Minnesota Public Radio features by Stephanie Hemphill http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=29 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:23:20 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Stephanie Hemphill http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Groups want the state to reconsider the costs of generating power In the mid-1990s, the Public Utilities Commission began to calculate what economists call the "external costs" &mdash; damages &mdash; caused by electricity generation. They include pollutants that contribute to asthma, heart and lung disease, and greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/10/cost-of-generating-electricity?refid=0 Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:59:44 -0500 Potato grower's purchase of forestland draws scrutiny The sale of forestland to a big potato grower in northern Minnesota is drawing fire from some legislators who are concerned that runoff from the fields could pollute the Pinelands Sands aquifer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/08/environment/potato-field-forest?refid=0 Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:57:11 -0500 White-nose fungus imperils Minnesota bats A fungus that eats at bats' wings has been found in Mystery Cave and Soudan Underground Mine, two of Minnesota's largest bat caves. In East Coast states, the white nose fungus has wiped out nearly 6 million bats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/07/environment/white-nose-fungus-bats?refid=0 Sun, 06 Oct 2013 18:00:00 -0500 Frac sand draft rules go back to the drawing board Environmental activists complained that the draft standards were looser than some existing local rules. In the end, the board promised to re-write the document with a lot more public and industry input. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/18/fracsand-guidelines?refid=0 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 23:33:14 -0500 Conservation group wants the Blanding's turtle placed on the Endangered Species List Minnesota and Nebraska are the only states that have sizable populations of Blanding's turtles. The medium- to large-sized turtles, which have striking yellow throats, live long lives but are vulnerable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/18/blandings-turtle-endangered-species-list?refid=0 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:10:56 -0500 Guideline or law? Confusion over frac sand mining standards State officials want public input on frac sand mining guidelines now in their final stages. But opponents of the practice have not given up hope for an outright ban. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/18/environment/frac-sand-mining-standard?refid=0 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's solar requirement could change how we see electrical grid Minnesota lawmakers this year required utilities to start buying more solar power from homeowners with panels on their roofs, but a key decision in coming months could determine how much anyone will take advantage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/30/ground-level-energy-grid?refid=0 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 00:04:00 -0500 Well water samples to be collected in Anoka County The Department of Natural Resources will collect water samples from private wells in Anoka County this fall. It's part of the Minnesota Geological Survey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/08/environment/well-sample-study?refid=0 Sun, 08 Sep 2013 17:19:17 -0500 National Wildlife Federation reports global warming detrimental to fish, habitats National Wildlife Federation reports that climate change affects fish and their habitats around the country, and calls for better efforts to restore and expand key habitats and resource management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/04/environment/climate-change-report?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:35:17 -0500 Enbridge Minn. pipeline plan needs more study, regulators say The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission decided Wednesday that a comprehensive study is needed for the second phase of the proposed Enbridge Energy pipeline expansion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/04/environment/environmentalists-plan-enbridge-protest?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 15:40:59 -0500 Ecologists deploy goats to eat buckthorn on Miss. River bluffs Herbicide didn't work. So hungry goats it is for Mississippi River bluff land overtaken with buckthorn, an invasive shrub. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/30/goats-eat-buckthorn-on-river-bluffs?refid=0 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 07:51:36 -0500 DNR opens ATV trails for holiday weekend ATV enthusiasts from Minnesota and neighboring states can ride on Minnesota's 3,400 miles of trails this weekend without have to pay a registration fee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/30/atv-trails-free-weekend?refid=0 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 07:15:00 -0500 Wolf suspected of biting teen tests negative for rabies A gray wolf that experts suspect bit a 16-year-old boy on Sunday in north central Minnesota has tested negative for rabies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/29/wolf-test-negative-for-rabies?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:33:22 -0500 Xcel Energy's Monticello plant to be re-inspected for flood safety Federal regulators concluded Xcel Energy's nuclear power plant in Monticello, Minn. was not adequately prepared for flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/28/environment/xcel-energy-reinspected-flood-safety?refid=0 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 19:10:35 -0500 Weeklong Hwy. 61 detour is part of bigger project Work on Highway 61 along the North Shore of Lake Superior will push traffic onto a detour for about a week starting Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/24/regional/highway-detour-north-shore?refid=0 Sun, 25 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 State regulators writing new frac sand rules The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and other state agencies are beginning to write new rules for frac sand mining as part of a plan ordered by the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/09/environment/new-frac-sand-rules?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 13:08:42 -0500 Minn. firm's new water filter: bacteria A rural Minnesota water company is experimenting with a new way of treating drinking water -- using bacteria to remove the harmful pollutants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/08/environment/bacteria-water-filter?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 11:21:39 -0500 Report: Carbon-cutting firms should encourage suppliers to do the same Companies that want to reduce their carbon footprint should look beyond their own operations, and encourage their suppliers to cut energy use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/08/environment/carbon-cutting-firms-suppliers?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 10:47:28 -0500 Researcher: 4 billion more people could be fed if farmers stopped growing animal feed Farmers could feed 4 billion more people if they stopped producing animal feed and biofuels and only grew crops for human consumption. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/08/business/animal-feed-crops-food?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 10:38:27 -0500 Farmers hope spindly weed is a biofuel gusher The spindly camelina plant looks more like a weed than a crop, but scientists are hoping it will be a whiz at producing oil for biodiesel fuel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/31/environment/camelina-biodiesel-fuel?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 St. Paul adds new park land to Fort Road neighborhood The land begins at river level and climbs up the bluff, and will add 9 acres to land set aside in the city's 17-mile riverfront parks plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/25/st-paul-adds-new-park-land-to-fort-road-neighborhood?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:45:31 -0500 Xcel ends agreement on Goodhue wind Xcel Energy and the New Era Wind Farm have ended their power purchase agreement, making it even more unlikely the controversial Goodhue county wind project will be built. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/24/wind-problems?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:42:14 -0500 Nonprofit leader Ron McKinley killed in motorcycle accident McKinley was riding a motorcycle in Washington state when he and a passenger were killed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/23/obituary/nonprofit-leader-ron-mckinley-killed-in-motorcycle-accident?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 20:55:28 -0500 Ely bear researcher sues DNR Lynn Rogers wants a Ramsey county judge to stop the state from requiring him to remove radio collars from about a dozen bears he's researching. The DNR says Rogers has taught bears to be unafraid of humans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/23/rogers-suit?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:32:12 -0500 Couple killed in Highway 55 crash Delano, 71, and Lois Price, 80, were killed after their car was rear-ended. Two others were injured in the crash. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/23/traffic/couple-killed-in-hwy-55-crash?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:43:22 -0500 Rethink coal dependency, PUC tells Great River Energy The Public Utilities Commission announcement has no immediate impact, but it is another step in a long-running transition toward the use of more renewable energy in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/18/news/public-utilities-commission-rejects-coop-plan?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 05:56:00 -0500 Extensive tree damage drags out storm cleanup All around the Twin Cities one can see fallen trees and gaping holes in the leafy canopy -- damage left by a recent violent storm -- and wonder: Why is cleanup taking so long? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/17/environment/tree-damage-storm-cleanup?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 06:00:00 -0500 N Minn. tree plantings anticipate a warming climate As growing seasons become longer and winters are warmer, researchers are seeing more southerly tree species creeping northward into the boreal forest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/08/environment/tree-planting-warming-climate?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:45:03 -0500 Busy holiday weekend at state parks, camps The Department of Natural Resources expects a busy time at state parks this holiday weekend. Campgrounds are close to full, but programs at the parks are available to non-campers as well as campers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/06/environment/busy-holiday-weekend-at-state-parks?refid=0 Sat, 06 Jul 2013 10:04:38 -0500 Minnesota utilities on track to exceed goals of Obama's climate plan Minnesota utilities have already taken some steps that will go beyond the plan outlined by President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Recent moves, such as the state setting a new requirement specifically for more solar energy, position the state well to lead in a national effort. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/26/environment/minnesota-utilities-climate-plan?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Nitrogen pollution in rivers deep, wide new Minn. report shows Minnesota's problem with nitrogen pollution is so big that current best practices are inadequate to deal with it. That's the message in a major report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/26/nitrogen-pollution-in-minnesota-too-big-to-handle?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 03:03:00 -0500 More money going to St. Louis River cleanup New money is coming to the St. Louis River clean-up program in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/21/environment/saint-louis-river-cleanup?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2013 13:21:04 -0500 Goodhue County wind project gets one more chance The state is giving a troubled southeastern Minnesota wind farm project one more chance to show it can actually build some wind turbines. The project has been controversial since it was first proposed four years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/20/news/goodhue-county-wind-project?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jun 2013 17:50:30 -0500 Isle Royale researchers debate intervention to help wolf population With the Isle Royale wolf population down to eight individuals, the National Park Service faces a thorny set of choices to either intervene or let nature take its course. A panel of experts will debate the options and explore possible consequences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/20/environment/isle-royale-wolves?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Motorcyclist deaths up; safety experts try to educate riders Traffic deaths in Minnesota rose in 2012 for the first time in five years. Public safety officials say they are concerned about the uptick after years of declining death rates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/19/news/motorcyle-safety?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Flood plan inadequate at Xcel nuclear plant, regulatory group says The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Xcel Energy failed to maintain an adequate flood plan for its Monticello nuclear generating plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/11/environment/flood-plan-xcel-nuclear-regulatory-group?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:58:25 -0500 Flat Earth beermaker to expand into historic Hamm's Brewery A St. Paul microbrewer will expand into the historic Hamm's Brewery complex on the city's east side. Output of beer production is expected to double during company's first year in the new space. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/06/flat-earth-microbrewer-to-expand-into-historic-hamms-brewery/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 18:00:00 -0500 Winona Co. approves first frac sand mine Winona County commissioners on Tuesday approved plans for a frac sand mine in Saratoga Township, the first to be approved in the county. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/04/environment/winona-county-frac-sand-mine?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:56:47 -0500 Gov. Dayton vetoes portion of Legacy bill Two outdoor projects in the Legacy bill passed by the Legislature have been line-item vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton: one which provides funding for habitat in the metro area and the other which targets aquatic invasive species. The governor says he responded to citizen pressure to drop funding for the two items. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/23/environment/dayton-vetoes-portion-of-legacy-bill?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 17:36:59 -0500 Metro Miss. River locks closed to rec boats The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed three Mississippi River locks in the Twin Cities to recreational boats because of high water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/23/news/mississippi-river-locks?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 12:32:23 -0500 Environmental interests see gains in legislative session The just-completed legislative session stands apart from others by the availability of new money for the environment. After years of budget cuts and reallocations, state agencies now get a boost in funding, and a mandate to use it effectively. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/23/environment/legislative-environmental-gain?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Bill would ensure habitat preservation for bees, pollinators A conference committee has approved a plan to improve habitat for bees and other pollinators. The bill provides $300,000 over the next two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/16/environment/pollinators?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 17:18:56 -0500 Officials should investigate costs, benefits of frac mining, report says Local officials should ask in-depth questions about costs and benefits when they consider whether to permit a frac sand mine, according to a report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/15/business/frax-sand-study?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2013 18:03:11 -0500 DFL lawmaker: Compromise reached on frac sand regulations The lawmaker who has pushed this year for tougher state regulation of the frac sand mining industry on Tuesday said DFL legislative leaders have reached a compromise on the legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/14/politics/frac-sand-mining-deal?refid=0 Tue, 14 May 2013 13:46:51 -0500 Clean Water Accountability Act expected to pass Legislature this week Forty percent of Minnesota's lakes and rivers are too polluted to fish or swim in. Minnesota's current approach to water cleanup is not working effectively, and a measure is expected to pass in the state Legislature to ensure better accountability. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/13/environment/clean-water-accountability-act?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Mining reps meet with Dayton over proposed limits Frac sand mining industry representatives met with Gov. Mark Dayton Thursday over legislative attempts to limit mining. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/09/news/mining-reps-meet-with-dayton-over-proposed-limits?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 17:11:07 -0500 Critics want trout streams buffered from sand mining operations About 50 people from southeastern Minnesota gathered at the state Capitol Tuesday to sway legislators to require frac sand mines be located at least a mile away from trout streams and related waters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/07/environment/trout-stream-sand-mining?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 16:56:39 -0500 Minnesota solar power gets new boost from lawmakers Minnesota utilities already are replacing coal-fired power plants with windmills, prompted by the state's landmark 2007 Next Generation Energy Act. Now, state legislators have introduced bills in the House and Senate that would increase the use of solar systems in homes and businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/05/environment/minnesota-solar-power-gets-new-boost-from-lawmakers?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Senate committee rejects measure to distance frac sand mining from trout streams The Minnesota Senate Finance Committee rejected a plan Tuesday to protect trout streams in southeastern Minnesota from potential impacts from proposed frac sand mining. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/30/politics/trout-stream-frac-sand-mining?refid=0 Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:07:23 -0500 House votes to increase fees for water use Over Republican objections, the Minnesota House voted Thursday night to increase fees for water use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/18/environment/fees-water-use?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 21:43:55 -0500 Advocacy group names South Kawishiwi sixth-most endangered river in U.S. The South Kawishiwi River, which flows through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota, is sixth on American Rivers' list of America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/17/daily-circuit-kawishiwi?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Study: Cancer, work in taconite industry linked Researchers at the University of Minnesota told Iron Range workers to protect themselves from taconite dust, despite a new study that was unable to prove that exposure to the dust causes the rare cancer mesothelioma. The study linked time spent working in the taconite industry to a higher risk of mesothelioma but stopped short of pinpointing its cause. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/12/health/cancer-and-taconite-work-linked?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 16:21:14 -0500 Timeline of mesothelioma research University of Minnesota researchers on Friday release findings of their study into possible links between asbestos exposure in taconite mines on the Iron Range and a deadly lung disease called mesothelioma. The suspicion of such a link has been around for decades. Here is a timeline of developments in the investigation of mesothelioma and its relationship to taconite mining. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/health/timeline-of-mesothelioma-research?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Iron Range miners, families await report on respiratory diseases, including mesothelioma Researchers today will visit the Iron Range to share findings of their study into possible links between asbestos exposure in taconite mines and the deadly lung disease, mesothelioma. More than 80 former miners have died from the rare cancer. For more than five years, researchers have been trying to determine whether exposure to dust in the mines and processing plants makes workers more vulnerable -- not only to mesothelioma but to other respiratory diseases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/12/health/report-iron-range-miners-respiratory-disease?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Few if any Asian carp in St. Croix, Mississippi rivers Researchers say they have found little evidence of bighead and silver carp in the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/04/environment/few-if-any-asian-carp-in-st-croix-mississippi-rivers?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 10:48:26 -0500 Silica sand production tax moves through House committee A bill that would impose a production tax on silica sand moved ahead in the Legislature Wednesday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/politics/silica-sand-production-tax-bill?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 19:30:56 -0500 Minn. wolf hunt lawsuit gets hearing in appeals court A three-judge appeals court heard oral arguments Wednesday on a lawsuit over the DNR's planning for last year's wolf hunt. Two groups environmental groups argue the agency did not follow procedures required in law as it organized the first-ever regulated wolf hunt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/environment/minn-wolf-hunt-lawsuit-gets-hearing-in-appeals-court?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 15:49:40 -0500 Court hearing today for Minn. wolf hunt The argument over whether the state Department of Natural Resources rushed too fast into a wolf hunting and trapping season gets a court hearing Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/environment/wolf-hunt-court-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 07:17:29 -0500 Forum to examine metro water supply woes A series of public meetings on the water supply for the northeast Twin Cities area will begin on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/31/environment/twin-cities-groundwater-problems?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 DNR seeks volunteers for frog survey The Department of Natural Resources is looking for a few good frog counters. The agency is recruiting people to help survey the state's frog and toad populations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/30/environment/dnr-frog-survey?refid=0 Sat, 30 Mar 2013 10:19:38 -0500 Dayton proposes water use permit overhaul Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing a new funding structure for big water users in Minnesota that would nearly triple the cost of water for some cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/28/environment/water-permit-use?refid=0 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:17:13 -0500 Prairie Island nuclear plant getting additional inspections Xcel Energy's Prairie Island nuclear power plant is getting extra inspections from the federal government, after a delay in repairing a radiation detector. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/27/environment/prairie-island-nuclear-plant-getting-additional-inspections?refid=0 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:37:50 -0500 EQB report sums up frac sand mining issues The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board has produced a report on silica sand mining. The EQB is a multi-agency oversight body that received a petition to do an in-depth study of the possible environmental effects of frac sand mining. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/23/environment/eqb-silica-sand-mining-report?refid=0 Sat, 23 Mar 2013 12:36:24 -0500 Taconite producers need more time to meet air standards, Nolan says Eighth District U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan is asking the federal government to give taconite producers more time to meet certain air quality standards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/21/environment/taconite-producers-haze-nolan?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:05:52 -0500 Frac sand mining bill clears another hurdle Companion bills in the Minnesota House and Senate addressing environmental and health concerns related frac sand mining have been approved by policy committees and now move to finance panels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/21/politics/frac-sand-mining-bill-clears-another-hurdle?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 08:39:22 -0500 DNR seeks input on new Lake Vermillion park The Department of Natural Resources is asking for public comment on an environmental study of its plans for developing the new Lake Vermillion State Park and adjacent Soudan Underground Mine State Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/16/environment/dnr-developing-lake-vermillion-state-park?refid=0 Sat, 16 Mar 2013 13:02:50 -0500 Duluth hospital makes vow to buy local food Essentia Health, a major hospital and clinic system based in Duluth, has committed to buying 20 percent of its food locally by 2020. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/16/health/essentia-health-buying-local-food?refid=0 Sat, 16 Mar 2013 12:16:29 -0500 Herbicide, fertilizer pose complicate clean-up in Cedar River A challenging clean-up job continues on the Red Cedar River near Menomonie, along Interstate 94. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/environment/cedar-river-clean-up?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:23:30 -0500 Duluth water main break swamps hotel, tunnel The break happened during a planned repair project, and flooded the area on the south end of downtown, including an underground pedestrian tunnel and the Duluth Radisson Haborview Hotel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/14/duluth-water-main-break-swamps-tunnel-hotel?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:21:52 -0500 Frac sand mining moratorium bill advances A bill calling for a moratorium and a broad environmental review on frac sand mining is advancing in the Minnesota Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/06/politics/frac-sand-mining-moratorium-bill-advances-in-senate?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 08:26:04 -0600 Advocates want tougher renewable energy standard in Minn. More than 30 groups plan to push for a renewable energy and jobs agenda over the next two years during this session of the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/05/environment/advocates-want-tougher-renewable-energy-standard?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 13:46:04 -0600 Goodhue wind turbine project tabled by Public Utilities Commission A controversial wind power project in southeastern Minnesota has been delayed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/environment/goodhue-wind-turbine-project-tabled?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:23:08 -0600 Preliminary state research supports current wild rice sulfate standard Researchers trying to pinpoint the effects of sulfate on wild rice will update the public on their progress Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/environment/preliminary-state-research-supports-current-wild-rice-sulfate-standard?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Frac sand mining raises environmental, health concerns in SE Minnesota Minnesota's abundant supply of high-quality frac sand is causing some turmoil. Local governments in southeastern Minnesota are preparing for a number of new permit applications to build or expand mines and processing plants for the special silica sand. Many area residents are concerned about possible environmental or health impacts. Industry representatives say they are addressing the concerns, but some state officials are encouraging caution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/18/environment/frac-sand-mining-concerns?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:04:57 -0600 Accountability of conservation easements could be better, audit reports The Minnesota Legislative Auditor says the legislature should ensure better accountability for conservation easements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/12/environment/accountability-of-conservation-easements-could-be-better-audit-reports?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 19:08:09 -0600 Wolf advocates sue over delisting, again Wolf advocates are in court as a coalition of non-profit groups once again sues the federal government over its removal of wolves from the Endangered Species list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/12/environment/wolf-advocates-sue-over-delisting-again?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:31:38 -0600 Silica sand mine study requested by state agencies State agencies are calling for a broader and more detailed environmental study on two proposed silica sand mines in Winona County. The recommendation comes as some legislators are considering the possibility of a statewide study of the potential environmental and health effects of the booming industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/07/environment/silica-sand-mine-study-request?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:47:51 -0600 Calls to DNR's poacher line nearly double The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it got nearly twice as many calls on its Turn-in-Poachers or TIP line last year than the year before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/05/environment/dnr-poacher-calls-double?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 13:44:49 -0600 Minn. Power to convert coal plant to gas Duluth-based Minnesota Power plans to convert one of its old coal-fired power plants to natural gas, and to close another one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/30/environment/minnesota-power-coal-plant?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:35:34 -0600 Competing goals apparent in new policy on old forest The built-in conflicts that come with the competing missions at the Minnesota DNR are evident in debate over a new policy on older forests. The agency is changing a 20-year-old policy designed to produce a minimum amount of older forests, while listing species because of concern about habitat loss in that forest ecosystem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/30/environment/dnr-policy-old-forest?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Legislators, state officials debate strategy against invasive carp The Department of Natural Resources ran into rough waters Tuesday when officials presented their plan to slow the spread of Asian carp in the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/15/environment/asian-carp-barrier-debate?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 19:57:18 -0600 Lagging recycle rates concern Minnesota lawmakers Recycling is not only better for the environment, it's an integral part of a growing economic engine in the state. Experts say people are throwing away resources that those businesses need. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/06/environment/minn-recycling-trends?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:00:00 -0600 Twin Cities air pollution down in 2012 Air quality in Minnesota's largest urban area cleared a little in 2012, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/02/environment/twin-cities-air-pollution?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 07:43:41 -0600 DNR panel to advise on invasive species The Department of Natural Resources has set up a 15-member committee to provide advice as the agency ramps up its fight against aquatic invasive species like Asian carp and zebra mussels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/29/environment/dnr-panel-advises-on-invasive-species?refid=0 Sat, 29 Dec 2012 12:49:33 -0600 DNR opens trout season this weekend The Department of Natural Resources is opening lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to trout anglers two weeks earlier than usual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/27/regional/dnr-opens-trout-season-this-weekend?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:08:46 -0600 Lab gets upgrade help to fight Asian carp The University of Minnesota lab charged with finding ways to fight Asian carp and other invasive species is about to get a makeover. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/24/environment/asian-carp-lab-renovation?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 16:23:20 -0600 Conservation project rejuvenates native habitats in Duluth Workers have planted more than 18,000 native trees and shrubs along streams in Duluth, under a training and conservation project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/24/environment/conservation-project-rejevenates-native-habitats-in-duluth?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 16:04:19 -0600 Court rules environmental groups not party to energy regulation lawsuit A Minnesota court has ruled that local and national environmental groups cannot participate as defendants in a lawsuit filed last year by North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/24/environment/next-generation-energy-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 14:30:51 -0600 Minn. mine plan open for public comment Environmental reviews of two proposed silica sand mines in Winona County are up for public comment starting Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/23/environment/mining-public-comment?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Record year for Minn. wildlife rehab center The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota had its busiest year ever in 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/23/environment/wildlife-rehab-center?refid=0 Sun, 23 Dec 2012 10:24:57 -0600 Dept. of Health reports season's first flu-related death The Minnesota Department of Health has reported the first flu-related death of the season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/20/health/flu-death?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 19:11:34 -0600 Energy, enviro issues to surface at Capitol Legislators are making plans for the start of the 2013 session, and some environmental issues will get a lot of attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/20/politics/environment-energy-issues-legislative-session?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:25:06 -0600 Suburban Minnehaha Creek restoration starts The creek north of Excelsior Boulevard was straightened to allow for development, and now the plan is to rebuild its natural curves and environmental potential. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/19/environment/minnehaha-creek-restoration?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 12:18:40 -0600 Xcel Energy plans January rate hike Xcel Energy customers will pay more on their electric bill starting in January. It's an interim rate increase pending a final decision next fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/business/xcel-energy-interim-rate-increase-starts-jan?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 08:31:06 -0600 Mineral lease sale delayed; Gov. scolds DNR officials Top state officials have declined to approve the sale of 31 leases to explore for minerals, pending the results of a court case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/07/environment/mineral-lease-sale-delayed?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Minn. defers action on mineral rights leases State leaders have decided to hold off on awarding a package of mineral rights leases recommended by the Department of Natural Resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/06/environment/minnesota-mineral-rights-leases?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 14:39:05 -0600 EPA sued over haze in Voyageurs Park, Isle Royale Several environmental and conservation groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over air pollution in Voyageurs National Park and Isle Royale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/05/environment/environmental-protection-agency-voyaguers-national-park-isle-royale-haze-laws?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:29:54 -0600 Landowners' petition for environmental review denied A petition to conduct an environmental review on mineral lease sales has been rejected by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/29/environment/dnr-landowners-petition-denied?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:20:13 -0600 Minn. pushed to better groundwater management Minnesota needs to do a better job of managing its groundwater resources -- that was the consensus at a forum held Thursday by the non-profit group, Environmental Initiative. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/29/environment/groundwater-management?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:43:59 -0600 MPCA to list polluted wild rice waters Lakes and rivers that cannot sustain wild rice beds due to pollution will be added to a list compiled by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/environment/wild-rice-pollution-sulfate-standard?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 19:42:04 -0600 DNR sued over White Bear Lake water levels The White Bear Lake Restoration Association is suing the DNR over lake levels, saying that nearby cities were allowed to pump too much water from the aquifer underlying the lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/27/envrionment/white-bear-lake-water-level-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 16:43:03 -0600 Heavy Minn. greenhouse gas polluters required to report emissions About 300 companies around Minnesota face a permanent rule requiring them to report their greenhouse gas emissions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/26/environment/heavy-greenhouse-gas-pollutors-emissions-report?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2012 12:59:45 -0600 MPCA panel to consider research on sulfate The Citizens Board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will get an update Tuesday on research under way to determine if the state should change its standard for sulfate in wild rice waters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/25/environment/wild-rice-sulfate?refid=0 Sun, 25 Nov 2012 09:34:22 -0600 Former lighthouse is Bloomington man's dream research lab A Bloomington entrepreneur is recruiting volunteers and inventors to visit his real estate dream &mdash; a former lighthouse off the coast of North Carolina. /display/web/2012/11/21/business/remote-nc-light-tower-draws-mn-entrepreneur/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:14:38 -0600 State wants public input on environment The state is organizing a series of forums to give citizens the chance to share with top officials their priorities regarding the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/20/environment/state-wants-public-input-on-environment?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2012 09:49:05 -0600 Environmental group criticizes Poplar River project Projects are under way to reduce sedimentation in the Poplar River on Minnesota's North Shore. But they're not doing an adequate job, according to an environmental group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/18/environment/poplar-river-sediment?refid=0 Sun, 18 Nov 2012 11:35:39 -0600 Dayton declares 'Minnesota recycles day' Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed today is "Minnesota Recycles Day" and says recycling contributes to the state's economy and job creation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/news/dayton-delcares-minnesota-recycles-day?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:27:45 -0600 Volunteers sought for advisory group on cleanup sites The federal Environmental Protection Agency is asking for volunteers to participate in a Community Advisory Group on the superfund sites in the northern Twin Cities suburb of Fridley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/14/environment/fridley-community-advisory-group?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:26:02 -0600 Report suggests fortifying state's Environmental Quality Board A new report recommends that the state of Minnesota bolster its main environmental oversight body and encourage more transparency in the review process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/14/news/report-environmental-quality-board?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Hearing today for Prairie Island concerns about nuclear waste storage The Prairie Island Indian Community is asking the federal government to respond to its long-running concerns about nuclear waste stored near the Prairie Island power plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/08/environment/prairie-island-nuclear-waste-storage?refid=0 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Klobuchar easily wins second term U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has won a second term with a sound victory over her Republican challenger, Kurt Bills. Klobuchar was declared the winner shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Bills called her to concede the race,a staffer for Klobuchar said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/senate-klobuchar-bills?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:54:11 -0600 MPCA adding air quality monitor in N. Mpls. The controversy over a permit for Northern Metals Recycling is prompting the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to install a new air quality monitor in the North Minneapolis neighborhood where the plant is located. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/04/regional/mpca-monitor?refid=0 Sun, 04 Nov 2012 10:51:53 -0600 Sandy triggers a look at disaster readiness Hurricane Sandy brought a reminder of people's vulnerability to extreme weather. Community leaders around Minnesota and elsewhere are trying to figure out how to do more to prepare for such disasters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/04/regioanal/extreme-weather-prep?refid=0 Sun, 04 Nov 2012 10:39:48 -0600 DNR OKs Lutsen plan to draw Lake Superior water The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says a planned water system to deliver water from Lake Superior to the Lutsen Mountains ski area and nearby businesses will not have significant environmental effects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/31/environment/lutsen-lake-superior-water?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:32:50 -0500 Minn., Wis. wolf hunts show different approaches to management When it comes to wolves, Minnesota and Wisconsin have a lot in common -- in fact, Wisconsin's wolves probably migrated from Minnesota. But differences in the hunts point up divergent approaches to wolf management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/28/regional/wolf-hunt-numbers?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota mining lease offer draws three bidders The DNR today opened sealed bids for leases to explore for copper, nickel and other valuable metals on a mix of public and private land totaling 63,000 acres. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/business/copper-nickel-mining-lease-bids-open-today?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 06:45:48 -0500 DNR annual mineral rights lease sale today Today is the annual sale by the Department of Natural Resources for leases to explore for copper, nickel, and other minerals in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/environment/mineral-rights-sale?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Minn., Wis. wolf hunts proceed despite court challenges Monday is the opening of the first regulated wolf hunt in Wisconsin. About two weeks from now, Minnesota's wolf hunting and trapping seasons begin. The hunts mark a new era for wolf management in the Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/14/regional/minn-wis-wolf-hunt?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Court rejects bid to block Minn. wolf hunt In an order Wednesday, a three-judge panel said two groups that sued to stop the hunt failed to show that letting the season proceed would cause irreparable harm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/10/environment/court-rejects-bid-to-block-wolf-hunt?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 07:29:16 -0500 Wolf hunt lottery results out soon Hunters and trappers who applied to participate in Minnesota's first regulated wolf season will be notified by mail in the next couple of days whether they won the lottery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/environment/wolf-hunt-lottery-results-out-soon?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 12:12:44 -0500 Sand mining protesters arrested Brooklyln Center police arrested seven protesters at a conference on silica sand mining Wednesday, after they climbed on top of a bus that was scheduled to carry conference participants to a tour of silica sand mines in Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/03/environment/sand-mining-protest?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 16:37:06 -0500 Report: Healthier Mississippi River faces plenty of issues The National Park Service and Friends of the Mississippi River have issued a "State of the River" report on the upper Mississippi River as it flows through Minneapolis and St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/27/environment/mississippi-river-report?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:17:00 -0500 Scandia OKs gravel mine study The Scandia City Council has approved an environmental study of a proposed gravel mine near the St. Croix River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/26/environment/scandia-oks-gravel-mine-study?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 13:07:42 -0500 Xcel investigates cause of nuclear power plant shutdown Xcel Energy says its nuclear power plant at Monticello shut down late Tuesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/business/xcel-nuclear-shutdown?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:06:33 -0500 Minn. adds 511 bodies of water to impaired list Minnesota is adding another 511 lakes and river segments to its list of impaired waters and taking 13 water bodies off the list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/environment/minnesota-impaired-waters-list?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:06:00 -0500 Scandia to decide on proposed gravel mine The Scandia City Council holds a special meeting Tuesday to decide whether a proposed gravel mine has received enough environmental study. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/environment/scandia-to-decide-on-proposed-gravel-mine?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:40:10 -0500 Environmental board: Mining reps oppose impact study, citing delays Minnesota's top environmental agency today heard from business leaders who oppose a proposal for a broad environmental impact study on silica sand mining in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/19/business/environmental-board-mining?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 19:44:18 -0500 Conservation groups challenge wolf hunt in court Two groups opposed to Minnesota's first regulated wolf hunt are suing the Department of Natural Resources to try to stop the hunting season. The groups allege the DNR did not make sufficient effort to seek public input when it designed the season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/19/environment/conservation-groups-challenge-wolf-hunt?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Thousands of new urban trees threatened by drought Cities around the state routinely cut down and replace old and diseased trees, and spend a lot of time making sure the new trees have plenty of water in order to thrive. But this year's drought has made it hard to keep up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/14/minnesota-cities-ask-for-help-watering-new-trees?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 06:29:00 -0500 Taconite plants face environmental challenge Minnesota's taconite companies face a major environmental challenge in November when the federal government decides whether to require significant reduction in air pollution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/29/environment/taconite-pollution-regulation?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 18:01:02 -0500 Zebra mussels found in mining pit Zebra mussels have been found in a mine pit near Gilbert, in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/28/environment/zebra-mussels-mine-pit?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 21:01:33 -0500 Is cooling the house heating up the planet? How much does the energy we use for air conditioning contribute to global warming? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/25/regional/air-conditioning-global-warming?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Lawsuit challenges wilderness haze plan Several environmental groups are challenging Minnesota's plan for reducing haze in national parks and wilderness areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/15/environment/lawsuit-haze-pollution?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 07:30:05 -0500 Broad Minnesota frac sand mining study requested A comprehensive study could take several years, and it's unclear how the study would be paid for. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/15/environment/frac-sand-mining?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 09:00:00 -0500 Xcel shuts down 2 Minn. nuclear reactors The Monticello plant has been operating at 10-percent power since the weekend, and operators shut down Prairie Island's Unit 1 plant Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/14/news/xcel-shuts-down-minnesota-nuclear-plants?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:48:36 -0500 Raising awareness on invasive species Visitors to the popular Game Fair near Anoka, taking place this weekend and next, will see a booth and speakers addressing Asian carp and other aquatic invaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/11/environment/carp-game-fair?refid=0 Sat, 11 Aug 2012 12:14:58 -0500 Deal reached to clean Superfund site Northern States Power-Wisconsin, has reached agreement with the federal and state governments on how to clean up part of a Superfund site in Ashland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/10/environment/contaimination-cleanup?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 18:15:28 -0500 MN Power gets more time to shut coal plants Duluth-based Minnesota Power will get more time before it has to make a decision about closing three of its oldest coal-fired power plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/09/environment/coal-fired-power-plants?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:43:20 -0500 New off-road rules for MN National Forest The 2 million-acre Superior National Forest has a new system to manage off-highway vehicle use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/09/environment/off-highway-vehicle-rules-superior-national-forest?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 13:36:42 -0500 Dayton appeals FEMA flood aid denial Gov. Dayton is appealing the federal government's decision not to provide emergency assistance to individuals after the June flooding in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/01/news/fema-flood-appeal?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 13:49:02 -0500 Prairie preservation plan proposed The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will work with federal agencies and conservation groups on a plan to preserve and improve the remnants of the state's prairies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/31/environment/prairie-preservation?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 20:39:12 -0500 Flood victims cope without prospect of FEMA aid Residents of flood-ravaged northeastern Minnesota are absorbing the news that the federal government likely won't be helping with the recovery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/26/disaster/flood-victims-cope-without-prospect-of-fema-aid?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2012 06:50:00 -0500 New visitor center in the works at Tettegouche park Construction is beginning on a new visitor center at Tettegouche State Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/21/regional/tettegouche-park?refid=0 Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:01:05 -0500 Minn. power companies coping with increased demand One Minnesota utility is asking customers to conserve energy today because of the high demand for electricity during the heat wave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/17/news/power-companies-coping-with-increased-demand?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:32:27 -0500 Panel suggests 48 environmental projects The advisory group on lottery-funded environmental projects is recommending 48 projects totaling more than $36 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/17/environment/environmental-trust-fund-recommendations?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:40:11 -0500 Deformed Minnesota frogs still largely a mystery 17 years later After seventeen years of sleuthing, scientists still have not solved the mystery of what caused frogs to develop abnormally in a south central Minnesota pond. The biologist who led the research tells the story in her new book. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/17/environment/ney-pond-deformed-frogs?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:00:00 -0500 Runoff certification planned for farmers Minnesota farmers may be protected from state chemical runoff regulations if they take part in a joint federal-state pilot program certification program that could be in place by the winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/09/environment?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2012 06:53:16 -0500 After flood, Duluth returning to normal Last week, Duluth was a city in shock. Unprecedented flooding had washed through town, ripping streets to shreds, carrying cars away, and even taking a small boy on a terrifying ride in a culvert. So what's it like in Duluth today? For the most part, life in the city has returned to normal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/28/regional/flood-duluth-daily-life?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 17:25:17 -0500 In flooded Barnum, a community pulls together Residents in Barnum -- and all over rural Carlton County -- are a study in self reliance. They are helping themselves, and getting help from surprising places. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/26/regional/in-flooded-barnum-a-community-pulls-together?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2012 14:52:18 -0500 Senators, Rep. Cravaack tour flood zone, pledge to find aid Minnesota's two senators and 8th District Congressman Chip Cravaack toured damaged sections of Duluth and other northeastern Minnesota communities today, as the region continues to deal with the aftermath of historic flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/22/disaster/duluth-tour-flood-zone?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 18:08:43 -0500 Mining firm PolyMet hires new CEO Polymet, the company that's been working for more than four years on environmental review for a proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, has hired a new CEO. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/21/business/mining-firm-polymet-hires-new-ceo?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:54:13 -0500 Pine Island agreement creates permanent wildlife habitat The owners of 85 acres on Pine Island in Lake Vermilion have agreed not to divide or develop their land, which will create permanent habitat for fish, orchids, and old-growth pines near the newest Minnesota State Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/19/environment/pine-island-conservation?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:21:27 -0500 Twin Cities ahead of air pollution standard The federal government has proposed a tighter standard for fine particles in the air and the Twin Cities metro, as most cities in the country, is already on track to meet it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/15/environment/air-pollution?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:06:14 -0500 3 Isle Royale wolves found dead in mine shaft, researchers say Researchers say they now have at least a partial explanation for the decline in the wolf population on Isle Royale in Lake Superior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/15/environment/isle-royale-wolves-mineshaft?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2012 16:34:49 -0500 Cougars recolonizing Midwest, one male at a time A new report that mountain lions are slowly expanding their range eastward returning to areas where they were killed off a century ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/14/environment/cougars-bounce-back?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2012 06:34:00 -0500 Map: Cougar Sighting Locations Last year, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association asked members to send in reports and photographs from trail cameras of cougars. The vast majority of the photos were decidedly something else. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/14/environment/map-cougar-sighting-locations?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2012 06:15:57 -0500 Wis. weighs punishment for St. Croix River frac sand spill The Wisconsin Department of Justice is weighing a penalty to be imposed on two sand mines for large spills in the St. Croix River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/12/environment/wisconsin-weighs-punishment-for-saint-croix-river-sand-spill?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:40:00 -0500 Report: MN warming faster than most states Minnesota is warming faster than most other states, according to a new report from the non-profit group Climate Central. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/12/environment/report-says-minnesota-warming-faster-than-most-states?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:35:54 -0500 Twin Cities area faces stricter air quality rules The air in the Twin Cities generally meets state and national quality standards -- except for the occasional day when pollution can shoot up. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new rules soon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/10/environment/air-quality?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Report adds up economic harm from carp spread The Minnesota DNR has issued a report quantifying the economic harm that could be done if Asian carp migrate north of the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/08/enviroment/invasive-carp?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 16:45:46 -0500 Feds give $1.6M for St. Paul redevelopment The federal government Wednesday gave $1.6 million in grants to the St. Paul Port Authority to redevelop contaminated properties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/06/environment/saint-paul-contamination-redevelopment?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 16:08:46 -0500 Lawsuit alleges MPCA failed to enforce standard An environmental group and a lake association are suing the state, claiming the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has failed to enforce water quality standards in Lake Winona. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/05/lawsuit-alleges-mpca-failed-to-enforce-standard?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 18:45:57 -0500 Big S. Mpls. arsenic cleanup program done Residents of south Minneapolis joined with federal, state, and city officials Tuesday to celebrate completion of a massive arsenic cleanup program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/05/environment/south-minneapolis-arsenic-cleanup-program-done?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 15:06:54 -0500 MPCA pesticide decision could save lakeshore owners' cash Lakeshore homeowners could save money because the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has decided to piggy-back on Department of Natural Resources rules for pesticides used to control aquatic weeds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/05/environment/mpca-pesticide-permits?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 13:19:35 -0500 Report says state spends millions on invasive species A new report commissioned by The Nature Conservancy says Minnesota spends nearly $8 million a year fighting aquatic invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/03/invasive-species?refid=0 Sun, 03 Jun 2012 12:19:28 -0500 Minn. OKs sale of copper-nickel exploration leases Residents and cabin owners in northeastern Minnesota were disappointed today when a panel of top officials approved the sale of copper-nickel exploration leases on their land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/31/politics/state-oks-sale-of-exploration-leases-in-northeastern-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 17:40:55 -0500 Feds OK mineral exploration permits near Ely A new environmental review sets the stage for more drilling for precious metals in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/29/environment/northeastern-minnesota-minerals-prospecting-review-done?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2012 17:40:51 -0500 Mining exploration reopens question of school trust lands Exploration for copper, gold, and other precious metals in northeastern Minnesota has drawn attention to school trust lands created 150 years ago when Minnesota became a state. Millions of acres could be sold, with the proceeds deposited in a trust; or they could be managed by the state, which earns money by leasing logging and mining rights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/23/mining-school-trust-land?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2012 15:16:00 -0500 Environmental groups kick off copper-nickel mining campaign Three environmental groups are teaming up to run what they describe as an educational campaign about copper-nickel mining. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/23/environment/copper-nickel-mining-educational-campaign?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2012 12:13:28 -0500 Board won't require review of 3M incinerator waste plan The Citizens Board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency decided Tuesday not to require an environmental review of 3M's plan to import hazardous wastes from other states to burn in its incinerator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/23/3m-cottage-grove-incinerator?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 MPCA rules controversial iron treatment can continue on lake A controversial iron treatment in a Chisago County lake can continue, a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency panel said on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/22/controversial-iron-treatment-lake?