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Unchecked irrigation threatens groundwater

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

BNSF oil-tank train

Oil transport draws cry for disaster training help

Locals and lawmakers remember last year's fiery derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec and the near-miss near Casselton, N.C. in December. Lawmakers are considering legislation to make rail companies help pay to train and equip emergency responders. Proposed bills would assess a $1.25 million fee annually for as many as five years.
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.

Exhibit recreates Warhol's 1964 World's Fair mural

Even for a 1964 New York World's Fair that celebrated "The World of Tomorrow," Andy Warhol may have been ahead of his time. Now, 50 years later, the work is the focus of a museum exhibition being staged on the very fairgrounds where the pop-art provocateur was censored.

National energy boom blurs political battle lines

The U.S. energy boom is blurring the traditional political battle lines across the country. Democrats are split between environmentalists and business and labor groups, with the proposed Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline a major wedge.

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.
Snowy owl

Release planned for rehabilitated snowy owl

An apparent collision with a Washington, D.C. bus sent the owl to the U of M's Raptor Center for new feathers and rehabilitation.
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