December 10, 2007

Special Education Programs

There was a public hearing on December 3rd about a new change to Minnesota's special educations programs because "changes are necessary to satisfy new federal legislation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act" according to Minnesota Public Radio. The Star Tribune featured a story about a new charter school that is going to be opening the fall of 2008 for autistic student from sixth to tenth grade. It was interesting that the two different news outlets had information about two slightly different things but both were about special education programs and how there is a need for reform. Many autistic students are placed in the special education program with other students with different needs. Autistic kids need a quiet place to learn with less stimulation.

University Prof is Awarded Noble Prize

University of Minnesota Prof. Emeritus Leonid Hurwicz receives his Nobel Prize in Economics. The Star Tribune briefly covered the story as well as Minnesota Public Radio. Both stories were brief but MPR included the specific title for the work that he did to get the award which is called the mechanism design theory. The Star Tribune just explained what it did instead.

December 2, 2007

Let It Snow!

The Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune covered detailed stories about the snow storm on Saturday. They both covered information on snow fall, airplane delays, and the Grand Meander event. Both stories were very similar however, I thought that the Pioneer Press's article was easier to read because it looked smaller. It may be smaller or it could be the layout. The layout made it easier to get through because of the single spaced lines. The Star Tribune's article would be easier to read for those with poor eyesight. However, overall the stories were almost identical except for some fact differences. (7.5 inches of snow rather than 8)

Hastings worker killed in an explosion

Nicholas Gunter, 29 was found dead Sunday at the Marathon Petroleum Co. site in St. Paul Park where he worked. An explosion went off at about 8:30 a.m. and was put out at 9:30. Gunter was unaccounted for, so a search went out for him. He was found dead at the 10,000-barrel tank, which had caught fire. The Star Tribune covered the story and I it had a lot more details than the Pioneer Press. They included his name and how long he had been working for the company. I was surprised that the Star Tribune had so much extra information because the articles both came out on Sunday. However, the Star Tribune's version was last updated 9 hours later.

November 25, 2007

St. Paul Fire Displaces 60 residents

A fire broke our in a St. Paul apartement complex shortly after 2 p.m. on Sunday. No one was at the start of the fire in the building but the fire displaced 15 families, 60 people total. The Star Tribune covered the story with a detailed story while the Pioneer Press had a short story from the Associated Press. Today's articles from the Pioneer Press have not impressed me because the ones I read were all taken from the Associated Press.

Plane crashes in Faribault

A plane that seats four, crashed into Faribault, Minn., Municipal Airport just after 3 p.m. Sunday according to the Pioneer Press whose article was from the Associates Press. Two people died but the other two peoples fates are unknown and no hospitals in the area had any information of possible victims. The Star Tribune had a much more detailed article written by their own staff which I thought was better than just featuring a short story that did not give a lot of infomation like the pioneer press.

November 19, 2007

A series of unfortunate events in Mankato

A MNSU Mankato student, Rissa J. Amen-Reif was hit by a car and killed early Sunday morning. The Gamma Phi Beta was walking with her sorority sister,Corinne L. Overstake, to downtown Mankato when they realized they were lost. They called for a ride and as they were crossing the street Amen-Reif lost her footing and fell. Overstake went to help her up when a car hit them both. The drivers name was not released because he is a minor at 17-years-old. Overstake is crtically injured and suffered a broken cervical, lower back and pelvic bones.
The Star Tribune covered the story along with the Pioneer Press. The two stories were somewhat similar covering the background information but including past stories about the other recent deaths of MNSU students. Both of the stories had memorial service information. The Pioneer Press had a picture from the facebook memorial site of the two girls.

Steven Ferguson charged with second degree manslaughter

Steven Ferguson killed 14-year-old Brandon Lanie, of Buffalo last year while hunting. His trial has been ungoing since last year and he finally was charged with second degree murder and 10 years of probation. He is also not allowed to buy alcohol or go into bars. He was hunting last year and mistook Brandon as a deer. The Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune covered the same story written by the associated press. I am surprised that neither newspapers wrote their own story since it has been an ongoing trial. The Star Tribune did include a picture of Ferguson.