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2012 20:22:16 -0500 MDH sets manganese guidance for infants The Minnesota Department of Health has set new guidance for manganese in drinking water for formula-fed infants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/16/health/minnesota-department-of-health-manganese-guidance?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2012 11:34:54 -0500 Judge upholds Minnesota's wild rice protection A Ramsey Court judge has upheld the state's standard for sulfate in waters that produce wild rice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/11/environment/ramsey-county-judge-wild-rice-ruling?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2012 15:35:46 -0500 NWF wants more study of Great Lakes-area mining A national environmental group is asking for a federal study on the cumulative impacts of sulfide mining in the Great Lakes region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/10/environment/national-wildlife-federation-asks-for-mining-study?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2012 16:39:49 -0500 Green groups threaten EPA with lawsuit Several environmental groups are trying to force the federal government to impose pollution controls at Xcel's Sherburne County power plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/evironmental-groups-threaten-lawsuit-against-epa-?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 18:46:15 -0500 MN to test dogs against emerald ash borer Minnesota is enlisting dogs in the battle to prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/08/environment/mn-to-test-dogs-against-emerald-ash-borer?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 13:52:05 -0500 DNR enlists public to prevent spread of invasive species Boat lift operators, local police officers and lake association volunteers are being trained to inspect boats to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species as the walleye fishing season opener approaches. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/aquatic-invasive-species?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 17:16:05 -0500 DNR will announce details on wolf hunting Details on wolf hunting will be announced in the next couple of weeks by the Department of Natural Resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/wolf-hunt?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 16:43:11 -0500 Dayton OKs wolf hunt, license increases Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a game and fish bill that sets up a wolf-hunting season, and raises license fees for the first time in more than a decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/03/dayton-oks-environmental-bill?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2012 21:15:02 -0500 DNR zebra mussel lawsuit dropped Several western metro lake associations have dropped their lawsuit against the DNR over zebra mussel inspections, after a Carver County judge ruled against the injunction they had requested http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/03/environment/judge-tosses-zebra-mussel-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2012 17:19:14 -0500 MPCA head Aasen stepping down Paul Aasen, the commissioner of the Minesota Pollution Control Agency, has resigned to take the post of Minneapolis city coordinator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/environment/mpca-head-aasen-stepping-down?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 16:49:57 -0500 State sets out to trap gypsy moths State workers are preparing to set nearly 18,000 gypsy moth traps across Minnesota this spring as part of an annual survey to slow the spread of the pest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/gypsy-moth-traps?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 16:06:51 -0500 DNR trains boat inspectors to stop invasive species The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is getting ready for the fishing season by training boat inspectors who will spend the summer trying to limit the spread of aquatic invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/environment/boat-inspectors-invasive-species?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 13:37:22 -0500 Pollution board approves BWCA, Voyageurs haze rules A state agency approved a plan Tuesday to reduce haze in Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/bwca-haze?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 09:10:35 -0500 W Minn. ethanol co-op fined $800K An ethanol co-op in Kandiyohi County will pay an $800,000 fine for exceeding its wastewater permit and not telling the state about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/20/kandiyohi-county-ethanol-co-op-fined?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 13:43:12 -0500 Give landlords incentive to upgrade appliances, Minnesota 2020 says A Twin Cities non-profit is proposing ideas to improve energy efficiency in rental housing units. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/19/energy-saving-appliance-program?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 20:11:23 -0500 Wolf hunt caught in Minnesota legislature A spat between two influential state senators is delaying legislation that would allow Minnesotans to hunt wolves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/19/wolf-hunt-caught-in-legislature?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Environmental group prompted by tightening rules on air quality People interested in improving air quality in Minnesota are meeting today to discuss how to meet tightening federal rules on smog and soot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/environmental-group-air-quality?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Emperor penguins more numerous than assumed, U of M satellite researcher shows University researchers count twice as many emperor penguins in Antarctica as were previously estimated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/13/emporer-penguin-count?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 12:16:00 -0500 Judge hears N.D. arguments against Minn. energy law A federal judge heard arguments today in North Dakota's lawsuit against Minnesota's Next Generation Energy Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/12/nd-fights-minn-energy-act?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 15:55:24 -0500 Study: Farm runoff costly for small towns to clean up Some Minnesota towns face high costs to clean up their drinking water because of pollution runoff from farms, according to a report today from an environmental group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/12/study-drinking-water-polluted-by-farm-runoff?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 00:08:45 -0500 N.D. challenges Minnesota limit on coal-fired power plants A federal judge today will hear arguments in a suit challenging Minnesota's Next Generation Energy Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/12/nd-challenges-law-limiting-coal-fired-power-plants?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 00:01:00 -0500 Petitioners want review of 3M waste plan A community group in Cottage Grove says it has collected more than 400 signatures on a petition asking for a detailed environmental review for 3M's plan to bring hazardous waste to its incinerator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/10/petitioners-want-review-of-3m-waste-plan?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:47:04 -0500 Group says House environmental bill rolls back key protections The Minnesota House of Representatives Thursday passed a wide-ranging bill on environmental policy that some critics say rolls back certain key protections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/06/house-environmental-bill?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 16:21:35 -0500 Zebra mussel population decline in St. Croix puzzles scientists Scientists have noted a surprising drop in the invasive zebra mussel population in the St. Croix River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/zebra-mussel-decline?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 17:05:45 -0500 Fight over BWCA cell tower in appeals court A court battle continues over a proposed 450-foot cell phone tower near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/04/bwca-cell-tower-appeals-court?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 16:02:45 -0500 Ruling on strip-searches could lead to state-level lawsuit, attorney says A Supreme Court ruling on Monday allowing jailers to strip search people arrested for minor offenses has caught many observers by surprise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/susan-gaertner-supreme-court-strip-search?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:15:00 -0500 Ex-firefighter pleads guilty to drug charges A former Minneapolis firefighter faces a potential maximum penalty of life in prison for conspiring to distribute cocaine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/mpls-firefighter-pleads-guilty-to-drug-charges-?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 11:26:46 -0500 Kerber family neighbors try to comprehend disastrous accident The Kerber family is well-known to their neighbors who are trying to comprehend the accident that killed five members of the Minnesota family, and injured 12 others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/kerber-family-neighbors?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 17:46:30 -0500 Neighbor: Crash 'devastating' for close-knit Kerber family The Minnesota family that lost five members in a crash in Kansas on Sunday is close knit and well respected, a neighbor says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/kerber-family-crash-reaction?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 11:04:14 -0500 Xcel Energy asks to revise power boost plan Xcel Energy wants the state to review its plan to boost power at the Prairie Island nuclear plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/xcel-energy-prairie-island?refid=0 Sat, 31 Mar 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Environmental review bill sent to Dayton The legislature today passed and sent to the Gov. Mark Dayton a bill to speed up environmental review and permitting processes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/29/bill-speed-permit?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:09:08 -0500 High farm prices pressure conservation High prices for corn and soybeans are expected to prompt farmers to shift a lot of conservation land to crop production over the next five years in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/29/officials-work-to-keep-minnesota-conservation-land?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:52:26 -0500 Hunters, anglers fear warm weather harms ecosystem Outdoor groups say hunters and anglers in Minnesota are observing the effects of global warming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/29/warm-weather-minnesota-ecosystem?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 12:36:33 -0500 MPCA postpones decision on BWCA haze plan A decision on a plan to deal with haze affecting the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park has been postponed to give more time for a mining company to negotiate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/mpca-bwca-haze-plan?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 18:15:50 -0500 State works to cut haze in northern Minn. wilderness areas The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency today takes another step in a long-running effort to clean up the air over some of Minnesota's most cherished places. The MPCA's Citizens' Board will consider submitting a state plan to reduce air pollution to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/epa-regional-haze-rule?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 New DNR online reservation system back online A second attempt at a new online reservation system for state park campgrounds and cabins functioned without crashing. The system will continue with an incremental launch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/22/dnr-reservation-system-online?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2012 17:08:14 -0500 Minn. lake associations sue over zebra mussels Three lake associations in Carver County have filed a lawsuit against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources commissioner over the spread of zebra mussels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/minnesota-lake-associations-sue-over-zebra-mussels?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 11:39:19 -0500 DNR reservation system to go back online Thursday The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will resume taking reservations for state park campgrounds and cabins on a limited basis later this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/20/minnesota-department-of-natural-resources-state-park-reservation-system-back-online?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 11:20:13 -0500 Lawmakers debate DNR's control of school trust lands Legislators are debating whether to remove control of school trust lands from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/09/lawmakers-debate-school-trust-lands?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 14:22:55 -0600 Minn. Senate passes environmental permitting bill The Minnesota Senate Thursday approved a bill aimed at streamlining environmental review and permitting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/08/minnesota-senate-passes-environmental-permitting-bill?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 20:09:42 -0600 Disagreement threatens to derail plan to swap school trust lands Lawmakers are fighting over a proposed exchange of land between the federal and state governments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/07/state-school-trust-land-swap?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Bill to allow wolf hunting clears Senate committee A Minnesota Senate committee Tuesday approved a bill for a wolf hunt that would start in the fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/07/wolf-hunting-season-senate-committee?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Feds end monitoring of Prairie Island plant incident The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ended its intensive monitoring of a situation at the Prairie Island nuclear power plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/prairie-island-nuclear-plant-incident?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 13:55:58 -0600 Minn. Chamber of Commerce to argue against wild rice sulfate standard A Ramsey County judge will hear arguments Thursday in a lawsuit brought by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce against the state's implementation of its sulfate standard for wild rice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/wild-rice-sulfate-standard?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 06:14:00 -0600 Late-winter blizzard shuts down Duluth "Today is not the day to make a trip up to Duluth," a State Patrol captain said after a major winter storm hit parts of northern Minnesota. The storm slowed the commute in the Twin Cities as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/winter-storm?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 07:13:03 -0600 MPCA rules to cut haze in BWCA, Voyageurs Nat'l Park The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is working on rules aimed at reducing haze in Voyageurs National Park, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and Isle Royale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/northern-minnesota-haze-rules?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 13:59:56 -0600 Minn. issues new rules to stop emerald ash borer The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has formalized its quarantine of four counties to slow the spread of Emerald Ash Borer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/27/emerald-ash-borer-rules?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:47:25 -0600 Public comments on Miss. River could spur cleanup The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency wants public comment on its report on the section of the Mississippi River from Fort Snelling to Lake Pepin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/27/mpca-wants-public-comments-on-mississippi-river?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 13:48:26 -0600 Controversial Goodhue wind farm environmental impact plan rejected The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission rejected a developer's plan to protect eagles and other wildlife that might be harmed by a controversial wind farm project in the southeastern region of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/24/goodhue-wind-farm-rejected?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 New management for school trust lands bill advances On a mostly party line vote Thursday, the House Environment Committee approved a bill to remove management of school trust lands from the DNR. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/23/dnr-school-trust-land?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:45:34 -0600 Minnesota's moose population continues to fall Wildlife managers say Minnesota's moose population continues to decline, and that's going to affect their decision on a moose hunting season this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/23/minnesota-moose-population?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:40:45 -0600 State to decide whether wind farm plan minimizes threat to animals The state will decide today whether a plan to minimize eagle and bat mortality at a proposed wind farm in Goodhue County is adequate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/23/wind-farm-take-permit?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 MPCA wants to stop sediment from entering Minn. River As much as 90 percent of the sediment going into the Minnesota River system must be stopped if the river is to meet government standards for water clarity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/21/sediment-minnesota-river?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 20:23:11 -0600 Legislators propose sunset law on rules created by state agencies Legislators are considering a bill to eliminate all the rules created by five state agencies by August 2013 unless the legislature re-authorizes them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/20/rule-duplication?refid=0 Mon, 20 Feb 2012 22:14:45 -0600 Inspection reveals security problem at nuclear plant A security related problem found at the Prairie Island nuclear plant requires additional inspections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/16/prairie-island-security?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:40:03 -0600 Security-related problem found at Minn. nuclear plant The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it found a security-related problem at the Prairie Island nuclear plant that requires additional inspections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/16/security-related-problem-at-mn-nuclear-plant-found?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:17:54 -0600 N. Minn. taconite plant to pay $240K pollution fine A taconite processing plant on the North Shore of Lake Superior will pay $240,000 in fines for violating air quality standards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/16/northshore-taconite-plant-fine?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 15:03:34 -0600 Bill streamlining MN environmental reviews advances at Capitol A House committee on Wednesday approved a bill to streamline the environmental review and permitting process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/15/bill-streamlining-minnesota-environmental-reviews-advances?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:05:15 -0600 Legislators propose removing school trust land from DNR management Legislators frustrated with the level of income generated from school trust land are proposing changes in the way the land is managed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/14/dnr-trust-land?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 19:31:43 -0600 Feds declare snuffbox mussel to be endangered A small mussel that's found in the St. Croix River and few other places has been declared endangered by the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/14/feds-declare-snuffbox-mussel-to-be-endangered?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 14:53:47 -0600 Environmental panel will focus on invasive species The group that recommends environmental projects funded with lottery money will emphasize aquatic invasive species during its next grant round. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/10/lccmr-grants?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 15:20:12 -0600 Leader returns to environment advisory group meeting after GOP leaders to have her fired The advisory group for funding of environmental projects with lottery proceeds will meet this morning for the first time since legislators tried to fire the group's executive director. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/10/lccmr-meets?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Invasive species fight goes too far, some lawmakers say Some lawmakers say the DNR's plan to slow the spread of invasive species like zebra mussels and Asian carp impinge on the rights of boat owners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/09/invasive-species-fight-goes-too-far-some-lawmakers-say?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 14:51:20 -0600 Scientists concerned about antibiotic resistance in wastewater Researchers are troubled by a contaminant that may flourish in wastewater treatment plants: antibiotic-resistant bacteria. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/09/antibiotic-resistance-wastewater?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Plans approved for conservation projects The Minnesota Senate Environment Committee Thursday approved plans for $99.92 million of Legacy Amendment money for conservation projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/02/conservation-projects?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 20:06:00 -0600 PUC delays hearing on wind turbine bird deaths The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has postponed a hearing on a plan to limit bird and bat deaths at a controversial wind farm proposed for Goodhue County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/02/wind-turbine-bird-deaths?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 08:16:14 -0600 Bipartisan agreement on energy conservation has disappeared at the state capitol Ellen Anderson's ouster as chairman of the Public Utilities Commission this week is the latest sign that bipartisan support for renewable energy sources has largely disappeared at the state capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/01/energy-politics?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2012 19:28:39 -0600 DNR takes over wolf management; will set rules for hunt Barring any last-minute lawsuits today, Minnesota takes over management of wolves in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/27/dnr-wolf-management?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Minn. House panel hears testimony over wolf hunt The Legislature is holding hearings Thursday about the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' plans for managing the wolf population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/wolf-hunt-legislative-panel-hearing?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:00:53 -0600 Minn. DNR releases more details about wolf hunt Just two days before the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources takes over management of the wolf, it has announced more details about the states planned wolf hunt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/25/minnesota-dnr-releases-more-details-about-wolf-hunt?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 06:00:39 -0600 Oil refinery pays fine for illegal hazardous waste disposal The former Marathon Oil refinery in St. Paul Park has paid a $700,000 penalty for releasing benzene into an unlined lagoon adjacent to the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/19/marathon-hazerdous-waste?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 15:17:16 -0600 New program to protect water quality; details to be worked out Federal officials in St. Paul today announced a collaboration to encourage farmers to address pollution problems in local waters. However, both farmers and environmental activists are cautious about how the new program could work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/17/water-quality?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:57:00 -0600 More Minnesota lakes, rivers added to impaired list Another 500 lakes and river stretches are added to to Minnesota's list of impaired waters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/13/lake-river-impaired?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 3M wins legal point but not the fight, state says An early decision in a legal fight over environmental pollution is a significant victory for 3M says the company, but Minnesota disputes that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/10/3m-pfc-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2012 20:26:05 -0600 U of M economist measures nature's benefits with dollars Nature performs many important functions that benefit humans -- not just offering beauty but cleaning water, taming floods and pollinating crops. Some researchers think it's time to put a dollar value on those natural processes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/03/economist-measures-natures-benefit-with-dollars?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 13:49:34 -0600 Longtime Minn. naturalist to retire Tuesday Palmquist has taken school kids and families on nature hikes, helped them plant trees and make maple syrup, and generally imparted his enthusiasm for nature to more than 400,000 visitors over the years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/02/longtime-minnesota-naturalist-to-retire?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jan 2012 09:45:35 -0600 Sheriff defends jail staff's handling of suspect who died in custody St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman says the county jail gave proper care to a shooting suspect who died in custody, despite claims from the suspect's family that jail staff had ignored his medical needs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/29/schlienz-update?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2011 15:23:40 -0600 Snow drought increases risk of winter fires The lack of snow in most parts of Minnesota is creating unusually dangerous wildfire conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/27/winter-fire-danger?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2011 17:05:09 -0600 Study: Urban lakes absorb much more mercury than rural waters A new study says lakes in urban areas absorb as much as four-times as much mercury as lakes in remote areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/22/urban-lakes-mercury-study?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:50:26 -0600 Minn. plans hunting season as gray wolves come off endangered list The Obama administration is taking gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region off the federal endangered species list. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources already is laying plans for a hunting season on wolves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/21/endangered-wolf-delisted?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 09:37:59 -0600 Director fired from commission that oversees environmental spending Susan Thornton is out as the director of the Legislative-Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources, http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/20/director-fired?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:39:57 -0600 State looks for researchers to study effects of sulfate pollution on wild rice The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued a request-for-proposals for scientists to study the effects of sulfate pollution on the state's wild rice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/17/study-sulfate-pollution-wild-rice?refid=0 Sat, 17 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 U of M prof. initiative to nudge consumers toward sustainability practices An initiative by a University of Minnesota professor aims to teach businesses and government agencies how to encourage consumer behavior that's good for the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/14/university-sustainability?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 16:39:58 -0600 Potential new pollution permit causes concern The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency plans to issue a new permit that would raise the levels of air pollution allowed from a North Minneapolis plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/14/pollution-permit?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 16:08:37 -0600 Outdoors group finalizes recommendations for Legacy-funded projects The advisory group charged with recommending how to invest Legacy Amendment money for the outdoors has come up with their list for next year's Legislature to consider. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/13/minnesota-outdoors-group-makes-project-recommendations?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2011 14:45:45 -0600 Blood tests show Oakdale, Cottage Grove PFC levels decline 3M made the perfluorinated chemicals until 2002, and the chemicals leached from landfills into ground water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/13/3m-pfc-blood-test?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2011 08:21:11 -0600 U of M researcher: Physical barriers won't stop Asian carp The Coon Rapids Dam had previously been thought to be an effective barrier against Asian carp, but the Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that it had found e-DNA evidence of the silver carp in the Mississippi River above the dam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/10/carp-physical-barriers?refid=0 Sat, 10 Dec 2011 15:42:59 -0600 Xcel's Monticello plant still undergoing testing Xcel Energy's nuclear power plant in Monticello, Minn., continues to undergo testing, after a series of problems caused the reactor to shut down automatically. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/06/xcels-monticello-plant-still-undergoing-testing?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2011 20:05:11 -0600 Study says PFC levels declining in east metro Levels of perfluorinated chemicals in residents of the east metro are declining, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/06/pfc-levels-decline?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2011 17:15:04 -0600 Minn. ski hills open despite dry autumn months As Minnesota says goodbye to an extremely dry fall, ski hills are busy making snow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/03/minn-ski-hills-open?refid=0 Sat, 03 Dec 2011 09:17:16 -0600 EPA proposes stricter rules for ship ballast water on Great Lakes, elsewhere A new rule proposed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency would for the first time set a limit on the number of organisms allowed in ships' ballast water discharges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/01/epa-ballast-water-rules?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2011 11:00:18 -0600 Minn. utilities don't want more coal power from ND North Dakota, a big coal producer, wants Minnesota to drop its restrictions on electricity generated by coal. But Minnesota utilities are already conforming to those goals and say they aren't interested in more coal-based electricity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/28/north-dakota-minnesota-coal-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2011 14:30:29 -0600 Duluth tycoon Jeno Paulucci dies at 93 Jeno Paulucci, a Minnesota business icon whose restaurant ventures included a company that popularized the finger food known as pizza rolls, has died. He was 93. