Minnesota Public Radio features by Dan Gunderson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=25 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:39:00 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Dan Gunderson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Wood heater makers push back against tighter pollution rules Health experts warn the units pollute too much. The industry warns tighter EPA standards will force higher costs on consumers. Minnesota is home to the nation's largest wood boiler builder, and wood heat is hugely popular here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/25/wood-heater-makers-push-back-against-pollution-rules-mn?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Leech Lake Ojibwe call judge's Line 3 report a 'clear attack on sovereignty' The band said the decision ignored Leech Lake's interests and the environmental risks of "this substandard pipeline." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/24/leech-lake-band-of-ojibwe-call-judge-recommendation-on-line-3-a-clear-attack?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:57:19 -0500 Watch what you plant: Some native seed mixes contaminated with invasive weed The seed mixes are used for conservation land and pollinator habitat. But some of those seeds contain an aggressive weed called Palmer amaranth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/23/watch-what-you-plant-some-native-seed-mixes-contaminated-with-invasive-weed?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:12:46 -0500 Auditor hits MN animal health board over chronic wasting oversight The board failed to systematically analyze testing of animals on deer and elk farms for chronic wasting disease and didn't appropriately penalize farmers who did not comply with testing rules, the state legislative auditor's office says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/20/mn-deer-elk-farm-lax-oversight-mn-animal-health-board?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:03:25 -0500 Xcel expands use of drones to inspect power lines Xcel Energy will be the first utility in the nation to get Federal Aviation Administration approval to routinely fly drones beyond where a pilot can see the aircraft. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/19/xcel-energy-drones-power-lines-inspection?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:00:21 -0500 Murder charges: 6-year-old was duct-taped to wall, had injuries from head to toe Prosecutors say Bobbie Christine Bishop and Walter Henry Wynhoff beat the child they were caring for repeatedly with a belt, and that a detective noted the boy's body was covered with sores, cuts and scratches. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/11/murder-charges-death-fergus-falls-minnesota-child?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:43:42 -0500 Minnesota High School League adjusts rules to snowy season The Minnesota State High School League is trying to help by modifying rules to help teams squeeze more games into a weather-shortened season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/11/minnesota-high-school-league-adjusts-to-snowy-season?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:29:07 -0500 Dayton objects to proposed buffer law penalty hikes The proposal allowing a penalty of $200 to $500 per linear foot of waterway would mean a massive increase in possible fines. Farm groups, and now the governor, have condemned it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/10/dayton-objects-proposed-buffer-law-penalties-farm-water?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:22:58 -0500 Fergus Falls investigates suspicious death of child Police in Fergus Falls say they're investigating the death of a child who was unconscious and not breathing when brought to a local hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/10/fergus-falls-investigate-suspicious-death-of-child?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:50:17 -0500 Class combats cyber crime by promoting ethical hacking skills By learning to break into computer systems, the North Dakota State University students learn to get in the head of the bad hackers and better understand how to stop them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/09/class-combats-cyber-crime-by-promoting-ethical-hacking?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Flu season hit Minnesota hard, and it's not over yet Minnesota reported 6,030 hospitalizations for treatment of flu-related symptoms through March 31, the highest number since the health department started tracking influenza-related hospitalizations in 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/09/flu-season-hit-minnesota-hard-and-its-not-over-yet?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:32:43 -0500 DNR's 10-year deer plan: boost Minnesota habitat, limit disease The plan released by the Department of Natural Resources sets a statewide harvest target of 200,000 whitetail deer and allows for more citizen input in deer management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/09/dnr-releases-deer-management-plan?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:47:30 -0500 Opera with a soldier's heart When David T. Little started talking to friends and family about their war experiences, he found most had never told their stories. That led him to compose "Soldier Songs." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/06/opera-aims-to-offer-soldiers-sensitive-ear?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0500 Minnesota guardsmen vexed by endless Facebook romance scam Scammers are stealing real pictures of Minnesota National Guardsmen to trick women into sending money. It's become such a problem, the guard now has a staff member regularly scanning social media for the stolen identities of its leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/03/minnesota-national-guard-stuck-facebook-identify-scam?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Wisconsin walleye study shows 'something is not right' Analyzing data from 1990 through 2012, researchers found walleye production fell significantly, by between 47 percent and 63 percent. And walleye success varies widely with only a few very successful lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/30/wisconsin-walleye-study-shows-something-not-right-decline-numbers?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2018 19:02:48 -0500 With mandatory retirement fight over, Moorhead judge reluctantly steps down A Minnesota judge is reluctantly stepping down from the bench this week after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/29/moorhead-judge-steps-down?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 05:17:51 -0500 Woman to serve 6 months after killing boyfriend in video stunt A 20-year-old woman will serve six months in jail for killing her boyfriend in a northern Minnesota video stunt gone wrong. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/14/woman-to-serve-6-months-after-killing-boyfriend-in-youtube-stunt?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:28:00 -0500 Farmers share anxiety over trade with USDA secretary Farmers hope they won't be collateral damage as President Trump fans concerns about a global trade war. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/09/farmers-share-anxiety-over-trade?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:58:55 -0600 Charges filed in attempted shooting of Minnesota state trooper Attempted murder charges were filed Thursday against a Milwaukee woman for allegedly trying to shoot a state trooper who stopped to help after the vehicle she was driving slid into the ditch along Interstate 94 near Moorhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/08/charges-filed-against-attempted-shooting-of-state-trooper?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 15:24:59 -0600 Fate of Fergus Falls hospital splits community City leaders have wrestled for more than decade with what to do with the iconic structure that once housed as many as 2,000 patients treated for a variety of mental illnesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/07/fate-of-fergus-falls-hospital-splits-community?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Charges: Woman put gun to MN trooper's head, pulled trigger What began as a routine Minnesota State Patrol call to a crash on Interstate 94 near Moorhead nearly ended in tragedy, charging documents show. But the gun didn't fire and the trooper was able to shoot the woman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/07/charges-woman-put-gun-to-mn-trooper-pulled-trigger?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 15:32:55 -0600 Trooper shoots woman after crash-related incident on I-94 in NW Minn. What began Monday morning as a response to a crash on I-94 ended with a Minnesota State Patrol trooper shooting and wounding a woman who then fled into a nearby field, authorities say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/05/mndot-shuts-i94-west-nw-minnesota-police-respond?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:55:37 -0600 Counties balk at stricter measures for construction debris disposal Local jurisdictions are pushing back against the MPCA's desire to tighten regulations on unlined construction landfills, which have been found to pollute groundwater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/26/counties-balk-at-stricter-measures-for-construction-debris-disposal?refid=0 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Co-op chaos: Provision from tax bill has farmers, companies scrambling The last minute addition to the tax bill was supposed to continue an existing tax break that benefited cooperatives. But the result, which lawmakers say was unintended, is a big tax advantage for farmers who sell grain to a cooperative instead of a private company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/23/provision-from-tax-bill-has-farmers-companies-scrambling?refid=0 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Big, recent pot busts get cops' attention in Minnesota, North Dakota Pot from Oregon, Colorado and California, states where marijuana is legal, is making its way to the Upper Midwest along with other drugs. The business is being driven by increasingly sophisticated operators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/13/big-recent-pot-busts-minn-north-dakota?refid=0 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:41:28 -0600 Fargo woman gets life for killing pregnant Greywind, stealing baby Prosecutors said Brooke Crews lured Savanna Greywind, 22, to her apartment, knocked her unconscious and cut her unborn baby from her, a crime the Fargo police chief called a "vicious act of depravity." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/02/life-for-woman-who-killed-savanna-greywind-stole-baby?refid=0 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 14:54:06 -0600 Strained for mental health services, counties push for more state money Mental health workers say the treatment system has gaping holes when people enter the system and when they leave it with no help in sight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/29/strained-for-mental-health-services-counties-push-for-more-state-money?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0600 The NFL superstar next door: Detroit Lakes embraces Vikings' Thielen Adam Thielen's high school coaches -- and the kids who played backyard football with him -- aren't surprised he's become an elite NFL wide receiver. They also say he's still the same guy from northwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/19/adam-thielen-nfl-vikings-detroit-lakes-minnesota-star?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Tribes try to exert more influence over federal farm bill The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is leading the first of its kind initiative to bring more farm bill funding to Indian Country. The lobbying effort is an outgrowth of programs to improve health and expand access to healthy food for Indian people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/11/tribes-try-to-exert-more-influence-over-federal-farm-bill?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Northern Minnesota sheriff gets aggressive with wolves The Kittson County sheriff says ranchers are angry with wolf killings of cattle, and that his office can investigate such reports better than state or federal authorities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/03/wolf-kills-kittson-county?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Inside the whiskey revolution in northern Minnesota One craft distiller in Hallock, Minn., got a state grant to study how different rye varieties affect taste in whiskey. The results, he says, show promise for the state's booze industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/26/inside-the-whiskey-revolution-in-northern-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 26 Dec 2017 04:00:00 -0600 St. Paul council president hands over leadership post to Amy Brendmoen Council President Russ Stark says he is stepping aside to let Council Member Amy Brendmoen lead as the council addresses the needs of a growing city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/15/st-paul-council-president-hands-over-leadership-role-to-amy-brendmoen?refid=0 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:10:07 -0600 Dayton slams 'deplorable' Customs move to cut hours at 2 Minn. border crossings Next month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reducing its hours of operation at the northern Minnesota border crossings at Lancaster and Roseau next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/13/bucking-locals-us-customs-cuts-hours-at-2-minn-border-crossings?refid=0 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:54:04 -0600 Home visiting program expands in Minnesota The program targeting at-risk families offers in-home nurse visits and support to pregnant women and parents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/12/home-visiting-program-expands-in-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:21:09 -0600 Saving the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project will be costly The task force headed by Govs. Mark Dayton and Doug Burgum identified some major changes to the flood diversion plan, but some major hurdles remain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/12/saving-fargomoorhead-diversion-will-be-costly--?refid=0 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:26:55 -0600 Suspect in 'vicious' Greywind killing pleads guilty in Fargo Brooke Lynn Crews changed her plea Monday and admitted to conspiring to kill the pregnant Savanna Greywind and stealing the baby, a crime the Fargo police chief described as "cruel, vicious act of depravity." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/11/fargo-greywind-killing-suspect-pleads-guilty?refid=0 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:51:21 -0600 Farmers keep wary eye on tax negotiations The new tax proposals remove a key deduction for farmer cooperatives, potentially costing farmers thousands each year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/11/farmers-keep-wary-eye-on-tax-negotiations?refid=0 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Antibiotics are accumulating in Minn. lakes, posing health risk A new University of Minnesota study found several antibiotics in sediment at the bottom of Minnesota lakes, and that might contribute to increased antibiotic resistance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/01/antibiotics-are-accumulating-in-minn-lakes-posing-health-risk?refid=0 Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:57:36 -0600 What's that smell? Farms, weather bring a stink into the Twin Cities A foul smell wafting across the Twin Cities this week is the result of changing weather and common fall farming practices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/21/whats-that-smell-farms-weather-bring-a-stink-into-the-twin-cities?refid=0 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:12:30 -0600 Church leaders in Minnesota: 'We can't be naive anymore' The recent mass shooting at a church in Texas has many places of worship in Minnesota wrestling with how to protect parishioners while remaining open and welcoming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/12/church-leaders-in-minnesota-we-cant-be-naive-anymore?refid=0 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0600 More women are taking a shot at hunting as overall interest slips In general, participation in hunting is trending downward. But the number of women who hunt is rising: Nearly 70,000 of Minnesota's 550,000 hunters are women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/03/as-interest-in-hunting-slips-overall-more-women-take-a-shot-at-it?refid=0 Fri, 03 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota on track for record wheat yields Regional wheat breeding programs have helped double yields since 1995, University of Minnesota researchers say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/01/minnesota-wheat-harvest-record-breaking-yields?refid=0 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 10:03:16 -0500 Ambulances, hearses and tractors: 50 years of emergencies in western Minn. The Ringdahl family-owned ambulance service in Fergus Falls marks 50 years in business this week. Its owner and his sons reflect on a life spent caring for others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/26/fergus-falls-ringdahl-ambulance-50-anniversary?refid=0 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Study: Rain and snow can transport chemicals to Minnesota's lakes, rivers A new study offers an explanation to why pharmaceuticals and other chemicals are found in remote Minnesota lakes. Research over the past decade has found drugs and chemicals like the insect repellent DEET are common in surface water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/29/study-precipitation-transporting-chemicals-across-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:07:28 -0500 Minn., N.D. governors seek common ground on flood control Mark Dayton and Doug Burgum have spoken twice since a federal judge stopped construction of the $2.2 billion Red River diversion, and they're hoping to resolve the dispute together. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/27/minn-nd-governors-seek-common-ground-on-flood-control?refid=0 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:19:28 -0500 Concern grows over effects of treated seeds on birds Neonicotinoid-treated seeds are winding up as food for birds and other animals, which can be toxic for the wildlife. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/20/concern-grows-over-effects-of-treated-seeds-on-birds?refid=0 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500 'Not invisible anymore': Standing Rock a year after pipeline protests The massive demonstrations against the Dakota Access pipeline didn't stop the oil from flowing, and problems on the reservation remain. But protest leaders say they're stronger for what happened last year and are focused on the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/13/standing-rock-nd-a-year-after-oil-pipeline-protests?refid=0 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Judge halts work on $2.1 billion Red River diversion project The diversion plan calls for a large levee to be built south of Fargo-Moorhead to hold back flood waters from the Red River and divert them into a 30-mile-long channel around the cities http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/07/judge-halts-work-on-21-billion-red-river-diversion-project?refid=0 Thu, 07 Sep 2017 17:33:37 -0500 Farmers, beekeepers put aside differences to aid bees A new pilot project in North Dakota aims to get past frequent finger-pointing between beekeepers and farmers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/07/farmers-beekeepers-put-aside-differences-to-aid-bees?refid=0 Thu, 07 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500 In NW Minn., keeping duck hunting alive one summer camper at a time A weeklong camp focused on young teens teaches everything from goose calling to prairie ecology and shooting. Waterfowl hunters see it as a path to reviving a tradition long in decline in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/14/minnesota-duck-hunting-summer-camp-teens?refid=0 Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500 DNR: Minnesota River is infested with invasive carp, zebra mussels That designation places additional restrictions on commercial fishers, bait collectors and those with permits to pump water from the river. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/10/minnesota-river-deemed-infested-with-invasive-carp-zebra-mussels?refid=0 Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:54:16 -0500 White Earth tribe holds high hopes for hemp The tribe's invested nearly $100,000 to grow a few acres of industrial hemp on the edge of the reservation. It's an experiment White Earth leaders believe could plant the seeds for future economic success. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/09/white-earth-tribe-high-hopes-hemp?refid=0 Wed, 09 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Dozens brave Fargo rain to protest bigotry, hate speech They were responding to recent physical and verbal assaults on immigrants in the community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/03/fargo-rally-intolerance?refid=0 Thu, 03 Aug 2017 08:00:00 -0500 Border-spanning adventure trail in the works for northern Minn. An adventure touring trail that could span as many as 500 miles may open as soon as next summer, but local officials are less than enthusiastic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/02/off-road-trail-northern-minnesota-border?refid=0 Wed, 02 Aug 2017 13:00:00 -0500 North Dakota seeking hay donations to aid drought-stricken ranchers Much of the western two-thirds of the state is in severe or extreme drought and many ranchers have no pastures for cattle now, and no hay to feed the cattle through the coming winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/01/north-dakota-hay-donations-to-aid-drought-stricken-ranchers?refid=0 Tue, 01 Aug 2017 11:53:18 -0500 Airport vehicle crash kills runway worker in Fargo Officials say a vehicle driven by an airport employee struck a paint rig, killing the driver. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/31/airport-vehicle-crash-kills-runway-worker-in-fargo?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:32:09 -0500 Some see Fargo confrontation as opportunity to discuss race Both sides involved in a racially charged parking lot confrontation are expressing regret amid calls for a dialogue about race relations in the Fargo-Moorhead area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/27/some-see-fargo-confrontation-as-opportunity-to-discuss-race?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:59:02 -0500 After long legal battle, landlords' suits against St. Paul dismissed The landlords had sued the city alleging discrimination under the federal fair housing act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/21/landlords-suits-dropped-st-paul?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:26:20 -0500 Minnesota scientists dive deep to learn why walleye are stressed Nine of Minnesota's largest lakes are part of a new study that aims to gain a deeper understanding of how life works under the waves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/18/scientists-digging-deeper-to-understand-factors-affecting-walleye?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500 After Supreme Court victory, peat mine proposal's fate in DNR's hands A site where Hawkes Company hopes to mine peat has been deemed to have high biodiversity significance, meaning it would need to be restored to equivalent or better habitat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/11/after-supreme-court-victory-peat-mine-proposals-fate-in-dnrs-hands?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Researchers race to slow a disease that could wipe out some bat species The fungal disease called white-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats since it was first discovered in North America 10 years ago, but University of Minnesota scientist Christine Salomon hopes to find a treatment deep in the cold damp shafts of the Soudan Mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/27/researchers-race-to-slow-disease-that-could-wipe-out-some-bat-species?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:46:18 -0500 To understand Viking culture, take a look at their plates A Swedish culinary archaeologist recreates meals eaten by Vikings. He's appearing at the Midwest Viking Festival in Moorhead and at the Swedish Institute in Minneapolis this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/24/viking-culture-food?refid=0 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Evidence challenged in Dru Sjodin killer's death penalty appeal Attorneys hoping to overturn the death sentence of a Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. are challenging forensic evidence at a hearing in Fargo this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/20/evidence-challenged-in--death-penalty-appeal?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:58:16 -0500 Red River strangers share their stories, find common ground Careful listening is the idea behind a Fargo-Moorhead project that aims to break down barriers and build empathy between people who might think they have little in common. It's a simple idea that has sometimes surprising results. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/13/fargo-moorhead-listening-project-immigrants-natives?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Sugar producers skeptical of deal with Mexico U.S. sugar producers like Minnesota-based American Crystal Sugar have complained for years that Mexico was violating the North American Free Trade Agreement by dumping subsidized sugar, and driving down prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/06/sugar-producers-skeptical-of-deal-with-mexico?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:14:12 -0500 Transportation secretary urges drone industry to engage public U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told attendees at a Fargo drone conference Wednesday they must do a better job of engaging the public about safety, security and privacy issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/31/transportation-secretary-urges-drone-industry-to-engage-public?refid=0 Wed, 31 May 2017 14:00:28 -0500 Coming to the skies of Fargo-Moorhead: military drones The drones will practice take offs and landings at the Fargo airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/25/coming-to-the-skies-of-fargomoorhead-military-drones?refid=0 Thu, 25 May 2017 16:12:49 -0500 Honey bee losses slow over last year, but still a concern A national survey found beekeepers nationwide lost 33 percent of their honey bee colonies from April 2016 through April 2017. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/25/honeybee-losses-slow-over-last-year-but-still-a-concern?refid=0 Thu, 25 May 2017 08:01:00 -0500 American Crystal Sugar workers to vote on new contract Union workers at Moorhead based American Crystal Sugar Company vote Thursday on a five-year contract the company calls a final offer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/17/american-crystal-sugar-workers-to-vote-on-new-contract?refid=0 Wed, 17 May 2017 13:45:52 -0500 As the seed treatment market grows, so do pesticide concerns The use of insecticides on seeds has sparked controversy after studies have shown the chemicals can be harmful to bees. One of the largest pesticide companies in the world has a research facility here in Minnesota, developing and testing these seed coatings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/10/as-seed-treatment-market-grows-so-do-pesticide-concerns?refid=0 Wed, 10 May 2017 15:49:02 -0500 Judge: EPA violated law in approving products dangerous to bees, butterflies A Minnesota beekeeper is claiming a partial victory in a federal lawsuit over the regulation of a common insecticide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/09/judge-epa-violated-law-in-approving-products-dangerous-to-bees-butterflies?refid=0 Tue, 09 May 2017 17:38:33 -0500 Minnesota eyes tougher steps to stop measles as outbreak spreads Minnesotans are being exposed to measles in counties where no cases have yet been confirmed. Isolation and quarantine are possibilities if other measures fail to control the outbreak, one state official says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/05/measles-outbreak-at-44-cases-in-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 05 May 2017 13:41:54 -0500 DNR deputizes K-9s to sniff out zebra mussels The dogs are trained to smell invasive zebra mussels on boats. They can find mussels in places human inspectors might miss, including the inside of motors, bilges and live wells. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/04/dnr-adds-more-mussel-sniffing-dogs?refid=0 Thu, 04 May 2017 12:33:19 -0500 State Patrol catches more than 1,000 texting drivers during crackdown Officials say compared with a shorter enforcement period last year that nabbed almost as many drivers, people seem to be getting the message. But too many still text and drive, the State Patrol said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/03/state-patrol-catches-more-than-1000-texting-drivers-during-crackdown?refid=0 Wed, 03 May 2017 16:00:00 -0500 To see the future of drones, look to student competitors A handful of students from the region are preparing for an international robotics competition this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/03/future-drones-student-competitions?refid=0 Wed, 03 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota is failing to provide adequate dental care to low-income kids, feds say The federal government says Minnesota, among states with the lowest reimbursement rates, is failing to provide adequate dental care to low-income children and risks losing funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/02/minnesota-is-failing-to-provide-adequate-dental-care-to-lowincome-kids-feds-say?refid=0 Tue, 02 May 2017 16:30:38 -0500 Edina poised to become first Minn. city to make tobacco buying age 21 The Twin Cities suburb's council is expected to pass a measure raising the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/02/edina-raise-tobacco-age-21-18?refid=0 Tue, 02 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Scientists, seeing a threat to their work, plan marches around the country One of many March for Science rallies around the country will happen in St. Paul on Saturday at the state Capitol, where a feud has broken out over funding for environmental programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/21/march-for-science-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:00:00 -0500 20 years after epic flood, Red River towns no longer dread the spring The 1997 flood transformed the Red River Valley and its residents. State and federal officials responded with $1.1 billion in infrastructure spending to make sure a catastrophe never happens again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/17/red-river-flood-20-year-anniversary-towns-transformed?refid=0 Mon, 17 Apr 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Moorhead health care town hall more subdued, suffused with concerns about insurance costs Even as Obamacare continues, some voters remain frustrated and fearful of what's to come. Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson heard from some of them at his first public town hall this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/11/collin-peterson-town-hall-health-care?refid=0 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 06:18:09 -0500 Growing population of homeless seniors worries housing advocates Minnesota seniors are the fastest growing segment of homeless people, according to the Wilder Foundation homeless survey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/05/growing-population-of-homeless-seniors-worries-housing-advocates?refid=0 Wed, 05 Apr 2017 04:00:00 -0500 5 arrested in fentanyl drug case involving overdoses Grand Forks police say they seized more than 500 pills that were made to look like the prescription drug oxycodone but were laced with the powerful painkiller fentanyl. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/31/6-arrested-fentanyl-drug-cases-involving-overdoses?refid=0 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:14:08 -0500 Pollinator protections facing obstacles at Capitol Republican lawmakers leading the fight against efforts to protect pollinators say they're protecting agriculture from harmful pesticide regulation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/29/pollinator-protections-facing-obstacles-at-capitol?refid=0 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Republicans still want buffer law changes, but Dayton won't bend A political confrontation is shaping up over the Minnesota buffer law designed to improve water quality on farmlands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/22/dayton-republicans-at-odds-buffer-law?refid=0 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:10:02 -0500 Lawmakers reject attempt to regulate seeds that can harm pollinators Minnesota lawmakers have derailed legislation to give the state Department of Agriculture authority over seeds treated with insecticide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/14/lawmakers-reject-attempt-to-regulate-seeds-that-can-harm-pollinators?refid=0 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:37:22 -0500 Ten arrested in final evacuation of Dakota Access protest camp Ten people were arrested Wednesday when they refused final orders to leave the protest camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. An estimated 25 to 50 people remained, but officers did not enter the camp to pursue them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/23/ten-arrested-in-final-evacuation-of-dakota-access-protest-camp?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:35:42 -0600 Floods approaching, some Dakota Access protesters plan final act of defiance at camp Spring flooding is expected to inundate the Oceti Sakowin camp within days, prompting the Army Corps of Engineers to order people off the property by 2 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/22/floods-approaching-some-dakota-access-protesters-plan-final-act-of-defiance-at-camp?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Dangerous passage: Refugees in Minnesota risk death to reach Canada Dozens of mostly African refugees are streaming to the Minnesota-Canadian border this winter to seek asylum in Canada. It's a perilous journey that has immigration and security officials increasingly worried. But it shows no signs of stopping. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/21/refugees-minnesota-risk-death-to-cross-into-canada?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:00:00 -0600 NTSB: Safety improved since Casselton train accident, but more work needed A new report concluded a manufacturing defect inside the axle of a train car started the accident, which ultimately led to the evacuation of 1,400 people and a national debate about oil train safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/07/ntsb-cause-2013-north-dakota-train-crash?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:19:16 -0600 Trump's rural Minnesota backers OK with immigration ban While critics continue to blast the president for his executive order placing restrictions on immigration, many of his supporters in greater Minnesota generally agree with the president's move. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/30/trump-rural-minnesota-backers-applaud-immigration-ban?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 17:13:49 -0600 Drug traces found in state waters may be enough to harm fish, agency finds Trace levels of pharmaceuticals and other chemicals may be harming fish in Minnesota rivers and lakes, according to a study released Thursday by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/12/mpca-study-drug-traces-water-could-harm-fish?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Bee found in Minnesota placed on endangered species list The Fish and Wildlife Service will develop a plan to protect the rusty patched bumble bee, but it says the public can help by planting native flowers, limiting pesticide use and leaving native habitat where bees can overwinter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/10/bee-found-in-minnesota-placed-on-endangered-list?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:06:55 -0600 Minnesota joins lawsuit to stop Red River flood diversion project The state is joining a federal lawsuit already in court that seeks to halt the project until it satisfies environmental requirements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/29/minnesota-joins-lawsuit-to-stop-red-river-flood-diversion-project?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:22:49 -0600 Grief, hope mix on Wounded Knee anniversary Dec. 29 marks the anniversary of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre where dozens of Native American men, women and children were killed by the U.S. Army. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/29/grief-hope-mix-wounded-knee-anniversary?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:00:00 -0600 Seeing problems on the horizon, counties seek delay in buffer law Minnesota county officials want to delay the state's new buffer law. The law, set to take effect in November 2017, requires strips of permanent vegetation on edge of streams, lakes and some ditches. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/28/seeing-problems-on-the-horizon-counties-seek-delay-in-buffer-law?refid=0 Wed, 28 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0600 The protests at Standing Rock: Oil, water, race and treaty rights MPR News with Tom Weber devoted Tuesday's show to exploring the dispute in North Dakota over the proposed pipeline. The show included new reporting and updates, plus thoughts and reflections from some of the key players in the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/20/tw-standing-rock?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:00:00 -0600 N.D. officials offer help to protesters at Standing Rock North Dakota officials say they're offering assistance to Dakota Access pipeline protesters as bitterly cold weather hits the protest camp. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/06/nd-officials-offer-help-to-protesters-at-standing-rock?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:48:34 -0600 Photos: Winona's Kitchen helps feed pipeline protesters at Standing Rock With winter approaching, food and shelter are critical for the thousands gathered on the North Dakota prairie trying to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. To help feed them, Winona Kasto runs a kitchen, housed in a small makeshift tent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/23/photos-winonas-kitchen-helps-feed-pipeline-protesters-at-standing-rock?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:33:00 -0600 As winter settles in, so do Dakota Access pipeline protesters Weekend protests sent a message that opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline do not intend to let winter disrupt their efforts to derail the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/21/as-winter-settles-in-so-do-dakota-access-oil-pipeline-protesters?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:59:04 -0600 With harvest's end, buffer law work begins The end of harvest means the beginning of work to implement Minnesota's new buffer law, and Minnesota farmers remain divided over the initiative. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/14/with-harvest-end-buffer-law-work-begins?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:12:13 -0600 Post-election dispatches from across a divided Minnesota Hillary Clinton may have snagged Minnesota's 10 electoral votes, but only by a narrow margin. The only pockets of blue showed up in the Arrowhead region, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Rochester. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/09/rural-minnesota-reactions-trump-win?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 16:51:39 -0600 Standing Rock protesters with connections to Wounded Knee on why they're there Over the past several months, thousands of people have come to the protest camp. MPR News spoke with two women about their reasons for why they're protesting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/31/standing-rock-demonstrators-why-theyre-protesting?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2016 06:29:48 -0500 Sick of ugly politics? Here's a civil campaign in Minnesota Need a break from American political bitterness? Come to far northwestern Minnesota, where two political newbies seeking an open state Senate seat share a mutual respect for each other and are focused on issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/26/minnesota-senate-campaign-civility-politics?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:54:38 -0500 Powerful DFL senator faces a stiff challenge in northern Minnesota Needing six more seats to take control of the Minnesota Senate, Republicans are pushing hard to beat Senate Taxes Committee Chair Rod Skoe in a region where there's clear support for Donald Trump. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/24/minnesota-senate-skoe-stiff-reelection-challenge?refid=0 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0500 New database targets federal farm conservation spending The Environmental Working Group says it took seven years and 28 Freedom of Information requests to get the data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/13/new-database-targets-federal-farm-conservation-spending?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:39:47 -0500 Science brings success in fight against Minnesota aquatic invaders Stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species can seem like an uphill battle but one Minnesota group is claiming success keeping non-native flowering rush in check in four Becker County lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/03/science-aids-fight-minnesota-aquatic-invasive-species?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:48:57 -0500 Minnesota rejects Fargo-Moorhead flood project plan The decision by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to deny a permit means the massive Red River flood diversion project can't proceed. Fargo-Moorhead officials can appeal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/03/minnesota-rejects-fargo-moorhead-flood-project-plan?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2016 11:32:46 -0500 At Standing Rock, protest camp becomes a movement The Dakota Access pipeline project has ignited passions that are drawing Native people and their supporters from all over the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/14/standing-rock-protest-camp-becomes-movement?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Feds halt work on part of oil pipeline despite court ruling The government also asked the Texas-based company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline to "voluntarily pause" action on a wider span that an American Indian tribe says holds sacred artifacts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/09/protest-grows-ahead-of-key-ruling-on-dakota-access-pipeline?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:31:31 -0500 Great Lakes states push to curb invasive species sales online A computer program that can search websites and find dozens of plants and animals considered invasive species in Minnesota and other states is helping reduce their spread. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/31/great-lakes-states-push-curbs-invasive-species-sales?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:12:38 -0500 After missing early signs, DNR working to hit new lake invader hard The DNR is aggressively trying to stop the spread of a new aquatic invasive species called starry stonewort, but the plan may already have been slowed by missed opportunities to identify the fast growing algae. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/31/dnr-aggressive-approach-on-invasive-starry-stonewort?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Seeking to reverse bee decline, Dayton orders limits on pesticide use Seeking to reverse a decline in bees and other pollinators, Gov. Mark Dayton issued an executive order Friday that limits the use of nicotine-based pesticides. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/26/dayton-orders-steps-protect-bees-pollinators?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:07:55 -0500 U study: Nicotine-based insecticides inhibit bee reproduction An important new finding adds to the growing understanding of why bee populations are in decline, and it comes as the state is considering new insecticide regulations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/26/study-nicotine-based-insecticides-inhibit-bee-reproduction?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:00:00 -0500 Invasive algae found in two more Minnesota lakes Starry stonewort, a fast-growing, grass-like invasive algae, has spread to Upper Red Lake and Cass Lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/25/invasive-algae-starry-stonewort-found-two-more-minnesota-lakes?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:23:50 -0500 A bigger breed of drones is taking to the skies A large commercial drone flying out of Hillsboro Airport 40 miles north of Fargo has a 35-foot wingspan and can fly thousands of feet overhead to gather high resolution images for 20 hours at a time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/22/fargo-bigger-drones-taking-to-the-skies?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:30:12 -0500 Vendors stem sales of plants with toxins that hurt bees, study finds Fewer garden plants sold by big retailers this year contain an insecticide harmful to bees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/16/fewer-garden-plants-sold-insecticide-harmful-bees?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:02:21 -0500 Invasive algae discovered in second Minnesota lake A second infestation of a fast growing invasive algae has been discovered in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/10/invasive-algae-discovered-in-second-minnesota-lake?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:41:07 -0500 Farmers, scientists seek common ground on going green "Cover crops" help keep farmland healthy, reduce pollution and boost water quality. Many northern farmers, though, are reluctant to plant crops that don't make money. Here's how researchers are working to bridge the gap. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/09/environment-farmers-cover-crops-curb-pollution?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2016 13:01:53 -0500 Here's the colony-killing mistake backyard beekeepers make While experts welcome the rising interest in beekeeping as a hobby, they warn novices may be inadvertently putting their hives, and hives for miles around, in danger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/03/backyard-beekeeping-mites-untreated-kills-bees?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Northern Minnesota oil pipeline's future unclear after Enbridge deal Enbridge Energy says it's buying a stake in the Bakken Pipeline System, leaving unclear the future of the controversial Sandpiper line the company has proposed across northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/03/sandpiper-oil-pipeline-future-unclear-enbridge-deal?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2016 12:14:50 -0500 Drone training facility opens in Grand Forks The students will be mostly U.S. and foreign military flight crews. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/28/drone-training-facility-opens-grand-forks?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:23:48 -0500 In Minnesota, Ojibwe recall horror of ancestors' death march In 1850, more than 400 Native Americans died after the government failed to deliver promised food and treaty payments at Big Sandy Lake. Tribal members now gather every summer to remember. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/28/mn-ojibwe-ancestors-treaty-deaths-big-sandy-lake?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:00:00 -0500 DNR to stock muskie in Gull, Fairmont lake chains The muskellunge are being stocked as part of a plan to create new opportunities for muskie anglers around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/25/dnr-to-stock-muskie-in-gull-fairmont-lakes?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:27:28 -0500 Wildflowers planted to aid bees may be crippling them Farm country wildflowers planted by governments and nonprofits meant to help pollinators may be inadvertently harming them. Researchers say a bee-killing pesticide carried by wind or water from farms is landing in the wildflowers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/19/bees-harmed-pesticides-found-in-wildflowers?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 04:00:00 -0500 New project helps scientists better understand Red River's pollution in Canada The data, collected by a U.S.-Canadian collaboration into a single computer model for the first time, shows that Minnesota and North Dakota contribute about 60 percent of the phosphorus load in Lake Winnipeg. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/14/us-canada-water-pollution?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:40:15 -0500 ND governor calls special session to address budget shortfall Sharp declines in crude oil and farm crop prices have cut tax collections and left state revenues far short of expectations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/13/north-dakota-special-budget-session?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:16:33 -0500 MN adds more than 300 lakes, streams to polluted water list About two-thirds of Minnesota watersheds have been tested and 40 percent of Minnesota rivers and lakes have been found to be impaired by farm runoff, bacteria, mercury or other pollutants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/13/minnesota-adds-pollution-sources-impaired-waters-list?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:01:00 -0500 Minnesota mystery: Where are the prairie butterflies? Tiny butterflies that once numbered in the millions have largely vanished from western Minnesota's prairie landscape. Experts fear their decline is an environmental warning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/12/minnesota-prairie-butterflies-disappear-concerns?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Construction on Fargo-Moorhead $2B flood diversion to begin in fall Fargo and Moorhead officials on Monday signed a construction agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that will allow construction to begin this fall on a $2 billion Red River flood diversion project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/11/fargo-moorhead-flood-diversion-construction-agreement-signed?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:27:27 -0500 Some northern Minn. gun owners OK with 'practical' gun restrictions Many in northern Minnesota own guns and support the Second Amendment. In recent conversations, though, gun owners say restrictions are appropriate for assault-style weapons like the one used recently in the Orlando nightclub shooting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/29/north-minnesota-gun-owners-ok-practical-gun-curbs?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:44:00 -0500 Skol! Weekend warriors swing the steel, Viking style The History Channel has made Vikings cool and stoked interest in Viking-age reenactments. That includes reliving the hand-to-hand combat that made the Norsemen feared. Some would-be Vikings will battle Saturday in Moorhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/24/vikings-reenactors-minnesota-weekend-warriors?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:14:45 -0500 As deadly bat disease takes hold in Minn., scientists focus on future White nose syndrome threatens to decimate Minnesota's bat population. Researchers are working now to learn more about the bats' summer habitat and reproduction before the full effects of the disease hit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/23/bat-disease-grips-minnesota-scientists-focus-on-future?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Fargo vet uses art to unpack the horrors of war Josh Zeis set off with a heavy backpack that got lighter as he trekked across Fargo through 90-degree heat. Here's what the Iraq War veteran carried and why. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/14/fargo-vet-uses-art-to-unpack-the-horrors-of-war?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 11:00:00 -0500 What are man-made chemicals doing to fish? MN scientists seek answers Do household chemicals and prescription drugs leaching into Minnesota waters pose a serious risk to fish? Researchers this summer are asking that question, and digging into the role septic systems might play. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/09/minnesota-experts-ask-what-do-man-made-chemicals-do-to-fish?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0500 High-flying UND students master gravity-defying stunts When the head coach of the University of North Dakota's championship aerobatics team says, "Let's have some fun" and suggests the "hammerhead," you better be buckled in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/07/high-flying-university-north-dakota-students-master-gravity-defying-stunts?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0500 USDA: Minnesota in top 5 for conservation easements On Tuesday, state and federal officials marked the 1,000th easement in Minnesota at a ceremony near Moorhead, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/24/usda-minnesota-in-top-5-conservation-easements?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2016 10:01:00 -0500 Random acts of conservation: Water quality depends on farmers' willingness, not regulation Roughly 40 percent of Minnesota's lakes and streams are polluted, mostly thanks to soil, fertilizer and other contaminants flowing off farm fields. With little regulation, reversing that trend is almost solely reliant on the goodwill of farmers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/17/water-buffalo-red-river-agriculture-erosion?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Mississippi River carp barrier plan snagged by U internal dispute Plans for an invasive carp barrier on the Mississippi River near Winona are caught in a dispute between a key scientist and the University of Minnesota. As a result, the future of the project is uncertain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/16/mississippi-river-carp-barrier-snagged-by-u-internal-dispute?