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Runners are gearing up for this weekend's Twin Cities Marathon. Participants have been training for months. They've pushed through mental and physical barriers, they've hit their strides and they're chasing a “runner's high” to the finish line. Getting to where you can run a marathon is no easy task, and getting started as a runner can be just as daunting as a 26.2-mile goal. But you don't have to go at it alone. Running groups and running communities around Minnesota aren't just helping people run a marathon — they specialize in helping people complete their first mile. MPR News host Angela Davis talks with three runners about the joys and pains of running. You'll hear how to get started and how to join a running community. We'll also hear from a Twin Cities organization bringing people together through running teams. Guests: Mishka Vertin is the co-founder and executive director of Mile in My Shoes, an organization that connects runners throughout the Twin Cities with people experiencing homelessness, in recovery or in transition from incarnation or military service through running teams. Andrea Haus is the community and marketing manager at Mill City Running in northeast Minneapolis and Saint City Running in St Paul. These two local running shops hosts group runs and other events throughout the Twin Cities. Jena Ziegler is a physical therapist and a board-certified lymphedema specialist at Park Nicollet Rehabilitation in Maple Grove, Minn. She's also an orthopedic clinical specialist. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.
Queen Drea of St. Paul describes herself as a sound alchemist. She loves the innovative, community-centered performances of Ananya Dance Theatre. The theme for this fall's performance is processionals, which can both celebrate life and disrupt its flow when they take the form of protests. Ananya Dance Theater investigated its theme by performing several processionals in the Twin Cities this summer; Queen Drea had the opportunity to be involved with one during the George Floyd memorial service in May. She looks forward to seeing how that idea has developed into a staged dance show, marked by interruption, innovation and liberation. Queen Drea appreciates that Ananya Dance Theatre's works involve a confluence of artists alongside the dancers, adding, “Every year, I go, and there's just something unexpected.” “Michhil Amra: We Are the Procession!” plays Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Zoe Cinel, curator at Rochester Art Center, recently saw a striking exhibit in Winona. “Googled Earth: Through a Looking Glass” is the work of artists Patrick Lichty of Winona State University and Negin Ehtesabian, who lives in Iran. The artists, who are married, have never been able to visit each other's home countries. As they await visas, they use Google Maps and virtual reality to share their homes. This exhibit shares that experience with viewers through a combination of mixed media and virtual reality. One pair of mixed media prints by Ehtesabian, for example, hang facing each other on walls, depicting images and symbols from the U.S. and Iran, respectively. Cinel was particularly intrigued by a series of tapestries created using imagery from the geography where both artists have lived. She says the nontraditional approach to a traditional craft looks like “if glitch art had a baby with a rug.” Overall, Cinel appreciated the personal, colorful show that “speaks about borders and humans at the same time.” “Googled Earth: Through a Looking Glass” is up until Oct. 4 at the Watkins Gallery at Winona State University. David DeBlieck teaches dance in the theater department of the College of St Benedict and St John's University. He loves the work of Sod House Theater, a Twin Cities-based company whose traveling annual productions invite audiences to engage with the space around them. Their current show “Table” integrates dinner — created by local chefs from local ingredients — and a show. Directed by Sarah Agnew, whose traveling food-centered shows have included “Arla Mae's Booyah Wagon,” the show is performed by an all-female cast who also serve as wait staff for the meal. It's an interactive show served up in courses, and DeBlieck looks forward to gathering with friends at the Hallock performance Saturday to enjoy time around a table. Related Art Hounds: Comedy on the farm and in town “Table” runs through Oct. 1 in various communities across the state, including in Crookston, Minn., Sept. 21 in Waseca, Minn., Sept. 28, and in Rochester, Minn., Oct. 1. Please note that some performances have sold out.
Artificial intelligence could change a visit to the doctor's office. Imagine walking into an exam room. A nurse takes your weight, blood pressure and the rest of your vital signs and feeds them into an artificial intelligence system that already has your blood test results, scans and your entire health history along with the health records of tens of thousands of other patients. Your doctor comes in and sits at the computer. The screen displays a diagnosis along with a treatment plan, all delivered by an AI algorithm in the time it took you to roll down your sleeve. If that sounds farfetched, keep in mind that AI is already being used to help clinicians diagnose breast cancer, read X-rays and detect which patients are most likely to develop diabetes. But along with the excitement around the potential of AI to dramatically improve health care come concerns. Will AI replace essential human interactions with providers? Will it perpetuate racial biases baked into medical decisions? Could AI algorithms be used to deny health insurance coverage? MPR News guest host Chris Farrell talks with two physicians who develop AI models about the promise of the powerful tool and ways to address concerns around its use. Guests: Dr. Christopher Tignanelli is a trauma and critical care surgeon at M Health Fairview and an associate professor and scientific director of the Program for Clinical AI at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His research focuses on ways that artificial intelligence can be used to improve health worker decisions in the emergency room and other health settings. Dr. Senan Ebrahim is a physician-scientist and entrepreneur in health technology. He's CEO of Delfina in Rochester, Minn., a company he co-founded in 2021 that uses artificial intelligence to support healthier pregnancies and address racial disparities in maternal health. He previously founded Hikma Health, a tech nonprofit that provides a mobile health records system for refugees, migrants and other vulnerable populations. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.
Minnesota Hockey legend Henry Boucha has died at the age of 72.MPR News host Cathy Wurzer spoke about his legacy with the current boys hockey coach in Warroad, Minn.Jay Hardwick is a former Warroad player and the grandson of a coach who watched Boucha's rise to stardom in the state tournament of 1969.Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.Subscribe to the Minnesota Now podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. We attempt to make transcripts for Minnesota Now available the next business day after a broadcast. When ready they will appear here.
