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Thursday, May 2, 2013

A congressional committee has chosen a long-time civil servant as executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in Minnesota. (05/02/2013)
State officials say construction of the St Croix Bridge will resume after a zebra mussel discovery halted work. (05/02/2013)
While no one favors the idea of 5-year-olds using weapons without supervision, there is no consensus on the appropriate age to start hands-on training with firearms. (05/02/2013)
The government's employment report for April comes out Friday. It's an important measure of the economy's health and the advance signals have been mixed. One report this week showed layoffs falling to a five-year low, but another suggests disappointing jobs creation.
A Minnesota man coming in for questioning about a missing woman has shot himself in the police parking lot.
Two bills that would help the Mayo Clinic develop its planned $5 billion expansions are making their way through the Minnesota Legislature this session.
Boise Inc. says it plans to lay off 265 paper workers at its plant in International Falls.
Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska has told the Minnesota Orchestra he will resign if the musician lockout isn't resolved.
Ezra Klein, editor of Wonkblog and a columnist at the Washington Post describes the political dysfunction in Washington -- the causes and possible solutions. Klein says the minority wants the majority to fail and has the power to accomplish this. He spoke April 24, 2013 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
St. Paul bagpipe player Dick Hensold is inspired by the traditional Celtic music heard in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Hensold wants more Minnesotans to hear the music, so he's invited a Cape Breton fiddler to join him on a swing around Minnesota.
A proposal in the DFL-controlled Minnesota Legislature would allow daycare providers with state-subsidized clients to hold a vote to form a union.
Residents in Winona County have asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals to reverse a decision that would allow a proposed frac sand mine to move forward without an in-depth environmental review.
This week on the Friday Roundtable, our panelists examine the state of race relations in America.
The news that the oil patch in North Dakota is much larger than originally estimated means that residents and officials there will have to face the challenges that accompany a boom.
Susan Cain, author of "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking," believes that introverts are simply people who find stimulation in a quiet place.
Some good news arrived for University of Minnesota Prof. Sarah Hobbie this week: She was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences. Hobbie was unaware she was even being considered for the post.
Some of the most spectacular Martian landscapes were carved by vast and violent quantities of water in the planet's past. Scientists on the current Curiosity Mars rover mission talk about water in the deep history of Gale Crater and its central mountain Mount Sharp. The journey concludes with gullies on cliffs and craters, suggesting that water still gushes on the surface of Mars today.
David Kahn is out as president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Flip Saunders is coming in. Three people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that team owner Glen Taylor has decided not to pick up the option for next season on Kahn's contract.
A rare May snow storm has dropped more than a foot of snow in some areas of Minnesota, making the morning commute an ordeal and knocking out power in some communities.
President Barack Obama on Thursday chose two old friends with corporate executive experience for top posts on his economic team, naming longtime fundraiser Penny Pritzker as Commerce secretary and adviser Michael Froman as U.S. Trade Representative.
The Red River in Fargo is beginning to recede. The river peaked early Wednesday at an unofficial mark of 33.32 feet, which is more than 15 feet above flood stage.
The leaders of the Dorothy Day Center in downtown St. Paul say the homeless shelter is struggling to meet the needs of all of its clients, and needs a new vision.
With ice still covering some hot fishing spots in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, many anglers and outfitters are wondering if they'll have enough open water for this year's opener.
A Wisconsin teen with Down syndrome will have a dream date to his junior prom Saturday: He's taking Miss Minnesota USA Danielle Hooper.
Gun legislation in Minnesota appears dead for this session after DFL House Speaker Paul Thissen said Democrats could not reach agreement.
Reports to the National Weather Service range from 13 inches of snow in Owatonna, to nearly 11 inches near Hayward, and 8.5 inches near Hastings. The Twin Cities largely escaped the storm that started late Wednesday.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to seasonally adjusted 324,000, the lowest since January 2008. The drop points to fewer layoffs and possibly more hiring.
The Twin Cities metro area is experiencing the lowest rental housing vacancy rate in about a decade. The tight market and rising rents are making it difficult for people to find cheap apartments. The trend is unsettling for people who feel they are being priced out of the city and pushed further into the suburbs.
MPR News has created a map to illustrate the current level of frac sand mining in Minnesota, based on data from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and several counties in the affected areas. It's the most comprehensive map to date showing frac sand mining activity in Minnesota.
Just hours before one of the Boston Marathon suspects and his brother allegedly gunned down a campus police officer, authorities say he exchanged a series of text messages with a friend who'd become suspicious after seeing what looked like a familiar face being flashed on television.
A pay raise plan for Minnesota elected officials is a key point of difference as a House-Senate panel begins negotiations on a state agency budget bill.
Veterans Affairs officials have once again removed two Confederate flags from a display at a VA hospital in the southwestern South Dakota city of Hot Springs.
Officer John Jorgensen says his K-9 partner, Major, was euthanized this week at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center after contracting a bladder infection and pneumonia.
Almost two-thirds of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba are on a hunger strike. The Navy sent dozens of extra medics this week to care for them, and to force-feed some of them.
The Obama administration filed an appeal Wednesday of a U.S. district court ruling that ordered it to end all age restrictions on the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill. The move came a day after the Food and Drug Administration lowered the age for which the product can be purchased without a prescription from 17 to 15.
Last night's last-minute eastward shift of about 30 miles spared the central Twin Cities from significant snowfall. Just don't tell that to folks in Cottage Grove, Owatonna, Red Wing, Hastings and Ellsworth who are digging out from 6 to 14 inches of heavy wet snow on May 2.
Parents are reporting more skin and food allergies in their children, a big government survey found.
School districts across several states are rescheduling high-stakes tests that judge student proficiency and even determine teachers' pay because of technical problems involving the test administrators' computer systems.
This map illustrates the current level of frac sand mining in Minnesota. It's the most comprehensive map to date showing frac sand mining activity in Minnesota.

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