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Monday, January 21, 2013

Michelle Obama made it a fashion tradition Monday night, wearing a custom-made Jason Wu gown to the inauguration balls. The ruby-colored dress was a follow-up to the white gown Wu made for her four years ago when she was new to Washington, the pomp and circumstance, and the fashion press. (01/21/2013)
With extra help from the Math Data Team, all but four of Chatfield High school's 54 seniors have passed the state math test. Students first took the test as juniors in April. Those who didn't pass were given extra help, and more have since passed. (01/21/2013)
The Fergus Falls High School Marching Band performed in its second consecutive inaugural parade on Monday in Washington, D.C. (01/21/2013)
Some schools in Minnesota plan to close or open late as the coldest air of the winter settles in.
President Barack Obama appealed for "one nation and one people" in his second inaugural address. Any notion that the country's bitter partisanship might fade, however, seemed tempered by the president's newly assertive push of central Democratic tenets: safety-net programs for the poor, equal rights for gays and minorities and government spending on investments like schools and highways.
President Barack Obama pledged in his inaugural address Monday to respond to the threat of climate change, saying the "failure to do so would betray our children and future generations."
Authorities say a 61-year-old man who was found in a Mahnomen storage building this weekend died from exposure to the cold.
Many unemployed people crave feedback from employers who turn them down for jobs. But most applicants only get a rejection form letter, if they receive any communication at all. Hiring professionals say companies are trying to do a better job responding to job applicants. But many remain overwhelmed by the flood of candidates knocking on their door.
Three construction firms are bidding to build the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, including one Minnesota company.
Highlights of Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations in Minnesota on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 included the annual King Day breakfast in Minneapolis, and a march and program in St. Paul.
About 2,000 community and business leaders and other people gathered this morning at the Minneapolis Convention Center for the 23rd annual breakfast honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
The nation was honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday -- the same day it celebrated the inauguration of the first black president to his second term. A quirk in the calendar pushed President Barack Obama's public swearing-in in Washington onto the national holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.
President Barack Obama's inauguration Monday brought out a festive crowd of flag-wavers who filled the National Mall to overflowing, hailed his moment with lusty cheers and spent their down time spotting celebrities amid the bunting.
Playwright and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley has won awards for his work on the stage and the screen, and now he's taking on a new challenge: opera.
Nearly 200 years after Alexis de Tocqueville's famous book, "Democracy in America," was published, the work continues to be a cultural and political touchstone for students and politicians alike.
Here is the text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address, as provided by the White House.
Follow President Obama's second inauguration as it happens from Washington, D.C.
Subzero temperatures across the state made for a bitterly cold Martin Luther King Day.
Charles Hallman, a reporter for the Minnesota Spokeman Recorder, was on hand four years ago for Obama's first inaugural. He joins MPR's Cathy Wurzer by phone from Washington.
Watch the PBS Newshour stream of President Obama's second inauguration.
The Obama administration says it's confident stricter gun laws can be passed, but it's hedging its optimism by stressing just how politically difficult it will be.
Declaring "our journey is not complete," President Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term before a crowd of hundreds of thousands Monday, urging the nation to set an unwavering course toward prosperity and freedom for all its citizens and protect the social safety net that has sheltered the poor, elderly and needy.
Nanotechnology is changing many basic products. But there are questions about what happens to those nano particles when they find their way into the environment. A new federally funded research center in Wisconsin brings together scientists from several states to help answer those questions.
Some of the first bills introduced at the Minnesota Legislature this year would raise the state's minimum wage, which has not increased since 2005. The federal standard of $7.25 an hour applies to people who work for large companies or companies that engage in interstate commerce. The state minimum wage for the smallest of businesses is $5.25 an hour.
Scenes from the 57th Inauguration of the President of the United States on Jan. 21, 2013.

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