Click to listen to episode (3:54).Sections below are the following:Transcript of AudioAudio Notes and AcknowledgmentsImagesExtra InformationSourcesRelated Water Radio EpisodesFor Virginia Teachers (Relevant SOLs, etc.)Unless otherwise noted, all Web addresses mentioned were functional as of 9-15-23. TRANSCRIPT OF AUDIO From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the weeks of September 18 and September 25, 2023. This is a revised version of an episode from September 2014. SOUNDS - ~6 sec – Pied-billed Grebe call. This week, we feature some raucous mystery sounds from a family of diving birds. Have a listen for about 20 seconds, and see if you can guess what's making these calls. And here's a hint: you'll get grief if you miss this name by only one letter's sound. SOUNDS - ~ 22 sec. If you guessed grebe, you're right! Those were some of the sounds made by the Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, and Red-necked Grebe. Out of 22 grebe species worldwide and seven in North America, these three species are found commonly in many aquatic habitats in Virginia, with two others—the Eared Grebe and the Western Grebe—seen occasionally within the Commonwealth. Horned Grebes and Red-necked Grebes are regular winter residents on Virginia's coasts, while the Pied-billed Grebe is typically a year-round resident on the coast and a winter resident in other regions. Grebes are known for their swimming and diving abilities; for example, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's “Birds of the World” Web site says quote, “[g]rebes rocket through the water by compressing water behind them with coordinated thrusts of their muscular legs,” unquote; and Cornell's “All About Birds” site calls the Pied-billed Grebe “part bird, part submarine.” Lobed toes set far back on their bodies adapt grebes for swimming, and their ability to add or remove water and air from their feathers and internal air sacs helps them to float or, as needed, to submerge to escape danger or to feed. Grebes feed on a variety of aquatic animals like fish, crustaceans, and insects; on aquatic plants sometimes; and—notably—on their own feathers. In turn, they may be eaten by such predators as raccoons, snakes, and birds of prey. Grebes call and act aggressively during breeding season, but they may be quieter and much less noticeable during non-breeding season. In fact, a calm pond surface might conceal a hiding grebe with only its nostrils exposed to the air, or that surface might be broken—almost silently—by a grebe emerging with a fish in its bill. Thanks to Lang Elliott for permission to use the grebe sounds, from the Stokes' Field Guide to Bird Songs, and we let the Pied-billed Grebe have the last call. SOUNDS - ~6 sec. SHIP'S BELL Virginia Water Radio is produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, part of Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment. For more Virginia water sounds, music, or information, visit us online at virginiawaterradio.org, or call the Water Center at (540) 231-5624. Thanks to Stewart Scales for his banjo version of “Cripple Creek” to open and close this episode. In Blacksburg, I'm Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water. AUDIO NOTES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This Virginia Water Radio episode revises and replaces Episode 233, 9-29-14. The sounds of the Horned Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, and Red-necked Grebe were from the Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs-Eastern Region CD set, by Lang Elliott with Donald and Lillian Stokes (Time Warner Audio Books, copyright 1997), used with permission of Lang Elliott. Lang Elliot's work is available online at “The Music of Nature” Web site, http://www.musicofnature.org/. Click here if you'd like to hear the full version (1 min./11 sec.) of the “Cripple Creek” arrangement/performance by Stewart Scales that opens and closes this episode. More information about Mr. Scales and the group New Standard, with which Mr. Scales plays, is available online at http://newstandardbluegrass.com. IMAGES Two Pied-billed Grebes on a pond in Blacksburg, Virginia, September 28, 2014. Photo by Virginia Water Radio.Pied-billed Grebe at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming, April 2016. Photo by Tom Koerner, made available for public use by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Digital Library, online at http://digitalmedia.fws.gov; specific URL for the photo was https://digitalmedia.fws.gov/digital/collection/natdiglib/id/23453/rec/4, as of 9-18-23.Horned Grebe with chick, at Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, June 2005. Photo by Donna Dewhurst, made available for public use by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Digital Library, online at http://digitalmedia.fws.gov; specific URL for the photo was https://digitalmedia.fws.gov/digital/collection/natdiglib/id/411/rec/41, as of 9-18-23.Red-necked Grebe pair, at Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, May 2005. Photo by Donna Dewhurst, made available for public use by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Digital Library, online at http://digitalmedia.fws.gov; specific URL for the photo was https://digitalmedia.fws.gov/digital/collection/natdiglib/id/20/rec/37, as of 9-18-23. EXTRA INFORMATION ABOUT THE PIED-BILLED GREBE The following information is quoted from the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (formerly Department of Game and Inland Fisheries), “Fish and Wildlife Information Service,” online at https://services.dwr.virginia.gov/fwis/, primarily the “Life History” section of the the Pied-billed Grebe entry, online at https://services.dwr.virginia.gov/fwis/booklet.html?&bova=040008&Menu=_.Taxonomy&version=19612. The scientific name of the Pied-billed Grebe is Podilymbus podiceps. Physical Description “This species is 12-15 inches (31-38 cm) long with a 23 inch wingspread. It is a small, stocky bird distinguished by its short, blunt bill encircled by a broad black band with the upper portion of the bill curved downward; it is often described as chicken-like. ...Grebes have lobed toes, feet that are placed far back on the body, and a short rudder-like tail to aid in pursuing prey underwater.” Reproduction “The nest is built by both members of the pair and is made up of flags, rushes, sedge, algae and mud and is attached to grasses, reeds or bushes in the water. ...The eggs are laid from March to September, are blue-white initially, and then turn brown. The brown color results from the adults covering the eggs with wet organic matter when they are foraging or defending the territory. ...There may be up to 2 broods per year. Incubation takes about 23 days and begins with the first egg laid.” Behavior “Nest attendance is shared equally by the male and female during egg-laying and post-laying periods. Incubation however, is carried out mostly by the female. The streaked or spotted chicks can swim almost immediately after hatching. The young will usually travel on the parents back or will cling to their tail. The parents may feed the chicks and even dive while chicks are on their back. The parents will return to the nest frequently with the young. Young grebes fledge at about 35 days. ...[This species] rarely flies, and it escapes by diving with a short leap or by slowly submerging. It is the most solitary of the grebes. It is the first grebe to arrive north in the spring and the last to leave in the fall. It migrates in closely-massed flocks. ...” Feeding “Diet consists primarily of fish including eels, carp, and catfish as well as sticklebacks, sculpins, silversides, and minnows. [It will also] forage on crayfishes, aquatic insects, snails, spiders, frogs, tadpoles, some seeds and soft parts of aquatic plants, ...