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  • Hearings set on Alberta Clipper oil pipeline
    Following a hearing Tuesday night in Hallock, the Public Utilities Commission has hearings set for Wednesday in Thief River Falls and Cass Lake, and Thursday in Floodwood and Duluth. The hearings will conclude with a final forum April 3 in St. Paul.March 19, 2014
  • Aquatic invasive species forum set for St. Paul
    Organizers say that as agencies and researchers strive to protect Minnesota waters from zebra mussels, Asian carp and other invaders, boat manufacturers and other private-sector partners are playing a critical role in the search for long-term solutions.March 19, 2014
  • Snow storm hits heaviest north of Twin Cities
    The storm left streets covered with warm, slushy snow for this morning's commute, and in the Twin Cities Metro Transit is advising riders to take an earlier bus. Trains were on time before the start of rush hour.March 19, 2014
  • New state frac sand mining standards will aid industry, local communities, officials say
    The 200-page document addresses a wide range of issues, including air quality, noise monitoring, storage, road and bridge impacts, and setbacks from homes. It's meant to be a guidebook that local leaders can use to regulate silica sand mining in their communities.March 19, 2014
  • Thank your gut bacteria for making chocolate healthful
    For centuries, people have been attributing a vast array of health benefits to eating chocolate, from curing infertility and fatigue to fever and dental problems. But so far, the links to lower blood pressure and heart health have been the strongest -- and one of the few benefits to pass muster in the eyes of science.March 18, 2014
  • Public to have say on northern Minn. oil pipeline expansion
    Enbridge Energy plans to boost the capacity of its Alberta Clipper pipeline that carries oil from Edmonton in the Alberta Tar Sands region to Clearbrook, Minn. and then to Superior, Wis.March 18, 2014
  • Jump in youth e-cigarette poisonings prompts state health warning
    The poisoning cases included children who swallowed or inhaled high levels of e-cigarette liquids, known as e-juice.March 18, 2014
  • Newborn blood sample bill clears House hurdle
    A bill that would allow the state health department to keep newborn blood samples and test results indefinitely cleared its final House committee today. In January the health department was forced to destroy 1.1 million blood spot cards because the agency didn't have the authority to store them.March 18, 2014
  • Mental health centers abruptly shut in east central Minn.; officials scramble to aid clients
    State and county officials are working to find a way to find care for people with mental illness in east central Minnesota after a major mental health care provider abruptly shut its doors Monday.March 18, 2014
  • Insurers, doctors warn lawmakers: Don't tinker with insurance rules to aid SE Minn.
    A big reason rates are so much higher in southeast Minnesota is because of the Rochester-based Mayo Clinic.March 18, 2014
  • Checking in on the flood forecast
    What does this year's rough winter portend for flood season?The Daily Circuit, March 18, 2014
  • Sacre bleu: It's Paris in the smog time
    Paris is suffering from the worst smog it's seen in decades. Associated Press Paris Bureau Chief Angela Charlton explains the ways the city's dealing with the smog, including restrictions on drivers.March 18, 2014
  • Winter storm rolls in; 2 to 6 inches for metro tonight
    This late winter storm has flopped around more than most. Major model inconsistencies have narrowed, but this has been a far from easy storm to get a handle on. The golf analogy for this one feels like 'grip it and rip it.' Just relax, take your best swing and hope it goes in the right direction.March 18, 2014
  • Malaysian jet: Why was transponder off?
    Authorities believe that Flight 370's transponder was intentionally shut off, delaying search and rescue efforts and helping to conceal the plane's location -- a mystery unsolved more than 10 days after the Boeing 777 vanished.March 18, 2014
  • 'Obamacare' enrollment passes 5 million mark
    The Congressional Budget Office had projected 6 million Americans would sign up for health care by the end of March, the deadline for open enrollment. The pace for sign-ups has quickened, but that may not be enough to get to the White House's original target of 7 million.March 18, 2014

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