Elizabeth Dunbar Feature Archive

Popular Twin Cities lakes that have long been considered "impaired" because of algae and contaminants are now facing another pollutant: road salt. (11/18/2013)
Food waste and other organic material made up nearly a third of what Minnesotans sent to landfills in 2012, according to a new state study. MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine called the report a "wake-up call," pointing to the large amount of recyclable material being thrown away. (11/18/2013)
The council that recommends how the state should spend Legacy Fund money on the outdoors is criticizing an invasive species project for being too vague and possibly violating the intent of the constitutional amendment. (11/14/2013)
Wilder said most male homeless veterans in Minnesota are over age 50, and about a third are black. A quarter of the homeless veterans reported serving in a combat zone, and nearly half of them reported health problems related to their service. (11/13/2013)
Carbon dioxide emissions from Xcel Energy's Sherburne County Generating Station, which puts out enough electricity to serve more than 2 million homes and businesses, raise concerns about climate change. (11/12/2013)
About 2,000 hunters will participate in the early season, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has set a quota of 100 wolves to be killed. (11/09/2013)
Minnesota's first statewide conference asking how we should adapt to a changing climate kicked off with a long list of possible impacts. (11/08/2013)
The soil vapor is trichloroethylene, or TCE, and officials have known for more than 30 years about it contaminating groundwater in the area. (11/07/2013)
Isle Royale National Park will hold two public meetings in Minnesota later this month to discuss how to manage the island's wolf population. (11/07/2013)
Minnesota state agencies are marking the fifth anniversary this week of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. (11/07/2013)
Climate change is already affecting everything from how doctors treat allergies to how cities rebuild storm sewers. With that in mind, transportation planners, public health officials and others will meet in St. Paul today to talk about how best to adapt. (11/07/2013)
National wildlife refuges pump more than $2 billion to the economy but proposed cuts in federal funds could hurt those lands, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told conservation leaders Tuesday. (11/05/2013)
Polls are open in cities and towns around Minnesota. In Minneapolis, voters are turning out to choose among 35 candidates for mayor. They're also voting to fill city council seats. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Elizabeth Dunbar, who was near the Brian Coyle Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. (11/05/2013)
Xcel Energy is seeking regulatory approval to increase its electricity rates in Minnesota by 4.6 percent next year and 5.6 percent in 2015. (11/05/2013)
Xcel Energy is asking state regulators to approve a 4.6 percent rate hike in 2014 and another 5.6 percent increase in 2015 for electricity customers in Minnesota. (11/04/2013)