Gov. Mark Dayton continued his budget-selling swing across Minnesota with a town hall meeting Tuesday in the Iron Range town of Virginia, Minn.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota told Iron Range workers to protect themselves from taconite dust, despite a new study that was unable to prove that exposure to the dust causes the rare cancer mesothelioma. The study linked time spent working in the taconite industry to a higher risk of mesothelioma but stopped short of pinpointing its cause.
Researchers today will visit the Iron Range to share findings of their study into possible links between asbestos exposure in taconite mines and the deadly lung disease, mesothelioma. More than 80 former miners have died from the rare cancer. For more than five years, researchers have been trying to determine whether exposure to dust in the mines and processing plants makes workers more vulnerable -- not only to mesothelioma but to other respiratory diseases.
In the last few months, several hospitals in northeast Minnesota have stopped selling soda and other beverages that are sweetened with sugar. They are at the forefront of a growing national trend among health care facilities that are trying to combat the nation's obesity problem.
AT&T has completed construction of a controversial new, 450-foot tall communications tower near the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area.
The owner of a Duluth head shop and his son today were formally charged by the state with four felony counts of selling a controlled substance.
Tickets will go on sale Monday for this summer's Tall Ships festival, which can attract about 250,000 people to Lake Superior. That's how many came to the port city in 2010 to see the grand sailing ships that evoke the nation's nautical past in the largest event ever held in northeast Minnesota.
Applications for Minnesota bear hunting licenses will be available starting Monday. The 3,750 licenses are available in 11 permit areas, down from the 6,000 available last year.
The first oceangoing ship of 2013 is expected to reach Duluth around midnight Friday, in the earliest arrival in the city for a "saltie."
Police arrested the owner of a controversial head shop Friday afternoon in Duluth for allegedly selling illegal synthetic drugs.
The use of video conferencing software by a northern Minnesota city councilmember to attend meetings raises questions about how elected officials should face their constituents.
After more than a century in which iron mining has played a central role in the economy and culture of northeastern Minnesota, a new kind of mining is poised to join the taconite industry.
A project to reroute a major highway on the Iron Range could be delayed by a year or more, after a plan to have the highway span an operating taconite mine was rejected.
Gov. Mark Dayton held a town hall meeting before a standing-room-only crowd of about 150 people in Duluth last night, to make the case for a budget plan that includes a tax hike on the wealthy and spending in education and other programs.
The 2013 Lake Superior shipping season is getting under way at the port of Duluth: The 1,000-foot Mesabi Miner is scheduled to be the first departure of the season Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.