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January 13
Listen: How is Mississippi River water made safe to drink?

Listen: How is Mississippi River water made safe to drink?

We visited Minneapolis' drinking water treatment facility to understand the complex process that makes river water safe to drink.
Curious Minnesota
January 8
In the U.S. District Court of Minnesota, Chief Judge John Tunheim issued an order in December that continued a suspension of federal trials until Jan.

How are courts in Minnesota coping with the pandemic?

There were only five state jury trials in December, with COVID-19 protocols in place, but plenty of court hearings are happening, mostly remotely.
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January 4

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January 1
Jason Lewis spoke to the crowd at Reagan Day at the Ranch, a Republican event held annually in Taylors Falls earlier this year.

When's the last time a Minn. Republican won a majority statewide?

You have to go back a full quarter century for the answer.
Curious Minnesota
December 25, 2020
Shoppers look for Black Friday deals at the Mall of America in Bloomington in November.

Why doesn't Minnesota charge a sales tax on clothing?

Minnesota is one of just a handful of states that does not charge sales tax on clothing — a bit of tax policy that's so well known that it attracts tourists.
Curious Minnesota
December 18, 2020
The construction of Interstate 94 tore a hole through Rondo, St. Paul’s historic black neighborhood.

Why was I-94 built through St. Paul's Rondo neighborhood?

The highway connected Minneapolis and St. Paul, but its construction tore a hole through a thriving, historic Black neighborhood.
Curious Minnesota
December 12, 2020
Trees along E. 42nd Street in south Minneapolis have been trimmed severely so that they don’t interfere with power lines.

Why does Minneapolis keep planting trees under power lines?

After a few years, the trees are pruned into "ridiculous V shapes" to keep them from hitting power lines, a Curious Minnesota reader points out.
Curious Minnesota
December 7, 2020
Al Lindell, head election judge, handed an "I voted" sticker to a voter from behind a plexiglass barrier as voters gathered for the election Tuesday a

Listen: Will Minnesota join push toward a national popular vote?

Fifteen states have joined the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, but Minnesota isn't one of them. Host Eric Roper talks to reporter Torey van Oot about why.
Curious Minnesota
December 4, 2020
Miranda Sylvander helped Jacob Leverenz get a new set of vehicle license plates and tabs at the Carver County Service Center in Chanhassen. ] GLEN STU

Why are car tabs more expensive in Minnesota?

The cost of annual motor vehicle registration varies wildly around the U.S. States use a variety of methods to calculate registration fees, including a vehicle's age, weight, value or a flat rate.
Curious Minnesota
November 27, 2020
BRIAN PETERSON ¥Êbrian.peterson@startribune.com Isle Royale National Park, 9/16/2009 ] Isle Royale is also home to the worldÕs longest conti

Why is Minnesota the only mainland state with an abundance of wolves?

In October, federal wildlife officials announced they were delisting the wolf, removing endangered species protections.
Curious Minnesota
November 20, 2020
Carlos Remigio, right, a volunteer, and Michael Lindsay, left of center, a Ramsey County employee, worked to unload the car of an election judge, coll

Will Minnesota join the push to switch to a national popular vote?

Coming off the 2020 presidential election, the conversation around the Electoral College continues to heat up.
Curious Minnesota
November 19, 2020
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November 13, 2020
Shawn Bates panhandles at the intersection of Hiawatha Avenue and E. 46th Street in south Minneapolis in November 2020.

Is it legal to panhandle in the median of Minneapolis city streets?

The legality of panhandling on a median is a bit complicated. "Whether it's legal or not depends on how you conduct yourself," says Timothy Richards of the Minneapolis City Attorney's Office.
Curious Minnesota
November 13, 2020
A strong westerly wind kicked up snow Sunday afternoon drifting it over area roads and parking lots. A St. Paul resident used a snow blower in an atte

Why does St. Paul leave alley snowplowing to its residents?

In St. Paul, many residents have to band together to hire plow drivers during the winter.
Curious Minnesota
November 11, 2020
Southdale Mall anchors Macy's and Herberger's. ] GLEN STUBBE * gstubbe@startribune.com Thursday, November 17, 2016 1002522579 - Do stores still make a

Listen: Why do so many Twin Cities mall names end in 'dale'?

Malls ending in the suffix "dale" are peppered across the Twin Cities. But why "dale"? Reporter John Ewoldt joins host Eric Roper to discuss the history of the Dales, starting with the landmark mall that started it all — Southdale.
Curious Minnesota
October 31, 2020
JENNIFER SIMONSON • jsimonson@startribune.com Minneapolis, MN - 4/10/09 - State safety officials today are emphasizing some sobering news as motorcy

Are motorcycles allowed to be louder than cars in Minnesota?

Loud bikes are a pet peeve of many who say the unbridled mufflers make their bodies shake, hurt their ears and wake them from sleep.
Curious Minnesota
October 26, 2020
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October 25, 2020
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How many WPA projects were built in Minn. as part of FDR's New Deal?

It's easy to stumble across the fruits of the agency's work, however — just look for the telltale bronze plaques.
Curious Minnesota
October 17, 2020
Southdale Mall anchors Macy's and Herberger's. ] GLEN STUBBE * gstubbe@startribune.com Thursday, November 17, 2016 1002522579 - Do stores still make a

Why do so many Twin Cities mall names end in 'dale'?

Southdale was designed to be more than a shopping experience, complete with a day care center, aviary, fish pond and sidewalk cafes.
Curious Minnesota
October 9, 2020
In foreground river water streams in headed towards the spaulding precipitators to soften the water at the Minneapolis water treatment plant on the Mi

Do the Twin Cities really get their drinking water from the Mississippi River?

Minneapolis and St. Paul treat about 100 million gallons of river water per day.
Duluth
October 2, 2020
Pecan Ave. in Duluth has one of the few public lanes on a public road in the city. ] ALEX KORMANN • alex.kormann@startribune.com Duluth markets itse

If Duluth is such a great outdoors city, where are all the bike lanes?

Duluth has just 12.5 miles of bike lanes on the city's 450 miles of roads. City officials and council members have long sided with on-street parking needs.
Curious Minnesota
September 25, 2020
Italian prisoners of war harvest onions near Princeton, Minnesota, at the O.J. Odegard farms, September 1943. Italian World War II POWs in Minnesota h

Did German POWs really work on Minnesota farms during World War II?

About 400,000 Axis prisoners of war captured during World War II were dispatched to 500 camps around the United States. Many Minnesotans are unfamiliar with this episode in history.
EPISODE 18
September 23, 2020
St. Paul, MN thursday 6/28/2001 House member Rep. Betty Folliard appeared before cameras and microphones outside the house chamber to accuse some memb

Why hasn't Minnesota passed the Equal Rights Amendment?

Neither the U.S. nor the Minnesota Constitutions have amendments addressing gender equality. ERA supporters are continuing to push for change, but they face legal and ideological opposition. Host Eric Roper talks with reporter Jessie Van Berkel about the status of the ERA.
Curious Minnesota
September 23, 2020

Listen: Why hasn't Minnesota passed the Equal Rights Amendment?

Neither the U.S. nor the Minnesota Constitutions have amendments addressing gender equality. ERA supporters continue to push for change at the state and federal levels, but they face legal and ideological opposition.