving memories. It's also about omitting them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/01/scrapbooking?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2008 17:00:00 -0500 Can't afford a stadium? Slap your name on a slug Sure, Target will soon have its name splashed across a 40,000-seat baseball stadium. But Jeff Goodhartz got his handle on a Central American sea worm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/16/naming?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Halter tops and snakeskin on the runway at GOP fashion show About 50 female Republicans gathered at the Mall of America Tuesday for a fashion show and fundraiser for battered women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/02/republican_fashion_show?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2008 00:49:32 -0500 Denver residents share tips on what to expect in St. Paul during the RNC It's hard to predict exactly what the Republican National Convention will mean for Minnesota. But if anyone can offer advice to the people of St. Paul, it's the citizens of Denver. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/31/rnc_prep?refid=0 Sun, 31 Aug 2008 21:00:00 -0500 Kids bring their passion for politics to Denver Like thousands of others in Denver, some children have brought their political passion and protests to the streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/27/kids_politics_dnc?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2008 16:24:36 -0500 The Democratic Convention by the numbers As the old cliche goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. But sometimes it's the numbers that really tell the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/26/dnc2day_numbers?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2008 16:25:28 -0500 Silence and meditation amid convention chaos Just like the DNC, Meditate 08! brings in high-profile speakers to inspire attendees. But instead of roaring cheers, the sign of approval here is contemplative silence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/25/dnc_meditate08?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2008 15:40:21 -0500 Minnesota State Fair by the numbers More than 1.5 million people make their way to the Minnesota State Fair each year, which kicked off Thursday. However, those are not the only significant numbers of the Great Minnesota Get-Together. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/21/state_fair_numbers?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2008 18:12:55 -0500 Minnesota Fringe Festival turns 15 For the next ten days actors and dancers will perform in over 150 shows throughout Minneapolis in the 15th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival. It's the biggest performing arts festival in the midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/30/fringefestivalturns15?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 18:57:12 -0500 The musicians record their songs Our three musicians have had two weeks to create a song using Adam Levy's lyrics as a starting point, and "The Wizard of Oz" as their inspiration. We check in as they finish up their songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/24/sfspart4?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2008 14:00:00 -0500 The songwriting begins in earnest We check in with our three bands as they try to turn the words into songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/23/sfspart3?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2008 14:00:00 -0500 The musicians get the lyrics Our project looks at the creative process of writing music, through the eyes of three musicians and a lyricist. We hear from the three bands -- Best Friends Forever, Jeremy Messersmith and rapper P.O.S. -- as they get the lyrics from Adam Levy, and begin shaping their songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/22/sfspart2?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2008 14:00:00 -0500 Charm school for China Athletes aren't the only ones frantically preparing for the Beijing Olympics. Chinese citizens are also in training. They're working to perfect skills like not spitting in public and not urinating on the street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/10/china?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2008 16:00:00 -0500 New laws for Minnesotans No more calling 911 when there isn't really a fire, and stop touching police officers' tazers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/01/new_laws_take_effect_?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2008 13:00:00 -0500 Sisters act Minnesota wouldn't be what it is today without the help of a small, but dedicated group of nuns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/24/nuns?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Forty years of the Electric Fetus This Minneapolis music store has lots of goals. Selling music is only one of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/18/fetus?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0500 A conversation with humorist David Sedaris Best-selling author David Sedaris discusses cell phones, the Internet, and what not to say to people at a book signing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/14/sedaris?refid=0 Sat, 14 Jun 2008 12:00:00 -0500 Real World: U.S. Aircraft Carrier It's been called a floating high school. And it's an integral part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/30/carr?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Trading four wheels for two With gas prices soaring, commuting by bicycle seems more appealing than ever. But two-wheeled transit can take some getting used to. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/23/bike?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2008 11:00:00 -0500 Putting the spotlight on bad ads A Twin Cities think tank showcases the worst political advertising America has to offer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/20/ads?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2008 16:00:00 -0500 The fall from frontrunner Six months ago pundits named Hillary Clinton the inevitable Democratic nominee for president. Today they're calling for her to bow out of the race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/16/clinton?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Symbolizing the state What do a morel mushroom, a Lake Superior agate and a blueberry muffin have in common? They're all official state symbols for Minnesota, of course. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/09/symbols?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2008 13:00:00 -0500 The marketing of Minnesota How do you convince people to move to your state? You come up with a clever marketing plan. And that's just what Minnesota did in the 1800s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/08/marketing?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2008 16:00:00 -0500 The push to make Minnesota an all-Indian state Minnesota officially became a state in 1858. But 16 years before that, there was another proposal for statehood. And it would have created a much different Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/07/doty?