Minnesota Public Radio features by Jim Bickal http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=88 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:39:11 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Jim Bickal http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Drunken chaos, pointless destruction, great music: The Replacements roadie talks "On the road," says Bill Sullivan, "somebody was always looking at your stuff and wanted to steal it." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/15/lemon-jail-interview?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:45:00 -0500 Drunken chaos, pointless destruction, great music: The Replacements roadie talks Bill Sullivan had a front row seat to all the action and occasional self-destruction. His new book "Lemon Jail: On the Road with The Replacements" offers a fresh view on one of rock's most notorious bands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/13/books-lemon-jail-replacements-roadie-talks?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:15:40 -0500 The ups, and downs, of being a Minnesota Twins mascot MPR News senior producer Jim Bickal was given the opportunity to participate in the mascot race that happens between the fourth and fifth inning of every game. He raced as Louie the Loon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/08/the-view-from-inside-a-twins-mascot?refid=0 Sun, 08 Apr 2018 15:00:00 -0500 Could the Timberwolves compete for a championship? The Minnesota Timberwolves are on pace to win nearly 50 games and secure a spot in the playoffs for the first time in 13 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/05/could-timberwolves-compete-for-championship?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 10:16:03 -0600 A conversation with the first woman on the Minnesota Supreme Court Rosalie Wahl goes down in history as the first woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court. In a 1995 interview for the Voices of Minnesota series, she explained how she couldn't have done it without the support of her fellow women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/05/history-a-conversation-with-first-woman-on-mn-supreme-court?refid=0 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 04:00:00 -0600 What it takes to be a Santa Claus stand-in In 1995, then-"Morning Edition" host Bob Potter learned how to look and, with a little training, how to sound like Santa Claus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/28/history-what-it-takes-to-be-a-stand-in-santa?refid=0 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0600 In 1990, sexual misconduct allegations rocked Minn. gubernatorial race Weeks before a high-profile statewide election, allegations emerge that years earlier a candidate made sexual advances on teenage girls. Sound familiar? This time, though, it was Minnesota's 1990 gubernatorial race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/21/history-1990-gubernatorial-race-rocked-by-scandal?refid=0 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Al Franken and Tom Davis got their first big break at Minneapolis theater The comedy team of Al Franken and Tom Davis met when they were both attending Blake High School in Minneapolis. They went on to perform skits at the Brave New Workshop and work on Saturday Night Live. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/14/history-franken-davis-get-big-break-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 14 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0600 The one and only debate between Mondale and Coleman in 2002 Former Vice President Walter Mondale and St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman debated only once in the 2002 race for senator -- the day before the election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/07/history-mondale-coleman-debate-for-senate-seat-2002?refid=0 Tue, 07 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Best place for winter camping? Try Antarctica In 2000, MPR News got a call from Antarctica. It was explorer Ann Bancroft describing the mostly pleasant weather her and her partner Liv Arnesen experienced on their way to the South Pole. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/31/history-best-winter-camping-antarctica-summer?refid=0 Tue, 31 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Paul Wellstone on what kind of person should be state auditor In a 1982 debate between Paul Wellstone and Arne Carlson, both vying for the position of State Auditor, Wellstone talked about how the right candidate should be a "community builder." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/24/history-paul-wellstone-on-what-a-state-auditor-should-be?refid=0 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500 In 2002, Rick Kahn turned Wellstone memorial into political rally This month marks the 15th anniversary of the plane crash that killed Senator Paul Wellstone. His close friend Rick Kahn repeated a specific plea during his memorial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/17/history-rick-kahn-turns-memorial-into-political-rally?refid=0 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:00:00 -0500 Gordon Parks' advice to aspiring black artists in the 1980s In a 1980 speech, artist Gordon Parks told the story of how he survived Minnesota winters as a homeless teen, and shared some important advice for fellow black writers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/10/history-gordon-parks-on-being-homeless-universal-art?refid=0 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500 'What is normal?': Friends discuss poetry and growing up with autism Lauren Hughes and Alex Junge are friends who both work at Midwest Special Services in the Twin Cities. They recently sat down in the StoryCorps Airstream trailer for a conversation about life with autism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/22/storycorps-friends-talk-poetry-growing-up-with-autism?refid=0 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:55:55 -0500 Recipe for success at Al's Breakfast included pancakes and good humor Al's Breakfast in Dinkytown has been in operation since 1950. After over three decades of consistent success, MPR reporter Dan Olson adventured into the crowded diner in 1986 to see what all the fuss was about. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/19/history-recipe-for-success-at-als-breakfast-dinkytown?refid=0 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Father and daughter discuss racism, books and unstoppable love Lou Bellamy, creator of St. Paul's Penumbra Theater, and his daughter Sarah recently sat down for a conversation about memories, both fond and difficult. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/15/storycorps-father-daughter-talk-racism-love?refid=0 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Whalen's return to the Lynx isn't the first comeback of her career Guard Lindsay Whalen is back on the court after a hand injury had her sitting out several games. And it's not the first time that's happened to her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/12/history-lindsay-whalen-return-to-lynx-gophers-basketball?refid=0 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500 When Garrison Keillor taught his son how to stretch $3 at the 1974 fair These days, $3 in quarters won't get you far at the Minnesota State Fair. But in 1974, a young Jason Keillor was able to spend six hours of fun and still have a few coins left. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/29/mpr-50-garrison-keillor-son-jason-minnesota-state-fair?refid=0 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 08:08:57 -0500 Humans vs. beavers: The battle of 1993 Culverts were created to help move water underneath roads, and turned out to be a dam-building beaver's paradise. In 1993, reporter Leif Enger reported on a victory for mankind in the beaver wars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/15/history-humans-beavers-battle-over-culverts?refid=0 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Reporting, memories from the I-35W bridge collapse A look back at MPR News' coverage of the day the I-35W bridge collapsed, as well as memories from those who lived and worked in the area the day it fell. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/01/mpr-50-memories-from-the-scene-of-the-i35w-bridge-collapse?refid=0 Tue, 01 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Kirby Puckett on what made the '87 team so special Former Twins players are gathering in Minnesota this weekend to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their World Series victory in 1987. But they will be missing their on-field leader. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/18/kirby-puckett-on-what-made-1987-team-special?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:32:45 -0500 The fight for Native fishing rights in Minn., Wis. A 1983 U.S. Supreme Court decision ensuring that Native Americans in Wisconsin had the right to spearfish was met with raucous protests. The same would soon follow in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/11/history-fight-for-native-fishing-rights?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Jaedyn James takes on Basilica Block Party this weekend James and her band The Hunger are making the most of their chance to play on a big stage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/05/jaedyn-james-takes-on-basilica-block-party?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jul 2017 06:32:05 -0500 How are St. Stephen's Trump voters feeling 100 days in? The Stearns County town overwhelmingly backed Donald Trump for president. MPR News spoke with citizens there in January about their hopes for a Trump presidency, then returned last week to ask how people feel about Trump now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/25/100-days-in-central-minnesota-trump-voters-check-in?refid=0 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Here's what Tom Kelly's Target Field statue will look like The picture used as the basis for the statue shows Kelly in uniform leaning against a bat used during fielding practice. He called it a fitting image because he loved being out on the field, hitting balls to his players or pitching batting practice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/31/photo-that-inspired-tom-kelly-statue?refid=0 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0500 Paying tribute to Minnesota Twin Tom Kelly MPR News producer Jim Bickal shares his story of the Twins manager. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/03/tribute-to-tom-kelly?refid=0 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500 MPR at 50: Looking back at Minnesota's past, ahead to its future As we mark 50 years on the air, Minnesota Public Radio looks at Minnesota's past and present as it moves on into the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/22/special-mpr-50th-broadcast?refid=0 Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Gophers volleyball team beats No. 1 Nebraska Nebraska won the first two sets of the best of five match, but Minnesota came back to win the next three to take the match. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/24/gophers-volleyball-team-beats-no-1-nebraska?refid=0 Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:09:30 -0600 First Prairie Home show recalled as Keillor passes torch Here's how A Prairie Home Companion started, back in 1974. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/26/first-ever-prairie-home-companion?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Minnesota baseball fans visit Cuba Ever since he lost the fight to keep the Minnesota Twins from moving indoors over 30 years ago, Julian Loscalzo has been organizing tours to places where baseball is played outside. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/21/mn-baseball-fans-visit-cuba?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 08:08:18 -0600 Minn. historian Hy Berman passes away at 90 Berman grew up on the east coast, but embraced the history of his new home after he was hired by the University of Minnesota in 1961. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/01/hy-berman?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:25:38 -0600 Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams out with own music Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams are out with a new album on Red House Records. They will also be the opening act for Jackson Browne when he performs tonight in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/10/music?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 08:55:26 -0600 On the farm, a great growing season can't do it all Larry Dreier has never seen a growing season this good. But his dairy operation will be lucky to break even. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/02/dreier?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:00:00 -0500 After 25 years, a beloved celebration of baseball comes to an end The Fiesta de Beisbol event began in 1991 as an excuse to play and watch baseball. It has become a cherished summertime tradition for many. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/10/fiesta-de-beisbol?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0500 A vet ruminates on her practice with cows Each visit brings her into close contact with 70 cows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/02/cow-veterinarian?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0500 St. Olaf grad who sang with the Rolling Stones For at least part of their show Wednesday night, the Rolling Stones will be joined on stage by 24 members of VocalEssence, the Minneapolis-based choral organization. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/02/singing_with_stones?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Behind the scenes in Minnesota's grandest homes In his new book, "Minnesota's Own: Preserving Our Grand Homes," Larry Millett and photographer Matt Schmitt bring us into 22 houses from around Minnesota that have been restored and preserved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/18/mn-historic-homes?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2014 05:25:05 -0600 Dave Ray's music celebrated with new release A box set to be released Tuesday on Red House Records traces Dave Ray's evolution from an imitator to an interpreter of the blues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/24/dave-rays-music-celebrated-with-new-release?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:24:25 -0500 'Beer for Breakfast'? Remembering the young, wild Replacements Replacements shows have snagged consistently good reviews since the band reunited last year. But the polished performances these days are a lot different than the 1980s. MPR News producer Jim Bickal interviews those who remember the Replacements' legendarily shambolic shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/12/beer-for-breakfast-remembering-the-young-wild-replacements?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:50:00 -0500 'Beer for Breakfast'? Remembering the young, wild Replacements Replacements shows have snagged consistently good reviews since the band reunited last year. That's a lot different from the 1980s, when the band's concerts were wild and unpredictable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/11/wild-replacements?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:45:40 -0500 Meet Frannie, the easy-going chicken You are likely to encounter lots of animals at the Minnesota State Fair. One of them is a chicken named Frannie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/25/frannie?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:16:48 -0500 Twins fans can expect to see more key replays on Target Field scoreboard The Minnesota Twins play the White Sox in Chicago again today, hoping to win their first game of the year after losing the first two. The home opener is Monday at Target Field. The experts are predicting that the Twins will be one of the worst teams in the major leagues again this year, but Morning Edition producer Jim Bickal reports that there is something new to look forward to at the ballpark. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him about it. It involves what you will see on the scoreboard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/03/sports/target-field-scoreboard?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:37:16 -0500 Book excerpt: 'The 34-Ton Bat: The Story of Baseball' The beginning of the baseball season is a special time for writer Steve Rushin. A lifelong baseball fan, Rushin grew up in Bloomington near the old Metropolitan Stadium and he's been a writer for Sports Illustrated for the last 25 years. His new book is a fun take on the game's history, which begins with some personal stories. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/01/book-excerpt-the-34ton-bat-the-story-of-baseball?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Today's music: Trio Voronezh Trio Voronezh will be performing tonight on the campus of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. The trio, which takes it name from the Russian town where they are from, have fun with a wide variety of musical styles played on authentic Russian folk instruments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/10/trio_voronezh?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 06:00:00 -0600 For comedian Billy Crystal, all that (Dixieland) jazz is all in the family In his one-man show coming to the State Theatre, Billy Crystal tells funny and often poignant stories about growing up just outside New York City in the 1950s and '60s. One subject that gets a lot of attention is Dixieland jazz -- a music scene in which his family played a big role. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/15/arts/billy-crystal-jazz?refid=0 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 A little-known song about Minneapolis Today is the 78th birthday of singer Jill Corey. Corey was well-known for singing American pop standards during the 1950s. She sang with the Percy Faith Orchestra and was a regular on one of Johnny Carson's first television shows. In 1953, she was featured on the cover of Life magazine and released her first single, "Minneapolis." It was written by Bob Hilliard and Minneapolis-native Sid Lippman. Jill Corey quit show business in 1961 after marrying Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Don Hoak in 1961. She re-started her career after Hoak died of a heart attack in 1969. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/30/minneapolis_corey?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:04:00 -0500 Who has the million dollar idea for St. Paul? One of three St. Paul residents will get 1 million dollars to invest in an idea designed to revitalize the city. Morning Edition producer Jim Bickal talked with the finalists about their ideas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/14/million_dollar?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 07:18:13 -0500 St. Paul Cathedral organ gets a tune up Company president and Tonal Director Michael Quimby told Morning Edition Jim Bickal that new and refurbished pipes are in place, as is the mechanism which draws air into the instrument. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/28/st-paul-cathedral?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:50:34 -0500 Brainwave-controlled helicopter developed at U of M New research from the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering shows how people can be trained to use their brainwaves to operate a remote controlled helicopter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/05/science/brain-controlled-drone?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Audio: Michele Bachmann, in her own words Michele Bachmann's political life led from the Stillwater school board to Congress, a failed presidential bid and a narrow re-election to a fourth term. We've collected some audio clips of those moments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/30/politics-bachmann-own-words?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 07:34:18 -0500 'Low Movie (How to Quit Smoking)' explores relationship between filmmaker and band A new movie about the Duluth-based band Low will premiere tonight at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/12/arts/low-movie?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 07:48:51 -0500 Florida Gulf Coast University's alley-oop hoop strategy The Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles are using an offensive play called the alley-oop as a key part of their offensive strategy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/29/sports/florida-gulf-coast?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 06:34:46 -0500 Tango Pohjan Tahden offers a Finnish take on tango The Minneapolis-based band Tango Pohjan Tahden plays Finnish-style tangos. The band has just released its debut CD. Morning Edition producer Jim Bickal talked with the band's leader violinist Sara Pajunen about the tango and its connection to Finland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/20/finnish_tango?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 07:43:06 -0600 'The Book of Mormon' musical from a theologian's perspective Bruce Forbes, an ordained United Methodist minister and professor of Religious Studies at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, takes in "The Book of Mormon," now playing in Minneapolis, and offers his thoughts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/07/the-book-of-mormon-theologian-perspective?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 07:49:21 -0600 Springsteen set to rock at Xcel Center Madonna and Bob Dylan have come and gone. Now it's Bruce Springsteen's turn to play in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/11/arts/springsteen-concert?refid=0 Sun, 11 Nov 2012 09:26:40 -0600 Is is time for Dylan to end his endless tour? Lackluster ticket sales and the noticeable deterioration of Bob Dylan's voice have some observers suggesting that perhaps it's time for Dylan to take a break from his so-called Never Ending Tour, which stops tomorrow night in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/dylan_tour?