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St. Paul, MN
Editor and Deputy News Director — Minnesota Public Radio
As seen in:  Minnesota Public Radio

Deputy News Director at @MPRnews, editor of metro unit. Former media jackal. Edina resident and mom. ND native, proud UND grad.

Is the High School Obsolete?

minnesota.publicradio.org — Leaders ranging from the richest man in the world to Minnesota's governor say the same thing -- the American high school needs a complete overhaul. The U.S. lags behind key competitors in math and science scores and graduation rates. MPR explores how well our high schools are doing, and how they can improve.

Behind the scenes of state budget talks

news.minnesota.publicradio.org — It's been a week since Minnesota lawmakers left the Capitol, after finishing work on a state budget that wasn't completed until a special session and a partial government shutdown. We take a look behind the scenes at how the budget stalemate came, and was resolved, by the state's three top political leaders.

2014 in review: Top Twin Cities stories

blogs.mprnews.org — 1. Two deadly fires in Minneapolis early in 2014 claim eight lives. A New Year's Day fire in a Minneapolis apartment building forces residents to jump from their buildings. The fire kills three, injures at least 14, and damages a neighborhood mosque. And a Valentine's Day fire kills five children.

To fence, or not to fence the Shakopee women's prison

mprnews.org — Dozens of women in white prison uniforms crowd around the door to the only dining room in the Shakopee prison. The room can hold about one-quarter of the prison population, so mealtime takes place in shifts. "We do three breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners," explains Warden Rick Hillengass.
May 20, 2014

blast from the past - I did the Shakopee women's prison fence story 8 years ago! mprnews.org/story/2006/02/… via @mprnews

Red door opens for Gilda’s Club Twin Cities

blogs.mprnews.org — The signature red door officially opens in Minnetonka later today. Anyone who's either battled cancer or watched a loved one fight the battle is probably familiar with Gilda's Club, named in memory of comedian Gilda Radner, who died from cancer in 1989. The clubs are gathering places where people living with cancer can come for...

Twin Cities cookbook author John Michael Lerma dies

blogs.mprnews.org — I first met John Michael in 1999, after I moved into the house across the street from him in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood. I was coming home from a meeting one night, and the power was out on our block.
Nov 08, 2013

NewsCut blog: Twin Cities cookbook author John Michael Lerma dies: I first met John Michael in 1999, after I m... bit.ly/1d4TcGG

Nov 08, 2013

Twin Cities cookbook author John Michael Lerma dies blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/1… via @mprnews

Nov 08, 2013

Twin Cities cookbook author John Michael Lerma dies at 53: j.mp/1dSHLTj

Life without power for many metro residents

blogs.mprnews.org — My morning tweet got quite a few responses from frustrated Twin Cities residents still without power after several days. @MPRsLauraMc @cathywurzer @mprnews Ours is one of those homes. Last time I showered or shaved other than by candlelight was last Thursday. - Joe Thiegs (@jthiegs) June 24, 2013 I also heard from Nick Gasper of...

Saints ballpark to cost nearly $9 million more than budgeted

blogs.mprnews.org — Representatives from the city of Saint Paul, Ryan Companies, Saint Paul Saints and the Saint Paul Port Authority have a conference call at 3 p.m. to talk about the Lowertown Ballpark including recent soil contamination findings. This letter went to city officials in advance of the call.
Jun 12, 2013

RT @MPRnews: Saints ballpark to cost nearly $9 million more than budgeted. mprne.ws/lYDIZ

Jun 12, 2013

Environmental problems may add $8.8 million surprise to $54 million Saints stadium: blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/…

Jun 12, 2013

RT @timnelson_mpr: Environmental problems may add $8.8 million surprise to $54 million Saints stadium: blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/…

Aug 28, 2015

RT @laura_yuen: Tune in to hear former MN journalist Abdi @Aynte talk about his experiences as a government minister in Somalia! twitter.com/Aynte/status/6…

Aug 28, 2015

Democratic presidential hopefuls go big today in Twin Cities - story by @timpugmire on now: mprnews.org/story/2015/08/…

Aug 27, 2015

heading to the @mnstatefair? want to make sure you catch live @mpr programming? full lineup here: mpr.org/statefair?elq=…

Aug 27, 2015

@kryssypease @MNWineCountry @TomCrann @go4gal @MPRnews Dying to know whether MN wine is good. Appetites is performing good community service

Aug 27, 2015

great conversation @onmprnews right now with @KerriMPR - who's your favorite character in literature? most courageous? most misunderstood?


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