Two city councils are putting pressure on the Goodhue County board to temporarily block a new kind of mining in the county. Red Wing and Lake City passed symbolic measures this week opposing the potential mining of so-called "frack sand" in their area. The sand would be dug up near Red Wing and used elsewhere in the country for a controversial way of geting oil and gas out of the ground known as fracking. Goodhue County is expected to take up a proposed one-year moratorium on sand mining in the coming weeks.
The two Americans sentenced over the weekend to eight years in an Iranian prison plan to appeal their conviction.
Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty has released a plan he says will grow the economy by 5 percent a year. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with the Concord Coalition's Diane Lim Rogers for some analysis of Pawlenty's plan.
The Red Lake Band of Ojibwe is preparing for a second major wolf research project on tribal lands in northern Minnesota. Red Lake's natural resources department has been awarded a $200,000 federal grant to help the tribe manage its gray wolf population.
There is a tent city right now outside the state capitol in Madison, Wisconsin. People are camped out in what they call "Walkerville" to protest Governor Scott Walker's efforts to limit public workers ability to bargain collectively. It's the latest development in a highly charged political battle in that state.
The 430-acre parcel of land in Arden Hills, where the Vikings want to build a new football stadium, is also part of the state's largest Superfund site.
State legislators have a busy schedule of committee meetings and floor sessions this week as they take up a long list of policy bills. And with just three weeks left in the 2011 session there's still no sign of an agreement to erase the state's $5B budget deficit.
The Red River is expected to crest at 39 to 40 feet in Fargo - Moorhead on Sunday. Residents there are cautiously optimistic that the work they've done to hold back the flood waters will protect their property.
With all the politically-charged hostility surrounding this week's judicial election, the race for Wisconsin's Supreme Court seat could be described as anything but non-partisan. How have Minnesota judicial elections avoided a similar fate?
Wisconsin's fight over union rights came to
a head at the polls as voters split almost evenly over whether to re-elect a conservative-leaning justice or give his little-known opponent his seat on the state Supreme Court.
Fighting in Ivory Coast has already forced nearly one hundred thousand people to flee into neighboring Liberia. The refugee situation there is dire, with food and shelter in scarce supply. The Minneapolis-based American Refugee Committee (ARC) is in Liberia working with the refugees.
With a warm stretch settling in, flooding throughout the state continues to be a top concern. But just how bad will it get? MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with meteorologist Mark Seeley about what we can expect for the week ahead.
Today will be another busy day at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. This is the festival's 25th year and this one is the biggest yet. Over 1500 bands will perform over four days, including more than 50 local acts from around Minnesota. The Current's Mary Lucia talks about the bands, the music, and how the Minnesota music scene is representing in Austin.
An overdose of a designer drug left one teenager dead and two more in critical condition in Blaine yesterday. The drug has been identified by state authorities as 2C-E, a powerful hallucinogen available over the internet. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Carol Falkowski about the risks involved with these legal designer drugs. Falkowski is the director of the chemical health division at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
This afternoon the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety will consider the 'Human Cloning Prohibition Act'. This bill would make illegal certain technology involved in cloning procedure. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke to Dr. Meri Firpo about the science community's reaction. Dr. Firpo is a researcher at the University of Minnesota's Stem Cell Institute.