Mary Losure Feature Archive

The Department of Homeland Security's Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released three Somalis who were being held in indefinite detention in the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Rush City. A federal district judge in Minnesota ordered the release. He cited a 2001 Supreme Court ruling that found the indefinite detention of aliens is unconstitutional. (04/13/2003)
A climate change study released Tuesday by the Union of Concerned Scientists predicts that summer temperatures in Minnesota could rise by as much as 16 degrees Farenheit by the end of this century, meaning Minnesota's summers would be more like those experienced now in Kansas. (04/08/2003)
Viewers of the Arab satellite TV channel Al Jazeera can see the war from a different perspective from the one shown to American TV audiences. A number of native Arabs regularly watch the news from Al Jazeera at a deli in the Twin Cities. (03/26/2003)
Leaders of Twin Cities labor unions are organizing an anti-war campaign. Representatives of more than a dozen unions representing steelworkers, transportation and communications workers, clerical workers, hospital employees and others have formed a new group, <i>Twin Cities Labor Against the War</i>. (03/19/2003)
Student organizers at the University of Minnesota say they expect students from 26 area schools to walk out the day after bombing begins in Iraq. (03/19/2003)
Federal regulators have denied Xcel's application to build a private nuclear waste storage facility (03/17/2003)
In 1994, Minnesota's largest utility, then known as Northern States Power, went to the state Legislature with a controversial request. The cooling pool where NSP stored spent nuclear fuel inside its Prairie Island plant was nearly full. The company wanted to store additional waste outside, in steel casks. After months of bitter debate, lawmakers granted permission for 17 casks. Nine years later, the casks are full and the company, now Xcel Energy, is back at the Capitol asking for more. (03/04/2003)
A new poll shows 75 percent of Minnesotans would support attacking Iraq if the U.S. has the full support of the United Nations. But without U.N. backing, Minnesotans' support for an attack drops to 45 percent. Another 45 percent say they would oppose an attack without U.N. backing. (02/25/2003)
In St. Paul a federal appeals court heard arguments on Wednesday in a case that could decide the fate of hundreds of Somalis in Minnesota and many more across the United States. The issue is whether the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service can deport Somalis to their home country despite the fact that Somalia has no functioning government. (02/12/2003)
For years, members of Alaska's congressional delegation have pushed for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife refuge. Minnesota's late Senator Paul Wellstone was a vocal opponent of those efforts. Now, pro-drilling forces backed by the Bush Administration are making a new attempt. Environmental groups say this time around, Minnesota's new Senator Norm Coleman could play a key role in the refuge's fate. (02/11/2003)
After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft ordered the Immigration and Naturalization Service to begin tracking visitors from 25 mostly Muslim countries. Since the first anniversary of the attacks, male visitors from these countries have been required to report in person to the INS for special registration, or risk deportation. So far, more than 23,000 men have registered nationwide. (02/09/2003)
Community and political leaders issued a call to action in troubled times at Monday's Martin Luther King Day celebration in St. Paul. (01/20/2003)
As many as 10 busloads of Twin Cities peace activists are attending a march in Washington, DC. They're part of what they say is a growing movement in Minnesota and the nation. (01/17/2003)
The struggle over the power line caught the attention of a young Carleton College professor named Paul Wellstone. He later co-authored a book about it, <i>Powerline: The First Battle of America's Energy War.</i> The protest helped shape the man who went on to the U.S. Senate as a champion for the little guy against the power structure. (12/09/2002)
Powerline Blues Part 7: Stand under the powerline now and you can hear its buzz. The giant towers march across the fields into the far distance, dominating the landscape. (12/09/2002)