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Unchecked irrigation threatens groundwater

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

Minneapolis unhappy with SW light rail tunnel design

In the engineering drawings, one of the two tunnels, the north tunnel, isn't buried all the way below the current ground level. Instead, the earth around it is built up in what city attorney Susan Segal described as a 10 to 12 foot high "berm."
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.

PoliGraph: Dayton's tax cut claims leave out context

It's true that Dayton signed a bill that lowered taxes by about $508 million, but he also raised taxes by $2.1 Billion in the previous session. And to say these cuts are all "new" is a stretch.

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 part of Minn. energy law; Minnesota to appeal

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.
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