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 08:52:20 -0600 Madonna kicks off big shows at Xcel Center Madonna is the first of three big stars who will be at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul over the next nine days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/03/arts/madonna-bruce-dylan?refid=0 Sat, 03 Nov 2012 14:54:09 -0500 The Revolution reunites to benefit heart health On Sunday, Feb. 19, Prince and the Revolution, minus Prince, will reunite for a special concert at First Avenue in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/16/revolution_reunion?refid=0 Sun, 19 Feb 2012 09:45:10 -0600 The sounds of the Iowa caucus Sounds from a caucus meeting in Des Moines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/09/caucusmontage?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jan 2012 11:26:43 -0600 Twins fans sound off on Mauer With the Twins struggling, some are saying that all-star catcher Joe Mauer should be doing more, like playing first base when he needs a break from catching. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/28/mauer?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 07:05:19 -0500 Metrodome roof replacement about 80 percent done About 80 percent of the new roof being installed on the Metrodome in Minneapolis is in place. The new roof was needed after the old one collapsed under the weight of snow during a blizzard last December. MPR's Jim Bickal went inside the stadium earlier this week and got an update on the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/14/metrodome-roof-replacement?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Boy from the north country: Bob Dylan in Minnesota A new documentary from Minnesota Public Radio News explores Bob Dylan's Minnesota roots and how they influenced the evolution of his music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/21/boy-from-the-north-country-bob-dylan-in-minnesota?refid=0 Sat, 21 May 2011 11:31:48 -0500 Building Ice-Henge for the Luminary Loppet The 9th annual City of Lakes Loppet will be held this weekend in Minneapolis. In recent years, frozen art has become a big part of the Luminary Loppet. Jim Bickal was there as the latest creation in ice was being unveiled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/03/ice-henge-luminary-loppet-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Many Minnesota schools open, but delay start due to cold Some schools in Minnesota are closed today and many are starting late because of the extreme cold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/21/schools-cold-delay?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 07:03:41 -0600 1987: Turkey Bulking up for mass production... the art of turkey breeding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/23/1987-turkey?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 15:42:44 -0600 Tonight's Twins game postponed due to rain Tonight's scheduled game between the Minnesota Twins and the Baltimore Orioles at Target Field in Minneapolis has been postponed because of rain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/07/twins-rainout?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2010 13:45:56 -0500 Twins and Joe Mauer agree to contract Twins fans everywhere are breathing a collective sigh of relief after learning that catcher Joe Mauer has signed a new contract with the team through the 2018 season. Starting next year, Mauer will make $23 million a year over eight years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/22/bickal?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:22:04 -0500 A walking tour of Target Field The new Target Field, soon to be home to the Minnesota Twins, is still under construction but very close to completion. MPR producer Jim Bickal toured the facility and put together this walking tour of some of the field's more interesting highlights. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2009/11/13-target-field-tour/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 11:00:00 -0600 Twins overmatched in first playoff game The Minnesota Twins have a much needed day of rest today in their first round playoff matchup with the New York Yankees. Last night, the Twins lost to the Yankees 7 to 2 in New York in the first game of their best of five series. MPR's Jim Bickal explains what went wrong. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/08/twinsinnyc?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 08:51:48 -0500 A showdown at the Metrodome The Minnesota Twins begin a pivotal three game series tonight against the Detroit Tigers at the Metrodome. The Tigers are in first place in the American League Central Division and the Twins are four games behind in second place. If the Twins sweep the series, they will be just one game out of first place with 13 games left to play, including four more against the Tigers. Minnesota Public Radio producer Jim Bickal previews the series. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/18/twins_tigers?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 08:56:09 -0500 Macalester football looks to reverse its losing tradition Macalester College in St. Paul has a reputation for rigorous academics and a commitment to internationalism, but not for football. But this year, there is a spirit of optimism in the Fighting Scots football program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/03/mac_football?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Big cricket tournament comes to Minneapolis This is going to be a big weekend for Minnesota fans of the sport of cricket. Many of the country's best cricket players will be in the Twin Cities for the tournament, hoping to earn a spot on the U.S. National Cricket team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/30/cricket-tournament?