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How MPR unveiled 'A Prairie Home Companion' in 1974

How MPR unveiled

While making their fundraising pitch to listeners in 1974, morning music program host Garrison Keillor and then-MPR president Bill Kling paused to tease the audience about a new weekly music and comedy program MPR was about to debut. Listen to the audio clip!

74 Seconds: The death of Philando Castile and the trial of Jeronimo Yanez

74 Seconds: The death of Philando Castile and the trial of Jeronimo YanezIn July 2016, officer Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop in a Twin Cities suburb. The world watched the aftermath, live on Facebook. Yanez has been charged in Castile's death. His trial begins May 30.

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Legislature pushes ahead on budget bills

The Minnesota Legislature got back to work Wednesday afternoon after missing a self-imposed 7 a.m. deadline to finish. The special session will continue into Thursday and perhaps beyond.


The Current

Curtiss A at the Ramberg Senior Center, and more free music at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair

The Grandstand gets the big names, but it’s the entertainment at smaller stages across the grounds that gives the Minnesota State Fair the right to call itself “Minnesota’s biggest music festival.” The fair has just released the lineup for this year’s free (with fair admission) stages, and it’s a doozy. National artists on the lineup…


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In a tower 300 feet above Rochester, a new carillonneur plays songs for all to hear

Getting to work is no easy task for Ferguson

Mayo Clinic has one of the rare full-time positions for a carillonneur, some who plays the bells in a bell tower. Twenty-four-year-old Austin Ferguson just took the position and now takes requests via Twitter.