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Thursday, July 10, 2014

A business owner chats with Chief Harteau
Overall shooting calls in the city have increased 23 percent so far this year over the same period last year and are up nearly 48 percent over the number reached by this time two years ago. (07/10/2014)
Lush lawn
Lawn watering is one of the biggest uses of groundwater in Minnesota, but a combination of technology, pricing and attitude change suggests that residents may be starting to change their behavior. (07/10/2014)
Beans, molasses and bacon go into the pot.
Since 1938, people in Pequot Lakes, Minn. have been gathering for the sake of beans. Bean Hole Days got its start when local businessmen held a bean feed to thank farmers for their support of area businesses. Today, thousands flock to Trailside Park to celebrate and dine on beans cooked overnight in cast iron pots covered in a wood-fired pit. (07/10/2014)
The preliminary findings, announced at a hearing Thursday, come two weeks after the attorney for DFL State Rep. Phyllis Kahn filed a complaint that asked for an investigation into possible voter fraud.
Last year, the airline with the a la carte fee schedule for carry-on bags and other amenities more than doubled its passenger traffic at the airport to about 600,000.
Despite a snag Wednesday night, construction workers expect to have the Larpenteur Avenue bridge above Interstate 35E in St. Paul in place Friday.
In Washington, where a whole industry watches elections, Franken's race is barely on the national radar. Franken has been an aggressive fundraiser and has a substantial financial edge over the endorsed Republican candidate, Mike McFadden.
A compromise appears to be emerging between Congress and the White House that would lead to the swift deportation of thousands of minors from Central America who have illegally crossed the border into the U.S.
Gay couples can keep getting married in Colorado, even though the state's gay marriage ban is still in effect, a judge ruled Thursday.
Park officials warned visitors not to hike into the affected area, where the danger of stepping through solid-looking soil into boiling-hot water was high.
Haven't found your soul mate yet? You might be searching for all the wrong things. One psychologist argues that you don't need to lower your standards -- just shift your priorities.
Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders opposes war and advocates for veterans. Even in the most conservative corner of Vermont, he's managed to do well. Now there's buzz that Sanders may run for president.
We focus in on violence across Africa and the Middle East. Where is conflict escalating, and what's the outlook for these regions?
Susan Patton has been promoting what some believe to be an outdated, anti-feminist role for women today. We look at backlash against her comments and ask, what's the uproar?
Some of them are almost unbelievable. But are we simply failing to understand randomness, and the law of truly big numbers?
Former Republican Congressman Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma, and two former Senate Majority Leaders--Democrat Tom Daschle and Republican Bill Frist, speaking on a panel at this summer's Aspen Ideas Festival about what's wrong with Congress. They share ideas about how to fix it, including a longer work week, more bipartisan meetings, and a change in the primary election system.
Minnesota Democrats are using some remarks Jeff Johnson made about Wisconsin to rile up opposition to the Republican endorsed candidate for governor. Johnson told a tea party group recently that he'd like to implement Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's policies here. That has Democrats upset, but Johnson isn't backing down.
Patterson gave his version of events through his lawyer as he appeared in court Thursday for a motion hearing.
Green-thumbed gurus answer questions and offer advice for Minnesota gardeners.
The Gillette News-Record reported Thursday Andersen's body was found in August 1983.
Como Zoo posted on Twitter that although the gorilla left, it was "always in gorilla proof barriers" and that "no people or animals [were] ever at risk."
On the Senate floor today, McConnell said President Barack Obama seems to be "asking for a blank check" that would let him sustain what McConnell calls "his current failed policy."
Railroad delays across the region have been blamed on a combination of increased oil shipments and the hard winter.
The DNR says it's ramping up enforcement this weekend as a result.
Concerns about voter irregularities are a flashpoint in a Minneapolis DFL primary contest next month between state Rep. Phyllis Kahn and challenger Mohamud Noor.
The proposed starter line is one of seven routes in the city's long-term streetcar plan. That line could cost an estimated $250 million if approved.
Today's Morning Edition music is the song "Hollow" from the new Trampled by Turtles album "Wild Animals" which comes out next week. The album, produced by fellow Duluthian Alan Sparhawk, of Low, is less frenetic than what we've come to expect from TOT.
A Montevideo man says he's prepared to build and run the state's first medical marijuana manufacturing operation if the state can't get the drug elsewhere. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Jeremy Pauling about his proposal.
Americans are stressed, a new poll finds. And poor health only makes this stress worse.
We discuss NASA's successful launch of a satellite observatory that can measure carbon.
"Game of Thrones" emerged as the leader with 19 bids, including best drama series.
The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dipped 3,500 to 311,500, the second-lowest level since August 2007.
MPR News' Lorna Benson joins The Daily Circuit to talk about her series of stories on health disparities in Minnesota.
The survivor identified her father as the gunman. After a brief chase, the man held deputies at bay for three hours before he surrendered.
Senior U.S. officials say the hackers gained access to some of the agency's databases in March before the threat was detected and blocked.
What will we leave behind from an era that nobody writes letters anymore?
A picture of the Perry-Obama meeting in Texas this week will likely sweep across meme-land.
The crane will be going up and down for testing in the next few days. It will stand nearly 400 feet high when it is up all the way.
The bridge work was supposed to be finished by 5 a.m today. MnDOT spokesman Kevin Gutknecht says there were problems with the equipment that was pushing the 3.5 million pound bridge into place.
Someone torched the Little Library on Minnehaha Avenue on Sunday, according to a post on the MPD Facebook page.
One cemetery is building about 2,275 new burial plots in "Jazz Corner," the area where musicians Davis and Ellington are buried.
The complaint by the Disability and Abuse Project argues that intellectual and developmental disabilities, including conditions such as Down syndrome, are not automatic barriers to participating in elections.
Some of it leaked into a lake that provides drinking water for an American Indian reservation.
If you're feeling stressed these days, the news media may be partly to blame.
What do you think of when you hear the name Duke? That question is at the heart of a legal dispute between Duke University and the estate of John Wayne.
On Wednesday, committee Republicans asked IRS Commissioner John Koskinen about a new discovery: It turns out the IRS has an internal messaging system, called OCS.
The world's insatiable need for penicillin and Cipro also has a dark side: the rise in drug-resistant bacteria.
Much of President Obama's presidency currently falls into the category of damned if he does, damned if he doesn't. That certainly is true on the question of whether he should visit the U.S.-Mexico border during his two-day visit to Texas.
St. Paul's Artists Quarter may be fading into history and the Dakota Jazz Club is still preparing to open a music venue in its space, but local musicians aren't waiting for a dominant club to come to the rescue.
Cellulose is basically plant fiber, and one of the most common sources is wood pulp. Manufacturers grind up the wood and extract the cellulose.
The current special exhibition is all about naked fruit -- apples, mostly. It's called "The World Is An Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cezanne."
Reporters Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain say they have evidence that the FBI and NSA used covert surveillance on the email accounts of 202 American Muslims.
Sanders is the only member of Congress who calls himself a Socialist.
MPR News reporter Tim Post put GoPro cameras on board a Metropolitan Mosquito Control District helicopter and captured its aerial acrobatics over Anoka County.
A University of Minnesota study says a recent switch from grassland to crops in southeastern Minnesota could increase the number of household wells contaminated with nitrates.

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