[and] on shrimp in saltwater bays and estuaries. [It ingests] large numbers of their own feathers. This may serve to protect the stomach from puncture by indigestible parts and prevent hard items from entering the intestines. Feathers also provide the base material of regurgitated pellets that contain undigested material such as fish bones.” Aquatic/Terrestrial Associations: “In Virginia, pied-billed grebes have been observed foraging with snowy egrets. Mutualistic foraging enhances opportunities for obtaining prey. Limiting factors: The greatest losses of nests and eggs resulted from wind, rain, waves, and storm tides. Predators of eggs and young include raccoons, laughing gulls, water snakes, snapping turtles, and peregrine falcons.” SOURCES Used for Audio Cornell University Lab of Ornithology, “All About Birds,” online at http://www.allaboutbirds.org.The Horned Grebe entry is online at https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Horned_Grebe/;the Pied-billed Grebe entry is online at https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pied-billed_Grebe/;the Red-necked Grebe entry is online at https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-necked_Grebe/. National Audubon Society, “Taxonomic Family: Grebes,” online at https://www.audubon.org/bird-guide?title=Grebe&family=6460. Cornell University Lab of Ornithology, “Birds of the World,” online at https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/home. (subscription required).The entry for the taxonomic family of grebes, Podicipedidae, is online at https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/podici1/cur/introduction; this is the source of the quote in the audio.The Horned Grebe entry is online at https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/horgre/cur/introduction;the Pied-billed Grebe entry is online at https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/pibgre/cur/introduction;the Red-necked Grebe entry is online at https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/rengre/cur/introduction. Indiana Audubon, “Pied-billed Grebe,” by Annie Aguirre, July 1, 2018, online at https://indianaaudubon.org/2018/07/01/pied-billed-grebe-2/. Angela Minor, “Birds of the Blue Ridge: Pied-billed Grebe,” Blue Ridge Country, December 27, 2022. Chandler S. Robbins et al., A Guide to Field Identification of Birds of North America, St. Martin's Press, New York, N.Y., 2001. Stan Tekiela, Birds of Virginia Field Guide, Adventure Publications, Cambridge, Minn., 2002. Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (formerly Department of Game and Inland Fisheries), “Fish and Wildlife Information Service,” online at https://services.dwr.virginia.gov/fwis/.The Horned Grebe entry is online at https://services.dwr.virginia.gov/fwis/booklet.html?&bova=040005&Menu=_.Taxonomy&version=19612;the Pied-billed Grebe entry is online at https://services.dwr.virginia.gov/fwis/booklet.html?&bova=040008&Menu=_.Taxonomy&version=19612;the Red-necked Grebe entry is online at https://services.dwr.virginia.gov/fwis/booklet.html?&bova=040004&Menu=_.Taxonomy&version=19612. Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (formerly Department of Game and Inland Fisheries), “List of Native and Naturalized Fauna in Virginia, August 2022,” online (as a PDF) at https://dwr.virginia.gov/wp-content/uploads/virginia-native-naturalized-species.pdf. Joel C. Welty, The Life of Birds, 2nd Edition, W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, Penn., 1975. For More Information about Birds in Virginia or Elsewhere Chesapeake Bay Program, “Birds,” online at https://www.chesapeakebay.net/discover/field-guide/critters?s=&fieldGuideType=Birds&fieldGuideHabitat. Cornell University Lab of Ornithology, “Merlin Photo ID.” The application for mobile devices allows users to submit a bird photograph to get identification of the bird. Information is available online at http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/. Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, “eBird,” online at https://ebird.org/home. Here you can find locations of species observations made by contributors, and you can sign up to contribute your own observations. University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, “Animal Diversity Web,” online at https://animaldiversity.org.Virginia Society of Ornithology, online at http://www.virginiabirds.org/. The Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study, conservation, and enjoyment of birds in the Commonwealth. Xeno-canto Foundation, online at https://xeno-canto.org/. This site provides sounds of birds and other wildlife from around the world. RELATED VIRGINIA WATER RADIO EPISODES All Water Radio episodes are listed by category at the Index link above (http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/p/index.html). See particularly the “Birds” subject category. Following are links to some other episodes on diving birds. American Coot – Episode 391, 10-23-17.Cormorants – Episode 467, 4-8-19.Loons – Episode 445, 11-5-18
America's fastest growing sport is feeling growing pains. Pickleball has exploded in popularity in the last few years, especially among older people looking for ways to socialize and keep in shape. Described as a mashup of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, the sport is relatively easy to learn and fun to play. In 2022, there were 8.9 million U.S. pickleball players over age six, according to a 2023 Sports & Fitness Industry Association report referenced by USA Pickleball, the sport's national governing body.To keep up with demand, cities across Minnesota have been adding pickleball courts. Life Time, the Chanhassen-based fitness chain, has built about 500 courts nationwide and plans to double that to 1,000 by the end of 2024. And private pickleball clubs are popping up to offer beginner classes, leagues and tournaments. But with popularity have come challenges, including injuries, complaints about noise from neighbors, fights over court time and a struggle to keep the game friendly and affordable for beginners. MPR News host Angela Davis talks about the popularity of pickleball and its future. Guests: Fuyei Xaykaothao is the founder of PikNinja Sports in Eagan, Minn., which makes pickleball gear and paddles. He's also a former college tennis player and a former associate director of the non-profit St. Paul Urban Tennis. Justin Hammerback is co-owner of Dropshot Pickleball Club in Shakopee, Minn., which opened nine indoor pickleball courts this summer. Trent Stensrud is a pickleball player and physical therapist with TRIA in Bloomington, Minn. He just self-published a book called “Pain-Free Pickleball” on how to avoid injuries. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.
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Katie Carter is an art lover and former arts reporter for Northern Community Radio. Recently, she made the drive to the Edge Center for the Arts in Bigfork, Minn., where she says she was blown away by Terry Leinbach's show “Wonder.” The show includes 39 large, abstract paintings, which Carter calls “a feast of texture and color” that offers layered imagery whose meaning and emotion seemed to evolve the longer she looked. Leinbach leaves room for this wonder-led interpretation: she numbers — but does not title — each piece. At the center of the gallery space are small wood block creations marked with words that invite the viewer to stop and contemplate. “It struck me in my cells, when I looked at her art,” Carter says. “It just had such a vibrancy and energetic-ness to it ... To me, her stuff could be right next to Helen Frankenthaler.” Leinbach lives near Blackduck, Minn. A retired Head Start teacher, she taught herself painting during the pandemic, working on large canvases repurposed from secondhand stores or stretched by her husband. “Wonder” runs through Sept. 30. Jim Robinson is co-founder of Table Salt Productions and an alumnus of the Brave New Workshop. He's a big fan of writer and performer Josh Carson. Robinson is looking forward to seeing Carson's show “The (Almost) Complete and (Mostly) Accurate History of Alcohol" which opens Friday at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis. Best known for co-creating “A Very Die Hard Christmas,” Carson has also dived into history to create plays on John Wilkes Booth and Nellie Bly, among others. This show explores the way alcohol has shaped our lives, causing — and occasionally solving — problems from ancient Greece through today. “You walk away from these shows breathless because they are so packed with comedy and information,” Robinson says. “He's a brilliant writer.” The show runs through Sept. 30. Poets & Pints marks its 100th show next Wednesday, and poet Charles Curry of Apple Valley says he “wouldn't miss it for the world.” The monthly poetry event takes place at Sisyphus Brewing. Curry describes it as "an exceptionally welcoming show for poets," fostering a friendly environment. Both seasoned and novice poets are invited to perform a wide array of styles, including formal and free verse poetry, as well as spoken word and rap.Poet Tony Plocido is the host and curator of the events. At a typical event, poets fill out a quick form ahead of time for an opportunity to present their work; an open mic follows the scheduled readers. The 100th show features Minnesota poets Shane Hawley, Thadra Sheridan, Joe Davis and Khary Jackson, as well as Shawn Pavey of Kansas City. The nonprofit show is part of the League of Minnesota Poets, whose local chapter is Cracked Walnut. Shows take place on the third Wednesday of the month. Register to read at future events here.
