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Unchecked irrigation threatens groundwater

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

BNSF oil-tank train

Oil transport draws cry for disaster training help

Locals and lawmakers remember last year's fiery derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec and the near-miss near Casselton, N.C. in December. Lawmakers are considering legislation to make rail companies help pay to train and equip emergency responders. Proposed bills would assess a $1.25 million fee annually for as many as five years.
Minnesota Pipe Line Company pumping station

Minn. pipeline firm wants to expand capacity

The company has asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to approve its plans to double the capacity of its Line 4 pipeline, built in 2008 to carry 165,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
The Verso paper mill in Sartell

Parts of Verso paper mill to become art in Sartell

The Verso Paper Corp. mill was a key part of Sartell before it was put out of commission by a 2012 fire. Now, a local artist and Sartell High School teacher have found a way to keep pieces of the mill in the community.

National energy boom blurs political battle lines

The U.S. energy boom is blurring the traditional political battle lines across the country. Democrats are split between environmentalists and business and labor groups, with the proposed Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline a major wedge.

Anoka-Hennepin teachers accept new contract

Eighty-five percent of the teachers who voted agreed to the deal, which was worked out earlier this month with the district.

Bird enthusiasts to begin mapping purple martin

Purple martins will begin returning to Wisconsin to nest in coming days, but some bird enthusiasts say their numbers are on the decline.
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