Stephanie Hemphill Feature Archive

Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing a new funding structure for big water users in Minnesota that would nearly triple the cost of water for some cities. (03/28/2013)
Xcel Energy's Prairie Island nuclear power plant is getting extra inspections from the federal government, after a delay in repairing a radiation detector. (03/27/2013)
The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board has produced a report on silica sand mining. The EQB is a multi-agency oversight body that received a petition to do an in-depth study of the possible environmental effects of frac sand mining. (03/23/2013)
Eighth District U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan is asking the federal government to give taconite producers more time to meet certain air quality standards. (03/21/2013)
Companion bills in the Minnesota House and Senate addressing environmental and health concerns related frac sand mining have been approved by policy committees and now move to finance panels. (03/21/2013)
The Department of Natural Resources is asking for public comment on an environmental study of its plans for developing the new Lake Vermillion State Park and adjacent Soudan Underground Mine State Park. (03/16/2013)
Essentia Health, a major hospital and clinic system based in Duluth, has committed to buying 20 percent of its food locally by 2020. (03/16/2013)
A challenging clean-up job continues on the Red Cedar River near Menomonie, along Interstate 94. (03/15/2013)
The break happened during a planned repair project, and flooded the area on the south end of downtown, including an underground pedestrian tunnel and the Duluth Radisson Haborview Hotel. (03/14/2013)
A bill calling for a moratorium and a broad environmental review on frac sand mining is advancing in the Minnesota Senate. (03/07/2013)
More than 30 groups plan to push for a renewable energy and jobs agenda over the next two years during this session of the Legislature. (03/05/2013)
A controversial wind power project in southeastern Minnesota has been delayed. (02/28/2013)
Researchers trying to pinpoint the effects of sulfate on wild rice will update the public on their progress Thursday. (02/28/2013)
Minnesota's abundant supply of high-quality frac sand is causing some turmoil. Local governments in southeastern Minnesota are preparing for a number of new permit applications to build or expand mines and processing plants for the special silica sand. Many area residents are concerned about possible environmental or health impacts. Industry representatives say they are addressing the concerns, but some state officials are encouraging caution. (02/18/2013)
The Minnesota Legislative Auditor says the legislature should ensure better accountability for conservation easements. (02/12/2013)