Maya Rao

Reporter | Regional
Phone: 612-673-4210
Maya Rao covers regional issues in and around the state of Minnesota. She wrote for The Press of Atlantic City and The Philadelphia Inquirer before moving to Minnesota in January 2012.

Recent content from Maya Rao

Minnesota college tragedies: Drunk, frozen and underage

Accidents involving drunk students freezing to death have shaken campuses in Minneapolis, Duluth, La Crosse and beyond, but particularly here, at this 5,000-student campus along the shores of Lake Bemidji.

Updated: March 03, 2015, - 06:14 AM

American Indians' autopsy protests lead to a teachable moment

After scrambling to head off two autopsies, tribal advocates urge public officials to honor Indian religious traditions.

Updated: February 23, 2015, - 10:37 PM

A closely watched fight brewing over nitrates in Iowa water

Iowa water utility threatens to sue three counties over fertilizer runoff.

Updated: February 18, 2015, - 10:54 PM

Twin Cities hospitals are front line in treating Bakken burn victims

Burn injuries among North Dakota workers have surged to more than 3,100 over the past five years. The Twin Cities have the closest burn centers.

Updated: February 15, 2015, - 06:43 AM

Another defamation suit in Cold Spring murder case

Ryan Larson sues a Sauk Rapids officer who posted on Facebook that he was likely involved in Thomas Decker’s death.

Updated: February 03, 2015, - 10:31 PM

Despite technology advances, space heaters still spark fires

Despite better technology, units can still spark tragedy if not operated properly.

Updated: February 01, 2015, - 08:17 PM

Jan. 21: Nelson pleads guilty to lesser charge; maximum of 90 days

Philip Nelson was facing up to 20 years in prison and a ruined athletic career after he took part in a drunken fight that nearly killed another man. On Wednesday, he got his future back.

Updated: January 22, 2015, - 06:45 AM

Osakis school investigates photo of teen tied up during class

The Osakis, Minn., School District is investigating allegations that bullies tied up a high school student with an electrical cord...

Updated: January 21, 2015, - 09:42 AM

Donald Kahn, U professor and husband of Rep. Phyllis Kahn, dies

University of Minnesota math Prof. Donald Kahn, husband of longtime state Rep. Phyllis Kahn, died unexpectedly Friday night.The couple had...

Updated: January 18, 2015, - 12:17 AM

Carbon monoxide deaths surge in Minnesota; two Lindstrom women are latest victims

Twenty-two people died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning last year, according to a preliminary calculation by the Department of Health. That’s the highest number since at least the 1990s.

Updated: January 14, 2015, - 10:02 AM

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