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/25/jeno-paulucci-obit?refid=0 Fri, 25 Nov 2011 08:09:27 -0600 3M: Improved health of Mississippi River means state should drop advisories 3M is asking the state to change fish consumption advisories and remove the designation of "impaired" for the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/17/3m-mississippi-river-study?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 16:41:03 -0600 Minnesota state tree nurseries phase out historic seedling program Minnesota's two tree nurseries are preparing to phase out much of their seedling production, work they've been doing since the Great Depression. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/12/state-tree-nurseries-phase-out-seedling-production?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 DNR: Lutsen OK to keep using water from slowing river The Minnesota DNR will issue a special permit to Lutsen Mountains Ski Hill to take water from the Poplar River for snow-making -- despite the stream's very low level. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/10/lutsen-water-permit?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2011 13:36:33 -0600 DNR commissioner removes top 2 forestry officials Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources commissioner has removed his top two forestry officials, saying he wants to see timber from state lands harvested more quickly to help the struggling forest products industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/08/dnr-forestry-shakeup?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2011 13:13:30 -0600 State meets pollution standards, but faces problems with unregulated contaminants Minnesota's air quality currently meets national standards, but there are other significant pollution problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/07/state-pollution-standards?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2011 06:15:00 -0600 Lutsen asks for special permit to continue water draw from slowing river The Department of Natural Resources is considering a special permit to allow Lutsen Mountains Ski Hill to pump water from a nearby stream for snow making, despite very low river flow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/27/lutsen-slowing-river?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Permits allow mining expansion, require reduced pollution Two permits have been approved to allow a major expansion at U.S. Steel's taconite plant in Keewatin on the western end of the Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/permits-allow-mining-expansion-require-reduced-pollution?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 U of M to 'flip the switch' on experimental wind turbine The University of Minnesota will "flip the switch" on a new experimental 2.5 megawatt wind turbine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/24/experimental-wind-turbine?refid=0 Mon, 24 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Officals urge proper disposal of medications, drugs A public education campaign is underway to encourage proper disposal of expired or unwanted medications. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/19/officals-urge-proper-disposal-of-medications-drugs?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 19:19:23 -0500 New equipment will save on costs at water treatment plant Minneapolis showed off its new water treatment facility to a top federal official Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/18/equipment-water-treatment-plant?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:37:03 -0500 Met Council considers legal options against 3M over chemical discharge The Metropolitan Council has asked its lawyers to explore legal options against 3M related to millions of dollars in costs of meeting new state requirements for discharging perfluorinated chemicals - which 3M stopped producing in 2002 - from wastewater treatment plants into the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/12/pfc-water-contamination-mpca-met-council-3m?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 15:28:04 -0500 Officials watching tiny forest fire in Voyageurs park A fire is burning in Voyageurs National Park, but it's so small and remote that officials are just keeping an eye on it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/10/voyageurs-national-park-fire?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 11:16:47 -0500 Environmental groups sue EPA over lack of protection in Minn. Two environmental groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over protection of Minnesota waters from invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/06/environmental-groups-sue-epa?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2011 22:12:52 -0500 3M finds elevated levels of PFCs in Woodbury wells 3M has discovered elevated levels of perfluorinated chemicals in monitoring wells at its Woodbury clean-up site, but drinking water wells do not appear to be affected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/06/woodbury-pfcs?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2011 15:50:34 -0500 Officials delay decision on mineral rights leases Top elected officials have delayed for a second time the approval of 94 leases to explore for copper, nickel and other valuable minerals in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/05/officials-delay-decision-on-mineral-rights-leases?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 22:00:00 -0500 Obama seeks fast track for powerlines in Minn., elsewhere The Obama administration plans to fast-track a high-voltage power line planned for Hampton, Minn. to LaCrosse, Wis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/05/obama-powerlines?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 15:00:28 -0500 Landowners fight state over lease of mineral rights People in northern Minnesota are discovering the hard way that while they own their homes and the land the houses sit on, they may not own the minerals beneath the surface. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/05/landowners-fight-state-lease-mineral-rights?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Funding continues program for wolf management A federal program to remove or kill problem wolves in Minnesota will continue to be funded. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/04/funding-program-wolf-management?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 15:35:26 -0500 Group to campaign for controversial oil pipeline A business partnership will support the controversial proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry crude from Canada's oil sands to Texas refineries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/28/campaign-controversial-oil-pipeline?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 14:29:25 -0500 BWCA fire slowly being contained The Pagami Creek fire in northeastern Minnesota is now 35 percent contained. The fire is expected to burn quietly through the weekend, as the ground takes time to dry out from recent rain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/23/bwca-fire-update?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 10:55:02 -0500 Forest managers defend decisions in BWCA fire Rains in northeastern Minnesota have muffled the Pagami Creek fire for the time being. Forest managers are using the breathing space to look back at how they've handled the fire so far -- and to justify their actions to local critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/22/bwca-fire-management?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 18:36:53 -0500 Buoyed by cool, wet weather, firefighters tackle north side of BWCA blaze Firefighters on the Pagami Creek fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are slogging through another wet, chilly day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/22/boundary-waters-firefighters-tackle-problematic-north-side-of-blaze?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 11:20:28 -0500 Rain slows BWCA blaze, stalls firefighters' efforts New rain in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is helping suppress the Pagami Creek fire, but it also put an early end to Wednesday's efforts to contain the blaze. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/21/bwca-fire-wet-weather?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 16:45:33 -0500 MPCA approves air permit for taconite plant expansion The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has approved an air pollution permit for a major expansion at U.S. Steel's taconite plant in Keewatin on the Iron Range. The company is venturing into new territory as it promises to control the increased mercury emissions that will come from new production. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/13/keetac-mine-permit-approved?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 16:35:10 -0500 Water study landed quietly, but helps shape debate University of Minnesota researchers criss-crossed the state, studied data and involved hundreds to build a report the Legislature could use for decades to frame how the Land of 10,000 Lakes talks about water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/13/ground-level-water-swack?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Gov. Dayton looks for support in fight against carp invasion The Minnesota governor appealed to various state agencies and officials for their support in a plan to confront the invasion of Asian carp. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/12/gov-dayton-looks-for-support-in-fight-against-carp-invasion?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 19:34:15 -0500 Clean river advocate Norman Senjem to retire Norman Senjem, a major figure in efforts to clean local water resources of sediment, is retiring from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/08/clean-river-advocate-norman-senjum-to-retire?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Baby's body found floating in Mississippi River The body was found on Monday, Chief Deputy Sheriff Ron Ganrude said. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is helping in the investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/07/babys-body-found-floating-in-mississippi-river?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 06:33:36 -0500 Sonic bubble barrier is latest hope to control carp invasion A sonic and bubble barrier may be only a partial solution to keeping the invasive Asian carp away from Minnesota waters, according to University of Minnesota experts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/29/sonic-bubble-barrier-control-carp-invasion?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 NDSU students show off super-efficient 'passive house' at State Fair Based on German designs, a "passive house" needs only the equivalent of nine light bulbs to heat it -- even in a cold Minnesota winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/26/state-fair-passive-house?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 16:44:50 -0500 Feds taking more comments on gray wolf de-listing plan The federal government is reopening a comment period for its plan to take the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/25/gray-wolf-delisting-commenting?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 12:34:04 -0500 State, U.S. Steel strike deal to expand production, clean up pollution at Iron Range plants The deal allows the company to expand production at one plant and clean up pollution at another plant on the Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/19/us-steel-iron-range-plants-pollution-clean-up-expansion?refid=0 Fri, 19 Aug 2011 15:03:18 -0500 NRC cites Xcel Energy for Prairie Island problem The federal government has again decided that Xcel Energy's Prairie Island nuclear power plant needs an extra inspection, because of problems with its back up power supply for safety equipment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/17/prairie-island-power-plant?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 15:24:02 -0500 Artificial islands work to clean up polluted Spring Lake Artificial islands designed to reduce pollution in Spring Lake were launched on Wednesday by neighbors from Minneapolis' Lowry Hill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/16/artificial-islands-work-to-clean-up-polluted-spring-lake?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Asian carp present in St. Croix River, DNR studies say Environmental testing has found that a species of the invasive Asian carp likely is present in the St. Croix River, as far north as St. Croix Falls, Wis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/11/asian-carp-saint-croix?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 13:14:52 -0500 Asian carp FAQ Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Asian carp, an invasive species of fish that is traveling north on the Mississippi River and threatening to enter the Great Lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/asian-carp-faq?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Is Minnesota ready to fight Asian carp invasion? We may learn today whether Asian carp have moved farther up in the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers. The Minnesota DNR is expected to release results of studies about the carp's advance later today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/asian-carp-spread?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Minn. DNR launches zebra mussel decontamination program New high-pressure washers will be stationed at public access points at a few Minnesota lakes this weekend as part of a ramped-up effort to prevent the spread of Zebra mussels and other invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/05/dnr-zebra-mussel-decontamination?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2011 08:11:28 -0500 Shorter AT&T cell tower OK'd to be built near BWCA A judge ruled Wednesday that AT&T can build a cell phone tower near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The approved tower, at 200 feet, is shorter than the 450-foot tower the company was initially seeking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/04/bwca-cell-tower?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 06:44:14 -0500 MPCA reports success so far in streamlining permits The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it's making a lot of internal changes to meet efficiency goals set by legislators and Gov. Dayton last spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/02/mpca-rules-changes?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 13:54:13 -0500 Cuts and compromise on environmental bill The environment bill negotiated between Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers includes some budget cuts and some compromise on policy issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/19/special-session-environmental-bill?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 20:11:09 -0500 Constituents react to Rep. Cravaack's plan to move family from district After six months in office, Rep. Chip Cravaack announced last weekend that he will move his family to New Hampshire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/19/chip-cravaack-moves-to-new-hampshire?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 04:00:00 -0500 U.S. Court of Appeals to hear Minn. campaign disclosure law The 8th circuit agreed to consider Minnesota's law requiring campaign donations by corporations be made public. A 3-judge panel of the court upheld the law in May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/campaign-disclosure?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 20:12:38 -0500 Georgia Pacific closes Duluth plant, cites govt. shutdown The company draws water from Lake Superior, but needs further state approval to continue to do so. Around 150 workers are affected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/georgia-pacific?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 19:54:49 -0500 Effects of climate change appear in national parks near Great Lakes National parks around the Great Lakes are showing early and damaging signs of climate change, according to a new report from two environmental groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/climate-change-report-great-lakes-parks?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:38:50 -0500 David Kansas picked as new COO of American Public Media Group The parent company of Minnesota Public Radio has named David Kansas as its new chief operating officer. He will succeed Jon McTaggart, who replaced Bill Kling as CEO earlier this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/apmg-new-coo?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 10:50:25 -0500 Gearin's hardline on exemptions A judge hearing requests for exemptions from the state government shutdown appeared to take a hard line Monday http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/11/shutdown-gearin-environmental-study?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2011 22:19:36 -0500 Federal funds run dry for predatory wolf control program A federally funded program that controls predatory wolves in northern Minnesota will soon be out of money, putting livestock and pets at risk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/07/shutdown-wildlife-conservation-livestock-wolf-predation?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Shutdown delays environmental review of mine project Polymet Mining company will ask a Special Master to declare that state officials working on an environmental review of its proposed copper-nickel mine should be allowed to go back to work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/polymet-shutdown-request?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 20:32:47 -0500 Zebra mussels spread rapidly in Lake Minnetonka Zebra mussels first discovered last summer in Lake Minnetonka will continue to spread at their normal fast pace. With conservation efforts hampered by the state government shutdown, little can be done to check growth of the invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/lake-minnetonka-zebra-mussels?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 09:48:16 -0500 Controversial 50-turbine wind farm approved The State Public Utilities Commission approved a controversial 50-turbine wind farm in Goodhue County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/30/wind-turbine-approved-goodhue?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:04:51 -0500 Rally at Capitol as shutdown looms More than 500 people rallied on the steps of the Minnesota Capitol today to urge full funding for state programs to support low-income Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/30/rally-at-capitol-over-shutdown?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 11:59:32 -0500 Nuclear agency renews Prairie Island permit The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is renewing Xcel Energy's permit to operate its Prairie Island nuclear power plant for another 20 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/28/xcel-prairie-island-nuclear?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Shutdown disrupts state park visitors, holiday plans Reservations will be disrupted for more than 3,000 campsites in state parks should the government shut down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/24/shutdown-state-parks?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Utility savings gets bump by rebate, incentives Minnesota utilities customers are saving enough electricity to power about 120,000 homes for a year through a rebate program that encourages energy-related improvements to homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/21/utility-energy-rebate?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 16:43:19 -0500 DNR let Lutsen Mountains resort violate water permits for years State officials allowed the popular Lutsen Mountains ski resort for years to violate permits restricting how much water it could pull from a North Shore stream to make snow for its groomed hills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/19/lutsen-dnr-water-permit?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Map: Ski areas that have violated their water permits Map shows whether more than a dozen ski areas have violated permits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/17/ski-area-water-permit-map?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Grand Rapids audience shows support for wolf delisting Nearly 200 people attended the meeting, which was organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to learn more about the latest plan to delist wolves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/14/wolf-delisting-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 22:41:06 -0500 Feds hold hearing tonight on wolf delisting The federal government will hold a public information meeting Tuesday evening in Grand Rapids on its plan to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/13/wolf-hearings?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Holder's Minn. speech interrupted by protesters U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Minneapolis Friday, to speak at a conference on preventing youth violence, and meeting with members of the Somali community. His speech was interrupted by anti-war activists protesting the FBI's handling of terrorism investigations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/27/holder-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2011 15:44:20 -0500 New MDH website connects health and environment The Minnesota Department of Health has created a website designed to help people learn about the connections between the environment and public health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/26/minnesota-department-of-health-public-health-environment-website?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 13:57:46 -0500 State to use stingless wasps to combat emerald ash borer The same species of wasps were introduced in Houston County last fall. The Ag Department says it has been tested to make sure it won't harm people or impact non-target species or the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/wasps-emerald-ash-borer?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 14:56:12 -0500 Minn. and Canadian power companies to create storage system for excess energy Duluth-based Minnesota Power has made a deal with Manitoba Hydro that will create a storage system for excess wind energy in Canada. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/minnesota-power-to-sell-wind-energy-for-water-generated-energy?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 13:11:43 -0500 Sunday's tornado destroyed great blue herons rookery North Mississippi Regional Park, just upstream from downtown Minneapolis, includes an island that's been host to nearly two-hundred great blue heron nests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/great-blue-herons?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 19:38:11 -0500 Governor, Legislature headed for collision over the environment Dayton promises to veto bill that would cut funding for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Natural Resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/19/environment-legislation?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Federal government clears path for Prairie Island extension The federal government says there are no environmental concerns that would prevent extending the life of the Prairie Island nuclear power plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/17/xcel-prairie-island?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 00:10:57 -0500 St. Croix, Mississippi on endangered rivers list Two major rivers in Minnesota are on the list of 10-most-endangered rivers identified by a national environmental group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/17/mississippi-saint-croix-endangered-rivers-list?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2011 12:49:27 -0500 Rally for wild rice protection to greet Dayton at fishing opener A rally to support protection for wild rice will greet Gov. Mark Dayton at the fishing opener this weekend in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/12/wild-rice-rally-dayton?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 12:08:20 -0500 Sediment from farm runoff poses a threat to Lake Pepin The upper third of the scenic lake in the Mississippi could be filled in over the next 100 years. An MPCA draft report cites farm runoff as a major cause, but state officials have little leverage to compel changes that could save the lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/11/lake-pepin-sediment?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Prairie Island nuclear plant beginning routine refueling operation Xcel Energy's Prairie Island nuclear plant is undergoing a routine refueling outage at one of its two reactors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/02/prairie-island?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2011 16:15:38 -0500 A spring surprise? The heavy snow didn't mean more killed fish No more than the usual number of fish died from lack of oxygen under the ice and snow. Now the DNR begins the restocking of ponds where fish did die over the winter to restore the fish supply and encourage families to take to the water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/28/winter-fish-kill?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 State gets good marks on move toward greener energy National environmental groups say Minnesota shines in the areas of electic energy efficiency and renewable energy goals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/21/minnesota-green-effort?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 21:04:25 -0500 Invasive bighead carp caught in St. Croix A commercial fisherman has caught a bighead carp, part of a family of invasive fish, in the St. Croix River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/20/asian-carp-caught?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:44:08 -0500 MPCA to outline extent of contamination from former U.S. Steel plant The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will outline new information in Duluth Wednesday night about the extent of contamination at the former U.S. Steel plant along the St. Louis River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/20/ussteel-contamination?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:42:19 -0500 Soudan mine fire caused by maintenance work Sparks caused by workers in the elevator shaft replacing some of the steel sheathing that lines the lower levels of the shaft caused small pieces of wood to smolder and then burn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/19/soudan-fire-cause-1?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 18:55:34 -0500 Public show growing concerns over nuclear power at Prairie Island extension meeting Growing concern over nuclear power has spurred more interest in the Prairie Island nuclear power plant, and at a meeting Thursday night the public had a chance to grill federal officials with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the plant's extension. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/15/prairie-island-meeting?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 06:20:05 -0500 Opponents to air concerns over extension of Prairie Island nuclear plant Opponents of nuclear power will meet in Red Wing Thursday to express their opposition to extending the life of the Prairie Island nuclear plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/14/prairie-island-extension?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2011 06:11:20 -0500 Outstate parks and trails want a bigger piece of the Legacy Amendment pie In the first biennium after the new sales tax was established, the money was divided -- 42 percent for state parks, 42 percent for metro area parks and 15 percent for a grant fund, most of which went to greater Minnesota trails. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/legacy-amendment?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 19:02:41 -0500 DNR may be granted greater inspection authority to combat zebra mussels Legislation authorizes mandatory inspections at or near water access points. If inspectors find an invasive species, they can require the boat or other equipment to go through a decontamination process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/07/zebra-mussels?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Fishing to start late on certain NE Minn. waters The fishing season will get off to a late start on certain northeastern Minnesota lakes and streams because of the cold winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/05/fishing-start?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 06:25:59 -0500 Bills would make sandhill cranes part of Minn. hunting law A hunting season on sandhill cranes would become part of the state's hunting and fishing law, in House and Senate bills expected to pass soon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/05/sandhill-season?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 06:15:39 -0500 Bill would cut Mississippi River protection plan A two-year-long effort to create new protections for the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities is the target of a bill advancing in the Minnesota Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/mississippi-river-protections?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Minn. lawmakers cut environmental programs The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it would have to close between five and 10 state parks, and offer reduced services at others, under budget bills passed by the Republian-led House and Senate Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/29/environment-funding-bill?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 00:33:30 -0500 U project inching closer to creating fuel from algae A University of Minnesota research project is a step closer to learning how to create fuel from algae. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/23/algae-fuel?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 16:33:47 -0500 Bill weakens rules on mining pollution in wild rice-inhabited waters High-profile mining projects proposed for northern Minnesota are prompting a fight at the Legislature over water quality rules for wild rice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/22/wild-rice-rules?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 16:23:05 -0500 Xcel Energy checks nuclear power plant safety Xcel Energy is checking its emergency preparedness in the wake of the nuclear power plant disaster in Japan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/21/xcel-nuclear-plant-check?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:56:22 -0500 House committee approves change to lottery funds law A House committee voted along party lines Wednesday night to change the law that says Environmental Trust Fund money, which is made up of lottery proceeds, should be used to supplement, not supplant, traditional funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/17/lottery-funds-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 06:29:12 -0500 More strict emissions standards at Minn. power plants under proposed rule All of Minnesota's power plants will have to meet new standards for emissions of mercury and other toxic pollution under a rule proposed by the federal government Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/16/epa-rules?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:56:23 -0500 Q&A: How vulnerable are Minnesota's nuclear reactors? The earthquake and tsunami in Japan the disaster they caused at a nuclear power plant there are raising questions about the safety of Minnesota's two nuclear power plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/15/minnesota-nuclear-power-plants-vulnerabilities?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 20:00:22 -0500 No compromise reached on lottery-funded project list An advisory group that evaluates proposals for projects to fund with lottery money has defied the request of two key legislators to drop some of its recommendations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/15/environment-projects?