Erin Galbally Feature Archive

The Army Corps of Engineers will present its preferences for how to manage the Upper Mississippi River for the next 50 years. It's the culmination of 10 years of study and $60 million in planning and research. The Army Corps' navigation study has long been a source of controversy amidst allegations of skewed numbers and bias. Critics say they're gearing up for another long fight. (02/24/2004)
Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards toured Wisconsin on Wednesday with stops in Janesville, Green Bay and LaCrosse. Edwards, a senator from North Carolina, continues to trail Democratic frontrunner John Kerry. (02/12/2004)
Almost 20 years after a strike at the Hormel meatpacking plant divided the town of Austin, Minnesota, some parts of the community are still angry. On a hot August day in 1985, more than 1,000 workers filed out of the Hormel plant. Members of Local P-9 were protesting shrinking wages and plant safety problems. Some people involved remember that time like it was yesterday. (01/29/2004)
More than 100 people crammed Decorah's City Council chambers Monday night to participate in the Iowa Democratic caucus. For this precinct, in a small northeastern Iowa college town, it was the best-attended caucus in recent memory. (01/20/2004)
On Monday, Iowa Democrats will meet in close to 2,000 precinct caucuses around the state. Because Iowa gets to go first, some political observers say the views of Iowa residents play a disproportionate role in choosing a candidate for president. But the issues Iowans are concerned about --the war in Iraq, jobs, and education-- are the same ones on the minds of many Minnesotans and other Americans. (01/16/2004)
On January 19, Iowans will gather in town halls, schoolrooms and supper clubs to begin the process of selecting a Democratic presidential nominee. Minnesota's caucuses won't be held until March 2, and some Democrats think the nomination could already be decided by then. But that doesn't mean Minnesotans are frozen out of the process. Hundreds have crossed the border to help campaign in Iowa for their favorite candidates. (01/15/2004)
Mental health researchers are finding that clinical depression is more common in the elderly than once thought. Heart attacks, strokes and bypass surgery can all trigger depression, as can factors like the loss of independence and growing isolation. But diagnosing and treating depression among older adults isn't easy. (01/09/2004)
The manufacturing boom of the 1990s brought thousands of high-paying jobs to communities around the state. But since the recession began in 2001, many of those jobs have disappeared. The technology sector has been one of the hardest hit. Rochester, home to a massive IBM plant and more than four dozen technology companies, lost one-fifth of its manufacturing jobs. (12/09/2003)
This year for the first time Brazil will export more soybeans than the United States. The country's maintained a longstanding ban on genetically modified soybeans. But industry experts say as much as a quarter of Brazil's crop is produced from illegal GMO seed. The situation has caused frustration among American producers. (11/11/2003)
For years political observers have been lamenting the demise of old-style political discourse. The rise of the Internet and online community forums gave some people hope of luring increasingly disconnected public back into the political process. (11/09/2003)
The first of what could be hundreds of civil trials involving computer maker IBM begins next week in California. Former employees and relatives of deceased workers filed the suits. They contend that years spent working at IBM resulted in cancer, birth defects, and other ailments. So far suits are pending in at least four states including Minnesota. (10/31/2003)
Cancer researchers announced a major treatment advance for breast cancer survivors Thursday. They've found an estrogen-blocking drug, which greatly reduces the reoccurrence of breast cancer. Canadian oncologists led the breakthrough study, and a Mayo physician conducted research in the U.S. (10/09/2003)
The concept of wind power dates back some 5,000 years to ancient Egypt. Since then humans have used wind to power sailboats, grind grain, pump water, and most recently, generate electricity. Over the past few decades Minnesota has emerged as a national leader in that area. The state has successfully converted from windmills to wind farms. (09/29/2003)
Declining enrollment is a fact of life for rural schools across the state. But this year, the tiny Glenville-Emmons school district in southern Minnesota took a major hit. Almost 60 students left and are now attending school in Iowa. (09/08/2003)
By the end of 2004 a team of Mayo heart specialists will set up shop in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. They'll provide basic health care and screen patients for treatment in the U.S. Mayo's not the first to bring medical services overseas. Other major healthcare centers report mixed results on their attempts to export care. (09/08/2003)