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Minnesota as it was St. Paul was already a bustling community when Minnesota became a state. Just what was life like in this 1850s frontier town? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/06/asitwas?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Minnesota by the numbers Minnesota marks its 150th year of statehood. What kind of place has it become? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/05/mnnow?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2008 15:00:00 -0500 What the beep? Americans are bombarded by electronic beeps. Microwaves emit them. So do ATMs and elevators, grocery store scanners and waffle makers. But why? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/25/beeps?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Northwest and Delta to become one Delta and Northwest have high hopes. But not everyone is happy about the combination of the carriers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/15/merge?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2008 17:00:00 -0500 The evolution of taxation Taxes have been around almost as long as civilization itself. In fact, ancient Egyptians complained about the tax collector through hieroglyphs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/15/tax?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Happy birthday, peace sign They said it would never catch on. Today, it's one of the most recognizable symbols in the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/10/peace?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2008 14:00:00 -0500 Protests are Olympic tradition Political protest has long been part of the Olympic Games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/04/olympics?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2008 14:30:00 -0500 Students find their calling in the ROTC Support for the Iraq war is down, but the number of college students completing Army officer training is on the rise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/28/rotc?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2008 16:00:00 -0500 UN issues bird flu warning Bird flu is no longer dominating the headlines. But that doesn't mean we've beaten it into submission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/26/birdflu?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2008 14:00:00 -0500 Guided by indie rock John Sellers just may be the most obsessive Guided by Voices fan on the planet. And, if you know anything about Guided by Voices fans, that's really saying something. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/12/indierock?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2008 11:00:00 -0500 Deep-fried devotion If Lent had a mascot, it would likely be a fish, or maybe a fish fillet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/03/lentfish?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2008 15:00:00 -0600 It's about time Daylight saving time goes into effect early Sunday morning. The goal of daylight saving time is to provide more light in the evening. Its secondary objective must be to create chaos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/06/dst?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Take that, rogue satellite The United States shoots down a defunct spy satellite. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/21/satellite?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2008 15:00:00 -0600 Getting at the heart of Valentine's Day Mix a pagan fertility festival with a bunch of martyred Christian saints. Add the words of an English poet. And throw in some bloody strips of goat hide. What do you get? Valentine's Day, of course. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/14/valentine?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Super Tuesday gets super-sized For many, the term "super" just wasn't super enough to describe this year's Super Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/06/recap?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2008 16:00:00 -0600 It's the delegates, stupid Super Tuesday becomes Super-Duper Tuesday. Thousands of delegates are up for grabs as voters in more than 20 states head to the polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/04/super?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2008 17:59:15 -0600 America by the numbers President Bush gave his State of the Union address this week. Here's an alternative look at just how the country is faring these days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/01/america?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2008 16:00:00 -0600 House of (credit) cards The average American household now has more than $8,000 in credit card debt. In a country of spenders, why bother to save? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/29/debt?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Figure skaters get a leg up from those behind the scenes Sweepers, menders and music makers help skaters do their best at the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/24/skatershelpers?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2008 17:00:00 -0600 Documentary explores life in Warhol's shadow A filmmaker learns her long-lost uncle was once Andy Warhol's live-in boyfriend. Her documentary tries to piece together the identity of the relative she never knew. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/17/warhol?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2008 15:00:00 -0600 MySpace is a must-have for candidates As it turns out, social networking sites can be used for more than simply posting pictures of your inebriated friends. Presidential candidates rely on them to connect with voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/15/myspace?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2008 12:00:00 -0600 Who's quoting whom on the campaign trail? Presidential candidates evoke the words of everyone from Abraham Lincoln to Charles Mingus to Jesus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/10/campaignquotes?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Let's get these parties started After months chock full of pancake breakfasts and political rallies, the Iowa caucuses are finally here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/03/caucuscurrent?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2008 15:00:00 -0600 'Madness in a bottle' makes a comeback For the first time in nearly a century, absinthe is legal in the United States. That means Monday you can party like it's 1899. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/31/absinthe?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2007 18:45:00 -0600 Adding up the Advent season Christmas brings tidings of comfort and joy. It also inspires people to compile a whole bunch of quirky statistics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/25/christmas?refid=0 Tue, 25 Dec 2007 16:00:00 -0600 Communicating with Kris Kringle Every year, the U.S. Postal Service handles more than one million letters to Santa. In Minnesota, mail addressed to Mr. Claus typically makes its way to the central post office in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/21/santaletters?