Minnesota

Conflict & Justice

Franken wins? Not so fast.

It ain't over till it's over. A day before the 111th Congress convenes, Republican senators are claiming that they will block any attempts to seat Democrat Al Franken, who currently holds a slim lead over Republican incumbent Norm Coleman.

Global Politics

Minnesota still has not elected a senator

While the Guinness Book of World Records may not actually have an entry for longest election, many Minnesotans are certain that their Senate race would win. Tom Scheck of Minnesota Public Radio joins The Takeaway to discuss the Minnesota Senate race.

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Justice

More and more cities are saying goodbye, Columbus

For one community, Columbus Day is a marker of genocide and shame. For another, it's a celebration of history and heritage. Now some cities like Seattle, Portland and Minneapolis are siding with the former, rebranding the holiday as Indigenous Peoples Day.

Environment

From the White House to Minnesota gardens, an effort to make more room for pollinators

Honey bees and other pollinators are in big trouble. President Barack Obama wants to help save them with a new protected bee habitat corridor along I-35 spanning the US from Laredo, Texas to Duluth Minnesota. Catherine Winter, who lives in Duluth and keeps bees herself, tracked down some other bee enthusiasts to talk about the president's plan and their own efforts to protect the pollinators that help feed us all.