Looking at Wisconsin, Twin Cities Sikhs open their temple doors

Sikh Holy Book
Kehar Singh, past president of the Sikh Society of Minnesota, uncovers the Holy Book at the Sikh Society of Minnesota in Bloomington, Minn. Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. The book, which is 1,430 pages, documents the teachings of the Sikh's gurus.
MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson

Minnesota Sikhs say they know about the prejudice that may have played a part in a mass shooting in Wisconsin. Analysts consider if Richard Schulze's offer is a best buy for Best Buy. We also hear hear about two Minnesotans taking it to the bad guys; one who uses education to try and curb teen gun violence, and a vigilante from long time ago who who eventually became the first superintendent of Yellowstone National Park.

Opening the temple doors
Kehar Singh is 78 years old. His dark bushy beard and his smiling eyes are crowned with a traditional Sikh turban that hides a head of unshorn hair. And in the 52 years he's lived in the United States, he says, "I've seen it all" when it comes to racial slurs. But when he heard about the six fellow Sikhs shot to death by a suspected white supremacist in Wisconsin on Sunday, he felt something far more unsettling -- and a need to help his neighbors better understand his faith, Laura Yuen reports.

Comfortably plumbing Lake Superior
Lake Superior, with its frigid, often ice-choked water and legendary storms, can be a dangerous place for scientists to conduct research, University of Minnesota Duluth physics professor Jay Austin tells Dan Kraker. "The season where it's nice to go out there is relatively short," he says, but "there's science year-round out there." So he and a team of researchers are testing a new device that could function under the surface of the big lake all year long, sending out a wealth of valuable data.

Teen gun violence: A solution?
Last year, 141 gun-related incidents in Minneapolis involved a child as either a victim, a suspect, a witness or as someone arrested in the case. The city doesn't break down the ages of those involved, but in 2011, four young people were killed by gunfire. They were 16, 14, 13 and 3 years old. What can be done to put a halt to such shocking, violent deaths? Experts say adults need to start talking to children early and often about violence and safety, Brandt Williams reports.

The Best Buy buy-back gambit
Yesterday we told you about the founder of Richfield-based Best Buy, Richard Schulze, proposing to buy the company and take it private. Well, retail analyst Howard Davidowitz says Schulze may be the company's best hope for the future. And he says there are moves the struggling company can make to fend off competitors with lower prices. A Best Buy spokesman described Schulze's proposal as highly conditional. Can Schulze can pull off the deal? Where would the money come from? Tim Nelson speaks with market analysts and experts to find out.

Visual poetry
We're continuing to post some of the most dramatic photojournalism from the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and today there's a local angle, as the Minnesota Lynx's Lindsay Whalen helps the U.S. women's basketball team beat Canada. Also, gymnastics superstarlet Gabrielle Douglas takes a tumble from the balance beam, divers create visual poetry in the water, and more. Also, be sure to check out our Minnesotans in London Olympics blog, which we update very day.

Did you know a Minnesotan played a key role in creation of the the country's first and best known National Park? Nathaniel Pitt Langford of St. Paul was Yellowstone's first superintendent. Dan Olson tells us Langford was also a vigilante in the lawless, rough and tumble Montana territory of the 1860s.

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