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2007 16:00:00 -0600 The life and times of Diablo Cody Yes, she's a former stripper. But there's a lot more to Golden Globe nominee Diablo Cody than just a good backstory. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/14/diablo?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2007 16:00:00 -0600 Adding up the celebrity endorsements Movie stars and musicians, pro wrestlers and porn stars -- they're all making their presidential favorites known. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/13/endorsements?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2007 10:00:00 -0600 Buzz words The New Oxford American Dictionary crowns its Word of the Year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/07/word?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Shooting a documentary in a sewer From an abandoned mental institution in Scotland to the sewer system of St. Paul, filmmaker Melody Gilbert explores the hobby of urban exploration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/05/melodygilbert?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2007 14:00:19 -0600 Dishing with chef-at-large Anthony Bourdain The Indiana Jones of the food world talks about his friendship with Marky Ramone and the time he spent in Cleveland with comic writer Harvey Pekar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/26/bourdain?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2007 16:00:42 -0600 Body donors remembered with poetry, music and gratitude On average, 38,000 people die each year in Minnesota. About 260 of them donate their bodies to science. Medical students at the University of Minnesota say these body donors are vital to their education. And, every year, they try to thank those who gave the gift of themselves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/20/donor_memorial?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2007 16:00:21 -0600 Good Ol' Charles Schulz A new biography examines the life of the man who created Charlie Brown and Snoopy and Pig Pen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/16/schulz?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2007 14:49:35 -0600 Iowa caucuses by the numbers The Iowa caucuses are the first real test for the 2008 presidential candidates. For the state's residents, all the campaign stops and candidate fundraisers really add up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/15/iowa?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2007 16:03:18 -0600 Are 'climate change' and 'global warming' interchangeable? How do the terms we use affect the way we view the state of the environment? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/09/terms?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2007 16:00:59 -0600 Is commercialization necessary for a breast cancer cure? Oreos sport pink "creme" filling. NASCAR fans cheer a pink car across the finish line. Store shelves are stocked with pink fondue sets and pink pinking shears. It must be Breast Cancer Awareness Month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/23/breastcancer?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2007 17:45:00 -0500 Writer: 'Environmentalism must die ' The so-called bad boy of environmentalism calls for an end to the green movement's messages of doom and gloom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/18/shellenberger?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2007 16:01:50 -0500 Author Steve Almond shares his obsessions From Kurt Vonnegut to candy to depression, Steve Almond talks about it all. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/11/almond?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2007 17:12:58 -0500 The day the music (industry) died? Radiohead offers music lovers a name-your-own-price payment plan. What kind of message is the band trying to send? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/10/radiohead2?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2007 16:00:50 -0500 Radiohead pricetag is up to you Radiohead's new album is available for $15. Or $3.50. Or even 7 cents. Basically, it's yours for whatever you choose to pay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/04/radiohead?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2007 16:00:41 -0500 Supreme Court revs up Pornography, cocaine and death. Such things could easily make the list of top power-ballad themes. Coincidentally, they're also some of the topics the Supreme Court will be throwing around this session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/01/court?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2007 14:00:19 -0500 Refugee camp pops up between tennis and shuffleboard courts Reporter Nikki Tundel suggests a family-friendly weekend activity. And she's betting it's one of the few that includes both latrines and a cholera tent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/28/exhibit?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2007 17:00:35 -0500 Audio: Iraqi refugees come knocking More than 4 million Iraqis have been displaced from their homes. Who's taking them in? And who isn't? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/27/refugees?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2007 16:00:54 -0500 Citizens offer two cents' worth on $234-million bridge The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced who will be rebuilding the 35W bridge. But that doesn't mean the public is done offering opinions on the structure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/21/hearing?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2007 14:14:58 -0500 How Target became cool It's one of the mysteries of modern life. You run into Target for aluminum foil and floor cleaner. Yet you emerge with an art deco toaster and a pair of red lacquer bar stools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/18/target?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2007 15:43:40 -0500 4-Hers after hours Thousands of 4-Hers flood the fairgrounds to showcase their sheep and cattle and swine. But just what do all these farm kids do when they're not in the judging ring? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/30/4hatfair?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2007 18:00:40 -0500 Hurricane Katrina, two years later What's life like today, 730 days after the most expensive natural catastrophe in U.S. history? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/29/katrina?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2007 16:00:45 -0500 Grandstanding at the state fair These days, people hit the state fair grandstand to take in the musical acts. But in the early days of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, the grandstand was the place to watch planes crash into buildings and locomotives collide head-on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/24/grandstand?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2007 16:00:31 -0500 The protesting rages on War protests have done little to stop the war in Iraq. Why do people continue to stand on the street with peace signs? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/22/protest?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2007 16:00:09 -0500 What does the lyricist think of the songs? If this were a reality show, now would be the "big reveal" moment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/13/finalpoet?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2007 07:16:37 -0500 Meet the lyricist Meet Stephen Burt, our poet turned lyricist, who wrote the words for our Songs from Scratch project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/09/songsfromscratch1?refid=0 Sun, 12 Aug 2007 21:00:39 -0500 Hands in the air, neighbor Citizen's arrests are legal everywhere from New Zealand to Hong Kong to here in Minnesota. But just how does a regular citizen go about apprehending a drunk driver or an armed robber? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/07/citizensarrest?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2007 16:00:21 -0500 First responders share their stories Minneapolis police officers say nothing could have prepared them for what they found when they arrived on the scene of the I-35 bridge collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/06/responders?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2007 17:00:47 -0500 Leaving Iraq The withdrawal of U.S. troops after the 1991 Persian Gulf War took seven months. And no one was shooting at them as they tried to head home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/27/withdrawal?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2007 16:12:27 -0500 Tubular debate Democratic presidential hopefuls field questions from the parents of soldiers in Iraq, a gun rights advocate wielding a rifle, and an animated snowman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/25/youtube?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2007 18:50:44 -0500 Ethanol by the numbers Ethanol seems to be the darling of the alternative energy movement these days. Just how does this form of fuel add up? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/20/ethanol?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2007 14:25:02 -0500 Is bottled water all wet? San Francisco has banned it in city buildings. The United Church of Canada is considering a boycott. And Londoners are being urged to go cold turkey. The backlash against bottled water has begun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/17/bottledwater?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2007 10:30:37 -0500 Operation Military Nomenclature You need a lot of things to run a first-rate military campaign, not the least of which is a catchy title. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/11/names?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2007 16:00:14 -0500 Putting together a Prince show -- at the last minute Prince fans told stories of waiting outside overnight to get tickets. Bloggers endlessly critiqued the show. But what was the Purple One's impromptu concert like from the club's point of view? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/09/prince?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2007 17:01:23 -0500 Back away from the e-mail E-mail is fast. It's convenient. And it can get you in lots of trouble. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/09/email?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2007 13:30:40 -0500 Secret, secret, I've got a secret The world gets a glimpse into just what the CIA was up to in decades past. And it isn't pretty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/29/cia?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2007 16:01:14 -0500 Pride is brought to you by... These days everyone from Anheuser-Busch to Delta Airlines is reaching out to gay and lesbian consumers. But it wasn't long ago that businesses thought twice about flying their logos alongside the rainbow flag. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/25/pride?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2007 09:00:05 -0500 Remembering refugees There are an estimated 40 million refugees and displaced persons worldwide. That's the entire population of Minnesota -- times 8. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/20/refugee?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2007 13:30:00 -0500 Fatherhood in the wild In the animal world, being a good dad means incubating fertilized eggs in your mouth for two months or building a nest from vegetation and the secretions of your own kidneys. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/18/fatherhood?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2007 14:55:00 -0500 Bugs in the system Tuberculosis patient Andrew Speaker is the first person ordered into isolation by the federal government in over forty years. His case has returned the word "quarantine" to our public vocabulary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/05/quarantine?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2007 16:00:00 -0500 Rockin' to the White House Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is asking Americans to choose her campaign song. How do today's political anthems compare to those of past candidates? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/01/songs?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2007 16:50:00 -0500 Death gets personal They're kind of like a book group. But instead of discussing the latest bestsellers, these Twin Cities women talk about living wills and cremation, and the music selections they'd like at their funerals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/21/funeral?refid=0 Sat, 26 May 2007 00:00:00 -0500 Death Becomes Us The rituals of death tell us a lot about the living. What do our customs say about our society? And how do our practices shape the way we view our final fate? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2007/05/21_death/?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2007 16:46:44 -0500 Death: have it your way Some say we're all equal in death. Cleary, those people don't realize how personalized the funeral industry has become. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/18/personalization?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Graveyard shifts They've been called cities of the silent. But cemeteries actually tell us a lot about society. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/21/cemetery?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2007 15:00:00 -0500 How embalming changed death Embalming enables the deceased to look as good in death as they did in life. And that's completely altered the scope of the funeral industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/21/embalm?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Diversity in Death The rituals of death vary greatly from one religion to another, one culture to the next. Here is a small sampling of the beliefs that help guide the way people deal with the deceased. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2007/05/21_death/diversity.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2007 13:00:25 -0500 Sleep with the fishes - and other options for your loved ones Memorial reefs. Fireworks shows. Diamond rings. These days, there are some pretty interesting places to rest in peace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/21/technology?