Minnesota Public Radio
St. Patrick's Day 2012 was the crowning moment of one of Minnesota's mildest winters: Jubilant parade spectators wore flip flops, Miss Shamrock beamed in sleeveless, emerald satin, and the beer never tasted so refreshing as temperatures hit 80 degrees. Three months later, the dazzling sunlight was nowhere to be found when rain sheets pummeled the Duluth area.
Chaz Saxon knew he was gambling with his health when he repeatedly engaged in unprotected sex with multiple male partners throughout the last 20 years. Saxon, of Minneapolis, worked as a prostitute with a male clientele in his early 20s and has lost close friends to AIDS-related complications. That scared him. But it didn't make him any more willing to use condoms. "I had the mentality thinking of you know, 'If I get it, I get it.
Nick Painovich owns Zippel Bay Resort on the southern shore of Lake of the Woods. All summer he takes loads of anglers to fertile walleye fisheries. In the evening sun he helps them back onto the dock and cleans the catch.
Lamberton, Minn. – When Ryan Batalden graduated from college, he worked for a time in a Twin Cities office. But, Batalden, who grew up on a farm, always felt the tug of the land. "I was in a cubicle and I just couldn't deal with it," he said. "I didn't really have any direction but I knew I had to work outside." So about 12 years ago, he left the office job and went to work on his parent's farm and looked for opportunities to start his own.
Electronic pulltab gambling has failed to pay out the big profits it promised ever since it launched in 2012 as a financing mechanism for a new NFL stadium. That's when Minnesota became the first state the legalize it. But the games are getting a reboot that backers say may fix what ails the new industry.
Flush with campaign money and buoyed by the Republican endorsement, political newcomer Mike McFadden seems a lock to win the Aug. 12 GOP primary.
Controversial bear researcher Lynn Rogers said he has removed radio collars from bears involved in a long-running research project near Ely, Minn.
Every seat in the 134-member Minnesota House is up for re-election this year, and lawmakers are already crafting their talking points to voters.
A progressive national think tank is criticizing the University of Minnesota for its level of spending on administration.
Opponents of the first permitted frac sand mine in Winona County told a three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals today that the county should have required further study allowing the mine to start work. Last year, the county required a brief environmental review of the 19-acre Nisbit mine in Saratoga Township.