News & Features Archive

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ryan Scharber has been charged with three felony counts of setting forest fires while he was fire chief in the Iron Range town south of Ely, Minn. He is also charged with attempting to set a fire at Mattila's Birch Lake Resort in Babbitt. (10/15/2013)
The father of a 15-year-old boy told Eden Prairie police that Robert James Ladwig inappropriately touched the boy during private flute lessons at the family's home. The alleged abuse was reported in June and happened over the previous three months, when the boy was 14. (10/15/2013)
Wisconsin's goal is to reduce the population of gray wolves from its current level of more than 800, down to 350. Hunt opponents say 350 wolves is too few to maintain a sustainable population. (10/15/2013)
why is it such a big deal that the Treasury Department may soon be unable to pay all of its bills on time?
The furlough mainly affects people seeking construction permits along corps-managed waterways. About 10 percent of the St. Paul district's 700 employees have been furloughed.
Dr. Jon Hallberg joined Tom Crann to discuss the basics of pain -- the cause, purpose and treatments for it -- and what a new study about the brain can teach us about chronic pain.
William D. Swenson was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama for risking his life to recover bodies and save fellow troops during a lengthy battle against the Taliban in Afghanistan near the Pakistan border in 2009.
Nationally recognized expert on national security and counter-proliferation. A former covert operations officer in the CIA, Valerie Plame Wilson's identity as a CIA operative was revealed in a nationally syndicated column, resulting in her resignation from the CIA. She is the author of the memoir, "Fair Game" and the first in a series of spy novels, "Blowback." She speaks at the Westminster Town Hall Forum in Minneapolis on October 15, 2013.
For livestock producers, the trends are a welcome relief after some tough years. They buy a lot of grain to feed their animals and the falling prices will reduce their costs and boost profits. But for grain farmers, slipping prices will shrink profit margins.
The decision to put off the Metropolitan Council vote came following a Tuesday morning meeting between Gov. Mark Dayton and several local, regional and state officials.
So far this year, there have been 33 homicides in Minneapolis. This killing is an outlier because of the ages of the two men involved.
The allegations, laid out in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, say Mobile Diagnostic Imaging has recently collected more than $500,000 in improper insurance claims from Farmers. It also says MDI has paid out nearly half that to chiropractors and clinics in return for the referrals -- a scheme the lawsuit calls illegal.
A DFLer from south Minneapolis, is suggesting the state form a corporation to take over the orchestra and then sell stock to the public. Phyllis Kahn says she will introduce the bill at the next legislative session.
The federal government shutdown enters its third week.
Giving by foundations and corporations went up 15 percent from 2010 to 2011, accounting for $1.7 billion in gifts in 2011, the Minnesota Council on Foundations said. Individual donations also increased.
Eighty-five-year-old Ruth Brendel was hit on Feb. 19, 2012 while walking to St. Martin's Lutheran Church.
One year after Johnathan Kent kicked his principal and school "went all bad," the 8-year-old was recognized at a recent assembly as the "Star of the Month" for being polite and helping out his teachers.
It's not your imagination. There really is a tighter squeeze on many planes these days. The big U.S. airlines are taking out old, bulky seats in favor of so-called slimline models that take up less space from front to back, allowing for five or six more seats on each plane.
Grams served Minnesota in the Senate from 1995 to 2001 and he was a member of the House for the two years before that.
The nationally-known African-American theater faced a million dollar deficit more than a year ago. The financial picture was so bleak, Penumbra laid off six staff members and suspended its 2012 - 2013 season. But as the funds rolled in, Penumbra was able to resume programming.
The Washington Post said late Monday it learned about the effort from secret documents provided by NSA leaker Edward Snowden and confirmed by senior intelligence officials.
The city ranks 22nd out of 27 metro departments in pay, the St. Paul Police Federation said in a recently launched media campaign urging the public to press Mayor Chris Coleman on the issue.
Football is king in Eden Prairie, and many boys hope to someday play for the town's famed high school team, which has won two straight state championships -- and eight since the mid-1990s. But Eden Prairie coaches are concerned the high school team may not have such a rich pool of players to choose from in the near future.
Elana Gravitz, Program Manager at Hennepin County Human Services Department sums up how many community organizations view MNsure, with a quick assessment: "Sometimes it works," she said. "Sometimes it doesn't work."

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