Stories from June 20, 2024

U.S. Forest Service moves forward with Leech Lake land transfer agreement
Former President Donald Trump signed the Leech Lake Restoration Act in December of 2020. The act compensates Leech Lake for approximately two-thirds of land erroneously transferred in the 1940s and 50s.
Heavy rains and climate change challenge Minnesota agriculture, farmers of color
“It has been a tough season,” said Marcus Carpenter, founder of an organization that supports greater racial and ethnic diversity in farming. “When you have farmers of color who have very little acreage to deal with in the beginning, having an entire washout can be detrimental for them, both economically … and from a community perspective.”
Officials are responding to floods across northern Minnesota... after as much as half of a foot of rain fell in some areas earlier this week. And both the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts have approved their budgets for next year.
Catherine Newman’s novel “Sandwich” centers on a woman vacationing with her young adult children and her elderly parents. Julie Satow’s “When Women Ran Fifth Avenue” profiles three NYC department stores.
V3 Sports aquatic, recreation center looks to bridge racial gap in north Minneapolis
V3 Sports will hold its grand opening on Saturday. The aquatics and recreation center is one of the largest private investments ever in north Minneapolis at $126 million.
How do you define clean energy? Minnesota climate group working on answer
How will Minnesota transition to a carbon-free future? B. Rosas with Climate Generation talks about the organization’s efforts to inform communities across the state about clean sources of energy.
Twins look to come out on top in series against Rays, Willie Mays’ Minneapolis connection
The Minnesota Twins are in a tough series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Baseball legend Willie Mays has died, and the beginning of his career brought him to Minneapolis. Plus, we’ll take a look at the Minnesotans vying to be in Paris this summer for the Olympics.
As anti-trans legislation has ramped up, historian Jules Gill-Peterson turns the lens to the past in her book, “A Short History of Trans Misogyny.” This week, NPR talks about how panics around trans femininity are shaped by wider forces of colonialism, segregation and class interests.
Donald Sutherland, the towering actor whose career spanned ’M.A.S.H.’ to ’Hunger Games,’ dies at 88
The film and television actor whose prolific career stretched from “M.A.S.H” to “JFK” to “The Hunger Games,” Donald Sutherland has died at 88. Sutherland costarred in Ordinary People, based on the book by Minnesotan Judith Guest and starred in 2005’s “Aurora Borealis,” which is set and filmed in Minneapolis
St. Louis County declares state of emergency amid flooding, city of Cook underwater
The St. Louis County Board has declared a local disaster in response to flooding and other damage resulting from recent torrential rain that swept across the region. In downtown Cook, homes and businesses are under several feet of water with flooding from the Little Fork River.
Thank You, Stranger: In northern Minnesota, a man’s motorcycle broke down in the exact right spot
Matt Stanton’s motorcycle broke down in rural northern Minnesota. His bike stopped right in front of the only driveway for miles. And the man who owned that house, couldn’t have been the more perfect stranger to help him out.
In Grant County, more than 280 grazing goats provide sustainable solution to buckthorn
Each month, MPR senior economics contributor Chris Farrell takes us inside a local business. This time he visited a farm in Grant County that is using their goats in a unique way.
Why are so many Americans leaving church?  
Millions of Americans are leaving church in what some call the “great de-churching.” MPR News guest host Kelly Gordon talks about where they’re going and what’s behind the historic exodus from Christian congregations.
Collier scores 16, Carleton 14 as Lynx win fifth straight 68-55 over Atlanta; Howard injured
Napheesa Collier scored 16 points and the Minnesota Lynx used a balanced attack to defeat the Atlanta Dream 68-55 for the fifth-straight win. Bridget Carleton scored 14 points and Dorka Juhasz had 10 points off the bench for the Lynx.
Rookie Petar Musa's first career hat trick sparks Dallas to 5-3 victory over Minnesota United
Rookie Petar Musa had three goals for FC Dallas, finishing off his first career hat trick with the go-ahead score in the second half of a 5-3 victory over Minnesota United. 
Rays stop Twins' winning streak at 6 with 3-2 victory, after Royce Lewis' 10th-inning throwing error
The Tampa Bay Rays scored on a throwing error by Minnesota's Royce Lewis with two outs in the 10th inning for a 3-2 victory that stopped the Twins’ six-game winning streak. 
Flood cleanup continues in northeast Minnesota. Rivers still rising across the state
Crews continued working Thursday to repair dozens of roads and highways washed out across northeast Minnesota by runoff from torrential rain on Tuesday. Rivers also continue to rise across the state.
On Wednesday, people in Duluth and on the Iron Range surveyed storm damage after Tuesday’s deluge.  More than 6 inches rain caused rivers along the North Shore to churn brown and crash down the rocks to Lake Superior. And the Rondo Center of Diverse Expressions held its fourth Juneteenth observance celebration on Rondo Avenue and Fisk Street Wednesday.
More showers develop Thursday. Heavy rain Thursday night into early Saturday
Scattered showers will develop Thursday for portions of central and southern Minnesota. Heavier rain and storms are possible Friday into Saturday. Drier weather develops next week. 
Millions of Americans are under heat advisories as high temperatures roast the U.S.
The National Weather Service had issued heat advisories for parts of at least 15 states, including in several major cities such as Philadelphia, Columbus and Boston.
Northside Minneapolis modular housing project unveiled
The company George Modular Solutions will begin manufacturing residential and commercial modular housing next spring, said CEO Lewis Lockwood. The company is renovating a 83,000-square-foot former printing plant into a modular manufacturing plant.
Minnesota families struggle to find quality child care for their children with disabilities
Early intervention can help kids with disabilities succeed in school, but finding child care that can manage their needs is a massive challenge. Parents often ride a roller coaster of hope and frustration searching for a spot. One organization has a waiting list of 2,000 kids.
Historic Lake Superior lighthouse sold at auction 5 years ago is available once again
A historic Lake Superior lighthouse that was purchased at auction five years ago by a Californian with dreams of converting it into a quiet getaway, is now being offered for free to a government agency or nonprofit that agrees to maintain it.
U.S. home prices have far outpaced paychecks. See what it looks like where you live
In nearly half of metro areas, buyers must make more than $100,000 to afford a median-priced home, a Harvard University report finds. And home prices this year reached a new all-time high.