Marcheta Fornoff, MPR News

Marcheta Fornoff

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Past articles by Marcheta:

Michael Osterholm on how new COVID variants could change the pandemic's trajectory

As vaccinations continue, new variants of the virus are spreading. Scientists worry that the vaccine could be less effective against these mutations and that infection rates might rise again if one of these variants becomes the dominant strain. → Read More

How to make new habits stick in 2020

At their core, New Year’s resolutions are about building better habits, and author Gretchen Rubin has mastered the art of making them stick. She shared her tips Thursday. → Read More

Are baby bonds the fix for America’s racial wealth gap?

The net worth of black households continues to be much lower than that of white households. Could baby bonds help shrink that gap? Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey thinks so. He’s one of the contenders for the Democratic nomination for president. His campaign platform includes a policy to give each newborn in the country a savings bond worth $1,000. Depending on the income of the child’s parents,… → Read More

One of first gay men to get married reflects on history of gay rights movement

Michael McConnell and Jack Baker made history as the first gay couple in the country to apply for a marriage license in 1970. McConnell looks back at the the history of the gay rights movement in Minnesota. → Read More

'It's a challenge, but that's what I'm here for'

Five years since its founding, Twin Cities nonprofit Mile in My Shoes continues to forge bonds between people who are homeless or living in halfway houses, and mentors from the local running community. Those partnerships were on display Sunday at a 5K race. → Read More

Lt. Gov. Flanagan on missing and murdered indigenous women

Native American women are murdered at a far higher rate than the rest of the population. Can legislation help change that? → Read More

I'm sorry, but we need to talk about apologies

Why is it so hard to say the words "I'm sorry" without qualifications or excuses? Guest host Tiffany Hanssen asked two guests for their tips on how to craft better apologies. → Read More

Voices from the Bayou

From the Larose Civic Center in Louisiana, Kerri Miller speaks to a gathering of engineers, educators, shrimpers, tribal leaders and others about their ideas, programs and progress for improving quality life along the last miles of the Mississippi. → Read More

Are Democrats doing enough to reach rural voters?

The 2016 election shone a spotlight on America's rural vs. urban divide. Will Democrats turn their attention to attracting rural voters, or is it a lost cause? → Read More

Author Kevin Powers on the literature of war

Author and Iraq war veteran Kevin Powers takes readers back to Civil War America in his new novel. It's a bleak look at the inhumanity and fallout of war. → Read More

Have we arrived anew at a need for a third party?

The 2016 presidential election could have been the year for third parties with two very unlikable major party candidates, so what went wrong? → Read More

Author Kate Bowler on finding faith and hope after an incurable cancer diagnosis

Learning she had cancer divided Bowler's life into two parts: before the diagnosis and after. → Read More

Hitting 'refresh' on your budget

Budgeting is often seen as painful or boring, but financial educator Ruth Hayden explains why it doesn't have to be. → Read More

No Kidding: The best kids' books to give this holiday season

Book experts Lisa Von Drasek and Holly Weinkauf join MPR News senior producer Stephanie Curtis for a round up of the very best children's books of 2017 → Read More

The secret sauce behind the best teams isn't what you think

Contrary to popular belief, the key to successful sports teams may have nothing to do with money, dynamic coaches or star players. → Read More

Friday Roundtable: Closing the gender gap in STEM

A growing number of women are earning degrees in math and science, but the gender gap still persists. Two scientists and one science writer discuss the gender gap in STEM and how to close it. → Read More

Friday Roundtable: "Rocket Man" and "America First" at the U.N.

Three experts dig into the meaning of President Trump's boasts, threats and stark "America first" priority list laid out during his first speech before the United Nations. → Read More

Friday Roundtable: A candid conversation about addiction

Addiction dominates the headlines, but how to recover from addiction and live with its aftermath is often left out. → Read More

Listen: Roundtable discussion on infertility

A physician, psychologist and the founder of Fruitful discuss assisted reproduction and support systems for people struggling to have biological children. → Read More

Fear as an element of police culture

On a special MPR News show, guests discussed possible ways to reduce the risk of shootings like the one that took the life of Justine Ruszczyk. → Read More