July 30, 2008 - Midday remembers Harrison Bud Tordoff, who died last week, with a special rebroadcast from MPR's "Voices of Minnesota" series. Tordoff was known as the man who saved the peregrine falcons in Minnesota. Before becoming an acclaimed ornithologist, Harrison Tordoff was a decorated fighter pilot during World War II. Also part of this series is an interview with Minnesota nature photographer Jim Brandenburg.
June 11, 2008 - In this special music edition from Minnesota Public Radio's Voices of Minnesota series, the spotlight shines on Minnesota gospel singer Tom Tipton and Celtic music performer Laura MacKenzie, both musicians who have become famous beyond Minnesota's borders.
April 9, 2008 - Five religious women speak about their views on social justice. Four of them are sisters, and also Catholic nuns. The Rev. Peg Chemberlin is president-elect of the National Council of Churches. Guests: Kate, Rita, Brigid & Jane McDonald: Sisters and Catholic nuns, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul. Rev. Peg Chemberlin: President-elect, National Council of Churches. Executive director, Minnesota Council of Churches.
October 11, 2007 - The big hurryup to get the new 35W bridge built means working through a Minnesota winter. And even with our recent history of warmer than normal winters it can still get pretty darn cold in January and February. Not to worry, the bridge builders say. We've been building structures for decades in cold weather they point out. The secret according to the engineers is keeping the fingers, the water and the sand warm. Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Olson reports.
August 15, 2007 - Engineers planning the replacement of the I 35W bridge over the Mississippi in Minneapolis were told today to be aware of issues which may slow their ambitious rebuilding schedule. Minnesota officials are promising the ribbon will be cut on a new span a year from this fall. However various local officials want planners to allow time for more public comment on the design of the new bridge. And University of Minnesota vice president for operations Kathleen O'Brien reminded state officials that removing the debris of the old span and construction of a new one will occur literally a few yards from one of the U's research facilities. State officials put the price tag of a new 35W bridge at $250 million. However, they say the cost could rise to well over $300 million when demolition and other expenses are added.
August 14, 2007 - It now appears the Minnesota Department of Transportation is willing to consider a future light rail component for the new I-35W bridge. State transportation officials have said it's too expensive and will cause too much delay to change the route of the already planned Central Corridor light rail line to use the new I-35W bridge. Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Olson reports.
August 13, 2007 - It now appears the Minnesota Department of Transportation is willing to consider a future light rail component for the new 35W bridge. State transportation officials have said it's too expensive and will cause too much delay to change the route of the already planned Central Corridor light rail line to use the new 35W bridge. Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Olson reports.
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August 1, 2007 - The are certain moments in time that people can reflect exactly where they were when it happened (i.e.- Challenger disaster, 9/11 terrorist attack). For many Minnesotans, the collapse of 35W bridge in Minneapolis is one of those moments.
June 26, 2007 - Stampeding bison, drunken ox cart drivers and a teen romance are all part of a new book by a St. Paul author. The book "Red River Girl" is fiction but the story is rich with historical fact from the mid 1840's. The story's heroine is a 13 year old girl forced to take on adult responsibility while coping with the trials and tribulations of being a teenager.