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  • New drinking laws prompt civic action by college students
    College students in central Minnesota are learning a few life lessons on how government works, after three new ordinances designed to control underage drinking went into effect in the city of St. Joseph. Students were caught off guard by the new rules. In this installment of our Young Reporters series, St. John's University senior Will Moore tells us students are becoming more active in city lawmaking.May 10, 2013
  • Icy lakes put chill on business for walleye opener
    The walleye season is expected to get off to a slower than usual start this weekend. The walleye opener is typically one of the busiest weekends for resort communities. But this year many of the lakes in northern Minnesota still have ice on them.May 10, 2013
  • Many proposed frac sand mines would fail 'trout stream' test
    Legislation that would prohibit frac sand mining within a mile of a trout stream or spring in southeastern Minnesota would prevent at least 10 proposed frac sand mines in the region from being developed, show an MPR News analysis.May 9, 2013
  • Lake ice complicates Minn. Governor's Fishing Opener
    Lake ice will play a role in the Governor's Fishing Opener for the first time in recent memory.May 8, 2013
  • Rural Minnesotans less optimistic about economy
    Rural Minnesotans are less optimistic about the economy than people in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, according to a new study by the Blandin Foundation.May 8, 2013
  • Train, semi collision releases chemical
    Authorities say a collision between a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train and a semi carrying anhydrous ammonia injured at least five people.May 7, 2013
  • Red River cities focus on permanent flood protection
    Residents of Fargo-Moorhead are cleaning up sandbags and removing temporary levees after the Red River's crest last week. As it turned out, most of that preparation wasn't needed for this year's flood. Both cities are now turning their attention back to building permanent levees and flood walls.May 7, 2013
  • St. Cloud police investigate explosive device
    Police are looking for the person who left an explosive device in St. Cloud that caused an evacuation.May 6, 2013
  • FBI: Raid of Montevideo home disrupted 'terror attack'
    The FBI believes "a terror attack was disrupted" when authorities arrested a man after they converged on a mobile home in western Minnesota that contained Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms, the agency said Monday.May 6, 2013
  • Minnesota's maple syrup production runneth over
    Many Minnesota maple syrup producers are reporting record harvests. This season's big sap days result from the same weather that draws howls of protest from mostly elsewhere.May 3, 2013
  • Boise mill layoff of 265 workers 'devastating'
    Boise Inc. says it plans to lay off 265 paper workers at its plant in International Falls.May 2, 2013
  • Residents appeal decision on frac sand mine
    Residents in Winona County have asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals to reverse a decision that would allow a proposed frac sand mine to move forward without an in-depth environmental review.May 2, 2013
  • Snowmelt raises flood concerns in NE Minn.
    Rapid snowmelt is causing flooding concerns along some rivers and streams in northeast Minnesota.May 1, 2013
  • Why was the Fargo flood forecast off by so much?
    The Red River at Fargo crested today at a little more than 33 feet, about eight feet lower than what the National Weather Service forecast just two weeks ago. The NWS says it will review its forecasting process in the wake of the off-base prediction.May 1, 2013
  • Snowstorm brings flood concerns up north
    After record snowfall in April, an unusual May snowstorm is forecast for soggy northeast Minnesota.May 1, 2013

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