Minnesota Public Radio features by Toni Randolph http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=85 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:27:19 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Toni Randolph http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Somali community remembers youth activist Abia Ali was recognized for her work by the Minneapolis Police Department. She tried to stop young men from traveling to Somalia to fight with an extremist group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/09/somali-community-remembers-youth-activist?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2016 11:20:39 -0500 A shopper's perspective on the Macy's closing The downtown St. Paul store looked like it wasn't there for the long haul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/05/randolph?refid=0 Sat, 05 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 Walz: 'Don't ask, don't tell' transition will be orderly Under a new law signed Wednesday by President Obama, gay men and women will be allowed to openly serve in the military for the first time. DFL Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz says that's the way it should be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/22/walz-obama-dadt?refid=0 Wed, 22 Dec 2010 15:03:33 -0600 State dept official: Census count of Somalis in MN is too low A high-ranking State Department official disputes the recently-released Census data on Minnesota's Somali population. Donald Yamamoto, the principal deputy for the State Department's Africa Bureau, says the numbers are too low. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/16/somali-population-estimates?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 18:32:50 -0600 First mural unveiled for Native American Cultural Corridor The first mural on the newly-designated Native American Cultural Corridor was unveiled Friday in Minneapolis. Three local Native American leaders are honored in the mural. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/25/native-american-cultural-corridor-mural?refid=0 Sat, 25 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Mixed reviews on first day of new health care program for low-income adults Today is the first day of a new health care program for the state's low-income adults after the old General Assistance Medical Care program, or GAMC, is gone. The new program is getting mixed reviews. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/01/gamc-ccds?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 19:40:53 -0500 U of M officials ready to move forward with budget cuts University of Minnesota officials are ready to move forward with their planned budget cuts for next year now that lawmakers have approved a state budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/17/university-of-minnesota-budget-cuts?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 18:12:37 -0500 Deadline today for nonprofits to file new IRS requirements Several thousand Minnesota nonprofit groups are at risk of losing their federal tax-exempt status. The organizations have until today to comply with a new requirement by the IRS. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/17/nonprofits?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 10:56:01 -0500 Thousands of nonprofits in danger of losing tax-exempt status A federal law passed in 2006 now requires organizations that have less than $25,000 in financial activity every year to file some basic information on Form 990-N with the IRS by Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/13/nonprofit-tax-exempt-status?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 20:42:10 -0500 Protest over Ariz. immigration law reaches Minnesota Dozens of supporters of immigration reform rallied in downtown Minneapolis Monday, voicing their anger about a new Arizona law designed to crack down in immigrants who are in the state illegally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/27/immigration-protest?refid=0 Tue, 27 Apr 2010 06:38:38 -0500 Minnesota's census participation rate reaches 78% Minnesota's census participation rate reached 78 percent Tuesday, tying the response rate from the last census in 2000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/21/minnesota-census-response?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 14:06:53 -0500 Flights to Europe from Twin Cities resuming Flights from the Twin Cities to Europe are resuming today. Air service is restarting as the cloud of volcano ash that's been hovering over much of the continent begins to dissipate. As chaotic as the disruption has been worldwide, it looks like the impact here will be minimal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/flights-to-europe?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 18:22:43 -0500 Minn. dioceses say clergy abuse prevention efforts are working Pope Benedict's response to recent revelations about sexual abuse by Catholic clergy has drawn a mixed reaction. But church leaders in Minnesota say their efforts to crack down on such abuse are working. In the past eight years, only one Catholic clergy abuse case has been reported in Minnesota according to church officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/19/clergyabuse-response?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2010 15:39:23 -0500 Census forms due today; Minn. among leading states As of Wednesday, 56 percent of the households in Minnesota had returned the forms. That's higher than the current national participation rate of 52 percent, but not as high as officials are expecting it to be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/01/census?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Study: Homelessness up sharply in Minn. The number of homeless people in Minnesota has risen sharply over the past three years, according to a study released Wednesday by the Wilder Foundation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/31/homelessness-rise?refid=0 Wed, 31 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Counting the homeless a challenge for census workers The U.S. Census has launched a major public relations campaign to make sure everyone fills out the forms that arrived earlier this month, but it will take more than a good PR campaign to count people who don't have a permanent place to live. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/census-homeless?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 14:02:46 -0500 2010 Census forms on the way The 2010 Census is underway. The Census Bureau dropped census forms in the mail and they should arrive in homes across the state and the country this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/15/census-2010?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 06:36:01 -0500 Liberians again seek extension of protected status The clock is ticking once again for thousands of Liberian immigrants who've been living in the U.S. on a legal, but temporary, basis for years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/11/liberian-immigrants-status?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 17:57:51 -0600 Census Bureau begins hiring an army of counters Census workers will soon disperse throughout the country in the decennial effort to count heads, determine congressional representation and federal funding to the states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/census-workers-begin-soon?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Annoyed by potholes? Pothole season is here early and some say it's worst the Twin Cities has seen in years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/pothole-problems?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 06:38:40 -0600 Flooding traps 21 Minn. college students in Peru A group of Gustavus Adolphus College students and faculty members are among those awaiting evacuation in Peru after mudslides swept an area near Machu Picchu. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/27/flood-peru-students?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 17:05:10 -0600 U.S. putting census ads in Twin Cities ethnic media About 50 media outlets in Minnesota will receive some of the $140 million the U.S. Census Bureau is spending on advertising for the decennial count. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/27/census-ads-ethnic-media?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 07:35:10 -0600 Census officials to raise awareness with kick-off event Census officials are holding a kick-off event Thursday to raise awareness for the 2010 count. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/14/census_event?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 08:40:48 -0600 Hmong community keeps pressure on to help family in Laos Members of the Hmong community in the Twin Cities are trying to keep pressure on the U.S. government to help recently repatriated Hmong in Laos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/06/hmong-laos-repatriation?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2010 07:33:16 -0600 Ads in ethnic media key to highstakes census count The U.S. Census Bureau's efforts to count citizens include placing advertisements in ethnic media outlets--whose audience is vital to Minnesota's push to keep its eight congressional seat--but local ethnic newspapers say they've been passed over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/24/census-advertising?refid=0 Thu, 24 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Xcel providing rebates for customers who install solar systems Xcel Energy will provide rebates to business and residential customers who install solar systems that meet efficiency requirements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/xcel-solar-savings?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 18:11:49 -0600 Oberstar fears Afghanistan may detract from economic recovery President Obama plans to outline his war strategy in Afghanistan tonight. It's widely expected that he'll announce plans to deploy about 30-thousand more U.S. troops to the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/01/oberstar_afghanistan?