Interviewing skills, values help MPR reporter uncover church's secrets

Photo by Keoni Cabral published under Creative Commons License

Madeleine Baran isn't used to being in the spotlight. The Minnesota Public Radio reporter is more comfortable asking the questions and listening to others' stories.


Turning defeat into victory: Carri Jones learned from her first election loss and now leads Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Women chair four of the 11 federally recognized Indian tribes in Minnesota. Carri Jones, chairwoman of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, is one of them.


Minnesota’s Palestinian and Jewish communities react to escalating clashes in Mideast

Meredith Aby-Keirstead, spokesperson of the Anti-War Committee that organized the Tuesday demonstration. (MinnPost photo by Ibrahim Hirsi)

Escalating violence in the Mideast is prompting local demonstrations of solidarity with Palestinians as well as reactions from Minnesota lawmakers and a leader in state’s Jewish community.


Video: Adjunct union vote this week at St. Thomas

On the heels of a successful campaign to form an adjunct faculty union at Hamline University, adjuncts at St. Thomas will vote this week about whether they would also like a union. Advocates say their work at UST is not compenstated sufficiently, and that instructors face a level of uncertainty and job instability around issues like class assignments, schedules, work space, and more. As contingent labor, individual faculty members have limited power to negotiate better terms, but organizers hope that collectively they can have more influence over the terms of their employment.

IGGERS DIGEST | You don't have to be Muslim: Sampling Minneapolis' Iftar buffets

A sampling of the fare at Big Marina's Iftar buffet.

Ramadan, the Muslim month of prayer and dawn to dusk fasting, runs through July 28. The faithful break the fast each evening with a festive dinner, and a number of local Middle Eastern restaurants mark the occasion with well-stocked buffets. These are so popular that some of the restaurants set up special outdoor tents to handle the overflow. Top local spots for Iftar buffets include the Marina Grill and Deli (2424 University Ave.) and Big Marina Grill and Deli (4755 Central Ave., Columbia Heights and 128 W. Lake St., Minneapolis) , Marhaba Mediterranean Grill (2801 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis and Crescent Moon Bakery (2339 Central Ave., Minneapolis).


Research funding boost to help new University Bee Lab facility in battle against waning honeybee population

Bee Squad team member Chris Kulhanek carries a frame from a hive at the rooftop apiary at Urban Ventures in south Minneapolis on Monday afternoon. Recent state allocations will partially fund the construction of a new University Bee Lab on the St. Paul campus. (Photo by Chelsea Gortmaker)

Midsummer sunrays beamed on Monday as University of Minnesota researchers let a swarm of buzzing honeybees loose, allowing them to forage nearby fields before returning to the experiment’s site on the St. Paul campus.


Lands End Pasty Company: For Brit foodies, a new Dinkytown destination

Lands End Pasty Company co-owner John Earl makes pasties on July 7, 2014, at the newly opened shop in Dinkydale Mall. Earl began making the savory meat pies after tasting them on a trip to Cornwall, England, four years ago. (Photo by Holly Peterson)

For six months straight, John Earl ate more savory pies than he could stomach in search of the perfect crust.


NEWS DAY | Leaving the Daily Planet

My first paying job, way back in the day, was as a writer. I wrote a weekly column for the Litchfield Independent Review during my high school days, with columns ranging from investigative reporting to opinion. Since then, I've been in and out of writing — books, news reporting, a syndicated newspaper column, curriculum writing, free-lancing, editing, and even teaching writing — along with detours into strange jobs such as gym teaching and lawyering. For the past seven and a half years, the Daily Planet has been my all-consuming, more-than-full-time work. Now I'm heading out for new adventures. 


Murdered Palestinian teen's family protest in Minneapolis, demand US cut Israeli aid

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In Minneapolis, family and friends of Mohammad AbuKhdar took to the streets to protest after the Palestinian teen was kidnapped by Israeli settlers, tortured, forced to drink gasoline and burned to death. This was shortly after the bodies of three Israeli teens were discovered, allegedly killed by Palestinians. The Israeli government has launched a series of retaliatory raids against the Palestinians.


Peace of Hope in Minneapolis connects prisoners and their families

Sharon Brooks, founder and president of Peace of Hope, has increased services in north Minneapolis through her 2-year-old nonprofit organization. (MinnPost photo by Ibrahim Hirsi)

Sharon Brooks was only 12 years old when she thought of becoming an advocate for African-Americans with family members in prison.