Special News Feature

Unchecked irrigation threatens groundwater

A special report, "Beneath the Surface," shines a light on the pressures on Minnesota's groundwater.

Reports: Cereal giant Post poised to buy Minn.-based Michael Foods

Michael Foods' private-equity owners have been looking to sell the maker of egg, potato and other grocery products. The company reports annual sales of about $1.5 billion.

Appetites: For all of Lake Superior's food gems, go full circle

The world's largest freshwater lake is an obvious source of inland seafood, but its shoreline communities have honed a much broader food culture worth exploring.
Vanska conducts the orchestra at South High.

Vanska makes surprise appearance at Minneapolis school

When the Minnesota Orchestra arrived in the South High School auditorium today, what was to have been a make-up performance for an event cancelled by snow weeks ago quickly became a huge surprise.

Iowa kids want right to shoot handguns

The Des Moines Register says a law "no one knew about" prohibits anyone under 20 from shooting a gun in Iowa unless they're under the supervision of a parent or instructor. Anyone under 14 can't shoot a gun at all.
Rev. Paul Slack heads up ISAIAH

Eyeing racial disparities, schools trying to cut down on suspensions

According the Minnesota Department of Education, nearly 60 percent of suspensions and expulsions last year were of black, Latino, Asian, Native American and other students of color, even though they're only a quarter of the student population.
Polystyrene foam container

Some plastic food containers could be banned in Minneapolis

Although the plastic in the foam is recyclable, it is one of the few types of plastic Minneapolis doesn't recycle.

STD cases in Minnesota jumped in 2013

The number of syphilis cases increased 64 percent, while gonorrhea cases were up 26 percent, the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday.
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