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2016 16:30:47 -0500 DNR has concerns with $2B Red River flood diversion project The Minnesota DNR released the final environmental impact statement on the project, saying it has questions on how the diversion will affect the environment and residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/16/final-environmental-review-issued-for-fargo-moorhead-flood-project?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2016 13:51:24 -0500 Trouble in the Water Minnesota's identity is closely linked with the state's beautiful and abundant water resources. But some 40 percent of surface waters in the Land of 10,000 Lakes are polluted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/16/trouble-in-the-water?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500 On Pelican Lake, a search for muskies, data and understanding Minnesota officials are trying to respond to lawmaker and lake homeowner concerns about the DNR's muskie stocking program by gathering more data on the elusive fish. Getting that information requires patience, and electricity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/12/dnr-seeks-muskies-data-understanding-on-pelican-lake?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2016 16:03:22 -0500 Bee colony losses up from last year, study says Bee colony losses were 3.5 percent higher than the previous year, according to an annual survey done by the Bee Informed Partnership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/10/bee-colony-losses-up-study-says?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2016 08:01:00 -0500 Fargo police seek community help in fighting drug trafficking Fargo has a growing drug problem, said police Lt. Shannon Ruziska. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/05/fargo-police-seek-community-help-drug-problem?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2016 15:42:34 -0500 Cost rises for Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project A new consultants report puts the cost at $2.1 billion, up from a 2011 estimate of $1.8 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/31/fargo-moorhead-flood-diversion-costs-increase?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:43:33 -0500 Evacuated residents head back to NW Minn. town after train-tanker crash Callaway residents are back home after being evacuated Thursday following a collision between a train and a propane tanker truck that triggered a fire and explosion. No one was hurt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/25/callaway-evacuation-order-train-tanker-collision?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2016 08:28:23 -0500 Study details high cost of invasive species in lakes A new Wisconsin study says invasive species in lakes cause significant economic damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/21/invasive-species-cost?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:14:01 -0500 Former MN Republican congressman tapped as new president at UND The state Board of Higher Education voted Tuesday to offer the job to Mark Kennedy, the director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/15/new-university-north-dakota-president?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2016 14:29:12 -0500 Minnesota state park campsites go to all-reservation system Starting in May all state park campsites can be reserved. The agency is also adding same-day campsite reservations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/11/state-parks-reservation-system?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:51:58 -0600 Disease that kills bats confirmed at Minnesota state park White nose syndrome has spread to 27 states and five provinces since 2007. Officials say a decline in bat populations could lead to higher mosquito numbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/09/white-nose-syndrome-confirmed-bats-mn-state-park?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:27:25 -0600 With feds' blessing, Minnesota to try growing hemp Minnesota farmers this spring will be able to legally plant hemp for the first time in more than half a century. But while there's interest, expectations are low. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/01/minnesota-gets-federal-ok-to-try-growing-hemp?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2016 13:40:00 -0600 USDA rejects whistleblower's appeal USDA entomologist Jonathan Lundgren filed a complaint with the department in 2014, claiming he was restricted from publishing and talking about his research on pesticides and pollinating insects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/29/usda-rejects-scientist-appeal-pesticide-research?refid=0 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:19:57 -0600 Local officials can now request railroad bridge safety info The Federal Railroad Administration on Friday launched a web-based request form for the safety inquiries. Once a request is filed, the FRA gives the railroad 30 days to provide the report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/26/railroad-bridge-safety-report-request-tool?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2016 15:57:50 -0600 'Appreciate what is sacrificed for you,' mourners are told at Fargo cop's funeral At a Fargo arena, Jason Moszer was remembered for his service to others and his sense of humor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/22/fargo-officer-funeral?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2016 05:56:52 -0600 Land transfer cultivates tax worries in NW Minnesota The Nature Conservancy's donation of Kittson County land to the federal government is raising red flags for some state and county officials worried about lost tax revenues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/18/land-sale-cultivates-nw-minnesota-tax-concerns?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 04:00:00 -0600 BNSF's projected capital improvement spending less than half of 2015 levels Minnesota's largest railroad says it will spend around $130 million on capital improvements in 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/17/bnsf-spending-falls-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:03:41 -0600 State DNR capturing elk to study habitat, raise profile of herds State wildlife officials want to grow the elk population and encourage tourism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/15/dnr-elk-study-expanding-herd-tourism?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2016 12:27:22 -0600 USDA inspector general to investigate alleged censorship of scientists USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong told a U.S. House subcommittee her office will soon open a broad investigation following a "significant volume" of complaints from the department's scientists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/12/usda-inspector-investigate-censorship-allegations?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:53:22 -0600 Red River flood diversion project gets funding boost The long-awaited Fargo-Moorhead Red River flood diversion project got a boost Tuesday when the Army Corps of Engineers included the project in its 2016 work plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/09/red-river-fargo-moorhead-flood-diversion-funding?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:09:31 -0600 Sperm bank for bees generates a buzz in Fargo With honeybees under stress from pests and pesticides, federal authorities hope to build a center to store bee sperm and embryos. But it's a trickier business for bees than humans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/08/honey-bee-sperm-bank-research-fargo?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:36:55 -0600 Oil, ag losses prompt cuts for North Dakota agencies State revenue dropped more than $1 billion below expectations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/01/north-dakota-budget-losses?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:38:59 -0600 Original intent? History, language blur Minnesota Indian treaty disputes Would tribal leaders who signed the 1855 Treaty have understood that giving up land meant giving up hunting and fishing rights? A judge must probe the treaty's words and Minnesota's history for answers, starting today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/01/history-language-mn-native-american-treaty-disputes?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Carbon monoxide kills man in fish house on Leech Lake Cass County investigators said it appeared that propane devices being used to heat the camper were not ventilated and created unsafe levels of carbon monoxide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/18/carbon-monoxide-fish-house-death?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:09:30 -0600 Red River Basin Commission to focus on water quality The Red River Basin Commission is focusing on water quality, and including agriculture officials to help find solutions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/18/red-river-basin-water-quality?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:40:39 -0600 Firefighters battle Rochester house fire in frigid temps Ten people escaped the fire, but it sent one firefighter to the hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/18/rochester-house-fire?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:17:18 -0600 Weather melts business hopes for Mille Lacs winter walleye season Mille Lacs resort owners hoped walleye ice fishing could ease losses from last summer, but the winter hasn't been kind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/15/weather-hurts-mille-lacs-winter-walleye-business?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2016 15:58:11 -0600 Feds agree to help fight crime on Mille Lacs Reservation Mille Lacs became the second Minnesota reservation, after White Earth, to seek federal help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/12/federal-agencies-assume-larger-role-mille-lacs-reservation-crime-fight?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:21:37 -0600 MN beekeeper: Feds must tighten rules on insecticide-coated seeds A federal lawsuit filed today seeks to force the EPA to label the seeds as a pesticide. The change would curb use of the pesticides that beekeepers say are inadvertently killing their colonies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/06/bees-neonicotinoid-epa-regulation-lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2016 15:01:00 -0600 Duluth, Fargo vie to be nation's most conservative city (on energy) Fargo and Duluth are among 50 finalists in a national energy conservation competition. The cities are taking different paths to win the $5 million prize. Here's what they're doing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/05/duluth-fargo-energy-conservation-prize?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:50:00 -0600 MN rail inspector's quest: Find the flaws, stop a future accident Loose spikes or broken rails can trigger a deadly train accident. Rich McCumber's job is to catch those problems first. A day on the tracks outside the Twin Cities shows that's no easy task. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/28/minnesota-rail-inspector?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2015 04:00:00 -0600 USDA whistleblower launches new bee research effort As he waits for his whistleblower case to proceed, Jonathan Lundgren and his colleagues aim to test their ideas on a working farm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/23/usda-scientist-in-whistleblower-case-starts-research-initiative?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2015 15:00:50 -0600 Lured by new industry's promise, entrepreneurs fly to drones Nearly 2,800 drone businesses across the country now have FAA permission to fly, but thousands more are still waiting for new federal rules. Drone users worry those delays could hamstring a rapidly growing industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/18/entrepreneurs-faa-drone-regulations?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Minnesota officials not sold on new federal rail safety law The Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act gets mixed reviews from officials in Minnesota. One state lawmaker calls new regulations "baby steps compared to what we need to have happen." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/17/minnesota-federal-rail-safety-law?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2015 15:51:39 -0600 Online access, lone wolf hate? The 4th Precinct protest shootings show how people "can very quickly move from propaganda and interaction with fellow racists to action," one expert says. A University of Minnesota study suggests broadband access can help light the fuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/03/hate-crimes-and-the-internet?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2015 15:57:40 -0600 DNR eyes expanding elk herd in NW Minnesota The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sees potential for elk as a tourist attraction. Public meetings on the expansion plan start Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/27/elk-herd-expansion-northwest-minnesota?refid=0 Sat, 28 Nov 2015 10:00:00 -0600 When a big food firm wants a smaller footprint, the farmer steps in In the near future, if farmers and other suppliers want to keep General Mills' business, they'll have to support its sustainability goals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/25/farming-sustainability-drive?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:30:00 -0600 Researcher's quest: Oil pipelines that call for help before leaking North Dakota State University researchers say a pipeline coating embedded with sensors can provide early detection of cracks or corrosion. They're hoping to prove it's commercially viable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/18/researchers-quest-oil-pipelines-that-call-for-help?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 06:53:25 -0600 American Crystal Sugar building $40 million storage near Chicago The new sugar storage and distribution center will begin operations late next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/16/american-crystal-sugar?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:29:30 -0600 Officials hope public-private plan speeds Red River flood project Fargo-Moorhead leaders say work on a massive flood diversion project will move faster if a private contractor manages much of the project instead of the Army Corps of Engineers. It's a new approach for the Corps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/16/flood-diversion?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:00:00 -0600 USDA to spend $4 million to aid Midwest monarch butterflies The agency plans to spread the money across 10 states, including Minnesota, to encourage farmers to plant milkweed and other plants critical for monarchs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/12/monarch-butterfly-habitat?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:39:01 -0600 Bee expert: USDA punished me for research on pesticides A USDA scientist from South Dakota says officials retaliated after he publicized work showing bees and monarch butterflies can be harmed by a widely used class of insecticides. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/28/bee-expert?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:30:00 -0500 Testing chemical risk in MN lakes, scientists shrink to the cell level Researchers for years have found low levels of antidepressants, insect repellent and other chemicals in Minnesota lakes. But what's the danger? New tools are helping answer that question. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/26/testing-risk-in-minnesota-lakes?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 14:20:00 -0500 Money, race, politics tangle northern Minnesota land deal When lawmakers killed White Earth Nation's request to buy land using state Legacy Amendment funds, they said it was about taxes. Critics say it's about keeping tribes from owning land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/05/land-deal?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:28:00 -0500 For Minnesota hazmat inspector, many railcars and not enough time A day in the life of one safety inspector shows the steep challenges Minnesota faces keeping watch over a vast number of trains loaded with oil and other hazardous materials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/30/few-minnesota-hazmat-inspector-many-railcars?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Fargo cop shoots suspect after stolen car chase Police say they shot a man who pointed a weapon at an officer that turned out to be a BB or pellet gun. The suspect is being treated at a Fargo hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/28/fargo-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 06:43:07 -0500 Muskie-walleye war on NW Minnesota lake snags DNR Critics say stocking muskie in Otter Tail County's Pelican Lake hurts walleye fishing. The DNR says there's no proof. The questions, however, are pulling the agency waist deep into another Minnesota fish fight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/28/muskie-walleye?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Waterfowl hunting season opens; DNR testing for bird flu Waterfowl numbers in North America this year are above the 30-year average. DNR crews will test the migrating birds for avian influenza, with a focus on western and central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/26/waterfowl-season?refid=0 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 10:16:26 -0500 DNR seeks public input on Red River flood project, 'high-hazard' dam Plans for a massive flood diversion project near Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn., took a small step forward Monday as Minnesota officials released a draft environmental impact statement and invited public comment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/14/dnr-seeks-public-input-on-red-river-flood-project?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:12:53 -0500 Legal system churns as Dru Sjodin's killer appeals death sentence Nine years after Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. received the death sentence for abducting and murdering the 22-year-old college student, his lawyers are still working to keep him alive. The latest effort came Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/09/rodriguez-appeals-death-sentence?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2015 15:30:20 -0500 Tiny animals may have a big impact on Minnesota fish Spiny waterfleas, an invasive species, may be using up the food that young fish like walleye need to survive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/09/walleye-spiny-waterflea?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Bees feel the squeeze as cropland consumes habitat North Dakota and Minnesota researchers studying Midwest bee health and land use say a shifting agricultural landscape is making it harder for bees to find enough food. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/31/bees-feel-the-squeeze-as-cropland-consumes-habitat?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:27:16 -0500 Ojibwe rice harvest is latest test of treaty limits in Minnesota When Ojibwe band members today harvest rice outside reservation boundaries without a required permit, it will mark the latest chapter in Minnesota treaty conflicts. But this one goes beyond fish and wild rice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/27/ojibwe-rice-harvest?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota bear research finds drones, wildlife may not fly Drones are increasingly used in wildlife research. But a new study done in Minnesota cautions drone use might be stressing animals exposed to the noisy aircraft. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/13/bear-drones?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 11:00:00 -0500 Minnesota researchers eye crops that feed bees, make money Western Minnesota researchers are experimenting with plants that can produce profitable oilseeds for farmers and also deliver a critical food source for bees and other pollinating insects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/10/mn-researchers-eye-crops-that-feed-bees-make-money?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 06:00:00 -0500 Drones helping Minnesota farmers see the light University of Minnesota researchers say drone technology is still limited, but the potential benefits are huge. Agriculture is expected to be the first big user. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/05/agriculture-drones?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Study finds bug diversity cuts down on crop pests Researchers found that corn pests are less of a problem when there's a diverse population of bugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/31/bug-diversity?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:01:00 -0500 Authorities break synthetic drug ring with North Dakota ties Daniel Vivas Ceron is accused of moving fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiate, and other synthetic drugs into the U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/28/authorities-break-synthetic-drug-ring-with-north-dakota-ties?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:05:37 -0500 Inspectors find dozens of rail bridges need repair State and local inspectors declared 71 -- one in five -- of the rail bridges that span Minnesota's roadways structurally deficient. It's a record worse than that of the state's highway bridges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/23/inspectors-find-dozens-of-rail-bridges-need-repair?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0500 Fargo police: 'Good young man' murdered randomly Officials say a man high on methamphetamine murdered two people this week in Fargo, N.D., including a Sartell, Minn., native who "opened his door to a monster." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/24/fargo-murders?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:34:34 -0500 Worker shortage drives new plan to lure people to Fargo-Moorhead Local organizations are kicking off a five-year effort to attract workers, including community support for low-wage workers and an "embrace the cold" winter festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/18/worker-shortage-plan?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:48:08 -0500 Rat, tat, tat: Drumming creates rhythm, builds connections Kennedy Elementary music teacher Justin Depaolis-Metz started a drum circle as a way to create community and build connections at his Fargo school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/15/photos-drum-circle?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Programs give farmers incentive to create bee habitat By seeding patches of land with native prairie grasses and flowering plants, farmers can improve habitat for pollinators and harvest a bit of cash as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/09/bee-habitats?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Farmers find healthy soil works for crops, bottom line Research shows no-till farming reduces erosion and cuts the need for fertilizer. Some farmers are buying in, but change comes slowly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/05/soil?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Preliminary autopsy shows gunman in ND Walmart shooting was drunk Marcell Willis, 21, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent, more than twice the legal limit to drive in North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/03/grand-forks-walmart-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 08:46:18 -0500 Study of Minnesota lakes finds widespread drug contamination Scientists sampled 11 lakes and four rivers. What they found, the study's author said, points to the need for more research on how pharmaceuticals and other chemicals affect aquatic life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/02/water-study?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2015 05:01:00 -0500 Counties stake middle ground in clean water, runoff fight As farmers and Gov. Mark Dayton argue over enforcing buffer strips along public streams and lakes, Otter Tail County officials are finding success with a local, low-key approach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/21/buffer-strip-success?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2015 14:45:00 -0500 Survey finds widespread bee deaths in Minnesota, U.S. Bees last year died at a rate nearly double what beekeepers consider acceptable. A lethal parasite is a culprit in backyard colony deaths. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/13/bee-deaths?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2015 08:00:00 -0500 Oil train derailment prompts evacuations of central ND town Oil cars on a BNSF train were burning Wednesday near Heimdal, N.D. No injuries were reported. Gov. Dayton said the accident reinforces the need to boost Minnesota's rail safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/06/train-derailment?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2015 09:25:39 -0500 Broccoli and big ag share space on Red River Valley farm Two generations of a Red River Valley family find that organic and conventional farming can coexist on the family farm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/05/broccoli-big-ag-share-space?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Encouraging kids to study drones A northern Minnesota college is using a federal grant to encourage high school students to consider working in the unmanned aircraft industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/02/northland-science-grant?refid=0 Sat, 02 May 2015 14:11:16 -0500 Christmas Lake may require boat decontamination Now that the state Department of Natural Resources has used chemicals to kill zebra mussels in Christmas Lake, local officials want to keep them out by requiring clean boats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/30/boat-decontamination?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:08:02 -0500 Acting mayor beats challenger in Fargo elections to finish out term Voters chose Tim Mahoney over businessman Brad Wimmer to replace Dennis Walaker, who died in December while battling cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/29/new-fargo-mayor?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2015 06:26:14 -0500 After decades of draining, some MN farmers look to put water back A few Minnesota farmers are testing what may be a better way to irrigate fields and manage water in a changing climate. It may also trigger conflicts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/29/irrigation?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Red River contractor pays $1.8M to settle flood project allegations R.J. Zavoral & Sons construction misled federal officials in order to land a contract on the Heartsville Coulee Diversion project, the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/21/flood-contractor?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:00:58 -0500 Robots help fill gaps in Minnesota's workforce Minnesota manufacturers are turning to robots to help ease a labor shortage. They're especially helpful to companies in small towns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/21/robots?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Rain in forecast will only temporarily dampen fire season Weekend rain could ease fire danger in Minnesota, but any relief will only be temporary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/18/wildfire-season?refid=0 Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:24:14 -0500 Detroit Lakes defies DNR, backs hotel project The Detroit Lakes City Council has approved a controversial $11 million development over the objections of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The agency is weighing its next step. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/15/detroit-lakes-hotel-project?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:07:15 -0500 DNR threatens suit over Detroit Lakes motel, condo plan State officials say the lakeside project is too big for the space and will lead to environmental problems. The Detroit Lakes City Council takes up the issue Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/13/detroit-lakes-hotel-project?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:15:11 -0500 Flood protection means lower premiums in Moorhead Flood insurance premiums in a one south Moorhead neighborhood were as high as $4,700 a year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/07/flood-protection-moorhead?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2015 15:58:09 -0500 N.D. lawmakers OK restrictions on law enforcement use of drones The bill provides exemptions for unmanned aircraft patrolling the U.S.-Canadian border and drones used in cases of imminent danger, an environmental or weather catastrophe or for research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/03/nd-drone-restrictions?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 2015 12:03:49 -0500 What's worse than exploding oil trains? Read on Trains carry a variety of hazardous materials. First responders have to be ready for all of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/01/oil-trains?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Critics press ND to make Bakken oil safer despite costs Environmentalists want oil companies to reduce volatile gasses in Bakken crude before it ships. State regulators say their new approach is cheaper for the industry and improves safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/30/critics-say-make-bakken-oil-safer?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Breeders offering corn that's picky about pollen Genetically modified corn pollen carried on the wind can contaminate organic corn fields and cost farmers thousands. One breeder says he's created an organic corn that rejects foreign pollen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/17/genetically-modified-corn?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:00:00 -0500 Dayton wants tax on railroads to improve safety Gov. Mark Dayton said traffic congestion caused by trains blocks railroad crossings and emergency vehicles. He proposes $330 million in railroad taxes over 10 years to fund projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/16/rail-safety?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:11:21 -0500 DNR preps early for springtime wildfires The north metro area has already seen a few small wildfires, and the DNR expects the wildfire threat to increase over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/12/wildfires?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:52:52 -0500 Fish houses must go for (almost) spring cleaning The Department of Natural Resources is reminding anglers to remove fish houses and garbage from lakes before the ice melts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/01/fish-house-removal-deadline?refid=0 Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0600 Drone patrol: Unmanned craft find key role in U.S. border security Drones are on duty, quietly policing the sprawling U.S. borders. Here's a look inside the drone operation headquartered at Grand Forks Air Force Base. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/19/predator-drone?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:20:24 -0600 North Dakota, Florida firms to build drones for aerial videos, photos A Florida drone company will start building small unmanned aircraft in North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/13/drones?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:46:05 -0600 Art in your cupboard: Fargo potter trades cups for stories Michael Strand makes clay cups and then trades them for other cups people bring to his art exhibitions. His art helps people share their stories. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/11/liberated-cups?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:21:25 -0600 Early research links insecticide, monarch butterfly deaths Preliminary findings by Minnesota and South Dakota researchers show a potential risk to monarch butterflies when neonicotinoids are used in plants near milkweed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/10/butterfly-deaths-neonicotinoids?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:36:42 -0600 Homicide death of NDSU student was not an overdose Thomas Bearson, whose body was found five miles from a party in Fargo where he was last seen, did not die of a drug or alcohol overdose, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/09/ndsu-student-autopsy?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 16:55:46 -0600 State tests railroads' ability to respond to oil spills The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency asked the four major railroads operating in the state to respond to take-home drills that test their disaster preparedness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/03/train-disaster-preparedness?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 15:16:35 -0600 DNR: Resorts, lawmakers blocking new invasive species rules A Department of Natural Resources official says he's surprised by opposition to a plan requiring boaters take online invasive species training but confident a compromise can be found. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/28/invasive-species-rules?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:45:17 -0600 Small Minnesota butchers become medium rare Young people don't want to go into the business, but it's a vital one Minnesota can't easily do without. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/17/small-minnesota-butchers-become-medium-rare?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Anxious to fly, ND's fledgling drone business waits for FAA to act The slow pace of federal rule making is forcing businesses and even some North Dakota researchers to take their drones to Canada where it's easier to get test flight permission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/05/nd-drones?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 13:57:37 -0600 Study: MN rail crossing upgrades needed as oil train traffic jumps More than 100 train crossings in Minnesota require safety improvements, according to a study of oil train routes. State officials identified more than $300 million in rail crossing safety projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/31/rail-crossing-upgrades?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:32:51 -0600 Railroads boost capacity to head off another shipping backlog Some experts say rail delays could return in early 2015 if farmers ship much of last year's bumper crop stored because grain prices were low. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/24/shipping-delays?refid=0 Wed, 24 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Fargo company's app could help drones fly safely Botlink is working on an app that uses the GPS location of drones, and the electronic signatures of commercial aircraft to prevent collisions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/23/botlink?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:25:58 -0600 Oil prices falling but Bakken producers expected to tough it out Bakken oil producers have spent millions on new technology to bring out the crude, so a price drop isn't likely to scare them off, observers say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/09/bakken-oil-falling-prices?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:39:24 -0600 Fargo mayor remembered as flood folk hero Dennis Walaker, who died Tuesday after battling kidney cancer, was lauded for his efforts during 2009 floods. Deputy Mayor Tim Mahoney will take over until a special election can be held. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/03/walaker-fargo-mayor-dies?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 07:33:52 -0600 North Dakota's state-owned flour mill poised for major expansion When its $27 million expansion is completed next fall, the Grand Forks mill will be the largest operation in the country and rank 6th among flour milling companies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/26/north-dakota-flour-mill-expansion?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:00:00 -0600 Escaping Iraqi violence, Kurds find safe harbor in Moorhead Five members of a Kurdish family arrived in Fargo Thursday night and joined a growing Kurdish community in Fargo-Moorhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/21/kurds-find-safe-harbor-moorhead?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:20:04 -0600 Oil boom, pipeline safety put Enbridge on the spot The Canadian company runs hundreds of miles of pipeline in Minnesota and wants to build more. Its spill history is worrisome but Enbridge says it has learned from its errors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/19/enbridge-pipeline?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 -0600 Task force: More money needed to protect American Indian children A federal task force found American Indian children suffer from post-traumatic stress at the same rate as veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/18/american-indian-children-protection?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:00:28 -0600 High-speed Internet coming to more cities in MN, Dakotas South Dakota-based Midcontinent Communications plans to offer gigabit Internet service to 600,000 homes and 55,000 businesses in the Upper Midwest communities it serves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/17/midcontinent-high-speed-internet?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:54:38 -0600 Officials call for improved rail safety after trains derail in N.D. The Cass County Sheriff's office said two trains traveling at very low speeds have derailed in rural Casselton. Two trains derailed outside Casselton last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/13/another-derailment?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:21:36 -0600 West Coast labor disputes hurt Minnesota exporters Minnesota's agricultural exporters are having a hard time moving their products to the international market. Labor contract disputes at West Coast seaports and railroad congestion have slowed shipping. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/13/west-coast-labor-mn-export?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:45:27 -0600 Fargo police chief resigns The resignation comes after a review found that police department discipline policies were causing low morale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/10/fargo-police-chief?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:18:16 -0600 Railroads slow to deliver needed coal, electric utilities say Delays in coal deliveries have cut plant operations and that means consumers pay more for electricity, local utilities say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/04/railroads-slow-to-deliver-needed-coal?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 14:48:06 -0600 As train traffic hassles mount, Moorhead seeks solutions, money Drivers spend more than 90 hours a day waiting for trains on just one Moorhead street. Officials have fixes in mind but don't yet know how to pay for them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/29/moorhead-train-traffic-hassles?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:04:28 -0500 USDA boosts bee habitat money for Minnesota Farmers can use the funds to plant bee-friendly wild flowers. Officials hope the investment will aid efforts to curb colony collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/29/usda-boosts-bee-money?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:23:07 -0500 In first debate, Peterson, Westrom battle over health care During Wednesday's debate, Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson said he has worked with Republicans. State Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, tried to tie him to the president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/22/7th-district-debate?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:42:26 -0500 Seeds for bees: Worries drive new plantings for pollinators Honey bee deaths are generating new demand for seed mixes to grow habitat for pollinating insects. Observers say that's good for the seed business and the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/05/pollinators?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 22:00:00 -0500 Mystery trains: Crews, communities in the dark on chemical cargo Inaccurate cargo lists on trains could leave residents and emergency responders vulnerable to spills of hazardous chemicals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/23/trains-haul-undocumented-hazardous-chemicals?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:00:00 -0500 Police: Body found in Moorhead is missing NDSU student The body matches the physical description and clothing of Tom Bearson, police said Tuesday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/23/body-found-moorhead?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:18:21 -0500 Railroad delays costing agriculture and business millions Minnesota and North Dakota officials says that unless railroads do more to address late-arriving trains, farmers and businesses will pay the price - especially at harvest time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/04/tk?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:02:13 -0500 Dayton wades into flood diversion controversy Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday told an audience in Moorhead that he wants to make sure the planned Red River diversion does not harm Minnesota. But he heard mixed assessments from local officials, some of whom support the plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/03/dayton-flood-diversion?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:52:29 -0500 Fearing disaster, northwest Minn. officials urge Dayton to address rail safety More than 50 oil trains a week now pass through Minnesota, and other rail traffic is increasing as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/02/rail-safety-dayton?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:43:57 -0500 Officials coming to Fargo to hear rail delay concerns Delays in moving grain to market cost Minnesota farmers more than $100 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/01/rail-delay-fargo?refid=0 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:22:57 -0500 DNR: Check for invasive species as summer wraps up Checking docks and boat lifts as they are pulled from the lake is a good way to find new zebra mussel infestations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/30/invasive-species?refid=0 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:22:55 -0500 Dayton calls for halt to Fargo-Moorhead diversion, wants Minnesota review first In a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gov. Mark Dayton said agency should not allow the project to proceed until Minnesota can complete an environmental impact statement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/26/dayton-diversion?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:10:49 -0500 North Dakota aims to boost rail safety checks The state is seeking $500,000 to fund a program aimed at keeping up with increasing oil shipments and train traffic. Although the Federal Railroad Administration has sole authority to regulate railroads, state inspectors can work under the federal agency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/21/nd-rail-safety?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:36:51 -0500 Potato giant finds fewer pesticides please consumers, neighbors, bottom line The Minnesota fields offer a clear look at how Fargo-based Offutt, the nation's largest potato grower, is rethinking the way it uses pesticides. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/09/potato-pesticides?refid=0 Sun, 10 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500 BNSF chief: Grain train troubles are easing BNSF is adding hundreds of locomotives to its fleet, hiring thousands of workers and laying new track to bring rail supply and demand back into balance, according to company officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/07/bnsf-train-delays?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:58:54 -0500 Researchers to conduct first survey of Minnesota's native bees For years, scientists have studied honeybees to assess the connection between their declining population and the use of pesticides, declining habitat and disease. But until recently, they paid little attention to Minnesota's native bees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/04/minn-bee-survey?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 03:00:00 -0500 Erosion exposes Enbridge oil pipelines near river in NW Minn. Flooding has uncovered three of seven Enbridge Corporation pipelines that cross the river, pipes that largely carry crude oil from Canada across Minnesota. Although the pipelines generally are buried three to four feet below ground, in some places erosion has exposed them to the elements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/29/enbridge-pipelines-exposed?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:00:00 -0500 DNR officials ask federal court to intervene in flood diversion dispute A DNR official said the state has successfully required DNR permits for numerous federal flood control projects that affect Minnesota rivers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/23/dnr-officials-ask-federal-court-to-intervene-in-flood-diversion-dispute?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:01:14 -0500 Minn. man jumps in water after grandkids, dies Douglas Yentsch jumped in Nichols Lake after his two young grandchildren fell off the inner tube he was pulling behind a paddle boat. The children were wearing lifejackets, but panicked. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/19/grandpa-dead?refid=0 Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:03:54 -0500 Farmers fume over proposed EPA wetlands rule change Environmental Protection Agency officials insist new exemptions will ease and clarify regulation on agricultural land. But some farmers are concerned that the new rules will give federal regulators an expanded role on farmer's fields. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/17/wetlands-rule?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:43:53 -0500 Minnesota muskie stocking disrupted by zebra mussels The DNR stocks about 25,000 muskie in as many as 30 lakes each year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/17/minnesota-muskie-zebra-mussels?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:54:31 -0500 Decoding frog sounds to understand why the populations are dropping Data collected from 34 sites across North America allowed researchers to quantify the decline in frog populations for the first time. They found that between 2002 and 2011 all frog populations were down nearly four percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/02/frog-research?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:44:11 -0500 Zebra mussels surface in popular Becker County lake More than 175 Minnesota lakes and rivers are now infested with zebra mussels, an invasive species that can push out native mussels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/27/zebra-mussels-surface-in-popular-becker-county-lake?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:01:02 -0500 Pilots alarmed by big jump in close calls with drones, FAA official says Many of those close calls involve drone pilots flying while wearing goggles that let them see streaming video from the aircraft, but the goggles don't let pilots see where they are, said Williams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/25/pilots-alarmed-by-big-jump-in-close-calls-with-drones-faa-official-says?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:29:49 -0500 As farming booms, some Minnesota prairie songbirds fall silent The rebounding grain market has led farmers to withdraw land from the federal Conservation Reserve Program and plow it back into crops. Now, the birds that returned two decades ago are leaving again, raising concerns about the prairie's long term health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/23/prairie-songbirds-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:27:35 -0500 Feds will pay farmers to create thousands of acres of bee habitats Under the program, landowners and the federal government will split the cost of seeding plants that provide food for bees. Landowners will be paid a bonus for signing on to the program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/20/farmer-bee-habitats?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:35:49 -0500 Moorhead officials ask for help to combat sex trafficking Calling sex trafficking a growing problem, Clay County Attorney Brian Melton said he wants to work with local businesses to train employees to spot potential human trafficking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/12/fargo-moorhead-sex-trafficking?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:20:07 -0500 Minn. program rewards farmers who keep pollutants from waterways A Red River Valley farming operation became the first to be certified under the Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program, which rewards farmers who go the extra mile to reduce pollution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/12/farm-water-quality?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:20:33 -0500 UND building new $122M medical school Medical school dean Joshua Wynne says the new space will allow for larger classes. He says the building is also designed to teach doctors and other medical professionals to work collaboratively. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/12/und-medical-school?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:59:27 -0500 Lawsuit challenges ND gay marriage ban The lawsuit challenges both North Dakota's constitutional ban on gay marriage and its refusal to recognize marriages of same-sex couples who legally wed in other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/06/north-dakota-gay-marriage-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:47:59 -0500 At an old Minnesota oil spill site, scientists discover oil-eating microbes Scientists here discovered that bacteria that break down oil are everywhere, ready to go to work. Even in the northern Minnesota woods there are microbes that eat carbon and break down oil. The population of those bugs explodes when there's oil in the ground. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/03/bemidji-oil-spill-site-research?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Farmers embrace drones, yet regulations remain unclear Hundreds of farmers in the Upper Midwest are collecting data about their fields with drones this year, hoping the information will make their farm operations more productive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/28/farmer-drone-use?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2014 18:01:06 -0500 State cash brings counties new muscle in invasive species fight A scattershot approach has long been a weak link in the fight to stop the lake-to-lake movement of zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and other species damaging Minnesota waterways. More help, though, is on the way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/23/aquatic-invasive-species-control?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2014 20:40:00 -0500 U of M aquatic invasive species center demotes director Peter Sorensen, who founded the center in 2012 to focus research on invasive species such as Asian carp and zebra mussels, will be replaced by Sue Galatowitsch a restoration ecologist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/15/aquatic-invasive-species-center-director-removed?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 13:46:03 -0500 On eve of fishing opener, invasive species battle could make it hard to find live bait Bait dealers say regulations designed to prevent the spread of invasive species are making it more difficult for them to collect the bait anglers want. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/09/invasive-species-bait?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Feds must do more on train, oil car safety transportation secretary says U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx met with local and state officials in Casselton, N.D., Thursday to discuss rail safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/feds-must-do-more-on-train-oil-car-safety-transportation-secretary-says?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:38:44 -0500 Sap, short season keep Minnesota's maple syrup makers running in the spring The cold weather this spring is slowing syrup production. A mix of warm days and cold nights are needed to get the sap flowing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/23/maple-syrup-season?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:39:37 -0500 As pesticide worries grow, 'bee safe' plants generate a buzz Gardeners shopping for plants this spring at Bachman's nurseries will find some new signs in the soil. The company will begin telling customers which of its plants are safe for bees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/17/bee-safe-plants?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:00:00 -0500 Fed: Fargo economy healthy, but challenges remain Given its low unemployment and growing business diversity, the Fargo area has a healthy economy, Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/15/fargo-economy?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:55:37 -0500 Deputy shot in Norman County Authorities in northwestern Minnesota say a sheriff's deputy has been shot during a traffic stop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/15/deputy-shot-in-norman-county?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:00:28 -0500 Franken to push for oil train safety measures The increased frequency of crude oil shipments on the railroads risk more accidents like the explosion that occurred west of Fargo in December, the senator said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/14/crude-oil-shipments-franken?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:03:39 -0500 Restrictions on open burning take effect Restrictions on open burning take effect Monday across a swath of central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/13/restrictions-on-open-burning-take-effect?refid=0 Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:41:19 -0500 New Minn. woolen mill finds unexpected markets Founded last year, Northern Woolen Mills is finding markets for its yarn from the U.S. textile industry to Minnesota regional fiber artists excited to find a locally made product. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/03/regional/fosston-woolen-mill?