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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Remembering Wellstone
Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday evening in remembrance of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, who was killed in a plane crash ten years ago this month. (10/10/2012)
Dr. Jon Hallberg
The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed three cases of fungal meningitis in the state as part of an outbreak that has sickened 90 people nationwide and killed seven. (10/10/2012)
Cliffs Natural Resources and the United Steelworkers of America have reached tentative agreement on a contract covering union workers. (10/10/2012)
Hotel maven Marilyn Carlson Nelson spoke out against the proposed marriage amendment today.
A former student at the private college prep school Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, says school officials should have known about the sexual misconduct alleged between a teacher and students. This comes after criminal sexual conduct charges were filed this week against the former teacher, Lynn Phillip Seibel.
The state-based online insurance marketplaces are a cornerstone of the federal health care overhaul. State officials are trying to figure out how to come up with the money.
Callers to 911 in Minneapolis will now hear a recorded message telling them to stay on the line if an operator doesn't immediately answer their call.
Minnesota collected more taxes than expected in the latest quarter, a bright sign ahead of a comprehensive budget forecast due in early December.
Former Vice President Walter Mondale had a different, and more elevated, role as vice president than did all of his predecessors. In a 2002 speech, he talks about the challenges of serving in the number two role. It was part of "50 Years: The Mondale Lectures on Public Service."
Books and travel go hand in hand. Often a book inspires wanderlust or travel inspires us to read something new. What role do books play in your travel plans?
Sometimes a political junkie needs an escape from the stump speeches, attack ads and reports about the horse race. We'll talk about the best political movies to watch this season.
The fall book season is officially in full swing. With the long winter months ahead for plenty of reading, we want to know: What was the last book you told a friend they have to read?
Instead of communicating with the masses, scholars seem content to talk to each other.
The Massachusetts pharmacy that sold contaminated steroids to two Twin Cities-based pain management facilities did not have a Minnesota license to distribute the drugs in bulk quantities.
The Twin Cities housing market continues showing signs of improvement.
Organizers of the Anoka Halloween Parade denied the request of a gay youth group to walk in the parade, claiming that the maximum number of "walking units" had been reached, but records show organizers did not submit a request for a parade license until today.
Today on the update we put the state's orchestra turmoil in context. A Faribault prep school makes headlines with allegations of sexual abuse. The trial of an accused al-Shabab associate continues in Minneapolis. And in Anoka, a gay youth group is denied a place in the town's annual Halloween parade.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says 11 of Lance Armstrong's former teammates testified against him in its investigation of the cyclist, revealing "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."
Many schools in Pakistan's Swat Valley closed their doors in protest Wednesday and the country's army chief vowed to fight on against militants as anger erupted across the nation over the Taliban attack on a 14-year-old activist famed for promoting girls' education.
Fire investigators say a wildfire that destroyed several homes in the northwest town of Karlstad this month was probably arson.
A third Twin Cities man recruited to fight for the terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia told a federal jury on Wednesday he was convinced he would be a "good Muslim" by joining the war in his homeland.
A criminal complaint accuses 21-year-old Andrew Bishop of scaling the outside of the Capitol on Sunday and smashing a window to get into the building.
To mark this year's 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the MPCA has posted an interview on its website with the former Minnesota congressman's recollections about the act's passage, along with more information on the impact on Minnesota waters.
Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson and Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer debate the voter ID constitutional amendment.
The Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to a Little Falls, Min., native who says that his experiences as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, Duluth made him want to pursue a research career.
The law firm that's repeatedly sued religious institutions for covering up alleged child sexual abuse says it's working on behalf of possible victims of alleged sexual misconduct at the Shattuck-St. Mary's prep school in Faribault.
Faribault Police Chief Don Gudmundson confirmed a second staffer suspected of sexual misconduct at Shattuck-St. Mary's prep school was a 34-year-old teacher who killed himself with a shotgun in 2008.
Former employees of the now-shuttered Verso Paper Mill in Sartell kept up their complaints Tuesday that Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann didn't reach out to the mill workers following the company's Memorial Day fire and explosion.
MPR's meteorologist Paul Huttner reports from the Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media, presenting updated data on how climate changes are unfolding globally and in our backyard.
The premise: Civilization is decimated and only one seat remains on a life raft for the survivors who will rebuild society. Academic disciplines vie for the seat, arguing their worth as an indispensible area of study that the new civilization will need to flourish. It's a fun exercise that reflects a larger discussion: What is the value of college, especially a liberal-arts education?
So much for Mitt Romney's plans to compete for Democratic-trending Michigan or Pennsylvania. And what about President Barack Obama's early hopes of fighting it out for Republican-tilting Arizona, Georgia or Texas? Forget them.
American orchestras are going through a tumultuous period that may forever alter how they're run and their relationships to their communities. Horrible economic conditions and menacing long term trends spawned an orchestral tempest.
The owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants is putting more workers on part-time status in a test aimed at limiting costs from President Barack Obama's health care law.
If you bought a new vehicle this year, chances are high it was white or silver.

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