Elizabeth Dunbar Feature Archive

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)
Xcel Energy plans to revamp a rewards program for customers who have solar panels on their roofs. (11/02/2013)
There was consensus that Wisconsin's experience, where many mines have clashed with local communities and in some cases have violated environmental laws, should not be repeated. (10/30/2013)
Washington County has one site where silica sand is being mined. But forum organizers say the oil drilling in North Dakota is expected to continue for decades, and more sand will be needed for the process known as hydraulic fracturing. (10/29/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed local officials and citizens from outside the seven-county Twin Cities metro area to the commission. They'll work on a master plan and will give the Legislature recommendations on which greater Minnesota parks and trails should receive grant money. (10/28/2013)
A group of Ely residents is working to spread the word about a possible expansion of mining in northeastern Minnesota. (10/25/2013)
The mineral leases are auctioned off periodically to companies interested in discovering minerals like copper, nickel or gold. The DNR held an auction for these leases a year ago, but the state's Executive Council decided not to sign off on them because of a court challenge. (10/25/2013)