BuzzFeed took some heat lately for prioritizing the “sharability” of content on social networks at the expense of the facts. It made me wonder what MPR News content did best on social networks this year. Can hard news do well on social networks, or is it only the land of soft features and sensational stories? Read more →
Archives for December 2013
(h/t NewsCut) “A shift in the weather could heighten the risk of potential health hazards after a mile-long train carrying crude oil derailed in North Dakota and set off explosions, authorities said, urging residents of a nearby town evacuate,” via AP/MPR News About 2,400 people live in Casselton, about a mile from Monday’s fiery derailment. Read more →
Overhang at Greysolon Plaza in downtown Duluth has collapsed pic.twitter.com/G6eUuktprv — Andrew Krueger (@akpix) December 29, 2013 “The ornate canopy that fronted the historic Greysolon Plaza in downtown Duluth collapsed Saturday evening, narrowly missing at least one person that had just walked under it,” reports Candace Renalls for the Duluth News Tribune.
These days the counters are armed with binoculars and smart phones with apps for bird songs and calls that help them identify species. Read more →
Here in the Twin Cities on Monday morning there was a little snow on the ground, but parts of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin are digging from a major storm. We checked with the Iowa State University Mesonet readings to find out where the the heaviest snow fell around the region, as measured Monday morning: Location Read more →
Our friends at WNYC have produced a fascinating look at how much money households are earning across the nation. Here is a close up of the region. Click the image to interact and explore more closely. Median household incomes in neighborhoods across the United States, based on the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.
Temporary workers in Minnesota are much more likely to get injured on the job when compared to temporary workers in other states according to reporting by ProPublica. The watchdog group discovered that temporary workers Minnesota’s chemical industry are three times more likely to be injured on the job when compared to regular employees. A ProPublica Read more →
The Red Lake Nation is placing a greater emphasis on its native language and a two-day language summit this week is an example of the enhanced focus for this northern Minnesota reservation. The gathering is part of a 10-year language revitalization plan. “In order to understand the tradition and the ways and the spirituality of Read more →
Grand Rapids is the first Minnesota city to take a stand against plastic shopping bags, but so far nowhere in Minnesota has gone as far as many other cities and even countries that ban or tax the bags. Read more →