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Drone bills appear grounded this year in Minnesota Legislature Bills to restrict drone use -- from a broad ban on the use of unmanned aircraft, to specific restrictions on law enforcement use -- and provide privacy protection have stalled in committee. Key lawmakers say they're already looking ahead to next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/01/politics/drone-legislation-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:43:13 -0500 DNR adds more aquatic invasive species enforcement, says 1 in 5 boaters break the law People are aware of invasive species laws, but take shortcuts and make excuses, said Rodmen Smith, assistant director of the DNR's enforcement division. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/28/environment/aquatic-invasive-species-enforcement?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:41:35 -0500 Farmers, elevators fume at costly grain train delays; oil trains to blame? Train delays have been chronic all winter across the Midwest. BNSF blames delays on winter weather and significant increases in rail traffic hauling containers, trucks, coal and crude oil from the booming Bakken oil fields in western North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/26/business/train-delays?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:47:14 -0500 Minn. company recalls contaminated food The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says the voluntary recall by Parkers Farm of Coon Rapids includes peanut butter, cheese, salsa and spreads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/23/minn-company-recalls-contaminated-food?refid=0 Sun, 23 Mar 2014 10:45:14 -0500 NDSU Bison goes for second NCAA win The North Dakota State University men's basketball team goes for a second win tonight in the NCAA tournament. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/22/ndsu-bison-goes-for-second-ncaa-win?refid=0 Sat, 22 Mar 2014 16:12:05 -0500 HealthPartners notifies members of privacy breach Bloomington based HealthPartners is notifying health plan members about a privacy breach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/22/healthpartners-notifies-members-of-privacy-breach?refid=0 Sat, 22 Mar 2014 10:11:47 -0500 City commissioner takes on Walaker in Fargo mayoral election Fargo businessman and eight-year city commission member Brad Wimmer says he can do a better job leading a rapidly growing city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/20/politics/fargo-mayoral-election?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:56:21 -0500 Collin Peterson to run for 13th term in U.S. House Peterson, who represents Minnesota's 7th District, which runs along the western side of the state from the Canadian border nearly to Iowa, said he has unfinished business in Washington. He said he wants two more years to oversee implementation of the new farm bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/17/collin-peterson-announces-re-election-bid?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:02:10 -0500 Volatile Bakken oil, aging tank cars raise the stakes for Minnesota rail safety More loads of volatile North Dakota crude oil are moving over rails, prompting new safety efforts. In Perham, Minn., trains have derailed four times since 1992. Given the never-ending rail traffic that goes through town, local officials fear that it will happen again, with dangerous results. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/12/oil-train-rail-safety?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:11:15 -0500 As more oil trains roll, local firefighters worry, prepare for the worst Moorhead and other rail towns now are rethinking how well prepared they are for an incident like the explosion in Casselton, N.D. Federal lawmakers are asking questions and considering new laws. In St. Paul, legislators were expected to take up the rail safety issue at an informational hearing again Wednesday at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/04/oil-trains-safety?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 04:00:14 -0600 Police: Girl found dead had signs of cold exposure Police say they are still trying to find out why a young girl was outside a Bemidji apartment on a morning with temperatures as low as -27. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/27/regional/bemidji-girl?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:18:05 -0600 Class needed for Minn. businesses that rent boats A law from 2011 that requires some businesses to take an aquatic invasive species class has been expanded to include more businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/15/2011-law-expands-to-include-resorts-and-outfitters?refid=0 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 15:03:00 -0600 State approves emergency spending to feed white tail deer State legislators established a hunting license surcharge 15 years ago to fund winter deer feeding and deer health. The fund has a balance of $770,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/13/state-approves-emergency-spending-to-feed-white-tail-deer?refid=0 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:17:37 -0600 Irrigation boosts potatoes, but Park Rapids pays more for water Increased irrigation pumping is driving up the cost of water for residents in Park Rapids, Minn., and is a big reason the state has established one of three groundwater management areas here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/13/ground-level-beneath-the-surface-park-rapids?refid=0 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:00:01 -0600 'Deep winter' greenhouse grows veggies year-round Using a specialized greenhouse, farmers Tom Prieve and Sue Wika grow fresh vegetables year round -- without a crushing electric bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/03/regional/deep-winter-green-house?refid=0 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 13:36:36 -0600 Canadian gas pipeline explosion causes only minor disruption for Midwest Even if prices do rise, Midwesterners might not want to complain too loudly. In the Midwest, one million BTUs of gas costs $10. In New York, consumers pay $60 for that amount, LaRose said. A big reason for that disparity in pricing is the pipeline system that distributes natural gas to the Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/27/natural-gas-explosion-minor-disruption?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:42:18 -0600 Puppy-saving goose antibodies close to market A Grand Forks company that uses goose antibodies to prevent and treat disease is close to marketing its first product, a treatment for parvovirus in dogs. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2014/01/goose-antibodies-that-can-save-puppies/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:39:12 -0600 Agriculture on the cusp of a drone boom Many farmers are technologically savvy, using remote sensors and satellite images to monitor their fields. As soon as the FAA passes new rules, drones are expected to be another tool adopted by agriculture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/22/agriculture-drone?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:12:49 -0600 'Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,' with beer and hymns at The Gathering Singing hymns while drinking beer might sound like an unusual church event, but a growing number of congregations are turning to the non-traditional approach to lure new members in the Twin Cities and in cities across the country -- and in Fargo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/19/religion/softly-and-tenderly-jesus-is-calling-with-beer-and-hymns-at-the-gathering?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:00:00 -0600 How to avoid a national water crisis? Most Americans are spoiled when it comes to water, according to Robert Glennon. We open the tap and get as much water as we want and it costs us less per month than a cellphone. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2014/01/how-to-avoid-a-national-water-crisis/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:25:17 -0600 Researchers, lawmakers see growing interest in protecting bees In recent years, bees have become victims of a perfect storm and two Minnesota state agencies are working on ways to make the environment healthier for bees. The issue is likely to be a hot topic during the upcoming Legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/13/researchers-lawmakers-growing-interest-in-protecting-bees?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:49:35 -0600 Report: Grain train derailment caused oil tanker explosion in ND An oil train accident near Casselton, N.D., last month started when an oncoming grain train derailed, according to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/13/news/casselton-derailment-report?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:59:59 -0600 SD philanthropist donates $125M to Sanford South Dakota philanthropist Denny Sanford will donate $125 million to the health system that bears his name for a new program to integrate genetics and health care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/07/health/sanford-donation?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:02:33 -0600 Moorhead students earn degree by running record label, booking concerts A new generation of students is using the Music Industry and Entertainment Studies program at Minnesota State University-Moorhead to gain real-world experience in a rapidly changing industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/02/moorhead-music-industry-program?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 06:30:00 -0600 Mayor: Casselton narrowly escaped tragedy after train derailment, explosion The town near Fargo narrowly escaped tragedy when a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded nearby, Mayor Ed McConnell said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/31/regional/casselton-close-call-train-explosion?refid=0 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 11:58:45 -0600 FAA picks North Dakota as drone test site North Dakota will host one of six unmanned aircraft test sites in the U.S. researching ways to safely fly drones in the national airspace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/30/news/north-dakota-unmanned-aircraft-test-site?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:09:55 -0600 Fargo drone pilots fly missions with crew around the world The Predator aircraft, about the size of a small, single-engine airplane, are based thousands of miles away from the pilots in Fargo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/27/fargo-drone-pilots-fly-classified-missions?refid=0 Sun, 29 Dec 2013 17:00:00 -0600 Crookston mayor holds best snowman contest to get people outside City residents can win $200 for the best snowman or snow sculpture built before the end of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/27/crookston-best-snowman-contest?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:50:11 -0600 Drone video analysis program is first of its kind A Minnesota school is training students to analyze photos and video captured by drones. The new program at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls is the first of its kind in the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/21/schools-aims-to-give-students-an-edge-in-drone-imagery?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 06:15:00 -0600 Northern Border Patrol agents playing greater role in local law enforcement The feds and local law enforcement near the Canadian border used to not talk much. That changed with the September 2001 terrorist attacks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/16/northern-border-patrol-agents-playing-greater-role-in-local-law-enforcement?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 03:00:00 -0600 American Indian child abuse task force hearings today Former U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan co-chairs the task force. He says after decades of inaction, it's time for the federal government to work with tribes to find solutions to violence and child abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/09/social-issue/american-indian-child-abuse-task-force-hearings-today?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 06:30:30 -0600 Sugar beet farmers hunker down to withstand losses American Crystal Sugar shareholders met today for a more somber annual meeting than usual. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/12/sugar-beet-farmers-hunker-down-to-withstand-losses/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:39:01 -0600 Minn. couple go 'Far North' to start craft distillery One evening, Mike Swanson poured himself a whiskey, leaned back and wondered how he and his wife could squeeze more money from grain and smooth over farming's boom-and-bust cycles. The answer came from the glass in his hand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/26/regional/far-north-craft-distillery?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:56:14 -0600 Information sought into shooting of trumpeter swans Minnesota officials are investigating the shooting of two trumpeter swans this week near Detroit Lakes, Minn., and are seeking the public's help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/21/environment/shooting-trumpeter-swans?refid=0 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:10:51 -0600 Lawsuit accuses Minn. priest of abuse on White Earth Reservation A lawsuit filed Thursday against the Catholic diocese of Crookston, Minn., and a Catholic missionary organization alleges sexual abuse of children by a priest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/21/news/priest-lawsuit-white-earth-reservation?refid=0 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:45:28 -0600 Minnesota turkey goes up for presidential pardon What does it take to be the nation's top turkey? Turns out, it takes some pluck. One of farmer John Burkel's six toms will be a guest at the White House next week to be pardoned, spend the holidays at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate and then retire to a Virginia farm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/21/news/turkey-presidential-pardon?refid=0 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 White Earth Band votes to end 'blood quantum' for tribal membership White Earth Band of Ojibwe tribal members have approved a new constitution that dramatically changes tribal government and expands membership in Minnesota's largest Chippewa tribe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/20/politics/white-earth-band-votes-to-end-blood-quantum-for-tribal-membership--?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 06:02:51 -0600 Vote could eliminate 'blood quantum' rule for White Earth Band of Ojibwe Should blood determine who is in the White Earth Band of Ojibwe? Tribal members on Tuesday will get the final say. If approved, the new constitution would scrap "blood quantum" and instead use family lineage to decide who is a member. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/18/news/white-earth-blood-quantum?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:00:00 -0600 Fight against invasive species pits state against lake property owners The state's strategy to slow the spread of aquatic invasive species was caught up in controversy when a conservation group charged with allocating Legacy Funds replaced a proposal by another group with one of its own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/14/environment/controversy-strategy-to-fight-invasives?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Millions approved for affordable housing across Minn. From Warroad to Worthington, small towns across Minnesota are struggling to add housing as fast as businesses add new jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/07/regional/affordable-housing-money?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:58:51 -0600 Bad news for Minnesota sugar beet farmers A glut of sugar in the world market will mean a big cut in the price farmers are getting for their sugar beets, American Crystal Sugar leaders told farmers this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/05/business/sugar-beet-farmers-price-cut?refid=0 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 State wants to contain potato pesticide drift The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is trying to reduce the drifting of pesticides from potato fields to nearby homes and schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/02/environment/state-wants-to-contain-potato-pesticide-drift?refid=0 Sat, 02 Nov 2013 10:59:00 -0500 Officials want more spending to fight invasive species Vigilance is crucial in fighting invasive zebra mussels. The tougher question of who should pay for that vigilance is up for debate. Officials and private groups in Becker County want the state to spend more, but they aren't waiting for that to happen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/30/environment/more-spending-invasive-species?refid=0 Wed, 30 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Border Patrol drones fly the skies for Minn. agencies Minnesota agencies have used unmanned aircraft from the Border Patrol for a variety of missions in the past three years. Information from the Department of Homeland Security, gathered by the Electronic Frontier Foundation lists 11 UAS missions flown at the request of Minnesota agencies in 2010, 2011 and 2012. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/10/border-patrol-drones-fly-the-skies-for-minn-agencies/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:12:46 -0500 Zebra mussels move north to Lake Winnipeg Manitoba officials are trying to determine the scope of an infestation discovered recently in Lake Winnipeg. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/10/zebra-mussels-move-north-to-lake-winnipeg/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:43:56 -0500 NDSU discovery could reduce E. coli's power to make us sick Bacteria are much more dangerous when they form a social network called a biofilm that allows them to communicate and protect each other. Researchers at North Dakota State University have figured out a way to prevent it from forming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/10/ndsu-discovery-defeats-biofilm?refid=0 Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:30:00 -0500 High-tech training trucks help EMTs prepare for real-life scenarios A truck that is fully outfitted with an emergency room bay is part of a new program to improve emergency medical care in rural North Dakota. Four $500,000 high-tech training facilities roam the state's highways to give ambulance crews a chance test their skills on realistic scenarios. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/07/news/emt-training-truck?refid=0 Sun, 06 Oct 2013 18:00:00 -0500 Beekeepers fight disease by breeding 'hygienic' bees Honeybees are in trouble and their population is steadily declining. A growing problem is the prevalence of pest called varroa mites, tiny parasites that attack bee larvae and adult bees in the hives. Some beekeepers are trying to fight disease by improving bee genetics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/01/environment/beekeepers-breed-hygienic-bees?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Time running out for Iraqis who helped U.S. military Congress authorized 25,000 visas for Iraqi nationals who assisted the U.S., but 22 percent of the allotment has been issued and thousands of Iraqis are still waiting for special visa requests to be processed before the program expires on Oct. 1. A bill introduced in Congress this week would extend the program. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/09/is-time-running-out-for-iraqis-who-helped-the-u-s-military/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:18:08 -0500 Council recommends Legacy funds for fight against invasives In what state lake associations are calling a landmark event, the Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council is recommending funding aquatic invasive species programs for lake associations in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/25/legacy-funds-invasive-species?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:59:00 -0500 Expect ducks aplenty on hunting season's opener Minnesota's waterfowl hunting season opens Saturday and the odds are good hunters will see lots of ducks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/21/environment/duck-hunting?refid=0 Sat, 21 Sep 2013 06:00:00 -0500 Some efforts against aquatic invasives switch from prevention to cure Frustrated by the state Department of Natural Resource's lack of progress in combating invasive species, some local governments and lake associations are changing their focus from prevention to cure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/18/environment/aquatic-invasives-prevention-cure?refid=0 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Flu shots required for Sanford Health employees Sanford Health says it will require influenza vaccinations for all employees. Only about 70 percent of employees were vaccinated under a voluntary program, says an administrator. More than 90 percent of employees should be vaccinated to protect patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/08/health/flu-shots-sanford-employees?refid=0 Sun, 08 Sep 2013 16:56:21 -0500 Red River Valley wetland restoration to help control floods, create new habitat The $6 million project will restore more than 1,300 acres of wetlands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/05/red-river-valley-wetlands-restoration?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:02:11 -0500 Minn. lake home sales surging, realtors say Lake home real estate is growing strong for a second year in a row after sales stagnated during the recession, according to real estate agents across northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/03/minn-lake-home-sales-turnaround?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Bears might be hard to come by as hunting season opens Minnesota's black bear hunting season begins today. The DNR issued 3,750 permits this season, which ends Oct. 13. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/01/bear-season-opens?refid=0 Sun, 01 Sep 2013 09:43:31 -0500 Minn. tourism shows moderate growth for 4th consecutive year For the fourth consecutive year, the Minnesota tourism industry saw moderate growth this summer, based on results of a survey by the state's tourism agency, Explore Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/28/business/minnesota-tourism?refid=0 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:53:19 -0500 Tribes expect 'devastating' sequester cuts Automatic federal budget cuts ordered this spring were problematic in parts of Minnesota. On the White Earth reservation, they were devastating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/28/news/tribes-devastating-sequester-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 African farmers find inspiration, and maybe machinery, in Midwest A dozen African farmers and business owners are meeting with farm equipment suppliers in Fargo, N.D., to study technology that would help them produce more soybeans and corn. The meetings could also prove helpful to farm machinery manufacturers in the United States who see an opportunity to tap a growing market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/22/regional/african-farmers-find-inspiration-and-machinery-in-midwest?refid=0 Fri, 23 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Red River Diversion foes sue Army Corps The lawsuit filed by opponents south of the metro area accuses diversion leaders of unnecessarily expanding the scope of the flood protection project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/20/environment/red-river-diversion-foes-sue-army-corps?refid=0 Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:45:30 -0500 Fargo planning move to natural gas in city vehicles Fargo city officials are developing a plan to burn natural gas in city vehicles, primarily buses and garbage trucks. "It burns cleaner, it has more power and it's cheaper. So that's a good combination," Fargo City Commissioner Mike Williams said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/18/regional/fargo-natural-gas-vehicles?refid=0 Sun, 18 Aug 2013 15:37:54 -0500 Plants used for bee habitat might kill bees Back yard gardeners who plant bee-friendly plants and flowers, may actually be killing bees. A new report released today by Friends of the Earth, showed that plants purchased at large retailers can contain insecticides toxic to bees and other insects. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/08/plants-used-for-bee-habitat-might-kill-bees/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:13:20 -0500 Simple solutions can help fill gaps in health care By ensuring that elderly people take medications, a simple device could allow them to stay healthy and out of the hospital or nursing home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/08/health/medsmart-medication-device?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Legality of same-sex marriage still issue for Minn. border residents Gays and lesbians who live and work in Minnesota's border communities know they must deal with some practical realities of love and the law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/01/regional/same-sex-marriage-border-residents?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 13:06:42 -0500 18 same-sex couples wed in Moorhead Dozens of well-wishers with signs and noisemakers greeted couples leaving the Clay County Courthouse in Moorhead after a midnight ceremony. It became legal for same-sex couples to marry in Minnesota today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/01/sam-sex-marriages-in-moorhead?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 05:20:55 -0500 Confusion over tribal land in state forest Berry pickers heading to the Beltrami Island State Forest this summer might be surprised to find their favorite blueberry picking spot is off limits. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/07/tribal-land-causes-confusion-in-beltrami-state-forest/?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:34:09 -0500 Lake improvement districts help property owners protect water quality, fight invasive species Property owners throughout Minnesota are increasingly turning to a new funding tool called lake improvement districts to protect water quality and fight the spread of invasive species. But the new taxes the districts levy are dividing residents around several Minnesota lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/18/environment/lake-improvement-district?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Drones get crash avoidance tested to improve safety Be observant. Don't hit anything. Pilots in the cockpit live by those rules. Take the pilot out of the plane, though, and things get complicated. That's the dilemma aviation researchers face as they navigate the future of unmanned aircraft. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/17/technology/drones-uav-safety-testing?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:05:39 -0500 Under cover of darkness, researchers capture, track loons in Minn. How do you sneak up on a loon? That's the question this night as wildlife scientists slide a boat into South Turtle Lake, a few miles east of Fergus Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/15/environment/loon-migration-study?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:40:30 -0500 Former 7th District Rep. Stangeland dies Former U.S. Rep. Arlan Stangeland died Tuesday at the age of 83. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/03/politics/former-congressman-stangeland-dies?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:11:37 -0500 Stopping water contamination requires new message Don't flush your old prescription drugs. They pollute the state's waters. Officials and environmental leaders concede the public has heard mixed messages over the years about what to do with pharmaceuticals and other compounds that can contaminate lakes and rivers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/03/environment/water-contaminants?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. gets federal money for bat disease The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is giving money to Minnesota and other Midwestern states to monitor bat populations for white-nose disease, which is caused by a fungus and has wiped out bat populations in parts of the eastern United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/29/environment/fighting-white-nose-syndrome-in-bats?refid=0 Sat, 29 Jun 2013 11:33:01 -0500 Red River rising after recent heavy rains After heavy rain, the Red River is rising quickly in Fargo-Moorhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/26/news/red-river-rain?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:08:13 -0500 Project aims to raise awareness on elder abuse Police, prosecutors and even bank employees are paying more attention to the signs of elder abuse in Clay County after a training initiative sponsored by an elder abuse education initiative. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/06/raising-awareness-of-elder-abuse/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 White Earth Nation tries to sell members on a new constitution The White Earth Nation takes its constitutional reform initiative on the road this week. The first in a series of informational meetings for tribal members will be held June 19 on the Iron Range in the community of Marble. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/06/white-earth-nation-tries-to-sell-members-on-a-new-constitution/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:01:52 -0500 Along ND border, Minn. business owners say higher taxes hurt Business owner Brady Olson criticizes state legislators for increasing property, sales, gasoline and cigarette taxes. Olson and other business owners in northwest Minnesota say those higher taxes make it difficult for them to compete with businesses in North Dakota, where the booming economy has allowed legislators to cut taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/08/politics/minnesota-north-dakota-taxes-business-climate?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 UND project scrubs CO2 from smokestacks Researchers at the University of North Dakota say they have developed a cheaper, more effective way to capture carbon dioxide from smokestacks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/08/environment/carbon-dioxide-filter-research-at-und?refid=0 Sat, 08 Jun 2013 09:49:47 -0500 New Minn. segment added to 4,600-mile trail Minnesota organizers of the North Country Trail are celebrating the newest trail section with events at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge near Detroit Lakes on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/01/regional/hiking-trail-segment-complete-at-tamarac-refuge?refid=0 Sat, 01 Jun 2013 09:54:39 -0500 Ethical use of drones hot debate at Grand Forks summit In Grand Forks on Friday, industry officials and legal experts from around the country debated the appropriate and ethical uses for drones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/31/news/drones-ethics?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 15:08:07 -0500 As bees perish in large numbers, a search for causes and solutions Across the nation, large numbers of bees -- about one-third of colonies each year -- have been dying for the past six years. Scientists believe the cause is a combination of pesticides, disease and poor nutrition, and some are concerned the annual bee losses are unsustainable. As soon as this year, some warn, there might not be enough bees to pollinate some crops. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/26/environment/pesticides-suspected-in-minnesota-bee-deaths?refid=0 Tue, 28 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 DNR steps up enforcement on invasive species As boaters head for the lakes this weekend, the Department of Natural Resources will be watching for violations of aquatic invasive species laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/25/environment/fines-for-ais-violations?refid=0 Sat, 25 May 2013 10:28:13 -0500 Military drone training comes to Camp Ripley The Minnesota Army National Guard showed off its new unmanned aircraft training facility at Camp Ripley today. The $4 million facility, the only one of its kind in the region, will improve training for National Guard soldiers who fly small drones to provide video surveillance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/17/regional/military-drone-training-comes-to-camp-ripley?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 15:50:16 -0500 Drone aircraft help Grand Forks police fight crime The unmanned aircraft are small enough to fit in the trunk of a squad car, and let officers search areas from a different perspective while saving time and money, but privacy advocates worry they might also make it easy for police to spy on people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/16/technoogy/drones-police-tool?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Cocaine, DEET, other chemicals found in Minnesota lakes The largest study of its kind ever done in Minnesota shows chemicals from household products, prescription drugs and illegal drugs are common in Minnesota lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/13/environment/lake-chemical-study?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 10:41:00 -0500 Red River cities focus on permanent flood protection Residents of Fargo-Moorhead are cleaning up sandbags and removing temporary levees after the Red River's crest last week. As it turned out, most of that preparation wasn't needed for this year's flood. Both cities are now turning their attention back to building permanent levees and flood walls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/07/news/fargo-moorhead-flood-control?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Why was the Fargo flood forecast off by so much? The Red River at Fargo crested today at a little more than 33 feet, about eight feet lower than what the National Weather Service forecast just two weeks ago. The NWS says it will review its forecasting process in the wake of the off-base prediction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/01/regional/fargo-flood-forecast?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 15:20:45 -0500 As crest passes, attention turns to permanent Fargo flood protection As the Red River in Fargo-Moorhead crests Wednesday at levels well-below what was forecast last week, local leaders are turning their attention to permanent flood protection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/01/regional/fargo-flood-permanent-protection?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 11:24:03 -0500 ND oil patch is bigger than thought, new USGS report says The U.S. Geological Survey is significantly increasing its assessment of oil and gas reserves in the Williston basin of North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/30/regional/bakken-oil-report?refid=0 Tue, 30 Apr 2013 11:19:44 -0500 Fargo and Moorhead to see river crest in days The Red River will crest this week in Fargo and Moorhead, several feet lower than originally expected. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Dan Gunderson who was in our Moorhead bureau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/29/gunderson?refid=0 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:40:06 -0500 Red River flood crest forecast: slight relief Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker said after talks this morning with the National Weather Service, a Red River flood crest forecast of 37 to 38 feet is not a shot in the dark. That may signal another slight reduction in the crest estimates that have been dropping over the past week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/26/red-river-flood-crest-forecast?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 08:59:33 -0500 Fargo downsizes Red River flood fight after revised forecast After a revised forecast, Fargo is downsizing efforts to fight. Red River flooding. The revision from the National Weather Service on Wednesday means fewer sandbags will be needed to prepare for a river crest expected late next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/24/regional/fargo-moorhead-flood-forecast?refid=0 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:22:35 -0500 Late melt helping reduce Fargo-Moorhead flood risk Conditions in the Red River Valley indicate the communities might be facing a reduced flood risk. The late spring melt could actually be improving the flood outlook. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/23/regional/fargo-moorhead-flood-outlook?refid=0 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:09:11 -0500 Battening down in Fargo-Moorhead as possible record flood looms Flood preparations will move into high gear this week in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Construction crews and volunteers will build emergency sandbag dikes and earthen levees as the communities prepare once again for a possible record Red River flood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/20/regional/preparing-for-red-river-flooding?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:50:00 -0500 Minn. legislators renew gun control efforts Some Minnesota lawmakers are still hoping to pass tougher gun laws this session, despite a defeat for gun control advocates earlier this week in Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/19/politics/minnesota-gun-control-legislation?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:28:13 -0500 Fargo outlines plans for sandbagging Fargo-area officials have mapped out plans for building clay levees and sandbag dikes to protect against what could be record flooding along the Red River and its tributaries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/19/regional/fargo-flood-sandbagging-plans?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:18:48 -0500 Flood trends are troublesome for Fargo-Moorhead The Red River of the North floods nearly every year, and residents who live nearby are used to it. But the trend in recent history is toward ever larger floods and ever higher record crests. If that continues, at some point there will be a Red River flood that Fargo-Moorhead cannot defend against. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2013/04/flood-trends-are-troublesome-for-fargo-moorhead.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:20:57 -0500 Fargo-Moorhead's flood risk bumped up The National Weather Service is increasing the flood risk along the Red River because of the delayed spring melt, and nearly double the normal precipitation in the southern Red River Valley in recent weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/17/regional/fargo-moorhead-flood-risk?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:04:43 -0500 NW Minn. power line meetings scheduled Minnesota Power is holding public meetings over the next two weeks in northern Minnesota to talk about a proposed 500 kilovolt Great Northern Transmission Line that would run from the northwest corner of the state, to Hermantown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/15/environment/great-northern-transmission-line?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 06:58:52 -0500 20-month lockout over, sugar workers brace for return to work Locked-out American Crystal Sugar union members are headed back to work after the union voted over the weekend to accept the company's contract offer. Union members, who have been locked out at five factories in the Red River Valley since August 2011, expect a bumpy return to their old jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/14/business/sugar-workers-prepare-to-return-after-lockout?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 In 5th vote, locked-out sugar workers approve contract offer Locked-out union employees at American Crystal Sugar will be going back to work after approving the company's contract offer on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/13/business/crystal-workers-accept-deal?refid=0 Sat, 13 Apr 2013 20:05:33 -0500 Online map helps Minn. organic farmers avoid pesticide drift The Minnesota Agriculture Department is encouraging use of a new mapping system to protect organic crops from pesticide drift. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/13/regional/online-map-protects-from-pesticide-drift?refid=0 Sat, 13 Apr 2013 09:33:08 -0500 Tribes now eligible for direct disaster aid Tribal governments can now directly request a disaster declaration from the president. In the past, tribes needed to make a disaster request through a state governor, the same process counties follow. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2013/04/indian-tribes-now-eligible-for-direct-disaster-aid.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 08:44:46 -0500 Spring means lambing season in Minnesota Spring brings new life to the landscape. The birth of a new crop of lambs is a yearly ritual at this small Minnesota farm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/news/sheep-birthing-season?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:15:00 -0500 Flood science useful in predicting pollution runoff The National Weather Service is using flood prediction models to help prevent pollution year-round. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/06/environment/flood-model-used-to-predict-runoff?refid=0 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 09:07:28 -0500 Minn. town restricts use of drones The small Minnesota town of St. Bonifacius is restricting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/04/regional/minn-town-restricts-use-of-drones?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 13:03:17 -0500 Fargo readies sandbags in advance of Red River flooding Sandbags were being filled Wednesday morning in Fargo in preparation for flooding later this month when the Red River is expected to spill out of its banks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/news/fargo-sandbags-red-river-flooding?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 15:50:13 -0500 Flood ins. dropped by 40% in Fargo area The number of flood insurance policies in the Fargo area dropped by 40 percent in the past year, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/29/news/flood-insurance-fargo-area-homes?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:34:58 -0500 Fargo company aims to make veterans health care more efficient A $500 million project to make veterans hospitals more efficient means growth for a Fargo company. The company makes the software that will be used track equipment and supplies at VA medical centers nationwide. The Department of Veterans Affairs also plans track staff and patients in the future. The goal is more efficient healthcare. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/28/business/fargo-company-veterans-health-care?refid=0 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:15:38 -0500 Business owners fired up over Dayton's tobacco tax Business owners challenged Gov. Mark Dayton on taxes Monday at a Moorhead town hall meeting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/25/politics/business-owners-fired-up-over-daytons-tobacco-tax?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:24:45 -0500 National Weather Service raises flood risk along Red River A delayed spring melt and late-winter snow has increased the risk of flooding in Fargo, N.D. and Moorhead, Minn., National Weather Service forecasters said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/21/disaster/weather-service-raises-flood-risk-along-red-river?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:33:28 -0500 NWS warns Fargo-Moorhead to prepare for a top five flood Fargo officials said they believe the city is still in good shape because of recent flood protection improvements, but they plan to make 500,000 sandbags to add to a reserve of 750,000 bags. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/21/regional/fargo-moorhead-flood-prep?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:04:50 -0500 Minn. beekeeper joins lawsuit against EPA Steve Ellis is one of four beekeepers from across the country who allege that the EPA has failed to protect bees from pesticides. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/21/minn-beekeeper-joins-lawsuit-against-epa?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 09:03:29 -0500 Hundreds of stream gages to be eliminated The federal government sequestration cut will eliminate hundreds of stream flow gages nationwide, including a few in Minnesota. The gages are used for flood forecasting and water quality monitoring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/environment/stream-flow-gages-eliminated?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 17:15:58 -0500 White Earth to get federal crime-fighting help Federal help to fight crime is coming to a northern Minnesota Indian reservation. The U.S. Department of Justice announces Friday that White Earth will be the first reservation in the country to be awarded a shared jurisdiction. It means tribal, state and federal authorities will now share responsibility for investigating and prosecuting crimes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/news/white-earth-federal-jurisdiction?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 ND, Microsoft form digital literacy program The state of North Dakota and Microsoft are starting a three-year digital literacy program to provide technology training for students and adults. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/14/education/north-dakota-microsoft-joint-digital-literacy-venture?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:12:20 -0500 Tracking nano technology's environmental risks a tough task Concerned about a potential environmental hazard, government regulators and researchers are studying the presence of nanoparticles in consumer products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/11/environment/nano-technology-environmental-risk?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:20:17 -0500 Snocross king Tucker Hibbert keeps racing and life in control Minnesota is home to two of the largest snowmobile manufacturers in the world, so perhaps it's no surprise that the state is also home to some of the best snowmobile racers in the world. One of them, Tucker Hibbert, is king of snocross, the sport's most eye-popping, television-friendly and dangerous events. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/08/regional/snocross-king-tucker-hibbert-keeps-racing-and-life-in-control?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:11:49 -0600 Red River flood risk bumped up Major flooding as defined by the National Weather Service does not pose significant risk for the communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/07/regional/red-river-flood-risk?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 12:07:51 -0600 Fargo-Moorhead prepping for manageable flood The National Weather Service says there's an increased risk of spring flooding in Fargo-Moorhead, but the outlook is not raising major concerns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/21/regional/fargo-moorhead-flood-outlook?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:00:31 -0600 New study shows chemicals can reduce fish survival Tiny amounts of chemicals in Minnesota lakes might be having a big effect on some fish populations, according to two new studies by Minnesota researchers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/20/environment/new-study-shows-chemicals-can-reduce-fish-survival?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 DNR: AIS training required for lake workers The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding mandatory invasive species training sessions around the state for lake service providers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/17/environment/dnr-invasive-species-training?refid=0 Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:57:20 -0600 $3M grant for project to improve for senior citizen care in rural areas A pilot project to improve care for senior citizens in rural areas is being developed by a Minnesota-based senior housing and care services company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/05/health/grant-ecumen-senior-care?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:19:49 -0600 Moorhead fights against pollution regulations Moorhead is fighting a new state pollution rule designed to protect water quality in Canada. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/05/environment/moorhead-fights-against-pollution-regulations?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 DNR plans regional event on invasive species The Department of Natural Resources will meet with local officials in northwest Minnesota this week to share information about managing aquatic invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/27/environment/minn-invasive-species-meeting?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:49:05 -0600 American Crystal pays $25K pollution fine American Crystal Sugar Company has paid a fine of nearly $25,000 and taken action to correct air pollution violations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/25/environment/american-crystal-sugar-pollution-fine?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:13:42 -0600 MN cities get little from water settlement Ten Minnesota cities are getting payments as part of a class action lawsuit against the makers of the herbicide Atrazine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/24/health/minnesota-cities-get-little-from-water-pollution-settlement?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:21:37 -0600 When nanoparticles go rogue: Wis.-based center leads new research Nanotechnology is changing many basic products. But there are questions about what happens to those nano particles when they find their way into the environment. A new federally funded research center in Wisconsin brings together scientists from several states to help answer those questions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/20/education/nanoparticles-wisconsin-research-center?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 National Guard members train, compete for biathlon National Guard soldiers from eight states will be in Minnesota next week to test their skiing and shooting skills. The Guard sponsors regional biathlon competitions for guard teams from across the country. Winning brings bragging rights for the Guard teams, as well as the chance to compete against national teams around the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/18/sport/national-guard-biathlon?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 DNR extends elk hunt until Jan. 20 The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is extending the hunting season for elk in northwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/13/regional/dnr-extends-elk-hunt?refid=0 Sun, 13 Jan 2013 09:57:17 -0600 Preserving Ojibwe hymns means more than religious devotion Music is a time honored part of worship in most religions. For many Ojibwe people in northern Minnesota, hymns are much more than an expression of religious devotion. They represent a unique piece of Ojibwe culture tribal that members are trying to preserve. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/10/arts/ojibwe-hymns-culture?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:59:15 -0600 UND develops avian flu antibody for poultry A University of North Dakota scientist says an antibody to protect poultry from avian influenza could be on the market within a year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/31/health/poultry-avian-flu-antibody?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:47:38 -0600 Pioneer cemeteries fall under plow's threat A Minnesota farmer is being investigated in connection with the destruction of a small pioneer cemetery that stood for more than 100 years in his field. The state archaeologist says the case highlights a growing concern. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/28/human-interest/lost-cemetaries?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Midwest farmers extend operations to Africa Red River Valley farmer Wallie Hardie is part of a management company investing in a farm operation in Mozambique, hoping that Africa will be a big player in future world food production. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/27/business/midwest-farmers-operations-africa?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Feds begin process to clear titles on Indian-owned lands The U.S. Department of the Interior plans to spend $1.9 billion to clean up decades of mismanagement of Indian land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/19/regional/indian-land?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:04:22 -0600 Food, gifts delivered to sugar workers Twin Cities union members are delivering truckloads of food and gifts this week for the families of locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/regional/crystal-sugar-locked-out-workers-food-gifts?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:03:20 -0600 ND missile complex sold for $530K A missile complex in North Dakota, built in the 1970s to shoot down incoming nuclear missiles, was mothballed shortly it opened. Late Friday, the government sold the property for $530,000 to an unknown buyer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/15/regional/nd-missile-complex-sold?refid=0 Sat, 15 Dec 2012 10:31:52 -0600 New Census poverty data show rates leveling off New information about poverty from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the economic recovery in Minnesota might be ahead of the rest of the nation. While poverty rates in the state have increased significantly since 2007, the most recent Minnesota data show poverty rates have leveled off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/social-issue/census-poverty-data?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 American Crystal could have record year, despite lockout Despite a lockout that's lasted 16 months, American Crystal Sugar officials say the company is on track for record sugar production. The lockout's effect on business is "diminishing rapidly," company President David Berg said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/06/business/american-crystal-sugar-annual-meeting?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 15:44:09 -0600 ND looks to cut taxes, boost state spending As Minnesota lawmakers wrestle to close a budget deficit of $1.1 billion, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple wants to increase state spending by 18 percent over the next two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/05/politics/north-dakota-budget-surplus?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 11:53:23 -0600 UND offering unmanned aircraft training to foreign students The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks is setting up a program to train foreign students to fly unmanned aircraft. