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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.

New Deal treasure: Government searches for long-lost art

Some of the art became famous -- such as the murals painted in post offices and other public buildings across the country -- but in the 80 years since the New Deal art programs began, many of the works have disappeared.

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.

The new SAT: Less vocabulary, more linear equations

The new version of the standardized test for college admissions, set to go into effect in 2016, will do away with obscure vocabulary words and cut multiple-choice answer options from five to four.
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Critics worry proposed Twin Metals mine will affect Boundary Waters, tourism

Twin Metals has been quietly completing its plans for a massive underground mine just a few miles south of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The mine would create more than 1,000 jobs, but those benefits aren't enough to win over critics.
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