Elizabeth Dunbar Feature Archive

An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. Explore an interactive database with details of the allegations against those priests, deacons and monks, along with the locations of their service and their current status. (02/19/2014)
A group of state lawmakers heard more than five hours of testimony Tuesday on how PolyMet Mining would pay for future cleanup costs. (02/11/2014)
A landlord hopes a tenant's damage deposit will cover cleanup and repair costs, just as the state of Minnesota hopes financial assurance would protect the state's taxpayers from future cleanup and reclamation costs years from now at PolyMet's proposed copper-nickel mine and processing facility. (02/11/2014)
In the Twin Cities metro area, the goal for the last nearly 25 years has been to recycle half of all waste. Some lawmakers say even without a deposit bill this year, the Legislature should at least boost that goal. (02/05/2014)
''Spectacular,'' is how Edina ski jumper David Zarling described returning to the sport at age 50. (02/05/2014)
Hennepin County officials plan to drop their bid to burn more garbage at the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center in favor of pushing the city of Minneapolis to collect residents' organic waste. (01/31/2014)
County commissioners this week unanimously extended a moratorium on new sand mining through March 2015. County commissioners also sent a letter to state officials asking for guidance on the potential permanent ban. (01/30/2014)
The data has been a source of controversy during the review process. Critics of PolyMet's mine proposal have said there are problems with the environmental study, including inaccurate data. (01/29/2014)
More than 2,100 people packed a Saint Paul RiverCentre ballroom, matching in size but surpassing in feistiness the combined 2,000 or so people who attended two earlier meetings in Duluth and Aurora. (01/29/2014)
Debate over the need for long-term water treatment has dominated public testimony surrounding PolyMet's proposed copper-nickel mine, but the agencies studying the plan didn't ask the one question seemingly everyone wants the answer to: How long exactly will that treatment be needed? (01/27/2014)
Marla Beaty, a business services representative for the state's employment office, says about 800 people attended a similar event last year. (01/24/2014)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said the current draft of the environmental impact statement for PolyMet's mine and processing facility estimated the nearby Partridge River's flow using data that differs from other, more recent data. (01/23/2014)
Aurora, a small town of 1,600 on the northeastern edge of the Iron Range, is a hotbed of support for the proposal. Many residents once worked at LTV Steel, a nearby taconite plant that shut down in 2001, causing more than 1,000 employees to lose their jobs. PolyMet is proposing to reuse the shuttered plant. (01/23/2014)
There has been strong local support for PolyMet. Labor unions are interested in the construction and mining jobs the company would bring to the area, and local officials are excited about the potential for an economic boost. (01/22/2014)
A series of stories about the unusual, entertaining and downright risky things Minnesotans do in the depths of winter. (01/22/2014)