November 11, 2007

E. coli contamination in foods has risen

The number of E. coli contaminations in food has risen since 2004. The Star Tribune had a story about the recent outbreaks and some theories about the increase since 2004. They used numbers in their article, like “falling from a high of 225 people infected in 1996 to 110 in 2004� instead of the percent decrease from those years. I believe that the way they worded that was the most understandable. The Pioneer Press covered a the story in a similar way. It also used numbers in an easily understandable way. They used phrases like, “nine of the 19 beef recalls� instead of almost half of the recalls. I thought that it was another good way to use numbers in an understandable and logical way.
I thought that both of the articles did a good job using numbers, inspecting the story and finding good sources and theories for the incidents.

A 17-year-old girl was raped in her own home Wednesday

Last wednesday, a 17-year-old girl was raped in her own home in St. Paul. At around 4:50p.m. a man forced his way into her house and raped her. Police reseaved a phone call at around 5:05p.m. The Star Tribune had an updated story on the arrest of the man who may have committed the crime. The Pioneer Press had the breaking news story about the rape and A follow up story about the police sketch they were going to release later. I was surprised when I didn't see a breaking story in the pioneer press about the arrest. Which is the most important information to the story.

November 5, 2007

Cargill has E Coli Problem

Cargill Meat Solutions recalled over 1 million pounds of beef last week when they found a strain of E Coli in it. No illnesses were detected in this recall but the company had a recall early in the same month. On October 6th, Cargill recalled 840,000 pounds of beef when four Minnesota children and four Wisconsin adults got E Coli poisoning from eating beef patties sold at Sam's Club. The Star Tribune covered the story in the inverted pyramid style, with the most important information towards the top of the article, but the article was written by the Associated Press. Minnesota Public Radio covered the same story from the Associated Press.

It's Hunting Season

A 62-year-old man from Aurora, Minn. was shot while hunting by a member of his hunting party. He was taken to Virginia Regional Medical Center and then air lifted to St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. The extent of his injuries are currently unknown according to the Star Tribune. The Pioneer Press had a story of their site from the Associated Press which covered the three people who were shot this weekend while hunting. They covered the same man as the Star Tribune, but also a man shot in the arm and another man who was fatally shot. All of the shootings are being investigated but currently police believe that they all were accidental. Both articles are incomplete and more information will most likely come out later when more information is found.

October 29, 2007

Train Delrailment in West-central Minnesota

The Pioneer Press covered a story about a train derailment in Clara City, Minn. (21 miles southwest from Willmar). The train collided with another train that was parked at 4 a.m. The train wreck caused a chemical spill of hydrochloric acid which can cause burns if contact occurs. School was cancelled and hundreds were evacuated to a church in the town of 1300 people. The story was basic and very short. A follow-up story may appear later. Kare 11 covered the story as well. The two stories are almost completely identical.

Follow-up stories about Katherine Ann Olson

The Star Tribune did a follow-up story about the murder of Olson who was found dead in the trunk of her car after she was going to meet an employer she found on They talked about the suspect who was arrested and talked to his friends. The suspect was said as a nice guy. The article finished with her funeral information. The Pioneer Press covered the follow-up story as well. They had some similiar information but not completely. The Pioneer Press did not have any information about the arrested suspect, except his name, which they released. But they did talk about how craigslist is being affected and how common users are not weary of using the site. They also had funeral information and some background on the story.

October 22, 2007

Quintuplets were born last Thursday

Jessie Mrozek gave birth to five babies last Thursday three months early. They were all on ventilators but four have been removed due to lung development. One, Lainey Ann, needed to stay longer because she had a hard time getting oxygen to her brain but she and the other 4 have a 95 percent chance of survival. The babies are staying at Children's Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis and will most likely need to be hospitalized for several months. The mother is in good condition and is staying at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. The Pioneer Press had an article from the Associated Press and it focused on the babies and did not really mention the mother. It sounded like a follow-up story. The Star Tribune had a story from the Associated Press as well but it covered more information and was a better story for those who are finding the story for the first time.

