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Minnesota Now with Cathy Wurzer is journalism that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s reporting that puts people first with live, down-to-earth, unscripted interviews that aim to inform and entertain. Tune in to Minnesota Now weekdays at noon on the radio or the live audio stream at mprnews.org.

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A new novel about a ‘sandwich’ generation explores middle age and senior synchronized swimming
St. Paul author Sarah C. Johns’ debut novel features three generations of women with a unique family history, and the stars of the show are in their late 50s and and 70s. And they’re working together to ready a team for a senior synchronized swimming competition.
15 Hmong language teachers become first to get accredited, Karen and Somali language next
We’re seeing more school districts across Minnesota starting to provide, Hmong, Somali and Karen language classes. But there hasn’t been the infrastructure to teach those classes until now.
Minnesota Now and Then: Minnesota's role in the Underground Railroad
Newly uncovered history by a Minnesota historian suggests that the state had a larger role in the Underground Railroad than previously known.
What’s behind the racial disparities in Minnesota opioid overdose deaths?
Over 4,000 Minnesotans have died from an opioid overdose in the past 5 years. The overdose deaths were disproportionately racial minorities.
A Minnesota delegate and a political science expert weigh in on Biden’s candidacy
As support for Biden wavers after Thursday’s debate, we checked in with two Minnesotans: an uncommitted DNC delegate and a professor of political science.
20-year-old loops Lake Superior solo in 42 days, buoyed by climate change awareness
A triple science major at the College of St. Scholastica may be both the fastest and youngest to circumnavigate Lake Superior in a kayak — and he’s hoping the 1,000-mile trip will draw more attention to climate change’s effects in Minnesota.
‘Minnesota Mean’ brings flat-track roller derby to the screen
A new documentary follows six women on the Minnesota Roller Derby team over the course of a season. It was released to streaming platforms July 2.