Sasha Aslanian MPR News 91.3 FM MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota’s new marriage law goes into effect Aug. 1, creating new urgency for many faith communities about whether they will perform such weddings, particularly those that have been wrestling with how to address sexual orientation for decades. Among those torn over the issue are Methodists, who have a unique history on the matter in Minnesota — as retired pastor Roger Lynn would surely testify. On Sept. 3, 1971, Lynn performed a wedding that would define his career as a United Methodist minister.
Jayne Solinger MPR New 91.3 FM ST. PAUL — On a recent morning, members of the Ramsey Assertive Community Treatment team pulled up to a table to discuss some of their 95 clients. "She hasn’t been hearing the voices," one the team members said of a woman under its care. "Listening to music helps with the voices because when she repeats the lyrics it helps distract the voices. She looks really good." Meetings like this one offer hope for the approximately 2,000 severely mentally ill people in Minnesota who are living at home.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The informal style and sloppiness of texting and social media is finding its way into students' writing, and teachers are learning it's a problem they need to address.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota churches are deciding whether or not to perform gay marriage ceremonies with Minnesota's law about to change.
Lorna Benson MPR News 91.3 ST. PAUL — Black Minnesotans who have reached the age of 65 can expect to be healthy for far less of their remaining years than whites, according to new federal government data. A report released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concludes that black Minnesotans can expect a little over half of their remaining years – or 57 percent — to be healthy. On average Minnesotans 65 and older can expect 77.5 percent of their remaining years to be healthy.
By Dan Gunderson MPR News 91.3 FM MOORHEAD — Be observant. Don’t hit anything. Pilots in the cockpit live by those rules. Take the pilot out of the plane, though, and things get complicated. That’s the dilemma faced by aviation researchers as they navigate the future of unmanned aircraft. Technology has the potential to create a safe "sense and avoid" system for drones, experts say. Onboard cameras and radar systems hold promise. But replacing a human pilot presents huge challenges.
Julie Siple MPR News 91.3 FM ST. PAUL — Supporters of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — food stamps — worry that a heated debate underway in Washington could end with big cuts to the program when Congress considers changes to the program later this year. The U.S. House of Representatives shocked many observers last week when it passed a farm bill that included farm subsidies — but said nothing about food stamps.
Lorna Benson MPR News 91.3 FM St. Louis Park — Leslie Johnson struggles with migraines and memory issues. Her joints ache and she’s suffered problems with her heart, bowels and eyes. Ailments that had plagued her since college intensified in 2005 following the birth of her second child. Johnson’s mother, who at the time had recently been diagnosed with Lyme disease, saw some parallels with her own condition. "And so my mom said, ‘You know what?
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is putting $3.3 million worth of property up for sale next week, including a parcel on Lake Superior where outdoors advocates had hoped to put a state bike trail.
By Dan Gunderson MPR News 91.3 FM MARION LAKE — Property owners throughout Minnesota are increasingly turning to a new funding tool called lake improvement districts to protect water quality and fight the spread of invasive species. But the new taxes the districts levy are dividing residents around several Minnesota lakes, including Marion Lake in Otter Tail County.