$10M Donation Given To MPR, American Public MediaMinnesota Public Radio and its parent company have received an anonymous $10 million donation. MPR president Jon McTaggart says the donor is a longtime supporter of public radio and is passionate about classical music and music education. The donation was made without restrictions.
Talking Points: Closed-Door Meeting On Sex Offender ProgramIn June, a federal judge declared the state program that locks up civilly committed sex offenders unconstitutional.
WCCO 4 Live At The Minnesota State Fair (2014): Day 9Friday was MPR Day at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. MPR did live radio broadcasts at Carousel Park throughout the day. And despite the weather there were still plenty of things going on in the rain, and plenty of stories to share.
Gov. Dayton: Minimum Wage Fees Are 'Tacky' Gov. Mark Dayton says he's disappointed that some Minnesota restaurants are pushing costs of a minimum wage increase on their customers. Dayton told Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Edition Thursday that he thinks the decision is tacky.
WCCO-AM Among AP Award Winners WCCO Radio of Minneapolis, Minnesota Public Radio and WDIO-TV of Duluth are among top winners in the 2013 Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters Awards Contest. WCCO won for coverage of the legalization of gay marriage in Minnesota, affordable health care and the search for a 2-year-old western Wisconsin boy found dead in a locked trunk. WCCO also was cited for memories of the Metrodome, sports play-by-play, best newscast and website.
Veteran Cronin Joins AP Statehouse TeamMike Cronin is joining The Associated Press to report on Minnesota government and politics in St. Paul. Cronin, 44, has most recently worked at Minnesota Public Radio, where he has been part of the team covering the clergy abuse scandal in the St. Paul-Minneapolis Catholic Archdiocese.
Dayton Wants 2014 Focus On Undoing Minn. Laws In Gov. Mark Dayton's ideal scenario, the focus for next year's Minnesota legislative session will be on pruning old, unneeded laws from the books. Dayton has been collecting ideas from the public and his administrative agencies for the so-called unsession. He has said his inspiration for an unsession came from a 1970s-era advertising slogan for 7-Up that billed the soft drink as the "uncola."
New Auxiliary Bishop Named For St Paul-Minneapolis The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is getting a new auxiliary bishop, the Vatican announced Friday.
Mankato Nurses OK Contract, Avert Strike Nurses at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato have overwhelmingly ratified a new contract, averting a possible strike.
Top Deputy At Twin Cities Archdiocese Resigns The top deputy at the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has resigned amid criticism of how church officials have handled cases of priests accused of sexual abuse.
Twin Cities Forum On 'Miss Saigon' PlannedAsian-Americans in the Twin Cities have a chance to discuss an upcoming production of the musical "Miss Saigon." Mu Performing Arts will host a public "Conversation Around 'Miss Saigon'" Monday night at the UBS Forum at Minnesota Public Radio headquarters in downtown St. Paul.
New Owners: Verso Paper Mill Will Not Be Reopened A paper mill in the central Minnesota town of Sartell bought last year by a Montreal-based scrap metal and recycling company is not going to be reopened, company officials say.