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Friday, November 2, 2012

The Public Utilities Commission has ordered Xcel Energy to study the future of its Sherco coal-fired power plant. (11/02/2012)
Like Minnesota's neighboring 8th District, Wisconsin 7th District race is garnering outside attention and money. But the candidates are more colorful. (11/02/2012)
A 513-page report that documents the criminal investigation into the state's Drug Recognition Evaluator program has been released this week because the case is now closed, without anyone being charged. (11/02/2012)
Minnesota's professional soccer team has new ownership, after two years of being owned and operated by its parent, the North American Soccer League.
In the final stretch before the election, congressional incumbents are particularly focused on one word: Bipartisan.
Minneapolis officials and housing advocates say more property owners are striking up informal "contract for deed" deals as a way to sell homes to people who don't qualify for loans.
Incumbent Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar and her Republican challenger Kurt Bills debate the major issues at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul on November 4, 2012. MPR's Cathy Wurzer is the moderator.
On Thursday, 6th Congressional District Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and her DFL opponent Jim Graves met in the MPR studios to debate. PoliGraph was on the scene to examine several health care claims made by both candidates.
For most gay Minnesotans, particularly those who would like to marry longtime partners, passage of the constitutional amendment would put that dream further out of reach.
It's been nearly 40 years since the federal government banned wolf hunting and placed the animals on the endangered species list. Today, few people know how to effectively hunt the elusive predator.
A new study shows many Minnesota high schools offer unhealthy snacks in vending machines or snack bars.
Four days before the election, Minnesota for Marriage is releasing two new television ads. The campaign to define marriage as a man and a woman in the state constitution has spent $3 million on ads.
"The Cube Critics" Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr turn the discussion to a movie about a man with an iron lung who decides he wants to lose his virginity, and a fete of a prominent French filmmaker at the Walker Art Center.
Politics in Minnesota's Briana Bierschbach and MPR News' Tom Scheck share their top state legislative races in the 2012 election.
Ka Joog uses the arts, mentorship and discussions to build bridges and bridge gaps to help dispel negative images of the Somali community. The goals are lofty but Ka Joog is determined to make a difference.
Motorists increasingly desperate for a fill-up fumed in long lines at gas stations and screamed at each other Friday as fuel shortages in Superstorm Sandy's wake spread across the metropolitan area.
A man accused of torturing, beating and repeatedly sexually assaulting a woman has been sentenced in Stearns County to life in prison.
The vice president is up in Superior, Wis., today and the man who wants his job will be here Sunday. Religious rifts abounded at last night's debate over the marriage amendment. A Minnesota native may be hearing Oscar whispers. And there's sobering news about the walleye count on Lake Mille Lacs.
The Minneapolis City Council Friday morning passed a resolution honoring Police Chief Tim Dolan for his years of service.
Annette Atkins stops by the studio to remember Minnesota's first woman elected to Congress.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer discusses weather with University of Minnsota Climatologist Mark Seeley.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer speaks with Alexander Keyssar, who teaches at Harvard University.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer gets a sneak peek at the Timberwolves season with our favorite basketball analyst Britt Robson who writes about the NBA for
Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan retires, a Minnesotan survives a shipwreck in the Atlantic, and hunters get ready for this month's wolf season. All that and more in our photos of the week.
With that final snapshot of the nation's economy before Election Day in hand, showing an improved hiring picture as well as a slight uptick in the jobless rate -- both candidates were plunging into a hectic pace of campaigning.
It's a fairly safe bet, based on polls and history, that non-Hispanic white voters will choose Republican Mitt Romney by a wide margin in Tuesday's presidential election. And that's a problem for the GOP.
Election officials were ordering generators, moving voting locations and figuring out how to transport poll workers displaced from coastal areas as Tuesday's presidential election became the latest challenge for states whacked by Superstorm Sandy.
Take a look back at the best visual moments of the 2012 campaign.
Check out this debate and discussion on the voter ID amendment, hosted by MPR News.
Last week, four third-party presidential candidates took part in a debate moderated by Larry King and organized by Free & Equal, a non-profit to promote a transparent election process. We check in on the status of those campaigns.
U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October and hiring was stronger over the previous two months than first thought. The unemployment rate inched up to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in September.
New unemployment figures show hiring was stronger over the previous two months than first thought.
A police report says Oak Creek officers detained a man at the Sikh temple where six people were killed in August and found he had ammunition and notebook references to a mass shooting.
Dayton will be a lunch speaker at the Winona Sportsmen's Club as part of Friday's festivities before the firearms deer season opens on Saturday morning.
The authority and representatives of the Dallas firm designing the stadium will be in Rochester in mid November and in Duluth the week after Thanksgiving.
The Romney campaign is sending out an e-mail about the event to supporters. It was also confirmed by a top Republican official in Minnesota who has knowledge of the event: Ryan will hold a campaign rally at the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Usually, we change such documents in order to roll back intolerances.
Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the launch of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" a Twin Cities television production which became a national sensation. Creator Joel Hodgson returns to Minneapolis this weekend to reveal the secrets behind creating the show.
National and local leaders debated Minnesota's proposed marriage amendment last night on the stage of the Fitzgerald Theater. Four debators -- national and local voices splitting each side of the issue -- exposed conflicting views of religion and human relationships, and what's at stake in Minnesota's vote.
A flurry of reports Thursday showed that U.S. consumers are growing more confident and spending more, boosting a still-weak economy just five days before the presidential election.
Five days before the election, Republican challenger Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama vied forcefully for the mantle of change.
Two years ago, Republican Chip Cravaack traveled throughout northeastern Minnesota in a huge RV with his picture on the side, introducing himself to voters who had sent Democratic stalwart Jim Oberstar to Washington 18 times.
As the race for U.S. Senate in Minnesota is headed into its last weekend, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Kurt Bills faces an uphill battle -- one he hopes will turn on voter discontent with the fiscal mess in Washington.
The Cars' Ric Ocasek released his first solo album in 1982 and gave it a perplexing title. Is it pronounced "be-AT-ih-tude" - such as in the teachings of Jesus that include such sayings as "blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" - or "BEAT-ih-tude," referencing a literary journal from the '50s that published the work of the "Beat Poets" such as Allen Ginsberg? Ocasek likely enjoyed the ambiguity. We played "Out of Control."

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