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Mauer to participate in All Star home run derby The Major League Baseball All Star festivities begin today. Three Minnesota Twins players -- Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Joe Nathan -- will play in the All Star game tomorrow night for the American League. Tonight, Mauer participates in the home run-hitting contest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/13/mauer?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2009 09:44:02 -0500 Filmmaker William Klein reflects on a distinguished career Paris-based filmmaker William Klein is in Minneapolis this weekend for the culmination of a retrospective of his films at the Walker Art Center. Klein, who is 82 years old now, revolutionized the art of street photography in 1956 with the publication of his book of photos entitled "New York." After that he tried his hand at moving images and made a number of satiric films and insightful documentaries. Morning Edition's Jim Bickal talked with Klein about his career. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/william_klein?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 23:38:44 -0500 New cookbook traces Hmong cooking traditions There are more than 50,000 Hmong people in Minnesota, but very few Hmong restaurants -- and no mainstream Hmong cookbooks, until now. "Cooking from the Heart: the Hmong Kitchen in America," has just been published. MPR's Jim Bickal talked with the authors, Sami Scripter and Sheng Yang. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2009/06/01_jbickal_hmongcookbook/index.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 01:00:00 -0500 New book makes the case that Bob Dylan has a great voice A new book from the University of Minnesota Press explores many facets of Dylan's life and legacy. Highway 61 Revisited: Bob Dylan's Road from Minnesota to the World" touches on everything from Dylan's youth on Minnesota's Iron Range to his emergence as one of the most influential musicians in the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/21/dylan_voice?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Film explores the lives of Dominican baseball players The Dominican Republic is famous for the large number of major league baseball players it produces. A new movie, "Sugar," follows the story of one man who tries to make that leap. MPR's Jim Bickal talked to the filmmakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/23/sugar?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 02:00:00 -0500 Twins betting that knuckleballs will dance in the Metrodome The Minnesota Twins begin their final season at the Metrodome on Monday. The unique environment under the dome has provided the Twins with some clear home-field advantages. This year, the team is hoping that the Metrodome's climate-controled sterility will create another edge, as a haven for the knuckleballs thrown by Twins relief pitcher R.A. Dickey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/01/knuckleballs?refid=0 Thu, 02 Apr 2009 08:43:53 -0500 Sports legend Sid Hartman still works his beat at 89 Star Tribune sports columnist and WCCO radio personality Sid Hartman turns 89 on Sunday and he plans to mark his birthday by doing what he does almost every day -- working. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/12/sid_hartman?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2009 04:00:00 -0500 The Snow Emergency Rap (ca. 1988) Back in 1988, Jim Bickal, now the managing producer for Minnesota Public Radio News, tried to demystify the Minneapolis plowing system. Naturally, that meant composing and performing a rap song. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/09/snowemergencyrap?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2009 10:49:00 -0500 The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden turns 20 Twenty years ago this week, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden opened to the public. It's one of the largest urban sculpture gardens in the country. MPR's Cathy Wurzer recently took a walking tour of the garden with Olga Viso, head of the Walker Art Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2008/09/08_jbickal_sculpturegarden/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Exploring Dylan's home on the Range In honor of the 67th birthday of its most famous former resident, Hibbing celebrates "Dylan Days" this weekend. One of the people who will be in Hibbing for the festivities is writer Toby Thompson, author of "Positively Main Street." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/21/thompson?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2008 03:00:00 -0500 A story of liberation Tomorrow, Minnesotan Patrick Dewane presents a one-man play at the Minnesota History Center called "The Mushroom Picker: A Family Story about World War II." It's part of the History Center's ongoing exploration of Minnesota's Greatest Generation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/24/dewane?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 08:00:00 -0500 Book explores history through the story of one family In a new book Southwest State University historian Joseph Amato traces the story of his family across North America and Europe. In "Jacob's Well: A Case for Rethinking Family History," Amato talks about his ancestors and uses their stories to put a human face on historical events. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/12/amato?