Kirsti Marohn, MPR News

Kirsti Marohn

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Saint Cloud, MN, United States

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Past articles by Kirsti:

Oh snap! Massive turtle surfaces in Brainerd, sets social networks atwitter

“My daughter all of a sudden said, ‘Mom, be quiet. I can hear something breathing,’” Shala Holm recalled as the dinosaur-like creature approached them while they fished in a kayak on the Mississippi River. Her picture of the snapping turtle is rocketing around online. → Read More

St. Cloud mosque break-in prompts calls for increased security

The incident marks the fifth time this year a mosque in Minnesota has been targeted, the most in the state's history, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Minnesota. → Read More

Avian flu found in third Minn. flock as federal team joins response

The U.S. Department of Agriculture emergency response team will arrive in Minnesota on Wednesday and will be deployed for at least three weeks. → Read More

Judge affirms that 61,000-acre Mille Lacs Reservation still exists. What does that mean?

Mille Lacs County plans to appeal the ruling, which it says creates uncertainty for nontribal members living within the reservation boundaries. But band officials say the ruling won’t change much for nontribal members. → Read More

Ancient cooking vessel found in Boundary Waters dates back more than 1,600 years

The findings indicate the long history of Native Americans using the site in the border lakes region during the summer months, for fishing and processing of wild rice. → Read More

Minnesota native in Kyiv views Russian invasion firsthand

Joe Whitcomb, a psychotherapist who helps develop treatment methods for trauma victims, said it’s been a tense and frightening experience hearing gunfire and air raid sirens from his apartment. → Read More

Study: Cash aid could help boost babies’ brain development

Some Twin Cities mothers are part of a study of the connection between cash aid programs and babies' brain development. → Read More

Boat-cleaning stations aim to contain aquatic invader

The self-serve stations are being installed at a handful of public accesses on northern Minnesota lakes infested with starry stonewort, a fast-spreading invasive algae. → Read More

Military team arrives to support beleaguered St. Cloud Hospital

The 23-member team of doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists will work alongside staff in areas where they are most needed, including the intensive care unit, surgical wards and the emergency room. → Read More

COVID-19 in MN: Hospital needs hit 2021 highs as surge worsens

Two central Minnesota hospital systems said Friday they’re struggling to find beds for critically ill patients. Separately, new data shows dramatic differences in COVID-19 hospitalization and death rates between vaccinated and unvaccinated Minnesotans. → Read More

Hefty spike in heating costs expected to hit Minnesotans

The higher bills are coming as many families are already struggling due to COVID-19, and the rising cost of food, housing and other expenses. → Read More

Few Minn. counties require COVID vaccines for jail workers

Unlike the state Department of Corrections, which requires prison staff to be vaccinated or tested regularly, most counties are taking a more restrained approach for employees of their jails. → Read More

In Clearwater County, sheriff aims to keep peace amid Line 3 resistance

Some opponents of the Enbridge Line 3 project have complained of heavy-handed tactics by police, who've rounded up and arrested people holding marches and occupying construction sites. In Clearwater County, Sheriff Darin Halverson has taken a noticeably different approach. → Read More

Officials: More than 200 arrested in northern Minnesota Line 3 protests

More than 200 people were arrested during protests against the Line 3 oil pipeline project Monday near the Mississippi River headwaters. → Read More

Complaints of racism, bullying in central Minn. school district prompt calls for change

The Rocori School District is doing some soul-searching after reports that students of color have been targets of racist bullying. The district’s school board is meeting Monday night to develop an action plan. → Read More

In St. Cloud, VA’s McDonough emphasizes care for growing ranks of women veterans

United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough is visiting veterans facilities in his home state of Minnesota this week, highlighting the agency’s efforts to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine and meet the needs of a changing veteran population. → Read More

Report: Minnesota air quality good — but not for everyone

A new report says Minnesota's air quality is good overall, but isn't the same in all parts of the state. It finds people in some areas experience pollution levels high enough to affect the health of children, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. → Read More

Minn. Sen. Jerry Relph dies of COVID-19 complications

State Sen. Jerry Relph died Friday following a month-long hospitalization. He tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a post-election party with other Republican senators in November. → Read More

Murdock votes to allow whites-only group to use former church

The Asatru Folk Assembly bought an abandoned Lutheran church in the Swift County town of Murdock, with plans to make it a place for worship and celebration. But some residents have voiced opposition due to the AFA’s pro-white beliefs. → Read More

‘Dude, you’re winning’: In divided St. Cloud district, candidates for MN Senate experience bumpy election ride

In central Minnesota, two candidates running for the Minnesota Senate in a politically divided district experienced a tumultuous ride as they waited on their race results. → Read More