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  • 'My town is ...' video gets legs; what's your town?
    Last winter, MPR News sent the photographer team of Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber crisscrossing the state to help us tell the story of "Fighting for an American Countryside," a downloadable eBook project on rural Minnesotans striving to create lives and communities of value amid a sizable set of challenges. In the course of shooting hundreds of photos and hours of video, Jenn and Tim hit on the idea of simply asking people in front of a camera to finish this sentence: "My town is ..." Their poignant four-minute video is part of the eBook.August 23, 2013
  • African farmers find inspiration, and maybe machinery, in Midwest
    A dozen African farmers and business owners are meeting with farm equipment suppliers in Fargo, N.D., to study technology that would help them produce more soybeans and corn. The meetings could also prove helpful to farm machinery manufacturers in the United States who see an opportunity to tap a growing market.August 23, 2013
  • Human remains found in ashes of hunting shack
    St. Louis County authorities say human remains have been found in the ashes of a hunting shack near Tower in northeastern Minnesota.August 19, 2013
  • Allegiant Air to offer service from St. Cloud to Orlando
    Allegiant Air officials say they will announce details about where they will be expanding service -- to a "leisure destination" -- Tuesday morning.August 19, 2013
  • Bondholders set to take big loss on Monticello broadband project
    In June, the city made a formal offer to bond holders, paying back $5.75 million of the $26 million borrowed to finance the construction of the network in 2008, before aggressive competition from private companies put the publicly owned company in a financially precarious position.August 19, 2013
  • Fargo planning move to natural gas in city vehicles
    Fargo city officials are developing a plan to burn natural gas in city vehicles, primarily buses and garbage trucks. "It burns cleaner, it has more power and it's cheaper. So that's a good combination," Fargo City Commissioner Mike Williams said.August 18, 2013
  • Big Lake man dies in cabin construction accident
    A Big Lake man has died in a construction accident at a cabin near Hibbing.August 18, 2013
  • Craft-beer scene draws tours to Twin Ports area
    Spurred by Duluth's growing status as a craft beer hub, monthly tours started last spring, bringing up as many as 50 at a time from the Twin Cities.August 18, 2013
  • Conservation Corps brought rustic style to Sibley State Park
    The Veterans Conservation Corps camp that once stood on the oak-shaded rise overlooking Lake Andrew housed, fed and put to work the World War I veterans -- up to 200 at a time -- who built the granite-and-timber structures that transformed Sibley State Park from public property to regional destination.August 17, 2013
  • Tanker carrying explosive material overturns
    A tanker truck carrying 40,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate rolled over just after 8 a.m. today at the entrance to Hibbing Taconite.August 16, 2013
  • Minn. wolf hunt opponents launch signature drive
    Groups opposing Minnesota's wolf hunt launched a petition drive Wednesday to stop the hunting season set for November. They also pledged not to disrupt the hunt if it happens.August 14, 2013
  • Goodhue wind project foes ready to celebrate its defeat
    A troubled wind energy proposal in Goodhue County has missed a deadline imposed by state regulators to make its intentions known, and opponents of the project are preparing to celebrate its defeat.August 14, 2013
  • Maps: Location of proposed St. Cloud mosque
    The Islamic Center of St. Cloud wants to build new mosque, religious school, offices, retail and restaurant space on a 9.5 acre site in a residential area off Clearwater Road.August 14, 2013
  • Minn. delays Lake Superior ballast water rules
    Minnesota is giving Great Lakes freshwater freighters known as "lakers" that enter the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior an extra two years to install ballast water treatment technology.August 13, 2013
  • Planned St. Cloud mosque faces opposition
    Members of St. Cloud's planning commission will hear testimony today on a proposed mosque, school and retail complex that's facing some opposition from neighbors in a quiet, residential part of the city.August 13, 2013

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