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2008 08:27:09 -0500 Why does this man live in Minnesota? One family in Minnesota can trace its roots to a man who came to the state from Philadelphia in the 19th century, because he was told that the climate could cure tuberculosis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/03/baird_arrival?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Obama worker tells of working Decorah for votes Sen. Barack Obama's campaign has rented a storefront in Decorah, Iowa. The Obama office is run by field organizer Victoria McCullough, who has been there for six months. She spoke with MPR's Jim Bickal about her experiences in Decorah. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/10/worker?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2007 13:58:27 -0600 Some Decorah voters say who they support for president MPR's Jim Bickal talked with some folks in Decorah about who they like for president and why. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/10/supporters?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2007 13:48:59 -0600 Issues on the minds of people in Decorah MPR Morning Edition producer Jim Bickal talked with folks around Decorah, Iowa about what they are looking for in their next president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/10/issues?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2007 13:36:00 -0600 Decorah history and today's presidential politics MPR's Morning Edition visited Decorah, Iowa Monday to preview the Iowa caucuses, which take place in early January. MPR's Jim Bickal spoke with John Christiansen, an emeritus professor of history at Luther College, to talk about the history of Decorah, where the college is located. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/10/history?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2007 13:30:43 -0600 Dan Wilson enjoys his 'Free Life' in Minnesota Minneapolis music veteran Dan Wilson, of Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic, has just released his first solo album. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with him about the new album and the song-writing process with collaborators like The Dixie Chicks and Sheryl Crow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/18/dan_wilson_me?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2007 06:45:39 -0500 Minnesota Little Leaguers head to the World Series A Little League team from Coon Rapids is preparing to play on a big stage this weekend, at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/16/littleleague?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2007 03:00:28 -0500 Justin Morneau featured in book aimed at youth Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is featured in a new book, "Before the Glory: 20 Baseball Heroes Talk About Growing Up and Turning Hard Times into Home Runs." The book highlights players talking about their childhood and some of the challenges they faced growing up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/18/morneau?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2007 03:00:20 -0500 New life for the Gluek house The John G. and Minnie Gluek house is being sold for only the second time. Its new owners will move into a home that has been virtually untouched since its construction in 1902. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/15/glueckmansion?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2007 02:00:00 -0500 Tessie's treasures The Gluek mansion at 2447 Bryant Avenue South in Minneapolis has been a source of mystery and speculation in that neighborhood for years. This weekend, the doors to this fabled house are open to the public for an estate sale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/09/estate?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2007 16:42:12 -0600 Baseball as America An exhibit from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, has made a stop in the Twin Cities for the winter. MPR's Jim Bickal toured the exhibit and talked with two of the game's greatest stars. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/11/24_newsroom_baseballflash/index.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 24 Nov 2006 00:16:04 -0600 What now, Twins? In a roundtable conversation, MPR's "Bleacher Bums" -- David Zingler, Ben Tesch, and Josh Lee -- talk with MPR producer Jim Bickal about the team's playoff prospects, and what the team has that other successful Twins teams didn't. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/02/bleacherbums?refid=0 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 15:52:18 -0500 Twins fever on the rise Thousands of Minnesota Twins fans are expected to turn out for a rally this evening in downtown Minneapolis, to celebrate the team's division championship. The Twins open the playoffs against the Oakland A's Tuesday at the Metrodome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/01/twins?refid=0 Sun, 01 Oct 2006 17:03:13 -0500 Summer school in Minneapolis: A progress report This summer, we've been visiting South High School in Minneapolis to go beyond the debates about education policy and get a better understanding of what really happens in classrooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/07/school?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jul 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Summer school in Minneapolis: The first week Most students taking summer classes in Minneapolis are either preparing to pass the Minnesota Basic Skills tests, or making up credits they did not earn during the regular school year. Two teachers share their experiences with us. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/26/school?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jun 2006 09:00:00 -0500 Students explore their new home by bike A new group of riders is discovering the Twin Cities bike trail system. They are immigrant students at the Wellstone International High School in Minneapolis. For the last two years, the school has sponsored a bike club where students learn how to ride and get a chance to explore the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/17/bikeschool?refid=0 Thu, 18 May 2006 03:00:00 -0500 If these walls could talk... An exhibit opening Jan. 14 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul will allow visitors to explore history through the stories of people who lived in one house on the east side of St. Paul over the last 120 years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/13_wurzerc_walls/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2006 06:00:00 -0600 Gameday publishers take on the Twins Baseball fans who attend games at the Metrodome in Minneapolis have a choice of programs. In addition to the official program, published by the Twins, there is another independently-produced option, called Gameday, with a very different editorial perspective. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/14_bickalj_gamedaypgm/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2005 09:46:00 -0500 Oakland Cemetery home to Minnesota's Civil War history For the past nine years, amateur historian Pat Hill has been giving guided tours of Oakland Cemetery in St. Paul, focusing on the approximately 1,500 Civil War veterans who are buried there. Those veterans include six Minnesota governors. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer went on a tour with Hill. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/30_siplej_oaklandtour/?refid=0 Sun, 29 May 2005 14:00:00 -0500 Some talk about &quot;The Talk&quot; &quot;The talk,&quot; is that infamous moment when parents inform their children about sex. A show at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in Minneapolis explores how young people learn about sexuality from their point of view. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/08_bickalj_talk/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Mauer will pay cost of being franchise star The Twins are hoping Joe Mauer, who was named minor league player of the year in 2003, will be their full-time catcher next year. But Mauer's knee injury means he faces a much greater risk of developing arthritis at some point in his career. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/24_bickalj_mauer/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Dec 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Dutch elm disease claims more trees It's been a bad summer for elm trees in Minnesota. Dutch elm disease has made a comeback. The fungus is spread by beetles and through the roots of the trees. It's been an ongoing affliction for trees across the region since big outbreaks in the 1970s and '80s killed thousands of the stately American elms. After two dry summers stressed the region's trees, the disease flared has up again. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/13_postt_elmdeath/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Morning Edition in Winona marks the Grand Excursion On Monday June 7, 2004, MPR's Morning Edition originated from Levee Park in Winona, Minnesota as part of the coverage of this year's Grand Excursion. The celebration commemorates the flotilla of steamboats that chugged up the river 150 years ago. During the broadcast, <i>Morning Edition</i> shared the flavor of Winona, with the help of several local guests. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/07_newsroom_grandexcursion/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2004 07:00:00 -0500 Teachers learn new approach to discipline The Minneapolis School District is hoping to improve academic achievement by reducing the number of students who get sent out of the classroom or suspended because of their behavior. The district is encouraging teachers to learn techniques that will help them prevent disruptions and manage discipline within the classroom. The training is being offered as part of a new compensation system for teachers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/14_bickalj_envoy/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2004 00:01:00 -0600 A Mighty Good Road On October 15, 1852, the first train of the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad traveled from Chicago to Joliet, Illinois. Two years later it would bring a delegation of East Coast journalists and dignitaries to the Mississippi River as part of the Grand Excursion to Minnesota. Over the next 50 years, as the Rock Island Line grew, it carried passengers and freight through 14 states and became part of the story of the American west. Then it inspired a song that has been passed from generation to generation. Minnesota Public Radio's Jim Bickal has traced the stories of the song and the railroad and discovered that together they tell quite a tale. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/15_bickalj_rockisland/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2002 00:01:00 -0500 An interview with Kirby Puckett Minnesota Public Radio's Jim Bickal interviewed former Minnesota Twins star Kirby Puckett, shortly after the future Hall of Famer's career was cut short by glaucoma. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/09/28_puckett?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 1998 00:01:00 -0500