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2007 00:00:00 -0500 The art of death Looking good when you're dead isn't easy. Luckily there are people out there who can help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/21/restore?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2007 00:00:00 -0500 Bringing some bang to the Capitol How do you make yourself heard at the state Capitol? Try firing a cannon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/02/cannons?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2007 06:30:00 -0500 Smoking bans have come and gone Smoking bans are nothing new. People have been debating the right to light up since the day European explorers returned from the New World with tobacco. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/27/smoke?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2007 15:15:00 -0500 The pomegranate hits the peak of popularity How did the pomegranate go from an ancient symbol of fertility to the key ingredient in a Starbucks Frappuccino? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/20/pomegranate?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2007 16:00:00 -0500 Pigeons: friend or foe? Cities across the country are looking for ways to curb their pigeon populations. Do the birds deserve to be run out of town or are they simply victims of bad press? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/16/pigeons?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2007 00:00:00 -0500 Corn hits the catwalk When it comes to fashion, knits and denim are so last year. These days it's all about corn and bamboo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/12/ecoclothes?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Who put the bunny in Easter? Here comes Peter Cottontail. But why? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/06/bunny?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2007 00:00:00 -0500 Without germs, we're nothing Sure, bacteria can make us sick. But they also make us who we are. And we couldn't live without them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/04/bact?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2007 00:00:00 -0500 Navigating the labyrinth of liquor laws Minnesotans may not be able to buy wine in grocery stores. But at least they're allowed to swallow the Shiraz and Chardonnay at wine tastings -- unlike the residents of Utah. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/28/liquor?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2007 00:00:00 -0500 Red, white, blue and American-made Minnesotans buy cars from Japan, clothes from Bangladesh, and salmon from Switzerland. But it's the sale of foreign-made flags that seems to have grabbed the attention of state lawmakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/26/flag?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2007 15:15:22 -0500 What a difference 1,461 days make This week marks the fourth anniversary of the Iraq war. What do four years of fighting really add up to? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/19/iraqwar?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2007 11:23:26 -0500 Who benefits from daylight saving time? Extending daylight saving time was promoted as a way for the nation to save energy. But some say our extra hours of sunshine are really fueling the golf industry and the companies who make candy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/09/dst?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2007 00:00:00 -0600 Artist puts a face on crime Some artists like to focus on birds and flowers. Others prefer classic cityscapes. Marcia Cummings spends her days drawing pictures of rapists and murderers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/07/artist?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2007 00:00:00 -0600 March brings holiday madness March is a month of Shamrock Shakes and Lent-inspired fish fries. But it's also a time to celebrate scrapbooking, eye donation and frozen food. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/01/march?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2007 08:00:59 -0600 Etiquette classes are all the rage What's the proper way to spit out food you find too repulsive to swallow? That's just one of the many questions answered in a popular Twin Cities etiquette class. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/28/etiquette?refid=0 Wed, 28 Feb 2007 12:17:58 -0600 Another day, another dollar The government wants Americans to embrace its new dollar coins. Would a more creative design result in more bang for the buck? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/23/coins?refid=0 Fri, 23 Feb 2007 17:27:13 -0600 Bill seeks to regulate body piercing Attention Minnesota minors: Now might be your last chance to get that tongue piercing you've been wanting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/21/piercing?refid=0 Thu, 22 Feb 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Presidential race heating up at the bookstore Bookshelves across the country are stocked with the writings of White House wannabes. Is it possible to be a viable presidential candidate these days without being a published author? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/05/books?refid=0 Mon, 05 Feb 2007 15:09:40 -0600 New system will measure killing power of bird flu We have categories to help us gauge the destructiveness of hurricanes. And we have an index that tells us if our body mass is too massive. Now we have a system to rate the killing power of bird flu outbreaks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/02/birdflu?refid=0 Fri, 02 Feb 2007 15:17:28 -0600 Children raised on war This week's news from Iraq focused in on deadly attacks at public schools. Unfortunately, such violence isn't a new thing for the country's children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/30/iraqkids?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jan 2007 14:00:00 -0600 City Pages: The Next Generation What sounds like a simple change in staffing could have big repercussions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/24/city?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jan 2007 13:00:38 -0600 Male like me Norah Vincent wanted to know what it really feels like to be a man. So she decided to become one -- at least temporarily. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/23/norah?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jan 2007 12:00:00 -0600 Drink me, lose weight Coca-Cola and Nestle have come up with a beverage that promises to burn more calories than it contains. Is the newest Coke product the real thing? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/18/enviga?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jan 2007 00:00:00 -0600 Minnesota tops the lists Minnesotans are first in everything from administering flu shots to consuming marshmallow Peeps. And they're more than happy to talk about their high rankings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/16/rankings?