Stephanie Hemphill Feature Archive

Minnesota's problem with nitrogen pollution is so big that current best practices are inadequate to deal with it. That's the message in a major report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. (06/26/2013)
New money is coming to the St. Louis River clean-up program in northeastern Minnesota. (06/21/2013)
The state is giving a troubled southeastern Minnesota wind farm project one more chance to show it can actually build some wind turbines. The project has been controversial since it was first proposed four years ago. (06/20/2013)
With the Isle Royale wolf population down to eight individuals, the National Park Service faces a thorny set of choices to either intervene or let nature take its course. A panel of experts will debate the options and explore possible consequences. (06/20/2013)
Traffic deaths in Minnesota rose in 2012 for the first time in five years. Public safety officials say they are concerned about the uptick after years of declining death rates. (06/19/2013)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Xcel Energy failed to maintain an adequate flood plan for its Monticello nuclear generating plant. (06/11/2013)
A St. Paul microbrewer will expand into the historic Hamm's Brewery complex on the city's east side. Output of beer production is expected to double during company's first year in the new space. (06/11/2013)
Winona County commissioners on Tuesday approved plans for a frac sand mine in Saratoga Township, the first to be approved in the county. (06/04/2013)
Two outdoor projects in the Legacy bill passed by the Legislature have been line-item vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton: one which provides funding for habitat in the metro area and the other which targets aquatic invasive species. The governor says he responded to citizen pressure to drop funding for the two items. (05/23/2013)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed three Mississippi River locks in the Twin Cities to recreational boats because of high water. (05/23/2013)
The just-completed legislative session stands apart from others by the availability of new money for the environment. After years of budget cuts and reallocations, state agencies now get a boost in funding, and a mandate to use it effectively. (05/23/2013)
A conference committee has approved a plan to improve habitat for bees and other pollinators. The bill provides $300,000 over the next two years. (05/16/2013)
Local officials should ask in-depth questions about costs and benefits when they consider whether to permit a frac sand mine, according to a report. (05/15/2013)
The lawmaker who has pushed this year for tougher state regulation of the frac sand mining industry on Tuesday said DFL legislative leaders have reached a compromise on the legislation. (05/14/2013)
Forty percent of Minnesota's lakes and rivers are too polluted to fish or swim in. Minnesota's current approach to water cleanup is not working effectively, and a measure is expected to pass in the state Legislature to ensure better accountability. (05/13/2013)