Minnesota

4:23am

Sun September 16, 2012
The Salt

To Find Truly Wild Rice, Head North To Minnesota

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 12:43 pm

Joe Hoagland, left, pushes a canoe through a wild rice bed as 14-year-old Chris Salazar learns how to harvest the rice.
Jim Mone AP

Harvest season is upon us, but in the U.S.'s northern lakes, it's not just the last tomatoes and first pumpkins. Through the end of this month, canoes will glide into lakes and rivers for the annual gathering of wild rice, kick started with the popular Wild Rice Festival in Roseville, Minn., on Saturday.

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3:46am

Sun September 9, 2012
Around the Nation

VFW Posts Become Refuge For Women, Too

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 11:43 am

From left, Linda Ausen, Marvin Jansma, Diane Sandberg and David Griffith volunteer during bingo night in July at the VFW post in Rosemount, Minn.
Jennifer Simonson MPR

For decades, Veterans of Foreign Wars posts have played vital roles in small towns throughout America. But in recent years, as World War II veterans have passed away, membership in VFWs has fallen drastically, and many posts have closed. Now, though, some are facing a possible renaissance, thanks to female soldiers returning from overseas.

The main room of the VFW post in Rosemount, Minn., is half-bar and half-bingo hall, with long card tables. In a corner, two men on a stage rotate a round cage of balls and call out bingo numbers.

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1:30pm

Fri July 27, 2012
The Salt

Seven Strange Food Museums To Spice Up Your Summer Travel Plans

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 9:33 am

A tunnel timeline showcasing the history of instant ramen at the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka, Japan.
Travis Sanders Flickr

The Olympics begin this afternoon, and the stores are filling up with school supplies, meaning that you only have a few more weeks to fit in a summer vacation. And if you'd like to add a quirky food-themed museum to your getaway plans, The Salt has compiled a few suggestions that are certainly off the beaten path.

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2:42pm

Fri May 11, 2012
It's All Politics

On Citizenship Question, Bachmann Not So Neutral

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 3:24 pm

Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, recite the Pledge of Allegiance before announcing her candidacy for president last June in Waterloo, Iowa.
Steve Pope Getty Images

12:47am

Mon May 7, 2012
Around the Nation

Never-Married Parents Get Help From Special Court

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 6:50 am

Joseph Arradondo assists his son Nasir, 2, on the sidelines of his daughter's soccer game in Brooklyn Park, Minn. Arradondo attended Co-Parent Court about a year ago and says the court helped with communication between him and Nasir's mother.
Jeffrey Thompson/MPR News

Across the U.S., 40 percent of children are now born to unmarried parents. This demographic shift, primarily among younger, low-income parents, can pose a challenge to a child support system designed chiefly to extract money from paychecks.

A court in Minneapolis is now trying a new approach, one that's about more than just the money as it attempts to keep both parents involved in the lives of their kids.

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