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Metro Transit workers have voted to approve a strike. Union members authorized a strike during their last round of contract negotiations in 2020, but never stopped work. Is anything different this time around? We talk with the union's president.Leaders in Shakopee, Minn., backed off an attempt to block an affordable housing project under public pressure. We talk with the reporter who broke the story.The Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf is 160 years old this month. We talk with two leaders from the school about how its mission has changed since the school was founded. And you've heard about the Manhattan Project, but what if there was an Alaska Project? We learn the story behind a new sci-fi novel by Northfield, Minn., author Benjamin Percy.Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.Subscribe to the Minnesota Now podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
Welcome back to season five of Enter the Bible, a podcast in which we share "Everything You Wanted to Know about the Bible...but were afraid to ask." In episode 10 of season 5, our hosts are joined by the Rev. Dr. Karl Jacobson (M.Div., Luther Seminary; Th.D., Providence) who served as Senior Pastor at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Minneapolis, Minn. Prior to that, he was Assistant Professor of Religion at Augsburg College. Today our theologians will be answering the listener-submitted question, "What Is Going on in 1 Samuel 28 (Witch of Endor)?" Watch the video version on YouTube at https://youtu.be/sthJCzUbKSc Do you have Bible questions you would like answered? Go to our website at https://enterthebible.org/about to get started. This episode of the Enter the Bible podcast was recorded at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN on July 12, 2023.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ellen Kennedy is on a mission to fulfill her husband's dying wish — to create options for terminally ill patients that he was denied.Kennedy's husband Leigh Lawton for years struggled with multiple myeloma — a form of blood cancer — before he died late last year. He underwent chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, emergency treatments and had toxic reactions to medications. And toward the end, Kennedy said, all he wanted was a medication that would end his life.“One of the last wishes that my husband expressed was that I would advocate for this option for people who, unlike him, perhaps could choose this at the end of their lives,” Kennedy said. “This was an option that he deeply regretted he did not have. So it was his final request of me. And I felt an obligation to honor that dying wish.”Kennedy is executive director of World Without Genocide, and ahead of the 2024 Minnesota legislative session she said she'll urge lawmakers to pass the End-of-Life Options Act, which would make it legal for terminally ill, mentally capable adults to be prescribed and take a medication to end their life.She joined doctors, chronically ill adults, people who've experienced the death of a loved one and others on Wednesday to talk about the proposal and begin campaigning for its approval in St. Paul.Under the bill, a person would have to get a sign off from two health care providers verifying that they are terminally ill and have a prognosis of six months or less to live. They would also need to be found to be mentally capable of deciding they want to take the medication and not being coerced to take it.There could then be a separate mental health assessment if either provider has doubts about a patient's capacity to opt in. If a patient meets all the criteria, a physician could provide them the medication and the patient can choose to take it, ending their life.Ten other states, along with Washington D.C. have enacted similar measures, and advocates hope Minnesota will become the eleventh.The bill didn't get a hearing this year as lawmakers focused on writing a two-year budget and approving a stack of policies that DFLers had been waiting years to get across the finish line. But the bill's authors say they think 2024 will be the year to pass the proposal. Sen. Kelly Morrison, a Deephaven, Minn., Democrat, said she's working to get the bill set for a committee hearing early in the legislative session and she's trying to build bipartisan backing for it.“There's support for it across all demographic groups, and that includes political parties. So I'm reaching out to my Republican colleagues as well, their constituents want this bill to be passed into law. So I'm hopeful that this will end up being a bipartisan effort,” Morrison said.Historically, the proposal has had stronger backing from legislative Democrats than Republicans. And with Democrats in control over the House, Senate and the governor's office, it appears to have a path forward, as long as Morrison can win over her DFL colleagues or pick up a Republican or two to bridge the narrow gap in the Senate.Some faith organizations and Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life have opposed the bill in years past and say they'll keep up their efforts to block it going into 2024. They said there needs to be a check-in with a mental health professional required as part of the assessment.“It's something that we're going to try and inform more folks about what the dangers are, and why this is not a road that we should be going down. And we should be working to make sure that patients get all the care that they need, including palliative care and so forth. But that this is a dangerous direction,” said MCCL Communications Director Paul Stark.The danger, Stark said, is that people who are depressed could choose to end their lives without seeing a psychiatrist or being fully evaluated. Supporters of the measure say that's unlikely. The lawmakers and doctors who have supported the bill said it would help terminally ill patients to end their suffering. They also said that it can help start conversations between physicians and patients about end of life, which can be difficult.Dr. Joanne Roberts practiced palliative care in Washington — a state that has had a similar law on the books for more than a decade— and she said it helped end the “conspiracy of silence” at the doctor's office.“We saw more patients bringing up the issue of end of life care with their doctors, because they felt empowered over the law,” she said. “So we had more conversations around end of life care, no matter what people chose.”Lawmakers are set to return to St. Paul for the 2024 legislative session on Feb. 12.
U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard Schumacher, incoming command chief for the 133rd Airlift Wing, interviews Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Legvold, 133rd Airlift Wing, for the Beneath the Wing podcast in St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 7, 2023. Legvold provides insight into being a command chief master sergeant and his retirement plans. (U.S. Air National Guard podcast by 133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs)
Now that cannabis is legal for adults to use in Minnesota, it's time to talk to your kids about it. In coming months, more young people will be around adults who smoke weed. They'll likely see adults sip seltzers or eat gummies infused with THC — the active ingredient in marijuana.However you feel about adult marijuana use, there's evidence that cannabis affects developing brains differently than adult brains. It's linked to the risk of adolescent depression and suicide. And, in states that have legalized marijuana, young people have increased access to high potency products that can make them ill. MPR News host Angela Davis talks with a pediatrician and an adolescent addiction psychiatrist about having “the cannabis talk” with the young people in our lives. Guests: Dr. Kathleen “Katy” Miller is a pediatrician and medical director of Adolescent Medicine at Children's Minnesota. Dr. Sara Polley is a pediatric and adult addiction psychiatrist and director of addiction psychiatry at Ellie Mental Health in Golden Valley, Minn. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.
