November 18, 2010 - Early next year the first baby boomers turn 65. The aging boomers are expected to strain healthcare resources for the next 20 years. One of the most urgent concerns is a looming shortage of nurses to care for the elderly. Ten nursing schools in west central Minnesota want to focus more attention on the nursing shortage. Dan Gunderson reports.
March 4, 2009 - Healthcare is one of the fastest-growing costs for Minnesota government. Governor Tim Pawlenty says it's critical to slow the growth in healthcare spending. He wants to reduce the cost of Minnesota Care, the state-funded insurance program. He's also proposing cuts to medicaid reimbursements. This week, Minnesota Public Radio is exploring the effects of the state budget crisis from the perspective of one community, Fergus Falls. It's the largest city in Otter Tail County. This is the latest installment in our series, "The State Budget in Your Backyard." As Dan Gunderson reports, balancing the state budget could mean big changes for the people covered by Minnesota Care and the hospitals that treat them.
December 29, 2008 - An initiative to make northwestern Minnesota hospitals more efficient is spreading across the state. It's called Lean Health and it uses the same ideas companies like Marvin Windows and Arctic Cat use to streamline assembly line production. Those companies are trying to encourage hospitals to use the same ideas. Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Gunderson visited one hospital where the assembly line efficiency model is working for healthcare.
September 27, 2007 - Many people dismiss the North Dakota plains as an uninspiring landscape. A Moorhead photographer uses words like comfortable and intimidating to describe the prairie. Wayne Gudmundson has spent 35 years photographing the prairie landscape. Gudmundson sees the prairie a place that represents a regional sense of identity. A retrospective of Gudmundson's work opens this week at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo. Minnesota Public Radios Dan Gunderson reports.
August 10, 2007 - The 35W bridge collapse is bringing renewed attention to the country's aging roads and bridges. Investigators will consider many factors as they determine why the bridge came down. One of those is the increased traffic over the bridge in the past 40 years. During that time there's been a dramatic increase in the number of trucks on the road and those trucks are heavier. Experts say that combination can significantly reduce the life of roads and bridges. Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Gunderson explains.
August 7, 2007 - Dozens of people survived the 35W bridge collapse. Some were seriously injured; others escaped with minor injuries. But all are experiencing the emotions that come after surviving a brush with death. Experts say understanding those emotions will take time and patience. Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Gunderson reports.
April 26, 2007 - A well known Minnesota poet is retiring from the classroom. Mark Vinz began teaching and writing poetry at Minnesota State University Moorhead in 1968. In the intervening 40 years he's published hundreds of poems and won numerous awards for his writing. There will be a farewell reading at MSUM this evening to honor Mark Vinz.
May 30, 2006 - It's commonplace to hear languages from around the world on the streets of Pelican Rapids. Many immigrants speak little English. The result is a language barrier that can make simple tasks difficult. Minnesota Public Radios Dan Gunderson reports.
February 18, 2005 - A new photo exhibit at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo examines the lives of recent immigrants. The collection of black and white photos captures some of the refugees from many lands who live in Fargo. As Mainstreet Radios Dan Gunderson discovered, every image is the beginning of a story.
February 17, 2005 - A new photo exhibit at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo examines the lives of recent immigrants. The collection of black and white photos captures some of the refugees from many lands who live in Fargo. As Mainstreet Radios Dan Gunderson discovered, every image is the beginning of a story.