Stephanie Hemphill Feature Archive

Wolf advocates are in court as a coalition of non-profit groups once again sues the federal government over its removal of wolves from the Endangered Species list. (02/12/2013)
State agencies are calling for a broader and more detailed environmental study on two proposed silica sand mines in Winona County. The recommendation comes as some legislators are considering the possibility of a statewide study of the potential environmental and health effects of the booming industry. (02/07/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it got nearly twice as many calls on its Turn-in-Poachers or TIP line last year than the year before. (02/05/2013)
Duluth-based Minnesota Power plans to convert one of its old coal-fired power plants to natural gas, and to close another one. (01/30/2013)
The built-in conflicts that come with the competing missions at the Minnesota DNR are evident in debate over a new policy on older forests. The agency is changing a 20-year-old policy designed to produce a minimum amount of older forests, while listing species because of concern about habitat loss in that forest ecosystem. (01/30/2013)
The Department of Natural Resources ran into rough waters Tuesday when officials presented their plan to slow the spread of Asian carp in the Mississippi River. (01/15/2013)
Recycling is not only better for the environment, it's an integral part of a growing economic engine in the state. Experts say people are throwing away resources that those businesses need. (01/07/2013)
Air quality in Minnesota's largest urban area cleared a little in 2012, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. (01/02/2013)
The Department of Natural Resources has set up a 15-member committee to provide advice as the agency ramps up its fight against aquatic invasive species like Asian carp and zebra mussels. (12/29/2012)
The Department of Natural Resources is opening lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to trout anglers two weeks earlier than usual. (12/27/2012)
The University of Minnesota lab charged with finding ways to fight Asian carp and other invasive species is about to get a makeover. (12/24/2012)
Workers have planted more than 18,000 native trees and shrubs along streams in Duluth, under a training and conservation project. (12/24/2012)
A Minnesota court has ruled that local and national environmental groups cannot participate as defendants in a lawsuit filed last year by North Dakota. (12/24/2012)
Environmental reviews of two proposed silica sand mines in Winona County are up for public comment starting Monday. (12/24/2012)
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota had its busiest year ever in 2012. (12/23/2012)