Stephanie Hemphill Feature Archive

Residents and cabin owners in northeastern Minnesota were disappointed today when a panel of top officials approved the sale of copper-nickel exploration leases on their land. (05/31/2012)
A new environmental review sets the stage for more drilling for precious metals in northeastern Minnesota. (05/29/2012)
Exploration for copper, gold, and other precious metals in northeastern Minnesota has drawn attention to school trust lands created 150 years ago when Minnesota became a state. Millions of acres could be sold, with the proceeds deposited in a trust; or they could be managed by the state, which earns money by leasing logging and mining rights. (05/23/2012)
Three environmental groups are teaming up to run what they describe as an educational campaign about copper-nickel mining. (05/23/2012)
The Citizens Board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency decided Tuesday not to require an environmental review of 3M's plan to import hazardous wastes from other states to burn in its incinerator. (05/23/2012)
A controversial iron treatment in a Chisago County lake can continue, a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency panel said on Tuesday. (05/22/2012)
The Minnesota Department of Health has set new guidance for manganese in drinking water for formula-fed infants. (05/16/2012)
A Ramsey Court judge has upheld the state's standard for sulfate in waters that produce wild rice. (05/11/2012)
A national environmental group is asking for a federal study on the cumulative impacts of sulfide mining in the Great Lakes region. (05/10/2012)
Several environmental groups are trying to force the federal government to impose pollution controls at Xcel's Sherburne County power plant. (05/09/2012)
Minnesota is enlisting dogs in the battle to prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer. (05/08/2012)
Boat lift operators, local police officers and lake association volunteers are being trained to inspect boats to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species as the walleye fishing season opener approaches. (05/04/2012)
Details on wolf hunting will be announced in the next couple of weeks by the Department of Natural Resources. (05/04/2012)
Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a game and fish bill that sets up a wolf-hunting season, and raises license fees for the first time in more than a decade. (05/03/2012)
Several western metro lake associations have dropped their lawsuit against the DNR over zebra mussel inspections, after a Carver County judge ruled against the injunction they had requested (05/03/2012)