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 06:23:19 -0500 Wisconsin remains divided over union actions Wisconsin lawmakers have given final approval to a proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers. Walker said he will sign the legislation as soon as possible. Wisconsin residents are reacting taco the fast-paced political action in Madison. We visited several border communities Thursday to sample opinion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/wisconsin-state-divided-folo?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 17:25:44 -0600 U of M study links long migration and parasites in Monarch butterflies A University of Minnesota study on Monarch butterflies suggests a connection between the long migration and parasites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/monarch-butterflies?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 06:30:21 -0600 Bill to repeal ban on new coal power plants moves forward A measure to repeal Minnesota's restrictions on new coal-fired power plants passed committees in both houses of the Legislature Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/09/coal-power-bill?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 06:25:22 -0600 Bill would exempt ethanol plants from one environmental review A bill making its way through the Minnesota Legislature would exempt ethanol plants from an environmental review requirement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/08/ethanol-environmental-review-bill?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 12:30:21 -0600 Advisory group continues struggle over projects list An advisory commission on funding environmental projects continues to wrestle with dozens of proposals being held up by the change in the majority party in the legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/08/environmental-group-projects?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 06:19:27 -0600 Environmental groups upset with permit streamlining bill Gov. Mark Dayton Thursday signed a bill designed to streamline the state's environmental review processes. Environmental groups say it's a sign that natural resource protections are being unraveled in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/04/environmental-groups-criticize-permit-streamline-bill?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Report calls environmental permitting flawed, offers areas of improvement Minnesota's legislative auditor says the state's environmental review and permitting processes are flawed, and in a report issued Tuesday offered some recommendations for improvement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/02/environmental-permitting?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2011 06:06:00 -0600 List of environmental projects that may be removed xx http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/01/environmental-projects-list?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 12:38:14 -0600 After debate, 25 proposed environmental projects dropped from list headed to Legislature A joint legislative-citizens advisory group on environmental spending agreed Monday night to drop 25 projects from its list of recommendations headed to the Legislature. The action came after two key lawmakers warned the group the projects would never pass. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/01/environmental-projects?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 05:54:30 -0600 Wisconsin: A state divided As the standoff continues in Madison over public employee benefits and bargaining rights, the debate has spread to communities across the state, including those along the Wisconsin-Minnesota border. We visited some of those communities and found that opinions are just as divided as they are in Madison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/24/wisconsin-state-divided?refid=0 Fri, 25 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Minn. House backs move toward more nuclear power The Minnesota House followed in the footsteps of the Senate Thursday night and approved a measure to remove the moratorium on new nuclear power plants in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/17/nuclear-power-house-bill?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2011 20:41:29 -0600 MPCA head: Agency will make progress despite 11 pct. cut The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says even with an 11 percent reduction in funding, it will be able to make progress on key issues under Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/15/pollution-control-agency-dayton-budget-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 17:55:23 -0600 U of M, conservation groups using crop database to boost food production The University of Minnesota is teaming up with agribusiness and conservation groups to use a massive database to boost food production while reducing harm to the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/15/conservation-group-database?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 13:44:19 -0600 Legislators map out 25-year plan for Minn. parks and trails Legislators have been given a 25-year plan for parks and trails in Minnesota that describes how money from the Legacy Amendment and other state funds should be invested to ensure continued excellence in state parks and trails. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/14/parks-plan-25?refid=0 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:04:03 -0600 Bill would repeal limits on new coal plan construction Environmental groups are calling attention to mercury pollution coming from coal-fired power plants. Legislators are considering bills that would repeal Minnesota's restrictions on new coal plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/coal-plant-restriction-repeal?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 16:44:10 -0600 Environmental review bill headed for House action The Minnesota House could act Thursday on a bill to streamline environmental review. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/house-environmental-review?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 06:25:17 -0600 Homeowners tapping super-efficient water heaters to save money Thousands of homeowners in Minnesota are saving money and electricity by using super-efficient water heaters that can be heated at night and provide hot water all day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/09/super-efficient-water-heaters-off-peak?refid=0 Wed, 09 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 MPCA extends comment period for 3M wastewater permit The state of Minnesota is allowing more time for public comment on a revised permit for a wastewater treatment plant at 3M's plant in Cottage Grove. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/02/3m-cottage-grove-permit?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2011 16:15:56 -0600 Can Iron Range find balance on environment, jobs? The question on Iron Range is: can there be more jobs and still a healthy environment? It's an especially relevant question as the state considers proposals for a new form of mining, copper-nickel mining, that has a history of serious pollution in other parts of the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/28/iron-range-economy-jobs-environment?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 19:05:08 -0600 Minn. Republicans hope to undo clean energy policies Minnesota's pioneering clean energy policies could be headed for major changes. The House and Senate will consider legislation that could repeal much of the Next Generation Energy Act of 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/25/renewable-energy-legislation?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 14:00:00 -0600 Legislators review state's energy programs A Senate committee heard Thursday about how the Conservation Improvement Program is affecting businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/20/minnesota-energy-programs?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 18:46:01 -0600 Group says some Legacy money being spent inefficiently An audit by the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy finds weaknesses in some water clean-up projects paid for with money from the outdoors legacy amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/20/legacy-fund-spending?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 16:59:31 -0600 Transmitters implanted, loons tracked on trip from Gulf When the loons make their return journey north to Minnesota from the Gulf of Mexico this year, wildlife watchers will be following them closely. Researchers are looking for signs the loons may have been harmed by the Gulf oil spill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/14/tracking-loons-implant-transmitters?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Environmental groups concerned about plan to streamline business permits Minnesota's leading business lobbying group wants to streamline and speed up the process for getting permits and environmental reviews completed. But some environmental groups are concerned the changes might go too far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/12/environmental-permit-process?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:07:32 -0600 DNR considers measures to curb invasive species The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is considering proposing mandatory boat inspections at key lakes, to prevent the spread of invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/11/dnr-invasive-species?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jan 2011 09:00:00 -0600 New Legislature brings opportunity to repeal ban on nuclear, coal plants State moratoriums on new nuclear and coal-fired plants are targeted for repeal when the Legislature begins its work this week. Some legislators say the key energy laws have outlived their usefulness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/03/energy-legislation?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jan 2011 14:00:00 -0600 DNR says Keewatin mine study adequate The Minnesota DNR says an environmental study of a proposed expansion at the Keetac taconite mine near Keewatin is adequate -- a ruling that paves the way for the company to apply for permits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/30/keetac-mine-study?refid=0 Thu, 30 Dec 2010 20:14:39 -0600 Split Rock Lighthouse State Park expands with land The dramatic Split Rock Lighthouse on Lake Superior is celebrating its centennial this year, and the state park is now a little bigger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/30/split-rock-lighthouse?refid=0 Thu, 30 Dec 2010 19:55:54 -0600 Duluth opens new 6,600 seat arena Thursday night Duluth's new Amsoil Arena opens Thursday with a men's hockey game between the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the University of North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/30/amsoil-arena?refid=0 Thu, 30 Dec 2010 13:14:47 -0600 Northern Minn. ski resorts ready for busy weekend Ski resorts in northeastern Minnesota are preparing for one of their busiest weekends of the year, but the threat of rain is a small worry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/29/snow-conditions-trails?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2010 06:00:00 -0600 Deer hunters group wants to catch cougars on trail cameras The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is asking people with trail cameras to leave them up this winter so that they might catch a picture of a predator -- especially a cougar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/28/cougar-hunters?refid=0 Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:35:03 -0600 Twin Cities Builders Association taking former partner to court The Builders Association of the Twin Cities is taking its former partner, Minnesota GreenStar, to court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/27/builders-suit?refid=0 Sun, 26 Dec 2010 16:00:11 -0600 Xcel says its ready for EPA greenhouse gas rules Xcel Energy says it is well-positioned to meet new standards for greenhouse gas pollution announced Thursday by the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/23/xcel-energy-greenhouse-gas-rules?refid=0 Thu, 23 Dec 2010 13:59:03 -0600 New rules on greenhouse gases could strain impacted industries In a change that could bring challenges to Minnesota's mining industry, utilities, refineries and paper mills, large industries that emit significant amounts of greenhouse gases will soon need to obtain permits from the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/20/greenhouse-gases?refid=0 Mon, 20 Dec 2010 15:00:00 -0600 Environmental group: MPCA fined few permit violators An environmental group studied water permits for a five-year period, and found that two-thirds of industrial facilities and wastewater treatment plants violated their permits, but the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency only fined 11 percent of the violators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/20/mpca-fines?refid=0 Mon, 20 Dec 2010 12:04:27 -0600 Business group sues over mining pollution rules The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is suing the state over a rule governing sulfate pollution in wild rice beds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/wild-rice-pollution?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 15:34:04 -0600 Rep. McNamara takes over environmental committee The incoming Republican chair of the Minnesota House Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Committee says he will build on groundwork laid by his Democratic predecessor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/16/mcnamara?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 16:35:55 -0600 Gov't plans stepped-up fight against Asian carp New research is underway on controlling the voracious jumping carp with poisons, pheromones, or even removing the food they eat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/16/asian-carp?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 15:00:20 -0600 Minn. agencies push 'green chemistry' Minnesota should encourage industry to move toward "green chemistry," according to a report released Wednesday from the Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/15/green-chemistry?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 14:53:37 -0600 Commission 'cautiously optimistic' about Prairie Island nuclear plant's safety progress Officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission say they're "cautiously optimistic" about Xcel Energy's progress in addressing a series of human errors at the Prairie Island nuclear plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/15/prairie-island-safety?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 06:22:07 -0600 Xcel Energy to deliver report on Prairie Island safety Xcel Energy will report Tuesday on how it is handling problems at its Prairie Island nuclear power plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/prairie-island-nuclear-plant-safety?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 06:00:00 -0600 Moderately bad air headed to Twin Cities If the snow and cold aren't enough of a nuisance, the weather is about to deliver a few days with deteriorating air quality in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/13/bad-air-twin-cities?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2010 13:57:44 -0600 Scandia allowing more time for review of proposed gravel pit The city of Scandia is allowing more time for environmental review of a gravel pit proposed for a bluff overlooking the St. Croix River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/08/scandia-mine-pit?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 10:15:42 -0600 Supreme Court agrees to hear greenhouse gas case Several states and conservation organizations are trying to force utilities, including Xcel Energy, to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from their coal-fired power plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/07/supreme-court-xcel-energy-greenhouse-gas?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2010 17:20:15 -0600 Controversial gravel pit plan up for vote in Scandia A controversial plan to re-open an old gravel pit near the St. Croix River comes up for a vote Tuesday night by the Scandia City Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/07/st-croix-river-gravel-pit?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2010 06:00:00 -0600 Congress passes Asian carp import prevention bill Congress has passed a bill designed to prevent importation of Asian carp, which was co-sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/02/asian-carp-bill?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 16:11:36 -0600 Doctors, activists mark Clear Air Act's 40th anniversary President Nixon signed the Clean Air Act in 1970, and it's been given credit for preventing millions of cases of disease, ranging from asthma and heart disease to low IQ among children exposed to lead in the air. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/30/clean-air-act-anniversary?refid=0 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 06:00:00 -0600 Mining pollution may be hurting Minn's wild rice High levels of sulfates released from Minnesota's mining industry are suspected of diminishing Minnesota's native wild rice beds. The state is reconsidering its current standard for sulfate in wild rice waters, but until recently it hasn't been enforcing the existing standard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/28/wild-rice-standards?refid=0 Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Minn. named 'Best Trails State' by national group From horse trails in southwestern Minnesota to the new Gitchi-Gami bike trail along Lake Superior, Minnesota leads the nation, according to American Trails, a national advocacy group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/24/trail-award?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 16:32:40 -0600 State: No change in rules for herbicide atrazine The Minnesota Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that existing rules for the weed-killer atrazine are adequate to protect the environment and public health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/23/atrazine-endocrine-disruptor?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 15:49:34 -0600 Minn. keeps limit on manganese in drinking water The Minnesota Department of Health was proposing to weaken the rule, but reversed course after receiving public comments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/22/manganese-drinking-water?refid=0 Mon, 22 Nov 2010 14:39:19 -0600 Report: Minn. could better care for its water resources A report from the Water Resources Center at the University of Minnesota concludes that Minnesotans should to invest in efforts to ensure clean water and a healthy ecosystem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/17/minnesota-water-resources?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 20:24:21 -0600 Report: Parts of state running short on water The report says many of the state's water rules are inadequate, others are ignored, and that the state needs a more comprehensive approach to water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/16/water-supply?refid=0 Tue, 16 Nov 2010 20:39:00 -0600 DNR removing old dams at slow pace Minnesota has 1,300 small dams on its rivers and streams. The DNR says at least 100 of them should be repaired, torn down or modified to improve fish habitat. The agency is in a race against time to fix the dams before more of them fail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/10/dam-removal?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 In Lake Superior, a problem algae lies dormant - but why? Researchers are collecting samples of Didymo, an alga, to try to determine why it has choked out life in streams in South Dakota and New Zealand, but is relatively harmless in Lake Superior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/08/didymo-lake-superior?refid=0 Mon, 08 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 DNR announces $3.5M in Legacy grants The Conservation Partners grant program pays local governments and non-profit groups to do projects that restore, protect, and enhance natural lands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/04/legacy-grants?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2010 17:07:31 -0500 Xcel asks for rate hikes in 2011-2012 Xcel Energy is asking state regulators to increase its electric rates by a total of $198 million in 2011 and 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/04/xcel-rates?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2010 10:46:31 -0500 Voters in the 8th District say Oberstar became big government Minnesota's 8th Congressional District will have a new representative in Washington for the first time since 1975. Political newcomer Chip Cravaack unseated veteran James Oberstar in a tight race that stunned many observers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/04/oberstar-reaction?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Earth losing its ability to store carbon The earth is losing its ability to store carbon, as rainforests are cut and burned to grow food, according to a study co-authored by a University of Minnesota professor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/01/uofm-rainforest-study?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2010 17:12:57 -0500 Rebates available for programmable thermostats Just in time for the cold weather, a non-profit group is promoting rebates available for home programmable thermostats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/27/thermostat-rebates?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2010 11:59:59 -0500 Audit: Renewable energy grant program lacks focus Minnesota's legislative auditor says the Renewable Energy Development Fund needs clearer accountability and more open processes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/22/renewable-energy-legislative-auditor?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2010 14:27:23 -0500 Renewable energy fund to be graded on its success The Legislative Auditor releases a report Friday on how well the state's Renewable Energy Development Fund is meeting its goals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/21/audit-energyprogram?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2010 06:24:00 -0500 Minn. taconite companies look to reduce mercury output Taconite companies in northeastern Minnesota are launching into an effort to find ways to reduce their mercury emissions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/19/taconite-plant-mercury-emissions?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 19:23:14 -0500 Prairie Island clears hurdle toward 20-year extension The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rejected claims that Xcel Energy's safety record so poor enough that the life of the plant should not be extended. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/14/prairie-island-extension?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Noted U ecologist pushes for climate change legislation A University of Minnesota scientist says Minnesota is already suffering from the impacts of climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/12/frelich?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 11:09:35 -0500 Gov candidates face array of environmental issues From fishing to farming, mining to prairie preservation - Minnesota's next governor will face a wide range of environmental concerns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/30/candidates-for-governor-environmental-issues?refid=0 Thu, 30 Sep 2010 15:12:21 -0500 Superior, Wis. refinery agrees to $142M pollution control upgrade Murphy Oil Company has agreed to invest $142 million on pollution control equipment at its two U.S. refineries, including one in Superior, Wis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/29/murphy-refinery-pollution?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 16:27:48 -0500 Is Minn.'s protection of the environment ripe for streamlining? A state Senator is convening a new task force to talk about whether it's time for a fundamental overhaul of the way the state protects the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/streamlining-environment-protection?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 15:22:36 -0500 SuperValu aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent Eden Prairie-based SuperValu says it will cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 10 percent over the next two years, compared to a baseline year of 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/supervalu-greenhouse-gases?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 11:07:15 -0500 U of M defends delay of 'Troubled Waters' film The University of Minnesota is defending its decision to delay the premiere of a film about pollution in the Mississippi River, and rejecting a call for a top official to resign over the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/troubled-waters?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 10:31:52 -0500 U of M dean says 'Troubled Waters' film 'vilifies agriculture' The film, "Troubled Waters," is about the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, and pollution from Minnesota that's contributing to the problem. Its premiere was abruptly postponed by the university officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/17/troubled-water-film-agriculture-dean?refid=0 Fri, 17 Sep 2010 19:09:55 -0500 Who scuttled documentary about Mississippi River pollution? The University of Minnesota has abruptly canceled the premiere of a film about the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. The film focuses on pollution from farms, golf courses, and other sources in Minnesota and throughout the course of the Mississippi River. Tom Crann talks with environmental reporter Stephanie Hemphill. The film was scheduled to air on Twin Cities Public Television in early October, but the director says she was notified last week that the university's public relations office had cancelled the airdate. Environmental reporter Stephanie Hemphill has been looking into this, and joins me now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/16/troubledwatersdebrief?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 20:40:45 -0500 Biofuels focus of energy conference in Minneapolis At a conference in Minneapolis Tuesday, bio-energy researchers will join an international effort to lay out a clearer future for biofuels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/13/bio-fuels-meeting?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 10:48:57 -0500 Backlog of fixes as Xcel asks to extend Prairie Island's life The Prairie Island nuclear power plant is working on a backlog of hundreds of small problems, at least one of which has lingered for nine years. Xcel Energy is seeking to extend the plant's life for another 20 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/13/prairie-island-backlog-xcel-energy?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Negotiators for Duluth nurses return to table today Negotiators return to the bargaining table Tuesday to try to avoid a nurses' strike in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/07/duluth-nurses?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2010 06:35:55 -0500 Public can weigh in on plans for Lake Vermilion park The Minnesota DNR is asking for public input on plans for the new Lake Vermilion State Park in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/03/vermilion-input?refid=0 Sat, 04 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Diverters should prevent birds from hitting power lines Duluth-based Minnesota Power is installing diverters on power lines to guide migrating birds away from the lines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/03/bird-diversion?refid=0 Sat, 04 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Duluth nurses reach agreement with St. Luke's Negotiators for 400 nurses reached a tentative agreement on a contract with St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth early Wednesday, following an all-night negotiating session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/01/duluth-nurses-agreement?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 17:50:31 -0500 Report: Residents exposed to PFCs unlikely to get sick The Minnesota Department of Health says it's unlikely that people in the east metro who have been exposed to PFCs will experience adverse health effects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/31/pfcs-report?refid=0 Tue, 31 Aug 2010 13:48:23 -0500 Two Minn. servicemen killed in Afghanistan Two members of the military with Minnesota ties have been killed in Afghanistan. Dan Fedder, a Marine from Pine City, and Adam Novak, who grew up in Fergus Falls, were killed in separate incidents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/30/afghanistan-obit?refid=0 Mon, 30 Aug 2010 15:39:25 -0500 Oberstar pushes for faster action on mine proposal U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, who represents Minnesota's 8th Congressional District, joined local leaders in Hoyt Lakes Friday to express their impatience with the environmental review of a proposed copper-nickel mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/27/polymet-oberstar?refid=0 Fri, 27 Aug 2010 18:10:18 -0500 Report: Big Stone's coal ash polluting groundwater A report from three environmental groups says coal ash stored at the Big Stone power plant in South Dakota, near the Minnesota border, is polluting groundwater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/26/coal-waste?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 14:20:41 -0500 Researchers use new tool to fight gypsy moths The state is trying to get the jump on a growing population of gypsy moths in northern Minnesota. Researchers are engaging in early skirmishes of what will be a long war. They're choosing a few key spots to plant a fungus that's lethal to the moths, but harmless to just about everything else. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/22/gypsy-moths?refid=0 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 U of M receives $10M grant to study climate change A major grant to the University of Minnesota will fund a multi-disciplinary team studying the implications of climate change in some detail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/20/climate-change-grant?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 07:07:18 -0500 Duluth nurses reject contract, OK strike Nurses at two hospital systems in the northeast Minnesota city of Duluth have rejected new contracts and voted to authorize a one-day strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/18/duluth-nurses-strike?refid=0 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 00:09:20 -0500 Interest in solar thermal energy heating up State money is available for a solar rebate system that's considered more efficient at converting the sun's rays into energy we can use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/18/solar-thermal-energy?refid=0 Wed, 18 Aug 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Rochester women, accused of helping terrorists, released after court hearing The two women are accused of raising money to help fund al-Shabab, an organization in Somalia that is considered a terrorist group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/rochester-somali-indictments?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 17:00:00 -0500 Environmental officials stop in St. Paul for listening tour Attendees told the officials, including Lisa Jackson, the head of the EPA, that air-conditioning is too common, and explained how to get kids outside to play. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/environmental-officials-listening-tour?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 06:55:26 -0500 EPA chief: too early to assess oil spills' damages The head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency says it's too early to assess the damages from two oil spills -- one in the Gulf of Mexico and the other in Michigan's Kalamazoo River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/04/epa-administrator?