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/02/education/und-unmamed-aircraft-training?refid=0 Sun, 02 Dec 2012 11:48:13 -0600 Sugar workers vote no for fourth time Locked-out union workers at American Crystal Sugar have again rejected the company's contract offer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/02/business/sugar-workers-vote-again?refid=0 Sun, 02 Dec 2012 09:15:13 -0600 American Crystal union vote Saturday Locked out union workers at American Crystal Sugar will vote Saturday on a contract proposal they have already rejected three times. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/30/business/americam-crystal-sugar?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 06:30:53 -0600 Fargo-Moorhead churches open doors to homeless Fargo-Moorhead churches are taking the initiative to help shelter a growing number of homeless people in the community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/29/regional/fargo-moorhead-churches-homeless?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:01:12 -0600 Tests suggest Minn. pelicans exposed to oil contaminants in Gulf The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says a second round of testing indicates migrating pelicans picked up oil spill contaminants in the Gulf of Mexico. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/environment/pelican-gulf-of-mexico-oil-contaminant?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:20:12 -0600 Corn prices hit livestock farmers' bottom line The price for your holiday turkey is a few cents a pound more this year than it was last year. But livestock producers say the modest increases at the grocery story don't reflect the rapidly rising cost of raising that turkey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/21/business/corn-prices-livestock?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:13:05 -0600 UND reviews ethics of unmanned aircraft research In the first effort of its kind in the nation, a University of North Dakota research committee will examine the ethics of using unmanned aircraft. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/21/law/und-unmanned-aircraft-research-ethics?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 05:55:00 -0600 Minn. hopes to bolster wetland protection A new report offers recommendations designed to strengthen wetland protection efforts in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/17/regional/wetlands-report?refid=0 Sat, 17 Nov 2012 11:00:22 -0600 Job boom in N.D. outpaces ability to provide shelter A survey of homelessness in North Dakota shows the number of homeless people far exceeds the ability to provide shelter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/social-issue/north-dakota-homeless-shelter?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Teamsters Local 120 officials removed amid investigation of 'impropriety' Two top Teamsters Union officials in Minnesota are under investigation for financial impropriety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/13/labor/teamsters-local-120-officials-removed?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:41:17 -0600 Law protecting domestic abuse victims challenged in state Supreme Court The Minnesota Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of a law designed to protect the victims of domestic abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/09/law/state-supreme-court-constitutionality-domestic-abuse-no-contact-order?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 07:22:00 -0600 Wind industries lay off hundreds of workers Hundreds of workers in our region are losing their jobs as wind turbine manufacturers cut production. The federal tax credit that subsidizes wind energy is set to expire at the end of the year, and political uncertainty is putting the brakes on the wind industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/business/wind-manufacturer-layoff?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Judge OK's genetically modified crops on national wildlife refuges A federal judge says genetically modified crops can be planted on national wildlife refuges in the Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/environment/judge-oks-genetically-modified-crops-on-national-wildlife-refuges?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 15:51:04 -0500 DNR: Attempt to kill zebra mussels fails The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says zebra mussels are still alive in two lakes treated with chemicals designed to kill the invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/23/environment/dnr-attempt-to-kill-zebra-mussels-fails?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:45:08 -0500 DNR promotes switch away from lead bullets to prevent eagle poisoning The state Department of Natural Resources is working with outdoor retailer Cabelas in an effort to persuade deer hunters to use copper ammunition instead of lead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/20/environment/eagle-lead-poisoning?refid=0 Sat, 20 Oct 2012 11:33:19 -0500 Sugar beet harvest goes on in midst of national boycott Sugar beet farmers in the Red River Valley are busy harvesting a bumper crop this fall, the second harvest since American Crystal Sugar locked 1,300 union workers out of its five factories in a labor dispute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/business/sugar-beet-harvest?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 American Crystal workers picket Fargo grocery store Union members who've been locked out by American Crystal Sugar for more than a year picketed outside a Fargo grocery store Monday in an effort to get public support for a boycott. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/15/regional/american-crystal-workers-picket-fargo-grocery-store?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:50:55 -0500 National union boycott against Crystal Sugar The AFL-CIO will kick off a nationwide boycott of American Crystal Sugar on Monday in a bid to return 1,300 union workers to their jobs at five sugar beet processing plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/12/labor/national-union-boycott-against-crystal-sugar?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:59:00 -0500 Karlstad fire was arson, DNR says Fire investigators say a wildfire that destroyed several homes in the northwest town of Karlstad this month was probably arson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/10/regional/karlstad-fire-likely-arson?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:06:36 -0500 MPR News Primer: Invasive species Minnesota is struggling with a growing mess of pests and plants that shouldn't be here. The state is pressing the fight against invasive species. But is it possible to stop their spread? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/mpr-news-primer-invasive-species?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 13:34:10 -0500 NW Minnesota fires may burn for months Fire crews are still on the scene in northwestern Minnesota, responding to eight wildfires that continue to flare up and shift. But because some the fires are fueled by the region's peat bogs, it may be some time before those fires are fully extinguished. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/03/regional/karlstad-wildfire-aftermath?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 15:48:47 -0500 Wildfire forces evacuations near Karlstad Crews fought a wildfire late into Tuesday night near the Canadian border, after it forced evacuations and destroyed a number of homes. At one point, the wind-whipped blaze almost surrounded the town of Karlstad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/03/weather/karlstad-wildfire?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 06:03:04 -0500 Red flag warnings up for fire danger Low humidity and windy conditions are driving the warnings, especially in the northwest and west-central part of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/weather/red-flag-warnings?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 12:16:36 -0500 Lake residents turn increasingly to taxes to fight aquatic invaders More Minnesota lake residents have begun creating lake improvement districts to tax themselves and fight aquatic invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/environment/lake-improvement-districts?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 DNR: Extreme fire danger in NW Minn. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has extra firefighting equipment on standby in northwest Minnesota because of extreme fire danger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/29/regional/nw-minn-fire-risk?refid=0 Sat, 29 Sep 2012 09:46:39 -0500 Visas in exchange for foreign investments Twenty northwest Minnesota counties are working with North Dakota to attract foreign investment to the region. The EB5 program rewards foreign investment with a green card. Minnesota is one of a handful of states that does not have an EB5 center. Winning the trust of foreign investors can be a challenge, but can also bring big benefits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/28/business/visa-exchange-foreign-investment?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 NASA, UND test new sensing technology for unmanned aircraft NASA and the University of North Dakota are testing new technology that allows unmanned aircraft to sense and avoid other aircraft in flight. The Federal Aviation Administration says effective sense-and-avoid technology is a critical requirement before unmanned aircraft will be allowed to fly in the national air space. The new technology will be demonstrated using an unmanned aircraft and a specially outfitted research aircraft. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/21/technology/nasa-und-test-new-sensing-technology-for-unmanned-aircraft?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:25:00 -0500 Pesticide treatment on zebra mussels may work in one northern lake An experimental effort to stop the spread of zebra mussels in a northern Minnesota lake might be working, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/06/environment/pesticidezebra-mussels-rose-lake?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 West Nile treatment could come from geese Local research could lead to a breakthrough in treatment of disease caused by the West Nile virus. A small Grand Forks biotech company is preparing for human trials of West Nile antibodies produced by geese. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/05/health/geese-egg-west-nile-research?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Fargo-Moorhead English tutoring program expands A Fargo-Moorhead tutoring program that uses computer software to teach refugees how to speak and write English is expanding. Organizers say the program could become a national model. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/29/regional/english-tutoring-program-expands?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:41:46 -0500 Cheers, jeers for DNR invasive species fight in Detroit Lakes After a summer of watching invasive species spread to more lakes, Minnesota lake property owners worry the Department of Natural Resources and local governments are not doing enough to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/29/environment/dnr-invasive-species-detroit-lakes-cheers-jeers?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:55:36 -0500 Fighting lake and stream invaders grows more complex The discovery of a new invasive species in the Mississippi River highlights the potential for backyard pond plants to spread. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/22/environment/lake-invasive?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Frogs offer signpost to farmland's wildlife impact Farmers are plowing up millions of acres of grassland and wetlands to put the land into crop production. The change could have great effect on wildlife populations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/16/environment/wetland-habitat?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 07:20:00 -0500 Scientists check health of state's wetlands Scientists are slogging through wetlands across the state and poring over thousands of aerial photos. It's all part of a big project to check the health of Minnesota wetlands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/10/environment/wetlands-mpca?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 07:00:00 -0500 USDA closing 5 offices in Minn. Five USDA county offices are closing in Minnesota this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/05/regional/usda-offices?refid=0 Sun, 05 Aug 2012 10:51:02 -0500 Wild (Mid)West: Cowboy mounted shooting takes aim in Minn. A growing number of Minnesotans are competing in a little-known sport called cowboy mounted shooting, an activity that attracts participants who have a hankering for the Wild West. Cowboy mounted shooting combines horses, guns and split-second timing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/02/regional/cowboy-mounted-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 05:00:00 -0500 For DNR invasive species inspectors, an uphill battle The Department of Natural Resources expanded its watercraft inspection program this year but faces a big challenge in a state with more than 10,000 lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/29/regional/dnr-ais-inspect?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jul 2012 07:00:00 -0500 UND center expands work in alternative fuel A new research facility at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks will allow expanded research on alternative fuels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/28/education/fuel-research?refid=0 Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:48:38 -0500 No sign of breakthrough in Crystal Sugar lockout A year after American Crystal Sugar locked out 1,300 union workers over a contract dispute, there is still no resolution, a stalemate that has put the union members in a tough spot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/26/labor/crystal-sugar-lockout-one-year?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:53:19 -0500 AFL-CIO head pledges support on Crystal Sugar lockout A national union leader says he plans to turn up the heat on American Crystal Sugar over the lockout of 1,300 union workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/25/labor/crystal-sugar-lockout?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:13:51 -0500 Anxiety and anger as zebra mussel invasion spreads A push for action against zebra mussels, directed at the DNR, is creating friction between lake property organizations and department officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/14/environment/zebra-mussels?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 New tactics in battle against invasive species in Minn. Citizens and local governments are joining the effort to slow the spread of the unwanted plants and animals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/07/regional/invasive-species?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Northwest Minnesota counties experiencing drought While much of Minnesota is a bit soggy after a great deal of rain, the northwestern part of the state is seeing drought conditions take hold. Some crop damage is already reported and experts say unless widespread rain falls this week, the area could soon be in severe drought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/03/region/drought-in-northwest-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2012 16:15:54 -0500 Citizen pesticide monitoring effort expands An advocacy group in northwestern Minnesota plans to expand citizen monitoring of pesticide drift. Next week, the White Earth Pesticide Action Network will train volunteers to use the monitoring equipment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/02/environment/citizen-pesticide-monitoring-effort-expands?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2012 08:14:26 -0500 Penalties rise for invasive species violations Minnesota boaters face increased penalties starting Sunday if they violate aquatic invasive species laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/01/regional/invasive-species?refid=0 Sun, 01 Jul 2012 09:11:54 -0500 Border security bill irks BWCA advocates Legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives is raising concern about potential development in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/29/environment/border-security-legislation-irks-bwca-advocates?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 06:48:24 -0500 Old hands at flood recovery offer advice to NE Minn. cities Crews from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are in Duluth and surrounding communities this week inspecting flood damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/28/regional/flood-fema-disaster-aid-process?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Catholic teacher fired for same-sex marriage views prays for dialogue Trish Cameron comes from a strong Catholic tradition. But after losing her job at a Catholic school for challenging the church's position on same sex-marriage, Cameron now prays for healthy dialogue on a "closed and painful" topic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/27/social-issue/catholic-teacher-fired?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 05:12:00 -0500 Sugar workers reject contract offer again Hundreds of locked-out American Crystal Sugar Co. workers have rejected a contract offer for the third time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/23/regional/sugar-union?refid=0 Sat, 23 Jun 2012 20:35:25 -0500 Red River home buyout approvals today Officials in Fargo-Moorhead are expected to approve the first home buyouts Thursday to make way for a proposed Red River flood diversion channel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/14/environment/red-river-flooding-home-buyouts?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2012 06:41:45 -0500 N.D. voters head to primary polls on Tuesday A college nickname and property taxes are two big issues in the N.D. primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/10/politics/nd-primary?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Crystal Sugar talks break off again Talks between American Crystal Sugar and locked-out workers ended Friday with no movement toward breaking the 10-month impasse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/08/labor/no-deal-reached-as-american-crystal-talks-break-off?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 13:40:38 -0500 American Crystal and locked-out workers to restart contract talks American Crystal Sugar and its locked out union workers will meet again today in an effort to restart contract talks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/08/labor/crystal-sugar-lock-out-negotiation?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Participation up in farm land conservation Minnesota's Farm Service Agency director said she's pleased with participation in recent Conservation Reserve Program signup. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/06/environment/participation-up-in-farmland-conservation?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 13:14:31 -0500 USDA could deregulate Roundup Ready sugar beets The U.S. Department of Agriculture may deregulate Roundup Ready sugar beets, a move that would allow farmers to plant the genetically modified seeds without restriction. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2012/06/usda-proposes-deregulation-of-roundup-ready-sugar-beets.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 10:50:03 -0500 Cattle help bring back NW Minnesota prairie A herd of cattle will help improve the habitat for wildlife by grazing on a refuge near Crookston. After federal refuge managers burn a section of the prairie, cattle are attracted to new grass that sprouts in the burned area and begin to graze there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/29/environment/cattle-fire-help-restore-northwestern-minnesota-prairie?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2012 16:25:55 -0500 Pesticide drift confirmed from some Minnesota farm fields People in some Minnesota communities are routinely exposed to pesticide drift from nearby farm fields, according to a new study released Thursday. The chemical in question, a commonly used fungicide called chlorothalonil, is under increasing scrutiny. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/17/pesticide-drift-study?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2012 15:53:02 -0500 BP oil spill residue found on pelicans in Minn. Researchers for the state Department of Natural Resources have found evidence of petroleum compounds and the chemical used to clean up the oil in the eggs of pelicans nesting in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/16/environment/oil-residue-found-on-pelicans?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2012 15:04:38 -0500 Why don't we pay attention to tornado warnings? Some experts say the National Weather Service has been slow to improve the delivery of tornado warnings. Social scientists say the weather service has often ignored decades of research on human behavior. Weather service officials say they're responding to those concerns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/storm-ready-human-reaction?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 15:00:37 -0500 New Fargo-Moorhead flood maps to hit more homeowners' wallets The new maps increase the size of the floodplain in both cities and affect the cost of flood insurance for homeowners and future development for cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/new-fargo-moorhead-flood-maps?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:02:10 -0500 MPR's Dan Gunderson checks in from northwest Minnesota Cathy Wurzer checks in with MPR reporter Dan Gunderson about the latest news out of northwest Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/11/dan_gunderson_reporter_debrief?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:19:50 -0500 Tax credits help ease White Earth reservation housing crunch A program that gives federal tax credits to investors who build homes on the White Earth Indian Reservation will make a small but important dent in the chronic housing shortage there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/white-earth-reservation-housing?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Docks going in a month earlier than usual One businessman hopes whitecaps on the lakes in March are a harbinger of a rebound in his business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/early-spring-vignette-docks?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 3 sheriffs try virtual consolidation of dispatchers Three western Minnesota counties are combining their 911 dispatch efforts in the interests of efficiency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/virtual-consolidation?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Clinton visits Grand Forks to commemorate 1997 flood Former President Bill Clinton says he learned important lessons about responding to disasters 15 years ago when a flood devastated the cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/17/clinton-grand-forks-commemorate-flood?refid=0 Sun, 18 Mar 2012 10:00:46 -0500 Fargo-Moorhead residents welcome no-flood spring Several months of unusually dry conditions mean that for the first time in three years, thousands of residents of the Red River Valley aren't scrambling to prepare for major flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/14/fargo-moorhead-low-red-river-no-flood?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 13:14:35 -0500 White Earth: Proposed Twin Cities casino key to tribe's future Hundreds of tribal members met in Mahnomen Thursday for the annual report on the state of the White Earth Nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/08/white-earth-state-of-the-nation?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 16:53:54 -0600 Ron Paul visits Fargo on Super Tuesday Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul spoke Tuesday to an enthusiastic crowd in Fargo, N.D. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/super-tuesday-ron-paul-fargo?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 21:00:24 -0600 In Fargo, Romney knocks Obama on energy, budget The Republican presidential candidate told a crowd of about 200 that he would allow expanded oil drilling on federal lands and expedite pipeline projects if elected president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/mitt-romney-fargo?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 12:26:13 -0600 NDSU mourns 4 Twin Cities students killed in car crash Nearly 1,000 North Dakota State University students gathered last night to remember Lauren Peterson, Megan Sample, Danielle Renninger and Jordan Playle, who died Monday in a crash on I-94. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/24/north-dakota-state-university-students-car-accident-memorial-candlelight-vigil?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 06:33:00 -0600 Vigil scheduled for NDSU students; Labor rally in Fargo; North Dakota prepares to caucus MPR's Dan Gunderson talks with Cathy Wurzer about the latest news out of the northwest Minnesota area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/22/gunderson0222?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:51:30 -0600 UND Fighting Sioux nickname battle refuses to die Lawsuits have been filed, laws passed, laws repealed, the nickname's been retired, it's been reinstated -- all because nickname supporters refuse to give up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/20/und-fighting-sioux-nickname-battle?refid=0 Mon, 20 Feb 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Santorum goes after Obama in Fargo, N.D. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum drew a crowd of hundreds at a campaign stop in Fargo, N.D. Wednesday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/15/fargo-santorum?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 22:26:59 -0600 Looking for next oil boom, researchers think small Two NDSU researchers believe the key to extracting oil from shale is in understanding the material the nano scale, where they have different properties. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2012/02/will-the-next-oil-boom-be-nano-sized.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 12:04:59 -0600 Study: Minn. groundwater contamination levels low A new study finds Minnesota groundwater is contaminated with low levels of chemicals, but the chemicals are not as widespread in groundwater as they are in lakes and streams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/13/minnesota-groundwater-contamination-study?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 15:23:09 -0600 Dam modifications restore wildlife habitat, improve safety Dam modification projects in northwest Minnesota are not only restoring fish habitats, but making river use safer for people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/10/red-river-dam-rapids-modification?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Detroit Pistons donate team airplane to Minn. college The Detroit Pistons team is donating a DC-9 aircraft to the aviation program at a Minnesota college. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/09/detroit-pistons-donate-aircraft?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 18:57:41 -0600 Minn. seeking volunteers to spot invasive species Workshops are scheduled around Minnesota this month for volunteers to serve as the state's early warning system for invasive species. Trained volunteers help find invasive species, but also help respond when invasive species are detected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/04/minn-volunteers-to-spot-invasive-species?refid=0 Sat, 04 Feb 2012 16:23:58 -0600 After more failed talks, Crystal Sugar says 'window is closing' Prospects for ending the contract dispute appear to be fading as both sides make plans for a long struggle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/american-crystal-sugar-failed-talks-window-closing?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 11:03:12 -0600 Unmanned aircraft a controversial surveillance tool for N.D. law enforcement In a first for local law enforcement in the region, 16 North Dakota counties will soon use two small unmanned aircraft to monitor crime scenes and track suspects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/30/unmanned-aircraft-police?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Lake Winnipeg's dead zone expanding Lake Winnipeg is a major fishery in Manitoba, but it's health is declining because of nutrients like phosphorus flowing in through the Red River. The nutrients cause large algae blooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/29/lake-winnipeg-dead-zone?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jan 2012 11:03:05 -0600 Ojibwe language goes online The University of Minnesota has just completed work on a new on-line dictionary of Ojibwe language and culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/28/ojibwe-dictionary?refid=0 Sat, 28 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Drought dries up chances of major Red River flood The outlook says there's only a 6 percent chance of major flooding in Fargo-Moorhead. The highest expected river level is about 13 feet lower than the record Red River flood of 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/red-river-valley-flood-outlook?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 12:24:00 -0600 Business groups push drone aviation industry as jobs generator The FAA in 2012 will establish six test sites for unmanned aircraft. North Dakota hopes to get one of those sites, and a group of Minnesota businesses is organizing to take advantage of the growing industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/unmanned-aviation-industry?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 08:00:00 -0600 Kurdish refugees want visas for relatives, friends who helped US military When the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, several former Kurdish refugees living in Moorhead volunteered to serve as interpreters and guides for the military. Now they worry about relatives left behind when American troops withdrew. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/18/kurd-refugees-want-visas-for-relatives-friends-who-helped-us-military?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:46:31 -0600 Lake associations push for help in invasive species fight Many lakeshore owners want lawmakers to spend more in the fight against invasive species that they say could negatively impact lake property values and rural economies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/13/lake-associations-invasive-species?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:52:57 -0600 New trial requested for Minn. man on death row for 2003 kidnap, murder A request for a new trial for a Minnesota man on death row had its first hearing today in Fargo, N.D. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/09/new-trial-death-row?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2012 16:40:27 -0600 Oil boom severely straining North Dakota economy The oil boom has padded state coffers and brought record growth to the western part of the state, but it's also thrown the economy out of equilibrium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/02/north-dakota-oil-economy?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jan 2012 14:00:00 -0600 Thin ice plagues anglers across Minn. Thin ice on Minnesota lakes continues to cause problems for anglers across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/02/thin-ice-plagues-anglers-across-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jan 2012 12:19:56 -0600 Fargo man charged with transporting zebra mussels A Fargo man has become the second person to face criminal charges in Minnesota for transporting invasive zebra mussels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/29/zebra-mussels-prosecution?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2011 15:06:31 -0600 Kurds in Fargo-Moorhead return to class for homeland's language Kurdish residents in Fargo-Moorhead who fled Iraq and resettled in Fargo-Moorhead over the past 20 years are trying to reconnect their children with traditional language and culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/26/kurdish-language-farg-moorhead?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Minn. organization sues FDA over nanotech regulation A Minnesota organization is suing the Food and Drug Administration over regulation of nanotechnology. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/22/nanotech-regulation-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 16:39:43 -0600 'Race to the Top' grant a 'Christmas present' for White Earth A federal grant to expand early childhood education will target the White Earth Reservation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/20/white-earth-reservation-race-to-the-top?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:35:56 -0600 Army Corps sends Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion plan to Congress The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is sending plans for a Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion to Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/20/fargo-moorhead-diversion?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:30:32 -0600 Fargo's Plains Art Museum to open K-5 art education center The Plains Art Museum in Fargo announced plans Thursday to open a "Center for Creativity" that will teach art to thousands of local elementary school students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/15/plains-art-museum-center-for-creativity?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 17:15:13 -0600 In N.D. town where sugar is king, lockout hits hard Stalled labor talks between American Crystal Sugar Co. and its factory workers are taking a toll in Hillsboro, N.D., a town of 1,600 between Fargo and Grand Forks where the sugar beet factory is the largest employer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/14/american-crystal-sugar-lockout-hillsboro?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 13:38:45 -0600 With Microsoft, Hitachi to open software business in Fargo International business giant Hitachi is partnering with Microsoft to develop a new software business in Fargo within a year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/05/with-microsoft-hitachi-to-open-software-business-in-fargo?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2011 15:12:39 -0600 Dayton offers help in American Crystal contract dispute Gov. Mark Dayton met with an American Crystal executive and listened to locked out workers stories during a Saturday visit to Moorhead. Union workers have been locked out of jobs there since Aug. 1 on a contract dispute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/03/dayton-speaks-to-american-crystal-workers?refid=0 Sat, 03 Dec 2011 17:33:02 -0600 Management, locked-out workers dig in at Crystal Sugar annual meeting The president of American Crystal Sugar Co. said company shareholders are telling management to not back down in a labor dispute with union workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/01/american-crystal-annual-shareholder-meeting?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2011 15:31:52 -0600 Researchers to turn natural gas into fertilizer Researchers are studying ways to turn wasted natural gas from oil wells into farm fertilizer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/30/research-natural-gas-fertilizer?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2011 18:35:21 -0600 Prayer vigil planned for locked-out American Crystal workers Locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers are gathering Wednesday evening for a prayer vigil in Moorhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/30/american-crystal-workers-prayer-vigil?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2011 11:41:17 -0600 In flood aftermath, Moorhead tries to kick-start housing market After $60 million has been spent to buy and replace flood-prone homes along the Red River with permanent levees and floodwalls, Moorhead officials hope to kick-start the local housing market early next year with a mix of marketing and financial incentives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/29/moorhead-housing-market?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Support grows for abolishing property tax in ND Many Minnesota residents expect a bigger bill when their property tax statements arrive this month. But across the border, North Dakota residents are considering a proposal to make the state the first in the nation to abolish property taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/25/nd-debate-abolish-property-tax?refid=0 Fri, 25 Nov 2011 13:00:00 -0600 Lockout: American Crystal threatens to hire 1,300 new workers American Crystal Sugar Co. has begun advertising that it's seeking workers for its sugar factories, signaling a new phase in the company's lockout of its 1,300 union workers, which is in its fourth month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/22/american-crystal-sugar-advertises-for-workers?refid=0 Tue, 22 Nov 2011 08:03:43 -0600 Small cities want to stop flood diversion plan for Red River Several small communities near Fargo-Moorhead are joining forces in an effort to stop a proposed Red River diversion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/17/stop-the-red-river-diversion?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 20:04:21 -0600 American Indian voices take to the airwaves Four new radio stations are on the air across northern Minnesota, and each is eager to serve American Indian audiences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/08/american-indian-radio?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 DNR to let Minn. county open road in refuge After years of legal wrangling, the Minnesota DNR will allow Kittson County to open a road through a wildlife refuge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/03/kittson-county-wildlife-refuge-road?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2011 15:02:32 -0500 Environmental groups sue to stop GMO plants in wildlife refuges The lawsuit contends an environmental assessment completed earlier this year by the Fish and Wildlife Service was not adequate. That review found no environmental risk to planting genetically modified crops on refuges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/03/gmo-crops-wildlife-refuges?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2011 11:56:33 -0500 ND sues Minnesota over coal power restrictions North Dakota and the state's coal industry is suing the state of Minnesota to overturn a law that restricts imports of electricity that's generated by coal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/02/nd-sues-minnesota-over-coal-power-restrictions?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2011 12:50:02 -0500 Union workers reject American Crystal Sugar contract Locked out union workers at American Crystal Sugar Company Tuesday rejected a second contract offer. The lockout of 1300 union workers is now entering its fourth month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/01/union-workers-reject-american-crystal-suger-contract?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 18:28:50 -0500 Moorhead says flood protection project to be complete in 2 years Mayor Mark Voxland said by the end of 2013 the city will have purchased and removed 280 flood-prone homes and will have 12 miles of new or improved levees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/28/flood-protection-moorhead?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2011 13:54:00 -0500 Trackers revive, teach old skill for finding lost people To make searches for lost people more efficient, White Earth tribal conservation officers are learning an ancient skill called man tracking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/28/man-tracking?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 A new deadline is made on American Crystal Sugar lockout MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with northwestern Minnesota reporter Dan Gunderson about the 3-month-old labor dispute at American Crystal Sugar and the oil boom in neighboring North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/26/gunderson?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 09:11:57 -0500 American Crystal Sugar offers contract changes to locked-out workers A spokesman for American Crystal Sugar Co. says negotiations with representatives of locked-out union workers have not resulted in a major breakthrough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/american-crystal-sugar-official-criticizes-union-leaders?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 15:46:10 -0500 Union seeks to resume talks with American Crystal Union leaders say they have new proposals to offer company officials that could end the lockout that's dragged on for more than two months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/10/union-seeks-to-resume-talks-with-american-crystal-?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 13:09:24 -0500 Crews battling 31K-acre fire in extreme NW Minn. Minnesota DNR crews are battling a large grass fire in northwest Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/07/roseau-county-fire?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 11:14:40 -0500 DNR attempts to stop zebra mussels with pesticide The treatment of Rose Lake near Detroit Lakes marks the first time the DNR has tried to reclaim a lake from the invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/07/dnr-attempts-to-stop-zebra-mussels-with-pesticide?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Increasing water use prompts DNR to test local groundwater management The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is trying to improve the way it manages the state's underground water supply. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/05/increasing-water-use-prompts-dnr?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Moorhead hopes new solar power project will grow Moorhead officials will start up a pilot project Thursday to generate electricity from the sun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/05/moorhead-solar-system?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 14:07:24 -0500 NLRB sides with American Crystal over union complaint The National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday in favor of American Crystal Sugar in a dispute with workers who have been locked out since August 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/28/nlrb-sides-with-american-crystal-over-union-complaint?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 12:39:19 -0500 As American Crystal lockout drags on, frustration grows among union workers Frustrated and angry union members who rejected a contract offer from American Crystal Sugar are now locked out. They can only watch as replacement workers hired by the company do the work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/16/replacement-workers-sugar-plant-union-locked-out?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Health center joins national effort to reduce student sports injuries A local health center joins a new national initiative to reduce injuries and deaths in youth sports. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/15/health-center-joins-national-effort-to-reduce-student-sports-injuries?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 14:42:00 -0500 Research goes into boosting nutritional value of pulse crops for developing countries A group of North Dakota researchers are looking for ways to make the plants known as pulse crops more nutritious, and a source of essential nutrients for people in developing countries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/13/research-goes-into-boosting-nutritional-value-of-pulse-crops-for-developing-countries?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Focusing on a watershed, pilot project makes case more convincing A pilot project in northwest Minnesota is changing how the state evaluates water quality and taking a new approach to getting people involved in cleanup efforts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/12/ground-level-water-watershed?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Sugarbeet harvest ramps up without union workers Replacement workers at American Crystal Sugar face a big test tomorrow because the sugarbeet harvest is now underway. Tomorrow, the company starts its five factories in the Red River Valley with replacement workers because 1,300 union workers are still locked out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/07/gunderson?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 09:06:42 -0500 Wetland mitigation bank set up for Minn. farmers Starting this fall, Minnesota farmers will be able to drain wetlands in exchange for buying wetlands in another location. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/31/wetland-mitigation-banks-for-minnesota-farmers?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 11:42:45 -0500 College program builds interest in emergent unmanned aircraft industry A program in Thief River Falls that trains students to repair and maintain unmanned aircraft is getting attention from companies already trying to recruit graduates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/29/emergent-unmanned-aircraft-industry-builds-interest-in-college-program?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 American Crystal, union negotiators to meet Thursday Union negotiators will sit down Thursday with officials from American Crystal Sugar for the first mediated session since workers were locked out more than three weeks ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/24/american-crystal-sugar-lockout-mediation?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 15:35:29 -0500 Murder trial begins today for man accused of shooting deputy A murder trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Crookston for the man accused of shooting a Mahomen County deputy in 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/16/mahomen-deputy-murder-trial?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Plant-based composites could replace petroleum products Researchers at North Dakota State University say they've developed a way to make high quality paints and coatings from soy oil and sugar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/15/plantbased-composites-could-replace-petroleum-products?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 UND misses deadline to drop Fighting Sioux nickname; faces sanctions The University of North Dakota faces sanctions starting today because it continues to use the Fighting Sioux nickname. An agreement the school reached earlier with the NCAA called for UND to stop using the name and logo by today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/15/fightin-sioux-nickname-deadline?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2011 15:35:10 -0500 Minn. nonprofit: States in upper Midwest must cooperate to land nanotech jobs A Minnesota organization is behind a move to create a regional initiative that could bring nanotechnology research dollars and jobs to the upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/12/nanotech-regional-hub?refid=0 Fri, 12 Aug 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Students sue to end Fighting Sioux nickname Eight American Indian students have filed suit in federal court, seeking to force the University of North Dakota to stop using the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/11/fighting-sioux-nickname?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 15:22:01 -0500 ND senator: Minn. needs to pony up for Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad took testimony from local officials about the need for a long-term flood control project in the Fargo-Moorhead area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/fargo-moorhead-flood-diversion?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 13:20:25 -0500 Wet growing season could send pasta prices up Wet conditions across the upper Midwest could lead to higher pasta prices at the grocery store. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/09/wet-growing-season-could-send-pasta-prices-up?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Family tries to raise bond for man granted new trial A Douglas County district court judge lowered bail Thursday for an Alexandria man convicted in 2006 of killing his infant daughter. But Michael Hansen remains in custody as his family raises the $15,000 dollars needed to secure his release. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/04/family-tries-to-raise-bond-for-convicted-murder-granted-new-trial?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:58:14 -0500 Union lockout ends decades of smooth relations In its third day of a labor impasse between American Crystal Sugar and its union employees, workers continue to picket outside the factories while replacement workers prepare for the October harvest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/03/american-sugar-lockout?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2011 17:48:37 -0500 Fighting Sioux debate coming to a head The lockout continues at American Crystal Sugar company. About 1,300 workers were locked out on Monday after they rejected a final contract offer from the company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/03/gunderson?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2011 10:50:23 -0500 American Crystal Sugar locks out workers American Crystal Sugar workers are locked out as of today. They rejected a proposed contract over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/01/gunderson?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 09:05:09 -0500 American Crystal Sugar workers locked out Union workers at Moorhead-based American Crystal Sugar have resoundingly rejected the company's final contract offer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/01/american-crystal-lockout?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 06:50:28 -0500 Union workers reject contract at American Crystal Sugar Union workers at American Crystal Sugar have overwhelmingly rejected a final contract offer. That means workers will be locked out on Monday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/30/crystal-sugar-union-rejects-contract?refid=0 Sat, 30 Jul 2011 21:08:40 -0500 American Crystal Sugar makes final contract offer to workers Gov. Mark Dayton met Friday with executives of American Crystal Sugar and union leaders, hoping to help them reach a new contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/29/american-crystal-sugar-contract-offer?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2011 08:49:09 -0500 Wet conditions continue; dams release record amounts of water At a time of year when water levels typically recede, lakes and reservoirs are full and dams are releasing record levels of water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/26/record-level-wet-conditions?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Union, American Crystal Sugar at odds over subcontractor provision Employees will be locked out on August 1 if negotiators for the American Crystal Sugar of Moorhead, Minn. and the union that represents workers fail to reach a deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/26/crystal-sugar-union-negotiation?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 19:00:00 -0500 Red River Valley water levels "unprecedented" The water levels ought to be falling across western and northwestern Minnesota, but lakes and reservoirs are full, and dams are releasing record quantities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/26/red-river-flooding?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:29:18 -0500 Bonding bill will help fund flood prep in Minn. The state bonding bill will help several Minnesota communities better prepare for flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/bonding-red-river-valley-flood-prep?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 14:26:10 -0500 Hive health: Beekeepers closely watch population, productivity Beekeepers are working to overcome another year of significant bee losses from colony collapse disorder, which has killed millions of honey bees in Minnesota and across the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/eaglebend-bees-hive-health?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Minn. National Guard unit to help Afghans rebuild agriculture economy A Minnesota National Guard unit will be deployed to Afghanistan later this year with a unique mission -- to rebuild an agricultural economy in the war-torn country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/30/guard-rebuild-afghanistan-agriculture?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 15:00:00 -0500 North Dakota continues to grapple with flooding impacts Flooding continues to be a big problem in North Dakota. Even as the waters begin to recede, some of the temporary dikes along the Souris have started to erode and weaken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/gunderson-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:23:30 -0500 Moorhead officials spend most of time planning for state shutdown State government shutdown plans dominate the workdays of city and county government officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/27/shutdown-city-municipal-preparations?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2011 18:54:01 -0500 Flavorful twist helps Minn. family give new life to old craft A dying craft is being preserved in a small northern Minnesota town where Black Swan Cooperage is one of only a few wooden barrel makers in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/21/osage-whiskey-barrel-blackswan?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:30:00 -0500 American Indians in Minn. to receive part of $3.4B settlement Thousands of American Indians in Minnesota will receive payments from $3.4 billion settlement of a lawsuit alleging the federal government mismanaged billions of dollars held in trust. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/21/india-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 14:26:26 -0500 Low-income residents worry about possible shutdown It's still not clear what all the effects would be from a state government shutdown. But the looming budget crisis has many low-income residents worried about paying next month's bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/19/shutdown-low-income?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Minnesota research project focuses on saving tiny songbird Nearly half the golden-winged warblers in the world are in northern Minnesota right now for the summer breeding season, and the tiny birds have become the subjects of a two-year research project that could help determine whether they should be listed as a threatened or endangered species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/16/gold-winged-warbler?