Madeleine Baran Feature Archive

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a wind turbine project in Goodhue County, over the objections of an advocacy group that argued noise and "shadow flicker" from the 397-feet-high turbines could harm the health of nearby residents. (06/25/2012)
As heavy rain flooded the Lake Superior Zoo Tuesday night, no one was there to notice that a polar bear and two seals had escaped from their enclosures. What happened? (06/22/2012)
Two seals escaped from the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth early this morning after heavy rains flooded the facility and surrounding areas. The zoo's polar bear, Berlin, also escaped from her exhibit area, but was returned. (06/20/2012)
The Minnesota Court of Appeals reverses a lower court's decision. (06/18/2012)
A powerful thunderstorm rumbled through Minnesota Sunday night, pounding communities in the west and south of the state with strong wind and hail, damaging homes and cutting power in some areas. (06/18/2012)
Recent cases of overturned convictions have alarmed attorneys, who worry they lack the right kind of training to detect problems with science in the courtroom. (06/14/2012)
A state licensing investigation has found a patient at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter suffered maltreatment when he was left naked in his room for about an hour after he violently threatened to rape and kill employees. (06/08/2012)
Stargazers around the world are setting up special telescopes and passing out cardboard eclipse glasses to view the once-in-a-lifetime celestial cameo of Venus passing in front of the sun. Here's how and where to see the event in Minnesota. (06/05/2012)
There are fewer than 40 Amur leopards living in the wild, and about 300 in captivity. Despite the bleak numbers, conservationists are hoping to save the big cats from extinction. Sylvia Klenzendorf of the World Wildlife Fund (06/02/2012)
Two Amur leopards, among the most endangered cats in the world, were born at the Minnesota Zoo on Tuesday. Zoo officials said the breeding efforts are a key part of the growing effort to save the Amur leopard from extinction. (06/01/2012)
A frantic search for a missing University of Minnesota telescope ended at a Texas truck wash on Wednesday night, but the trucker who disappeared with it for several days has offered no explanation to his now-former employer. (05/31/2012)
Some cell phone users will be able to receive free severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service beginning this Friday. (05/30/2012)
Minnesota's top five spellers aced the second round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee today, with correct spellings of temerity, contrariant, habitus, Buddha, and gazette. (05/30/2012)
Heavy rains have pushed more water into the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities area, leading the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close three Minneapolis locks and dams to recreational boaters Tuesday. (05/29/2012)
The percentage of Minnesota children being cared for by extended family members and close family friends has doubled over the past ten years, a study says. (05/23/2012)