“Minnesota Monthly” magazine recently named Isaac Becker its “Restaurateur of the Year,” based on his launch of 2013’s hottest eatery, Burch Steakhouse and Pizza Bar. “Minnesota Monthly” magazine editor Rachel Hutton, a regular contributor on MPR News’ Appetites, spoke with Tom Crann of All Things Considered about Becker’s imprint on the Twin Cities dining scene. Read more

Tony Hayward was leading BP in 2010 when the Deepwater Horizon exploded and killed 11 workers in the Gulf of Mexico. The accident is the largest oil spill in marine waters. Hayward now leads Swiss company Glencore Xstrata which is the largest investor in the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mining project in northern Minnesota. Background on Read more

“Deep below the Superior National Forest floor, traces of copper locked into the rock are stirring up both dreams and dread,” write MPR News reporters Dan Kraker and Elizabeth Dunbar. PolyMet Mining is working to persuade state officials that it can unlock those deposits safely, without causing significant harm to a corner of Minnesota known Read more