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 16:49:38 -0500 Outdoors groups gear up to make pitch to feds Local conservation and outdoors groups are gearing up to share ideas with the federal government. They'll have a chance Wednesday to speak to top Obama administration officials about how to do a better job of protecting natural resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/04/outdoors-policy-obama?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 06:00:00 -0500 Spiny waterfleas discovered in lake near Ely Spiny waterfleas have been discovered in Burntside Lake near Ely. Although the water fleas are small, they pose threats to lake life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/03/water-fleas-burntsidelake?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 15:59:04 -0500 New product could remove common herbicide from drinking water Two University of Minnesota graduates have come up with a product to remove the herbicide atrazine from drinking water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/29/atrazine-treatment?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2010 16:14:51 -0500 Local oil spills amount to 19,000 barrels since 2000 In a report being released today, the National Wildlife Federation says there were 57 pipeline spills in Minnesota between 2000 and 2009, releasing more than 19,000 barrels of oil and causing more than $36 million in damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/29/minnesota-oil-spills?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2010 10:30:00 -0500 Zebra mussels found in Lake Minnetonka A local resident found some young zebra mussels in Lake Minnetonka, and the Department of Natural Resources says it's likely a population has been reproducing for at least a year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/28/zebra-mussels-lake-minnetonka?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jul 2010 17:17:09 -0500 Toxic pollution data available earlier than previous years The federal government is providing information on toxic chemical pollution more quickly than it has in the past. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/28/toxic-chemicals-report?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:23:31 -0500 Monarch butterflies making a comeback Last year their numbers were down, but monarch butterflies seem to be making a comeback this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/23/monarch-butterflies?refid=0 Sat, 24 Jul 2010 12:00:00 -0500 Sandhill crane hunting season draws fire Audubon Minnesota and the Minnesota Conservation Federation say the Department of Natural Resources bypassed its usual public input process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/23/sandhil-crane-hunting?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 17:38:22 -0500 The St. Croix River: Balancing nature with development The scenic character of the St. Croix River has made it a magnet for rapid development -- and the pollution that comes with it. The job of cleaning up the St. Croix largely falls to local officials, who are looking for more ways to balance development with conservation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/22/stcroix-river-development?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 15:54:29 -0500 Committee recommends lottery money for loons, Lake Vermilion The new Lake Vermilion State Park could get a small chunk of money to improve access and develop trails, under a recommendation from the Legislative-Citizen Committee on Minnesota Resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/16/lottery-trust-fund?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jul 2010 19:10:21 -0500 Wounded Mahnomen deputy in grave condition Family members say Chris Dewey, the Mahnomen County deputy shot in the line of duty last year, is in grave condition and is in hospice care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/16/deputy-shot?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jul 2010 11:00:35 -0500 Building a house that heats, powers itself One western Wisconsin man is building a house that will produce practically all the heat and power it needs. It's based on a German approach to home-building, called Passive House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/16/passive-house?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 State approves Monticello-St. Cloud power line route The state of Minnesota has approved a route for a high-voltage electric transmission line between Monticello and St. Cloud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/08/capx2020-route?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jul 2010 16:17:23 -0500 Deal protects nearly 300 square miles of Minn. forest The Minnesota DNR and UPM Blandin Paper Company signed papers on Thursday to create a conservation easement on a large tract of forest land near Grand Rapids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/08/deal-protects-nearly-300-square-miles-of-minn-forest?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jul 2010 06:21:11 -0500 Plotting a new state park on Lake Vermilion Lake Vermilion State Park is a near-wilderness area on a lake that's popular with anglers and jet-skiers. Some visitors will want to limit development, but local folks want attractions that will help create jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/08/lake-vermilion-state-park-planning?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 EPA proposes stricter air emissions rules The EPA is proposing rules to cut down on two air pollutants. The rules would apply to Minnesota power plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/06/airpollution?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 15:52:07 -0500 State to ask 3M to pay for environmental damage The state will ask 3M to pay for environmental damage due to contamination from the company's operations in the east metro. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/24/3m-pfc-pollution?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 13:49:17 -0500 Iron Range mine fined for violating air quality permit Air quality reports from Alcelor Mittal's Minorca mine near Virginia were incomplete, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/mine-fine?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 16:18:30 -0500 Group sues to block cell tower just outside BWCA An environmental group is suing to stop AT&T from building a 450-foot cell phone tower on a high ridge just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/bwca-cell-lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 16:14:07 -0500 At the edge of the Boundary Waters, miners probe for copper, nickel A new partnership between an Ely, Minn., company and a mining giant in Chile has spurred progress on copper and nickel exploration in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/boundary-waters-mining?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Program gives jobs to teens, fresh produce to restaurants Seeds for Success is about more than helping restaurants entice customers with fresh, local food. It's also about creating jobs. As soon as the paperwork is done, half-a-dozen teenagers from low-income families will be tending these plots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/15/seeds-for-success-gardens?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 The environmental cost of oil's journey to Minnesota Although the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has the attention of many Minnesotans, most of the state's oil comes from Canada, where oil sands production also carries environmental risks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/04/minnesotas-oil?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 13:36:24 -0500 Clumps of forest tent caterpillars eating their way through Twin Cities Forest tent caterpillars are stalking trees in the Twin Cities in much greater numbers than usual. Chris Boche, St. Paul's arborist, said he hasn't seen this kind of attack in his 35 years with the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/27/forest-tent-catepillars?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 DNR hopes for surge of sturgeon on St. Louis River Minnesota Department of Natural Resources managers hope that for the first time in decades, sturgeon will be able to reproduce in the St. Louis River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/26/sturgeon-st-louis-river?refid=0 Wed, 26 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Northern Minn. cities burn wood for power There's a lot of interest in creating fuels that produce less carbon dioxide. In northern Minnesota, people are starting to use another one -- wood waste from logging. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/21/woodburner?refid=0 Fri, 21 May 2010 16:28:21 -0500 An eagle expedition Every year, ecologists with climbing gear scramble to the tops of trees in Minnesota and Wisconsin to gather baby eagles from their nests. They test the eaglets for a variety of chemicals, including DDT, the one that nearly wiped out the eagle population decades ago. We went along on one of those expeditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/19/eagle-testing?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2010 16:45:55 -0500 Researchers find pollutant from hand soap in Lake Pepin University of Minnesota researchers have found dioxins derived from a common additive to hand soap, in Mississippi River sediments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/18/triclosan?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 11:53:28 -0500 Feds to require large facilities to reduce carbon emissions The new rules apply to some of the biggest greenhouse gas producers including power plants, refineries, taconite processing plants, and big factories beginning in January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/13/greenhouse-gas-emissions?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2010 17:25:27 -0500 Only minor change needed in safe fish guidelines A new study shows fish in most Minnesota lakes outside the metro area have low or undetectable levels of chemicals called PFOS. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/11/fish-consumption?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2010 13:09:13 -0500 Finding homes for chimney swifts There's one Minnesota bird that has an unusual habitat problem -- the chimney swift. As more homeowners put caps on their chimneys to keep out the rain and other critters, the swifts are losing places to inhabit and find food. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/02/chimneyswifts?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Living Green Expo to focus on food, politics This year's Living Green Expo being held this weekend at the State Fairgrounds will have a new focus, on food and politics http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/30/living-green-expo?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 11:41:49 -0500 Another infestation of emerald ash borer found in Minn. Survey crews have identified infested trees on a couple of islands in the Mississippi River, very close to a previous infestation in Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/29/emerald-ash-borer?refid=0 Thu, 29 Apr 2010 17:29:50 -0500 Study examines link between PFCs in water supply and people The Minnesota Department of Health says contamination in the drinking water of east metro residents only partly explains the levels of PFCs in their blood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/28/pfc-water?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 16:31:25 -0500 MPCA closer to shutting down Thief River Falls dairy The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency moved one step closer Tuesday to shutting down a large dairy near Thief River Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/27/dairy-shutdown?refid=0 Tue, 27 Apr 2010 17:13:42 -0500 Environmental group: Target's e-recycling not transparent An environmental group says Target should be more open about what happens to the electronics it takes back for recycling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/22/target-recycling?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 17:48:57 -0500 Group offering free testing of toys for toxic chemicals An environmental group is inviting people to bring in toys to have them tested for toxic chemicals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/22/toy-testing?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 07:01:31 -0500 40 years on, environmental agreement eludes Earth Day Forty years ago, the U.S. was divided over the Vietnam War, but we seemed to be able to agree on one thing -- the need for better environmental protection. Today, forty years later, there's little agreement on the main environmental issues we face. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/22/earth-day-40th-anniversary?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 U of M professor wins prestigious science award Professor David Tilman was recognized for showing that biodiversity is essential for stable ecosystems, and for demonstrating the value of protecting endangered species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/14/tilman-science-award?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 19:13:09 -0500 Conservation group plans campaign against Rep. Bachmann The League of Conservation Voters named Bachmann to its national list of so-called "dirty dozen" congressional candidates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/14/bachmann-conservation-voters?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 18:30:07 -0500 Source of synthetic chemical found in Mpls. lake ID'd A metal plating company in St. Louis Park is a likely source of perfluorinated chemicals showing up in fish in Lake Calhoun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/08/pfoa-lake-calhoun?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 08:30:41 -0500 Along the Mississippi, great blue herons make their nests On an island in the Mississippi River, a stand of cottonwood trees is silhouetted against a gray sky. The bare branches are festooned with big dark lumps, nests made of twigs and branches. Next to the nests, like sentinels at the castle gate, stand great blue herons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/08/great-blue-herons?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Hearings scheduled on proposed south Mpls. power lines People will have a chance to comment Monday and Tuesday on plans for a high-voltage transmission lines in south Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/05/power-lines?refid=0 Mon, 05 Apr 2010 06:24:03 -0500 Local environmental groups back new fuel economy rules Midwestern environmental groups say the Obama administration's new efficiency standards for cars and light trucks will be good for the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/01/fuel-efficiency-rules?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 14:56:11 -0500 Xcel ready to build wind farm in SW Minnesota Xcel Energy and a partner will break ground in April on a wind farm in Nobles County in southwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/31/windfarm?refid=0 Wed, 31 Mar 2010 16:21:18 -0500 4 new cases of cancer found among former mine workers The Minnesota Department of Health has identified four new cases of a rare cancer among former Iron Range mine workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/30/miners-new-cancer?refid=0 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 14:22:54 -0500 EPA resuming arsenic cleanup of south Mpls. homes The Environmental Protection Agency will resume this spring its cleanup of South Minneapolis homes contaminated with arsenic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/30/arsenic-cleanup?refid=0 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 14:19:54 -0500 Mapping a fragile geology's underground water routes When snow is melting in the woods and fields of southeastern Minnesota, Jeff Green wants to know where it's going. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/29/karst-hydrology?refid=0 Mon, 29 Mar 2010 15:00:00 -0500 House passes bill allowing easier disposal of medicines The bill would allow local law enforcement agencies to collect drugs and turn them over to companies that are licensed to transport hazardous waste. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/25/unused-medicine-disposal?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 16:55:03 -0500 Report: Clean energy jobs grow 6 times faster than other jobs Minnesota's clean energy jobs grew at about six-times the rate of overall jobs over the last decade, according to a new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/25/clean-energy-jobs?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 06:30:00 -0500 Group wants state agencies to stop using bottled water A public interest group is urging state agencies in Minnesota to stop using bottled water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/bottled-water?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 14:36:15 -0500 Legislator says DNR failing to protect wetlands The Department of Natural Resources is failing to protect wetlands, according to some legislators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/dnr-wetlands-protection?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 14:29:55 -0500 Pawlenty among governors objecting to greenhouse gas regulations Gov. Tim Pawlenty is among 18 governors who sent a letter to Congressional leaders this week urging them to prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/11/pawlenty-governors-epa?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 13:54:20 -0600 Bill proposes new way to finance energy efficiency projects A bill advancing in the Legislature would create a new way for Minnesota businesses and homeowners to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/energy-projects?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 06:39:59 -0600 State considers tougher copper-nickel mining rules A Senate committee takes up a bill today that would tighten the rules for copper-nickel mining, just as a half-dozen companies are in the midst of making plans to open such mines in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/copper-nickel-mining-rules?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Debate over proposed mine reaches Capitol About 70 people were at the Capitol Monday to hear testimony on a proposed copper-nickel mine for Northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/09/polymet-mine?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 06:25:07 -0600 Bill to undo moratorium on nuclear plants stalls A bill attempting to lift the state's 1994 ban on consideration of new nuclear power plants has hit a roadblock. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/nuclear-power-moratorium?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 17:49:34 -0600 Excel Dairy lawyer says MPCA wrong to revoke permit The lawyer for a large dairy near Thief River Falls told an appeals court panel Thursday that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is acting arbitrarily in revoking the dairy's permit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/excel-dairy-hearing?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 13:55:24 -0600 Senate committee to vote on nuclear ban bill A Senate committee is expected to vote Thursday on a bill to allow more nuclear power plants in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/nuclear-ban?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 06:25:28 -0600 Excel Dairy fighting shutdown in court A large dairy farm will be in court Thursday fighting the state's decision to close it down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/03/excel-dairy-court?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 13:07:47 -0600 Committee hears arguments from critics, advocates on nuclear ban Advocates and critics of nuclear power sparred at the legislature yesterday Tuesday as the Senate Energy committee heard testimony on a proposal to allow more nuclear power plants in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/03/nuclear-ban-talks?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 06:44:28 -0600 Ban aside, time and money may stop new nuclear plants in Minnesota Even if lawmakers agree to lift the nuclear moratorium in Minnesota, it's unlikely any new plants will be built anytime soon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/nuclear-plant-feasibility?refid=0 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Three full-time workers assigned to help state's ethanol plants The Pollution Control Agency is assigning three people to work full-time to help the state's 22 ethanol plants improve compliance with environmental regulations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/ethanol-follow?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 14:32:35 -0600 EPA says PolyMet mine report is 'inadequate' The Environmental Protection Agency says the proposed Polymet copper-nickel mine proposed for northeastern Minnesota should not go ahead as currently planned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/22/epa-polymet-criticism?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 17:06:02 -0600 State gun laws now extended to national parks Starting Monday, visitors to national parks can carry guns, as long as they have a license from the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/22/guns-state-parks?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 07:18:52 -0600 State offers help to ethanol producers after pollution violations Minnesota is launching an intensive program to help ethanol producers better comply with environmental laws after pollution control officials cited seven of the state's 22 ethanol plants for violations last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/22/ethanal-pollution-problems?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Chisago County board votes against proposed power plant The Chisago County board has voted against a proposed gas-fired power plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/18/power-plant-vote?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 12:33:57 -0600 Senate bill would allow Minn. to spend extra cash on Vermilion State Park The Senate Environment and Natural Resources committee will take up a bill Monday that would allow the state to bypass its usual spending limits to buy land for the proposed Vermilion State Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/15/vermilion-state-park?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 06:18:00 -0600 Proposed bill would let bicyclists cross against red lights Bicyclists in Minnesota could cross against a red light in certain circumstances, under a bill proposed at the legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/11/cyclists-red-light-bill?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 10:48:06 -0600 Xcel holding public meeting on proposed power lines along Midtown Greenway Residents will have a chance to comment Wednesday night on the environmental review of a proposed power line in South Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/10/powerlines-meeting?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2010 06:24:30 -0600 Report: Minn. electrical grid needs upgrades A report from the state Office of Energy Security says Minnesota needs to fix weaknesses in the electrical grid in order to bring more wind power on line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/10/grid-update?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2010 06:17:17 -0600 Residents consider south Minneapolis power line Residents will have a chance to comment Wednesday night on the environmental review of a proposed power line in south Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/09/minneapolis-power-line?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 15:33:40 -0600 Former regulator at Capitol argues against repeal of nuclear ban A former member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is at the Capitol Monday telling lawmakers now is not the time to repeal the state's ban on new nuclear power plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/08/nuclear-repeal?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 14:22:09 -0600 'Complete streets' bill would encourage redesigned roadways A bill designed to encourage walking and biking will be introduced at the legislature Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/08/complete-streets-bill?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 06:40:41 -0600 Groups asking for review of outdoors amendment language Outdoors and conservation groups will ask the legislature to re-define the key concepts in the constitutional amendment dedicating sales tax money to the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/08/outdoors-money?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 06:35:11 -0600 New 3M plan: little pollution, much resistance Residents in Cottage Grove are once again at odds with 3M over waste chemical concerns--even though the company's new enterprise would produce little change in pollution levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/04/cottage-grove-3m-pollution-pushback?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2010 16:34:08 -0600 Obama's budget offers mixed results for Minnesota The $3.8-trillion federal budget proposed by President Obama this week holds some promises, and some worries, for Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/02/federal-budget-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2010 16:46:48 -0600 Regulators consider new rules for wind farms Rules for locating wind farms in Minnesota could change, as state regulators consider complaints from neighbors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/01/windfarms?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2010 17:04:13 -0600 Disposing of old medicines can be tricky business State legislators are looking at ways for Minnesotans to safely dispose of unwanted and old medicines, some of which contain residues that can end up in our lakes and rivers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/29/medicine-disposal?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Nuclear proponents in Minn. welcome Obama's plan President Obama, in his State of the Union speech, said the country needs to build "a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants," and for advocates of removing Minnesota's ban on new nuclear power plants, it was a welcome rallying cry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/28/obama-nuclear-energy?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2010 02:00:00 -0600 Minn. House committee explores nuke waste concerns Minnesota lawmakers will meet Monday to review legislation that would redirect some energy fees and establish the Minnesota Nuclear Waste Storage Commission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/25/minn-house-explores-nuclear-waste-concerns?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2010 06:14:54 -0600 Cleanup of problematic Excel Dairy may be far off The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it won't re-issue a permit for the Excel Dairy farm in northwestern Minnesota, in effect shutting it down, but that doesn't mean the foul-smelling and overflowing manure pits will be cleaned up anytime soon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/21/excel-dairy-shutdown?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2010 03:00:00 -0600 State to shut down smelly dairy farm The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it will close down a dairy farm near Thief River Falls, after repeated complaints of air pollution that drove neighbors away from their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/21/exceldairy-closure?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2010 15:11:04 -0600 Tools containing radioactive material missing at Prairie Island Staff at the Prairie Island nuclear power plant are looking for six tools containing radioactive material that have been reported missing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/19/nuclear-tools-missing?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 17:56:53 -0600 Xcel completes $55M wind power project The completion of a power line project in southwestern Minnesota means more wind power can reach the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/19/wind-power-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 17:12:52 -0600 Is Prairie Island safe enough to produce more electricity? Xcel Energy has asked for permission to produce 15 percent more electricity at Prairie Island nuclear plant at a time when the plant has already been required to correct its safety record. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/18/prairie-island-problems?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Rain water won't go to waste at the new Twins stadium The new Twins baseball park will have a sophisticated rain water recycling system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/12/recycling-rain-water?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 15:59:23 -0600 Pollution agency to look at toxic gases in buildings The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will hold a public information meeting Monday in Long Prairie after it found high levels of a cancer-causing gas in several buildings near an old dry cleaner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/11/mpca-meeting-long-prairie-buildings?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 07:29:06 -0600 Proposed smog rules would require changes in Minnesota The federal Environmental Protection Agency is proposing stricter health standards for smog, and Minnesota may have some work to do to meet the new standards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/07/new-smog-rules?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2010 17:19:02 -0600 New restrictions on plastic bags coming in Minn. Most residents of the Twin Cities metro area will soon face new state requirements on plastic yard bags, even though raking is months away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/28/plastic-bag-restrictions?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2009 10:04:30 -0600 Residents divided over North Branch power plant project A national company that wants to build a power plant near North Branch says it will be good for the environment, but some neighbors are worried. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/28/north-branch-plant-opposition?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Small conservation projects get funding from outdoors amendment Thirty-five small conservation projects in Minnesota will get a boost from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, created when Minnesota voters approved a constitutional amendment last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/22/outdoor-heritage-projects?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2009 16:27:45 -0600 Minn. PUC to decide utilities' compensation for energy conservaion efforts The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will decide Monday how utilities will be compensated for their energy conservation efforts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/21/puc-utilities-compensation?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2009 06:30:18 -0600 Cougar spotted in northern Twin Cities suburbs A cougar seems to be making its way across the northern Twin Cities suburbs toward the wilder parts of the St. Croix River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/16/cougar-sighting?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2009 14:06:53 -0600 Energy producers finding ways to fill Big Stone II gap It's been about a month since we learned the proposed Big Stone II power plant won't be built, and it's not clear what's going to replace the electricity it was supposed to generate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/15/after-big-stone?