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Storms blow and the water rises; Medtronic and the tax debate; data-driven environmentalism

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • Storms rake swath of Minn. with hail and high winds; sandbaggers confront rising water
    More waves of heavy rain and severe storms rumbled into Minnesota on Monday on top of damaging storms that drenched the state over the weekend, prompting Gov. Mark Dayton to cancel a planned visit to view flood damage in the southwest corner of the state.
  • Epic flood threat and severe risk continue
    One look at the rainfall map over Minnesota the past 30 days shows you why we're at capacity, even record water levels on many Minnesota lakes and rivers. Rainfall totals of 10 to 15 inches is literally half a year's rain in the past 30 days across a big swath of Minnesota. The heaviest flood zone runs in a swath from southwest Minnesota to International Falls.
  • Xcel now says 50,000 lost power
    "Most of these power outages are wind-related," said Xcel Energy spokeswoman Patti Nystuen. "When the ground is this saturated, it loosens trees and they may pull out of the ground. So we had limbs coming down. That was our biggest problem, limbs falling on the (power) lines."
  • Homes, mills feel rising waters in northern Minnesota
    Reservoir dams there control the water level on the river and a number of lakes, and even with the dam gates fully open there's been so much rain in the region that the Rainy Lake levels continue to rise.
  • Medtronic's Irish deal reopens Minnesota tax debate
    The governor is praising Medtronic's plan to acquire Covidien, saying it will keep jobs in the state. GOP rivals say the deal shows that state tax policy is driving away businesses.
  • Energy-use data could help Minnesota cities protect the environment
    The project has data from 2008 onward that include vehicle miles traveled, waste generation, water use, and the amount of electricity, natural gas and other fuel being used by everyone within city limits. The 22 cities that have signed up had to agree to make the data public.
  • Minnesota has a lot riding on the next Target CEO
    Target employs about 31,000 people in Minnesota. The retailer and its predecessor -- the Dayton Hudson Corp. -- have always had a CEO with a Minnesota connection. So far, all have emerged from within the company.
  • Is World Cup soccer a 'guy' thing?
    Things were hopping at the Dubh Linn Irish Brew Pub in Duluth when the U.S. beat Ghana in yesterday's World Cup match. But we noticed something in a picture taken there: One woman. A video from from Brit's Pub in downtown Minneapolis also suggests a testosterone-heavy clientele.
  • Our favorite photos of obsessed World Cup fans in Brazil
    FIFA, the soccer World Cup organizers, say there were more than 11 million ticket requests for the month-long event this year, far outnumbering the actual 3.1 million tickets available,and almost all of those have now been sold. Overall, 60 percent of the tickets were bought by Brazilians and 40 percent by fans from the rest of the world. And those fans are obsessed with their teams and their sport. So we're posting photos everyday that convey the excitement of "the beautiful game."
  • In the making of America's megafarms, a few winners and many losers
    America's beloved small farms are becoming increasingly irrelevant. Big farms are taking over. According to the latest census of American agriculture, released this year, there are two million farms in America. But just four percent of those farms account for two-thirds of all agricultural production.
  • Gun control advocates win round at Supreme Court
    The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a major victory to gun control advocates on Monday. The 5-4 ruling allows strict enforcement of the federal ban on gun "straw purchases," or one person buying a gun for another. The federal law on background checks requires federally licensed gun dealers to verify the identity of buyers and submit their names to a federal database to weed out felons, those with a history of mental illness and others barred from gun ownership.
  • US captures suspected ringleader of attack in Benghazi
    The United States says it has captured a militant suspected of leading the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, said Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby.
  • Movement drives dancing stories about Minnesota in 'Shore'
    Emily Johnson and her internationally acclaimed Minneapolis company Catalyst Dance will express that philosophy over the next week in performances of her new piece called "Shore," an epic work spread over several days.

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