Tom Robertson Feature Archive

Flood waters in the lakes country of north central Minnesota are just beginning to recede following last week's deluge of rainfall. But lakeshores that typically draw visitors this time of year aren't even accessible. (06/29/2012)
Four teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are in north Minnesota to gather preliminary damage assessments of roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. (06/27/2012)
Gov. Mark Dayton toured flood-damaged areas of rural northeastern Minnesota on Tuesday. (06/26/2012)
Residents in Moose Lake watched Friday as the water began receding, giving people a first look at the damage to homes. (06/22/2012)
With parts of northeastern Minnesota devastated by flooding following heavy rains on Wednesday, some are worried about how flood damage will affect the region's $800 million tourism industry. (06/22/2012)
The historic flooding in northeastern Minnesota damaged a fiber optic link that serves much of the Arrowhead region north of Duluth. (06/21/2012)
A $50 million project in a remote bog north of Grand Rapids could help researchers over the next decade answer critical questions about global warming. (06/07/2012)
Changes in telecommunications funding aimed at spreading access to high-speed Internet access are in fact causing a northern Minnesota phone company to put a fiber optic cable expansion on hold. (05/23/2012)
Two years ago, a tornado in Wadena destroyed more than 200 homes and businesses, along with the town's municipal pool, ice arena and community center. Town leaders had pinned their hopes for rebuilding on state financing. This week, the Minnesota Legislature removed many local projects from a $500 million construction finance measure. (05/11/2012)
A new report released today by the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor suggests that local governments in Minnesota should give more consideration to consolidation. (05/09/2012)
A new Minnesota Legislative Auditor's report suggests the state should do more to encourage consolidation of local governments. (05/08/2012)
A school district collaborative in northeast Minnesota is using video technology to link classrooms with others in the region. (05/04/2012)
A funding dispute that lets a juvenile detention center sit empty and unused since it was built seven years ago has Red Lake tribal officials frustrated with the federal government. (04/26/2012)
The spring construction season started early. Contractors hope that increased consumer confidence will help the industry inch its way back from the effects of the Great Recession. (04/12/2012)
Law enforcement officials are tracking a drop in gang activity in some tribal communities that they say is the result of a sweeping take-down of Native Mob gang leaders earlier this year. (04/05/2012)