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 06:59:55 -0600 Oberstar says proposed rail line's price tag too high The chairman of the U.S. House Transportation Committee says a billion-dollar estimate for the cost of a proposed high-speed rail line between the Twin Cities and Duluth is too high. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/30/northern-lights-express?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2009 15:39:58 -0600 Attorney general suing Lakeville clinic for credit card fraud Minnesota's Attorney General has sued a Lakeville chiropractic clinic and its owner for credit card fraud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/24/swanson-card-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2009 14:44:23 -0600 Superintendent sues Christian Brothers over alleged abuse A Minnesota school superintendent has filed a fraud suit against a religious order in the Roman Catholic Church, known as the Christian Brothers of the Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/16/supt-abuse?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 16:39:05 -0600 Transplanted Minnesotans may jeopardize 8th congressional seat Retiree Ray McGee won't be at his St. Paul home when Census forms are mailed out next year, he'll be staying at his winter home in California. Minnesota officials are concerned about where these "snowbirds" will be counted--one of Minnesota's congressional seats depends on population numbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/snowbirds?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500 118 dogs adopted from Humane Society over weekend The Animal Humane Society says people adopted 118 dogs over the weekend in the greater Twin Cities area, more than twice as many dogs than were adopted during the previous weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/28/animal-adoptions-up?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2009 18:04:38 -0500 Xcel working to fix outages caused by high winds Xcel Energy is still working to restore power to all of its customers who had outages because of high winds during the last 24 hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/28/xcel-wind-outages?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2009 17:42:46 -0500 EPA agrees with Great Lakes cleanup report The Environmental Protection Agency says it agrees with an internal watchdog report saying the pace of cleaning up the Great Lakes needs to be accelerated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/16/epa-great-lakes-report?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 14:42:32 -0500 McCollum listens to concerned crowd at health care forum Fourth District DFL Rep. Betty McCollum's health care forum drew an overflow crowd last night, but it was a cooled-down version of other, more contentious, similar events. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/01/mccollum-healthcare-event?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2009 06:16:35 -0500 Gang Strike Force report may prompt seizure law changes State lawmakers are considering changing seizure laws after two reports found wrongdoing by some members of the now-defunct Metro Gang Strike Force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/27/gang-strike-force-hearing?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2009 06:44:47 -0500 Lutherans pass measure on gay clergy Leaders of the country's largest Lutheran denomination have decided to allow gay men and lesbian pastors in committed relationship to lead individual congregations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/21/ecla-gay-vote?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 17:00:00 -0500 ELCA delegates make last stand against gay clergy Opponents made a last stand today against a proposal to allow sexually active gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy in the nation's largest Lutheran denomination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/21/elca-gay-clergy?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 11:10:50 -0500 Lawmakers meet on proposed commuter rail from Mpls. to Willmar Two state lawmakers are holding a meeting this afternoon in Wayzata on a proposed west metro commuter rail line. The proposed line would run from Minneapolis to west-central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/28/commuter-rail-minneapolis-to-willmar?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2009 08:10:18 -0500 St. Paul police shoot, wound teenage robbery suspect Saint Paul police say an officer shot a 14-year-old boy during an apparent burglary late last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/28/st-paul-police-shoot-teenage-suspect-after-he-throws-hammer?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2009 06:24:07 -0500 Dry summer leads to fewer mosquitoes Minnesota's dry summer has meant fewer mosquitoes so far this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/27/fewer-mosquitos?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 12:50:44 -0500 Temporary gang strike force begins operation next week The new temporary strike force targeting gang activity in the Twin Cities will be up and running starting next Monday, July 13. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/07/gang_strike_force?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 17:34:14 -0500 Hospitals, lawmakers discuss impact of health program's demise Hospitals are trying to determine how they'll close the gap when the state's low-income health care program is eliminated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/30/hospitals_gamc?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 07:20:11 -0500 New life challenging for some, rewarding for other Hmong immigrants The latest wave of Hmong refugees to the Twin Cities began five years ago this week. Since then about 5,000 new Hmong residents have made their homes here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/22/hmong_anniversary?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Vatican declares Cathedral of St. Paul a national shrine The Vatican has designated the Cathedral of Saint Paul as a national shrine, the first in Minnesota. The cathedral also becomes the the only national shrine in North America dedicated to honor the Apostle Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/16/stpaulcathedral?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2009 18:15:14 -0500 Minnesota human rights group project documents plight of Liberian refugees The group is wrapping up more than three years of work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/15/liberia?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 06:14:41 -0500 Minn. abortion clinics react to Tiller killing Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota is accepting additional security from the U.S. Marshals Service in Minneapolis. The federal protection was offered after a Kansas doctor who performed abortions was shot to death on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/01/tiller_reaction?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 16:10:09 -0500 Highway 61 bridge in Hastings to be replaced The Minnesota Department of Transportation is holding a public hearing tonight on its plans to replace the Highway 61 Bridge in Hastings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/20/hastings_bridge?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2009 06:52:20 -0500 Frogtown community looks for accountability after murder A community meeting in Saint Paul last night drew more than 50 people, including neighbors, patrons and owners of a Frogtown neighborhood bar where a man was beaten to death last weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/15/frogtown_bar?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2009 06:27:58 -0500 Metro housing market improves in April The Twin Cities housing market continues to show signs of improvement, with home sales going up by 7 percent in April. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/12/metro_housingmarket?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 2009 11:33:46 -0500 Study: large number of deer ticks carry Lyme disease Before you go out and enjoy this spring's warm weather, you may want to take a few precautions to avoid deer ticks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/09/deer_tick_lyme_disease?refid=0 Sat, 09 May 2009 10:40:11 -0500 Police unions sue over release of undercover officers' names Two police unions are suing the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the Metro Gang Strike Force and the Strike Force's commander for releasing the names of six undercover police officers on the Strike Force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/08/police_unions_undercover_names?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2009 06:37:03 -0500 Two more probable flu cases in Minneapolis The Minnesota Department of Health has identified two new probable cases of the H1N1 influenza virus in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/06/newflucases?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2009 15:32:31 -0500 Centro Legal closes its doors A nonprofit community law office in St. Paul has become one of the latest victims of the struggling economy. Centro Legal, which provided legal services to Minnesota's Latino community for the last 28 years, shut down for good Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/27/centrolegalcloses?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2009 22:24:32 -0500 Northwest sues U.S. Bank over new credit card Northwest Airlines is suing its longtime partner, U.S. Bank, in an escalating battle over credit card holders and how they earn frequent flyer miles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/24/worldperks_lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 16:56:03 -0500 Scam letters involve MPR U.S. postal inspectors are looking into a scam that involves bogus checks purportedly sent from Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/15/scam_letters?