How our warm winter is impacting nature Temperatures shot into the 50s in much of the region today, and so far our January weather has been quite a bit above normal. Gardeners are on the watch for sudden early blooming, and bird watchers are seeing snowy owls well south of where they usually do. The University of Minneesota's Lee Frelich talks with MPR's Tom Crann about the unusual things happening in the natural world because of our warm temperatures.4:50 p.m.
Emergency health care recipients cut off this week About 2,300 Minnesota residents who received emergency medical assistance from a program of last resort have lost that coverage as of this week. The program paid for a variety of health care services including doctor visits, chemotherapy and dialysis. The reduction in services is an outcome of the budget deal that ended last summer's state government shutdown.5:20 p.m.
USDA will close 7 offices in Minnesota Seven Minnesota offices of the U.S. Agriculture Department will close, including a food safety office in Minneapolis which serves five states.5:54 p.m.
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