The full effect of the spill is not yet known, but oil-covered loons have already been found and the oil could hurt many other birds.
Fisheries managers are liberalizing the rules for taking northern pike and smallmouth bass in an effort to revive the big lake's struggling walleye population.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will share its replacement plan for the city's ash trees during a series of public meetings starting this week
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is considering bringing bison to Minneopa State Park in Mankato.
The system, which company officials say makes up roughly half of the overall project, will remove sulfur and nitrogen from gasoline and convert it into a liquid fertilizer.
To help Minnesotans make the switch, state officials are reopening an incentive program for homeowners and businesses that want to install solar hot water and space heating systems.
The nearly 50,000 comments the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has collected on the PolyMet copper-nickel mining proposal include e-mails, hand-written letters and postcards, and even full research reports containing hundreds of pages of graphs and data analysis.
The assessment was far better than the rating PolyMet's environmental study received four years ago. EPA said then that the study provided an inadequate assessment of the proposed mine's effects on the environment.
Although the Department of Natural Resources has already received over 40,000 comments, there's one particular letter everyone following the project is waiting for: the EPA's.
Three years after the Legislature ordered a study on how a key pollutant affects wild rice, state officials said more questions remain about whether and how Minnesota water quality standards should change.
The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness last week sent letters to the state Department of Natural Resources and the federal agencies overseeing the study, citing missing data associated with the nearly 2,200-page document.
In a notice filed Monday in federal court, EPA officials said they were voluntarily vacating the agency's approval in December 2012 of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's variance for Mesabi Nugget, which produces iron pellets at a plant near Hoyt Lakes. The EPA instead plans to reject the variance, the filing said.
A bill sponsored by DFL Senator Foung Hawj will get a hearing in the Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Tuesday.
Supporters and opponents of a controversial copper-nickel mining proposal are making one last push to get people to comment on the project's environmental study.
Republican delegates on Saturday declined to endorse state Rep. Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie, who was one of four House Republicans who voted in favor of same-sex marriage.