Body found in lake

A dead man's body was found in Ceder Lake on Saturday morning near an overturned boat. Police are investigating and do not know the cause of death. The Pioneer Press covered the story through a staff report. It was very short and to the point. I expect that they will cover the story in more detail soon, when more information in available. The Star Tribune covered the story in a longer story more targeted towards people who want a more detailed and personalized story. However, because of the lack of facts and details they will also have to do a follow-up story.

October 14, 2007

Suspect arrested Friday in connection with light rail rape

A 20-year-old man was arrested in the connection with the abduction, rape, and robbery of a woman on October 4th. At a round 2 a.m. that morning a 44-year-old woman was waiting on the 38th street platform after meeting with friends. The man approached her, put a gun to her back and forced her into a nearby laundry facility where he brutally beat and raped her. She was able to make her way to a nearby friend’s house where she was taken to a hospital and treated. She remembered a lot of details and the light rail had security cameras which also helped the police in finding the suspect. Authorities believe that he will be charged for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and aggravated robbery. Kare 11 News covered the story but their sources said he was 28-years-old. The story was very brief and left out more details than the Star Tribune. The Star Tribune gave more details about the woman involved and how the rape was a random person instead of an acquaintance which is usually the case in rapes. They had an expert source on rapes in the Twin Cities and many statistics. I thought that their piece was more interesting without being too long.

AIM activist, Vernon Bellecout died

Vernon Bellecourt, a long time leader of the American Indian Movement died Saturday from pneumonia at age 75. His brother, Clyde Bellecourt, the founder of the activist group was the main source in both of the articles in the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune. Both of the articles gave a detailed obituary about many of the ways Vernon Bellecourt helped the AIM movement. He was a very prominent man who lately was an active in the fight against American Indian names in sport team names and mascots. He became active in the work abroad program of AIM and met with presidents from Nicaragua, Palestine and Libya. The articles both gave details about his wake ceremonies on Monday and Tuesday and his funeral on Wednesday.

October 7, 2007

Ukranian Antonenko wins Twin Cities Marathon

The annual Twin Cities Marathon was this morning and the Ukranion man, Antonenko won the race 6 minutes and 18 seconds ahead of the second place winner Joseph Mutinda. Minnesita Public Radio covered Antonenko's story as well as the Pioneer Press.
MPR only covered a short story on the top performers in the race. However, the Pioneer Press covered more news about the race including the hot weather conditions and the injured.
MPR didn't attribute their sources so it is a little unclear. However, they probably just were present at the race and witnessed the information while he finished.
The Pioneer Press quoted the winners directly. So they used a human, expert source. They also quoted the marathon's medical director, Steve Sterner, another authority source.

Two men killed in head on collision

An accident during rush hour traffic left two men dead in Maplewood at 5:30 p.m. The two drivers and the two passengers in one of the cars were all wearing their seatbelts. The two passenger suffered only minor injuries.
The Pioneer Press gave only the important details and the entry was very short. Their only source was a human, authority figure source, the spokesman for the Minnesota State Patrol.
The Star Tribune covered the same story in a different way. They clumped to accidents that happened over the weekend together in the same article and I felt that it was a little confusing. In this article that I found on the Star Tribune website, I didn't see any attributions or sources, which is strange.

September 23, 2007

Denver man rips had off of a live duck in St. Paul hotel

A Denver man staying at the Embassy Suites in St. Paul ripped the head off of a live duck because he said he was hungry. The hotel keeps a pond of eight live ducks. A security gaurd witnessed it and the man is facing a felony charge for animal cruelty. The security guard said that the man had obviously consumed a lot of alcohol. The Star Tribune covered the story and gave a more in depth version. However, it did not seem too long, it gave good details about the man, the hotel, the ducks, and the action that took place. The article had a duck visual (a live duck with a head). The Pioneer Press covered the story as well but gave only the most important and fast details. Their version was for the person looking for instant news and not the little details like the mans name, his jail time and the $5,000 he may have to pay.

