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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota is reopening to visitors, now that the federal government shutdown is over. (10/17/2013)
Parents learn the hard way that late bedtimes make for cranky kids the next day. But inconsistent bedtimes may have a greater effect on children's behavior, a study says. (10/17/2013)
When we sleep, our brains get rid of gunk that builds up while we're awake, suggests a study that may provide new clues to treat Alzheimer's disease and other disorders. (10/17/2013)
It's going to take a lot more political bungling to do any permanent damage to America's reputation or wreck its financial markets.
The discovery of a 1.8-million-year-old skull of a human ancestor buried under a medieval Georgian village provides a vivid picture of early evolution and indicates our family tree may have fewer branches than some believe, scientists say.
One man lies on his stomach on the driveway. Blood is splattered along the garage door that smashed his head and presumably killed him. Another man lies a few feet away, run over by a truck.
Union workers are threatening to go on strike at midnight unless San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit agrees to enter arbitration after a marathon negotiating session with management and its two largest unions came to a halt Thursday.
The discussion Thursday at the World Food Prize symposium about hunger and poverty in developing nations turned largely from the controversies of global warming and genetically modified crops and focused on governments and their role in solving social ills.
Isanti County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Chris Caulk said the boy was riding his bike near the airport in Cambridge Township when he was struck.
St. Paul is getting an extra $1 million in state money for a new $63 million Lowertown Ballpark, and the city is contributing up front for maintenance to ensure the place is up to snuff when it opens.
The latest temporary budget fix in Washington means hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers are back on the job.
The website and mobile app of Delta Air Lines were unavailable much of the day on Thursday. The airline reported tonight the website is working again.
Four people have been hospitalized with flu in recent weeks and three K-12 schools have reported outbreaks of influenza-like illnesses.
The job cuts are part of a new round of some 900 layoffs nationwide. The company recently terminated the jobs of about 500 mortgage employees in the Twin Cities.
The call was prompted by an ongoing criminal investigation, said Police Commander Mary Nash of the department's family and sexual violence unit. She declined to provide any details.
Target will begin rating thousands of cleaning, health and beauty and baby care products for their environmental and the health effects.
The Department of Natural Resources has cut the number of wolves that hunters can kill this year, which frustrates hunters and trappers. But Native American groups and the Humane Society want to see the hunt stopped altogether.
The government charged Guidant, a Minnesota company Boston Scientific acquired in 2006, with selling devices between 2002 and 2005 that the company knew to be flawed. As of 2010, at least 13 deaths were blamed on failed units and others were seriously injured. About 20,000 patients in the United States may have had the devices implanted.
The department's current contract with Corizon Health expires at the end of the year. The new two-year contract of $67.5 million with Centurion Managed Care begins the next day. Centurion's services will cost the department an additional $5 million dollars per year.
Part 1: Annette Atkins says every place has a history, and you can learn about a town and its people by closely observing the world around you. Hear Professor Atkins's talk "Walking Through Our Past: History on the Ground (the Water?)" given October 11, 2013 in Stillwater, Minnesota's oldest town. It was a program of the University of St. Thomas Selim Center for Learning in Later Years. Part 2: Stephanie Hemphill's reports on the birds and moose of Minnesota.
Minnesota native and former chief of staff to Vice President Walter Mondale is out with a book focused on President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's decision to seek a third term.
Many people have favorite movies, but British writer Geoff Dyer has taken his love of a 1970's science fiction film to new heights.
Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn, was named this week to the House conference committee tasked with finding a farm bill resolution with the Senate.
The president's comment on the Washington, D.C. football team brought a new audience to the debate of Native American sport team nicknames.
Burial is a practice that's been carried out for centuries by different cultures and religions around the world, but why do we do it?
MPR News went back into the archives to find five of the biggest promises MNsure officials made about the future site before its launch -- and gauged whether they've delivered on them.
What we learned: Obama wasn't bluffing, the House GOP is ungovernable and Republicans blew a golden opportunity to direct attention to the botched roll out of the Affordable Care Act.
Four years after being forced into bankruptcy, the Taste of Minnesota festival will return to St. Paul next summer, managed by a team that includes the widow of the event's founder.
Veterinarians say the bison contracted a virus from sheep that shared a fence line with the animals.
The study found attempts using donor eggs increased over the decade from 10,801 to 18,306. Transferring just one embryo, to avoid multiple births, also increased, from less than 1 percent to 15 percent in 2010.
Fruits of the City is part of a growing effort in Minnesota to collect excess crops that would otherwise rot in the fields or wind up in a compost bin. Increasingly, food banks pick up surplus vegetables at farmers markets and local gardeners donate their extra tomatoes or green beans.
Five days ago it was 78 degrees in the Twin Cities. Five days from now it might be snowing. Welcome to weather whiplash, Minnesota style. You knew our run of summer in October couldn't last.
The government shutdown lasted more than two weeks and led to a near-default on the national debt. It also prompted a bruising internal debate within the GOP between those who believed that tough tactics would lead to the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act and those who believed that goal was out of reach.
How could a roughly $400 million software project that had been in the works for years have so many problems at its launch? One bit of advice from Silicon Valley: Start small.
A new Pew survey reports that nearly half (49 percent) of the public now view the Tea Party unfavorably, compared with 30 percent who view it favorably. Since February 2010, unfavorable views have nearly doubled, and the number of "very unfavorable" views has tripled.
"It is time to end this government shutdown. It's time to take the threat of default off the table," House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., said before the House vote. "It's time to restore some sanity to this place."
A federal judge could soon decide the fate of Minnesota's six-year-old renewable energy law, which North Dakota officials say is an unconstitutional overreach.
On Friday Jherek Bischoff brings his unique blend of rock and classical music to the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, where he will perform with musicians from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Channy Leaneagh, lead singer for the popular local band Polica.

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