Hart Van Denburg

Hart is the morning online editor at MPR News. Previously, he wrote the newsroom blog at City Pages in Minneapolis; edited national news for Internet Broadcasting in St. Paul; was a photojournalist in Connecticut and on the Texas-Mexico border; and a newspaper reporter in New Hampshire. Born in New York, Hart grew up in the U.K. before returning to the U.S. to earn a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Vermont in 1982. A resident of the Twin Cities with his wife and three children since 2004, he also holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado.

Stories by Hart Van Denburg

The Pulitzer Prize for poetry’s Minnesota connection

<p>When the 2014 Pulitzers were announced on Monday, we took note that University of Minnesota alum Kevin Siers, of The Charlotte Observer, won the editorial cartooning award. But there&#8217;s another connection to Minnesota among the recipients. The prize-winning poetry collection &#8220;3 Sections&#8221; by Vijay Seshadri was published by Minneapolis-based Graywolf Press. As we noted previously, <a class="more-link" href="http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/04/the-pulitzer-prize-for-poetrys-minnesota-connection/"><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a></p>

Minneapolis, St. Paul end emergency parking restrictions Thursday

<p>Motorists will be able to park on both sides of surface streets in St. Paul and Minneapolis starting tomorrow, when the cities lift emergency parking restrictions put in place earlier this month because of excessive snow. There are some exceptions, however. In St. Paul: Despite the ban being lifted, however, some streets remain too narrow <a class="more-link" href="http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/03/minneapolis-st-paul-end-emergency-parking-restrictions-thursday/"><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a></p>

Crashed Ice skaters schedule St. Paul return

<p>The base of the Cathedral of St. Paul will be transformed into an extreme sports mecca again when the daredevil skaters of RedBull Crashed Ice return to the city on Feb. 22, 2014 as part of a winter-long global racing series. Last year, about 90,000 people huddled along the refrigerated course to watch competitors speed, <a class="more-link" href="http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/crashed-ice-skaters-schedule-st-paul-return/"><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a></p>

Firefighters battling downtown Winona blaze

<p>Winona firefighters are fighting a growing, early morning blaze in the center of the city that the Winona Daily News says began at the Islamic Center. There are no injuries reported so far. MPR reporter Tim Nelson spoke with Jerome Christenson, the deputy editor of the Winona Daily News who has been at the scene, <a class="more-link" href="http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/09/firefighters-battling-downtown-winona-blaze/"><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a></p>

Twin Cities home prices: Check the numbers

<p>As Annie Baxter reported this morning, the latest Case/Schiller numbers &#8220;provide further evidence of improvements in the Twin Cities housing market. Metro home prices in April were up 15 percent from the same month last year. That was the Twin Cities&#8217; largest year-over-year spike recorded in the index.&#8221; Here&#8217;s how the national numbers, which include <a class="more-link" href="http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/06/twin-cities-home-prices-check-the-numbers/"><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a></p>

Those overnight storms: Possible 8 inches of rain at Breezy Point

MPR reporter Tim Nelson reports that storms swept across Minnesota and into western Wisconsin early this morning, leaving tens of thousands of people without power and streets blocked by downed trees. A trained spotter at Breezy Point reported nearly 8 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. Winds over 80 mph started blowing across <a class="more-link" href="http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/06/overnight-storms-possible-8-inches-of-rain-breezy-point/"><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a>

St. Paul dresses in gay pride colors

<p>Tim Nelson reports this morning that St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman is issuing a proclamation temporarily renaming the city’s landmark Wabasha Street Freedom Bridge the “Wabasha Street Freedom to Marry Bridge.” The executive order comes as the state Senate is preparing to vote to make same sex marriage legal in the state, just days after <a class="more-link" href="http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/05/st-paul-dresses-in-gay-pride-colors/"><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a></p>

James Beard awards overlook Twin Cities restos

<p>The second wave of James Beard Foundation awards were handed out last night in New York City, but unlike Friday, when Twin Cities based Andrew Zimmern was among the winners, the awards went elsewhere on the culinary map. Restaurateurs Michelle Gayer of “Salty Tart,” and Jack Riebel, of “Butcher &amp; the Boar” had been finalists <a class="more-link" href="http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/05/james-beard-awards-overlook-twin-cities-restos/"><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a></p>

Zimmern, Perennial Plate among Twin Cities James Beard award winners

<p>Travel Channel host and food writer Andrew Zimmern, and &#8220;The Perennial Plate&#8221; hosts Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine, get to bring James Beard Foundation media awards home to the Twin Cities. The prestigious awards were announced Friday night in New York City. Zimmern was named Outstanding Personality/Host for his show &#8220;Bizarre Foods America.&#8221; Klein and <a class="more-link" href="http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/05/zimmern-perennial-plate-among-twin-cities-james-beard-award-winners/"><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a></p>

2013 James Beard Award nominees have a Twin Cities flavor

<p>Writers have the Pulitzers, actors have the Academy Awards, and foodie fans have the James Beard Awards, which are handed out tonight and Monday in New York City. Minnesota had a big showing in the semifinal round, as we reported here in February. When the final nominees were announced in March, the showing had been <a class="more-link" href="http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/05/2013-james-beard-awards-nominees-have-a-twin-cities-flavor/"><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a></p>