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2009 13:08:20 -0500 Foreclosures complicate high-stakes 2010 census Minnesota may be facing loss of a congressional seat as a result of the 2010 U.S. Census. Foreclosures are complicating efforts to get an accurate count. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/08/censusprep?refid=0 Thu, 09 Apr 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Agencies gearing up for 2010 census The federal government tries to count everyone in the United States every 10 years. The figures are used to distribute federal funds and to determine how many Congressional districts each state gets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/02/census_kickoff?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 17:45:09 -0500 Ice sailing competition is Winter Carnival's first One of the new additions to the "Coolest Celebration on Earth" this year is an ice sailing competition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/29/ice_sailing?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2009 17:00:00 -0600 HCMC announces layoffs Hennepin County Medical Center is laying off 20 people and freezing some capital projects to help balance its budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/26/hcmc_cuts?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2009 11:39:32 -0600 Homes prices drop 13 percent in 2008 The mortgage crisis helped push the median price of homes sold in the Twin Cities metro down 13 percent last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/14/homes_prices_drop_13_percent_in_2008?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 17:38:47 -0600 Liberians hope for reprieve Liberians want either President Bush or President-elect Obama to extend their temporary residency in the U.S. That would allow about 1,000 Liberians in Minnesota to remain in the U.S. legally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/08/liberians_waiting?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2009 15:00:00 -0600 Wintry weather causes traffic, airport delays Wintry weather in the Twin Cities snarled traffic during today's evening commute and also caused some flight delays at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/30/wintry_weather_causes_traffic_airport_delays?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2008 18:14:54 -0600 14,000 tickets remain for Vikings playoff game About 14,000 tickets are still available for the Minnesota Vikings playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at the Metrodome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/30/vikings_tix?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2008 16:35:47 -0600 State unemployment program offers extended hours For the next few weeks Minnesota's Unemployment Insurance Program is offering its online service on Sundays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/26/unemploymen_online?refid=0 Fri, 26 Dec 2008 08:24:24 -0600 Metro Meals on Wheels coming up short The Minneapolis-based Metro Meals on Wheels program is facing a possible budget shortfall of $115,000 for the fiscal year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/24/meals_on_wheels?refid=0 Wed, 24 Dec 2008 08:51:34 -0600 Fire destroys Burnsville apartment complex; no injuries reported A fire has destroyed an apartment building in Burnsville this afternoon, displacing 64 households. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/22/fire_raging_at_burnsville_apartment_complex?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 18:51:50 -0600 Hmong residents testify before UN rapporteur About a half-dozen Hmong residents testified before a United Nations human rights expert Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/11/hmong_graves?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2008 07:38:09 -0600 Wal-Mart to pay $54.25 million to settle Minn. lawsuit Retail giant Wal-mart has agreed to a $54 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed by workers in Minnesota. The settlement ends a long-running case in which the employees had accused Wal-mart of denying them pay for time worked and violating other work rules. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/09/wall_mart_suit?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2008 07:55:03 -0600 KSTP to cut 18 from newsroom KSTP television is expected to announced today that it's cutting 18 newsroom jobs. The cuts include investigative reporter Kristi Piehl. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/05/kstp_jobs?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2008 08:10:47 -0600 Groups gearing up for 2010 census While the 2008 election is nearly over, but for the Senate recount, some people are already gearing up for another big civic activity -- the 2010 U.S. Census. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/25/2010_census?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2008 14:00:00 -0600 Legislative auditor criticizes Vets Home finances The Legislative Auditor's Office has released a report criticizing financial management at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/26/legislative_auditor_criticizes_vets_home_finances?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2008 14:43:04 -0600 Pioneer Press offers unpaid leaves of absence The Pioneer Press says it will let employees take unpaid leaves of absence as a way to cut costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/25/pi_press?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2008 07:49:17 -0600 UN human rights expert to hear local Hmong testimony A United Nations human rights expert has agreed to listen to testimony from Hmong families in the Twin Cities about the desecration of the graves of loved ones back in Thailand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/18/un_hmong?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 07:31:21 -0600 Coldwell Banker holding sale on 1,500 Minnesota properties Coldwell Banker is holding a sale, on houses. The the big national realtor has marked down prices on about 1,500 in the Twin Cities, Saint Cloud and Rochester this week. It's part of the company's nationwide effort to get potential buyers off the sidelines and into new homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/14/housing_sale?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2008 17:59:54 -0500 Triple Espresso is coming back The second-longest running show in Twin Cities history is back after a hiatus of a few months. Triple Espresso, which closed in April after a twelve-year run, will return in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/09/triple_espresso?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2008 07:10:55 -0500 Coleman wants offshore drilling to fund alternative energy Republican Senator Norm Coleman wants offshore drilling to pay for the development of alternative energy sources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/26/offshore_energy?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2008 08:40:29 -0500 Ramsey County workhouse inmates possibly exposed to TB A former inmate of the Ramsey County workhouse has tested positive for active tuberculosis, and health officials are looking for people who may have been exposed to that person while at the facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/13/tboutbreak?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2008 11:27:49 -0500 Minority populations increase in the suburbs The latest census estimates show that the suburbs surrounding the Twin Cities are becoming more diverse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/06/minority_population_census?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2008 23:07:05 -0500 Drivers adapt to life without 35W bridge When the Interstate 35W bridge fell last August, approximately 140,000 vehicles were using it every day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/30/35w_bridge_detours?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 15:11:40 -0500 Bridge construction tours a habit for some More than 4,000 people have taken the official tours offered by the new 35W bridge's builders every Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/25/bridgetours?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jul 2008 12:00:00 -0500 His mission: make new citizens voters In Minnesota, one man has made it his mission to make sure new citizens are ready to exercise the right to vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/17/voterregistration?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Day camp helps childhood victims of Hugo tornado About 50 children from the Hugo neighborhood that was hit by a tornado will attend an ecumenical day-camp this week designed to help them recover from the disaster. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/07/hugo_kids?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2008 07:49:10 -0500 Drivers in Hastings to get a short reprieve Drivers crossing the Mississippi River in Hastings will get a reprieve for the next couple of weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/05/hastings_bridge?refid=0 Sat, 05 Jul 2008 10:23:11 -0500 U of M veterinarians help animals caught in floods A second team of veterinarians from the University of Minnesota is in Iowa helping care for animals displaced by the floods. They are working in a make-shift shelter in Cedar Rapids, where more than 600 pets and stray animals are being housed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/03/iowa_animals?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2008 08:08:09 -0500 Hastings bridge reopens, main street relieved The Highway 61 bridge into Hastings reopens to full traffic this weekend, to the relief of main steet businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/27/hastingsbridge?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2008 16:21:10 -0500 Liberians tell stories of torture, pain Minnesota will host Liberians from across the United States who are coming here to describe their lives since they fled their homeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/06/liberia?