Stephanie Hemphill Feature Archive

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and other state agencies are beginning to write new rules for frac sand mining as part of a plan ordered by the Legislature. (08/09/2013)
A rural Minnesota water company is experimenting with a new way of treating drinking water -- using bacteria to remove the harmful pollutants. (08/08/2013)
Companies that want to reduce their carbon footprint should look beyond their own operations, and encourage their suppliers to cut energy use. (08/08/2013)
Farmers could feed 4 billion more people if they stopped producing animal feed and biofuels and only grew crops for human consumption. (08/08/2013)
The spindly camelina plant looks more like a weed than a crop, but scientists are hoping it will be a whiz at producing oil for biodiesel fuel. (07/31/2013)
The land begins at river level and climbs up the bluff, and will add 9 acres to land set aside in the city's 17-mile riverfront parks plan. (07/25/2013)
Xcel Energy and the New Era Wind Farm have ended their power purchase agreement, making it even more unlikely the controversial Goodhue county wind project will be built. (07/24/2013)
McKinley was riding a motorcycle in Washington state when he and a passenger were killed. (07/23/2013)
Lynn Rogers wants a Ramsey county judge to stop the state from requiring him to remove radio collars from about a dozen bears he's researching. The DNR says Rogers has taught bears to be unafraid of humans. (07/23/2013)
Delano, 71, and Lois Price, 80, were killed after their car was rear-ended. Two others were injured in the crash. (07/23/2013)
The Public Utilities Commission announcement has no immediate impact, but it is another step in a long-running transition toward the use of more renewable energy in Minnesota. (07/18/2013)
All around the Twin Cities one can see fallen trees and gaping holes in the leafy canopy -- damage left by a recent violent storm -- and wonder: Why is cleanup taking so long? (07/17/2013)
As growing seasons become longer and winters are warmer, researchers are seeing more southerly tree species creeping northward into the boreal forest. (07/08/2013)
The Department of Natural Resources expects a busy time at state parks this holiday weekend. Campgrounds are close to full, but programs at the parks are available to non-campers as well as campers. (07/06/2013)
Minnesota utilities have already taken some steps that will go beyond the plan outlined by President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Recent moves, such as the state setting a new requirement specifically for more solar energy, position the state well to lead in a national effort. (06/26/2013)