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Unchecked irrigation threatens groundwater

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

The Woof Room

Minimum wage hike stirs worry among Minnesota's not-so-small businesses

The costs are real and documented in economic literature. But not many economists believe the downsides to raising the minimum wage exceed the benefits.
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.
Dave and Laura Hoenack

No sad songs: Hymie's record store thrives on vinyl in a digital age

A young couple with two small kids and an old dog buy a vintage vinyl record shop in the worst economy in decades, in a languishing part of Minneapolis, in an era when many teens wouldn't recognize an LP if you spun it at them. It sounds like a great, sad country song in the making, except this story turns out pretty well.

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.

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.

Federal judge strikes down part of Minn. energy law

Minnesota's Next Generation Energy Act, which passed in 2007 with bipartisan support, says in part that utilities may not import additional coal-generated electricity into the state unless they offset the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.

Obama: Affordable Care Act enrollment hits 8 million

"This thing is working," he told reporters at a White House briefing on Thursday.
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