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jan 2007 15:40:47 -0600 Bringin' down the house What happens to the world's largest gingerbread house once all the pictures are taken and the officials from the Guinness Book of World Records go home? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/06/gingerbread?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jan 2007 17:00:04 -0600 The session's in session State lawmakers open the 2007 legislative session. Reporter Nikki Tundel talks with MPR political editor Mike Mulcahy about what might be in store for Minnesota and Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/02/2007?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jan 2007 13:53:02 -0600 Oh, Christmas tree Every December, many of us drag evergreen trees into our homes and make them our holiday centerpieces. What inspired this curious custom? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/22/trees?refid=0 Fri, 22 Dec 2006 22:48:07 -0600 The line for the presidency starts here The 2008 election may be 23 months away. But presidential hopefuls are already hitting the campaign trail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/19/2008race?refid=0 Tue, 19 Dec 2006 00:00:00 -0600 Games people play Even in this world of hi-tech toys, board games are big sellers this holiday season. A trip to the mall reveals how the conventional games have changed to reflect society. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/15/games?refid=0 Fri, 15 Dec 2006 16:00:00 -0600 North Korea by the numbers North Korea likes to release photos of its pristine streets and patriotic citizens. But sometimes a picture isn't worth a thousand words. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/12/northkorea?refid=0 Tue, 12 Dec 2006 13:06:29 -0600 The Top 79 It's that time of year when people can't help but compile lists. The top movies of the year. The top songs of the year. The top reality shows of the year. Today the Iraq Study Group offered up its contribution: the top 79 recommendations for U.S. policy in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/06/iraqstudy?refid=0 Wed, 06 Dec 2006 15:03:30 -0600 Airlines restore perks -- for some As many air travelers see in-flight amenities disappear, some passengers are being showered with perks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/05/air?refid=0 Tue, 05 Dec 2006 13:53:12 -0600 Get into the holiday spirit When it comes to December holidays, Christmas gets most of the attention. But this month also marks the official celebrations of hamburgers, gazpacho and the game of Bingo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/04/december?refid=0 Mon, 04 Dec 2006 16:49:39 -0600 Working in a war zone The Darfur region of Sudan has been called everything from "a powder keg" to "the next Rwanda." So just who would choose to work there? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/28/darfur?refid=0 Tue, 28 Nov 2006 17:00:00 -0600 The truth about Thanksgiving Never has one dinner party been so obscured by myth. What's the real story behind Thanksgiving? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/22/thanksgiving?refid=0 Wed, 22 Nov 2006 17:00:00 -0600 Yes, Virginia, there is a possible epidemic The bird flu might have fallen off the front page. But don't be fooled into thinking all's good. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/17/birdflu?refid=0 Fri, 17 Nov 2006 11:05:01 -0600 Patriotism in plush Some people show their support for the troops with bumper stickers or American flags. Others rely on Beanie Babies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/13/keyshop?refid=0 Mon, 13 Nov 2006 15:53:30 -0600 Looking for meaning in the midterms The results have been tallied. The pie charts have been made. But what does it all mean? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/08/bob2?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2006 17:28:30 -0600 Political parlance Sure, you could turn to political scientists for pre-election analysis. But why? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/06/bobandnikki?refid=0 Mon, 06 Nov 2006 00:00:00 -0600 What do voters think? For more than a year, we've heard plenty of pundits talk about what the voters think. Now it's time to hear from the voters. MPR News talked with several voters in the region to find out whom they intend to vote for in various races and why. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/display/project_display.php?proj_identifier=2006/10/31/votersspeak?refid=0 Sat, 04 Nov 2006 07:00:00 -0600 Jim Carlen Jim Carlen is a portfolio manager in downtown Minneapolis. The first vote of his life was for Democrat Michael Dukakis. Today he identifies more closely with Republicans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/02/pawlenty?refid=0 Thu, 02 Nov 2006 15:59:12 -0600 Roger Cornett Roger Cornett has lived in the Twin Cities his entire life. He wants the government to focus on its core responsibilities, like the budget, and not get distracted by issues like abortion and gay marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/31/roger?refid=0 Tue, 31 Oct 2006 18:20:15 -0600 Victoria Main Victoria Main is a freelance writer who lives in St. Paul. She never misses a chance to vote. She believes Americans live in the most comfortable country on the planet and the least citizens can do is get off the couch and go to the polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/31/victoria?refid=0 Tue, 31 Oct 2006 18:16:13 -0600 Interview about a vampire Can modern medicine help explain the origin of the vampire myth? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/31/vampire?refid=0 Tue, 31 Oct 2006 16:00:00 -0600 How does an anarchist view election season? Political candidates seem to have commandeered the airwaves. Neighborhoods are thick with lawn signs. And television ads extol the virtues of voting. What's an anarchist to do? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/20/anarchist?refid=0 Mon, 30 Oct 2006 12:00:00 -0600 Can candidates really deliver what they promise? Most political candidates don't deliberately make pledges they can't keep. It's just that they don't know any better. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/23/promises?refid=0 Mon, 23 Oct 2006 14:19:45 -0500 Accentuate the negative Negative campaign ads have been blamed for low voter turnout and political apathy. But some say they actually play an important role in the democratic process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/20/negative?refid=0 Fri, 20 Oct 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Vote of confidence? If there's ever an acceptable time to approach complete strangers and question them about their personal politics, it's right now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/16/vox?refid=0 Mon, 16 Oct 2006 11:40:07 -0500 If we build it, they won't come Something there is that doesn't love a wall - at least according to poet Robert Frost. Still, people have always looked to walls for protection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/13/walls?refid=0 Fri, 13 Oct 2006 14:23:55 -0500 Afghanistan by the numbers American-led troops invaded Afghanistan in 2001. It took them just 66 days to topple the Taliban government in Kabul. Yet five years later, the war rages on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/11/afghanistan?refid=0 Wed, 11 Oct 2006 15:30:47 -0500 This is your brain on politics Democrats like to call Republicans irrational. Republicans say Democrats ignore the facts. A new study finds there's truth to both arguments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/18/brain?refid=0 Mon, 18 Sep 2006 13:34:02 -0500 Making it Macy's Last year, Federated Department Stores bought May Department Stores. Federated will relaunch all of the Marshall Field's stores it bought from May's, rebranding them under its Macy's label. Should we care? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/06/macys?refid=0 Thu, 07 Sep 2006 00:00:00 -0500 Star-spangled state fair The Minnesota State Fair is awash in American flags. Apparently, nothing brings out patriotism quite like a barn full of pigs and bucket full of chocolate chip cookies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/30/flags?refid=0 Thu, 31 Aug 2006 02:00:00 -0500 The last sideshow Where have all the bearded ladies gone? There used to be more than 100 traveling sideshows in the United States. Now there's just one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/28/sideshow?refid=0 Mon, 28 Aug 2006 15:49:37 -0500 Castro's Cuba A few weeks ago, thousands of Cuban-Americans celebrated news that Cuban President Fidel Castro was in the hospital. They eagerly awaited word of his death and the regime change they hoped would follow. But it seems they broke out the cigars a little prematurely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/22/cuba?refid=0 Wed, 23 Aug 2006 00:00:00 -0500 Katrina by the numbers It's been nearly a year since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. How do you sum up the largest natural disaster in U.S. history? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/15/katrina?refid=0 Wed, 16 Aug 2006 00:00:00 -0500 Insecurity in the pipeline A small leak shuts down the country's biggest oil field. And you thought the world's dwindling energy supply was only threatened by hurricanes and civil unrest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/09/oil_field?refid=0 Tue, 08 Aug 2006 17:48:36 -0500 The gift of life -- on the Internet You can get pretty much anything on the Internet these days. Cheap shoes. Used futons. A husband. And now people are turning to the Web to find kidneys and livers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/04/ethics?refid=0 Mon, 07 Aug 2006 09:00:00 -0500 War effort -- or lack of effort? According to the popular saying, war is sacrifice. The war in Iraq asks U.S. troops and their families to make sacrifices both large and small. But just what are those on the homefront sacrificing? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/27/war?refid=0 Tue, 01 Aug 2006 00:00:00 -0500 No sign of a cease-fire After fifteen days of fighting, the battle between Hezbollah and Israel rages on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/24/mideast?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jul 2006 00:00:00 -0500 Iraq by the numbers A picture may be worth a thousand words. But sometimes it's the numbers that help us make sense of a situation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/14/iraq_numbers?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jul 2006 13:08:33 -0500 Copy cats -- and dogs Ten years ago, a little lamb named Dolly was born. And things haven't been the same since. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/06/cloning?refid=0 Sat, 08 Jul 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Celebrating citizenship Is it cliche to do a story about immigrants becoming official U.S. citizens on the Fourth of July? Maybe. But is that a bad thing? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/03/newcitizens?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jul 2006 16:33:19 -0500 I always feel like somebody's watching me Remember that '80s song "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell? It turns out Rockwell was right. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/25/surveillance?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jun 2006 14:48:46 -0500 First comes love. Then comes marriage? Countries around the world have been debating gay marriage for years. President Bush has addressed the topic a number of times. And it's a rare day when the issue doesn't show up in the newspaper. But is same-sex marriage the most important concern in the gay community? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/27/pride_festival?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jun 2006 20:00:00 -0500 In so many words Word up, diddy. You just made your way into the Oxford English Dictionary. The foremost authority on words announces its newest additions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/22/word?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jun 2006 18:00:00 -0500 Do you hear what I hear? A high-pitched tone marketed by a British security company to repel teenagers has found a new use as a ringtone adults can't hear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/19/sound?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jun 2006 07:00:00 -0500 How AIDS changed American culture It was 25 years ago this summer that the first cases of AIDS were reported. Since then, the virus has taken 25 million lives worldwide. But the impact of AIDS has also reached beyond the realm of human health. The disease has transformed American culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/07/aids?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jun 2006 00:00:00 -0500 Your so-called life Some say video games simply offer players an escape from reality. But one Twin Cities futurist is convinced today's popular programs can enrich life far from the computer screen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/02/push?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jun 2006 14:00:00 -0500 Organics go mainstream Organic foods are more popular than ever. But are the ideals of the organic movement still alive? Or has the term "organic" just become part of the sales pitch? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/22/michael_pollan?refid=0 Wed, 24 May 2006 10:17:53 -0500 Crossing culinary borders As the saying goes, you are what you eat. Commentator Nikki Tundel says that makes Americans voracious multiculturalists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/11/loop_commentary?refid=0 Fri, 12 May 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Paper or plastic? The question is simple: paper or plastic? But choosing the right answer can be complicated. Just what is the impact of the choice you make in the checkout line? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/08/paper_plastic?refid=0 Mon, 08 May 2006 00:00:00 -0500 Rounding home? The Minnesota Twins continue on their quest for a new stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/01/stadium?refid=0 Mon, 01 May 2006 18:11:26 -0500 How should we treat our enemies? A local historian says the way the United States treats its prisoners of war has changed drastically since World War II. