University of Minnesota researchers say families of farmers who use pesticides are more likely to have children with birth defects than urban families.The researchers stress however the study found no direct link between the health problems and pesticide use.
Cass County officials are being asked to stop demolition of the county's old jail in Fargo, N.D. Preservationists say the jail and adjoining sheriff's residence have historic value. Some believe their true worth could be as a youth center and rehearsal hall for the growing number of young bands in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
The Fargo Planning Commission has approved a long term housing complex for chronic alcoholics, despite the objections of neighbors.
Bigfoot or Sasquatch, the giant hairy apelike creature, is generally something associated with the northwestern United States. But a Moorhead man is convinced the creatures are alive, well and living in Minnesota.
Wolves continue to thrive in Minnesota, and the process to remove them from the Endangered Species List continues. While that is good news for the species, it will present new wolf management problems. Near Thief River Falls in the northwestern corner of the state, new research shows wolves are little threat to livestock.
Amtrak has threatened to discontinue all long-distance train service in October if Congress doesn't give it $1.2 billion in the next budget year. Among the long-distance trains being targeted is the Empire Builder, which runs between Chicago and Seattle. It also serves many small communities along the line, including tiny Rugby, N.D.
Harper Lee's novel <i>To Kill A Mockingbird</i> is considered a timeless classic by some. Its message of inclusion and tolerance has touched countless readers. Now teachers and students at the Fergus Falls Middle School are finding the book is not only great reading, but a tool for bringing the community together.
As the economic slowdown continues, more people are looking for work. Some are considering giving up their jobs in metropolitan areas to move back to what they perceive as a safer environment. Since the September terrorist attacks, areas like the Red River Valley have seen an increase in interest in what the region has to offer.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of people are battered by their spouses. In an effort to reduce those numbers, the Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation is working on a transitional housing program known as Nicole's House. The first house is scheduled to open in Moorhead in December.
A survivor of the Bataan death march documents the experience with a series of drawings, currently on exhibit at Minnesota State University-Moorhead.
Moving is always a pain. There are clothes to pack, furniture to move, items to store and a dozen other potential problems. Those complications are compounded when the move is international. For Russ and Susie Freeman of Fargo, that's what this summer has been about. But instead of a new permanent home the Freemans will be spending the next three and a half years in Belize, as Russ fulfills his duties as the new U.S. Ambassador to Belize.
A group called the Red River Freethinkers is fighting to remove a marker engraved with the Ten Commandments from the grounds of the Fargo City Hall. Similar battles are being waged in other cities. The Freethinkers are a distinct minority, but are garnering a lot of attention.
As Minnesota's population has become more diverse communities, small rural towns have faced a series of challenges. Perhaps the most basic is communication. Many new immigrants are unable to speak English. Often, it's the children in a family who learn English first. Although local schools are making progress, they fear lessons learned during the school year, might be forgotten during summer vacation.
Farmers are mulling over mixed news. They are use to battling the weather, but this year has been more of a struggle then most. Spring was marked by excessive rain, delaying planting for small grain crops like wheat and barley. Over the past few weeks, extreme heat and humidity has hung over the Midwest. The weather is moderating now, but new national projections predict the price for some crops, notably corn and soybeans may rise as a result of the weather.