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While the air quality has improved, the MPCA said the smoke plume was from fires in British Columbia, Alberta and northwestern Ontario. The smoky haze was visible across much of the state on Saturday, reducing visibility and contributing to a bright orange-pink sunrise. On Updraft, the MPR News weather blog, Bill Endersen notes we can expect areas of smoke from the wildfires in western Canada to linger.

Michael Barone's 50th anniversary

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Fifty years ago on August 20th, Michael Barone started working at Minnesota Public Radio.

Classical MPR Host John Birge talked with Michael about some of the highlights of his career, and reminisced with tape from the past five decades. Who knew that Michael came to MPR on a coin toss? Or that his cultural footprint might ascend beyond the pages of the New York Times Arts & Leisure section to the game board of TV's Jeopardy?

Listen to 50 Years with Michael Barone and be sure to check out the photo gallery.

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Pulling out all the stops for Michael Barone's 50th anniversary

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Michael Barone is celebrating a truly amazing 50 years with Minnesota Public Radio this month. Listen as he reminisces with John Birge about some of his favorite moments from the past five decades.