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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mississippi River barges
Last year's huge drought was a freak of nature that wasn't caused by man-made global warming, a new federal science study finds. (04/11/2013)
30 Days of Biking
It's almost half-way through April, and checking with MPR News is Patrick Stephenson, one of the founders of 30DaysofBiking.com. (04/11/2013)
An environmental impact statement will not be required for a proposed extension of the Mountain Iron Minntac mine, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has decided. (04/11/2013)
A statewide coalition to fight hunger got a boost from Golden Valley-based General Mills, which pledged $1 million to Hunger-Free Minnesota.
Pastor Rick Warren has tweeted that his son killed himself with an unregistered gun purchased through the Internet.
House Democrats hoping for a big funding influx for transportation projects this year are moving to a scaled-back effort to raise money.
Minnesota health officials confirm two more flu-related deaths this season.
A survey of more than 1,300 crop farms in Minnesota shows they earned record income in 2012.
As in most things, even in climate change, there are winners and losers. Emperor penguins in Antarctica are feeling the negative affects of warmer climates, according to research, there some evidence from the University of Minnesota that another penguin species is actually doing better.
A White Bear Lake man has a passion for an activity -- falconry -- that dates back thousands of years. Falconry is the practice of capturing and training raptors to hunt. It's a way of life for Frank Taylor, the man we meet in this installment of our series Minnesota Sounds and Voices.
A former manager of prosthetics at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing artificial limbs from the hospital and then selling them on eBay.
Master falconer Frank Taylor, in his backyard with his red-tailed hawk Mim. Taylor and Mim and have been training and hunting together for the past eight years. Taylor is passionate about falconry, an activity that's been around for thousands of years.
Minneapolis police say they have identified two juveniles suspected of throwing a Molotov cocktail at a bicyclist on the Midtown Greenway.
A complicated tax capture plan sought by the Mayo Clinic to assist in a 20-year growth plan is being dropped in favor of state aid payments directly tied to the amount of private spending on the development.
Minnetonka-based UnitedHealthcare is working with three of the nation's largest health care providers to determine the effectiveness of medical devices.
This week on the Friday Roundtable, three artists examine the things they wish they'd known when they started their careers, what they might have done differently, and what they believe the role of the artist to be.
Don't let the snow fool you. It's the middle of April -- and that means your taxes are due. Soon. Tax experts offer some last-minute advice and some timeless observations.
As college-bound high school seniors decide which school to attend -- and how to pay for it -- two financial aid experts answer your questions about how to navigate the process.
Increases to state spending for schools and early childhood education by $356 million over the next two years are being proposed by Democrats in the Minnesota Senate.
Reporter Laura Yuen talked to Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson about the district's school suspension racial gap and what the district is doing to reduce overall suspensions.
The Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport is listing more than 150 flights cancelled so far today, and MnDOT is listing roads in hazardous condition from the South Dakota state line to Slayton and Marshall.
Two Korea experts participate in a Commonwealth Club Town Hall Meeting discussing how seriously the world should take North Korea's nuclear and military threats. Tensions are building as Secretary of State John Kerry visits South Korea. How should South Korea, the U.S. and the international community respond to the political climate and military threat, in the short term and the long term?
Stop me if you've heard this before. A farm couple builds a sports complex in the belief that people will come. And they do. In Hendricks, MN., however, it's not baseball and corn. It's a farm shed and gymnastics that's gotten people to sit up and take notice.
The Minneapolis Public School District is making a concerted effort to tackle what it considers a pervasive problem.
The number of Minnesotans with sexually transmitted diseases increased by 10 percent in 2012 compared to the year before, according to a new report from the state Health Department.
The grounds crew at Target Field is busy preparing the snow-covered ballpark for a weekend series between the Twins and the New York Mets, which begins Friday night.
As plows remove snow and exposed a melted layer of snow beneath, the blowing cold air quickly freezes it. That's what has quickly created the icy conditions.
University of Minnesota researchers say nearly 240,000 fewer Minnesotans got their health insurance through an employer in 2011 compared to 2000.
Business executive Jim Graves says he will again for Congress next year against Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District.
Strands from baby's first haircut. The first tooth. Tiny footprints sunk into clay. Some parents even tuck away the dried stump of the umbilical cord or the stick pregnancy test as a touching memento marking the milestones of their kids. The latest? Breast milk jewelry.
A mix of rain, sleet and snow fell over much of Minnesota Wednesday night and Thursday, bringing difficult conditions for driving, and even walking, in many parts of the state.
What comes out of your printer? These days you can print a wrench, a working clock, or a killer design for a custom motorcycle. Objects designed on a computer can be sent to machines known as 3-D printers that will build them layer by tiny layer. An Eden Prairie-based company helping usher in the 3-D printing world.
Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services says it will focus on finding a permanent CEO now that rural health care giant Sanford has pulled out of merger talks. Sanford announced Wednesday it felt "unwelcome" and was cutting off discussions of a potential partnership with Fairview. At the same time, Fairview moved away from a merger with the University of Minnesota.
The annual Minneapolis binge of cinema from around the world begins Thursday night with two sold-out screenings of a heist movie involving a barrel of rare scotch. By the time the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival wraps up three weeks from now it will have screened over 200 films, and provided a host of opportunities to talk and learn about modern film.
Treating heart failure patients with a special type of stem cell can improve their condition, according to a new Mayo Clinic study published this week.
The chairwoman of the state panel overseeing Vikings stadium construction said Wednesday that she supports a sales tax on professional sports merchandise as a backup for the financially struggling project.
Minnesota legislators are unhappy about what they view as a threat by Mayo Clinic CEO John Noseworthy to take the clinic's expansion to another state.
Six months after Hurricane Sandy, the areas hit by the storm are still recovering and hundreds remain homeless. Kerry Emmanuel, professor of atmospheric science at MIT, joined The Daily Circuit to discuss how these types of severe hurricanes are becoming more common as the climate changes.
The St. Paul City Council approved the Great River Passage Master Plan on Wednesday. The 300-page document details how the Mississippi River should be developed over the next 50 years.
Chad Cummings, general manager and co-owner of Radio Works LLC., speaks with MPR News about the weather in southeast Minnesota.

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