U.S. Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Legvold, 133rd Airlift Wing, interviews U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Elias Straw, 133rd Maintenance Group, for the Beneath the Wing podcast in St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 31, 2023. Straw talks about how he was introduced to the 133rd Airlift Wing and his volunteer work with the Civil Air Patrol. (U.S. Air National Guard podcast by 133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs)
Remember last fall and winter when so many people were coughing, wheezing and feeling achy? We were facing a “tripledemic” of respiratory diseases.This month, we're going to be asked to roll up our sleeves for another round of vaccines to avoid a repeat of last year's waves of viral illness. There's the annual flu shot, a new vaccine against COVID-19 coming out and new protections against Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). But health officials are concerned that people may not line up for them. As coronavirus circulates again, “vaccine fatigue” is setting in. Fewer people are getting immunized against a wide range of infectious disease, and hesitancy is even spilling over into routine child immunizations.MPR News host Angela Davis helps you sort out immunizations and talks with an infectious disease doctor and a pediatric nurse about what needs to happen to rebuild widespread trust in vaccines. Guests: Dr. Greg Poland is an internal medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and an infectious disease expert. He's founder and director of the Mayo Vaccine Research Group and the Editor-in-Chief of the medical journal Vaccine. Sheyanga Beecher is a pediatric nurse practitioner with Hennepin HealthCare. She's also medical director of the mobile pediatric clinic, which runs out of a van and has provided thousands of vaccines against COVID-19 and childhood diseases, along with other basic health care. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.
In Part 3 of our conversation with Greg Berge, the High School Principal and Varsity Boys' Basketball Coach in Lake City, Minn., discusses how he practices what he preaches about relentless consistency, and his insights on treatment of officials. Winning Is Not Everything is a podcast aimed at bringing sanity back to youth sports with conversations with blue–chip athletes and coaches.
Students in Minnesota are returning to the classroom. They're meeting their new teachers, seeing their friends, and, in many cases, looking forward to that first big break in their day: lunch.And starting this school year, students across Minnesota will have both breakfast and lunch provided to them at no charge. The program will cost the state of Minnesota close to $400 million in the first two years.Minnesota is the fourth state in the country to enact a universal meal program for all students at any public or private school that participates in the federal school meal program. Previously, free school lunches and breakfasts were only provided to students whose families met USDA income guidelines. MPR News host Angela Davis talks about what this means for families and kids with Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, an organization advocating to end hunger in Minnesota and a nutrition services director from a school district in Mankato, Minn.Guests: Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan is a St. Louis Park, Minn., native, a graduate of St. Louis Park Public Schools and a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. Leah Gardner is the policy director at Hunger Solutions, an organization advocating with both state and federal governments to end hunger in Minnesota. Darcy Stueber is the director of Nutrition Services at Mankato Area Public Schools.Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.
Welcome back to season five of Enter the Bible, a podcast in which we share "Everything You Wanted to Know about the Bible...but were afraid to ask." In episode 9 of season 5, our hosts are joined by the Rev. Dr. Karl Jacobson (M.Div., Luther Seminary; Th.D., Providence) who served as Senior Pastor at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Minneapolis, Minn. Prior to that, he was Assistant Professor of Religion at Augsburg College. Today our theologians will be answering the listener-submitted question, "Where Do We Find Humor in the Bible?" Do you have Bible questions you would like answered? Go to our website at https://enterthebible.org/about to get started. This episode of the Enter the Bible podcast was recorded at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN on July 12, 2023. Watch the video version on our Youtube channel, https://youtu.be/4lh9iaMUB5MSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Minnesota is full of iconic, beloved landmarks. But there are lots of other, “functional” landmarks we pass by every day. The story of how one underused, nearly anonymous piece of architecture came to be was nearly lost to time and fading memories. That is, until a man from Bloomington, Minn., spent two months trying to uncover its history.The “Bloomfield Bridge,” as dubbed by the Assumption Church due to its location, is an oddly placed pedestrian bridge crossing I-494, just west of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. It extends from a Grainger warehouse in Bloomington across a freeway to a Taco Bell in Richfield, Minn.One day, Tyler Vigen stepped outside of the Taco Bell and asked the seemingly simple question: “Why is this bridge here?”While not a journalist but a curious individual, he set out to find the answer. Vigen ultimately found that its purpose served students of the Assumption Church and School who needed a clear path. But he spent nearly ten hours a week each week trying to reach that simple conclusion, parsing through hundreds of archived documents in several states. Vigen was a guest on Morning Edition and shared his journey into Minnesota lore that has gone viral.Listen to the full interview by clicking the player above. ”I set out to understand more about this bridge, in particular, I learned much more about the area around it,” Vigen said. “I think that people who are reading [my article], though, are interested in how interested I am.”Vigen drives under the pedestrian bridge on his way to the airport and its purpose nagged at him enough to bring it up to his wife. She didn't dismiss the idea, and so Vigen was intrigued and determined.“It didn't make sense to me why it was there, because it lands in some grass that seems to go to nowhere.”Vigen's journey down the rabbit hole began with reading the bridge's plaque — eventually speaking with parishioners of the church and even the former principal around the time of the bridge's construction. He went through several boxes of documents at the Minnesota Historical Society and ended up involving eight federal, state and local agencies in his quest to discover the bridge's purpose. He reached the near-end of his goose chase on a trip to the National Archives in Kansas City. Vigen reflected on his fervor, travels and FOIA requests, saying that he should have simply been talking to more people all along. Vigen's final story was about 6,000 words long, with another 4,000 in footnotes. He said it was even longer before his wife Zidi Chen helped him to edit it down. He even went as far as to request permission from the FAA to take drone footage of the bridge, due to its proximity to the airport. “She helped to make it clear and concise for everyone to read”, he said. Vigen said the “Bloomfield bridge” endeavor wasn't planned, so while it's not on the agenda, another deep dive isn't off the table.Give Vigen's work a read. It's worth the time investment. And when you do, be sure to click on his embedded footnotes, for extra nuggets highlighting his curiosity and spirit.
In Part 2 of our conversation with Greg Berge, the High School Principal and Varsity Boys' Basketball Coach in Lake City, Minn., shares the keys to dealing with concerns about what others thought of him and how being a parent provided important perspective that helped him to be a better administrator and coach. Winning Is Not Everything is a podcast aimed at bringing sanity back to youth sports with conversations with blue–chip athletes and coaches.
Chris chats with Robyn James, owner and promoter of the Bend of the River Festival that will be returning to Mankato, Minn. on Saturday, September 16th, featuring 38 Special, Elle King and Tim Montana! They chatted about the success of last year's inaugural event, the planning and tweaks involved for year two, and the busy summer that Robyn has had promoting music festivals around Minnesota. Bend of the River is sponsored by Kwik Trip, and you can find all the information here!
