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Friday, July 5, 2013

Save the school supporters
For years, a loved old school in Kasson, Minn., has been slated for demolition. But some residents are fighting to preserve it. (07/05/2013)
Stairs
Experiencing an art renaissance, Fergus Falls is a successful example of how some Minnesota cities are turning iconic old buildings into centers for the arts. (07/05/2013)
Old Morris school entrance
After years of trying to save an old elementary school, the residents of Morris gave up and called in the bulldozer. (07/05/2013)
Abandoned as Jewish families left the Iron Range, a century-old synagogue is getting new life as a town museum.
Like communities all over Minnesota, Sandstone is trying to find new uses for an iconic old building that once expressed its identify. Can imagination and money outrace the bulldozer?
A proposed flour milling joint venture of Cargill, CHS and ConAgra is drawing attention from the federal government.
The unrest in Egypt comes after the military earlier this week deposed President Mohammed Morsi, an Islamist, following several days of mass demonstrations against him. Here are key events from more than two years of turmoil and transition in Egypt
Enraged Islamists pushed back Friday against the toppling of President Mohammed Morsi, as tens of thousands of his supporters took to the streets vowing to win his reinstatement.
The Obama administration is turning to top officials to tout democracy, political transparency and peaceful protest for Egypt, a message that took on a hollow tone as the Egyptian military installed a new leader for the country and began rounding up its ousted president and his supporters.
A bicyclist died Friday after a hit-and-run incident Wednesday, according to the Minneapolis Police Department.
The metro's longest dry streak since March 19-29 comes to an end this weekend. Low pressure is sliding east from the Dakotas, and scattered rain and thunder return to Minnesota.
MPR News' Tom Crann speaks with festival co-chairman Brad Box about the 65th annual Deer River Wild Rice Festival. Also this weekend: the Nevis Pig Races, and Pequot Lakes Beanhole Days.
Bethel University is challenging sanctions imposed by the U.S. Department of Education, which says the school has flunked its assessment of financial health.
An erratic wildfire driven by ferocious and shifting winds curled around the location of a team of Arizona Hotshot firefighters, cutting off their access to a safety zone and creating a death trap that quickly consumed them.
County commissioners across the state are considering wheelage taxes for road repairs after the Legislature recently expanded the option beyond the Twin Cities' metro counties.
At the Aspen Ideas Festival former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Captain Mark Kelly launch their seven-day cross-country "Rights and Responsibilities" tour and discuss their gun control organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions.
Movie maven Stephanie Curtis and arts reporter Euan Kerr are entertained by "The Lone Ranger," and "Despicable Me 2" becomes the most delightful movie of the summer.
There's a saying in Hmong that, when roughly translated, means: When you get a bad shock, your soul gets dislodged, and you have to make a sacrifice in order to bring it back to your body. Many people at the Hmongtown Marketplace in St. Paul say that's the first thing that came to mind the police showed up there last month.
When musicians compile the biggest names of all time in jazz and Latin music, Puente would most certainly make both lists. Long before his death more than a decade ago, he also set the standard for Latin jazz. A new collection explores a pivotal period in his work, from 1949 to 1960.
When we listeners take pleasure in these familiar but enticingly refreshed acts of transgression, are we compromising ourselves? Or is it okay, because after all, it's just pretend?
When the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights act last week, it handed Republicans tough questions with no easy answers over how, and where, to attract voters even GOP leaders say the party needs to stay nationally competitive.
Perhaps it's time for Minnesota baseball fans to give up and start rooting for the Yankees. The New Yorkers continued their dominance of the Twins this week, sweeping a four game series. Howard Sinker, digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, talked about the New York dominance with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi.
We are experiencing perhaps one of the best starts to July in recent years weatherwise. Mark Seeley talks about the weather with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture officials still don't know how effective wasps will be at fighting emerald ash borer in Minnesota, but they remain hopeful. Monika Chandler is state Department of Agriculture invasive species specialist. She spoke with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi about the matter.
Three different species of stingless wasps introduced in Minnesota from China are being used to attack emerald ash borer larva and eggs. The program started in 2010.
The height of tick season has passed, but the Minnesota Department of Health says people should still take precautions to prevent tick bites over the next several weeks.
We asked you to share your Fourth of July fireworks photos on Twitter and Instagram. Here are some of our favorites.
U.S. employers added 195,000 jobs in June and hiring was more robust in the two previous months than earlier estimated. The gains raise hopes for a stronger economy in the second half of 2013.
Fare for All Express offers packages of lean meat and fresh produce at prices at least 30 percent below those at traditional grocery stores. It keeps prices low by purchasing in bulk from wholesalers, and by using donated space and volunteers.
A bear repeatedly entered a beached boat looking for food Wednesday, so officials closed Sand Island to all visitors later that day.
Three died in two separate motorcycle crashes on July 4. Benjamin Jones, 24, was killed after hitting an SUV in St. Louis county. Terrance Armstrong, 57, and Kari Armstrong, 47, died on I-35 in Pine county.
Employee benefit experts say the effect of the ruling remains murky in the other 37 states. The court left intact another provision of the federal anti-gay marriage law that allows one state not to recognize a same-sex marriage performed elsewhere.
An Associated Press analysis of documents released this week found most of the $30 million the archdiocese paid out through mid-2012 went to victim settlements and therapy, but the bulk of it went to just a few victims -- while hundreds of others got no money at all.
African-American kids between the ages of 5 and 14 years old are three times more likely to drown than their white peers. The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, which runs 22 pools, has been trying to change that.
Recent storms and heavy rainfall have delayed the summer tourism season in parts of southeastern Minnesota. Until this week, many outfitters in Lanesboro advised paddlers and rafters to stay off the Root River because the high water created unpredictable currents.

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