Special News Feature

Unchecked irrigation threatens groundwater

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

Redeveloping Nicollet and Lake

Nicollet Ave. Kmart plan moves to full Minneapolis City Council

A redevelopment plan that could lead to the reopening of Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street in Minneapolis took another step forward on Tuesday with approval from a City Council committee.
Veolia Water Project Manager Kelly Daleiden

A first in Minnesota, cities launch system to treat, stash water underground

To avoid building a new water treatment plant, three cities have begun storing treated water 500 feet underground for use when summer demand is high.

How to talk 'Fargo' (this subject did not flee the interview)

There's a new "Fargo" in town -- a TV series based on the film debuted Tuesday on FX. Tony Alcantar helped the cast get the accent right. Alcantar, a dialect coach, worked with actors on set in Calgary, Alberta, including British actor Martin Freeman and Texan Allison Tolman. Listen to how he did that.
Filling potholes

School of hard knocks: Road crews fight pothole wars shorthanded on money, science

It's a battle fought in every Minnesota city and town during the spring. And the terms of engagement haven't changed much over the decades. Without enough money to rebuild the roads, it's patch and hope and patch again.
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.

MNsure to name new contractor today

The contractor will oversee the $100 million project and bear ultimate responsibility for ensuring MNsure meets deadlines, stays within budget, and meets quality benchmarks. The state took over the general contractor's job early last year.
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