Mary Losure

Minnesota Public Radio

From 1985 to 2003, Mary Losure was a reporter for MPR and a contributor to NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She covered farm and rural issues and the environment and also produced series and documentaries on subjects as diverse as the worldwide decline of amphibians, Tibetan and Finnish immigration to Minnesota, and speaking in tongues. After leaving MPR, she was a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan and co-founded an independent production company, Round Earth Media.

Mary Losure Feature Archive

At the state Capitol Monday, a University of California scientist presented an array of research showing the corn herbicide atrazine causes deformities in frogs -- and may pose threats to humans as well. Studies show the problems occur at atrazine levels commonly found in drinking water all across Minnesota. (10/26/2004)
In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, thousands of Arab and Muslim men now face deportation for immigration violations. In past times of conflict and fear, there have been other mass deportations. In 1950, in the grip of Cold War anti-Communist fervor, Congress passed the Internal Security Act, also known as the McCarran Act. It authorized the deportation of non-citizens who had ever been members of the Communist Party. In Minnesota, suspicion fell on the Finnish community. For decades, some Finnish immigrants had been labor organizers, radicals and socialists. In this report, Minnesota Public Radio's Mary Losure tells the story of Taisto Elo, a Finnish lumberjack targeted by the McCarran Act. (11/09/2003)
The U.S. Constitution guarantees certain rights to all Americans. It says you can't be be deprived of your liberty without due process of law, for example. But under a legal doctrine that goes back more than 100 years, the U.S. Supreme Court has consistantly ruled that constitutional rights don't neccessarily apply to non-citizens. Millions of non-citizens who live in this country face a little-known entity: immigration courts. (11/04/2003)
The sport known as geocaching combines high-tech gadgetry with the ancient lure of treasure hunting. Geocachers use hand-held global positioning satellites, or GPS units, to search for objects hidden by other geocachers, who post the GPS coordinates and other hints on the Internet. (08/27/2003)
In most city neighborhoods, much of the rainwater that hits roofs, patios and driveways is shunted to storm sewers. From there, it washes pollution into rivers, lakes and streams. But in the Fulton neighborhood of Minneapolis, a few hardy gardeners are taking steps to change that. (08/01/2003)
A group of Midwest farmers has filed a class action lawsuit over the sale of their corn-processing plant to the agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland. The lawsuit claims ADM paid the corn plant's CEO and other executives millions of dollars in return for a deal that shortchanged farmers. (07/02/2003)
The war on terror has changed the lives of immigrants across America. For a young Somali truck driver in St. Paul named Mohamed Mohamed, it's meant an open-ended stay in a Minnesota prison. Now, he faces the prospect of years more. (06/30/2003)
An environmental group has identified nearly 90,000 acres in the Superior National Forest it would like to see designated as protected wilderness. Volunteers for the group Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness hiked and canoed into remote parts of the forest to find areas they say should be protected. (06/12/2003)
Minnesota business leaders have launched a plan to cut smog and ozone in the state's air. They hope to take action now to stave off federal sanctions that could be imposed within the next few years if Minnesota's air quality continues to deteriorate. (06/03/2003)
A three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the federal government can deport a Somali immigrant from Minnesota to his homeland, even though Somalia has no functioning government. Attorneys for immigrant Keyse Jama say they will appeal, and the case could go to the U.S. Supreme Court. (05/28/2003)
Lots of people want to change the world. The Solar Oven Society in Minneapolis wants to do it with a simple tool: a dark, heat-trapping box with a clear lid. For developing countries, it offers the promise of cooking with sunlight instead of wood. (05/27/2003)
Minnesota needs to begin planning now for the effects of global climate change, according to scientists who met Thursday at the University of Minnesota. The first step may be better monitoring of the subtle changes that are already occurring due to warmer temperatures. (05/22/2003)
As winter turns to spring in the northwoods, the Owlman comes back. His real name is Bill Lane. His passion is northern forest owls. (05/05/2003)
Watching and feeding birds is one of the fastest growing hobbies in Minnesota and the nation. Yet birders, as birdwatchers prefer to be known, have little political influence. (04/28/2003)
Macalester College in St. Paul officially flipped the switch Wednesday on a 10-kilowatt wind turbine that will feed electricity directly into the college's power grid. The Macalester turbine is one of only a handful of urban wind turbines nationwide. (04/23/2003)