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Monday, March 11, 2013

Last week a dog named Schoep was inducted into the 2013 Wisconsin Pet Hall of Fame. Not bad for an animal who, as of last fall, had only weeks to live. (03/11/2013)
Bottled water
It wasn't too long ago that America had a love affair with soda. Now, an old flame has the country's heart: Plain old H2O. (03/11/2013)
The St. Croix River
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a permit to the Minnesota Department of Transportation to complete the new St. Croix Crossing south of Stillwater. (03/11/2013)
Minnesota transportation officials would have to follow specific instructions from state lawmakers when disposing of parts from the collapsed Interstate 35W bridge, under a bill introduced Monday.
Crosslake citizens say unnecessary health regulations have hurt their annual chili cook-off, and a state lawmaker has the fix.
Several education groups today voiced support for Gov. Mark Dayton's budget which would increase funding for early childhood learning, all-day kindergarten and special education, among other priority areas.
A group representing psychiatrists in New York state is suing Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group for violating laws requiring parity in mental health coverage.
Rochester has recently become a political and economic focal point for Minnesota. Mayor Ardell Brede speaks on the future of the city.
For the third consecutive year, a report ranks Minnesota the least-affordable state in the Midwest for renters. Housing advocates say the report demonstrates the need for more affordable housing across the state.
The relatively high rate of rape in Minneapolis compared to other major cities is due to a broader definition of assaults, according to police.
Backing off a proposal to expand the state sales tax, Gov. Mark Dayton will now likely rely on an income tax increase on top earners to erase a projected deficit and following through on his pledge to boost education funding. For six weeks, Republicans have blasted Dayton over the sales tax and are now shifting criticism to the income tax increase.
Concerned about a potential environmental hazard, government regulators and researchers are studying the presence of nanoparticles in consumer products.
The state Department of Revenue advises taxpayers to not use TurboTax products until the department is convinced all software flaws are corrected.
Several Minnesota education groups made a push for Gov. Mark Dayton's education budget at the Capitol on Monday.
A wise friend points out that it's best to drop the kids at practice and go. Leave the coaching and competing to the coach and the kids.
When combat veterans bring PTSD home from the war zone, they're not the only ones who suffer its symptoms. Family members are exhibiting signs of the disorder too.
Kerri's Book Pick of the Week is Emily Bazelon's "Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy."
Paleontologist Neil Shubin joins us to discuss how the composition of our bodies can help explain the history of the universe and planet Earth.
From the America Abroad series, "A Decade at War: Afghanistan, Iraq and Counterinsurgency." March 19 marks the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War. What lessons have we learned about the war-fighting doctrine known as "counter-insurgency?"
The Second Amendment preserves the right of Americans to own guns. State and federal laws regulate that use and ownership. A spate of mass shootings in Minnesota and across the country have lawmakers mulling new gun laws. But what are the rules now? How does Minnesota regulate firearms?
New York City's groundbreaking limit on the size of sugar-laden drinks has been struck down by a judge shortly before it was set to take effect.
After months of bitter debate, Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that relaxes Wisconsin's mining regulations.
A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to trade Percy Harvin to Seattle for a package that includes the Seahawks' first-round draft pick in April.
The top Democrat in the Minnesota Senate says he thinks the state sales tax can still be expanded to some business transactions.
The acquisition is the band's first major expansion from its businesses on traditional tribal lands in east-central Minnesota. Many Indian bands are diversifying their businesses beyond gambling.
Today on the MPR News Update: Scientists a worried that invasive species may be behind the deaths of hundreds of migrating loons. There's word that the governor and legislators may be in for a pay raise. The state is putting the brakes on Turbo Tax filers, and more.
On Tuesday, 115 "cardinal electors" will be locked inside the Vatican to begin the secretive process of selecting the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. It's one of the more spectacular and intriguing theatrical dramas on the planet.
Prosecutors have charged an Apple Valley man with killing his pregnant 37-year-old wife and her fetus.
A former winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, who was born in Minnesota, took the lead early Sunday and held onto it as he pressed forward along the Bering Sea coastline. Another musher was just 15 minutes behind.
What do a former runway model, a young man with cerebral palsy and a musher from Tennessee have in common? They're all part of the field this year competing in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Ten teams registered for the 373-mile marathon race, which runs from Duluth up the North Shore to the Gunflint Trail near the Canadian border and back. Thirty teams have registered for the mid-distance race.
Maybe that threat to move the Vikings to LA wasn't such a threat after all. Not only are the Atlanta Falcons offering a stadium down payment nearly twice what the Vikings offered up front -- it looks like fear of the Vikings moving to Los Angeles might have been overblown, as well.
At least 900 loons died last fall during their southern migration over Lake Michigan. Scientists believe invasive species could be the culprit.
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed into law Friday a measure allowing the state's school districts to arm teachers and other personnel with guns, the first of its kind since the Connecticut school shooting.
A potent little storm dumped a band of up to 6 inches of snow from Albert Lea through Rochester, Winona, Red Wing, Menomonie, Eau Claire and Black River Falls.
Daniel Alvarez has paddled his kayak from Minnesota's Northwest Angle, the northernmost point of the lower 48 states, all the way to Key West, the southernmost point. It took him about nine months.
The House Civil Law Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee are both scheduled to take up the bill on Tuesday.
A proposal under consideration would strengthen the state's current licensing laws for methadone clinics by incorporating federal standards into state law.
Loons will soon begin their migration back to the north woods. The birds are a cultural and natural icon, not only in Minnesota but across the Great Lakes states. But last fall, nearly 900 loons died while migrating south across Lake Michigan. Scientists are not sure what killed the loons, but they suspect that invasive species may be to blame.
The Minnesota high school hockey state tournaments, both girls and boys, are big events at the end of every winter. The girls tournament wrapped up at the end of February and the boys finished their play over the weekend.
The Metropolitan Council plans to collect testimony on the planned Bottineau light rail line during a public hearing on Monday in Minneapolis.

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