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2009 01:00:00 -0600 Some energy-intensive industries taking steps to go green In the cap and trade legislation, any entity that emits large amounts of greenhouse gases would have to have a permit for each ton of gas it emits. That's got energy-intensive industries worried. But many of them have already been reducing their energy use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/09/business-greenhouse-emissions?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 MPCA says more greenhouse gas regulations not the answer Attacking global warming through cap-and-trade legislation would likely result in quicker results than regulations would produce, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/epa-accouncment-reaction?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 14:31:14 -0600 Would a cap and trade system burden Minnesota? John Whaley, from Eden Prairie, says he's been a conservationist all his life, and like him, more and more of us might be making simple changes as we move toward a post-carbon world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/06/consumer-choices?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Experts gather in St. Paul for renewable energy conference About 700 people from industry, academia, and politics gathered in St. Paul today Tuesday to learn about the latest trends in renewable energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/17/renewable-energy-conference?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 16:53:47 -0600 PUC approves Prairie Island power increase The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved a plan for Xcel Energy to increase the power it produces at its Prairie Island nuclear plant, and to store more radioactive waste on site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/11/prairie-island-expansion?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2009 16:00:00 -0600 St. Paul takes emerald ash borer battle to the streets It was a taste of what's to come for other neighborhoods, as the city fights back against the Emerald ash borer, when people on a street in St. Paul, not far from the Fairgrounds, watched their ash trees coming down Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/04/ash-borer-battle?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 PolyMet takes next steps for controversial mine Plans are moving ahead for a copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, a type of mining new to the state, but in other parts of the world similar mines are polluting rivers and lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/polymet-mine?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Businesses clash with U.S. chamber over climate change legislation Some Minnesota businesses are opposing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce position on climate change legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/14/us-chamber-climatechange?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 15:53:59 -0500 Xcel finishing up Riverside plant emission-reduction conversion Xcel Energy is celebrating the final stage of a $1 billion retrofit of its metro-area power plants. Tuesday afternoon, the company will dedicate the Riverside plant in northeast Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/xcel-plant-conversion?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 13:42:45 -0500 Availability of fresh food, exercise linked to healthy living Efforts to bring a supermarket into an underserved St. Paul neighborhood shine a light on a often overlooked fact: where we live has a direct effect on how we eat, exercise and ultimately, how healthy we are. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/05/environment-social-determinants?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2009 12:00:00 -0500 Ag Sec. Tom Vilsack wants mandatory recalls on tainted food U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Obama administration is working to improve food safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/05/vilsack-food-safety?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2009 19:14:17 -0500 Solar Tour weekend kicks off with electric-car display at U of M It's the Solar Tour weekend, and this year the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society is also organizing a program on electric cars and renewable energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/01/solar-tour?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 07:00:00 -0500 Activists urge rejection of nuclear waste reprocessing Sixteen Minnesota groups want the state's congressional delegation to reject proposals to allow reprocessing of nuclear waste. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/30/nuclear-waste?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2009 12:41:23 -0500 Schools send money for water filters in Mpls' sister city of Najaf, Iraq A public meeting Wednesday will describe local efforts to help provide clean water to schools in Najaf, Iraq. Najaf is the newest sister city for Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/29/najaf-water-meeting?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2009 06:15:00 -0500 Minnesota getting federal money for health tracking Web sites Minnesota will get federal money to track public health, and to create an environmental health Web site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/24/health-tracking-site?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2009 16:24:14 -0500 USDA using $80M a year to improve water quality in Mississippi River The U.S. Department of Agriculture is setting aside $80 million a year for water-quality improvement projects in the Mississippi River Basin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/24/usda-mississippi-money?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2009 14:34:51 -0500 Fish and Wildlife Service draft plan to deal with climate change on wildlife The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wednesday released the draft of a plan to deal with the impact of climate change on wildlife and natural ecosystems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/usfws-new-strategy?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 16:04:49 -0500 Invasive spiny water fleas found in Lake Mille Lacs The Minnesota DNR has discovered spiny water fleas in Lake Mille Lacs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/spiny-water-fleas?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 15:11:44 -0500 Experts say Obama's U.N. speech a 'right direction' on climate change In his first speech before the United Nations, President Obama said the U.S. has done more to deal with climate change during the eight months of his presidency than it ever had before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/22/obama-global-warming?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Invasive zebra mussels reach Pelican Lake Zebra mussels have been found in Pelican Lake in Otter Tail County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/17/zebra-mussels-pelican?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 16:24:53 -0500 Officials gather to discuss controversial mining operation Environmentalists, mining engineers, and state regulators gathered Tuesday to talk about plans for a controversial non-ferrous mining operation in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/15/non-ferrous-mining-operation?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2009 18:51:54 -0500 Study finds highest rate of feminized fish in Mississippi River in Minn. The Mississippi River in Minnesota has the highest rate of feminized fish found in a study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/14/feminized-fish-mississippi?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2009 17:57:36 -0500 Expert says climate change impacting northern Minn. forests A University of Minnesota forestry expert says global warming and other stressors will dramatically change the state's northern forests, leaving much of the state a prairie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/14/frelich-forests-prairie?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2009 17:02:17 -0500 Xcel finds elevated tritium levels at Monticello Nuclear Plant Xcel Energy has found higher-than-natural levels of radioactive tritium in a monitoring well at its Monticello Nuclear Plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/11/monticello-plant-radiation?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2009 15:02:44 -0500 Group challenging plans for three high-voltage lines across Minn. A citizens group is challenging plans for three major transmission lines across Minnesota, but backers of the so-called Cap-X project say the lines are key to the state's energy future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/09/capx-challenge?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2009 18:21:33 -0500 Groups say BWCA air cleanup plan too lenient Some environmental groups are asking the federal government to pressure Minnesota to set stricter limits on air pollution to protect the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/04/parks-haze?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2009 12:34:53 -0500 MPCA approves cleanup plan for Cottage Grove site The state has approved a final cleanup plan for a disposal site in Cottage Grove contaminated by chemicals formerly manufactured by 3M Co. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/03/pfc-3m-cleanup?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 16:17:46 -0500 Groups suing over Canadian tar-sands pipeline Environmental and Native American groups are suing the federal government over plans for a pipeline to bring tar-sands oil from Canada into the U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/03/pipeline-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 15:03:17 -0500 North Shore residents explore alternative energy options People who live on the North Shore of Lake Superior have always been a pioneering, hardy bunch and now they're trying to figure out how to produce their own energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/01/north-shore-alternative-energy?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2009 14:57:02 -0500 Mechanic's electric truck gets State Fair debut A Minnesota mechanic is showing off his converted Ford Ranger at the State Fair to tout the viability of electric vehicles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/28/electric-truck-fair?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2009 12:48:57 -0500 3M begins cleanup of PFCs at former landfill Next week, excavators will start digging into a former landfill in Woodbury and removing soil contaminated with perfluorinated chemicals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/27/pfc-cleanup-woodbury?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2009 17:00:00 -0500 Group warns of high atrazine levels in water A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council says Minnesota and other Midwestern states have dangerously high levels of atrazine in drinking water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/atrazine?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 14:26:32 -0500 Air cleanup effort launched in Boundary Waters area Minnesota and other states are mobilizing to clean up the air in supposedly pristine areas like the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/19/bwca-haze?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 17:42:31 -0500 Polar explorer holding forum on climate change in Edina Minnesota-based Polar explorer Will Steger and author Bill McKibben are teaming up for a forum on climate change in Edina Tuesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/17/climate-change-forum?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Group targets ban on new nuclear plants A new group is gearing up to try to repeal Minnesota's moratorium on new nuclear power plants. The moratorium was put in place 15 years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/12/nuke-moratorium?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 On the hunt for rare species Researchers have found several rare species of plants and animals in Minnesota in the last several years. A hardy band of explorers is out scouring different parts of the state every year, looking for plants and animals we didn't know were there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/10/rare-species?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Minnesota companies working to reduce carbon footprint Businesses are looking to reduce their energy use, both to boost the bottom line and to reduce their contribution to global warming, and some Minnesota companies are part of a federal program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions voluntarily. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/05/green-minn-businesses?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 List of Climate Leaders companies in Minnesota Businesses are looking to reduce their energy use, both to boost the bottom line and to reduce their contribution to global warming. Eight Minnesota companies are part of a federal program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions voluntarily. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/05/greenbusiness-sb?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2009 00:00:25 -0500 Hells Angels in Duluth cause few problems for police Life has been as close to normal as it can be around the town of Carlton today Friday, that is, given the presence of about 500 members of the Hells Angels and an untold number of law enforcement officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/hells-angels-duluth?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 17:21:12 -0500 Hells Angels arrive in Duluth area Today is the first day of the annual Hells Angels USA Summer Ride, and folks in the Duluth area are noticing more motorcyclists than usual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/29/hellsangels-arrive-south-of-duluth?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 06:44:23 -0500 Appeals court upholds state's ballast water rules The Minnesota Court of Appeals has rejected an environmental group's argument that the state's ballast water permit program is inadequate to protect Lake Superior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/28/ballast-water-appeal?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2009 13:56:25 -0500 Group opposes Leech Lake oil pipeline A grassroots group on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation is mounting a petition campaign against a proposed oil pipeline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/23/leech-lake-pipeline?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 15:36:06 -0500 County wants to burn more garbage at Minneapolis incinerator Hennepin County wants to burn more garbage at its downtown Minneapolis waste-to-energy plant in order to produce more energy, but the plan is running into opposition from neighbors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/herc_burner?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Suit claims Minn. DNR didn't identify impact of proposed steel mill The state of Minnesota and an environmental group will argue in court today about whether the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources did a good enough job of identifying the likely impacts of a proposed steel mill on the Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/15/steel_plant?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 09:41:13 -0500 East metro residents test higher for PFCs A new study by the Minnesota Department of Health says residents in the east metro have elevated levels of PFCs in their blood. Two of the chemicals are related to 3M's decades-long industrial operations in the area, including waste deposited at several landfills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/09/pfc_study?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2009 12:17:51 -0500 Officials wait for next move in emerald ash borer fight Officials in the Twin Cities are trying to figure out what to do next about the emerald ash borer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/09/emerald_ash_borer_fight?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2009 09:00:00 -0500 Swedish town takes sustainability to new level A town in Europe has figured out a solution for a problem that vexes Minnesota and communities all over the world -- what to do with garbage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/07/sustainable_sweden?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2009 06:58:00 -0500 Duluth neighborhood tries to minimize storm runoff Duluth is trying an experiment to see how much storm water a neighborhood can prevent from entering nearby streams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/05/duluth_rain_gardens?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2009 06:15:00 -0500 Ten years after blowdown, Boundary Waters still recovering Ten years after millions of trees blew down in Minnesota's pristine Boundary Waters Wilderness, the forest is in the midst of a comeback. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/bwca_blowdown_anniversary?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Zebra mussels found in Pike Lake Association Zebra mussels have been discovered in an inland lake near Lake Superior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/zebra_mussels?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 18:15:08 -0500 Miners learn more about mesothelioma study About 70 miners and retired mine workers met in Eveleth with researchers from the U of M, who are studying why there's a high rate of mesothelioma on the Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/24/mesothelioma_study?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 17:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty opposes climate change bill Gov. Tim Pawlenty says a climate change bill moving through Congress would make energy more expensive and do little to address the threat of climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/pawlenty_climate_change?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 12:06:22 -0500 EPA report targets urban air pollution A new report from the federal Environmental Protection Agency says that air pollution in Hennepin and Ramsey counties is higher than in the rest of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/24/epa_report?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 15:44:59 -0500 Ash borer pesticide has birders concerned The discovery of the emerald ash borer in St. Paul has not only gotten tree lovers concerned about their trees, it's also prompting bird lovers to worry about what the chemicals used to treat the trees might do to their favorite animals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/23/ash_borer_pesticide_questions?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 15:00:00 -0500 U of M researcher warns of hunting's impact on lions A big cat expert at the University of Minnesota says trophy hunting is depleting the lion and cougar populations in Africa and the western U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/18/lion_researcher?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2009 08:40:45 -0500 Mpls residents can comment on proposed power lines A public meeting will take place tonight to discuss plans for two high-voltage power lines in south Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/17/xcelpowerlines?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Researcher: Trophy hunting hurts big cat populations A big cat expert at the University of Minnesota says trophy hunting is depleting the lion and cougar populations in Africa and the western U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/17/lionstudy?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 16:47:13 -0500 NOAA: Global warming already affecting Midwest A report from the federal government says the Midwest is already feeling the effects of global warming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/16/noaa_global_warming_midwest?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2009 16:48:44 -0500 New pollution agency tool helps car buyers choose green People buying a car now have a new tool to help figure out which are easiest on the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/12/clean_cars?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 17:44:04 -0500 H1N1 cases in state have doubled The Minnesota Department of Health says the number of cases of H1N1 has more than doubled in the past week. There were 96 confirmed cases a week ago, and 221 today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/11/minn_flunumbers?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2009 15:57:06 -0500 Study finds faster job growth in clean-energy fields Jobs are growing faster in clean-energy industries than in the economy as a whole, according to a new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/10/clean_energy_jobs?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2009 11:52:37 -0500 Plans for Prairie Island nuclear plant face opposition Xcel Energy is asking the government for permission to extend the life of its Prairie Island plant, increase the amount of power it generates, and store more nuclear waste on site. Some of the plant's neighbors are opposed to expanding waste storage so close to their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/22/prairie_island_nuclear_plant?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Destructive emerald ash borers found in St. Paul The emerald ash borer has turned up in St. Paul. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has discovered an infestation of the destructive tree pest near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Highway 280. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/14/ash_borer_found?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2009 15:38:19 -0500 Critics argue new ballast water permits are inadequate Critics of Minnesota's new ballast water permit system will argue in court today that the system doesn't do enough to protect Lake Superior from invasive species. They say with a deadly fish virus infesting every Great Lake except Lake Superior, the state needs to act more quickly and more effectively. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/13/ballast_water_battle?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Midwest group unveils climate change plan Representatives from six Midwest states and one Canadian province completed a plan today to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/12/midwest_climate_change_plan?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 2009 16:11:52 -0500 Lobbying group readying plan to reduce greenhouse gas People working on a plan for reducing greenhouse gases in the Midwest are meeting in Minneapolis this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/11/greenhouse_gas?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2009 08:16:52 -0500 Minn. Pollution Control Angency to anglers: don't use lead tackle With fishing season starting this weekend, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is urging people to switch from lead tackle to non-poisonous sinkers and other equipment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/08/lead_tackle?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2009 07:01:03 -0500 Indian activists vow to fight northern Minn. oil pipeline Some Indian activists say they will fight a planned oil pipeline that would cross the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/06/enbridge_opposition?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2009 14:44:58 -0500 PUC approves route for new oil pipeline Enbridge Energy says it could start building a new oil pipeline across Minnesota this summer, after the state Public Utilities Commission approved a route for the line today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/30/enbridge_pucroute?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2009 16:06:18 -0500 Battles continue over projects for outdoor money There's no end in sight to the debate over how to spend $300 million in new sales tax money to improve the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/29/environment_money_battles?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:00:00 -0500 $300 million in environmental projects closer to reality Dozens of environmental projects to be paid for with new sales tax money are a step closer to reality, after a Senate committee vote Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/29/environment_vote?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2009 06:36:24 -0500 Neighbors share concerns about Prairie Island nuclear plant Some neighbors of the Prairie Island nuclear plant are not happy about plans to expand the plant's production, and to store additional nuclear waste on-site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/22/red_wing_nuclear?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2009 07:02:08 -0500 High above Duluth, raptors offer a sign of spring The spring migration of raptors, underway in the skies over northern Minnesota, provides observers a snapshot of the health of the species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/10/spring_bird_count?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Fargo-Moorhead waits for the next crest People in Fargo-Moorhead are waiting for the second crest of the Red River. It's expected to come in about two weeks, and it could be as high or higher than last week's record crest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/05/fargomoorhead_waits_for_the_next_crest?refid=0 Sun, 05 Apr 2009 20:46:50 -0500 Fargo-Moorhead prepares for second, possibly higher crest Just when people in Fargo-Moorhead were beginning to breathe a little easier, patting each other on the back for the hard work that saved most of their homes and businesses -- they get word that the second crest of the flooding Red River could be worse than the first. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/03/red_river_second_crest?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 2009 12:06:50 -0500 Early crest creates flood insurance mess Getting numbers from a disaster area -- like a flood zone -- is always a challenge. Officials say it's too early to know exactly how many homes have been damaged, let alone how much the damage will cost. In Fargo-Moorhead, people are just beginning to tally that information and the calls to insurance agents have begun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/02/flood_insurance?refid=0 Thu, 02 Apr 2009 15:58:59 -0500 Closed business, services make life difficult in Fargo-Moorhead Life has been anything but normal in the Red River Valley. In Fargo and Moorhead, businesses of all kinds have been closed for nearly a week. That makes it hard for customers, workers, and the bottom line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/31/flood_business?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Small towns around rising Red fighting too The Red River has reached its first crest and is slowly subsiding in Fargo and Moorhead, but the river is still rising as it roars further north. People in places like Perley, Halstad and Shelly are still sandbagging and biting their fingernails. In their towns, the Red River isn't expected to crest for a few days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/30/hendrum_flood?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Fargo's mayor in the spotlight Fargo's mayor, Dennis Walaker, handles the flooding Red River the same way he deals with federal officials, swarms of reporters, and Fargo citizens -- with a stubborn determination softened by a gentle sense of humor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/30/walaker_profile?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2009 15:00:00 -0500 DNR considers early deer hunt in BWCA The DNR is asking for public comment on a plan to allow hunting for nine days in an area north and west of Tower, about two weeks before the regular deer season begins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/23/bwca_deer_hunt?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2009 08:07:40 -0500 McKnight contributes $100M to fight climate change The McKnight Foundation is teaming up with other major foundations to work on climate change policy, and giving $100 million to the effort. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/19/mcknight_climate?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2009 09:03:47 -0500 Minn. ag commissioner backs higher ethanol cap Ethanol producers are asking the federal Environmental Protection Agency to to remove the 10 percent limit on ethanol in gasoline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/18/ethanol_limits?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2009 13:55:37 -0500 State approves power lines for Big Stone II project Minnesota has officially approved power lines to bring electricity into the state from a planned expansion of the coal-fired Big Stone plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/18/state_approves_power_lines_for_big_stone_ii_project?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2009 09:43:50 -0500 Committee approves list of outdoors projects A citizens' group today approved a list of projects to fund with new sales tax money earmarked for environmental projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/16/lessard_projects?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2009 16:30:00 -0500 Northwoods hold an answer to slowing effects of climate change Minnesota's forest lands offer ample carbon storage and landowners see a profit in it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/05/northern_forests_global_warming?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2009 15:00:00 -0600 Xcel Energy reacts to pullback of Nevada nuclear storage Xcel Energy says it's not worried about signals from the Obama administration that it's moving away from plans for a nuclear waste repository in Nevada. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/03/xcel_yucca?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2009 15:48:30 -0600 Duluth businesses test sustainable approach Fifteen Duluth-area businesses are trying out a science-based approach to sustainability, called the Natural Step. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/25/sustainable_in_duluth?refid=0 Fri, 27 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Green car bills face rough road at the Capitol Minnesota has made some progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but reducing greenhouse gases from vehicles faces some tough opposition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/18/green_cars_legislation?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Xcel violated safety regulations Xcel Energy faces a possible penalty for shipping radioactive materials improperly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/16/xcelnrc?refid=0 Mon, 16 Feb 2009 15:45:12 -0600 Feds may reconsider Hydrokinetic project The federal government may reconsider the license for the nation's first hydrokinetic power project, which was installed in the Mississippi River last December. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/13/hydrokinetic?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2009 08:52:28 -0600 Governor reports on climate change pollution The Pawlenty administration says Minnesota is on track to meet its ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Some legislators aren't so sure emissions are improving, and they said the governor should be providing more leadership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/12/mngreenhousegasdown?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 11:45:31 -0600 State on track to meet emissions goals Minnesota is roughly on track to meet its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. That's the gist of a report the Pawlenty administration will make to the legislature Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/12/emissions?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 08:15:20 -0600 Winter road salt ending up in lakes and streams A new report from the University of Minnesota says we're slowly turning our fresh water lakes into salt water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/10/road_salt_in_lakes?