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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Minnesota's corn crop is coming in much later than last year and the harvest is much more wet, which puts more pressure on propane supplies used to fuel dryers. (10/24/2013)
'What's the fox say?'
What does the fox say? For Halloween costume sellers and two Norwegian TV hosts -- Ka-ching! (10/24/2013)
Opponents of the Washington football team's name have asked the word Redskins not be used at the Metrodome when the Vikings play D.C. in Minneapolis on Nov. 7. But Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen says there's not much her agency can do about it. (10/24/2013)
City officials have released the name of the boy suspected of killing a middle school teacher and wounding two students before turning a gun on himself on a middle school campus.
A Dakota County grand jury today indicted a 31-year-old Rosemount man in the shooting death of Palagor Jobi in Burnsville last month.
Screenwriter Michael Arndt is exiting "Star Wars: Episode VII" with director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan assuming scripting duties.
Minnesota's new online insurance marketplace has received $41 million in additional federal funds to fund operations through next year.
Twitter has set a price range of $17 to $20 per share for its much-anticipated initial public offering and says it could raise as much as $1.6 billion in the process.
Most people don't log on to Facebook to find out the news. But it's an important news source anyway, even if incidentally, a study released Thursday indicated.
People who have locked their credit reports may have trouble creating an account on the state's new insurance marketplace, MNsure officials said today.
Federal officials are watching for possible reports of illnesses linked to packaged foods from a plant in Kansas that have been recalled over concerns about potential Listeria contamination.
The New York Times Co. sale of The Boston Globe to businessman and principal Boston Red Sox owner John Henry was finalized Thursday for $70 million in cash.
Sports Business Daily says the $975 million budget for the new Vikings stadium has a gap as much as $45 million ahead of a crucial milepost next week.
The utility says it will come up with a plan to spread out the increase over several years to minimize the impact on customers.
Contractors who built the web portal for the Obama administration's health insurance marketplace said the site's crippling problems trace back to insufficient testing and changes that government officials made just prior to going live.
Minnesota far surpasses the national average for organ, eye and tissue donors. Even so, 101 people in Minnesota died last year before they could receive a transplant.
Longtime MPR host Gary Eichten interviews the Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette at the annual Peace Studies Conference at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict. Lafayette participated in, or led, many of the 1960's civil rights events including the sit-ins, the freedom rides, the voting rights projects and the Poor People's Campaign.
Sen. Al Franken says he and other lawmakers are not giving up their effort to repeal the medical device tax passed as part of the Affordable Care Act.
State officials were slow in notifying area residents.
PreCheck program may expose your info to other uses.
BBC documentary looks at bullying and human nature.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken, a strong supporter of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, said Thursday that it's too early to extend enrollment deadlines or delay insurance mandates despite ongoing problems with the federal exchange.
Company officials said they saw substantial improvement in operations in the United States, Western Europe and Japan.
The crash remains under investigation, but State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske said officials suspect most of the passengers were not wearing seat belts.
Writing in his weekly column, Nienstedt said he ordered the review after reading recent media reports and hearing from "so many Catholic faithful" that there is "real fear that some priests in ministry today constitute a danger to children."
This week on the Friday Roundtable, our panelists discuss storytelling, race and gender in film and on television.
The MSFA will pay $17.1 million for the plaza and 450 underground parking places. It had recently been assessed for $4.5 million.
Minneapolis mayoral candidate Stephanie Woodruff has seen both sides of the economic divide. She has been a high-level corporate executive and a victim of the foreclosure crisis.
The Vikings say there may be a number of fake or stolen tickets circulating ahead of the sold out game, and that fans should be wary of buying tickets near the stadium on game day.
In the wake of a recent round of layoffs at the Boise mill that left 265 people without jobs, International Falls and Koochiching County are taking various measures to diversify the local economy -- including finding some new love for a natural resource.
The Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis has long been known for its diversity, its progressive politics, and the co-op and cafe that bear its name. But it's increasingly becoming known for a place to get a great bite to eat.
Fans of the reclusive J.D. Salinger are in their element these days. The writer, who died in 2010, is the subject of a recent documentary and companion biography; posthumous Salinger works will be published for the first time, and never-before displayed letters to a young admirer in Toronto are on display.
The former University of California police officer, who gained international notoriety for pepper spraying student protesters almost two years ago, is back in the news: Today, the university said it would pay John Pike $38,059 in workers' compensation. He's claiming depression and anxiety.
NOAA reports today that September was the sixth warmest on record globally. That makes 343 consecutive months globally warmer than the 20th century average. Talk about a weather winning streak of sorts. Maybe folks at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center should start playing Powerball.
Squash, cucumbers and tomatoes grown right here in Minnesota are winding up on the plates of Minnesota schoolchildren more often. But preparing food for students that comes right from the farm isn't as easy as you might think
Landon Steele says 23 military veterans kill themselves each day, he says. So he's organized a 23-mile march for veterans in full gear tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m., from the Richfield VFW to the Capitol in St. Paul to the VFW in Uptown, Minneapolis, to remind veterans not to leave any soldier behind.
YouTube is reported to be developing an on-demand service for video similar to Spotify's music service. It's all a long way from 45s on the jukebox. In Today's Question, we're asking how your music listening habits have changed over time.
"This is my only chance to clear my conscience and soul," he told Judge Richard Kyle as he cried. "I made a horrible mess of things."
With 35 candidates on the ballot, there has been no shortage of press conferences in the Minneapolis mayor's race. But none compares to Cam Winton's.
The dead here didn't get names, only numbers. Thousands of Minnesotans who were housed in the state's mental hospitals simply disappeared this way. The asylums are long gone, but the unknown graves remain.
Call it a linguistic identity crisis. The desire to reinforce ethnic identity through language is a feeling that many first-, second- and third-generation Americans understand well.
Preservationists want St. Peter's Catholic Church in Duluth designated as a landmark in hopes of saving it from destruction, but time could be running out.
The asylums are long gone, but the unknown graves remain in Hastings and around Minnesota. Advocates for the mentally ill have pressed to find the cemeteries and identify the dead.
When it comes to uncovering cheating by students or teachers on statewide assessment tests, Minnesota takes a less rigorous approach than most other states, relying on school districts to police themselves.
Author breathes new life into the undead genre.

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