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Investigators suspect arson in NW Minn. Amish barn fire Investigators are trying to find out who set fire to an Amish farmer's barn in northwest Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/15/amish-barn-fire?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 12:05:27 -0500 Recovery project aims to bring traditional crops back to White Earth The White Earth Land Recovery Project is collecting seeds -- some hundreds of years old -- to expand stock so reservation residents can grow their own food. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/10/saving-seeds?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Understanding bears could help us survive heart attacks, researchers say University of Minnesota researchers think lessons learned from hibernating black bears will help save human lives in a unique study that could someday improve the odds of surviving a heart attack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/hibernating-bears?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 17:39:32 -0500 UND at forefront of unmanned flight as industry set to grow The University of North Dakota hopes to train unmanned aircraft crews from Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard and the Air Force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/01/unmanned-aircraft?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Latest diversion project for Fargo-Moorhead faces fierce opposition A proposed diversion project for Fargo-Moorhead would flood several small upstream communities and thousands of acres of farm land. Hundreds of people would be relocated to make room for a large area to hold water during a flood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/flood-diversion?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Residents demand relief against rising waters of Devils Lake in N.D. Devils Lake in North Dakota is forcing hundreds of farmers off the land. About 1,000 residents who live around the lake rallied this week to demand relief from the flooding lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/17/devils-lake?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2011 14:33:09 -0500 Fargo researchers using nano technology to grow replacement bones Developing techniques may soon allow surgeons to implant replacement bones grown from the patient's bone marrow cells. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/09/replacement-bones?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Move toward paperless filing improves efficiency in Minn. judicial system Officials in 20 Minnesota counties are now using an electronic criminal complaint system called eCharging to move the state's judicial system toward a paperless future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/03/minnesota-courts-paperless?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Abuse of elders, often by family members, is a growing problem Elder abuse isn't tracked as a crime in Minnesota, so statistics are hard to come by, but experts say the problem is growing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/27/elder-abuse?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Future of bio materials topic of Moorhead conference Business leaders, researchers and investors are meeting Wednesday in Moorhead to talk about the future of bio materials in the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/27/bio-materials-conference-moorhead?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 12:22:52 -0500 Northwest Minnesota news: receding floodwaters, renewable fuel production Floodwaters have receded in much of our region, but some parts of the Red River valley are still fighting high water. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dan Gunderson from the Moorhead bureau about flooding and other stories in northwest Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/27/gunderson-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 11:08:41 -0500 Dayton wants federal disaster designation for flooded areas Preliminary damage assessments in the 20 counties affected put the cost of spring flooding at $10.8 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/20/federal-emergency-flood-areas?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 21:54:42 -0500 As Red River recedes, cleanup gets under way Residents of the Fargo-Moorhead area are preparing to clean up the mess created from their third flood fight in a row. Sandbag dikes and temporary earthen levees will start coming down next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/14/flood-cleanup-red-river?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 I-29 north of Fargo remains closed due to floodwaters The North Dakota Department of Transportation expects Interstate 29 north of Fargo to remain closed for a couple more days. The interstate was closed on Sunday when several inches of floodwater flowed across all four lanes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/red-river-flood?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 11:53:24 -0500 I-29 closing causes traffic mess in flooded rural areas Authorities say snowplows are removing debris from Interstate 29 north of Fargo, but the road will likely remain closed for at least another day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/interstate-29-red-river-flooding?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 11:46:14 -0500 For some residents in flood-stricken area, the high waters are just part of spring Despite being surrounded by water, the industrious and well-prepared seem to be coping with the inconveniences that came with the flooded Red River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/11/fm-flood-prepared-residents?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Red River flood fight moves north of Fargo-Moorhead As the Red River continues to fall Monday in Fargo-Moorhead, the focus of the flood fight is moving north as the river affects smaller communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/11/flood-fargo-moorhead-red-river?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2011 06:29:02 -0500 Rural areas new focus of Red River Valley flood fight The Red River continues to fall in Fargo-Moorhead, but overland flooding is surrounding hundreds of rural homes and farms. The high water in the Red River is forcing some tributaries to back up in rural areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/10/red-river-crest-fargo-moorhead?refid=0 Sun, 10 Apr 2011 11:20:05 -0500 Learning the lessons of past Red River floods Some residents say that past experiences with rising water have made this year's Red River flood easier to deal with. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/08/flood-lessons?refid=0 Sat, 09 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Rising waters slow on Red River, but high crest still expected The rise of flood waters on the Red River has started to slow down, but forecasters still expect a crest this weekend of 39.5 feet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/08/fargo-floods?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 09:53:04 -0500 Red River Valley cities plea for more flood mitigation funds Minnesota legislators toured flood mitigation projects in Moorhead Friday and listened to several mayors plead for more money to fight floods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/08/flood-mitigation-plea?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Weather service lowers flood crest range in Fargo-Moorhead Water on the Red River at Fargo-Moorhead continues a steady rise of about 4 feet every 24 hours. Officials anticipate the flooding will reach between 39 and 40 feet sometime this weekend or early next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/07/floods-fargo-moorhead?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 10:14:49 -0500 Sandbag dikes go up in Fargo-Moorhead as river nears crest Volunteers and homeowners built sandbag dikes today in Fargo-Moorhead, preparing for a possible crest on the Red River this weekend. Despite the threat, many residents say this year's flood fight is less stressful than the past two. City officials are worried that homeowners are not taking the flood threat seriously. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/fargo-moorhead-sandbagging?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 17:28:38 -0500 Red River in Fargo-Moorhead on track for weekend crest The Red River has risen rapidly in the past 24 hours and is on track for a crest late this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/floods-fargo-moorhead?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 08:36:50 -0500 Red River at Fargo prediction bumped up by a foot In a revised forecast, the NWS predicted today that the Red River at Fargo-Moorhead will reach 39 to 41 feet by Sunday. Water levels hit 28 feet today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/05/fargo-floods?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 11:42:57 -0500 Growing sunflower seed company plays ball with the big boys North Dakota businessman turns early rejection into a thriving and growing sunflower enterprise and collects two MLB teams as fans along the way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/29/giants-sunflowers?refid=0 Fri, 01 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Weather delays sandbag dike construction in Fargo-Moorhead City crews were set to start delivering sandbags to neighborhoods Thursday, but a looming winter storm has delayed dike construction until next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/31/sandbag-dike-construction-fargo-moorhead?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 12:06:50 -0500 Costs of Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion plan rise The proposed cost of a diversion channel has increased by $200 million to a projected $1.7 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/30/moorhead-fargo-diversion-plan-costs-rise?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 12:00:40 -0500 Weather service bumps up Red River flood forecast The latest projections released today show that the Red River has a 50 percent chance of reaching 40.5 feet in Fargo, close to the record crest of 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/25/red-river?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 09:42:41 -0500 Regional debrief with Dan Gunderson Heavy rain and snow from this morning's storm is adding more water and snow on top of already saturated soil, increasing concerns about spring flooding. Fargo Moorhead is preparing for possible record flooding on the Red River. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with reporter Dan Gunderson from our Moorhead bureau about the latest in flood preparation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/23/gunderson?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 11:04:19 -0500 Rain, snow delays latest Red River flood outlook Heavy rain and snow falling across much of the region Wednesday is adding more water and snow on top of already saturated soil increasing concerns about spring flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/23/rain-flood-outlook-fargo-moorhead?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 09:06:33 -0500 Fargo officials optimistic about this year's flood fight Fargo city officials say the city has been preparing for spring flooding for weeks and are now ready to face the expected rise of the Red River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/18/fargo-flood-preparations?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 11:19:37 -0500 Moorhead to start building sandbag dikes next week Moorhead city officials said Thursday that sandbag dike construction will start next week, although the Red River hasn't started flooding yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/17/moorhead-dike-construction?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 15:09:29 -0500 Researchers investigating movement of black bears into new habitats Minnesota black bears are expanding their range out of forested areas into farmland, leading state Department of Natural Resources researchers to study how and why these bears are adapting to a new habitat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/bear-research?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Study: Pharmaceutical chemicals widespread in Minn. streams Among the substances scientists most often found are the antibiotic sulfamethoxazole and carbamazepine, a drug used to treat atentionl deficit hyperactivity disorder, agency scientist Mark Ferrey said. They also found the antibiotic trimethoprim and anti-depressant compounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/11/wastewater-pharmaceuticals-streams?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Fargo puts pause on sandbags, Moorhead close behind Fargo officials say sandbag operations will go into standby mode on Friday evening with the city's production at 2.5 million bags. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/fargo-sandbagging?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 16:49:44 -0600 NWS: 1-in-3 chance of record flooding in Fargo-Moorhead Upcoming weather conditions are predicted to be colder and wetter than normal. If colder conditions persist, flooding could be pushed into mid-April. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/03/red-river-valley-flood-forecast-update?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2011 09:39:03 -0600 Moorhead sandbagging more automated this time around The city of Moorhead is using a mechanized approach to filling sandbags this year. The city had two custom-designed machines built to make the operation safer and more efficient. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/27/moorhead-sandbag-technology?refid=0 Sun, 27 Feb 2011 14:59:10 -0600 As flood prep picks up, fatigue sets in for many As communities throughout Minnesota prepare for anticipated spring flooding, the disruption and stress of what's become an annual event is causing many to experience flood fatigue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/21/flood-fatigue?refid=0 Mon, 21 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Forecaster expects Red River flood risk to stay high The National Weather service says the spring flood risk has increased slightly along the Red River since last month's outlook. Forecasters are concerned a wet weather pattern will worsen conditions over the next few weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/17/flood-outlook-setup?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2011 13:00:47 -0600 Ploy to win publicity for Fargo high school play with anti-gay protest backfires Some Fargo high school students who are trying to create publicity for their school play might be getting more than they bargained for. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2011/02/fargo-students-publicity-ploy-backfires.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 13:39:33 -0600 Fargo gets jump on expected flood, starts filling sandbags Anticipating spring flooding along the Red River, volunteers in Fargo, N.D., began filling sandbags Monday. They plan to fill 3 million sandbags in the next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/14/fargo-sandbag-filling-underway?refid=0 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 15:44:45 -0600 Vendors show off flood-fighting wares at Fargo flood fair The latest flood-fighting gear is on display at a flood fair today in Fargo. About 20 vendors are showing off everything from giant sandbags to quick-dumping tractor trailers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/09/flood-trade-show?refid=0 Wed, 09 Feb 2011 12:46:17 -0600 Oil creates jobs in ND, but not all find work -- or a home Opportunity is bringing hundreds of job seekers to western North Dakota, but not all are finding work. Some don't have the skills to land a good oil field job; others find a job but are still homeless. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/08/north-dakota-homeless?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2011 15:54:16 -0600 U.S. agriculture secretary announces funding for Midwest projects The U.S. agriculture secretary has announced funding for 16 projects in the Midwest, designed to create jobs in rural areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/08/project-funding?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2011 10:59:34 -0600 USDA: Farmers can plant genetically modified beets The U.S. Agriculture Department says farmers will be allowed to grow genetically modified sugar beets this year, while it finishes work on a full environmental impact statement on the beets' effect on other crops and the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/04/gmo-sugar-beets-usda?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 16:28:25 -0600 Gov't studies use of genetically modified crops in wildlife refuges National wildlife refuges have long used farming as a management tool, and refuge managers say using Roundup Ready crops is often the best way to restore native prairie and grassland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/02/wildlife-refuges?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2011 16:44:52 -0600 Flood preparations gearing up in Red River Valley MPR's Phil Picardi spoke today with reporter Dan Gunderson from the Moorhead bureau about flood preparations and other news in northwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/02/gundersondebrief?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2011 09:24:59 -0600 Chronic wasting disease in deer an 'isolated incident,' DNR says Minnesota DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr said a single wild whitetail deer shot this fall near Pine Island has tested positive for chronic wasting disease -- a first for the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/21/deer-wasting-disease?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:06:34 -0600 150-year-old letters give voice to Dakota prisoners For nearly 150 years, the voices of Dakota men imprisoned after the Dakota Conflict of 1862 went unheard. But the details of their imprisonment are starting to emerge, in dozens of letters written by those men and now being studied by historians in Fargo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/19/dakota-tribe-letters?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jan 2011 17:49:51 -0600 Likelihood of significant Red River flooding rises "It's not looking good," a meteorologist said, adding that the key factor will be how fast the spring melt happens and how much rain falls in early spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/18/red-river-flooding?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 10:29:07 -0600 Transportation tops list of needs for older rural residents Helping seniors with transportation is expected to grow more important over the next 20 years, as the population of Minnesotans 65 and older is expected to double to 1.2 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/12/volunteer-drivers?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jan 2011 13:07:56 -0600 Canola oil plant to bring jobs to northwestern Minnesota It looks like 2011 will bring with it a new construction project in northwestern Minnesota that has people talking about jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/12/anderson-canola?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:31:17 -0600 McCollum, Klobuchar hold public events despite Arizona attack Two Minnesota members of Congress held public events on Monday, saying they won't scale back interactions with constituents after the attack on a congresswoman in Arizona over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/10/minnesota-congressional-delegation-public-events-after-giffords-attack?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 17:05:03 -0600 CDC: Animal shelter workers should get rabies vaccine The Centers for Disease Control is using a rabies case from Grand Forks to raise awareness of rabies vaccination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/06/cdc-rabies?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jan 2011 14:56:11 -0600 N.D. governor has surplus to work with North Dakota's new governor is calling for tax relief and more spending, and plans to end the next two-year budget cycle with a $1 billion budget surplus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/04/nodak-governor-budget?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jan 2011 15:50:05 -0600 Icy conditions close Interstates 94 and 29 Interstate 94 is closed west of Fargo, N.D., after a crash reportedly involving dozens of vehicles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/30/north-dakota-traffic?refid=0 Thu, 30 Dec 2010 14:23:01 -0600 Families sell houses in Moorhead to make room for flood protection levees Last March MPR reporter Dan Gunderson visited a family living in a flood damaged home on the banks of the Red River in Moorhead. Above, one of the homes moved to make room for flood protection levees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/27/moving-out-to-make-room-for-levees?refid=0 Mon, 27 Dec 2010 05:01:17 -0600 Weather service says Fargo-Moorhead could see major flooding again in spring The National Weather Service issued its first flood outlook Thursday and says there's a better than 50 percent chance of major flooding in Fargo-Moorhead this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/23/flood-outlook?refid=0 Thu, 23 Dec 2010 12:49:41 -0600 Without climate legislation, carbon market collapses Farmers in our region are losing a cash crop. Until recently farmers who employ environmentally friendly tillage practices could sell carbon credits. When Congress failed to pass legislation to regulate greenhouse gases, the carbon market collapsed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/21/carbon-credits-climate-change-legislation?refid=0 Tue, 21 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Police, local groups in Fargo-Moorhead deny tension between ethnic groups A weekend fight between a large group of immigrants from Sudan and Liberia is not the first such public altercation between the two groups, but leaders in both the Sudanese and Liberian communities in Fargo-Moorhead deny there is any widespread tension between the groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/20/moorhead-fight-liberians-sudanese?refid=0 Mon, 20 Dec 2010 15:15:00 -0600 Volunteers key for independence of aging rural Minnesotans Population estimates released this week by the Census Bureau show rural Minnesota is aging faster than urban areas. The data show that two thirds of Minnesota counties are older than the national average. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/15/rural-american-community-survey-data-elderly-volunteers?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 13:56:21 -0600 For rural towns, remote pharmacists fill a vital gap Small rural communities often have a hard time attracting pharmacists. To solve the problem, a growing number of small towns are turning to a telepharmacy, a service that connects patients or nurses to pharmacists via video link. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/telepharmacy?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 15:37:57 -0600 In Perham, the girls' gymnastics team fills the trophy case In the small town of Perham, it's the girls' gymnastics team that's filling the trophy case. The Perham gymnasts are starting a season they hope will end with an eighth consecutive state championship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/10/perham-athletics-girls-gymnastics-team?refid=0 Fri, 10 Dec 2010 16:42:36 -0600 Minnesota and N. Dakota fighting over carbon costs Minnesota and North Dakota are at odds over the environmental costs of generating electricity. The dispute could end up in court, and it's not the first time the two states squared off over this issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/08/gunderson?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 10:30:18 -0600 Genetically modified sugar beet ban threatens Red River Valley farmers A court challenge of genetically modified sugar beets could leave farmers without seeds to plant next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/02/genetically-modified-sugar-beets?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 15:38:31 -0600 Monsanto to appeal ruling on GMO sugar beet seed stock This ruling is the second setback for users of herbicide resistant sugar beets. Earlier this year the same federal judge ruled the U.S. Agriculture Department approved use of the Roundup Ready beets without proper environmental review. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/monsanto-sugar-beet-seed?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 16:05:34 -0600 Wind power surplus blamed for spike in rural electricity costs The cost of electricity is up sharply for many rural Minnesota customers, partly because many utilities are losing money on electricity generated from wind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/23/wind-power-electricity-rates?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 12:12:54 -0600 As Minn. population ages, nursing schools focus on geriatric care With the first baby boomers turning 65 early next year, their generation is expected to strain healthcare resources for the next 20 years, leaving some concerned about the looming shortage of nurses to care for them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/18/geriatric-nurses?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 14:00:00 -0600 Minn. town takes on energy conservation challenge Residents of the small western Minnesota town of Rothsay are part of a unique energy conservation experiment that could cut their energy consumption by 15 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/11/rothsay-energy-challenge?refid=0 Fri, 12 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Turbine plant's shutdown part of a larger slowdown in wind energy The shutdown of a wind turbine plant in southwestern Minnesota is part of a general slowdown in wind energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/02/suzlon-shutdown?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2010 11:26:26 -0500 Study: Chemicals common in Minn. affecting male fish A recently published study shows endocrine disrupting compounds are changing fish in Minnesota lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/01/male-fish-study?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2010 16:58:26 -0500 Candidates debate issues for control of rural 7th District Wednesday's debate is one of only two held in the mostly rural district that covers nearly the entire western half of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/27/7th-district-debate?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2010 14:01:21 -0500 Observers say despite anti-incumbent mood, Peterson might see 11th term in 7th District Rep. Collin Peterson has three challengers in the 7th District this year. Despite national polls that show an anti-incumbent mood, political observers predict the 10-term DFL congressman will easily win another election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/14/collin-peterson-7th-district-challengers?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 White Earth pushes for more control of law enforcement Tribal officials say counties don't prosecute crimes, particularly rape, aggressively. But county officials say victims don't cooperate with investigators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/13/white-earth-law-enforcement?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 14:40:18 -0500 Sentinel lakes monitored for effects of climate change State and federal researchers are taking a very detailed look at some Minnesota lakes to monitor the effects of climate change and pollution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/11/sentinel-lakes?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Levee project helps flood-prone area, ducks The North Ottawa levee, a project that is able to hold 75 square miles of spring runoff in the Red River Valley near Breckenridge, could be a model for future flood control efforts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/05/red-river-spillway-ducks?refid=0 Tue, 05 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 In N.D. oil boom, property, environmental challenges Because only one quarter of landowners also own the mineral rights to their land, local residents say oil rigs can pop up on their land without warning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/16/north-dakota-oil-boom-part-2?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 13:34:49 -0500 High rents, revenues as oil boom ripples through North Dakota North Dakota is setting new oil production records every month, and it now ranks fourth among oil-producing states. Oil brings millions of dollars in new revenue to the state treasury, but the boom is losing some of it's luster in oil country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/16/north-dakota-oil-boom?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Red River flood diversion project delayed The agency on Wednesday said the move is necessary because the impacts downstream from the proposed long-term flood control project are greater than first anticipated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/15/red-river-flood-diversion-plan-delayed?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2010 13:33:02 -0500 FAA slow to grant airspace for N.D. unmanned aircraft Military officials say they need restricted training airspace for a planned unmanned aircraft base in Grand Forks, but the FAA says it's not ready to establish such an airspace in North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/13/uav-hearing?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 15:22:19 -0500 High schools push nanotech, a potential job machine Teachers in Grand Forks, N.D. and St. Paul are part of a government-funded pilot project to teach high school students the basics of nanotechnology. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/13/teaching-nanotechnology?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Dozens tested for TB after possible exposure in Fargo A Fargo hospital has identified 77 patients and 43 staff members who might have been exposed to tuberculosis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/27/tuberculosis-fargo?refid=0 Fri, 27 Aug 2010 15:54:02 -0500 Fargo-Moorhead's Red River flood plan on track, for now Concerns that the plan could worsen flooding for communities downstream have been raised, but a Corps official said the project is currently on track. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/26/red-river-diversion-plan-on-track?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 15:10:32 -0500 Answer to declining bee population sought in N.D. prairie Researchers in North Dakota, which leads the nation in honey production, are trying to better understand why so many bees are dying all across the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/17/north-dakota-bee?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 15:49:35 -0500 Study: Walleye reproduction not affected by Miss. River chemicals A new study finds walleye in the Mississippi River are consistently exposed to emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals. But the chemicals are apparently not affecting the reproductive systems of the state's iconic sport fish. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/16/walleye?refid=0 Mon, 16 Aug 2010 16:30:36 -0500 Legacy amendment funds prairie protection The Nature Conservancy is starting a new program to protect native prairie with money from the state's Outdoor Heritage Fund. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/prairie-purchase?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 17:47:25 -0500 Opposition to Red River diversion project growing A $1.4 billion Red River diversion plan to ease flooding in Fargo-Moorhead is on a fast track. But there is growing opposition to the project in communities downstream from those cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/06/red-river-diversion?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Record $20 million dividend for Minn. trust group The trust that insures 81 Minnesota counties and smaller groups like fair boards and watershed districts is returning a record $20 million dividend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/07/record-dividend?refid=0 Sat, 07 Aug 2010 10:29:37 -0500 DNR sues small township, homeowner, over lakeshore variance A lakeshore homeowner in Becker County was in the middle of a construction project when the DNR sued the local township that granted him a variance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/30/becker-county-variance-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jul 2010 09:50:23 -0500 All the news from Northwestern Minnesota The DNR sues a Minnesota township over housing construction too close to a lakeshore, a $360,000 training facility is being built for power line workers near Baudette, and Moorhead becomes one of about 50 Minnesota communities with ordinances punishing those who host parties knowing that underage drinking occurs. Reporter Dan Gunderson talks with host, Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/28/northwest-news?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jul 2010 10:41:39 -0500 Emmer tells farmers he will cut agriculture regulation Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer told farmers in Moorhead on Monday that he will reduce regulations on their industry if elected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/26/emmer-moorhead?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 14:50:29 -0500 DNR restructures in hopes of better water protection The DNR is combining the divisions of waters and ecological resources into one as yet unnamed division that will focus on water quality. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/12/dnr-merger?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Army Corps prepares to take on huge Red River diversion project A $1.4 billion project that would divert floodwaters from the Red River around the Fargo-Moorhead area is the largest, most complex project ever undertaken by the Army Corps of Engineers in this region. Some design elements of the 36-mile diversion channel have never been used before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/11/redriver-diversion?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Rep. Peterson to seek $1B for Red River flood control U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota wants to spend $1 billion on water storage projects in the Red River valley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/06/diversion-funding?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 15:21:40 -0500 Years of wet weather leads to high water on some lakes High water caused by nearly two decades of wet weather is threatening lakefront property in some northern Minnesota counties. Many of the lakes affected don't have a natural outlet and water is now far above what's considered the ordinary high-water level. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/05/high-water?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jul 2010 07:00:00 -0500 New MDH list shows hundreds of potentially harmful chemicals The Minnesota Department of Health on Thursday released a list of hundreds of chemicals that pose a potential health risk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/01/chemicals-list?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 2010 15:30:06 -0500 Water levels in northwestern Minnesota high Rainfall amounts are important this time of year, not only for growing crops around the region, but also to replentish lake levels and groundwater. Portions of northern Minnesota have gotten more rainfall than usual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/gunderson?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 11:17:33 -0500 Scientists try to find benefits, risks of nanoparticles Scientists in Duluth are hoping to determine how risky nanoparticles could be in lakes, rivers and groundwater, where they could clean up pollution -- or cause it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/nano-particles-danger?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 11:09:37 -0500 Farmers, scientists struggle with Red River phosphorus Farmers and scientists in both Canada and the United States are trying to figure out ways to cut the amount of phosphorus that flows north to Lake Winnipeg. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/18/phosphorus-run-off-lake-winnipeg?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2010 13:08:51 -0500 Red River pollution threatening Lake Winnipeg Pollution from the Red River is threatening the wildlife and economies that rely on Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba -- the tenth-largest freshwater lake in the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/lake-winnipeg?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 15:15:39 -0500 Army Corps holding meetings on Red River diversion plan The Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project is on a fast track. The Army Corps of Engineers is fitting a typical five-year project study into two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/09/fargo-moorhead-diversion-plan?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 04:00:00 -0500 Pilot program to use arts to help teach other subjects Ten Minnesota schools are participating in a pilot project using the arts to improve student achievement. The Perpich Arts Integration Project is funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/01/arts-pilotproject?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 12:40:16 -0500 Popular urban pesticide under scrutiny A University of Minnesota scientist is examining potential side effects of the urban use of a popular family of insecticides. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/28/pesticides?refid=0 Sat, 29 May 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Red Lake settles lawsuit over juvenile justice center The federal government has agreed to fund operations of a Red Lake juvenile justice center that's stood empty for more than five years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/27/redlake-facility?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2010 16:56:17 -0500 North Dakota at center of unmanned aircraft industry Hundreds of people are in Grand Forks this week talking about the future of unmanned aircraft. The rapidly growing industry could mean big economic development opportunities for the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/21/unmanned-aircraft?refid=0 Fri, 21 May 2010 00:18:57 -0500 Northern Minn. school struggles with turnaround plan The 34 Minnesota school districts identified as the state's worst performing will spend the summer developing a turnaround plan to improve students' test scores. One of them is Waubun High School, which has a predominantly American Indian enrollment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/20/waubunschool?refid=0 Thu, 20 May 2010 16:37:59 -0500 Tribal members say treaty rights protest a success Nearly 200 Ojibway tribal members gathered in Bemidji Friday afternoon to demand the state recognize their rights to hunt and fish. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/14/treatyprotest?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 18:00:00 -0500 In White Earth, breaking the cycle of domestic violence A $700,000 federal grant will pay for a domestic violence investigator and expand a victims' advocacy program. The money also will fund a new women's shelter on the White Earth reservation this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/dove-program-white-earth?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Increase in wind turbines concerns conservationists The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released new guidelines that aim to limit destruction of wildlife habitat when new wind farms are built. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/07/turbines-birds?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2010 14:00:00 -0500 Vigilant on the prairie, researchers log spring's earlier arrival A Fargo researcher is carefully watching for signs of spring on the Minnesota prairie. He's comparing what he sees with records going back 100 years. Based on several years of observation, it appears flowers are blooming earlier, and migrating birds are arriving sooner than in the past. Researchers think the changes are a result of a warming climate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/26/signs-of-spring-tracking?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Study finds levels of pharmaceuticals in wastewater widespread In the most comprehensive study of a variety of chemical compounds coming from municipal sewage plants, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency confirmed widespread, but low concentrations of water contamination from human medications and antibiotics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/22/wastewater-research?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 15:18:45 -0500 Some affected businesses unaware of new stormwater rules New stormwater regulations will require as many as 19,000 Minnesota businesses to monitor potential pollution on their property, but business leaders say many small businesses don't even know about the new rules. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/15/storm-water-regulations?refid=0 Thu, 15 Apr 2010 15:00:30 -0500 Somali, Ethiopian refugees in Fargo-Moorhead say killings in their home country are genocide Refugees living in the Fargo-Moorhead area are trying to draw attention to what they say is genocide happening in their home country of Ethiopia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/14/silent-cry?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 05:00:00 -0500 GOP meeting in Moorhead to pick Peterson challenger Seventh Congressional District Republicans gather in Moorhead this weekend to choose a candidate to challenge Democrat incumbent Congressman Collin Peterson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/peterson-challenger?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 15:15:24 -0500 UND to stop using Fighting Sioux nickname by August The University of North Dakota will stop using the Fighting Sioux nickname by August of next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/fighting-sioux?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 14:27:09 -0500 In tough economy, Minn. firm faces unusual problem A northern Minnesota company has an unusual problem in the current economy: It can't hire workers fast enough to keep up with growth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/digi-key?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Art meets fitness at exhibit in Fargo Art studios are often places of quiet contemplation, but in a Fargo studio recently, an art gym has artists grunting in pain and gasping for air. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/08/art-gym?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 15:10:17 -0500 Rep. Peterson wants a more efficient farm bill The U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chair said he's starting work this spring on the 2012 farm bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/06/farm-bill?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 2010 15:43:55 -0500 As Red River diversion advances, a call for floodwater retention Communities downstream of Fargo-Moorhead fear a flood diversion project will make floods worse for them. They say the only real solution, they say, is to build more dams to hold back water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/25/red-river-valley-flood-retention?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Officials look to next steps after Red crests The water is on its way down this morning on the Red River at Fargo-Moorhead, and today the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency - FEMA - will be in Fargo-Moorhead to talk with local officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/22/gunderson?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:20:14 -0500 Franken pushes for permanent flood protection Appearing in Moorhead, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., says the Red River Valley needs permanent flood protection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/21/franken-flood?refid=0 Sun, 21 Mar 2010 08:21:16 -0500 Fargo's flood fight in a word: efficient A Fargo official says this year's flood fight has been one of the most efficient ever waged by the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/20/effiecient-flood-fight?refid=0 Sat, 20 Mar 2010 09:38:11 -0500 Changes to flood maps mean more must buy flood insurance Floods in the Fargo-Moorhead area the past two years have prompted more people to buy flood insurance. But next year, thousands more homeowners will be forced to buy flood insurance when FEMA changes its floodplain maps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/19/floodinsurance-changes?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2010 16:41:06 -0500 Red River crest revised downward The projected crest of the Red River at Fargo, N.D., has dropped a half-foot, which is good news for a city braced for flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/19/floodupdate?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:51:36 -0500 Group supports Red River flood diversion on ND side A group studying permanent flood protection for the Fargo-Moorhead area is recommending a Red River diversion project on the North Dakota side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/18/redriver-diversion?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 2010 16:54:55 -0500 Moorhead mayor urges residents to 'be vigilant' Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland said the hard work of local residents and some cooperation from Mother Nature could make this year's flood seem like a non-event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/18/voxland?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 2010 10:51:01 -0500 Fargo-Moorhead puts final touches on flood prep People in Fargo-Moorhead will spend Thursday putting the finishing touches on sandbag dikes and preparing for the Red River to crest this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/18/final-touches-flood-prep-fargo-moorhead?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Fargo and Moorhead expect to hit 1.5 million sandbag goal today City officials in Fargo and Moorhead planned Wednesday to wrap up efforts to fill sandbags and deliver them to flood-prone areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/17/fargo-officials-wrap-up-sandbag-efforts?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2010 10:37:25 -0500 Red River crest pushed back to Sunday; residents ready The National Weather Service has pushed back the expected crest of the Red River in the Fargo-Moorhead area from Saturday to Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/crest-delayed?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 15:21:56 -0500 Flood preparations hit high gear The push is on today to build sandbag walls and temporary levees in several low-lying neighborhoods of Fargo and Moorhead. In some places, the work will go on around the clock until the areas are protected from the rising Red River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/floodprep?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:56:01 -0500 4 days until crest, Red River flood prep continues City officials and volunteers will work Tuesday to build sandbag walls and temporary levees in Fargo and Moorhead's low-lying neighborhoods as the cities prepare for the Red River to crest on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/flood-tuesday?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 08:09:27 -0500 Flood forecast anticipates rising Red Forecasters with the National Weather Service are predicting that the Red River in the Fargo - Moorhead area could be dangerously high by this weekend. That's quite a bit earlier than when we usually see spring flooding in that area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/15/red?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:50:10 -0500 Fargo-Moorhead flood fight moves into high gear The National Weather Service predicts Red River flood waters will crest this coming Saturday. They say the water will reach 38 feet which is about three feet lower than last year's all-time record flood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/15/flood-forecast-crest-earlier-than-expected?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:31:44 -0500 Students compete to keep snowmobiles running clean Nineteen universities will participate in a big competition next week on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The challenge for engineering students is to reduce emissions and noise, and create a more environmentally friendly snowmobile. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/12/clean-snowmobiles?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 19:52:19 -0600 Judge cancels special election on city projects vote Local residents in Fergus Falls wanted to impose a new ordinance requiring a citywide vote on major capital improvement projects, but a judge has cancelled the special election that would put the measure in place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/11/fergus-falls-flap?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 12:27:58 -0600 Pawlenty checks on flood prep progress Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty toured sandbag operations in Moorhead Wednesday morning and met with city and county officials to discuss their flood preparations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/pawlenty-floodtour?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 12:43:12 -0600 Fargo researcher pursues less toxic way to treat cancer A Fargo researcher is using nanotechnology to develop a cheaper, less toxic way to detect and treat cancer, and the concept could someday replace treatments like chemotherapy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/09/nanotech-cancer-treatment?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Flood risk slightly lower for Red, Minnesota Rivers The latest National Weather Service flood outlook calls for slightly lower risk of flooding in the Red River Valley and along the Minnesota River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/05/flood-forecast?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 08:46:08 -0600 Sandbagging starts well before flooding in Fargo-Moorhead Last year recording flooding prompted a frantic effort by thousands of volunteers to fill millions of sandbags in just a few days. This year, city officials decided to get a head start on the flood fight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/fargo-moorhead-sandbagging?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 17:42:01 -0600 Volunteers to start sandbagging in Moorhead Moorhead is calling for volunteers to help fill sandbags as the city prepares for possible spring flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/moorhead-sandbagging?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 06:31:32 -0600 Moorhead buys houses; moves them out of flood zone Some cities along the Red River are buying and moving homes out of harms' way before this spring's flood season comes. But some homeowners have been waiting months for buyouts from FEMA, and still don't know when they'll happen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/28/flood-housing?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Some townships foregoing plowing to save money For decades, county highway department plowed those roads and charged the townships an hourly fee. But last fall, when three vacancies opened in the highway department, the county saw an opportunity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/wilkin-roads?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Police seek person of interest in Moorhead fire deaths When firefighters put out an apartment complex fire early Friday morning, they found the bodies of John Cadotte, 20, of Moorhead, and Megan Londo, 25, of Naytahwaush. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/22/moorhead-fire-person-of-interest?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 17:46:20 -0600 Spring floods could hit Red River Valley, elsewhere in Minn. Officials on Friday warned residents in the Red River Valley and elsewhere in Minnesota to prepare for widespread flooding this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/19/red-river-flood-outlook?refid=0 Fri, 19 Feb 2010 13:44:57 -0600 Stimulus-funded UAV repair program coming to Minn. college Students at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls will learn how to repair unmanned aircraft as part of a new federal stimulus-backed program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/16/uav-program-northland?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2010 14:21:49 -0600 Red Bulls: Beyond Deployment More than 1,200 soldiers from Minnesota's 34th Infantry Division National Guard brigade are returning home. MPR looks at what happens after the welcome back ceremonies are over. /projects/2010/02/beyond-deployment/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 10:28:50 -0600 From war to work The next obstacle for returning troops is to survive the tough transition back to the workplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/04/from-war-to-work?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Locals have 6 options for Red River flood diversion The Army Corps of Engineers says Fargo-Moorhead officials can choose from six options for a flood diversion project. The decision they make will cost hundreds of millions of dollars and affect the community for decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/01/flood-plan?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2010 14:32:26 -0600 Growing charter school teaches with culture, language A charter school on the White Earth Indian Reservation is using traditional culture and language to get kids and parents excited about education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/27/charter-school-naytahwaush?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Officials seek long-term solutions for Red River flood control After last year's record flooding in the Red River Valley, state and local governments pledged to work together to find long-term solutions to flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/19/red-river-flood-plans?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 02:00:00 -0600 Counties get chance to revise unfunded mandates Minnesota county officials need to balance tight budgets, but some say they are frustrated by state laws that prevent them from saving money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/17/unfunded-mandates?