2014 in review: Top Twin Cities stories
What metro story mattered most to you in 2014?
Laura McCallum is the Deputy News Director for MPR News. She is a former reporter who covered education and politics, serving as MPR's Capitol Bureau Chief for six years. McCallum joined Minnesota Public Radio in 1993, starting at MPR's birthplace in Collegeville before moving to the St. Paul newsroom in 1997. She has won numerous state, regional and national writing and reporting awards. Prior to MPR, McCallum worked for three public radio stations in North Dakota and also did television and print reporting. McCallum is a past president of Capitolbeat, the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, a national journalism organization dedicated to improving statehouse coverage around the country. She also served as president of the Northwest Broadcast News Association, a regional news organization representing six states. McCallum, a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Dakota.
What metro story mattered most to you in 2014?
<p>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 ovarian cancer in 1989. The clubs are gathering places where people living with cancer can come <a class="more-link" href="http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/04/red-door-opens-for-gildas-club-twin-cities/"><span>Read more</span> →</a></p>
<p>Man shot by ex-girlfriend’s dad acquitted</p>
John Michael Lerma was bigger than life. Everyone who knew him would agree. And that's why it's so hard to believe he passed away yesterday at the age of 52.
<p>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. Everything was pitch black – except John Michael and Chad’s home, which was as brightly lit up as if the power was still on. I knocked on the door, and this gregarious man opened the door, warmly welcoming me to a small cozy living room lit up by what seemed like dozens of candelabras. Typical John Michael – who needs power when you have candelabras?</p>
Since 2007, at least 23 young Twin Cities men have left for the Horn of Africa, allegedly to take up arms in Somalia's civil war. Authorities believe the men joined al-Shabab, a ruthless and radical Islamic militia group vying to topple Somalia's weak transitional government. Here is what we know about these men.
<p>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 <a class="more-link" href="http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/06/life-without-power-for-many-metro-residents/"><span>Read more</span> →</a></p>
The news that a man alleged to be a former Nazi SS commander has been living in Minnesota for decades is not the first time that someone residing here has been accused of crimes during World War II.
<p>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. Curtis Gilbert will have more on this story <a class="more-link" href="http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/06/12/saints-ballpark-to-cost-nearly-9-million-more-than-budgeted/"><span>Read more</span> →</a></p>
Lawmakers on a Republican-led subcommittee in the U.S. House met Thursday to discuss President Barack Obama's offer to give states the ability to receive waivers from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, program.
The Prairie Seeds Academy will not be allowed to compete in a state soccer tournament, a judge ruled today.
The group promoting a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota is debuting its first two TV ads of a heated campaign.
A new poll shows if the election were held today, constitutional amendments on marriage and voter ID would likely pass.
<p>An endangered Amur tiger cub was born at the Minnesota Zoo.</p>
Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a package of business tax breaks, including a freeze on statewide property taxes for businesses.
A jury has convicted a Roseville man of second-degree murder in the hit-and-run death of a University of Minnesota student.
The Hennepin County medical examiner says a Nisswa woman drowned in a hot tub outside a Plymouth home over the weekend.
A district judge has dismissed Occupy Minnesota's lawsuit against Hennepin County.
<p>St. Paul author Roger Barr has compiled his holiday short stories in a book to benefit emergency food shelves.</p>
<p>Keillor’s Common Good Books is relocating to Macalester College.</p>