Minnesota Public Radio
Friday 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. 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 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.
Mike 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.
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.”
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is getting a new auxiliary bishop, the Vatican announced Friday.
Nurses at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato have overwhelmingly ratified a new contract, averting a possible strike.
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.
Asian-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.
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.
A quarter of the Minnesota Legislature has submitted economic disclosure statements that offer the public few or no details about the source of their outside income.
U.S. Senate candidates Amy Klobuchar and Kurt Bills met for the first wide-ranging debate of the campaign Thursday, a lively Minnesota State Fair exchange that showcased deep policy differences between the candidates and no reluctance from either to fling tough rhetoric.
A committee of the University of Minnesota governing board said Friday that Regent Steve Sviggum should resign one of his two positions because of a conflict of interest.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting announced a $4.1 million grant Thursday to American Public Media to expand its network of “citizen sources” that help provide local news coverage across the country.
Longtime news host Gary Eichten plans to retire next January after more than 40 years with Minnesota Public Radio.