General Announcements

Story by Michelle Alimoradi and Bob Hines

The Minnesota Legislature will officially begin its session the week after next, and one of the issues that is bound to come up is a proposal to ask voters to amend the Minnesota Constitution to require photo ID for voters in Minnesota.

Story by Bob Hines and Michelle Alimoradi

President Obama has proposed an immigration rules change for undocumented workers that would remove one of the often-expressed fears of people who apply for “green cards” – namely that they will have to leave the United States in order to make the application and will not be allowed to return for up to ten years.

Story by Blake Mattson

The north side of Minneapolis is still recovering from May 22’s tornado. In an effort to focus attention on the work that remains, a group of young photographers created an exhibit called “Of Sadness and Hope: Images from the Northside Tornado”.

Story by Terry Carter

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has set aside three hours to hear arguments about a proposed high voltage transmission line across south Minneapolis.
Xcel Energy says the new line is necessary to assure reliable service to the area, but some opponents argue the utility should be required to try more conservation measures first.
One key issue is the placement o

The year was 1967 and Martin Luther King, civil rights leader, Baptist preacher and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, agreed to deliver the prestigious Massey lectures on CBC Radio. His title, was “Conscience for Change.” Although these lectures were recorded more than forty years ago, King’s words have lost none of their relevance as we still try to come to terms with many of the same issues.

Story by Sanni Brown

This week marks the start of the physical set-up preparations for the U.S. Pond Hockey Championship, scheduled to be held January 20th through the 22nd on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. The outdoor tournament features play by 250 teams on 25 rinks, drawing over two thousand players from 37 states and several countries.

Story by Bob Hines

On Tuesday, January 10th, two candidates will go before the voters in South Minneapolis in a special election to serve in the State House of Representatives.
District 61B was formerly served by Jeff Hayden, who will join the State Senate later this month as an elected replacement for Senator Linda Berlin. Berglin left the legislature last summer after a long career.

Story by Michelle Alimoradi

When State Senator Larry Pogemiller accepted an appointment by Governor Mark Dayton to head the State Office of Higher Education last October, he ended a legislative career that spanned more than three decades in the state House and the Senate.

Story by Flor Trevino and Mike Fischbein

Minnesota Senate Republicans have selected Dave Senjem of Rochester as their new majority leader. Senjem takes over for Senator Amy Koch, who resigned the post amid allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a male staffer.

Senjem said “Over the course of the last two weeks we’ve gone through a difficult period.

A bird bander in northern Minnesota captured a black capped chickadee last week, and discovered that he was looking at an old friend. Ornithologist Michael North re-captured a bird he had banded 9 years ago. At that time of the first banding the bird was two years old, so this individual bird is the Oldest Known Living Chickadee on Earth, at 11 years, 6 months.