Mary Losure Feature Archive

Meet Chad Pregracke. He's been in Time, People, on CNN, and is attracting a wide range of corporate support; all because of his personal mission: fishing trash out of the Mississippi River. (05/10/2002)
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture plans to begin aerial spraying to treat the state's largest infestation of gypsy moths to date. The imported moth is the nation's most destructive pest of trees and shrubs. It has not yet established itself in Minnesota, but has worked its way eastward as far as Illinois. (05/07/2002)
In most states, including Minnesota, manufacturers can sell fertilizer containing arsenic, lead, cadmium, and other heavy metals without disclosing those ingredients. In Minnesota, that means a product called Ironite is still on the market, despite high levels of contamination. (04/22/2002)
Minnesota has more than 20,000 miles of open farm ditches. Most were dug between 1910 and 1935 to drain millions of acres - one-fifth of the state - that were once wetlands. Today, century-old laws still allow farmers to repair, maintain, and improve this vast network, even if that means draining wetlands. Now environmental groups are filing lawsuits to challenge that, and they're winning. (04/01/2002)
Interest groups with vastly different visions of the future of the Mississippi River turned out Tuesday night for a public meeting held by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps presented its latest version of a study on whether to expand the lock and dam system on the upper Mississippi. (03/20/2002)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers holds public meetings in Minneapolis and LaCrosse this week, to present the latest version of its study of the proposed $1 billion expansion of the upper Mississippi River's lock and dam system. The agency was forced to revise the study two years ago under a storm of criticism. (03/19/2002)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced a plan for two state forests designed to limit the use of all-terrain vehicles to special ATV trails. The agency says it's part of a wider attempt to impose more stringent restrictions on ATV use in all state forests. (03/06/2002)
Sen. Julie Sabo, DFL-Minneapolis, is urging both sides of a disputed highway project to come to a compromise to save the Camp Coldwater Spring near the intersection of highways 55 and 62. Sabo is the author of legislation passed last session protecting the spring. But the law has halted construction of a $16 million interchange. (02/06/2002)
The little town of Lakeland on the St. Croix River has a big problem. Someone apparently dumped several garbage bags worth of a rare and deadly type of asbestos on the city's beach. (12/14/2001)
Somali leaders are deeply worried by an effort by the FBI and the Justice Department to interview immigrant men in the Twin Cities and elsewhere about the Sept. 11 attacks. They see it as one sign of troubling changes in the legal system of their adopted country. (12/06/2001)
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging states to adopt new quarantine laws to prepare for bioterrorism. The CDC has floated a model state law calling for strict quarantines and compulsory vaccinations. Minnesota's proposed legislation would give state health authorities powers greater than any they've used in the past, even during historic outbreaks of smallpox. (11/26/2001)
A crowd of more than 200 people gathered in Minneapolis Thursday night to support Minnesota's Somali community. It's been hit hard by the federal crackdown on financial organizations allegedly linked to terrorism. (11/09/2001)
Government officials raided businesses in Minneapolis Wednesday after President Bush announced a crackdown on two financial networks accused of links to Osama bin Laden. The Treasury Departement has frozen the assets of 62 individuals and organizations in this country. In Minneapolis, police officers and customs officers shut down at least two businesses that many Somalis use to wire money to relatives overseas. (11/07/2001)
A new report charges the Minnesota Department of Agriculture with failing its responsibility to protect the state's waters from pesticide contamination. A non-profit environmental group, the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, released the report Monday. It's based on two years of research by the environmental group. (10/29/2001)