Special News Feature

Unchecked irrigation threatens groundwater

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

Minnesota Power seeks permit for new power line; skeptics question need

The Great Northern Transmission Line would carry at least 750 megawatts of electricity into the U.S. beginning in 2020.

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.
"3 Sections" and "Life on Mars"

Graywolf Press publications rack up awards

Graywolf Press only puts out about 30 books a year, but is racking up an impressive list of awards for the work it publishes -- especially poetry.

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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