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Most Hugo residents return to homes as highway reopens Officials estimate that damage to personal property totals about $25 million as city officials put restrictions on contractors who will help with repair work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/27/hugo_update?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2008 09:38:55 -0500 The cleanup and recovery begins in Hugo Cleanup and recovery begin in earnest today in the city of Hugo, two days after a tornado ripped through town killing a toddler and destroying dozens of homes. Much of yesterday was spent assessing the damage and making the area where the tornado touched down was safe enough for residents to return. Officials gave residents an update on the damage last night and said many of the access restrictions will be lifted today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/27/recovery?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2008 01:16:08 -0500 RNC protesters consider court action Anti-war protesters say they may go to court to try to get the parade route they want during the Republican National Convention in September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/22/rnc_protest?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2008 08:48:14 -0500 Minnesota companies launch new push to retain professionals of color Some companies have had success recruiting professionals of color to the Twin Cities, but they've sometimes had difficulty retaining them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/20/partnership?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Double Dutchers jump for fun and sport A lot of people jump rope, but they may not require two ropes, but if they're going to Double Dutch, it's a must. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/16/jumpers?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2008 15:38:53 -0500 Minnesotans struggle to reach family in Myanmar The Twin Cities is home to about 1,000 people from the former Burma. The relatives of many of those who live in the hard-hit storm region are still waiting to hear the fate of their loved ones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/13/myanmar?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Hastings bridge reduced to one lane Later today the Highway 61 Bridge in Hastings will be reduced to a single lane traffic, around the clock, while crews do maintenance work on the span. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/10/hastings?refid=0 Sun, 11 May 2008 09:00:00 -0500 Waseca couple claims Powerball jackpot A Waseca couple has won a $180 million Powerball jackpot. After taxes as a lump sum it amounts to nearly $60 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/06/powerball?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2008 16:44:12 -0500 Lawmakers plan bill for same-day voter registration Federal lawmakers from Wisconsin and Minnesota plan to introduce a bill that would allow people to register to vote on the same day as a federal election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/02/same_day_voting?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2008 08:43:31 -0500 New census numbers show Minnesota is getting older The latest census estimates show that Minnesota continues to get older. The state's median age has gone up two years since 2000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/30/age?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Businesses tell employees to save for the economy Nearly two dozen Minnesota companies say they will try to close the wealth gap by helping their employees save money with the "Financially Fit Minnesota" program. They say these moves could help stabilize the state's economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/24/finance_fit?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 06:50:02 -0500 Blood donation centers struggle with shrinking supplies Fewer than 40 percent of Americans are eligible to donate blood, and that's creating new challenges for blood donation centers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/22/blood?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2008 16:51:36 -0500 Wolves' McHale looking forward to next season The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking forward to next season, one day after finishing this year with a 22-60 record. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/17/twolves?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 11:00:00 -0500 Triple Espresso - strong till the end One of the longest-running shows in the Twin Cities is coming to an end. Triple Espresso's final curtain call is at the end of the month after a 12-year run. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/15/tripleespresso?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2008 15:30:00 -0500 Girls play more sports, but are less active More girls are participating in organized sports at all levels, but they're less physically active overall, according to a study released today by the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/14/active_girls?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2008 07:47:13 -0500 Food shelves ordered to destroy donated venison Minnesota officials have ordered food shelves to destroy venison that was donated by hunters after lead was found in some of the meat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/10/venison?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2008 16:02:04 -0500 Twin Cities United Way sets fundraising record The Greater Twin Cities United Way received a record amount of donations during its annual campaign last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/27/unitedway?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2008 23:55:00 -0500 Federal investigators to examine closed St. Cloud bridge The National Transportation Safety Board wants to examine the Highway 23 bridge because its design is similar to the collapsed I-35W bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/25/stcloud_bridge?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2008 09:35:35 -0500 I-35W collapse leads to increase in congestion A study showed that there were 305 miles of congested freeway in the Twin Cities last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/14/traffic_congestion?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 13:23:07 -0500 Man sentenced to jail for his role in death of 19-year-old An Excelsior man was sentenced to probation and 90 days in jail Friday after pleading guilty to felony charges of providing alcohol to a 19-year-old who got drunk and later died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/01/chaska?refid=0 Sat, 01 Mar 2008 09:00:00 -0600 Foreclosure prevention programs don't help everyone Programs to help financially struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure may do little to keep borrowers in their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/28/foreclosureprevention_2008?refid=0 Fri, 29 Feb 2008 03:15:00 -0600 Hastings bridge drivers learn about construction plans More than 130 people attended an open house in Hastings Wednesday to learn more about plans to redirect traffic during maintenance work on the Highway 61 Bridge across the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/28/hastigns?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2008 09:12:01 -0600 Centerpoint suspends program to report deliquent customers Centerpoint Energy has indefinitely postponed a plan to send the names of customers who are behind in payments to credit-reporting agencies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/08/centerpoint?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2008 14:13:33 -0600 Guards discover underground tunnel at Stillwater prison Officials at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater say they have thwarted an apparent escape attempt at the prison, when guards found an underground tunnel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/07/prisonbreak?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2008 15:42:57 -0600 Thousands rally for Ron Paul The last major party presidential candidate to visit Minnesota before Tuesday's caucuses was Republican Ron Paul. More that 4,000 people turned out to see him at a rally Monday night at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/05/ronpaulrally?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Congressional delegation calls for cooperation in Justice probe Members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation are calling for cooperation from the Justice Department as the investigation of the Minnesota U.S. Attorney's office continues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/30/pauloseres?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2008 21:52:47 -0600 Sick Indiana pork workers may hold clues to Minn. case Minnesota Health officials say the neurological illnesses of several workers at a pork slaughterhouse in Indiana may help solve a medical mystery in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/17/indiana?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2008 10:58:03 -0600 Judge asked to review Swift raid arrests Immigration attorneys have asked an immigration judge to throw out evidence in the case against one of the people caught up in the raid on the Swift meatpacking plant in Worthington, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/12/iceswift?refid=0 Sat, 12 Jan 2008 04:00:00 -0600 Appeals court backs state in dispute over special ed services The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled that the state Department of Education was correct when it ordered the Robbinsdale school district to offer special education to disabled students in the district who attended private and parochial schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/08/specialedlawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2008 13:40:20 -0600 Metrodome is training ground for marathoners One of your New Year's resolutions may be to get more exercise. But getting exercise can be a challenge during the gloomiest, coldest part of the year. Still, every week hundreds of people have found a cheap, accessible, warm place to run off those holiday pounds -- they go to one of the largest buildings in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/20/domerunners?