David H. Montgomery, MPR News

David H. Montgomery

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Minneapolis, MN, United States

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Recent articles by David:

Latest MN modeling: Major effect of quarantine is delaying COVID-19 peak, not preventing it

A scenario that mirrors Walz’s Wednesday announcement projects that by the end of May, an estimated 1,441 people will have died of COVID-19 in Minnesota. By next March, that model predicts that just over 29,000 people will have died from the disease in the state. → Read More

Pandemic brings fewer drivers, more speeding to Minnesota highways

The rush in speeding shows up in multiple ways in an MPR News analysis of speeding tickets issued by the Minnesota State Patrol, which enforces traffic laws on Minnesota highways. → Read More

New COVID-19 modeling: Social distancing is working in MN — but only if we keep it up

A new data analysis of the coronavirus outbreak by the University of Texas suggests that Minnesota’s social distancing efforts might be paying off in its response to COVID-19 — but it also implies that even bigger outbreaks might lie ahead if those social distancing practices were to end. → Read More

A look at the data that’s helping Minnesota plan its COVID-19 response

The model predicts the demand for ICU beds and the number of people who might die from the disease. With so much unknown about COVID-19, it uses estimates about how quickly it might spread and how deadly it is to make their predictions. → Read More

DFL moves to online party conventions

After initially delaying regional conventions because of COVID-19, the state DFL Party has decided to use online balloting instead of in-person gatherings. → Read More

Biden wins Minnesota presidential primary, in wake of Klobuchar endorsement

Former Vice President Joe Biden won Minnesota’s presidential primary Tuesday, propelled by the endorsement of Sen. Amy Klobuchar to an unexpected victory over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. → Read More

Buying Lottery Tickets Just Got More Convenient. Maybe Too Convenient.

Selling lottery tickets in the checkout aisle could dramatically boost revenue. → Read More

What Happens When a City Tries to End Traffic Deaths

Several years into a ten-year “Vision Zero” target, some cities that took on a radical safety challenge are seeing traffic fatalities go up. → Read More

The Urban-Rural Political Divide Is Growing

Votes in Virginia, Kentucky, and Mississippi all show how the suburbs are getting more Democratic, while rural areas get Republican. → Read More

We Mapped 'the Midwest' for You, So Stop Arguing

We surveyed more than 12,000 people (and counting) about the most contentious border question in the U.S. to reveal the true geography of America’s midsection. → Read More

Hate Summer Humidity? 'Corn Sweat' May Be to Blame.

It’s a real phenomenon, and it’s making the hot weather muggier in the American Midwest. → Read More

All the Reasons Why We Don't Have Cities on the Moon (Yet)

It’s been 50 years since Apollo 11 put humans on the surface of the moon. Why didn’t we stay and build a more permanent lunar base? Lots of reasons. → Read More

What You Might Not Know About Air Conditioning

The U.S. uses more than four times as much energy on heating homes as on cooling them, and nearly one in five home thermostats is set to 69 F or lower in the summer (brrr). → Read More

Mapping America's Independence Day Rain Chances

We crunched the rainfall measurements for July 4 for every county in continental U.S. to calculate the historic odds of an Independence Day downpour. → Read More

Segregated Cities Have the Most Distinct Life Expectancy Gaps

“Your neighborhood shouldn’t influence your odds of seeing your grandchildren grow up,” says a researcher for NYU’s new analysis of City Health Dashboard data. → Read More

The Neighborhoods Where People Spend More Than Half Their Income on Housing

A significant chunk of Americans spend more than half their incomes on rent or home mortgage payments. Here’s data on the severely housing-burdened. → Read More

It's Snow vs. Parking in Minneapolis, and the Snow Is Winning

Sorry, drivers. Record-breaking February snowfall has forced the Twin Cities to remove more than a third of their street parking. → Read More

Why Suburban Swing Voters Are Less Common Than You Think

A new poll finds that far from being more moderate than urban or rural voters, suburbanites are actually more partisan. → Read More

San Francisco Is for Lovers. Washington, D.C., Not So Much.

Love, actually, is not everywhere this Valentine’s Day, according to new online dating data. At least not the walks-on-the-beach, unrequited kind. → Read More

Police Departments Waive Tattoo Bans, Enlist Wookiees to Fill Ranks

There's currently an officer shortage at many police departments across the country. → Read More