Sara Porter, MPR News

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San Antonio, TX, United States

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Past articles by Sara:

The Minnesota fall bucket list

The fall season in Minnesota is spectacular but fleeting! Here’s a list of all the things you should see and do before the winter cold sets in. → Read More

How to handle a heat wave: Safety tips and ways to stay cool

The heat wave hitting Minnesota continues on into this week. Here’s what you need to know about the dangers of extreme heat and some tips for staying cool. → Read More

Several types of COVID tests are available in Minnesota. Here’s what you need to know.

State health officials have said from the beginning that testing is essential to understanding the scope and impacts of the coronavirus across Minnesota. And on the individual level, it’s a helpful tool for navigating life in the pandemic. Here’s a breakdown of the kinds of tests available in the state, when you should seek one out — and what happens next. → Read More

Your COVID-19 questions, answered

Frequently asked questions and resources on the topic of COVID-19 → Read More

Quiz: Can you recognize a state park in just one photo?

Are you a state park super fan? Think you could tell a state park from a photo alone? Here’s your chance to test your state park chops. → Read More

Iowa Caucus 2020

Coverage of the Iowa Caucuses from a Minnesota perspective. → Read More

A State Fair tradition: The Minnesota weather quiz

For the 23rd year in a row, Mark Seeley will be quizzing folks on weather headlines of the past year. Have you been paying attention? Take the quiz yourself here. → Read More

Como Zoo welcomes its first baby tufted puffin

The zoo has exhibited puffins since 1987, but this is the first time a puffin chick has hatched at Como. → Read More

Your questions about gun control in Minnesota, answered

Following two mass shootings, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz pressed lawmakers on stalled gun control legislation. Those proposals have a complicated history in the state. Here are a few questions we received from audience members, and their answers. → Read More

Video: Biffy, hobbledehoy, cattywumpus! Where did these words come from?

You probably have a favorite word, either for its meaning or for how it sounds when you say it out loud. But do you know the origin of that word? We asked our audience what words they were most curious about. Then, we brought them to etymologist Anatoly Liberman, author of "Word Origins and How We Know Them: Etymology for Everyone," and a professor at the University of Minnesota. He walked us… → Read More

The trail less traveled: Where to find Minnesota parks that are off the beaten path

There’s no shortage of beautiful state parks in Minnesota. But if you feel like you’ve already seen it all, or if you’re just looking to beat the crowds, consider a trip to one of these lesser visited parks. Randolph Briley, special assistant to the commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, provided the suggestions and this important caveat: “The more remote parks tend to… → Read More

Appetites: Stuffed drumsticks are a labor of love

Imagine if a drumstick and an eggroll had a baby, that's kind of what the stuffed drumsticks at Mai's Kitchen are like. They're among the must-haves at the Hmong Village food court in St. Paul, says Yia Vang. → Read More

Reader suggestions: Books we should teach in schools

The decision to pull two books from reading lists for Duluth's high school students has sparked discussion about what literature should be required reading. We've compiled a list of books that MPR News readers said they'd recommend high school students be required to read. → Read More

Minnesotans on the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana

Minnesotans share their opinions on recreational marijuana. → Read More

Working 'within the elements': Arrowhead 135 racer shares his experience

The planners of this ultramarathon want the race to be as challenging as possible, so they schedule it for what's likely the coldest week of the year. This year, they hit the jackpot. → Read More

Fact or fiction: Test your knowledge of cold weather claims on this quiz

You've likely heard these tips for dealing with subzero temperatures before -- But are they true? Test your knowledge! → Read More

What was the most memorable story of 2018?

"Homeless camp." — Tony Allen You can read the latest on that story here. → Read More

What brings you joy during the holiday season?

Help us spread some holiday cheer by sharing what brings you joy during the winter season. → Read More

What should Minnesota do with its budget surplus?

A few suggestions from our Facebook page: " Pay back public debt." — Gabriel Aguirre "Roads, schools, jobs." — Alec Timmerman "Infrastructure investments and higher education." — Andrew M. Svec "Hold onto it because a recession is just around the corner." — Roni Brunner "Since it's been brought up recently, help fund more dental care for the poor." David Wilford "Social Security income should… → Read More

Which U.S. Senate candidate do you agree with most?

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is running for re-election against Republican Jim Newberger and two third-party candidates. If you're still not sure who you're voting for, try out this quiz to see which candidate most aligns with your thinking. → Read More