In this space a few weeks ago, we made mention of the connection that people have with the talent on local TV, even though we may not know them personally. They’re often a bigger part of our days than we realize.
MPR News Reflections and observations on the news
More than any other medium, local television news has a way of creating a personal connection between the person on the air, and the anonymous person watching at home.
So the death of Steve Frazier, the Fox 9 meteorologist, has understandably hit viewers hard. Read more →
Waylon Klitzman was just looking to honor a beloved teacher whose 4-year-old niece was battling a rare form of cancer. He did not expect his effort would become “Waylon’s $10,000 Pig” and draw the attention of the Washington Post. Read more →
A chance meeting at a Kohl’s in Duluth sends a hat off to help another cancer patient. Read more →
Sometimes, life is perfect. Take the case of Diane Bishop of Newfoundland, who was having a difficult time working because of the toll breast cancer was taking on her body. Read more →
Debi Berger, of Moorhead, didn’t get the last look at Christmas lights that her daughter and friends tried to arrange before she succumbed to liver cancer on Saturday.
Britney Berger had desperately tried to get people to put up Christmas lights early to ease her mom’s anxiety and fulfill a last wish.
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Every now and again, we need a recalibration of our consideration of things that are important. Usually it involves a story about how outrageously unfair life is.
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‘It crept in this morning, when I woke up, just thinking about everything that had happened, everything that my family and I had been through,’ Chad Bettis said. ‘I was holding back tears until the start.’ Read more →
John Sylvester died last Friday. Sylvester, who played professional soccer for the Minnesota Thunder and was coaching director for Minneapolis United, was diagnosed several years ago with ALS. Could it get any worse for a family?
Yes. Read more →
Here’s more proof that when it comes to sportsmanship, the track and field kids are the coolest ones. Read more →
Gov. Mark Dayton is reportedly going to spend the weekend evaluating his options for treatment of his prostate cancer. The possibilities are surgery or radiation, MPR’s Brian Bakst reports.
What’s to decide? Read more →
Cindy Stowell, a science content developer from Austin, Texas, died this week, months after she taped her appearance in August, promising to donate any winnings to cancer research.
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Karl Randa has cancer and, from the sound of things, the prognosis isn’t great. It didn’t help when someone broke into his family’s home and stole many possessions. It didn’t help when the family was faced with losing their home. It helped when his friends stepped in. Read more →
In Altoona, Iowa, Ava Hutchinson was diagnosed with cancer when she was just 2. She was treated and declared cancer free in 2009, but it came back in July. She’s 11 now and she may not see 12. She didn’t want any presents, just cards. She got cards. Read more →
Putting flowers on her desk today is about all we can do. We couldn’t offer any support to her during her three-year affair with cancer because she never told us. Read more →