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 N.D. governor will run for open U.S. Senate seat North Dakota Republican Gov. John Hoeven announced he will run for that state's open U.S. Senate seat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/12/hoeven-runs-for-senate?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 06:23:19 -0600 Wheaton hospital settles suit with U.S. A Minnesota hospital and physician will pay more than $840,000 to settle allegations of filing false Medicare claims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/04/hospital-fraud?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2010 17:00:42 -0600 Female coach a rare sight for boys' high school teams A Minnesota high school basketball coach is challenging gender stereotypes. Heads are turning when the Ulen-Hitterdal Spartans boys basketball team takes to the court this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/28/women-coaches?refid=0 Tue, 29 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Minn.-N.D. program prepares students for growing nanotech industry Nanotechnology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and a two-year training program in Fargo-Moorhead gives students hands-on training to prepare them for nanotech jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/27/nanotech?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Commercial use of unmanned planes a goal at UND Though the government and military already use unmanned aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration won't allow commercial use of the planes until they are proven safe, and it's a problem researchers at the University of North Dakota are trying to solve. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/15/uav-regulations?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2009 17:00:00 -0600 At UND, unmanned aircraft program takes off The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks has a new unmanned aircraft research center and this fall the school accepted students into the first unmanned aircraft systems degree program in the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/11/und-unmanned-aircraft?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2009 01:00:00 -0600 Fargo software company helping hospitals streamline services A Fargo software company is poised to take advantage of health care reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/hospital-tracking-system?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 18:53:50 -0600 Lake cabin owners take hard hit with increased property taxes Thousands of Minnesota property owners will face big property tax increases next year, and a change in state law is causing sticker shock for many. Among the hardest hit are lake cabin owners and farmers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/08/property-tax-cabins?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 New USDA rules could benefit Minn., Dakotas livestock farmers Farmers in Minnesota and the Dakotas could benefit from new USDA rules allowing them to market their livestock as natural. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/25/usda-label?refid=0 Fri, 27 Nov 2009 15:00:00 -0600 Project encourages alternative energy careers for students A cooperative project between colleges in Minnesota and North Dakota is encouraging high school students to consider alternative energy careers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/25/alternative-energy-careers?refid=0 Fri, 27 Nov 2009 12:00:00 -0600 Study finds chemicals widespread in Minn. waters Minnesota scientists say it appears endocrine-disrupting chemicals and pharmaceuticals are found in even the most pristine lakes in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/24/water-quality-testing?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 In Moorhead, school funding woes concern entire city Nine of every 10 Minnesota schools now depend on voter-approved tax increases to pay their bills. But what happens when voters reject a tax increase and schools make deep budget cuts? That's what happened in Moorhead, and budget woes for schools are affecting the entire city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/18/moorhead-referendum?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Builder hoping cordwood home design catches on A northern Minnesota school teacher will soon move into an unusual new home built of firewood logs in an effort to create affordable, energy efficient homes on the White Earth Reservation using an old construction technique. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/10/cordwood-homes?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 DNR says deer poaching on the rise in Minnesota The DNR says poaching is on the increase and poachers kill hundreds of deer illegally every year, some for money, some apparently just for fun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/04/deer-poaching?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Corroding Williams sewage treatment plant concerns town A sewage treatment plant in a small northern Minnesota town is failing and threatens to dump thousands of gallons of raw sewage into Lake of the Woods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/williams-sewage-plant?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 17:06:09 -0600 Dakotas' two largest medical providers complete merger The two largest medical providers in the Dakotas have completed a merger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/02/medical-merger-dakotas?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 16:40:00 -0600 Ring dike program will protect more than just farms More than $4 million will pay for ring dikes around farmsteads in the Red River Valley, but flood protection is only a secondary goal for the federal program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/26/ring-dike-program?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Fargo-Moorhead grapples with prospect of $1 billion flood diversion plans Many Fargo-Moorhead residents favor a diversion ditch to route part of the Red River around the two cities. The ditches could be from a quarter- to a half-mile wide and 15 to 20 miles long. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/fargo-moorhead-flood-control?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 07:17:36 -0500 Officials outline top solutions for Fargo-Moorhead flood control The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has identified several possible solutions to the chronic flooding in Fargo-Moorhead, including a diversion plan that officials said had it been in place last March, the millions of sandbags and emergency dikes would not have been needed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/flood-control-options?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 17:30:00 -0500 Flood-control projects hinge on economic impact numbers The Army Corps of Engineers has identified 14 options in Fargo-Moorhead for flood control, but there's a catch. For a plan to gain federal approval, the benefit to taxpayers must be greater than the project cost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/14/flood-projects-plan?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Critics say changes may hurt welfare fraud investigations The Minnesota Department of Human Services is expanding its welfare fraud program to more counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/07/fraud-investigation-changes?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Fargo site to be part of nationwide environmental monitoring project A new nationwide environmental monitoring network will start collecting data next year at 60 sites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/02/neon-environment?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 17:00:55 -0500 Board extends nickname deadline for Fighting Sioux The North Dakota board of higher education is offering new hope to supporters of the Fighting Sioux nickname. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/01/und-fighting-sioux-nickname-deadline-extended?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2009 15:06:00 -0500 Officials consider deadline extension for retiring 'Fighting Sioux' The North Dakota Board of Higher Education will consider extending an Oct. 1 deadline for retiring the Fighting Sioux nickname. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/25/fighting-sioux?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2009 16:18:48 -0500 Wetlands loss outpacing restoration efforts Even though Minnesota is spending millions to restore wetlands as part of the state's 50-year plan to add 2 million acres of waterfowl habitat in the state, the state is still losing more than it restores. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/24/wetlands-restoration?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Pilots flying missions in Iraq and Afghanistan - from Fargo This year, U.S. Air Force trained more unmanned aerial vehicle pilots than traditional pilots, and some of those pilots are flying missions in Iraq and Afghanistan from halfway across the world in Fargo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/14/uav-pilots-grandforks?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Engineers take a new line on road safety Engineers are turning to low-cost solutions - like improved pavement markings - to reduce fatalities on rural roads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/13/highway-safety?refid=0 Sun, 13 Sep 2009 20:57:25 -0500 Bobcat shutting down Bismarck plant, moving jobs east A leading manufacturer of skid steer loaders and other construction equipment is closing one of its North Dakota plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/02/bobcat-closing-bismarck-plant?refid=0 Wed, 02 Sep 2009 14:02:46 -0500 MSU-Moorhead student tests positive for H1N1 Officials at Minnesota State University in Moorhead say a student has tested positive for H1N1 flu. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/02/msu-moorhead-h1n1-case?refid=0 Wed, 02 Sep 2009 12:41:15 -0500 Researchers' efforts helping revive prairie chicken population Prairie Chickens nearly disappeared from the Minnesota landscape as prairie habitat became farmland, but the birds are making a comeback on the Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge near Crookston. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/01/prairie-chicken-repopulation?refid=0 Wed, 02 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Courts use different approach with drug, alcohol offenders Two Minnesota counties and the city of Fargo are trying a new alternative sentencing program for drug and alcohol offenders. The program is run by retired police officers, and the focus is on consequences and second chances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/27/alt-sentencing?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2009 14:26:54 -0500 Researchers use insects to fight invasive plants Minnesota has some new research efforts to find natural methods that will control invasive plants and insects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/21/natural-plant-killers?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 09:00:00 -0500 Potato blight found in Red River Valley Blight has been found in potato crops in the Red River Valley, raising fears of widespread damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/21/potato-blight?refid=0 Sat, 22 Aug 2009 07:00:00 -0500 Minn. ag commissioner to join Pawlenty in Brazil Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson said he will join Governor Pawlenty on a trade mission to Brazil later this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/21/hugoson-tour-pawlenty?refid=0 Sat, 22 Aug 2009 06:00:00 -0500 New study approach could improve water quality A pilot project in the Red River Valley could improve how Minnesota monitors water quality statewide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/06/watershed-data?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Wind turbine noise concerns prompt investigation Wind farms are rapidly expanding across the Midwest, and a growing number of residents who live near the wind turbines are complaining about noise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/03/wind-turbine-noise?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Farms used as real world research labs A North Dakota farmer is letting researchers try a new approach to studying the environmental impacts of agriculture by turning his entire farm into a laboratory. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/28/discovery-farms?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Fees to clear lakefront vegetation could triple Thousands of Minnesotans get permits every year to clear aquatic vegetation from their beach front property, but next year, the cost of those permits could triple. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/22/harvesting-invasives?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 07:00:00 -0500 Minn. DNR continues fight against invasive species The Minnesota DNR is stepping up enforcement efforts to slow the spread of invasive species in lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/17/invasive_species?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Top secret nuclear missile facility opens to public A once top-secret North Dakota nuclear missile launch facility opens to the public on Monday, offering a look inside what was once one of the nation's most fiercely-protected military operations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/08/oscarzero?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 New federal farm program off to slow start The federal farm program offers a new option this year that's seen as a move toward reform, but few farmers are participating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/06/acre_program?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2009 07:30:48 -0500 North Dakota power company getting $100M in federal stimulus North Dakota-based Basin Electric Power Cooperative will get $100 million in federal stimulus money to capture carbon dioxide emissions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/powercompany_stimulus?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 17:06:41 -0500 Court says drainage ditches don't count as public roads A recent court ruling in Kittson County says the banks next to drainage ditches dug through a wildlife management area cannot be declared public roads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/kittson_county_atv_trails?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 14:42:19 -0500 Fargo voters approve flood control tax Fargo voters overwhelmingly approved a half-cent sales tax Tuesday to fund flood control projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/fargo_flood_tax?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 06:27:03 -0500 Fargo to vote on tax increase for flood control Fargo voters are deciding if the city sales tax should go up to pay for flood protection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/30/fargo_flood_control_sales_tax?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 07:29:45 -0500 Roseau to begin work on $30 million flood control project The city of Roseau will break ground today for a $30 million flood diversion channel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/29/roseau_flood_control?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2009 06:20:45 -0500 New sewage treatment system could help clean Minnesota lakes A Minnesota company is testing a new sewage treatment system it says could help protect lakes and wetlands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/22/microwatertreatment?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Fish mercury levels might not be that dangerous say researchers Researchers at the University of North Dakota say there's new evidence that mercury levels in fish are not as dangerous as previously thought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/22/mercury_levels?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 17:14:59 -0500 Researchers developing disease-resistant American elms Millions of American elm trees have been killed by Dutch elm disease. Researchers are developing disease resistant varieties from a few trees that survived. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/10/newamericanelm?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Livestock auctioneers compete for world championship Some of the fastest-talking auctioneers in the world compete for title of World Champion on June 13, in Fergus Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/09/auctioneercontest?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 02:00:00 -0500 Detroit Lakes residents slow to embrace reverse 911 Detroit Lakes is among a growing number of cities using reverse 911 systems to communicate with the public during emergencies. But only about 10 percent of the city's residents have signed up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/08/reverse911?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Deadline to apply for federal flood damage assistance today Minnesota residents with flood damaged property must apply for federal assistance by 11 p.m. today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/09/flood_damage?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2009 06:16:12 -0500 Roxana Saberi gets warm reception in Fargo Journalist Roxanna Saberi is back home in Fargo about two weeks after she was released from an Iranian prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/30/saberi_returns_fargo?refid=0 Sat, 30 May 2009 15:18:27 -0500 Senator gathers flood testimony in Fargo North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan says local concensus is critical if Fargo-Moorhead is to get federal help for a flood control project. Residents on both sides of the Red River battled record flooding in March and April. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/27/floodhearing?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2009 16:21:03 -0500 Fargo-Moorhead developing permanent flood protection plan The Army Corps of Engineers is gathering public input this week on possible solutions to flooding in Fargo-Moorhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/20/fargo_moorhead_flood_prep?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2009 06:06:20 -0500 UND's Fighting Sioux nickname going away North Dakota's Board of Higher Education has voted to get rid of the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/14/fightingsioux_vote?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2009 12:42:51 -0500 Wet weather delays spring planting in the Red River Valley Spring planting is nearly finished across much of Minnesota. But in the soggy Red River Valley, many farmers are still waiting to get into the fields. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/11/wetplanting?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Sugar and corn syrup battle for tastebuds Sugar is making a comeback. In soft drinks and food, some manufacturers are replacing high fructose corn sweetener with sugar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/05/sugarvcornsyrup?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2009 02:00:00 -0500 Levees will replace homes in Fargo-Moorhead neighborhoods Many homeowners along the Red River in Fargo-Moorhead are considering selling their homes to make room for permanent levees, but the process of buying those homes might take years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/29/redriverfloodbuyouts?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2009 14:00:00 -0500 Vigil for Saberi to be held Saturday A vigil for imprisoned journalist Roxana Saberi is planned Saturday afternoon in Fargo-Moorhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/01/vigil_saberi?refid=0 Fri, 01 May 2009 17:38:56 -0500 Red River flood damage becomes more visible Water levels on the Red River continue to drop and now preliminary damage estimates are coming in from Fargo and Moorhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/23/floodinfrastructure?refid=0 Sun, 26 Apr 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Removal of temporary levees to start in Fargo-Moorhead The Army Corps of Engineers has approved the first contracts to remove temporary levees in Fargo-Moorhead. By the end of the week, contractors will start hauling away the tens of thousands of truck loads of dirt used to build the levees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/22/levee_removal?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2009 15:43:16 -0500 Pawlenty announces flood relief plan Gov. Tim Pawlenty and two local lawmakers are proposing a $17 million flood relief and recovery package for Minnesota victims of the Red River floods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/21/floodrelieffunds?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 11:24:01 -0500 Red River crests again, on the way down The Red River reached its second crest Thursday, at 34 feet and residents in some parts of the valley may be past the worst of the flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/17/red_river_drops?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2009 12:00:47 -0500 Second crest prediction goes even lower The National Weather Service says the Red River is now expected to crest on Saturday at between 35 and 36 feet in Fargo-Moorhead. That's four to five feet lower than earlier outlooks for a second crest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/15/flood_update?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2009 12:54:33 -0500 Red River's second crest forecast shows lower water levels The National Weather Service says the Red River at Fargo-Moorhead will crest slightly lower than earlier expected later this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/13/seccrestprep?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Crest estimate lower for Red River in Fargo The National Weather Service said the Red River at Fargo Moorhead will crest slightly lower than earlier expected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/13/red_river_second_crest?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2009 06:16:59 -0500 Red River's second crest forecast gives cities a break Residents and city officials in Fargo-Moorhead will slow work on additional contingency dikes because of the National Weather Service's downgraded prediction of the Red River's second crest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/08/secondcrestprep?refid=0 Wed, 08 Apr 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Fargo-Moorhead set sights on second crest Sandbagging efforts in both Fargo and Moorhead are set to continue this week in preparation for the expected second crest. Officials in both cities want to raise all the dikes up to 44 feet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/07/fargo_moorhead_secondcrest?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 14:30:25 -0500 Bills roll in for Red River flooding City and county leaders in Fargo-Moorhead have preliminary cost estimates in for the first round of flood fighting efforts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/06/floodcost?refid=0 Mon, 06 Apr 2009 15:03:39 -0500 Minn., N.D. governors call for permanent flood plan The governors of Minnesota and North Dakota met in Fargo this afternoon to call for permanent flood protection for Fargo-Moorhead. Local, state and federal officials say it's time for a comprehensive flood protection plan in the Red River valley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/03/flood_solution?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 2009 16:12:03 -0500 Sacrificing a home to save others As the Red River slowly recedes from a record flood crest, many area residents are returning to assess damage. It will take days, perhaps weeks for city officials in Fargo and Moorhead to get information on how many homes have been damaged or lost. But there are pockets in each city where neighbors will begin to tell their stories of lost basements, lost possessions and even some homes that area a total loss. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/01/flood_loss?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 16:55:48 -0500 Life returning to more normal in Fargo - Moorhead Life is returning to something closer to normal for residents in the Fargo - Moorhead region. For more than a week, they have been battling the flooding Red River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/01/flood?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 09:12:36 -0500 Residents continue to monitor dikes, pumps along Red River The Red River continues to fall steadily. That means residents along the river can take a breath, but many have still been watching pumps and checking dikes now buried under snow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/31/dikes_workers?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Winter storm complicating flood fight Another four to five inches of snow is expected to fall in the Fargo -Moorhead area today. The snow is making it difficult to get around and monitor the dikes which are holding back flood waters from the Red River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/31/flood?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 08:53:42 -0500 Storm stirs up worries along flooding Red River The next worry for those battling the flooding Red River in the Fargo - Moorhead area is a major winter storm coming their way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/30/flood?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2009 09:02:05 -0500 Fire, flood devastate town north of Fargo First the floodwaters hit. The water was so deep that more than 120 people had to be rescued by boat. Then a home caught fire and burned to the ground. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/27/red_river_flood?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 23:45:00 -0500 Fargo mayor says dikes to stay at 43 feet Officials in Fargo have just finished briefing reporters with the latest information on the flooding situation in the Fargo-Moorhead area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/27/briefing?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 11:40:55 -0500 Red River tops historic marker, undermines dike A breach in a dike along the Red River has prompted the mandatory evacuation of all homes in an area south of downtown Fargo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/27/flood_friday?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 06:40:27 -0500 Obama declares emergency, evacuations begin With evacuations ordered in parts of Fargo and Moorhead, Pres. Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration Thursday night declaring Minn. a disaster area. This comes after the National Weather Service issued a forecast that the crest for the area would reach 41 to 43 feet this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/26/flood_evacplans?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2009 14:06:25 -0500 Dikes need to go up another foot in Fargo Officials in Fargo and Moorhead are making another urgent call for volunteers to help fight the flooding Red River this morning. The urgency comes from the latest flood forecast, which has the Red rising to 41 feet on Saturday. The forecast is forcing officials to raise dikes a foot higher than planned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/26/flood?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2009 09:01:11 -0500 Volunteers face cold, snowy weather to fight flood waters What is it like to volunteer to spend 12 or 16-hour days outside sandbagging in the snow and ice? In 1997, kids and students of all ages helped to protect the cities of Fargo and Moorhead. Why do they show up? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/25/dgwedflood?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 17:45:36 -0500 Snow presents yet another issue for flood fighters It is not just flood waters that Fargo residents have to deal with - now a snowstorm is hitting the area. Three to four inches of snow are already on the ground. Despite the bad weather, sandbagging continues in Fargo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/25/flood?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 10:53:26 -0500 Protecting neighborhoods from their first Red River flood A frenzy of activity continues in Fargo-Moorhead has the communities prepared for a potentially historic flood. Waves of volunteers from around the region laid hundreds of thousands of sandbags on top of dikes just as fast as they were filled on Tuesday trying to keep thousands of homes in new neighborhoods dry from flood waters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/24/tuesdgflood?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 17:30:00 -0500 Update on the flood preparations in Fargo Thousands of sandbags will be filled and stacked again today in the Fargo-Moorhead area as residents and volunteers try to keep the rising Red River from flooding their communities. MPR's Dan Gunderson has an update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/24/flood_debrief?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 10:43:05 -0500 Flooding threat increases in Fargo-Moorhead Volunteers swarmed through Fargo-Moorhead neighborhoods to build sandbag dikes as the Red River rose quickly across backyards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/23/mondgflood?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2009 15:16:20 -0500 Flood forecast changes slightly overnight City officials in Fargo-Moorhead are describing the potential flood situation there as urgent. The Red River in the area is expected to rise higher and more quickly than previously thought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/23/flood?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2009 10:47:30 -0500 Fargo-Moorhead picks up the pace of flood preparation City officials in Fargo-Moorhead are describing the potential flood situation there as urgent. A rain storm changed flood forecasts on Sunday, and the Red river in Fargo-Moorhead is expected to rise higher and more quickly than previously thought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/22/moorhead_prepares?refid=0 Sun, 22 Mar 2009 22:02:45 -0500 NDSU Bison make the big dance for the first time North Dakota State University makes its debut in the NCAA basketball tournament against defending-champion Kansas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/18/bisonncaa?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2009 02:00:00 -0500 Midwest gallery celebrates the art of the guitar The Plains Museum in Fargo is celebrating the contributions from guitar makers in the upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/17/art_of_the_guitar?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Audio slideshow: The art of the guitar Audio slideshow: The art of the guitar /features/2009/03/17_guitars/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Forecasters project major Red River flooding The National Weather Service says there's a possibility of record flooding this spring in some Red River Valley communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/13/red_river_major_flooding_expecting?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2009 10:05:36 -0500 Budget cuts may hit rural seniors harder In just a couple of decades, nearly 30 percent of the population in some Minnesota counties will be people over 65. Local officials worry about how to reach out to a rural, sometimes isolated population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/02/fergusfallselderly?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2009 09:00:00 -0600 The state budget in your backyard: Fergus Falls We continue our look at the impact of the state's budget shortfall through the eyes of individual communities. This time, we visit Fergus Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2009/03/fergus_falls/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Rural hospital reaches tipping point Health care is one of the fastest-growing costs for Minnesota government. Gov. Tim Pawlenty says it's critical to slow the growth in healthcare spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/02/fergusfallshospital?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2009 21:00:00 -0600 City leaders ask, 'What can we stop doing?' A new budget forecast shows Minnesota with a $4.57 billion deficit, and the pain is rippling across the state to places like Otter Tail County in west central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/02/fergusfallsbudget?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2009 21:00:00 -0600 Red River flooding may hit new areas this year The National Weather Service predicts significant flooding in the Red River Valley this spring. Most communities should be safe from serious damage, but Mother Nature is complicating the flood forecasting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/27/floodoutlk?refid=0 Fri, 27 Feb 2009 15:09:09 -0600 World's fastest banjo picker calls Minnesota home The world's fastest banjo player calls Minnesota home after a long career in Europe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/11/speedybanjo?refid=0 Mon, 16 Feb 2009 13:00:00 -0600 Ice storm warnings canceled for NE Minn. The National Weather Service canceled its ice storm warnings Monday night for the Duluth area, the Iron Range, the Arrowhead and the North Shore. It said temperatures had warmed above freezing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/09/duluth_schools?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2009 23:25:51 -0600 Sleds and snow make for a high-octane spring training A few hardy souls in Twin Valley, Minn., play an annual softball game in mid-February, though there is no running around the bases -- these players are astride very powerful, very fast snowmobiles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/09/snowmobile_softball?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Tough sledding for Minnesota industries Minnesota's two major snowmobile and ATV manufacturers are cutting expenses as they react to a drop in consumer spending on recreational vehicles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/29/recvehiclereports?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2009 14:50:28 -0600 Local governments look for ways to save money Cities and counties in west central Minnesota cooperate to save money. Some say it's a model that could be expanded in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/21/buyingcoops?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2009 02:28:50 -0600 Microsoft cuts 1,400 jobs Microsoft cut 1,400 jobs yesterday, part of a planned workforce reduction of 5,000. Officials say only a few jobs were eliminated in Fargo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/23/microsoft?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2009 07:19:50 -0600 Minnesota county challenges DNR control of trails A Minnesota district court judge will decide if 100-year-old ditches were also intended to be public roads. Kittson County wants to open those ditch banks to ATV traffic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/16/atv_road_dispute?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Cities scramble to trim budgets as state cuts loom Across Minnesota, mayors and city council members are scrambling to find ways to cut their budgets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/12/cities?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 North Dakota governor lays out plan for $1.2 billion surplus North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven says his state is well positioned for economic growth despite the national recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/07/north_dakota_economic_growth?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jan 2009 07:15:08 -0600 Lawmaker seeks to curtail hunters' use of lead bullets A Minnesota lawmaker will propose legislation to restrict the use of lead bullets by hunters. Hunting groups say government regulation is an overreaction to an unproven problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/30/leadammo?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jan 2009 02:00:00 -0600 Minnesota artist finds solace in a small town A Minnesota artist who recently won the state's first walleye stamp competition, moved to a small town to seek fame and fortune. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/30/stampartist?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2008 02:46:16 -0600 Lean Health brings manufacturing efficiency to health care Concepts used to make assembly lines more efficient are now being used by some Minnesota hospitals to improve efficiency and patient care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/23/leanhealth?refid=0 Mon, 29 Dec 2008 02:19:45 -0600 U.S. snowmobile sales down, but worldwide sales growing Minnesota is home to two of the four major snowmobile manufacturers in the world. How are they weathering the economic downturn? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/19/snowmosales?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2008 02:01:38 -0600 Rep. Ellison, rights groups show support for jailed Indian workers Twenty-three men from India jailed in Fargo are getting support from human rights advocates and members of Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/17/rep_ellison_rights_groups_show_support_for_jailed_indian_workers?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2008 16:33:22 -0600 Medicare will start paying for telemedicine A new Medicare rule allows physicians to see nursing home patients over interactive video. The change could save states money money and reduce patient stress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/11/telemed?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2008 15:33:20 -0600 Thrift store aficionado Kevin Zepper While many retailers predict a gloomy holiday shopping season, for now, the tough economy is apparently bringing more shoppers to thrift stores. So Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Gunderson went shopping with Moorhead poet and thrift store aficionado Kevin Zepper, to see what treasures holiday shoppers might find. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/11/kevin_zepper?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2008 15:16:34 -0600 Glacial Ridge refuge to double in size Minnesota's newest national wildlife refuge will more than double in size thanks to a 3,500 acre donation from the Nature Conservancy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/08/glacial_ridge?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2008 08:35:09 -0600 North Dakota an economic bright spot North Dakota's economy is strong despite an international financial crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/25/ndecon?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2008 03:55:14 -0600 Minnesota school counselors struggle with huge caseloads Minnesota scores well on some education statistics, but is near the bottom of national rankings for school counselors. Experts say eliminating school counselors leads to lower test scores. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/20/mnschoolcounselor?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2008 02:59:54 -0600 Symphonic alley intended to frustrate and challenge residents North Dakota State University students are turning a Fargo, N.D. alley into a soundscape designed to challenge perceptions about those places we avoid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/20/alleyperformance?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2008 15:57:40 -0600 Wall Street mess worries wind power developers Renewable energy faces new financial challenges as a result of Wall Street woes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/13/ndwind?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Hospitals worry about bad debt Hospitals worry more medical bills will go unpaid as the economy worsens and health insurance plans shift more of the cost to patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/07/hospbills?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2008 10:30:00 -0600 Farmers say relisting wolves means losses Minnesota farmers and ranchers are angry about a recent court ruling that put the wolf back on the endangered species list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/29/wolfrelist?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2008 02:28:00 -0600 Bobcat Co. temporarily closing N.D. plants Bobcat Company is idling 2,000 North Dakota workers for six weeks starting in December. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/24/bobcat?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2008 08:17:07 -0500 Can Minnesota afford to keep all of its roads? Local governments and construction companies are worried about skyrocketing road construction costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/06/roadconstruction?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 No sharp differences in the 7th Congressional District debate The congressional campaign in Minnesota's 7th District is a low-key, low-budget affair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/06/7thdistrictelection?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2008 02:00:00 -0500 White Earth prepares criminal code to replace state law The White Earth Nation plans to enact a tribal criminal code. The intent is to eliminate state jurisdiction over tribal members on the reservation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/01/whiteearthtriballaw?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2008 14:25:38 -0500 Minnesota, 8 other states sue EPA over water releases from ships Minnesota and eight other states are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over a rule the states say allows water pollution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/02/water_lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2008 15:19:30 -0500 Country of origin labels coming to the grocery store Country of Origin Labeling will be required on fresh meat, produce and seafood on Sept. 30th, and phased in over six months. Supporters of the legislation say the labels will help consumers make more informed food choices. But others say the labels will add cost with very little benefit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/24/cool?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2008 02:42:23 -0500 Will green gas fuel the future? Wisconsin researchers are producing the next generation of biofuel. They're turning sugar water into gasoline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/22/greengas?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 14:38:33 -0500 A technological revolution on the farm Farmers are turning to high-tech solutions to save money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/15/tractortech?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2008 14:00:00 -0500 Farmers embrace genetically modified beets Farmers in the Red River Valley are starting to harvest the first crop of genetically modified sugar beets. While most farmers are happy with the Roundup Ready beets, there are some lingering concerns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/10/gmobeets?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2008 02:37:28 -0500 Republicans vie to challenge Collin Peterson On primary day, voters in Minnesota's 7th Congressional district choose a Republican candidate to challenge incumbent Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.). http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/04/7thdistrepprimary?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2008 02:21:04 -0500 A church for the ages A medieval church built by a Moorhead man is attracting tourists from near and far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/20/stavechurch?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2008 14:33:44 -0500 Perspective on the health of Minnesota lakes A longtime lake resident and water quality advocate reflects on the life of Minnesota lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/05/waterquality?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2008 14:48:21 -0500 Chasing insects in Minnesota's wild places A researcher is searching for the smallest residents of Minnesota's wildest places. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/04/bogbutterflies?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2008 02:00:00 -0500 Return of the tallgrass prairie Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge is taking shape in northwest Minnesota. The large prairie and wetland ecosystem is already attracting birds and scientists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/31/glacial_ridge_national_wildlife_refuge?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2008 02:58:54 -0500 Touring the wheat fields This week people from around the country are walking through wheat fields. The annual wheat quality tour provides a pre-harvest estimate of crop yields and that's of interest to more than just farmers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/29/wheattour?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 02:34:33 -0500 Minnesota fights advancing gypsy moth Minnesota officials are fighting a slowly advancing gypsy moth invasion and encouraging people to stop helping the troublesome insects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/22/gypsymoths?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2008 02:15:05 -0500 A Minnesota farmer checks his fields The most recent crop report shows most Minnesota crops are above average. We'll talk again with farmer Jeff Mortenson about how his fields are doing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/16/jeffmortenson?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2008 02:47:58 -0500 Mapping the future A high-tech mapping project in the Red River Valley will help manage floods and save money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/09/digitalmap?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2008 14:22:05 -0500 State will issue permits to hunt two elk herds Minnesota will issue 23 permits this year for two elk herds in the northwestern part of the state. The DNR expects hundreds of hunters to apply for the permits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/07/elk_hunt?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2008 07:37:22 -0500 Farm bill offers new option to local meat producers A provision in the new farm bill might lead to expansions for small local meat processors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/05/meat?refid=0 Sat, 05 Jul 2008 00:23:49 -0500 Sen. Obama talks to North Dakota veterans Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama highlighted veteran's issues at a campaign stop Friday in Fargo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/03/obama_fargo?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2008 12:05:23 -0500 Extending Minnesota's growing season Minnesota farmers are expanding vegetable production to respond to growing demand for locally grown produce. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/26/tunnelveggies?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2008 02:32:45 -0500 Sesquicentennial not an Indian celebration Minnesota is celebrating its 150th year as a state, but many American Indian residents are not joining the celebration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/09/redlakedesjarlait?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2008 02:51:27 -0500 Police learn best ways to handle school shootings School liason officers from a number of states are in Fargo-Moorhead this week to learn new techniques for responding to a school shooting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/10/schoolshoottraining?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2008 14:08:21 -0500 Return of wheat rust on the horizon An old nemesis is threatening wheat crops around the world. Wheat stem rust epidemics have been controlled for decades, but a new outbreak in Africa has scientists in the Midwest working overtime to breed new resistant wheat plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/23/wheatrust?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Uncertainty over conservation programs in the farm bill The new farm bill has more funding for conservation, but not everyone is happy with how that money will be spent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/23/farmbillconservation?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2008 02:27:02 -0500 UND faculty concerned about rash of swastikas A series of incidents involving swastikas and racist graffiti is prompting a strong reaction from faculty at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/22/undswastika?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2008 16:20:10 -0500 A taste of yesterday The general store is mostly a memory now, but it's still an important part of one small Minnesota town. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/14/generalstore?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2008 02:55:31 -0500 Turning sugar beets into electricity American Crystal Sugar wants to use left over sugar beet pulp to create energy. The project could save the company millions of dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/01/beetgas?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2008 01:37:39 -0500 Sugar beet farmers anxiously waiting for sunnier days Sugar beet growers in the Red River Valley are hoping soon for sunshine and warmer temperatures. Early planting is critical for the late season sugar beet crop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/03/sugarbeet?refid=0 Sat, 03 May 2008 11:35:09 -0500 Farm Bill agreement in hand A congressional conference committee will work through the weekend to finalize a $300 billion Farm Bill, but the contentious process may end up with a showdown between Congress and the President. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/02/farmbillupdate?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2008 13:23:14 -0500 Living history on a Minnesota farm Two brothers have watched nearly a century of state history from their northern Minnesota farm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/25/larsonbros?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2008 13:00:00 -0500 Appeal filed in Rodriguez death penalty case Attorneys for Alfonso Rodriguez Junior have filed their appeal of his death penalty conviction. Rodriguez was sentenced to death for the 2003 abduction and murder of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/22/rodriguezappeal?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2008 14:32:01 -0500 Lake home market cools A slumping housing market is spilling over into lake property. The red hot Minnesota lakeshore market is slowing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/14/lakepropertyslowdown?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 13:47:57 -0500 Maine educator to lead Moorhead State Univ. If the MNSCU board approves, Edna Szymanksi will replace MSUM president Roland Barden, who is retiring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/11/msum_prez?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2008 07:40:56 -0500 North Dakota oil finds a big one The oil industry is booming in North Dakota, and a new study is likely to encourage even more development. The U.S. Geological Survey says North Dakota has the largest recoverable oil formation in the lower 48 states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/10/ndoil?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2008 02:30:00 -0500 Red Lake school disappointed in governor's line-item cuts Red Lake school officials said they are disappointed that Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed funding for construction projects in their district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/08/redlake?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2008 13:48:35 -0500 Pelican Rapids teen remembered Students and local residents poured into the gym at Pelican Rapids High School to remember Jessica Weishair and pray for those injured in a weekend school bus accident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/07/service?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Clinton, Obama stir N.D. Democrats Thousands turned out in Grand Forks last night to hear Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton speak. Both candidates appeared at the North Dakota Democrat's state convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/04/nddems?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2008 23:54:53 -0500 Women at war, examining the experience The role of women in the U.S. military has changed. A North Dakota sociologist is trying to learn how being closer to the front line affects women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/25/womenwar?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Crookston hosts local food conference A conference on connecting farmers and consumers opens today in Crookston, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/29/localfood?refid=0 Sat, 29 Mar 2008 23:12:34 -0500 Farmers can save on crop insurance with GMO corn For the first time, the federal government is endorsing a specific genetically modified crop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/20/corninsurance?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2008 15:03:00 -0500 Drug testing is big business in Fargo Pharmaceutical companies are outsourcing more of their research, and a Fargo company is taking advantage of the trend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/07/pracs?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2008 04:36:18 -0500 Regional businesses call for more foreign workers The federal government limits the number of foreign workers who get work visas each year. Some regional businesses say they need more skilled immigrants to keep their companies growing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/19/workvisas?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2008 02:45:26 -0600 Border residents debate gas tax impact Now that the gas tax is going up, how will Minnesota compare with bordering states, and will the state lose business in border communities? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/26/border_gas?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2008 15:32:16 -0600 Farmers hope for record profits in 2008 Farmers are expected to earn record profits this year, but they will also spend a record amount to plant the crop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/22/farmfinances?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2008 01:55:25 -0600 New case of bovine TB could downgrade Minn.'s status Another case of bovine tuberculosis in northern Minnesota will lead to a downgrade in the state's TB status. This is the fourth infected cattle herd since last fall, and the 11th since the disease was first found in 2005. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/19/morebovinetb?