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/24/pows?refid=0 Tue, 25 Apr 2006 03:00:00 -0500 Your life during a pandemic Even if you survive a bird flu pandemic, life won't be easy. It's vital to have plans in place to keep societies from falling into chaos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/05/michael_osterholm?refid=0 Sun, 16 Apr 2006 17:24:09 -0500 Talkin' about immigration The state Capitol was the site of two immigration rallies this weekend. Minnesotans came out in support of immigrants' rights as well as limited immigration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/10/protest?refid=0 Mon, 10 Apr 2006 09:40:56 -0500 The rise and fall of the United States America is heading for disaster. At least that's what author and political commentator Kevin Phillips thinks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/05/kevin_phillips?refid=0 Wed, 05 Apr 2006 17:20:05 -0500 Global Warming: Coming Soon to a City Near You? Many scientists say climate change is the most severe problem the world is facing today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/05/global_warming?refid=0 Wed, 05 Apr 2006 12:24:09 -0500 Extreme Makeover: Santa Claus Edition Santa's red suit and stocking cap are so yesterday. These days you can find Mr. Claus sporting everything from hunting vests and Speedos to do-rags and yarmulkes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/12/22_tundeln_santa?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2005 18:31:00 -0600 The fairest of them all -- and it's not in Minnesota The Iowa State Fair isnât hip. Itâs not flashy. But itâs genuine and sincere and unpretentious. One commentator thinks Minnesota should pay attention. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/30_tundeln_iowa/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2005 17:40:00 -0500 Somalia: Abdirahman Adan Abdirahman Adan is a native of Somalia. Adan, 23, came to Minnesota in 1995 with his parents and siblings. They fled their hometown of Mogadishu when war broke out in Somalia, and spent several years in towns in Somalia and Kenya before being accepted into the United States. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_tundeln_globalsomalia/?refid=0 Sun, 15 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Korea: Mi Sook Kim Mi Sook Kim, 41, is originally from Seoul, Korea. She and her family moved to the United States in 1991, because her husband wanted to immigrate here. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_tundeln_globalkorea/?refid=0 Sun, 15 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Uzbekistan: Elena Klimenko Elena Klimenko, 40, is an ethnic Russian who grew up in Uzbekistan. She moved to Minnesota in 1999 seeking a better life for herself and her two sons. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_tundeln_globalrussia/?refid=0 Sun, 15 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Reinventing the wheel? When the Segway Human Transporter first hit the market, supporters claimed it would revolutionize transportation. But thus far, the super-scooter has received more mileage from comedians than commuters. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/19_tundeln_segway/?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jul 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Beyond silence Deaf advocates say Minnesota's non-hearing community is three times as large as its Hmong community. But they say few people recognize its significant contributions to the culture. An art exhibit at St. Paul's aND gallery is hoping to change that. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/30_tundeln_deafart/?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2004 18:15:00 -0500 Best in show According to the old stage adage, it's best to avoid working with children or animals. But Guy Wegener isn't one to follow conventional wisdom. As an actor in the in the national tour of Oliver! the Minnesota native shares the stage with 16 kids. Plus, he cares for the show's only animal actor -- a 65-pound British bull terrier. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/23_tundeln_oliversdog/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2003 16:00:00 -0600 An international food fight One of the many issues left undecided by the collapse of the World Trade Organization talks in Cancun is the fight over food names. The European Union wants the exclusive rights to terms like Feta and Champagne, Gorgonzola and Chablis. E.U. trade officials argue that these and 37 other identifiers belong to small producers in specific regions of Europe. The issue isn't likely to go away anytime soon. And that worries Midwestern cheese makers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/15_tundeln_cheese/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2003 17:04:00 -0500 The Enthusiasts: The rodeo queen When she was a little kid, Amber Hultman hated horses. Now, at age 16, she's the Minnesota High School Rodeo Queen. To win the crown, she had to excel in categories like modeling, public speaking, and horsemanship. But Hultman says being queen is much more than looking pretty while riding a horse. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/06_tundeln_enthusiasts/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 01:00:00 -0500 Creating art in the shadow of the food court For centuries, artists have used caricature to cast a satirical eye on the human condition. Renaissance artists, for example, used distortion to lambaste the rigidity of their everyday lives. Today, caricature art often takes a backseat to its popular cousin, the political cartoon. But, if you look hard enough, you'll find the art form is alive and well. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/04_tundeln_caricaturist/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2003 15:32:00 -0500 Surgery was a life-changing experience A growing number of Americans are turning to gastric bypass surgery to help them lose weight and improve their long-term health. One St. Paul woman who had the operation a year ago found that losing half her body weight altered much more than just her waistline. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/02_sommerm_obesitypostsurg/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Life and debt on a dairy farm Over the past 30 years, the number of dairy farms in Minnesota has dropped by 84 percent. Last year, the state's dairy production hit its lowest level in 50 years. But despite the poor economic outlook, some farm families are making a living -- while living the life they want. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/29_feidta_prestonffa/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Little Falls joins a big debate The people of Little Falls are up in arms over a French flag. It flies over Le Bourget Park, which is named after the Parisian suburb where native son Charles Lindbergh landed after his historic trans-Atlantic flight in 1927. Given French opposition to the war in Iraq, some residents say the flag should come down. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/04_newsroom_littlefalls/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2003 15:45:00 -0600