As school starts up in the next few weeks, more young children will head to the classroom with blurry vision.Nearsightedness is increasing in kids at an alarming rate. The medical term is myopia, a condition in which people can see close objects clearly, but faraway objects, like a whiteboard across the classroom, are blurry.The trend toward myopia decades in the making and worldwide, but it increased during the pandemic, which suggests more time on screens and less time outdoors might be part of the problem. With the rise in nearsightedness, there's been a rush to develop treatments that can slow it down, including eye drops and special contact lenses.MPR News host Angela Davis talks about why today's kids are growing up with worse vision than their parents and also eye health across our lives.What common problems threaten our vision as we grow older and what are the treatments and habits that can keep our vision sharp as we age? Find information about free and low-cost eye care at the National Eye Institute webpage. Low income families can also receive free eye care tests and other assistance from The Vision Project at the Minnesota Eye Foundation. Guests: Dr. Mary Gregory is a board-certified optometrist based in Monticello, Minn., who specializes in children's vision and learning.Dr. Derek Horkey is an ophthalmologist with St. Paul Eye Clinic who does comprehensive eye care for adults. He has additional expertise in treating glaucoma.Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS.Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.
The Met Council said they have reached a deal with Hennepin County to fund the project. The line, which will connect downtown Minneapolis with Eden Prairie, Minn., has been plagued by construction delays and cost overruns. High temperatures are forecast to reach well into the 90s Tuesday and Wednesday and even triple digits in some spots. The heat index will be into the triple digits. This is an MPR News morning update, hosted by Cathy Wurzer. Music by Gary Meister.
In Part 1 of our conversation with Greg Berge, the High School Principal and Varsity Boys' Basketball Coach in Lake City, Minn., discusses his youth sports journey, and the influential teachers and coaches who inspired him toward his career as a coach and educator. Winning Is Not Everything is a podcast aimed at bringing sanity back to youth sports with conversations with blue–chip athletes and coaches.
Former St. Paul art critic Diane Hellekson came out of retirement to rave about Kathryn Nobbe's exhibition “Indelible Vestiges: Mother, Her Mother, Me.” The exhibition attempts to capture the the blurred reality between the present and past through memory through a vareity of multimedia elements. “There's old shoes that look like little ghosts walking alongside the gallery.” Hellekson said. “Indelible Vesitages” is open through Sept. 9 at Form + Content Gallery at 210 Second St. N. in Minneapolis. Special performances designed to complement the installations punctuate the run, including a spoken word event 4-6 p.m. on Aug. 19. West Coast transplant Juliet Parisi lives in Eagan, Minn., now, where she uses alcohol-ink and mixed media to turning everyday chaos into something beautiful. No wonder she is drawn to Caponi Art Park's annual “Hot Art” event, where participants carve sand molds that are then used to create molten metal castings with help from Igneous Metal Arts. “They toss in scrap iron, like radiators, bits of pipe, iron sheets,” Parisi said, “toss it into a huge cauldron and they melt it down to hot, molten lava.”The 2023 event is Saturday, Aug. 12 at noon at Caponi Art Park in Eagan.Minneapolis musician Barb Brynstad is in the band Turn Turn Turn. Every year, she looks forward to the Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival. The event features mural art, food trucks and hosts a variety of different musical acts.“Something I really love about this event is that you can actually watch artists creating these unique, beautiful pieces,” Brynstad said. The 2023 Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 12-13.
Kidney failure is sometimes called a silent killer, since symptoms aren't noticeable until they're life threatening. About one in seven people have chronic kidney disease, or about 15 percent of Americans, and many of them don't know it.Treatments for kidney failure have improved — drugs, dialysis and kidney transplants are more successful than they used to be. But more than half of people who start dialysis still die within five years.MPR News host Angela Davis talks with a doctor about the need for prevention and early treatment, and a Minnesotan who lived through four kidney transplants.Guests Dr. Naim Issa is a nephrologist who treats people with kidney disease and kidney transplants at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He's also an associate professor at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.Jennifer Cramer-Miller has lived with kidney disease since her early 20s and has received four kidney transplants, including a kidney from her mother and from a 25-year-old anonymous donor. She serves as board chair of the National Kidney Foundation (serving Minnesota). She's just out with a new memoir, “Incurable Optimist: Living with Illness and Chronic Hope.”Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.
Teachers are an important part of how all of us grow and learn, but many of them are struggling.A state report suggests that the majority of districts in Minnesota are significantly or very impacted by the teacher shortage and believe the availability of teachers has decreased compared to five years ago. And, nearly a third of new teachers leave teaching within the first five years in the profession.MPR News host Angela Davis speaks with a current teacher and a former educator and burnout coach about how to better support teachers. Guests Jasman Myers is a special education teacher of third and fourth grade students at Carver Elementary School in Maplewood, Minn. She previously taught five years of secondary instruction at Tartan High in Oakdale, Minn., and four years with St. Paul Public Schools.Marnie Pauly is a burnout coach based in Waconia, Minn. She's a former teacher and principal in Watertown, Minn. Andrew Skirka is in his ninth year as an elementary school teacher, starting this fall as a second grade teacher at Oxbow Elementary in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. He's also a mentor in Education Minnesota's BRAVE program, which works to reduce the number of early career teachers who leave the profession. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.
When her community started the process of becoming a co-op, Allie Lechner was skeptical. With her background in property management, she wasn't sure it was going to work out. Flash forward six years, she is now on the board at the flourishing Zumbro Ridge Estates in Rochester, Minn. and has taken many steps to ensure the community is successful and thriving. In this episode, Allie takes Paul and Mike through her work with infill, fundraising for a playground, and creating a community pantry. She started this journey on the sidelines and with a change of mindset became a deeply involved member of her community. It took work, perseverance, and hope, but Allie's experiences at Zumbro Ridge Estates can serve as encouragement for other communities and individuals looking to make improvements and wanting to become more involved. More information, including show notes and links, at rocusa.org/ownershipmatters Follow ROC USA: Twitter: @rocusaorg Facebook: @rocusa.bettertogether
U.S. Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Legvold, 133rd Airlift Wing, interviews U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Brian Shuey, 133rd Contingency Response Team, for the Beneath the Wing podcast in St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 1, 2023. Shuey talks about what led him to a career in bull riding and how he is balancing his two career fields. (U.S. Air National Guard podcast by 133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs)
J. Ryan Stradal knows supper club culture. Growing up in Hastings, Minn., his family milestones were marked by dressing up, sitting in a leather booth at the Wiederholt's Supper Club, picking at a relish tray and watching the grown-ups enjoy a brandy Old Fashioned. He even worked at a supper club across the river, in Prescott, Wisc., where he went behind the double-swinging doors and had his views about restaurant work forever changed. So it is with a deep sense of fondness, with a side of realism, that his latest novel centers around a supper club in the fictitious northern Minnesota town of Bear Jaw. Main character Mariel has inherited the Lakeside Club from her grandparents and is wrestling with its future — and her own. Meanwhile, her husband stands to take on his own family's restaurant legacy, a growing chain of family diners. Which future will they pursue? And will old family wounds deepen in the process, or be healed? This week on Big Books and Bold Ideas, Stradal joined host Kerri Miller in the studio to trade stories about their own experiences with the supper club scene. They also talked about the purpose and value of nostalgia and how Stradal works to balance sentimentality with reality in his writing. Guest:J. Ryan Stradal is a native Minnesotan and a New York Times bestselling author. His latest novel is “Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club.” Use the audio player above to listen to the podcast version of the conversation.Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or RSS.Subscribe to the Thread newsletter for the latest book and author news and must-read recommendations.