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Non-profits may lose property tax exemption Leaders in Minnesota's non-profit community are strategizing over how to respond to a decision by the state's top court. The Minnesota Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that could jeopardize the property tax exemption for non-profits in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/19/tax?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Police chief regrets search of reporter's phone records The chief of the St. Paul Police Department said he regrets the search of a news reporter's phone records. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/13/police_recordsd?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2007 07:50:26 -0600 Nonprofits seek to reverse Minn. Supreme Court ruling About 60 nonprofit groups have agreed to work together to find a way to reverse a state Supreme court ruling on property tax exemptions for charities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/11/nonprofits?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2007 09:02:38 -0600 Attorney General files suits against out-of-state mortgage consultants Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed two separate lawsuits Thursday against out-of-state mortgage consultants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/06/ag_lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2007 14:06:24 -0600 Coleman presses Thai ambassador on Hmong graves In 2005, a videotape surfaced showing workers in Thailand exhuming Hmong graves at the Wat Tham Krabok refugee camp, dismembering bodies, removing the bones, and throwing the remains into open graves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/12/graves?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2007 14:38:16 -0600 Sheriff: inmate who died got inadequate treatment Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher says a man who died in the county jail last month received inadequate medical attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/09/inmatedies?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2007 16:31:31 -0600 University student seeks help finding nieces A University of Minnesota student has enlisted the help of classmates to put pressure on officials in Washington to help his nieces in Sudan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/06/missingnieces?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2007 17:10:23 -0600 St. Paul picks a new fire chief The city of St. Paul says its new fire chief will be Tim Butler, who has been the fire emergency management and communications chief since 2004. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/30/stpfirechief?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2007 14:55:02 -0500 Dad charged in middle school meth case A St. Paul man faces drug possession charges after his daughter brought methamphetamine to a middle school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/11/methdad?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2007 14:40:23 -0500 Hmong delegation to arrange for reburial of remains Members of St. Paul's Hmong community say they've secured the remains of 211 people who were buried near a Buddhist temple in Thailand where Hmong refugees once lived. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/11/hmongbodies?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2007 18:04:05 -0500 Minneapolis approves plans for new 35W bridge The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously Friday to give municipal consent to the state's plan for replacing the collapsed I-35W bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/05/bridgeapproval?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2007 11:20:12 -0500 Liberians hope to stay in the U.S. As the U.S. Senate reconvenes in Washington this week, many Liberians in Minnesota are anxiously waiting for senators to take action on a bill that could determine whether they have to leave the country within the next 30 days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/04/liberians_wait?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2007 13:00:00 -0500 State says cost of sexual assault is $8 billion a year The unprecedented attempt to quantify the cost of sexual violence measured the financial burdens from medical and mental health care, criminal justice costs, lost time at work and other factors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/17/sexassaultcosts?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2007 16:48:11 -0500 Vang Pao has plenty of support in Hmong community Several hundred Hmong Americans rallied on the state Capitol steps on Tuesday in support of a revered leader charged in a plot to overthrow the government in Laos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/19/pao?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2007 15:27:48 -0500 Hazelden study suggests drop in meth use A report from the Hazelden Foundation says fewer people are seeking drug treatment for meth abuse, which suggests that use of the drug may be declining. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/19/methdecline?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2007 10:10:22 -0500 At long last, a World War II Veterans Memorial Thousands of World War II veterans are due at the Capitol on Saturday when the state's first World War II Veterans Memorial will be dedicated. It is a memorial that has been a long time coming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/30/wwtwomemorial?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2007 09:00:00 -0500 Hmong community reacts with alarm to charges against Vang Pao Former Minnesota U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger says he's working with members of the Hmong community as they begin to form a legal team for Gen. Vang Pao. The former Laotian leader has been charged with plotting the overthrow of the communist government in Laos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/05/vangpao?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2007 16:00:00 -0500 Iwo Jima veterans gather at Memorial Day event Thousands of Minnesotans attended Memorial Day services to remember and honor those who served in the U.S. military. A groundbreaking at Veterans Memorial Park in Richfield brought together a handful of Iwo Jima veterans including Chuck Lindberg, the last surviving member of the group of Marines who raised the first American flag at Iwo Jima. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/28/richfieldvetevent?refid=0 Mon, 28 May 2007 13:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis soldier killed in Iraq Another Minnesota family is grieving the death of a soldier in Iraq. A 27-year-old Minneapolis man was killed by a roadside bomb earlier this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/08/soldier?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2007 20:57:50 -0500 Liberians in Minnesota tell stories of abuse, torture Liberians take part in an effort to heal their home country's wounds from violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/30/reconcile?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2007 05:00:00 -0500 U of M evacuates buildings after bomb threat Officials say a student found a typed note with a bomb threat in the restroom of a classroom building. The student gave the note to a professor, who turned it over to campus police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/18/ubombthreat?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2007 14:28:10 -0500 Islam and the West explored The spotlight on the Islamic religion has been getting brighter over the past few years. That hasn't burned away some of the stereotypes that some people have about Islam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/17/islamforum?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2007 08:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty appoints panel to oversee Veterans Home Gov. Pawlenty has named a panel of seven people to examine problems at the Minnesota Veterans Homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/06/vetshomepanel?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2007 14:23:18 -0500 Minneapolis vets home facing fines for uncorrected problems The Minnesota Department of Health found three new violations during a reinspection of the Minneapolis Veterans Home. Health officials also found that six previous violations have not been corrected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/07/vetshome?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Liberians in Minnesota face a return to a homeland still reeling from civil war Thousands of Liberians have been living in Minnesota and the U.S. for years on a temporary basis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/22/liberians?refid=0 Tue, 27 Feb 2007 05:00:00 -0600 Two more people die from flu Two more flu-related deaths have been reported in Minnesota -- one a Minneapolis firefighter, and the other a child in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/13/firefighterflu?refid=0 Tue, 13 Feb 2007 16:00:00 -0600 Two more Minnesota children die of flu The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting two more deaths of children from influenza. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/08/fludeaths?refid=0 Thu, 08 Feb 2007 12:34:29 -0600 Skin infection halts high school wrestling High school wresting was suspended across Minnesota on Tuesday because of an outbreak of a skin infection. The Minnesota State High School League says 24 individual cases of herpes gladiatorum have been confirmed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/30/matherpes?