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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Carlene Stephens
The Library of Congress unveiled an extensive plan Wednesday to help libraries and archives nationwide preserve recorded sound to guard against losing historic recordings as has happened with those by George Gershwin, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland. (02/13/2013)
St. Paul police have identified the man who was fatally shot by officers Tuesday after he stabbed a police dog. (02/13/2013)
Warnings about the zombie apocalypse may seem pretty amusing, but officials say they're dead serious about figuring out who hacked into the nation's public warning system to broadcast such messages in a handful of states. (02/13/2013)
American Airlines and US Airways have agreed to merge and create world's biggest airline.
Officials at the Minnesota Zoo have set their sights on a group of endangered seals to replace the zoo's popular dolphin program.
The St. Paul City Council today passed a resolution that would allow small breweries located in commercial areas to sell their beer on-site.
As an independent analysis proceeds on the Minnesota Orchestra's finances, locked-out musicians say management recently rejected an offer to return to performing.
Childhood victims of sexual abuse would no longer face a time limit to sue their abusers under a proposed bill. The Minnesota Child Victims Act would eliminate the requirement that victims file civil suits within six years of becoming an adult. It would not affect the statute of limitations in criminal cases.
In seeking to expand its portfolio, the Mille Lacs Band has plenty of company. The economic growth of tribal nations and threats to Indian gambling revenues have propelled tribes around the country to expand beyond gaming in recent years.
The patience of business owners is being tried more than ever, as Dayton and the Democrats who now control the Capitol mull a menu of tax increases that would primarily hit company ledgers -- just as most states are going the opposite way.
Restaurant kitchens aren't exactly romantic environments. Between the sweltering temperatures, the fast pace, and the stress, they're more like literal pressure cookers. And yet, it's an environment that has bonded more than one local culinary couple.
Solveig Tofte owns and operates Sun Street Breads in Minneapolis with her husband Martin Ouimet. Tofte is in charge of baking and the kitchen, while Ouimet takes care of coffee and the front of house.
The CEO of Cliffs Natural Resources announced Tuesday that two of its Minnesota taconite facilities have produced much higher grade iron-ore pellets.
Workers who make more than the minimum, currently $7.25 an hour, could see their pay go up.
Cube Critics Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr will come out of their cubes and into the studio to talk about the best and most sublime romance on film.
On this Valentine's Day, we wanted to take a look at internet romance. Has Facebook, online dating and social media ruined love as we once knew it? Or has it simplified the ability to find your soulmate?
Traveling can be a stressful experience - and that can get exacerbated by the addition of kids. But it doesn't have to be. We've got two experts offering tips for traveling with your children.
Dr. David Agus speaks at the Commonwealth Club of California about his best-selling book on health care and disease prevention, titled, "The End of Illness."
A bill that would require licensing and inspection for dog and cat breeders was approved by the House Civil Law Committee Wednesday.
Attorney General Lori Swanson on Wednesday asked a judge to shut down a wind energy development company accused of failing to keep its promises to dozens of Minnesota farmers.
Nhan Lap Tran, 34, of Oakdale, is charged with murder in a shooting spree on Monday that killed a 9-year-old-boy and left two women injured. Tran's attorney, Susan Drabek, asked for a mental health evaluation for her client.
Home foreclosures in Minnesota have fallen to their lowest level since 2006, according to the Minnesota Home Ownership Center.
Fired Minnesota Senate aide Michael Brodkorb has been charged with drunken driving and other counts after a January crash that left him injured.
A printing plant that publishes many of the Iron Range's newspapers will close at the end of March and production will be moved to Duluth.
Today on the MPR News Update: Trying to make sense of the shooting in Oakdale, Minnesota reaction to the president's State of the Union address, ranked-choice voting will gets a workout in Minneapolis, and we tag along with some serious surfer dudes ... on Lake Superior ... in February.
St. Louis County sheriff's deputies say a train-truck crash at a foggy railroad crossing has killed one person.
Pope Benedict XVI is celebrating his last public Mass as pontiff, presiding over Ash Wednesday services inside the packed St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
The list of South Dakota lakes with worrisome levels of mercury in fish grew again in 2012. But state environmental specialists say that doesn't mean people should stop eating fish.
Minnesota nurses are forging ahead with a call for state lawmakers to enact standards that dictate how hospitals staff their units.
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has set a special meeting for the end of this week and has scheduled the selection of a construction manager to oversee building the new stadium.
A bill that would designate Cordell Keith Haugen's "Minnesota Blue" as the official state poem surfaced Wednesday.
Members of the North Star Fugitive Task Force were looking for the suspect on a first-degree criminal sexual conduct warrant.
It seems impossible, but on Lake Superior there's a thriving scene of about 50 surfers who brave the frigid water for waves they swear can compare to some of the best surfing in Hawaii or California.
Though it might seem impossible to many, a thriving scene has emerged on a North Shore beach where about 50 surfers brave the frigid water for waves they swear can compare to some of the best surfing in Hawaii or California.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Oakdale was filled Tuesday night during a vigil for Devin Aryal, a fourth-grader who loved playing soccer and dreamed of flying in space, but was killed Monday evening by gunfire while riding in the family minivan.
Family, friends and neighbors of 9-year-old Devin Aryal and his family gathered Tuesday night in Oakdale to remember the fourth-grader who loved playing soccer and dreamed of flying in space. "What now? What now?" said the pastor leading the service.
Minnesotans who want to hear an authentic sampling of Hawaii's rich musical heritage can enjoy the work of the Lau Hawaiian Collective. The five-member band from St. Paul, co-founded by vocalist Kim Sueoka and guitarist David Burk, has found receptive listeners thousands of miles from the islands. We caught up with them at a recent rehearsal.
The closest many people in the continental United States come to the Hawaiian Islands and their music is likely from poor interpretations offered by television shows or old movies. Minnesotans who want to hear a more authentic sampling of Hawaii's rich musical heritage can take heart in the work of the Lau Hawaiian Collective. We
Bugs are developing resistance faster than we can develop drugs.
Hennepin County has a five-year, $40 million project to decentralize social services. County officials say the plan for six regional service hubs will make it easier for county residents to seek help with food, money, or health care. The first hub, in Brooklyn Center, has been open for four months.
With seven declared candidates for Minneapolis' most hotly contested mayoral race in decades, voters will have several choices to consider this year. Just as it did four years ago, Minneapolis will use ranked-choice voting to decide the winner. This election is expected to draw far more voters and put the system to the test.
President Barack Obama had a simple message for Republicans in Congress: Do it my way.
The Humane Society of the United States and other animal welfare groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday to restore federal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region that were lifted last year.
The warm mid-February sun pushed the temperatures above freezing and melted some snow and ice Tuesday from the Twin Cities down through southeastern Minnesota. But one forecast models "thinks" it will be snowing again between 6 p.m. and midnight Wednesday.

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