Elizabeth Dunbar Feature Archive

Minnesota's recycling rates have been lagging in the past few years, and the state's considering whether money would change people's habits. (09/30/2013)
St. Paul residents don't water their lawns as much as they used to, and population growth has been modest. Those trends have left St. Paul's water treatment plant with less work than anticipated. But just four miles away from where St. Paul's water waits to be treated, water levels at White Bear Lake continue dropping, in part because local communities are taking too much water from a nearby aquifer. The Metropolitan Council says St. Paul could help the lake by providing water to some of the communities using the aquifer -- or even by piping water directly into the lake. (09/30/2013)
The Met Council is studying whether it's feasible to pipe St. Paul's water to some of the northeastern suburbs -- or take some of the raw water St. Paul is pumping from the Mississippi and send it to a new regional treatment plant. the idea is to lessen pressure on the aquifer beneath White Bear Lake. (09/30/2013)
A police report released today reveals more details about the death of Terrance Franklin, who died May 10 following a foot chase and confrontation with several officers. (09/26/2013)
Here in the land of 10,000 lakes, zebra mussels and Asian carp have generally topped the list of recent marine environmental concerns. But in the 1920s, before wastewater treatment plants were built, there were far bigger problems. (09/25/2013)
Some environmental groups have criticized the EPA for not doing more. In 2012 several groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, filed two lawsuits aimed at forcing EPA action on reducing the size of the dead zone. (09/24/2013)
Sierra Club is urging Xcel Energy to retire two of its coal-powered generators at the Sherco Plant as Xcel prepares to negotiate the plant's future with state regulators. (09/23/2013)
A Minnesota Department of Public Safety report says juvenile arrests in 2011, the most recent year for which data was available, were about the same as in 1980. Property crimes were much less frequent, but the juvenile violent crime rate was slightly higher in the 2000s than it was in the '80s. (09/20/2013)
MnDOT and its contractors have paid nearly $14,000 for allowing sediment-laden stormwater to enter the Rum River, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said Thursday. (09/19/2013)
28 people were evacuated temporarily near Arlington Avenue and Farrington Street in St. Paul after a construction crew struck a gas line. (09/18/2013)
The Hennepin Energy Recovery Center is seeking a 20 percent increase in the amount of trash it can burn each day. But environmentalists say the city should reject the proposal because the incinerator already emits pollutants that can be harmful to people's health. (09/17/2013)
New Era Wind wrote to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission asking officials to terminate all pending matters in the case because the company does not intend to build the wind farm. The letter, which the PUC posted on Tuesday, caps a five-year fight a group of local residents have waged against the project. (09/17/2013)
Minnesota Commissioner of Transportation Charles Zelle joins us to discuss the shape of Minnesota's roads, different proposals on how to fund them and what happens if we don't. (The Daily Circuit, 09/16/2013)
One of the largest fires in Winona history swept through parts of downtown, wrecking historic buildings and businesses and chasing 16 people from their homes. (09/13/2013)
Eighteen Minnesota residents and their attorney today filed suit alleging their driver's license data was improperly accessed. (09/12/2013)