Ian Francis Lah is an actor and the executive artistic director for the Northern Lakes Art Association in Ely, Minn. He's currently in rehearsals for the musical “Songs for a New World,” but this week he took time out to sing the praises of another event. “I love this time of year in Ely, Minnesota, because it's when the Blueberry Art Festival happens, he said of the festival, which features more than 200 artists and crafters, 25 food vendors, a beer garden, and freshly baked blueberry pies. “It's a wild time. Ten thousand people pass through a day and that is triple the amount of citizens in Ely.” The Blueberry Art Festival takes place in Whiteside Park and runs from Friday, July 28, through Sunday, July 30.By day, Carolyn Cherry is an educator with the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District. In her spare time, she is passionate about nurturing her inner artist. She met fiber artist Deborah Foutch while taking a class built around the book “The Artist's Way.” Foutch, whose work focuses on the natural world, spends a lot of time mentoring other artists. Cherry was delighted to get a sneak peek at Foutch's exhibition “Nine Artists in Conversation,” which features the work of Foutch and eight of her mentees. ”It's a nurturing exhibition for those who want to be creative in different ways,” Cherry said. ”In ‘The Artist's Way,' they talk about artist dates, and I think this is the perfect artist date.” The exhibition opens with a reception 6-8 p.m. Saturday, July 29, and runs through August at the On2 Gallery in the California Building in Northeast Minneapolis. Sasha Warren is a Minneapolis writer whose work has been published in the mental health magazine “Asylum.” “I try to pay attention to events both in the literature world and in the disability scene,” he said. Cowchella, put on by Cow Tipping Press “is the real big event that joins the two.” The literary festival features writers with developmental and intellectual disabilities. “Every year there's some kind of surprise,” he said. “But the best part is just walking around, soaking in the scene and feeling the pervasive joy of the atmosphere.” Cowchella takes place 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul.
A pro-abortion Notre Dame professor is suing the student newspaper for its reporting. The former editor-in-chief of The Irish Rover joined Liz Collin Reports to talk about the controversy at the Catholic University.W. Joseph DeReuil is also a St. Paul, Minn., native who will be a senior at Notre Dame in the fall.Support the show
The job market in Minnesota may be strong, but that doesn't mean everyone's job is secure. Allina Health just announced it would lay off 350 workers, 3M is laying off 1,100 people at its Maplewood, Minn. headquarters and Wells Fargo is eliminating more than 350 jobs across the country in its home mortgage division, including several dozen in Minnesota. Earlier this summer, HyLife pork processing plant in Windom, Minn. closed entirely, putting more than 1,000 people out of work. Meanwhile, many companies are watching their bottom line, leaving thousands more workers wondering if their company or industry may start shedding jobs next. MPR News host Angela Davis talks about the job market in Minnesota and what people can do to prepare for and recover from a layoff. Guests:Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media's nationally syndicated public radio business and economic programs. He's also the senior economics contributor at Minnesota Public Radio. Leah McNamee is a senior program manager at the nonprofit HIRED in the Twin Cities, where she oversees state and federally funded workforce development programs, including the Dislocated Worker Program. Shelley Jensen-Decker is a career counselor with Minnesota Job Partners, the career services division of the Minnesota Teamsters Service Bureau. Judy Praska was laid off from her job as executive director at a youth sports nonprofit organization and now works for herself as owner of a Fastest Labs franchise in Bloomington, Minn.Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.
Leonard Callus, with a special edition on the case of Jean Paul Sofia. - Leonard Callus, b'edizzjoni speċjali fuq il-kas ta' Jean Paul Sofia.
Severe weather could hit parts of the state today ahead of a big heat wave on the horizon. MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner shares how the weather could affect weekend plans. Duluth musician Gaelynn Lea has been busy since she won NPR's tiny desk contest in 2016. She has played hundreds of concerts around the world — now she debuts her next project.Plus, midwest music icon Mary Jane Alm is sharing stories from fifty years in the music business. And we spotlight another festival, this time in St. Peter, Minn.Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.Subscribe to the Minnesota Now podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
Summer is the season of outdoor music and small-town festivals. For the second summer in a row, the town of St. Peter, Minn. is hosting an event series that is a little of both. The Minnesota Original Music Festival kicks off Wednesday and runs through Sunday, bringing together musicians in southern Minnesota for live performances and educational opportunities.MPR News host Cathy Wurzer talked with festival director Eli Hoehn.
There are miles of underground passageways in southeastern Minnesota that tell a story of the area long before it was a state. Etched into the limestone of the 400 caves in that region of the state are fossils of creatures from 450 million years ago, when Minnesota was covered by an inland sea.MPR News host Angela Davis speaks with her guests about why that area of our state has so many caves and what makes these underground worlds wondrous. The show will feature two caves that are open to the public — Niagara Cave in Harmony, Minn., which has an underground waterfall and a subterranean chapel, and Mystery Cave, the longest cave in the state at 13 miles. Guests:Aaron Bishop is the manager of Niagara Cave in Harmony and his parents own the cave. His educational background is in geology.Ian Pringle is an interpretive naturalist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He leads tours of Mystery Cave near the historic ghost town of Forestville, Minn.John Ackerman is the founder of the Minnesota Cave Preserve and the Minnesota Caving Club. Both organizations aim to preserve, study and protect underground wilderness. Ackerman is a lifelong cave explorer and owns 45 caves that cover 36 miles underground. All are in southeastern Minnesota, except for one in Iowa.
Local and state law enforcement as well as the FBI are investigating the recent shooting of three police officers in Fargo. Two of the officers were wounded and Jake Wallin was killed. He was from Saint Michael, Minnesota and had joined the department just three months earlier. Reporter Dana Ferguson has more about the 23-year-old military veteran.
