Dan Gunderson Feature Archive

Bacteria are much more dangerous when they form a social network called a biofilm that allows them to communicate and protect each other. Researchers at North Dakota State University have figured out a way to prevent it from forming. (10/10/2013)
A truck that is fully outfitted with an emergency room bay is part of a new program to improve emergency medical care in rural North Dakota. Four $500,000 high-tech training facilities roam the state's highways to give ambulance crews a chance test their skills on realistic scenarios. (10/06/2013)
Honeybees are in trouble and their population is steadily declining. A growing problem is the prevalence of pest called varroa mites, tiny parasites that attack bee larvae and adult bees in the hives. Some beekeepers are trying to fight disease by improving bee genetics. (10/01/2013)
Congress authorized 25,000 visas for Iraqi nationals who assisted the U.S., but 22 percent of the allotment has been issued and thousands of Iraqis are still waiting for special visa requests to be processed before the program expires on Oct. 1. A bill introduced in Congress this week would extend the program. (09/26/2013)
In what state lake associations are calling a landmark event, the Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council is recommending funding aquatic invasive species programs for lake associations in Minnesota. (09/25/2013)
Minnesota's waterfowl hunting season opens Saturday and the odds are good hunters will see lots of ducks. (09/21/2013)
Frustrated by the state Department of Natural Resource's lack of progress in combating invasive species, some local governments and lake associations are changing their focus from prevention to cure. (09/18/2013)
Sanford Health says it will require influenza vaccinations for all employees. Only about 70 percent of employees were vaccinated under a voluntary program, says an administrator. More than 90 percent of employees should be vaccinated to protect patients. (09/08/2013)
The $6 million project will restore more than 1,300 acres of wetlands. (09/05/2013)
Lake home real estate is growing strong for a second year in a row after sales stagnated during the recession, according to real estate agents across northern Minnesota. (09/03/2013)
Minnesota's black bear hunting season begins today. The DNR issued 3,750 permits this season, which ends Oct. 13. (09/01/2013)
For the fourth consecutive year, the Minnesota tourism industry saw moderate growth this summer, based on results of a survey by the state's tourism agency, Explore Minnesota. (08/28/2013)
Automatic federal budget cuts ordered this spring were problematic in parts of Minnesota. On the White Earth reservation, they were devastating. (08/28/2013)
A dozen African farmers and business owners are meeting with farm equipment suppliers in Fargo, N.D., to study technology that would help them produce more soybeans and corn. The meetings could also prove helpful to farm machinery manufacturers in the United States who see an opportunity to tap a growing market. (08/23/2013)
The lawsuit filed by opponents south of the metro area accuses diversion leaders of unnecessarily expanding the scope of the flood protection project. (08/20/2013)