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jan 2007 11:46:43 -0600 Is donor fatigue hitting Minnesota charities? At least one Minnesota charity executive wonders if people may be tapped out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/15/donationsdrop?refid=0 Fri, 22 Dec 2006 05:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty sets Minn. energy goal: 25 percent renewables by 2025 Pawlenty's plan has already won praise from both environmentalists and business interests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/12/pawlentyenergy?refid=0 Tue, 12 Dec 2006 20:10:27 -0600 Who weeps for journalists? Journalists More than 70 reporters, editors and other Twin Cities newspaper staffers rallied outside the Pioneer Press on Monday. They were protesting recent job cuts at the St. Paul newspaper. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/11/pipresscuts?refid=0 Mon, 11 Dec 2006 16:01:46 -0600 Minnesota Guard announces another death, more deployments Hours after the Minnesota National Guard announced the death of a third soldier in Iraq this week, it said Wednesday more 600 additional Minnesota Air National Guard members would be deployed to southwest Asia early next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/06/killediraq?refid=0 Wed, 06 Dec 2006 14:51:10 -0600 Two Minnesota soldiers killed by same blast The two Minnesota National Guard soldiers who were killed in Iraq this weekend were from the same unit based in Crookston. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/04/soldierskilled?refid=0 Mon, 04 Dec 2006 16:21:23 -0600 What would make you pass a note to the pilot? Most airline passengers have never reported suspicious activity, as one person did Monday at Twin Cities Airport. What kind of behavior would prompt travelers to notify security as they head for the departure gate? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/22/passengervox?refid=0 Wed, 22 Nov 2006 13:52:02 -0600 Hmong family honored as pioneers 2006 marks the 30th anniversary of the arrival of the first Hmong refugees in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/16/hmonganni?refid=0 Fri, 17 Nov 2006 17:50:47 -0600 Minnesota soldier killed in Iraq is buried today Staff Sgt. Kevin Witte was one of more than 100 members of the military who died in the war in October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/01/soldierobit?refid=0 Wed, 01 Nov 2006 00:05:00 -0600 Uncertain future for America's first mall at age 50 The "mall" is turning 50. Southdale Center in Edina was the country's first indoor shopping center. And it's celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/04/southdale?refid=0 Fri, 06 Oct 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Liberians' search for truth begins in Minnesota In the coming months, Liberians living in the U.S. will begin to tell their stories about atrocities that occurred in their West African nation. Some of the early training to collect those statements is underway now in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/04/liberianstory?refid=0 Wed, 04 Oct 2006 16:30:00 -0500 Sirens of little use in Rogers tornado The Saturday tornado was the first F-2 tornado in central and southern Minnesota since 2001 that was not preceded by a tornado warning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/18/tornadofolo?refid=0 Mon, 18 Sep 2006 17:52:09 -0500 Minnesota Marine laid to rest this weekend Marine Cpl. Johnathan Benson of North Branch is remembered for his love of the military, and his pride in serving. Benson died last week from injuries he suffered in Iraq a few months ago. His funeral is Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/14/soldierfuneral?refid=0 Fri, 15 Sep 2006 05:00:00 -0500 A stand from the pulpit Christian evangelical leaders are launching voter registration drives in some battleground states, including Minnesota and Ohio. They're concerned that discontent with the Republican Party could suppress voter turnout among conservatives. But one congregration won't take an active role in politics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/08/relpolitics?refid=0 Sun, 10 Sep 2006 22:27:00 -0500 Spanish is becoming important police tool The Hispanic population is on the rise across the United States. And now, some organizations are making concerted efforts to try to communicate better with Spanish-speaking communities, including local police departments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/06/spanish?refid=0 Wed, 06 Sep 2006 18:06:07 -0500 After taking refuge in Twin Cities, Katrina survivor returns home to more challenges After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast one year ago, more than 800 families from the region ended up taking shelter in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/28/katrinasurvivor?refid=0 Tue, 29 Aug 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Travelers brace for CHAOS Northwest Airlines' flight attendants could implement their CHAOS work slowdown strategy as early as Friday night. CHAOS makes it hard for travelers to plan; that's by design. That's making some travelers nervous, but others aren't worried. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/23/travelers?refid=0 Fri, 25 Aug 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis clergy concerned about racial profiling The Minneapolis Park Police chief got an earful about racial profiling from members of the Twin Cities African-American clergy Friday. The meeting came a week after one pastor complained he was subjected to racial profiling at a city park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/28/profiling?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jul 2006 17:03:55 -0500 The big truck travels through Minnesota A huge semi is making its way into Minnesota, through the Twin Cities and on toward North Dakota. The super-sized load weighs 458,000 pounds -- the same as 28 full-grown African elephants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/24/bigtruckdrives?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jul 2006 17:35:00 -0500 Girl power on a global level Dozens of girls from around the world have been in St. Paul all this week, attending the International Girls Summit at Macalester College. They're here working on projects that call attention to global issues facing women and girls, such as health, education, human rights and violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/14/girlsummit?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jul 2006 16:46:04 -0500 Army pilot who grew up in Minnesota killed in Afghanistan A St. Paul native who joined the Army shortly after graduating from high school was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan Friday, according to the Pentagon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/11/stpaulsoldier?refid=0 Thu, 11 May 2006 10:19:43 -0500 Penumbra takes on community issues with "Zooman" A night at the theater can sometimes be more than just entertainment. Current community issues are being portrayed in a prominent way at a couple of Twin Cities companies. The theaters are staging plays that deal directly with events going on in the streets today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/03/zooman?refid=0 Thu, 04 May 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Holy hip hop hits town Does this seem familiar? A music style that captivates young people, but is condemned by the larger society. Once it was rock and roll. Now it's hip hop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/06/holyhiphop?refid=0 Fri, 07 Apr 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Some Red Lake members grieve from 300 miles away On and off the reservation, Red Lake Ojibwe will remember the 10 people who died in a school shooting a year ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/21/littleearth?refid=0 Tue, 21 Mar 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Hmong legislators say cultural marriage bill is unnecessary A bill that would allow Hmong cultural marriages to become recognized by the state of Minnesota is facing resistance from some Hmong leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/20/hmongmarriage?refid=0 Mon, 20 Mar 2006 17:00:00 -0600 Hmong protest grave desecration About 400 members of the Hmong community turned out for a town hall meeting in St. Paul Thursday night to get an update on what's happened since hundreds of Hmong graves were desecrated in Thailand last fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/03/hmong_graves_meeting?refid=0 Fri, 03 Mar 2006 12:00:00 -0600 Despite warm winter, some Minnesotans having difficulty paying for heat Some Minnesota residents today told a U.S. Senate committee hearing in St. Paul on Monday that high heating costs are causing them financial distress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/13/coleman?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2006 17:00:06 -0600 Trial for alleged cop killers to go back in time The murder trial in the killing of St. Paul police officer James Sackett gets underway Monday. In 1970, Sackett was lured to a house by a fake 911 call, and then shot by a sniper. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/02/02_randolpht_sacketttrial/?refid=0 Sun, 05 Feb 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Trust between police and shelters help homeless in St. Paul St. Paul police and social service providers are working together to find a better way to deal with the city's homeless population. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/10_randolpht_homeless/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2006 13:00:00 -0600 Fallen Marine laid to rest Funeral services are scheduled Monday for a Minnesota Marine who died in Iraq earlier this month. Lance Cpl. Scott Modeen was one of 10 Marines -- two from Minnesota -- who were killed in an explosion during a promotion ceremony in Fallujah. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/08_randolpht_modeen/?refid=0 Sun, 11 Dec 2005 15:00:00 -0600 3M names new CEO 3M Co. said Wednesday it has named George W. Buckley, the chairman and chief executive of boat maker Brunswick Corp., as its new chairman, president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/07_ap_3mboss/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2005 09:56:00 -0600 Hmong outraged at grave digging Human rights advocates in Minnesota are getting involved in the fight to try to stop graves from being dug up near a Buddhist temple in Thailand where thousands of Hmong refugees lived before resettling in the United States. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/02_randolpht_hmonggraves/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2005 08:00:00 -0600 Cars for coursework A Minneapolis technical school teaches people how to fix up cars. The program pays for itself by selling cars the students repair. The tuition is free. For some students, the Newgate Center is a cheap education. For others it's a route out of poverty. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/10_randolpht_newgate/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2005 05:00:00 -0600 Change in Minnesota law eases voting for homeless A new state law allows shelter workers to vouch for their client's residency. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/08_randolpht_homeless/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2005 16:29:00 -0600 Soldiers return home About 25 Army Reserve soldiers who'd been on active duty in Iraq for the last year returned on Monday. They received a warm welcome from family and friends when they arrived at Fort Snelling. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/31_randolpht_iraqreturn/?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2005 16:59:00 -0600 Judge rules priest 'probably' committed Hudson murders A judge has found enough evidence to suggest a Catholic priest killed a funeral home director and his intern more than three years ago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/03_ap_priest/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2005 16:20:00 -0500 Vang verdict concerns Hmong community The jury's guilty verdict ends the legal aspect of the Chai Vang murder case. But the emotional toll will linger, especially for members of the area's Hmong community. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/17_randolpht_hmongreax/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2005 22:47:00 -0500 Finding Minnesota Hurricane Katrina survivors who made it through the deadly storm have already arrived here. They've come to Minnesota on their own, rather than through the official relocation effort, drawn in many cases by family connections. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/08_randolpht_redxhurricane/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2005 22:32:00 -0500 Abortions hit 30-year low in wake of waiting period passage The number of abortions in Minnesota last year fell to the lowest level since 1975, and more than 2,000 women who sought the procedure apparently didn't end up going through with it after receiving information under an informed consent law. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/12_ap_abortion/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2005 16:15:00 -0500 Charities see drop in donated cars For years, charities have been collecting cars and reselling them to make money. Car donations have generated millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations. But that may be changing because of a recent change in federal tax law. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/08_randolpht_cardonations/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2005 00:35:00 -0500 Dodgeball is still a hit Last summer's blockbuster film, "Dodgeball," reignited interest in the game many people haven't played since childhood. Some grown-ups started playing dodgeball again last summer and haven't stopped yet. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/11_randolpht_dodge/?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2005 19:41:00 -0500 Cambodia: Vannak Tep Vannak Tep grew up in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. She came to the U.S. in 1998, when she was 20. Her family encouraged her to come to make a better life. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_randolpht_globalcambodia/?refid=0 Sun, 15 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Thailand: Tanee Meeboon Tanee Meeboon is from Bangkok, Thailand. He's 46 and lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three children. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_randolpht_globalthailand/?refid=0 Sun, 15 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Vietnam: Tam Bui Tam Bui, 42, moved to Minnesota from Vietnam nine years ago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_randolpht_globalvietnam/?refid=0 Sun, 15 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Laos: Xu Xiong Xue Xiong is 36. His wife, Maiyia Thao is 32. They and their seven children were in the first group of Hmong from a refugee camp in Thailand that arrived in St. Paul in June 2004. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_randolpht_globallaos/?refid=0 Sun, 15 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Illusion Theater plays against stereotypes The United States has been called a big melting pot because of its rich immigrant history. But things are often difficult for people newly-arrived in the U-S. The Illusion Theater in downtown Minneapolis explores the mixed reception immigrants and other minorities have received in its latest production "Undesirable Elements: Ten Years Later." http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/13_randolpht_illusion/?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2005 00:01:00 -0500 The highway to hip hop Hip-hop music was first heard on the radio in the late-'70s, but its roots go back much further. Hip-hop journalist Jeff Chang traces it back to poverty and despair left behind in the Bronx after the borough was gutted for construction of the Cross Bronx Expressway. Chang explained to Minnesota Public Radio's Toni Randolph why he wrote the book. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/07_extra_chang?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2005 17:30:00 -0600 NEA encourages writing about wartime The National Endowment for the Arts is spearheading a new campaign to encourage troops in Iraq and Afghanistan -- as well as their families -- to write about their wartime experiences. NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, a renowned poet, talked with MPR's Toni Randolph about that project and challenges the NEA faces. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/03_extra_danagioia?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2005 15:00:00 -0600 African-American set up Minnesota's first governor's office One-hundred years ago, when newly-elected Gov. John A. Johnson became Minnesota's first chief executive to have an office in the new state Capitol, he hired a black man to set up that office for him. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/24_randolpht_williams/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2005 11:57:00 -0600 Lou Rawls, musician at work In a career spanning over 40 years, singer Lou Rawls has recorded blues, jazz , soul and dozens of crooning standards. In fact, Rawls' latest album is homage to the songs of the most famous crooner of all, his friend Frank Sinatra. Rawls, appearing in St. Paul, talked with MPR's Toni Randolph about Sinatra's music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/02/18_extra_rawls?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2005 14:45:00 -0600 Black tradesmen helped build Minnesota's State Capitol All this year Minnesota is celebrating the centennial of the state Capitol building. Some of the people who helped build it were black -- and are just beginning to be recognized for their contributions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/21_randolpht_blackcapitol/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2005 17:41:00 -0600 Mayor Kelly seeks second term Incumbent St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly has announced that he's seeking re-election. So far, two other candidates are in the race to replace him. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/08_randolpht_stpmayorrace/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2005 10:01:00 -0600 Bishops take poverty tour; call for "moral" state budget As lawmakers try to close a $700 million deficit, the leaders of the state's two largest religious denominations want to put a human face on potential cuts to human services. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/20_randolpht_poor/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2005 10:46:00 -0600 Finding history in an old box Officials from the University of Minnesota opened a nearly century-old time capsule. It was found during construction of the school's new health sciences building. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/05_randolpht_timecapsule/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jan 2005 17:41:00 -0600 Twin Cities has few minority partners in law firms There are more than 1,200 legal partners at the major law firms in the Twin Cities. But a recent survey shows that little more than two percent of those partners are minorities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/20_randolpht_lawyers/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Dec 2004 11:27:00 -0600 English language classes are packed English language classes are bursting at the seams in the Twin Cities. New arrivals to the United States have been packing the classes, eager to learn the primary language of their new homeland. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/25_randolpht_english/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Oct 2004 11:02:00 -0500 Officials say they didn't overreact to school threat After a series of deadly school shootings in recent years, including one in Minnesota, school officials, police and prosecutors say they're not overreacting. They say they've been taking these threats more seriously -- because they can't afford not to. