Laura McCallum

Laura McCallum is the deputy news director for MPR News.

Stories by Laura McCallum

Red door opens for Gilda’s Club Twin Cities

<p>The signature red door officially opens in Minnetonka later today. Anyone who&#8217;s either battled cancer or watched a loved one fight the battle is probably familiar with Gilda&#8217;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> &rarr;</a></p>

Twin Cities cookbook author John Michael Lerma dies

<p>I first met John Michael in 1999, after I moved into the house across the street from him in St. Paul&#8217;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 &#8211; except John Michael and Chad&#8217;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 &#8211; who needs power when you have candelabras?</p>

Life without power for many metro residents

<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. &mdash; 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> &rarr;</a></p>

Saints ballpark to cost nearly $9 million more than budgeted

<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> &rarr;</a></p>