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2008 14:27:31 -0600 Cashing in on global warming Thousands of farmers, and a few cities are earning money from climate change. They're trading on the carbon market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/11/carboncredits?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2008 01:37:25 -0600 Officials warn farmers to be wary of bad seeds The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is warning farmers to be wary of bad seed this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/03/badseed?refid=0 Sun, 03 Feb 2008 09:34:57 -0600 The bovine TB challenge Minnesota faces new sanctions if another case of bovine TB is found. State and federal officials are talking about ways to ease the economic impact on farmers and ranchers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/30/mnbovinetb?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2008 01:38:44 -0600 Weak dollar fuels growth in ag exports A weaker dollar is helping exports of farm equipment. North Dakota firms exported nearly $500 million in implements last year, double 2000 numbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/23/exportagimplements?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2008 01:54:42 -0600 Power line technology allows for bigger loads More efficient power lines are helping some utilities meet increased electric demand. The new lines use a composite material that allows them to carry two or three times more electricity than a traditional power line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/11/powerlines?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2008 01:51:51 -0600 Counties seek a solution to repeat drunk driving More Minnesota counties are trying a new solution to the problem of repeat drunk drivers. DWI courts use a carrot and stick approach to convince drunk drivers to change their ways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/04/dwicourt?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2008 01:55:28 -0600 The Sober Guy brings drunk drivers home Two young entrepreneurs in Fargo have started a new business to help drunk drivers get home safely. The business, called Sober Guy, is generating interest around the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/28/soberguy?refid=0 Sun, 30 Dec 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Feedlot regulation is a growing patchwork From county to county and township to township, the decisions over whether to allow new livestock feedlot operations is very different. Does this make it harder or easier to get a new facility approved? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/17/livestocklocations?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Minnesota woman is a champion beaver skinner A Detroit Lakes woman is among the best at a skill once critical to the Minnesota economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/17/championskinner?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2007 13:19:21 -0600 Probation officers 'build a better mousetrap' Probation officers frustrated by a complicated state computer system created their own search engine for criminal records. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/13/crimnetupdate?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2007 02:00:00 -0600 Reservation homelessness survey first in the nation The first comprehensive study of homelessness on Minnesota's Indian reservations shows that hundreds of people are homeless or living in overcrowded housing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/10/reservationhomelesssurvey?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2007 13:30:50 -0600 Farmland is now the hot real estate deal Farmland prices are rising rapidly. The trend reminds some of the bubble that burst back in the 1980s, setting up many farm foreclosures. Others see nothing but dollar signs on the horizon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/28/landprices?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2007 01:07:23 -0600 Free trade pressures the sugar industry A trade deal that takes effect in January could challenge the U.S. sugar industry. Efforts to help the industry are stalled in Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/20/farmbillsugar?refid=0 Thu, 22 Nov 2007 01:18:25 -0600 Tribes to decide fate of Fighting Sioux nickname North Dakota Indian tribes will decide the fate of the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux nickname. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/26/fightingsioux?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2007 13:00:39 -0500 Pesticides touch more than crops Environmental groups say pesticide drift needs more regulation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/12/pesticidedrift?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2007 03:50:48 -0500 Rural residents protest ethanol expansions Rural community groups are opposing ethanol plants at the same the industry faces an economic downturn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/12/ethanolprotestors?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2007 01:54:47 -0500 White Earth Nation welcomes adoptees home Across the nation, thousands of American Indian children were adopted into non-Indian homes. The White Earth Nation is making a special effort to reconnect those adoptees with their birth families and culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/24/indianadoptees?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2007 01:08:02 -0500 Not all favor restoring Clean Water Act Clean water legislation sponsored by 8th District U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar is stirring opposition from county officials and property rights groups. At the first of four public hearings, there were angry county commissioners from about a half-dozen counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/24/cleanwaterexpansion?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2007 13:51:29 -0500 Minnesota photographer captures the prairie Many people dismiss the North Dakota plains as an uninspiring landscape. A Moorhead photographer, Wayne Gudmundson, uses words like comfortable and intimidating to describe the prairie. Gudmundson has spent 35 years photographing the prairie and a retrospective of his work opens this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/24/waynegudmundson?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2007 13:00:39 -0500 Eyes on the border Federal law enforcement activity is increasing on the border between the U.S. and Canada. For decades, a small contingent of Border Patrol agents was assigned there. New high-tech air support is changing that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/14/bordersecurity?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2007 01:42:20 -0500 New markets for small meatpackers A proposal in the U.S. Farm Bill eases restrictions on small, state-inspected meatpackers. The change would mean new markets for small processors, but some consumer groups say it's a bad idea. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/16/meatinspector?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2007 01:04:36 -0500 Heavy trucks strain roads and bridges It's likely that many factors played a role in the collapse of the I-35W bridge. One of those factors is the weight of the many trucks that travel the nation's interstate system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/10/bridgetruckweight?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2007 13:27:48 -0500 Two survivors were on their way to a soccer game Dozens of people survived the I-35W bridge collapse. Some were seriously injured, others escaped with minor injuries. But all are experiencing the emotions that come after surviving a brush with death. Experts say understanding those emotions will take time and patience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/06/kellykim?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2007 17:42:37 -0500 Turbocharged plants A Minnesota researcher is the first to successfully clone a gene that regulates plant growth. It's a small piece of a big puzzle, but the finding has the potential to increase food production and grow plants genetically engineered for ethanol production. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/26/enzyme?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2007 02:00:44 -0500 Music in a war zone A Fergus Falls couple is sending hundreds of musical instruments to soldiers deployed in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/19/happynote?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2007 02:00:00 -0500 Northfield police chief takes leave after heroin flap The Northfield police chief is taking a temporary leave of absence. The chief has been in the spotlight recently over comments he made about heroin use in Northfield. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/17/northfieldchief?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2007 15:51:28 -0500 Electricity from waste Researchers in Grand Forks say they've developed a new process for turning waste to energy. A pilot project at a Grand Forks business is making electricity from wood scraps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/12/biopower?refid=0 Sun, 15 Jul 2007 15:00:23 -0500 Walking the Pembina Trail A Minnesota man plans to mark the state's 150th birthday by walking 400 miles with an ox and cart. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/05/pembinaoxcarttrail?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jul 2007 13:05:59 -0500 Brewing fuel down on the farm Some northern Minnesota farmers hope to significantly reduce their need for imported fuel. The farmers are working with the University of Minnesota to use the canola seed they harvest to make fuel to run their tractors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/22/brewingbiodiesel?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jun 2007 14:00:05 -0500 Camp Noah helps kids adjust Minnesota National Guard soldiers returning from Iraq are coming back to families that have changed in the past two years. A series of summer camps around the state are helping the children of soldiers prepare for the reality of life after the homecoming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/22/campnoah?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2007 01:00:00 -0500 Music of the Viking age A Danish band named Krauka blends ancient and contemporary music to bring the Viking sagas to life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/19/vikingband?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Laws based more on myth than fact Across the country, state lawmakers are getting tough on sex offenders. Researchers say too often, lawmakers depend on myth, not fact, when they pass new restrictions on sex offenders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/11/sexoffender2?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2007 05:00:00 -0500 Sex offender laws have unintended consequences Lawmakers react when sex crimes make the news. But do those laws aimed at cracking down on sex offenders improve public safety, or create a false sense of security? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/11/sexoffender1?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2007 05:00:00 -0500 A better approach to sex offender policy Across the country, state lawmakers are getting tough on sex offenders. Is it the best way to improve public safety? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/11/sexoffender3?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2007 05:00:00 -0500 High water in Fargo Crews in Fargo are building a temporary levee downtown against rising waters. They're also watching the next storm system moving in with the promise of more rain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/05/flood?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2007 08:55:21 -0500 Wahpeton soldier killed in Iraq A soldier from eastern North Dakota died Tuesday in Iraq. David Kuehl, 27, attended high school in Wahpeton before joining the Army. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/23/wahpetonsoldier?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2007 14:24:39 -0500 Microsoft to expand in Fargo Microsoft Corp. says it's expanding its facilities in Fargo, with the potential for nearly 600 new jobs in the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/22/microsoftfargo?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2007 11:04:32 -0500 Army soldier from Hawley dies in Baghdad A soldier from Hawley, Minnesota has been killed in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/22/hawleysoldier?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2007 10:00:00 -0500 An adventurous opera The composer of a new American opera about Lewis and Clark says it's an historical story that still resonates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/14/lewsclarkopera?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2007 13:00:00 -0500 Minnesota State University Moorhead bans tobacco Minnesota State University at Moorhead announced it was banning smoking, tobacco use and tobacco sales on campus, making it among the first universities in the country to do so. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/10/moorheadsmoking?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2007 09:43:52 -0500 Well-known poet marks a milestone Countless aspiring writers have been encouraged by Mark Vinz. The Minnesota State University Moorhead professor is retiring after 40 years but he'll continue his 40-year love affair with writing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/24/vinzretires?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2007 01:00:00 -0500 Keeping the faith a decade later Residents of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks commemorate the 1997 Red River flood with a four-day series of events, including a reprise of a dramatic student production called "Keep the Faith." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/18/keepthefaith?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2007 01:00:00 -0500 Some losses from the Red River flood immeasurable Thousands of people added up the losses and rebuilt after the Red River Valley flood in 1997. For a few, the losses are immeasurable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/09/flooddeaths?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2007 05:00:00 -0500 A quiet spring in the Red River Valley Lives in the Red River Valley have been rebuilt since the 1997 flood, but the memories linger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/09/floodmemories?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2007 01:00:00 -0500 People of the flood In 1997, Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Gunderson spent several weeks covering the Red River flooding. He prepared this audio montage of the people who fought it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/13/voxpop?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2007 12:51:10 -0500 Moorhead finds WiFi a challenge Wireless Internet systems are being built by a growing number of cities. Plug in an antenna and you're online. But city officials and customers are finding WiFi is not as easy as it sounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/26/moorheadwifi?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2007 01:00:00 -0500 Moorhead orchestra students rock Moorhead orchestra students learn to rock and roll. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/15/woodviolinist?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Cleanup begins in flooded town Residents of Browns Valley are beginning to clean up after sections of their town flooded Tuesday night. The town sits on the Minnesota side of the border with South Dakota. Ice jams apparently caused the Little Minnesota River to burst its banks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/14/flooding?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2007 21:00:00 -0500 How long are Minnesota children waiting? Minnesota's court system cannot provide accurate data on whether judges are moving foster care children into permanent homes according to state timelines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/14/permanencylaw?refid=0 Mon, 19 Feb 2007 13:00:00 -0600 Bringing jobs from India to the prairie A native of India has moved his business to North Dakota, and says he can bring high-tech jobs from India to Fargo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/12/importingjobs?refid=0 Thu, 15 Feb 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Judge sentences Alfonso Rodriguez, Jr. to death A federal judge in Fargo fought back tears as he imposed the death sentence Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., who was convicted last fall for abducting and killing college student Dru Sjodin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/08/rodriguezsentence?refid=0 Thu, 08 Feb 2007 09:00:00 -0600 A challenge of DNR authority A northwestern Minnesota road dispute could change wildlife management areas across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/11/kittsonatv?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jan 2007 13:00:00 -0600 Music from the heart A folk singing duo from rural Minnesota finds fulfillment if not riches in music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/11/granarygirls?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jan 2007 13:00:00 -0600 North Dakota challenges federal ban on hemp North Dakota is licensing farmers to grow hemp, setting up a clash with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Hemp is grown for it's fibers and oil in much of the world, but the DEA classifies the plant as an illegal drug. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/27/ndhemp?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jan 2007 01:00:00 -0600 Criminal justice information sharing raises questions Information in the criminal justice system changes lives. Minnesota officials are building a system to share more of that information. Privacy advocates say the state needs to do more to ensure that data is accurate and secure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/11/crimnet2?refid=0 Thu, 28 Dec 2006 15:00:08 -0600 Nearly $200 million, 10 years and CriMNet is incomplete Despite a decade of work, Minnesota has not completed a statewide criminal justice information sharing network. Some say the failure compromises public safety and trust in the judicial system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/11/crimnet1?refid=0 Wed, 27 Dec 2006 15:00:23 -0600 CriMNet: A timeline A data-sharing system called CriMNet has been in the works in Minnesota for the past decade. Its goal is to give judges and police across the state instant access to the most up to date information on criminals. But the system is still far from complete. Here is an outline of development of the project. /features/2006/12/27_crimnet_timeline/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Dec 2006 11:58:03 -0600 The problem with suspense files The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension maintains criminal history files. When information from the court system can't be matched to a criminal history record, the file goes into "suspense." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/27/crimnetsuspense?refid=0 Wed, 27 Dec 2006 10:11:22 -0600 The alphabet soup of CriMNet The many programs and systems in place for tracking criminals in Minnesota are known by various acronyms. Here's a list of the most common. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/27/crimnetacronyms?refid=0 Wed, 27 Dec 2006 10:01:59 -0600 A lifetime of art remembered Concordia College in Moorhead is paying tribute to the man who inspired thousands with his art. David Hetland died earlier this year after decades of creating iconic artwork for the well- known annual Concordia Christmas concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/concordiamurals?refid=0 Fri, 01 Dec 2006 12:00:00 -0600 North Dakota officials fight NCAA over UND mascot North Dakota officials went to court Thursday over the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname. They're seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the NCAA from banning the nickname's use in post-season play and imposing other sanctions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/09/undncaalawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 09 Nov 2006 10:00:00 -0600 Minnesota reports a good duck crop After two years of declining duck population, Minnesota officials are reporting a good crop of ducks this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/15/duckresearch?refid=0 Thu, 21 Sep 2006 00:00:01 -0500 Northern Minnesota elk herd flourishing Wild elk once roamed across two-thirds of the Minnesota landscape. Now elk are moving back into the state from Canada. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/15/wildelk?refid=0 Tue, 19 Sep 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Coal is back; so are concerns over pollution Utilities are embracing coal as a plentiful, relatively cheap source of energy. But environmentalists say coal-fired power plants remain a major source of air pollution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/30/energycoal?refid=0 Tue, 19 Sep 2006 05:00:00 -0500 National Guardsman from western Minnesota killed in Iraq A National Guard member from northwestern Minnesota has been killed in Iraq. Staff Sgt. Joshua Robert Hanson, 27, of Dent, Minnesota, died Wednesday when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/01/hansonobit?refid=0 Fri, 01 Sep 2006 14:05:30 -0500 North Dakota oil patch is booming Rising oil prices are bringing new exploration, and hundreds of millions of dollars to North Dakota oil fields. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/18/ndoil?refid=0 Mon, 28 Aug 2006 14:00:00 -0500 Research suggests link between pesticides and brain disease Researchers at the University of North Dakota say preliminary research shows a link between pesticide exposure and neurological diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Researchers say they've also identified a surprisingly efficient way pesticides may get into the human body. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/27/pesticidestudy?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jul 2006 06:00:00 -0500 Tribal opposition delays ATV trail plan The state wants to build a showcase ATV trail in Becker county. But the trail would cross the White Earth Indian Reservation, and tribal officials oppose the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/26/beckercoatv?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jul 2006 14:00:00 -0500 Tribes say government trying to restrict gaming The federal agency that regulates Indian gaming is proposing rule changes to restrict so-called video bingo machines. Tribes say it's a response to pressure from states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/26/bingorules?refid=0 Sun, 16 Jul 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Detroit Lakes area soldier killed in Iraq A Detroit Lakes area soldier was killed in Iraq when a roadside bomb went off near the Humvee he was driving, relatives said Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/10/soldierkilled?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jul 2006 07:29:50 -0500 Rain needed across much of the region Drought has settled in across parts of the Dakotas, and dry conditions threaten Minnesota crops. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/05/dryweather?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jul 2006 17:25:00 -0500 Tougher lakeshore regulations are optional The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering an alternative set of rules for lakeshore development. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/14/shorelineregs?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jun 2006 04:00:00 -0500 Forum Communications to buy Duluth and Grand Forks papers Fargo based Forum Communications Company will buy the Grand Forks Herald, a North Dakota rival, and the Duluth News Tribune in Minnesota. The company owns nearly 30 newspapers in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/07/paperssold?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jun 2006 18:58:50 -0500 Helping the woodcock Woodcocks are one of the smallest gamebirds in Minnesota. Their numbers have been shrinking for nearly 40 years. A federal plan should be in place this fall to begin trying to reverse that population decline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/25/woodcocks?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jun 2006 04:00:00 -0500 A quiet standoff at Fargo soldier's funeral Hundreds of people gathered Friday in Fargo to bury a local man killed last week in Iraq. As the crowd gathered to remember 21-year-old Michael Hermanson, a handful of protesters waved anti-gay, anti- military signs outside the church. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/02/fargofuneral?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jun 2006 15:13:34 -0500 Flood control project lawsuit settled A mediated agreement ends a four-year legal dispute over a flood control and wildlife habitat project in northwest Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/11/agassizagreement?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jun 2006 15:00:00 -0500 The language challenge As many as a dozen languages are spoken in Pelican Rapids. That can make basic communication a challenge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/25/pelicanrpdslanguages?refid=0 Tue, 30 May 2006 14:00:00 -0500 Singing for tolerance Music is fostering cultural understanding for high school students in Thief River Falls, and they're sharing their message with the community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/11/multiculturalchoir?refid=0 Fri, 19 May 2006 00:00:01 -0500 Is welfare to work working? For the past decade or so, Minnesota has been focused on getting people off welfare and back to work. Experts say the idea worked well initially, but subsequent budget cuts are now forcing people back on public assistance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/28/claycounty10yearlater?refid=0 Thu, 04 May 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Prairie chickens booming again The Minnesota prairie chicken population is growing, and Minnesota chickens are helping restore populations in other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/18/prairiechickencomeback?refid=0 Tue, 25 Apr 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Educators say some Indian children being left behind American Indian educators say high rates of truancy and culturally biased tests make it difficult to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/13/nclbwhiteearth?refid=0 Mon, 17 Apr 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Living on the wrong side of the levee A few Fargo residents enjoy living near the Red River enough to stay, despite being on the wrong side of a levee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/07/wetside?refid=0 Mon, 10 Apr 2006 04:00:00 -0500 Governors tour flooded Red River Valley Flood preparations are finished in Fargo-Moorhead, and people are waiting for the river to crest in the next day. The governors of Minnesota and North Dakota toured the area Tuesday, saying the flood fight appears to be well in hand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/04/floodupdate?refid=0 Tue, 04 Apr 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Red River flood fight moves north Hundreds of volunteers were sandbagging in Fargo-Moorhead Monday as the Red River continues to rise. In Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, officials say they are well prepared for a river crest expected this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/03/floodupdate?refid=0 Mon, 03 Apr 2006 15:10:44 -0500 Rising land prices hamper conservation efforts Land prices are rising across Minnesota, and that's making it more difficult to convince landowners to enroll in conservation programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/28/farmlandprices?refid=0 Thu, 30 Mar 2006 00:00:01 -0600 Growing Up Indian American Indian children are at the bottom of nearly every national indicator of well being -- suicide rates, dropout rates, poverty rates, death rates. Alcohol and drugs have ripped apart Native families. Often, the kids suffer most. /projects/2006/03/growing_up_indian/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2006 14:38:48 -0600 Recovery for a community There are lots of efforts to fix the problems in Indian Country. Often the most effective ones are driven by the work of a few individuals passionate about making a better future. For many, the answers include a return to culture and tradition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/15/indiankidswellbriety?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2006 14:00:00 -0600 Bryce Hanks: Dreaming big A young White Earth man has big dreams for himself. He wants to prove that there's more to White Earth than dropping out and drinking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/15/indiankidsbryce?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2006 14:00:00 -0600 Brandon Humphrey: Killed Brandon Humphrey was looking forward to his 18th birthday. His family threw a party for him, but he wasn't there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/15/indiankidsbrandon?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2006 14:00:00 -0600 David Eischens: Imprisoned David Eischens has spent most of his young life in jail or prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/15/indiankidseischens?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2006 14:00:00 -0600 Moon Roberts: Suicide A young man who seemed destined to be a leader is overwhelmed by the needs of his people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/15/indiankidsmoonroberts?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2006 14:00:00 -0600 Michael Littlewolf: Killed After years of crime and gang activity, Michael Littlewolf decided to straighten up. That decision cost him his life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/15/indiankidslittlewolf?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2006 14:00:00 -0600 The deep roots of social breakdown Alcohol abuse, violence and broken families are not a new problem on Indian reservations. Many people point to the government boarding school era as a time when the social fabric of Indian communities was ripped apart. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/14/whathappened?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2006 14:00:00 -0600 Corrections officials critical of expanded sex offender monitoring Some Minnesota lawmakers want to significantly expand electronic monitoring of sex offenders. Employees in the state Department of Corrections say that might be a waste of money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/16/gpstracking?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2006 14:00:00 -0600 American Indian parents want school district investigated A group of American Indian parents is calling for an investigation of the Waubun, Minnesota school district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/14/waubunlawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2006 13:04:03 -0600 Farmers try to balance higher energy costs Farmers are trying to find ways to turn a profit in the face of sharply higher fuel and fertilizer costs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/31_gundersond_farmcosts/?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2006 16:27:00 -0600 Louis Jourdain sentenced for threatening messages involving Red Lake gunman Louis Jourdain, 17, the only person to be charged in connection with the school shootings at Red Lake last March was sentenced behind closed doors Friday on a lesser charge of sending threatening messages. The details of the sentence were not disclosed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/13_gundersond_jourdainsentence/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2006 10:41:00 -0600 Genetic research finds success in Fargo A small Fargo company sees bright future for genetic medicine. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/30_gundersond_aldevron/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Dec 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Local food touted as healthy alternative Some people in northern Minnesota are making sure they know where their food comes from. They're eating only the food they can find that's grown within 250 miles of where they live. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/20_gundersond_eatlocal/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2005 13:10:00 -0600 More of Minnesota's lakes and rivers are on &quot;impaired&quot; list The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Monday released its updated list of polluted rivers and lakes. Nearly 400 water bodies are added to the &quot;impaired&quot; list because they don't meet clean water standards. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/19_gundersond_impaired/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2005 16:44:00 -0600 Ice storm pushed electric grid to its limit An Xcel energy official says the region narrowly avoided a blackout during the recent ice storm. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/29_gundersond_miso/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2005 16:50:00 -0600 Crow Wing County might restrict ATV use Crow Wing County may make some road ditches off limits to all terrain vehicles. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/11_gundersond_atvditches/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Minnesota's waters becoming more polluted Minnesota is falling behind in its efforts to test and clean up lakes and rivers. Most say it's a matter of money -- there's not nearly enough funding to address all the polluted waters in the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/10_gundersond_impairedscience/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2005 12:00:00 -0500 Mercury contamination presents different problems Nearly two-thirds of the waters deemed impaired in Minnesota have unacceptable levels of mercury contamination. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/10_gundersond_impairedmercury/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2005 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota trying to contain bovine tuberculosis outbreak The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is working to contain the state's first bovine tuberculosis outbreak since 1971. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/28_gundersond_bovinetb/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2005 17:05:00 -0500 Minnesota visual artist inspires orchestral composer The colorful drawings of a Native American artist have inspired a new composition for the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/21_gundersond_cultures/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Minnesota schools encouraged to clean up classroom air Minnesota public health officials say students and teachers benefit from clean air in classrooms. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/21_gundersond_schoolair/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Study looks for pesticide exposure and brain development Researchers at the University of North Dakota want to know if pesticide exposure affects children's brains. The scientists say it's the first study to look for a possible link between pesticides and children's brain development. Half of the kids in the study live on farms, the other half do not. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/12_gundersond_undpesticide/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2005 00:01:00 -0500 MPCA increases air monitoring The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says increased air monitoring should help forecast air quality. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/28_gundersond_airquality/?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Solar cars race across North America The North American Solar Challenge is a competition among 20 solar powered cars designed by college students. The solar car race is held every two years. This year racers travel along a 2,600 mile route from Texas to Calgary Alberta. At a Fargo, ND checkpoint a car built by University of Minnesota students led the race. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/21_gundersond_solarcar/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2005 14:42:00 -0500 In their own words A new museum will feature the stories of veterans in their own words. The project, planned for Perham, will collect oral histories from people all around Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/30_gundersond_vetsmuseum/?refid=0 Sun, 17 Jul 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Flooded fields cause crop disaster Persistent heavy rain is causing widespread crop damage in northwest Minnesota. A report will go to Gov. Pawlenty next week in preparation for seeking a federal disaster declaration. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/15_gundersond_floodedfields/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2005 14:59:00 -0500 Volunteers monitor Minnesota water quality Volunteers have been monitoring Minnesota lakes for more than 30 years. Nearly 1,000 volunteers now monitor water quality in almost 900 lakes across the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/30_gundersond_volmonitors/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2005 11:01:00 -0500 Drop in loon reproduction may signal greater problems Loon population data collected by volunteers is prompting further research into the health of the Minnesota state bird. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/30_gundersond_looncount/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2005 07:00:00 -0500 Sex offenders find anonymity in Minnesota state law Thousands of sex offenders in Minnesota must remain anonymous under state law. That means even if law enforcement considers them a danger to the public, they can't tell people when one of these offenders moves into a neighborhood. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/30_gundersond_sexoffenders/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Thousands turn out in bid to keep Grand Forks air base open Officials from North Dakota and Minnesota made the case Thursday for saving military operations in Grand Forks and Fargo. Members of the Base Realignment and Closure Committee were in Grand Forks were they took testimony in front of a flag-waving crowd. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/23_gundersond_bracnd/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2005 13:41:00 -0500 Rain swamps farm fields Excessive rainfall is damaging crops across Minnesota. Some top state agriculture officials plan to tour west central and northwest Minnesota to survey the damage. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/24_gundersond_wetfields/?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2005 13:34:00 -0500 Indian tribes 'losing kids every day' to suicide A growing number of American Indian teens see suicide as a solution. The story of one Red Lake Nation teen reflects reality for many in Indian Country. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/10_gundersond_indiansuicide/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Massive feedlot proposed for western Minnesota Plans for what may be the largest feedlot in Minnesota are causing a rift among neighbors in Traverse County, on the state's western border. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/26_gundersond_traversefeedlot/?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2005 14:00:00 -0500 Indian teen suicide: 'A tragedy of enormous proportions' American Indian teens in the Upper Midwest are 10 times more likely than other teenagers to commit suicide. U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., held a hearing in Bismarck, North Dakota Monday to draw attention to what he calls &quot;a tragedy of enormous proportions.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/02_gundersond_suicidehearing/?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2005 10:00:00 -0500 North Dakota soldiers repay a debt to Iraqi family North Dakota National Guard soldiers are raising money to bring an Iraqi family to Fargo. The guard members say they're repaying a debt to an Iraqi man who was killed because he helped them. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/29_gundersond_iraqifamily/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2005 15:29:00 -0500 Senate questions oversight of Indian gambling The U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee wonders if there's enough oversight of the Indian gambling industry. Senators held a hearing on the issue Wednesday, and invited Minnesota's U.S. attorney to testify. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/27_gundersond_indianaffairs/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2005 16:24:00 -0500 Red Lake tragedy may help bridge racial divide In the days following the shootings on the Red Lake Indian reservation, officials from surrounding communities expressed condolences and offered assistance. The relationship between Red Lake and those communities, like Bemidji, has sometimes been tense. Now, some say the tragedy at Red Lake might be an opportunity to bridge the racial divide. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/15_gundersond_redlakeracial/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2005 15:41:00 -0500 Red Lake High School to reopen Monday The Red Lake school board voted Wednesday to bring students back to school on Monday. It will be three weeks since Jeff Weise, 16, killed five students, a teacher and a security guard at the high school. School officials say many kids are ready to get back to school, but others are too frightened to return. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/06_gundersond_schoolreopens/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2005 16:14:00 -0500 Tribal elders protective of Red Lake culture Over the next few days the Red Lake Nation will bury 10 of its people. The most private grieving will be in the traditional village of Ponemah, which lost three teenagers in the shooting. Tribal elders talk about their culture and their mistrust of outsiders. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/25_gundersond_redlakeelders/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2005 16:56:00 -0600 Red Lake chairman reflects on shooting and its impact Red Lake Tribal Chairman Buck Jourdain spoke at length for the first time Thursday night about the shootings on the reservation. He reflected on how the tragedy has affected Red Lake, and how it may change the community in the future. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/25_gundersond_jourdain/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2005 10:12:00 -0600 Who was Jeff Weise? People on the Red Lake Indian reservation are trying to understand what made 16-year-old Jeff Weise go on a bloody shooting rampage. That question may never be answered, but a picture of a troubled young man is emerging. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/22_ap_redlakesuspect/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2005 17:12:00 -0600 Red Lake stunned by shooting, and spotlight Residents of the Red Lake reservation in northwestern Minnesota are struggling to understand a shooting that left 10 people dead and seven injured. The FBI and tribal officials answered questions about the shooting in detail Tuesday in Red Lake. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/22_rehab_redlakereax/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2005 16:19:00 -0600 Minnesota jails bursting at the seams Minnesota counties must spend millions to add new jail space. At least 36 Minnesota counties are planning new or remodeled jails and county officials expect the demand for jail cells to continue. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/07_gundersond_crowdedjails/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2005 12:00:00 -0600 Photo exhibit captures immigrant stories A Fargo artist captures images and stories of immigrants and refugees. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/18_gundersond_immigrantphotos/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2005 00:01:00 -0600 The dying moose herd in northwestern Minnesota A researcher says the moose population in northwestern Minnesota may not survive. The results of a five-year study of Minnesota moose mortality, show conclusions that are not encouraging for wildlife managers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/09_gundersond_moosedying/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Fargo police say sobriety checkpoints are effective Fargo police say sobriety checkpoints are an effective tool against drunk drivers. Such checkpoints are legal in North Dakota, but banned in Minnesota and nine other states. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/31_gundersond_checkpoint/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Feb 2005 13:39:00 -0600 Opera takes on bullies You might think melodrama, angst and tragedy of operatic proportions are part of being a teenage girl. An opera opening Thursday in Fargo focuses on the emotional pain of girls who are ostracized and bullied. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/31_gundersond_3kidopera/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2005 01:00:00 -0600 Kinetic art a hot commodity A Fergus Falls artist sells his work as fast as he can create it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/24_gundersond_kineticart/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2004 14:00:00 -0600 Faith for felons Five to seven of every 10 prisoners released will be back. A new faith-based program in Fergus Falls is trying to slow the revolving door. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/08_gundersond_matthewhouse/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2004 15:03:00 -0600 Life after war Thousands of National Guard troops from around the region left jobs and families to serve in Iraq. These citizen soldiers return to a hero's welcome, but often find resuming a &quot;normal life&quot; isn't easy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/10_gundersond_soldierfamily/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2004 00:01:00 -0600 New space energizes NDSU art students North Dakota State University in Fargo isn't well known for its visual arts program. NDSU has built a reputation around agriculture and engineering. But that may be changing. The visual arts program just moved into a new downtown Fargo facility that's creating a buzz. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/19_gundersond_ndsuart/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Nov 2004 12:01:00 -0600 Reflections on morality Since the election earlier this month, much has been said about moral values. Many people say their beliefs don't just play an important role in their life, but also in how they vote. Conservative Christians voted in large numbers, helping to re-elect President Bush. We begin a series of conversations with parishoners from around the region, who say their moral values are a critical part of their political decisions. The first conversation took place at Triumph Lutheran Brethren Church in Moorhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/11/17_gundersond_morality1?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2004 16:00:00 -0600 Classic party issues define race for Minnesota House 2A seat Republicans hope to unseat a first term DFLer in western Minnesota's House district 2A. The incumbent says rural Minnesota needs his outspoken voice in the Legislature. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/18_gundersond_legprofile/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Convincing Latinos their vote counts With a tight presidential election expected this year and Minnesota being a swing state, many groups are trying to register new minority voters. Surveys by the U.S. Census Bureau show 30 percent of Hispanics living in Minnesota are registered voters. By comparison, nearly 80 percent of white residents are registered. Moorhead is one place where there's an effort to get Latino residents to the polls. Some are eager to participate, but others have very practical reasons for not registering to vote. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/20_gundersond_latinovote/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Oct 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Minnesota governor opens push for stricter ethanol requirement Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Monday announced a goal of doubling the ethanol in every gallon of Minnesota gasoline by 2010. The ethanol industry praised the goal, but automakers reacted skeptically. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/27_gundersond_ethanol/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Sep 2004 16:49:00 -0500 Republicans face uphill battle in the 7th In Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, Republicans face an uphill struggle as they try to unseat incumbent Collin Peterson. Peterson is seeking his 8th term in the U.S. House. His challenger is David Sturrock, a Southwest State University political science professor from Marshall. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/14_gundersond_7dist/?refid=0 Sun, 19 Sep 2004 16:23:00 -0500 Hunters eager for new dove season Minnesota's first mourning dove hunt in nearly 60 years starts Sept. 1. Lawmakers reinstated the hunt in response to years of lobbying by hunters. Many people know the mourning dove by its plaintive call in the early morning or near sunset. But it's also the most popular game bird in the United States, and Minnesota hunters are excited about the chance to shoot doves. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/01_gundersond_dovehunt/?refid=0 Tue, 31 Aug 2004 18:00:00 -0500 Making music with farm machines Musicians have often tried to coax melody from unlikely sources. Now in New York Mills things are going to an entirely new level. This summer, an artist from New York City is finding a connection between music boxes and abandoned farm equipment. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/06_gundersond_ichop/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2004 15:25:00 -0500 North Dakotans to vote on gay marriage ban North Dakotans will vote in November on a constitutional amendment to define a marriage as one man and one woman. It's expected the issue will bring large numbers of conservative voters to the polls. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/03_gundersond_ndmarriage/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2004 13:55:00 -0500 Rare fossil found in North Dakota valley In a dry riverbed in eastern North Dakota, people on their hands and knees carefully uncover rare bones. This river valley was gouged from the earth 10,000 years ago by water from melting glaciers. In the bed of an ancient ocean, scientists found a giant sea turtle. The discovery is from a time and place far removed from the North Dakota wheat fields. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/22_gundersond_turtledig/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jul 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Fergus Falls tries to save a landmark The city of Fergus Falls is trying to save a well known local landmark. When it was built in the 1890s, the Fergus Falls state hospital was considered a model of mental health treatment. Most of the residents are gone now, and the state has declared the site surplus property. If no developers are interested in the sprawling complex, the historic site might fall under the wrecking ball. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/30_gundersond_ffrtc/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jul 2004 05:00:00 -0500 Lakeshore development: How much is too much? Some Ottertail County residents say a proposed new community on Dead Lake will cause serious environmental damage. The developer says he's playing by the rules and the project should go ahead. The Minnesota Supreme Court might have the final say. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/28_gundersond_deadlake/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jun 2004 11:24:00 -0500 Bloomsday in Dublin (and Moorhead) Celebrations mark the centenary of Bloomsday, the fictitious day captured by James Joyce in the novel &quot;Ulysses.&quot; Some call it the finest work of the 20th century. Others see it as an indecipherable tome. This year, Bloomsday is being celebrated from Dublin to Moorhead. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/16_gundersond_bloomsday/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2004 00:42:00 -0500 Meth addicts try to educate students Schools face tight budgets and a crush of issues that demand their time and attention. Some law enforcement officials say schools need to make methamphetamine awareness and prevention a priority. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/14_gundersond_methsidebar/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2004 04:00:00 -0500 Meth makes its way into Minnesota schools Some Minnesota high school students say it's easier to get meth than alcohol. There are no hard numbers, but reports from around the state indicate more kids are using methamphetamine. Experts say most schools aren't doing enough to prevent the spread of meth. There's no state drug prevention funding for Minnesota schools. Nearly 4,000 schools share $6 million in federal funding that also must fund violence prevention programs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/14_gundersond_metheducation/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2004 04:00:00 -0500 Erma Vizenor is new White Earth tribal leader The White Earth Band of Ojibwe has a new leader. Erma Vizenor is the first woman to be elected tribal chair at White Earth. She defeated former long time tribal chairman Chip Wadena, who was convicted in 1996 for bid rigging and misusing tribal funds. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/09_gundersond_vizenorwins/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2004 16:23:00 -0500 Fishing for stories Minnesota is home to more anglers and more fishing opportunities than just about any other place in the country. The Department of Natural Resources estimates 15,000 miles of cold and warm water streams and 5,493 fishable lakes are available to anglers. Minnesota also leads the nation in per capita sales of fishing licenses. Which means, we should have plenty of good fish stories. To mark the opening of the general fishing opener on May 15, we collected some good fish stories to share. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2004/04/fishstories/?refid=0 Sun, 09 May 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Prairie fire slideshow A slideshow featuring Anton Benson, discussing controlled burns on behalf of the Nature Conservancy. You will need Flash to view this slideshow. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/04_newsroom_fireflash/?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2004 15:43:00 -0500 Prescribed burns offer cure for tired prairies Burning restrictions are still in effect across much of Minnesota as dry conditions raise the danger of wildfire. But fire is also a tool that helps keep prairie landscape healthy. Nature Conservancy fire crews plan to set fire to thousands of acres of prairie this spring. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/04_gundersond_prairiefire/?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2004 14:29:00 -0500 Coya's story The first Minnesota woman elected to Congress won the support of voters 50 years ago, but her independence roused the anger of political leaders. Her own political party turned against her. Coya Knutson is still a divisive figure in DFL party history. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/16_gundersond_coya/?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 2004 09:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's probation system overloaded Minnesota is putting more criminals on probation. Probation officers are struggling to keep up with their growing workload. Recent budget cuts are adding to the challenge. Some probation officers say public safety is affected when they can't implement the best tools available to keep criminals from committing new crimes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/19_gundersond_probcaseload/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2004 14:00:00 -0500 Critics charge sex offender screening tool doesn't work The Minnesota Sex Offender Screening Tool helps state officials decide which sex offenders are most dangerous. But some experts contend the tool is wrong more often than it's right. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/19_gundersond_mnsostr/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2004 14:00:00 -0500 Who will pay for your retirement? Aging baby boomers might mean a budget crisis for Minnesota. State officials hope a public debate will spark solutions in time to avoid fiscal disaster. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/12_gundersond_longtermcare/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2004 16:00:00 -0600 Memories and words from the Snow Country prison Sixty years ago, U.S. authorities imprisoned nearly 4,000 German and Japanese men at a camp in Bismarck, North Dakota. When World War II began the government rounded up thousands of &quot;enemy aliens.&quot; A new exhibit at the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks remembers those men and their stories. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/27_gundersond_snowcountrypriso/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2004 16:03:00 -0600 North Dakota expects big things from nanotechnology The Red River Valley is best known for growing wheat and sugar beets. But North Dakota officials hope to produce a bumper crop of high tech jobs in the next decade. Many of those jobs will be built around a nanotechnology research initiative at North Dakota State University. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/11_gundersond_nanotech/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2004 13:50:00 -0600 Duane Hanson's portraits from the heartland Duane Hanson's sculptures are so realistic, gallery patrons often talk to them. A retrospective of the Minnesota-born sculptors work is on display at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/06_gundersond_hanson/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Counties want help battling meth Minnesota counties are looking for help in fighting methamphetamine use. County officials say meth addicts are filling jails and straining budgets. Counties are also dealing with the cost of cleaning up toxic waste created by meth labs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/03_gundersond_methissues/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2004 12:00:00 -0600 Sex offenders moving to Minnesota avoid public scrutiny There's a loophole in Minnesota law that may be protecting dangerous sex offenders. When they move to Minnesota from other states, the public doesn't know. Sex offenders from other states are treated differently than those who serve time in Minnesota prisons. A legislator who helped write Minnesota's sex offender notification law says the problem needs to be fixed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/27_gundersond_sexoffenderlaw/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2004 15:02:00 -0600 Feed supply is key to preventing spread of mad cow disease The federal government says a feed ban imposed in 1997 is one of the best protections against mad cow disease in the United States. The disease is spread when cattle eat feed containing the remains of infected animals. Experts say the current system is good, but more safeguards are needed to prevent the spread of mad cow disease. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/13_gundersond_feedmills/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2004 15:00:00 -0600 Beef industry counting on consumer confidence The beef industry says it will respond to mad cow disease and be a stronger industry. However, the bovine spongiform encephalopathy case in Washington state has Minnesota farmers and ranchers concerned about the future. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/29_gundersond_beefreaction/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Dec 2003 16:58:00 -0600 National Guard searches for Dru Sjodin National Guard troops join the search this weekend for missing University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin. The University of North Dakota College student was allegedly kidnapped from a mall parking lot nearly three weeks ago. Convicted sex offender Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. is accused of committing the crime. He's in the Grand Forks county jail. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/12_gundersond_guardsearch/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2003 01:00:00 -0600 Sugarbeet farmers on the trading block? The United States sugar producers fear the Central American Free Trade Agreement will destroy their industry. The industry provides 20,000 jobs in northwestern Minnesota and notheastern North Dakota, and brings $2 billion a year into the area. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/05_gundersond_sugarupdate/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2003 12:58:00 -0600 Search continues for Dru Sjodin The man accused of kidnapping University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin made his first court appearance, and hundreds continued the search for the missing woman. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/03_gundersond_drusearch/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2003 16:58:00 -0600 How the money was distributed Here's the breakdown of funding for local crime victims programs, according to judicial districts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/01_gundersond_victimnumbers/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2003 05:00:00 -0600 Crime victim advocates unhappy about funding cuts Minnesota advocates for crime victims are learning how state budget cuts will affect their programs. The programs help battered women and abused children. They provide a variety of services from emergency shelter to help navigating the judicial system. Some service providers and state lawmakers say rural areas were unfairly targeted for cuts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/01_gundersond_victimcuts/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2003 05:00:00 -0600 'Scared straight' about diabetes More than 275,000 Minnesotans have diabetes. A new case is diagnosed somewhere in the state every 30 minutes. American Indians are twice as likely as the general population to get diabetes. A new diabetes prevention project on the White Earth reservation is giving kids a dose of reality. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/25_gundersond_diabetesprevent/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2003 15:00:00 -0600 Visiting Walt Walt Whitman died more than a century ago. But poets still talk back to the man who changed poetry and opened the world of free verse to future generations. Two professors at Minnesota State University Moorhead compiled a new book that celebrates the contemporary influence of Walt Whitman. It's called <i>Visiting Walt</i>. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/07_gundersond_walt/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2003 12:00:00 -0600 Changes in Minnesota senior care cuts some out of services Last year Minnesota spent $65 million on a program to help senior citizens stay in their homes. To recover some of that money, a new law requires seniors who own a home to sign a lien agreement. But some elderly are refusing to sign the lien agreement, instead opting out of the alternative care program. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/11_gundersond_seniorliens/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2003 12:00:00 -0600 North Dakotans at odds over out-of-state hunters Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven will meet soon to discuss a dispute over hunting. North Dakota is restricting where and when people from out of state can hunt, and raising hunting license fees. That's angered many Minnesota hunters. But the changes are also upsetting a lot of North Dakota business owners. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/17_gundersond_nodakhunt/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2003 14:01:00 -0500 The Enthusiasts: The balloonist Flying a hot air balloon can be a time consuming and expensive hobby. The colorful balloons cost tens of thousands of dollars. You can only fly when the weather is good, and you go where the wind takes you. But for a Fargo attorney it's an avocation that's allowed him to meet interesting people around the world. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/10_gundersond_balloon/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Air taxis: the ride of the not-so-distant future? A group of Grand Forks entrepreneurs wants to change air travel in the Midwest. They say on-demand air service is the wave of the future. NASA may fund a demonstration project of the concept next year in Minnesota and the Dakotas. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/09_gundersond_airtaxi/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2003 01:00:00 -0500 Birdwoman adventures The bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition will be celebrated over the next two years. The explorers traveled through the Dakotas on their way to the Pacific Northwest. The states along the route are hoping to cash in on tourists following the Lewis and Clark trail. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/01_gundersond_birdwoman/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Sep 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Public health services are hurting The effect of budget cuts continues to trickle down to communities across Minnesota. Public health administrators are worried about how they'll fulfill their mission with less money. They say some important prevention programs may be discarded. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/27_gundersond_pubhealthcut/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2003 14:00:00 -0500 Part 7: The healing spirit Healing is an important part of American Indian spirituality. The medicines comes from nature. The knowledge about which plants to use has been passed down for centuries. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_gundersond_spiritualityeigh/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Part 6: Ceremony and symbolism Ceremonies are the most visible part of American Indian spirituality. But to the Anishinaabe, there's much more to walking the Red Road than the occasional ceremony. Anishinaabe people say their spiritual beliefs influence everything they do, every decision they make. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_gundersond_spiritualityseve/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Part 2: The seventh fire Kids are the heart of the spiritual revival in Indian country. In schools and homes and forests, they are learning a way of life that was nearly destroyed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_gundersond_spiritualitythre/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Part 5: Where tradition thrives For those who practice spiritual rituals, the heart of the Red Lake Reservation is the town of Ponemah. Christianity flourished in many reservation communities. But it never gained a large following in Ponemah, population 1,000. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_gundersond_spiritualitysix/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Part 1: The spirits spoke to him Bob Shimek rediscovers his native spirituality. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_gundersond_spiritualitytwo/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Part 8: Returning to the Red Road As more American Indians seek out their spiritual heritage, there's growing tension over what is traditional. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_gundersond_spiritualitynine/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Part 4: One church, two traditions About 2,000 people living on the Red Lake Indian Reservation are baptized Catholics. That's half the population. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_gundersond_spiritualityfive/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Part 3: Christianizing the Indians Many Indian people have lost touch with traditional ways. Worship was illegal for generations of Indians. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_gundersond_spiritualityfour/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 'The jewelry on American culture' American Indians fear their spirituality is being stolen and sold. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/20_gundersond_wannabes/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Rekindling the Spirit: The Rebirth of American Indian Spirituality The U.S. government and Christian churches spent more than 150 years trying to eliminate American Indian spiritual practices. Ceremonies were banned. People were put in prison. Children were sent to government boarding schools. But the spiritual beliefs survived. Indians young and old are returning to traditional ways. Some call the traditional life &quot;walking the Red Road.&quot; They believe old ways are bringing new life, and new hope, to Indian Country. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_gundersond_spiritualityone/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Songs from the Tallgrass Prairie A bit of Americana is on stage at a Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls. Songs From the Tallgrass Prairie is a musical created by Los Angeles songwriter Randy Hale. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/15_gundersond_prairiesongs/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2003 08:00:00 -0500 Fine fight Many Minnesota cities are reducing the fines for minor traffic tickets. State officials say the change lets drivers get away with breaking the law. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/21_gundersond_speedfines/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Water Wars: Recreation on the Missouri River Low water is damaging the recreation industry along the Missouri river. Resorters blame the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. They say the river is being mismanaged. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/03_gundersond_riverrecreation/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2003 00:00:00 -0500 New restrictions on turtle trapping The Minnesota DNR is planning to restrict turtle trapping. New rules will take effect this fall. Over the next several years turtle trapping will be phased out. DNR officials say increased demand for turtles threatens the wild turtle populations. The DNR is taking public comment on the new rules until July second. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/30_gundersond_turtles/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2003 06:00:00 -0500 Rural communities worry about budget cuts Minnesota Republicans and Democrats are traveling the state telling their side of the legislative story. Gov. Tim Pawlenty explains that cuts were necessary to balance the state budget. Democrats argue the cuts were too deep. Local officials are still trying to filter the facts from the rhetoric, but many in rural Minnesota feel unfairly targeted by budget cuts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/03_gundersond_tepidreaction/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2003 14:00:00 -0500 Small towns face a fitness gap People in small towns often must be creative to get physically fit. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/02_gundersond_obesitytown/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Sheriff says handgun permits cause no problems Ottertail County gives out more handgun permits than any county in the state. The sheriff says it hasn't made the county more dangerous. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/13_gundersond_ottertailguns/?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2003 13:25:00 -0500 Gone fishing The cold, rainy weekend didn't dampen Gov. Tim Pawlenty's enthusiasm for fishing. The governor was in Detroit Lakes for the traditional Minnesota fishing opener. Pawlenty says it was a fun, relaxing weekend. Now it's back to work. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/08_gundersond_fishingopener/?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2003 08:00:00 -0500 Farmers oppose genetically-modified wheat Farmers' love affair with genetically-modified crops is growing. The latest debate is over a new genetically-modified wheat variety, which is being developed by Monsanto. Monsanto is one of the largest distributors of high-tech crops. But farmers are urging Monsanto to keep Roundup Ready wheat in the laboratory. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/24_gundersond_gmwheat/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2003 05:00:00 -0500 Budget cuts hit after-school programs State budget woes may force many communities to reduce or eliminate after-school programs. Some who run after-school programs predict an increase in juvenile crime. But a state official says there may be a way to save after-school programs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/07_gundersond_afterschool/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Pesticide legislation defeated Minnesota lawmakers have voted down proposed changes in state pesticide laws. The legislation would have expanded monitoring for pesticides in groundwater and would have made pesticide data public. It also would have increased fees paid by chemical companies who do business in the state. The legislation failed to pass House and Senate Agriculture committees Wednesday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/03_gundersond_pestlegislation/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2003 15:43:00 -0600 Students vie for national sax championship Four North Dakota State University students compete this weekend in Salt Lake City for a national championship. The NDSU Saxophone Quartet won a six-state competition to reach the national contest. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/13_gundersond_saxkids/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2003 15:00:00 -0600 Investigating human exposure Minnesota law says it's illegal to apply a pesticide to a person by direct spray or overspray, commonly called drift. But one case from Detroit Lakes calls into question the enforcement of that law. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/18_gundersond_threepesticide/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Feb 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Pesticide records are protected The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is the only state agency with authority to investigate pesticide misuse. Only the Ag Department has access to pesticide records. Say you want to find out what chemical was sprayed yesterday on a field or the golf course across the road. State law says that information is protected. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/18_gundersond_fivepesticide/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Feb 2003 14:00:00 -0600 The Lopez family's story One case of pesticide exposure involves Griselda Lopez and four other migrant workers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/18_gundersond_twopesticide/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Feb 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Undue corporate influence? Cheryl Bergian contends human exposure is routinely overlooked by the Ag Department. Bergian worked as a legal services attorney for nine years. She handled numerous cases of alleged pesticide exposure to farm workers. She says in nine years, the Ag Department never substantiated a case of human exposure she brought to them. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/18_gundersond_fourpesticide/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Feb 2003 14:00:00 -0600 The paper trail Several memos clearly outline the limitations that the state Agriculture Department faces in testing and monitoring for a variety of pesticides and other agricultural chemicals. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/18_gundersond_lopezmemo/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Feb 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Ag Department resists changes in laws Rep. Jean Wagenius is not the only legislator who's tried and failed to change pesticide law. State Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba, a DFLer, owns a farm near Long Prairie. Last year she proposed opening pesticide records for public inspection. Otremba says the Ag Department and the agribusiness lobby moved swiftly to kill the proposal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/18_gundersond_sevenpesticide/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Feb 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Law prohibits human exposure Minnesota state law specifically prohibits human exposure to pesticides during application. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/18_gundersond_pestlawexposure/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Feb 2003 14:00:00 -0600 'Same old, same old' attitude at Ag Department? The Department of Agriculture says it is doing a good job of protecting people from pesticides. Environmental Response and Enforcement Manager Paul Liemandt says the records show a pattern of aggressive enforcement. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/18_gundersond_sixpesticide/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Feb 2003 14:00:00 -0600 The state law on pesticide regulations Excerpts from the state law which regulates pesticide use and sale. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/18_gundersond_pesticidelaw/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Feb 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Complaints filed with the state Agriculture Department A summary of complaints filed with the state Department of Agriculture, alleging human exposure to pesticides, finds that in 75 percent of those cases, there is no penalty assessed against the responsible party. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/18_gundersond_pestcomplaints/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Feb 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Clouds of Doubt: Questions about enforcement of pesticide laws Millions of pounds of pesticides are used in Minnesota every year. They're used on a variety of farm crops across rural Minnesota. Pesticides are also commonly used on lawns, parks and golf courses. And every year some of those chemicals are misused. Sometimes people and animals are exposed to pesticides, which is illegal. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is responsible for enforcing those laws. But an MPR investigation finds violations of the law are often unpunished, and sometimes ignored. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/18_gundersond_onepesticide/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Feb 2003 11:09:00 -0600 The high cost of housing Thousands of Minnesota residents can't afford to pay for the roof over their heads. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/27_gundersond_poorhome/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty tours outstate Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Pawlenty completed a two-day &quot;listening tour&quot; of outstate Minnesota Friday. Pawlenty sounded separate themes on each of his stops; health care, economic development and the state's budget woes dominated most of the discussions. Pawlenty, who has tried to cut state aid to cities and towns, criticized some localities for depending too much on the aid. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/03_ap_pawlentytour/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2003 11:50:00 -0600 Hunters asked to watch for missing woman Hundreds of deer hunters will walk the woods and fields of northern Minnesota in the next two weeks. The Marshall County sheriff is asking hunters to help search for a woman who's been missing for six years. At a time when some missing people make instant news, the sheriff is trying to rekindle interest in this cold case. It's a challenging case for local investigators. They have a suspect, but no evidence of a crime. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/08_gundersond_missing-m/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Three-way Senate debate in Moorhead Three candidates for U.S. Senate seat squared off in a televised debate in Moorhead. Incumbent DFL Sen. Paul Wellstone and challengers Republican Norm Coleman and Independence Party's Jim Moore took questions from a media panel and audience members. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/16_gundersond_sendebate/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 A "Beowulf" for the next hundred years Monsters, dragons, blood and gore. And a superhero who dies trying to save the world. No, it's not the latest offering at your neighborhood cinema. It's a new translation of the epic poem "Beowulf". It's the result of years of work by two Fargo poets. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/11_gundersond_beowulf-m/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Vice President Cheney raises money in North Dakota Vice President Dick Cheney spoke Monday in Fargo at a fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Rick Clayburgh. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/29_gundersond_cheney-m/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 High flying competition underway Pilots from around the world are racing in the sky above Minnesota and the Dakotas this week. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/15_gundersond_race-m/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Learning about bald eagles Research being conducted in Minnesota may help get the bald eagle off the endangered species list. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/04_gundersond_eagleresearch-m/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Mahnomen awash after torrential rain Heavy rain is causing more flooding in northwest Minnesota. Areas that were hit with heavy rain two weeks ago were inundated again over the weekend. Up to a foot of rain was reported in areas around Mahnomen. Many homes in and around Mahnomen were flooded, and downstream in places like Ada, crews are scrambling to raise levees. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/24_gundersond_mahnomenflood-m/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Reality hits Roseau Roseau residents are beginning to face the reality of the difficult recovery the lies ahead. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/13_gundersond_roseauupdate-m/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Farmers angry over continued flooding As they face yet another crop disaster, farmers in northwest Minnesota are angry there's no plan to reduce flooding. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/12_gundersond_cropdamage-m/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Treasure among the trash Looking for a couple of gallons of Elmers glue? Need some used lumber? How about an old bathtub? You can find those and much more at the Minnesota Materials Exchange. And it's free. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/21_gundersond_wasterecycling-m/?refid=0 Tue, 21 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 In redrawn 7th District, GOP looks to make a move Republican delegates from Minnesota's 7th Congressional District are meeting to endorse a candidate to challenge incumbent DFL Congressman Collin Peterson. Peterson was elected to represent the western Minnesota district in 1990. Since then he's rarely faced a serious challenge. Republicans say this year they intend to make it a race. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/17_gundersond_7dist-m/?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Five years after the flood It's been five years since the Red River flowed over and through the dikes in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. For many residents, painful memories remain. But signs of recovery are everywhere. Local leaders say Grand Forks and East Grand Forks are back, stronger than ever. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/18_gundersond_floodanniversary-m/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Suits in society focus of Fargo art installation A new art installation on the side of a Fargo parking ramp examines the role of suits in society. Not suits as in lawsuits, but suits as in clothing, and the people underneath. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/10_gundersond_bigsuit-m/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Moe launches campaign for governor Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe made it official Sunday. He will seek the DFL endorsement for governor. Moe made the announcement in the gym of the Crookston high school he attended. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/24_gundersond_moe/?refid=0 Sun, 24 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Some Minnesota police collecting racial profiling data This year police in 65 Minnesota communities are keeping track of the race of every person they stop. Many rural Minnesota police departments that have been criticized for racial profiling volunteered to participate in a pilot project. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/05_gundersond_racialprofiling-m/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 North Dakota ranchers market beef to Muslims North Dakota ranchers hope to get a better price for their beef by selling it to Muslims in the U.S. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/17_gundersond_dakhalal-m/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Traditional food may ease diabetes epidemic among American Indians Nearly 40 percent of American Indians on Minnesota reservations will get diabetes in their lifetime. A pilot project on the White Earth Reservation aims to reduce the diabetes rate by convincing people to eat traditional native foods. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/24_gundersond_wefood-m/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Equine bloodhound may help find missing people A Minnesota man claims he's trained his horse to search for human scent. His efforts may give search-and-rescue teams an important new tool. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/18_gundersond_searchhorse-m/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Coya comes back http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/22_gundersond_coya-m/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 White Earth tribe tackles alcohol and drug abuse Leaders on the White Earth Indian Reservation later this month will host the launching of a national initative to reduce alcohol and drug abuse on reservations. (Oct 26th) The Healing of the Nations conference is expected to draw hundreds of native and non-native people from across the country. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/26_gundersond_sos-m/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 "Ice palace" opens at UND The Minnesota Gopher men's hockey team is in Grand Forks Friday evening to play arch rival the University of North Dakota. The game itself may be overshadowed by the venue. Tonight marks the opening of the ornate and controversial Ralph Engelstad Arena, which some see as a hockey palace. Others see it as a shrine to racism. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/05_gundersond_arena-m/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Farmers wary of 'green' provisions in farm bill Congress is debating how much to spend on a new farm bill. And there's a growing debate over what kind of programs to fund. Environmental groups are increasingly demanding, and getting, more spending on conservation programs. Many farmers say they're concerned about organizations with no ag background shaping farm policy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/24_gundersond_greenfarms2-m/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Too many geese becoming a nuisance The honking of a flight of geese is a common sound across Minnesota - perhaps a bit too common. Later this fall, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will propose options for reducing the population of Giant Canada geese. A flock of the big birds can quickly denude a farm field, eating into many farmers' income. The birds are also a big nuisance in urban areas because of the mess they leave behind. Biologists say it's critical the population be reduced. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/28_gundersond_geese-m/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 The land of the dancing tractors Square dancing is one of those things where you can learn a few basic steps in moments, then spend a lifetime practicing. Some people like to push the square-dancing envelope. Take the Park Rapids Crazy Eights - four couples who traded their dancing shoes for wheels - really big wheels. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/06_gundersond_tractor-m/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 DNR cracks down on BWI A crackdown on drunk boaters in Minnesota lake country last summer caused some residents to cheer and others to angrily complain about harassment and a threat to vacation business. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/02_gundersond_bwi-m/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 The Invisible Dig An Arkansas researcher is delving deep to uncover new information about how American Indians lived on the Great Plains hundreds of years ago, without turning a shovelful of dirt. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/25_gundersond_dig-m/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Learning from Past Floods Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Joe Albaugh toured flooded areas in the Red River Valley on April 16. Albaugh viewed flooded areas, and several FEMA-funded projects thatare successfully preventing flooding this year. The FEMA director made no promise of federal aid, but praised Minnesota and North Dakota officials for preventing serious flood damage this year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/17_gundersond_flood-m/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Herbicide Resistant Weeds Threaten National Agriculture Agriculture changed forever in 1946 when the first herbicide, 2-4D, was introduced. Easy weed control meant higher-yielding crops and less work for farmers. Many thought the endless battle against weeds was over, but in a growing number of cases, 54 years later the weeds are winning. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/21_gundersond_weeds-m/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Can the Prairie Be Saved? Federal, state and county officials, mining companies, and environmental groups are wrestling with a question: what's more important - rare native prairie, or the rich gravel deposits that lie beneath? Less than one-half of one percent of native prairie remains in Minnesota, and some of the best is in Clay County. Growing demand for gravel used in the booming construction industry poses an unprecedented threat to the prairie. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200007/21_gundersond_prairie-m/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jul 2000 12:00:00 -0500 A New Era? Tribal officials on the White Earth reservation says Governor Ventura's visit to the reservation marks a new era of relations between the two governments. The visit was part of Ventura's bus tour of rural Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/29_gundersond_whiteearth-m/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Ventura's Rural Vision Governor Jesse Ventura has been drawing big, enthusiastic crowds at every stop on his tour of rural Minnesota. His focus has been partly on recent flooding in the Red River Valley, but he's also been outlining his vision for the future of rural Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/28_gundersond_ventura-m/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Change on the Reservations Several Minnesota Chippewa tribes have new leadership as a result of tribal elections. Elections were held on six reservations, and four tribal chief executives were voted out of office. Two of the most closely watched elections were at Mille Lacs and White Earth. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/14_gundersond_tribal-m/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 The Rural Revolt Governor Ventura is riding high in public opinion polls, but there is a growing chorus of discontent in rural Minnesota. Many local leaders in northwest Minnesota say the governor is ignoring rural issues, and his policies are deepening an existing rural urban divide. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200003/07_gundersond_ruralrevolt-m/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Mar 2000 12:00:00 -0600 No to GMO The U.S. sugar beet industry is telling farmers not to plant genetically-modified seed this year; processors say they won't buy GM beets. Farmers could significantly cut costs by growing the herbicide-resistant plants, but they won't be planted because of industry concerns about a consumer backlash. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200003/01_gundersond_sugarbeet-m/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Mar 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Running Out of Time on the Farm Even as the Clinton Administration is looking to the next session, farmers and lenders around our region are crunching the numbers as they prepare for spring planting. For most, the bottom line doesn't look good. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200001/10_gundersond_farm-m/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2000 12:00:00 -0600 The Surveillance Society: Identity Theft Some identity thieves use high-tech chicanery to get personal information from cyberspace, but experts say most, like Allan Rick, use decidedly low tech methods. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199911/15_newsroom_privacy/01_gundersond_identity/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Who Watches the Church? A former North Dakota governor is starting an organization to protect people whose rights are violated by organized religion. George Sinner says he's concerned some religious bodies are willing to sacrifice individual rights to protect their own power and interests. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199911/10_gundersond_sinner-m/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Nov 1999 12:00:00 -0600 The Melting Pot in the Nation's Ice Box One of the largest window and door makers in the world is located in the small town of Warroad in northern Minnesota. Marvin Windows provides about 3,000 jobs, many to farmers who have left the land or need a second income. A growing number of the workers are Laotians, attracted to Warroad by relatively good-paying jobs and small town life. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199911/09_gundersond_warroad-m/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Nov 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Bush Mines Votes in Fargo Republican Presidential candidate George W. Bush outlined his views on agriculture policy and other issues during a campaign stop in Fargo. Bush was greeted by enthusiastic, mostly Republican crowds, at two public appearances, and picked up an endorsement from North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199910/28_gundersond_bush-m/?refid=0 Thu, 28 Oct 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Jurassic Garden When 72-year-old Roy Steichen retired, he needed something to do. So he rummaged through the junk that often accumulates on a farm over the decades, and built an animated dinosaur. It was so much fun that he kept on building. Now, people from all over the country are stopping at his farm near Ulen, Minnesota to see what Roy calls his Jurassic Garden. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199910/14_gundersond_jurassic-m/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Testing A Town's Metal Faced with a struggling farm economy, one small North Dakota town is taking a novel approach to economic development.Regent is attracting national attention, thanks largely to the vision and drive of one man whos' massive artwork is stopping traffic. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199909/17_gundersond_metal-m/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Sep 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Changing the Government The Minnesota Chippewa tribe is considering a change in its constitution. MPR presents a two-part series. In part one, Dan Gunderson looks at how the Indian Reorganization Act destroyed traditional tribal governments. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199907/22_gundersond_tribalone-m/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jul 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Another Worry Minnesota farmers are battling a fungus they haven'e seen for years. But the times are so tough, they can't afford the fungicide to protect damage to their wheat. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199907/20_gundersond_scab-m/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Lost Spring Farmers in Thief River Falls have too much rain and too many problems. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199907/01_gundersond_planting-m/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Unstoppable Flood For the first time in recorded history, a lake is rising naturally and will soon swallow the farms and homes around it forever. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199906/08_gundersond_devil-m/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Want a Better Bait? Smell Your Lure Moorehead State University Researcher says the fish's nose knows what's going on. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/14_gundersond_fish-m/?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500 They Came to Minnesota Save for the indigenous population, we all came from somewhere. We trace the major immigration patterns. Who came when and why? How has Minnesota's immigration history shaped the state we now know? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/03_gundersond_refugees-m/?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Flooded Town Seeks More Help Governor Ventura gets a first-hand look at East Grand Forks' recovery from flooding. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/01_gundersond_egf-m/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Otto Ihringer, WWI Vet At 103, North Dakota man gets the award he earned. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/19_gundersond_soldier-m/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Flood Outlook: Fingers Crossed National Weather Service says dikes should hold Red River this spring. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/03_gundersond_flood-m/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 The Dying Town Welcome to Argyle, Minnesota; a town that typifies much of rural Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199902/24_gundersond_dyingtown-m/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Old Cats Snowmobile fans find value in old sleds. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199902/05_gundersond_snowmobile-m/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Farm Economy Affects Tax Revenue Lay-offs prove imminent as a down year catches Polk County coffers short. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199812/17_gundersond_farm-m/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Fields Yield Some Profits, Some Losses At harvest time, farmer Tim Dufault looks at his chances for staying in business. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199810/23_gundersond_farm-m/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Getting a Job In today's econcomy, finding a good job is more difficult than simply finding a job. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199810/13_gundersond_getting/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Family Investment Program: Doing the Job? Though considered successful by some, Minnesota's welfare-to-work program has many detractors. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199810/13_gundersond_mfip/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Farmers Speak Out to State Representatives House Republicans listened to the concerns of area farmers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199810/08_gundersond_hearing-m/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Domestic Violence in Rural Minnesota A recent study provides clear evidence that levels of domestic vilence in rural areas match those found in cities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199809/24_gundersond_violence-m/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Inspections of Canadian Trucks Raise NAFTA and GATT Issue Dakota Governors hope truck inspections draw attention to Canadian trade violations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199809/16_gundersond_fairplay-m/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 1998 12:00:00 -0500 The Unstable Future of Minnesota Farmers Many owners of small operations wonder how they'll survive. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199808/06_gundersond_farms-m/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Pedal Power Perham pedal-tractor puller has chance at becoming an international champion. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199808/06_gundersond_tractorpull-m/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 1998 12:00:00 -0500 North Dakota Rainmakers Though slowly gaining a world-wide clientele, some still question the validity of this science. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199807/22_gundersond_rainmaker-m/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Rural Population Declines Could Threaten Growth of Regional Centers Future planning proves difficult in a time of uncertain population growth. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199807/16_gundersond_fargo-m/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Roger Maris Still Loved in Hometown Fargo remembers the man who brought down Babe Ruth's home run record. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199806/26_gundersond_maris-m/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Defending Our Northern Border The US Border Patrol struggles to prevent illegal entry along the 917-mile-long unprotected border with Canada. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199806/23_gundersond_patrol-m/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 1998 12:00:00 -0500 What's Driving U.S. Farm Policies? Some farmers argue that changes in federal policy favor consumers over traditional farming. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199806/10_gundersond_policy-m/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Citizens, Agencies at Odds Over Farm Chemical Use Potato farming in Ottertail County affects wetlands. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199805/12_gundersond_potatoes-m/?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Rising Waters Threaten Lakeshore Properties Northwestern Minnesota landowners watch helplessly as lakes rise to their highest levels in memory. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199805/04_gundersond_flood-m/?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Farmers Calling It Quits in Red River Valley Region A string of bad years has put farmers deeply in debt, forcing some to sell. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199804/21_gundersond_quits-m/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Red Lake Walleye Population Ruined Commercial over-fishing of Red Lake is having serious repercussions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199804/15_gundersond_walleye-m/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Transpolar Flight to Honor Aviation Pioneer A North Dakota native revives the memory of Carl Ben Eielson, who in 1928 was the first to cross the arctic by plane. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199804/13_gundersond_flight-m/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Overcrowding a Serious Problem for County Jails Many communities share Crookston's challenge of housing a rising inmate population. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199803/13_gundersond_jail-m/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Lessons Learned from the Flood Receding waters have left communities and public services better prepared for next time. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199803/06_gundersond_flood5/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Forever Changed by the Flood The emotional impact of the Red River flood could be as great as its physical impact. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199803/04_gundersond_flood3/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Saving North Dakota's Rural Churches The National Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking to save some prairie churches. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199803/02_gundersond_churches-m/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Recalling the Great Flood A year after the great flood, those who were present recall what they lived through.continues to recover from the flood of '97. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199803/02_gundersond_flood/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 1998 12:00:00 -0600 US Supreme Court to Hear Indian Tax Case Can tribe-owned property be taxed? The outcome of a Minnesota case will have national implications. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199802/12_gundersond_tax-m/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Exotic Influence Arts Across Minnesota brings dance of India to enthusiastic students in Crookston. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199801/21_gundersond_dance-m/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Shocking Weather A forecaster is out to prove that changes in atmospheric electrical charges can be used to predict the weather. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199801/02_gundersond_weat-m/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jan 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Stark Geographies Photographer Wayne Gudmundson discovers the landscape of his Icelandic ancestry. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199712/30_gundersond_iceland/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 1997 12:00:00 -0600 Divorce Course Divorcing parents in North Dakota attend classes to learn about the impact on their children. Similar learning is to be required for some couples in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199712/29_gundersond_divorce-m/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Dec 1997 12:00:00 -0600 Fiber Optic to the Farm Two Minnesota communities are part of an experiment that may signal lasting changes for rural residents. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199712/10_gundersond_rural-m/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 1997 12:00:00 -0600 Fungus Attacking Barley, Wheat Farmers and researchers struggle against a blight that has already cost the region billions of dollars over the past five years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199712/04_gundersond_barley-m/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 1997 12:00:00 -0600 Bison Make a Comeback Ranchers are discovering the economic advantages of raising buffalo. When compared to beef cattle, costs are less, and the meat sells for more. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199711/16_gundersond_bison-m/?refid=0 Sun, 16 Nov 1997 12:00:00 -0600 Meth Speeds through Midwest Law enforcement officials say an old drug is making a comeback in the Midwest: methamphetamine. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199711/03_gundersond_meth-m/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 1997 12:00:00 -0600 State Regulations Dampen Day Care http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199710/21_gundersond_day-m/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 1997 12:00:00 -0500 Family Ties Although a survey revealed that most families consider themselves to be strong, cultural changes are transforming family life. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199710/20_gundersond_family/?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 1997 12:00:00 -0500 Operation WalkingShield With help from the military and a national organization known as Operation WalkingShield, American Indians of the Dakotas launched the United States' largest-ever home recycling project. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199710/20_gundersond_walking/?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 1997 12:00:00 -0500 Controlling the Use of Personal Watercraft Part One: How Safe Is the Wavy Ride? Jet skis are exploding in popularity, but are they safe? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199708/27_gundersond_skis/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 1997 12:00:00 -0500