Singer-songwriter Katy Vernon, who was born in London and now lives in White Bear Lake, Minn., recommends Theatre 55's production of “A Chorus Line – In Concert,” based on the 1975 musical about aspiring Broadway dancers.“Everything they do is geared towards performers 55 and up,” she says. “And as a performer myself, reaching that age in the next few years, I just really am encouraged and inspired by theater that shows none of us have an expiration date.”She adds: “‘A Chorus Line' is all about putting yourself out there.”Performances run Friday through July 23 at Caponi Art Park in Eagan.Pamela McNulty of Minnetonka has been retired for four years after two decades of working in fundraising for women's higher education. Her recommendation, Shakespeare's “Twelfth Night,” is produced by The Gray Mallard Theater Co. and is their second production.“It is incredibly special, given the wonderful production, the fact that it's free and open to everyone in the community and presented by outstanding actors who are diverse,” McNulty says. “They provide Shakespeare in a brand new manner.”Performances will be at Sociable Cider Werks in Minneapolis in the parking lot. It runs July 20-August 6.Amanda Malkin of St. Peter, Minn., is an art conservator. She is also a lover of all things art and music and a mother of twins. Amanda is especially looking forward to the Minnesota Original Music Festival, a network of free concerts, workshops and events in St. Peter beginning July 19.Malkin highlights a unique opportunity at the festival: a 48-hour band challenge.“The challenge is a spirited contest, where all musicians playing original music are encouraged to participate,” Amanda explains. “Through a random draft process, new bands are formed for just 48 hours. The new bands then create a new song together for the event and compete in front of a panel of judges with their original tunes.” Winners showcase their music on the weekend mainstage at Minnesota Square Park. The weeklong festival culminates with concerts on July 22- 23.
Another potential health care merger is brewing in the state between Duluth-based St. Luke's and Wisconsin-based Aspirus Health. This comes despite a new Minnesota law banning anti-competitive healthcare mergers. Will it put a wrench in the handful of other proposed deals? And as Minneapolis grapples with police reform, public safety remains a big issue. We'll hear from a man and young woman who found themselves with a choice: criminal prosecution or something else.Plus, public assistance is a conversation topic in Bemidji, Minn. after the closure this year of four subsidized housing buildings. It used to look a little different. We'll dive into the history of the “Poor Farm.”And we'll catch up with the week's sports news. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.Subscribe to the Minnesota Now podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
Minnesota is the ‘Land of 10,000 Lakes' and more than 830,000 registered boats, from canoes to fiberglass fishing and speed boats. Only Florida has more registered boats than Minnesota. So, what is it about getting on the water that holds such allure? Whether you love to paddle or pontoon, getting into a boat lets you float away from worries and get a new perspective on the shoreline and life in general. MPR News host Angela Davis talks with veteran and newbie boaters about why they love to spend time on their favorite lake or river and how Minnesota has contributed to the development of jet skis, water skiing, pontoons and paddling. Plus, ideas for how to get in on the fun if you've never done it before. Guests: Laura Yuen is a features columnist at the Star Tribune and a former editor and reporter with MPR News. Her recent column, “With a new pontoon boat, I'm embracing a Minnesota Dream,” describes her entry into Minnesota boating culture. Darren Envall is an avid boater and the vice president of Midwest Boat & Sport Shows with the National Marine Manufacturers Association. He oversees the Minneapolis Boat Show in January. And during the summer you can find him out on his 2018 Boston Whaler 17' Montauk.Amber Lynum also known as “Sparky” on the water, is a guide and instructor for Paddle Bridge Guide Collective, which leads kayak tours on the Mississippi River. She previously led white water rafting trips on the Kettle River out of the quarry town of Sandstone, Minn.Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.
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U.S. Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Legvold, 133rd Airlift Wing, interviews U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Festu Olaonipekun, 133rd Operations Group, for the Beneath the Wing podcast in St. Paul, Minn., June 28, 2023. Olaonipekun talks about why he joined the military and his journey from Nigeria to the United States of America. (U.S. Air National Guard podcast by 133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs)
An Elk River, Minn. native is a contestant on “Secret Chef” — a new reality cooking competition from Hulu. All episodes are out Thursday, June 29.Josh Walbolt, a New Jersey-based private chef, grew up in the northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities. He spoke with MPR News host Emily Bright.
The last time the U.S. hosted a World's Fair, back in 1984, gas was a dollar a gallon and Ronald Reagan was president. Minnesota, specifically Bloomington is vying for a World Expo to come to town in 2027. We should find out early Wednesday morning if Minnesota's bid is successful. Minnesota is up against Argentina, Serbia, Spain and Thailand. John Stanoch is president of Minnesota's bid committee for the 2027 world expo and he joined MPR News host Cathy Wurzer to talk about it.
Medical-related fields can be hard to get into and get through. They're even harder if you're the first person in your family to not only pursue this kind of career but the first one to go to college. And tough if you didn't learn math, science and history through traditional K-12 education. These experiences are true of the guests joining MPR News host Angela Davis. They've both graduated from school at Mayo Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Rochester, Minn. and they're focusing their careers on racial disparities in medicine and helping marginalized populations. They will share their personal stories and how they plan to help marginalized populations in their medical careers. Guests: Minerva Orellana graduated from the Mayo Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences last month with her Ph.D. in biomedical science. Her graduate research focuses on uterine fibroids in women of color and her post-doctoral research will address gynecological cancers in Black women. Kenneth Valles graduated in December from Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences with his Ph.D. and he's in his final year of medical school and will graduate as a doctor of medicine from Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. His Ph.D. research looked at the challenges, disparities and possible solutions to diseases common among migrant populations, refugees and asylum seekers in Minnesota.
In this week's Interview Classic episode from five years ago, PWTorch editor Wade Keller interviews Mick Foley. This features both parts that ran a week apart originally.In the first segment, Foley discussed the parallels between how he approaches his current career doing one-man stand-up shows and pro wrestling in terms of pacing and playing to the crowd. Also, he talks about the Women's Revolution, Ronda Rousey compared to Bill Goldberg, Kurt Angle's drive, how he's feeling better physically after surgery, the challenge of fitting into your place on the card even if it means cutting back on the quality of a match earlier in the card, how he built his reputation early, Kane, and more.In the second segment, Keller begins with a review of Mick Foley's one man stand-up show at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. earlier this week, then the interview picks up with Foley discussing any regrets he has over bumps or moves he took in his career, advice for indy wrestlers and how they define success, what's not working with Roman Reigns and if it's fixable, the delicate balance he struck with asserting himself creatively on promos while also working with writers who presented hm with scripts as G.M., why Terry Funk would mess up moves on purpose, memories of Bruno Sammartino and what Bruno thought of him, and more.This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3076978/advertisement