News & Features Archive

Monday, April 8, 2013

A Vikings fan dances in the snow
What's old is new again in the stadium debate at the Minnesota State Capitol. A proposal to tax sports memorabilia might be headed back towards a stadium deal. (04/08/2013)
For the first time, Gov. Mark Dayton included the Minnesota Children's Museum in his bonding proposal. (04/08/2013)
Anoka County prosecutors charged an Andover man with third-degree murder of his girlfriend. (04/08/2013)
The Legislature is focusing nearly $3 billion in higher education funding on keeping Minnesota college costs as low as possible.
Caribou Coffee lovers may need to look a bit further for their caffeine fix.
J.C. Penney's board of directors has ousted CEO Ron Johnson after only 16 months on the job as a risky turnaround strategy backfired and led to massive losses and steep sales drops.
Duluth East High School seems to be developing an international reputation for building really good robots. The school's Daredevils Robotics Team just won the US FIRST Robotics Midwest Regional competition.
Anneke Branderhorst, who teaches a course about the holocaust at Calvin Christian High School in Fridley, will receive the Jewish Community Relations Council's Courage to Teach Award for her effort.
The future of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is up for discussion after management and musicians missed a deadline to prevent cancellation of the remainder of the current season.
U.S. Justice Department concerns about Ecolab's $2.2 billion deal for a Texas firm in the oil and gas industry have been resolved, the company says.
Former Gov. Arne Carlson has leveled an incendiary charge at his beloved University of Minnesota.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Minnesota farmers are getting off to a slow start because of the persistent winter.
The latest numbers are in for revenue from electronic pulltabs, which are supposed to pay for the state's share of the new Vikings stadium. It's not looking good.
Millions of years after dinosaurs became extinct, scholarly thought about them continues to evolve. A new book and other writings by paleontologist Brian Switek are full of new thoughts about an ancient subject.
Next time you write a restaurant review on Yelp, you could be deciding the fate of the establishment. A one-star increase in a restaurant's Yelp rating translates to a 5- to 9-percent increase in revenue, according to a 2011 Harvard Business School study.
A Twin Cities ethanol company will pay $136,500 in EPA penalties for deficiencies in its plans for handling of hazardous chemicals related to ethanol production.
Margaret Thatcher, who as British prime minister in the 1980s became known as the Iron Lady for her tough economic policies, her partnership with President Reagan in standing up to communism and the short war with Argentina over the Falklands, has died.
Gov. Mark Dayton released a $750 million list of proposed construction projects today that he estimates will create 21,000 jobs throughout the state.
University of Minnesota General Counsel Mark Rotenberg is leaving the U for a similar position at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MinnPost reports.
The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas is marking Holocaust Remembrance Day Monday night with an event featuring Minnesota survivors.
Annette Funicello, the most popular Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club," who matured to a successful career in records and '60s beach party movies but struggled with illness in middle age and after, died Monday, The Walt Disney Co. said. She was 70.
Low-fare Spirit Airlines has added daily nonstop service between the Twin Cites and Dallas-Fort Worth.
Eight people died on Minnesota roads this weekend, and Sunday was the deadliest day of the year so far, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Despite a slowing trend in the frac sand industry, several Minnesota companies are moving ahead with their plans to open new mines in the southeastern part of the state.
Two DFL lawmakers say they're introducing legislation that would prevent the University of Minnesota hospitals from being owned by an out-of-state entity.
A who's who of Chicago media and civic leaders turn out for the funeral of Robert Ebert, one of the most influential film critics in American history, who died last week after a long battle with cancer.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is raising concerns over the University of Minnesota's plan to acquire Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services, which is also in merger talks with rural health care giant Sanford Health.
With a season cancellation deadline of 5 p.m. today looming at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is asking players to take another look at management's latest offer.
Fairview Health Systems soon could be under new management. The University of Minnesota has proposed to acquire Fairview, which operates the university's main teaching hospital. Fairview is also in merger talks with Sanford Health, which is based in North and South Dakota and runs clinics in eight states.
The McKnight Foundation says it's focusing its climate-related efforts on the Midwest, beginning with a $25 million grant to two organizations.
When it comes to a job candidate's social media profiles, some employers would rather remain in the dark.
Job candidates might be nervous about efforts by potential employers to look for them on social networking websites like Facebook or Twitter. Unless applicants have strict settings on their social media accounts, they may broadcast revealing details about their lives, including their drinking habits, political views, weight, race and marital status. Such information makes some employers nervous.
The College of Visual Arts in St. Paul is set to close this June because of declining enrollment in a tough economy. But a group called CVA Action is trying to mount a rescue mission.
Former Gov. Arne Carlson took to the Star Tribune this weekend to call out the University of Minnesota for "excessive compensation and administrative bloat."
The March numbers are in for the state's electronic pulltab industry and a turnaround is nowhere in sight. An MPR analysis shows that games did take in a record $2.4 million in bets. But for the second month, the rate of installation of new sites per day fell. And, as in the other months since the rollout, the daily average of bets on those machines fell to a new record low.
A licensed child care center in Cold Spring could face forfeiture if a four-year tax debate with Stearns County officials isn't resolved.
Airline passengers are getting grumpier, and it's little wonder. Airlines keep shrinking the size of seats to stuff more people onto planes, those empty middle seats that once provided a little more room are now occupied and more people with tickets are being turned away because flights are overbooked.
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at age 87 of a stroke.

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