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/19_randolpht_schoolviolence/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2004 00:01:00 -0500 MPR poll: Minnesotans think immigrants cost more than they contribute A new Minnesota Public Radio-Pioneer Press poll shows that many state residents believe that the cost of helping immigrants get established here outweighs their contribution. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/23_randolpht_pollimmigrants/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2004 12:12:00 -0500 Minnesota State Fair is tops The Minnesota State Fair opens Thursday for a 12-day run. And while there are more than 3,000 fairs in North America, Minnesotans have long claimed that their annual state fair is one of the best. Many people say they're right. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/26_randolpht_fairpreview/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2004 07:00:00 -0500 Mosley examines 1960s race relations in sleuth novel 'Little Scarlet' Writer Walter Mosley's latest novel "Little Scarlet," features street detective Easy Rawlins once more trying to solve a mystery. This time a black woman nicknamed "little Scarlet" has been killed during the Los Angeles riots in 1965. The police think the killer is white, and they enlist Easy to help find her killer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/29_randolpht_mosely/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2004 17:40:00 -0500 Old friends, Sir Andrew Litton and Andre Watts perform with Minnesota Orchestra Two good friends will be making great music over the weekend with the Minnesota Orchestra. Andre Watts is the featured pianist in a program tonight conducted by Andrew Litton, the artistic director of Sommerfest. The performance is another chapter in the long history of their friendship and musical collaboration. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/23_randolpht_oldfriends/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Currents of Change: art and the Mississippi in the 1850s Just as the celebration of the Grand Excursion drew huge commercial and journalistic interest 150 years ago, it also helped spawn an artistic interest in life along the Mississippi. Some of the results are now on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The exhibit shows how the artistic exploration of the Mississippi River Valley influenced American culture. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/29_randolpht_miamississippi/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jun 2004 15:03:00 -0500 Hmong children enroll in school Seven children were among the 11 Hmong refugees who arrived in the Twin Cities earlier this week. Some of those kids are now beginning the process of enrolling in St. Paul schools. School officials say they hope to make that process as routine as possible. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/25_randolpht_hmonged/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jun 2004 15:04:00 -0500 First Hmong family arrives in Twin Cities After months of preparation, the first of what could be 5,000 Hmong refugees arrived at Twin Cities International Airport Monday night. They were greeted by dozens of relatives in a tearful, but joyous, reunion. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/21_randolpht_hmongarrival/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jun 2004 11:37:00 -0500 2004: More families arrive MPR News reporter Toni Randolph joined Hmong families at the Twin Cities International Airport in June 2004 as they awaited the arrival of relatives and friends planning to resettle in Minnesota from refugee camps in Thailand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/06/22/archive-more-families-arrive?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jun 2004 00:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Thunder kicks around in new home field One of the events on Mexico's President Vicente Fox agenda during his visit to the Twin Cities is a meeting with players from Minnesota's pro soccer team, the Minnesota Thunder. It's a prelude to the Thunder's game just hours later against one of Mexico's top teams, Club Morelia. The teams play a special exhibition game at James Griffin Stadium. The stadium at Central High School in St. Paul is the Thunder's new home field -- a relocation the Thunder hopes will expand its fan base. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/18_randolpht_citysoccer/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2004 00:57:00 -0500 Hmong refugees begin arriving in June Later this month, Hmong refugees will begin arriving in Minnesota from Thailand. By the end of the year, the Twin Cities will have nearly 5,000 new Hmong residents. They'll join the more than 20,000 Hmong who began arriving here in the 1970s. While this new wave of refugees will have some obstacles to overcome when they arrive, they'll have some advantages their predecessors never did. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/03_randolpht_hmong/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2004 09:10:00 -0500 Minnesota honors its war dead Minnesota honored its war dead in ceremonies across the state this weekend. From Woodbury to Little Falls to Forest Lake, there were parades, honor guards and salutes to recognize the ultimate sacrifice made by thousands serving in the military. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/31_randolpht_minnmemorial/?refid=0 Mon, 31 May 2004 17:00:00 -0500 Strikers get help from food shelf Both sides in the month-old Twin Cities bus strike will go back to the bargaining table on Monday. The two sides met with Gov. Pawlenty for several hours earlier this week, but no agreement was reached. Meanwhile, the impact of the walk-out on drivers is stretching all the way to a Twin Cities food shelf. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/09_randolpht_strikersfood/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2004 10:30:00 -0500 No end in sight to bus drivers' strike The metro Transit bus strike is moving into its third week, and there's no end in sight. So the inconvenience for commuters continues. Some have found other ways to work, school and doctors appointments, but for others, their livelihood had been threatened. For drivers, the stoppage means an end to pay checks. Still, many bus drivers say they're committed to the job action and will stay on the picket lines as long as it takes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/18_randolpht_drivers/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 2004 19:45:00 -0600 Riders feel impact of bus strike The strike by Metro Transit bus drivers is now in day two. On day one, the work stoppage didn't produce the major traffic headaches that had been anticipated, but there was a big impact for some bus riders. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/05_randolpht_busriders/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2004 06:00:00 -0600 Riders brace for Metro Transit bus drivers strike Metro Transit bus drivers are scheduled to walk off the job early Thursday morning, leaving some 75,000 daily bus riders scrambling for another way to get around town. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/03_randolpht_riders/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2004 15:50:00 -0600 St. Paul delegation visits Hmong refugee camp A delegation from the St. Paul is heading to Thailand Friday to visit the camp just north of Bangkok where thousands of Hmong refugees have been living for more than a decade. Many of those refugees are expected to resettle in Minnesota over the next 18 months. The group includes St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly and other government officials. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/27_randolpht_visit/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Feb 2004 09:47:00 -0600 Sex abuse victims push for more time to file lawsuits State lawmakers this session will again be asked to extend the statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases. During last year's session, lawmakers were poised to adopt an extension but it didn't satisfy some abuse victims. But now the victims are heading back to the Legislature to push, once again, for more time to file civil lawsuits over sexual abuse. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/02_randolpht_limitations/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Feb 2004 14:55:00 -0600 Building the ice palace is 'a labor of love' After weeks of delays in construction, the Winter Carnival ice palace is finally beginning to take shape in downtown St. Paul. That's thanks to the colder weather -- and to thousands of hours of labor donated by local trade unions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/16_randolpht_palace/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jan 2004 14:00:00 -0600 All we need is the ice Organizers of the Winter Carnival in St. Paul are praying for a cold spell so they can finally begin construction on the what's supposed to be the centerpiece of next month's festivities -- the ice palace. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/19_randolpht_palace/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2003 10:44:00 -0600 Judge sets minimum giving for foundation The Blandin Foundation must set aside 55 percent of its grants for Grand Rapids. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/18_randolpht_blandindeal/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Parent Portal connects parents with schools Parents in St.Paul can go online to see what's happening in their kids' classroom. The district has unveiled the Parent Portal to give parents new insight to their child's school day. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/25_randolpht_parental/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2003 12:00:00 -0600