A 12-year-old girl was shot in the head in north Minneapolis

On Saturday night around 12 a.m. a 12-year-old girl was shot in the head and is now in critical condition. The girls family was having a party when it happened. The Star Tribune covered the story Here and focused on how violent crime in Minneapolis is involving younger and younger people. The Star Tribunes article was long and covered the story but went into more details with statistics on violent crime and other shootings involving other people like Charez Jones who was killed last summer. I thought it was too long for an internet news story. The Pioneer Press covered the same story and included more details about the actual shooting, the girl and her family, and neighbors who knew the young girl and what she was like. The story was also a lot shorter but in seemed more thorough.
The girl is thought to be a random person and not a target. She is still in critical condition.

September 17, 2007

Shooting at the Target Center

A fight between two people attending the World Fighting Championship Downtown Throwdown led to a shooting. The Pioneer Press and The Star Tribune had coverage on shooting. The Pioneer Press' article was more vague but gave the important information The Star Tribune had more of the little details involved such as stories of other people who witnessed and the viewpoint of one of the World Fighting Championship fighters who was about to go out and fight. It seemed like the Pioneer Press' article may have come out sooner just to report the most recent and important information.

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Elderly man makes U-turn directly in front of moving light rail.

The Pioneer Press's top web story for today informed the public about an accident between a mini van and the light rail train. A 77-year-old man driving north along side the train, which was also going north, decided to make a u-turn right in front of the train. The man's van was totalled but he was not seriously injured. The Star Tribune also had coverage of the story and they included that thankfully the area it happened, the train drives at a slower pace of 30 mph. The train was out of order for an hour and it is under inspection, but it does not show much damage. The man in the accident suffured little injuries but was taken to the hospital to be checked just in case.
The Star Tribune's coverage at seemed more thorough although the extra information seemed like unnecessary bulk such as "the driver's attempt to turn on the train tracks is not an advised maneuver." The Pioner Press's article at included the most important information and kept it short.
The Pioneer Press' lead for the article was a quote and it was over 35 words in length which were aspects I found strange. However, the quote provided the who, what, where, when, and how information which was all the main and most important details. Therefore, I thought the it was a successful lead. Although the lead is in a quote, I still believe it is a direct lead. The information in the lead was all pretty general, no exact names or the action that led to the accident, but instead what informally occured and whether or not anyone was injured. Basically the main impact was in the lead.

September 10, 2007

Minnesota rehab center may be closed

A rehab center in Robbinsdale, Minnesota called West Metro Recovery Services may be be shut down by the state for 37 rule violations. The president Patrick Mus said that the violations mostly just deal with paper work and other non-threatening violations. The state says that they are important such as leaving group recovery sessions to go run errands. The recovery center in the past has had better than average recovery rates but other recovery centers may have different standards which could change the results. Mus is waiting to settle this legalling but his business is suffering because Hennepin county will not send anyone to his center and some insurance companies won't cover his center anymore. Mus is worried that he could go out of business before he meets with the judge. The article seemed very balanced between each disputing side with many different types of sources from different experts.

New school brings hope to those wishing for a brighter future

There is a private high school in South Minneapolis that is specifically for disadvantaged teens who seek a better future. It is funded by Bill Gates, some large corporations, and surrounding businesses of the area. The school called Cristo Rey Jesuit High School has very high standards with classes starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 4p.m., along with after school activities until 6:30 p.m., and the required one work day a week to help fund their school. The regular classes seem intense and the school also requires etiquette lessons, drug tests, business casual dress, and regular lessons on how to fill out paper work. The school doesn't throw a certain religion in the students face and the school is made up of 60% hispanic, 35% black, and the other 5% coming from other racial backgrounds. The majority of the students come from the Phillips neighborhood and they come from either low to middle class or below the poverty level. The school has a rigorous screening and application process so the students going through the program really get the most out of it. The school has a 90% graduation rate which is much higher than the neighboring schools. The students enrolled seem very mature and motivated to make the desision to positively change their future in such a rigorous way.