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Food: the next frontier in recycling More than 80 percent of what we throw away is recyclable and a lot of that is food, which could be converted to "black gold." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/05/recycling?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Audio slideshow: The next frontier in recycling More than 80 percent of what we throw away is recyclable and a lot of that is food, which could be converted to 'black gold'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2009/02/09_compost/index.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2009 18:05:16 -0600 Xcel invests in advanced weather forecasts Xcel Energy will soon get more detailed weather forecasts that will help the utility feed wind power into the grid more smoothly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/05/excel_wind_predict?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2009 06:40:08 -0600 DNR, Mille Lacs bands raise walleye harvest The Minnesota DNR and the Ojibwe bands have agreed on the so-called safe harvest for the popular lake. They've decided the total catch can go about 25 percent higher than last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/03/mille_lacs_lake_walleye_limits?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2009 15:42:33 -0600 Minn. utility joins national 'carbon capture' testing Great River Energy is one of five U.S. utilities that will test designs for carbon capture technologies on coal-fired power plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/29/coal_scrubber?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2009 07:30:09 -0600 Saving energy and money in a harsh climate A return visit to a highly energy-efficient home, the Skyline House, shows how much energy and cash can be saved with smart planning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/27/skyline_house_conservation?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Obama's action gives clean car backers a boost Minnesota environmentalists are cheering President Obama's decision to reconsider California's request to set strict standards to control greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/26/clean_cars_boost?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Minn. native killed in Iraq A Minnesota native was killed in Iraq in a helicopter accident on Monday. Philip Windorski Jr. was one of four Americans killed http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/26/minn_native_killed_in_iraq?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2009 17:41:53 -0600 Water quality matters in White Bear Lake Potential state budget cuts have some people in White Bear Lake worried about what might happen to efforts to keep the lake clean. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/16/whitebearlake_environment?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2009 15:00:00 -0600 Minn. regulators approve power lines for SD plant The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved transmission lines for South Dakota's proposed $1.6 billion Big Stone II plant, with conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/15/bigstone_approval?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jan 2009 15:39:27 -0600 Gray wolves delisted -- again The agency lifted federal protection for the wolf once before, in 2007, but lawsuits by conservation groups resulted in court rulings against delisting. The question is likely to end up back in court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/14/endangeredwolves?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 10:17:51 -0600 Minn. DNR to hear outdoor concerns Minnesota DNR officials are listening this weekend to people who hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors. The DNR Roundtables are held once a year, a chance for agency workers to hear from citizens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/09/minn_dnr_to_hear_outdoor_concerns?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2009 15:25:45 -0600 Raptor Center busy with snowy owls The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota is having a busy winter. Snowy owls are among the rehab center's patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/30/raptor_troubles?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2008 14:00:00 -0600 Hastings home to nation's first hydrokinetic power station In Hastings today, workers will begin installing the country's first commercial hydrokinetic power station. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/23/hastings_to_be_home_to_nations_first_hydrokinetic_power_station?refid=0 Mon, 29 Dec 2008 02:10:00 -0600 Consumers hold the key to cleaner cars and profits for Detroit Achieving profitability and fuel efficiency may be hard for U.S. automakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/23/consumers_greener_cars?refid=0 Wed, 24 Dec 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Mesothelioma task force updates public on progress The task force studying the high rate of a rare form of cancer among taconite workers offered an update to the public last night on the Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/19/mesothelioma?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2008 06:29:30 -0600 Eyota ethanol plant suspends fundraising The controversial ethanol plant proposed for the southeastern Minnesota town of Eyota is on hold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/18/eyota_plant?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2008 08:15:14 -0600 Environmental group appeals court Nashwauk decision An environmental group is appealing a court decision that says the DNR did an adequate job of studying possible environmental impacts of the planned Essar Steel plant in Nashwauk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/16/nashwauk?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2008 07:48:46 -0600 Ancient cave rocks reveal impact of climate change U of M researchers study stalagmites for insight into climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/11/cave_climate_research?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Solving the electric car conundrum A company says it has solved the problem with electric cars: how to keep them charged. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/10/electric_cars_infrastructure?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Some fear state might seek money meant for environment Of all the people keeping a worried eye on the projected state budget shortfall, environmental advocates are probably a little less worried than most. That's because of the historic vote in November for a new sales tax to boost investments in Minnesota's natural resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/04/some_fear_state_might_seek_money_meant_for_environment?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2008 03:00:00 -0600 DNR program to remove buckthorn gets underway Work is underway at the Belwin Conservancy in Afton, to remove 40 acres of invasive buckthorn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/03/buckthorn?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2008 07:36:34 -0600 Outdoors council prepares for action The Lessard Outdoor Heritage Council met for the first time Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/02/outdoors_council?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2008 03:33:03 -0600 Group managing outdoors tax to hold first meeting The Outdoor Heritage Council meets for the first time today. The group will oversee money raised in the new state sales tax. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/01/outdoors_tax?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2008 00:02:32 -0600 Board says Eyota ethanol plant poses no significant risk The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens Board will hear again Tuesday about plans for an ethanol plant near Eyota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/25/eyota?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2008 19:00:40 -0600 Minnesota PUC approves Canadian oil pipeline Enbridge Energy received the go-ahead today to build a big new pipeline to carry oil from Canada to refineries in Minnesota and elsewhere in the Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/25/minnesota_puc_approves_canadian_oil_pipeline?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2008 13:28:23 -0600 Minnehaha Falls restoration starts today In the next several months, Minnehaha Falls will get a make-over. It will involve some much-needed repairs, but there'll also be some work to improve the ecology of the place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/20/minnehaha_renovation?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Both campaigns pleased with recount so far On day two of the U.S. Senate recount, the campaigns of Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken are both saying they are pleased so far, not only with the process but with the initial numbers as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/20/recount_thurs?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2008 16:45:46 -0600 A Duluth vet recalls survival and triumph in the Philippines Erling Jonassen, among tens of thousands of men left behind in the Philippines in World War II, survived and took part in a guerrilla war that helped defeat the Japanese. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/11/jonassens_war_in_the_phillipines?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2008 12:00:00 -0600 How to invest new money in the environment: a nice problem to have Backers of the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment are scrambling to figure out how to organize allocation of the roughly $300 million a year the new income tax is expected to raise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/06/amendment_enviro_wish_list?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2008 14:20:00 -0600 Voters pass outdoors, arts constitutional amendment Minnesotans approved a constitutional amendment to provide sales tax funding for outdoors projects and the arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/05/voters_pass_outdoors_arts_constitutional_amendment?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2008 02:03:24 -0600 A trout stream is saved in the midst of suburban growth Dakota County officials and the DNR have found ways to reconcile the competing needs of Vermillion River trout and suburban development. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/28/vermillion_river_saved?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 MPCA to decide on Eyota environmental study The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens' Board will decide today whether the agency has done enough study on an ethanol plant proposed for Eyota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/28/eyota_study?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2008 08:13:50 -0500 HourCar offers solar powered cars People enrolled in the Twin Cities car-sharing program can now do errands without burning an ounce of gas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/21/hour_car_solar?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2008 22:00:00 -0500 Minn. companies prepare for new rules on lead pollution New federal rules on lead pollution are likely to affect at least one Minnesota company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/17/lead_polutes?refid=0 Fri, 17 Oct 2008 07:38:03 -0500 Modern wildlife management began 150 years ago Minnesotans immersed in the joys of hunting this fall are reaping the benefits of a decision made 150 years ago to protect the state's wildlife. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/09/wildlife_management?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Study: Lead spreads more widely in venison than first thought The Minnesota DNR is warning deer hunters that lead fragments can travel farther in the meat than they might expect -- raising more concerns about possible lead contamination in venison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/07/venison_lead?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2008 16:09:06 -0500 Solar powered homes open to the public Organizers of this weekend's annual Minnesota Solar Tour expect more interest this year because of high energy prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/03/solar?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2008 09:04:25 -0500 Rare wetland to get special status The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it's designating a rare type of wetland in Chanhassen as a state Scientific and Natural Area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/01/seminaryfen?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2008 11:03:37 -0500 Smart grid offers energy savings The electrical grid is getting smarter. Utilities are installing new technologies that can help consumers save energy and prevent blackouts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/26/smart_grid?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2008 23:59:00 -0500 Xcel to build substations in South Minneapolis Xcel Energy wants to build two new electric substations in South Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/26/substation?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2008 06:35:21 -0500 State, industry agree to mercury compromise Minnesota's top industrial sources of mercury pollution have agreed to a voluntary goal of reducing emissions of the toxic metal by 93 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/23/mercury?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 04:08:05 -0500 New ballast water rules target invasive species Minnesota is expected to require treatment of ballast water discharged by ships that stop at Minnesota's Lake Superior ports, in an attempt to stop the spread of invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/18/ships_superiorballast?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Midwest governors consider cap-and-trade option The Midwest Governors Association initiative to reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions will miss a November deadline on a plan to reduce carbon emissions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/19/cap_and_trade?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2008 07:51:21 -0500 Proposed power lines divide environmental groups A plan for new power lines to criss-cross Minnesota is dividing environmental advocates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/11/powerline_debate?refid=0 Sun, 14 Sep 2008 15:00:00 -0500 DNR closes lake islands The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is closing islands on five Minnesota lakes to prevent the spread of Newcastle disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/11/newcastle?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2008 06:40:32 -0500 Group pushes to give more to uninsured children Thirty-seven thousand Minnesota children will become eligible for state-funded health insurance in October, but advocacy groups say too many kids still will not be covered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/10/school_children?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2008 08:28:39 -0500 Plans to build new powerlines meet opposition Critics of a proposed network of high-voltage power lines around Minnesota say the project is unnecessary. A group of utilities called, CapX 2020 would build four lines connecting various parts of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/10/powerlines?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2008 05:52:22 -0500 Bruised and arrested, teen says police mistreated him A teenager who was arrested during Monday's demonstrations against the Republican National Convention says he was beaten by the officers who arrested him, and released without medical attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/03/kevin_smith?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2008 22:31:06 -0500 Xcel agreement dims coal's future, critics say Critics of coal-fired power plants say the future of electricity made from coal may be dimmer, following an agreement by Xcel Energy to tell stockholders about financial risks posed by climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/28/coal_future?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2008 17:00:00 -0500 Xcel promotes nuclear power at State Fair Butter sculptures. Malts. Nuclear power. All under one roof at the Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/26/xcel_nuclear?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2008 15:30:00 -0500 More than 100 religious leaders meet to debate healthcare More than 100 religious leaders from the Twin Cities and St. Cloud are meeting today with business leaders to talk about health care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/21/religion_healthcare?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2008 14:09:39 -0500 U of M study: Stadium beer vendors too lax A study from the University of Minnesota says it's too easy for people under 21 and people who are intoxicated to get beer at professional sporting events. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/20/alcoholstudy?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2008 15:30:00 -0500 Campfires banned in parts of BWCA Campfires will be banned in the blowdown area of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, starting at midnight tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/20/bwcarestrictions?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2008 11:54:06 -0500 St. Paul recycler on track to burn bio-gas Minnesota's biggest paper recycler is a step closer to a new source of energy. An advisory group on St. Paul's Rock-Tenn plant has endorsed a plan to turn agricultural waste into bio-gas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/19/bio_gas?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2008 07:10:44 -0500 State says PFC contamination is stabilized in east metro A special committee of the Minnesota legislature got an update today on the cleanup of leaking landfills where 3M once disposed of industrial waste. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/14/pfc_update?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2008 16:30:00 -0500 Legislators will hear report on 3M landfill cleanup A legislative committee will hear progress reports on health studies and cleanup efforts related to pollution from a 3M landfill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/14/3m?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2008 07:03:07 -0500 St. Paul, Edina join project to track carbon emissions St. Paul and Edina are among 21 cities across the country that will begin reporting their carbon emissions to a national registry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/14/carbon_emissions?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2008 06:33:57 -0500 Hotline for heart attack victims The University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview is setting up a call line to help metro-area residents who think they might be having a heart attack. The Chest Pain Center will be staffed by cardiology nurses 24-hours a day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/13/heart_hotline?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2008 08:04:38 -0500 Global warming team finds audience in Minnesota Two men with unique perspectives on global warming are teaming up to share their concerns with politicians, young people, and anyone else who will listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/12/steger_hansen?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2008 06:41:39 -0500 EPA denies Texas governor's ethanol waiver request The Environmental Protection Agency has denied a request to reduce the amount of biofuels that are required to be blended into gas. The ruling is important for Minnesota ethanol producers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/07/renewable_energy?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2008 13:52:16 -0500 CDC study says use of ER is on the rise A CDC study shows about half the people admitted to hospitals come from emergency rooms, indicating that the ER is on its way to becoming the de-facto source of primary care for many people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/07/er?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2008 08:46:22 -0500 AIDS study recommends earlier treatment A new study identifies scarring in the immune system organs as one reason why people with HIV infection may not respond well to therapy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/05/aids?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2008 06:34:39 -0500 Group questions pesticide's health effects People have been reporting more and more health problems from a pyrethrin pesticides, according to a report from a Washington-based public interest group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/31/pesticides?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2008 17:00:00 -0500 'Save that snag' for red-headed woodpeckers Red-headed woodpeckers, a bird once common to Minnesota, are in serious decline. A new group is developing plans for saving the bird's favorite habitat: dead trees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/24/woodpecker_habitat?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500 State asks for public comment on contaminated 3M dump The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is asking for public comment on a plan to clean up contamination at the 3M disposal site in Woodbury. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/23/3m_dump?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2008 06:56:09 -0500 University study: Greenhouse gas goals achievable University of Minnesota researchers say the state can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks enough to meet the ambitious goals the Legislature set last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/21/goals?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2008 04:01:00 -0500 Xcel dedicates new power plant Xcel Energy is dedicating its new High Bridge power plant today. Xcel replaced the existing coal-burning plant with a natural gas-fired unit http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/21/high_bridge?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2008 07:07:52 -0500 Utilities try to persuade consumers to conserve Minnesota's utilities face a daunting task: the state has told them to cut their sales of electricity and natural gas by 1.5 percent a year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/17/conserving_energy?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Health officials request blood tests from east metro residents The Minnesota Department of Health is asking for volunteers in the east metro area to have their blood tested for chemicals that are contaminating water supplies there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/10/pfcs?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2008 07:52:29 -0500 Utilities expect to meet state's conservation goals Most of the state's utilities say they will be able to meet the state's ambitious goals on energy conservation. The legislature has mandated that utilities conserve one-and-a-half-percent of their retail sales each year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/10/energy?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2008 07:23:48 -0500 U of M researchers report threats to Minnesota's environment A report presented to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources points out many places where Minnesota's environment is facing significant threats -- from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the north to the streams in southern farm country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/08/resource_plan?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2008 16:30:00 -0500 Minnesota mounts ambitious five-year bird count Minnesota is embarking on an ambitious project to count the birds that nest and raise their young here, to accurately chart their numbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/01/bird_survey?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Bison will soon roam in Minnesota again A nature preserve in Afton, Minn. is adding a small herd of bison to its prairie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/28/bison?refid=0 Sat, 28 Jun 2008 01:00:56 -0500 Nature preserve brings buffalo back to the prairie A nature preserve in Afton, Minnesota is adding a small herd of bison to its prairie. The 20 animals are about a year old, and they're expected to live at Belwin for two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/27/buffalo?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2008 07:25:04 -0500 Landmark smokestack loses to greener natural gas A familiar landmark in St. Paul is coming down tomorrow. Xcel Energy is imploding the stack at the old High Bridge power plant as part of its conversion of metro-area power plants to cleaner fuels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/27/smoke_stack?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2008 06:08:12 -0500 U of M researcher says algae is an answer to nation's energy needs Researchers in Minnesota hope to create biodiesel from algae utilizing wastewater from the metro area sewage treatment plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/26/algae_diesel?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Study: Removing biomass from forests does no harm and prevents fires Biomass can be taken away from the woods without harming the forest and the soils that support it, the study says. But biomass harvesting is still not economical. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/19/biomass_study?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Another fight over power lines underway in Minnesota Utilities pushing for several new power lines hope to avoid the controversy that plagued the last major high-voltage power line project decades ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/18/power_lines?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Lung cancer researchers say they'll keep miners informed The task force studying a rare but deadly cancer among taconite miners on Minnesota's Iron Range offered an update on progress at a meeting Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/12/mesothelioma1?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Researchers and politicians to discuss mesothelioma Legislation in April allocated $5 million to study why iron ore miners in northeastern Minnesota are getting lung disease. Health officials and politicians will meet this afternoon with an update on their mesothelioma research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/12/mesothelioma?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 06:41:38 -0500 Fumes from dairy cause neighbors to evacuate A few families in rural Marshall County, in northwestern Minnesota, left their homes over the weekend because of fumes from a nearby dairy operation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/09/farm?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0500 PUC decision delayed on Big Stone power plant Members of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will wait to make a decision on a proposed coal power plant in South Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/05/bigstonedelay?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2008 15:59:04 -0500 PUC weighs decision on Big Stone power plant The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will decide tomorrow whether to approve transmission lines to bring electricity from a coal-fired power plant from South Dakota into Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/03/bigstone_arguments?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Bell researcher studies geckoes' sticky feet A researcher at the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum has discovered a new family of gecko. The animals were known before, but now they have a new name. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/23/geckoes?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2008 07:00:18 -0500 Legislature defeats clean car bill The idea of adopting California's rules to limit greenhouse gases from cars and trucks appears dead for this legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/15/cleancarsdefeated?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2008 20:00:00 -0500 Concealed carrying of firearms may come to national parks Visitors to Voyageurs National Park and other national parks would be allowed to carry concealed handguns, under a proposal from the U.S. Interior Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/12/nationalparks_guns?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Think this spring has been tough? Consider the songbird Spring's late arrival has created conditions that have led to the starvation death of some songbirds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/07/songbird_mortality?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Researchers debate what we know about green fuels About 40 people met at the University of Minnesota Tuesday to discuss the state of knowledge about how much ethanol and biodiesel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/07/green_fuels?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2008 06:49:11 -0500 Listening Point cabin added to historic Register The cabin in wilderness writer Sigurd Olson's "Listening Point" has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/07/olson_cabin?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2008 06:34:45 -0500 A Minneapolis report card Some efforts to make Minneapolis a more livable city are working well; others not so well. That's the gist of a report delivered to the city council's Committee on Health, Energy and the Environment.. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/06/mpls_report?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2008 07:15:31 -0500 Farm interests, car dealers slow consideration of new vehicle emission rules Minnesota could become the 13th state to adopt tough new vehicle emissions standards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/22/calif_standards?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2008 15:38:29 -0500 High prices lure farmers from conservation program Minnesota could soon lose up to 25 percent of the land currently set aside in programs to protect water and wildlife. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/18/crp_declines?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Minnesota River ranked as fifth most endangered A national group ranks the Minnesota River as the fifth most endangered river in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/17/minnriver?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 13:58:56 -0500 Dalai Lama gives surprise message in Rochester The Dalai Lama's visit prompted demonstrations outside of Mayo Clinic by both Tibetan and pro-China demonstrators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/16/dalai_lama_blessing_rochester?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2008 15:13:07 -0500 Legislators take step toward greener cars and trucks Several legislative committees joined Tuesday to hear about a proposed low-carbon fuel standard, their first crack at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Minnesota's cars and trucks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/16/greener_autos?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2008 06:30:07 -0500 Critics take aim at climate change recommendations The final report of the Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group isn't even out yet, but it's already coming under fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/09/climatechangereax?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2008 16:14:58 -0500 Minnesota geology not suited to store carbon underground Two legislature-sponsored studies show that a warming, drying climate would threaten the ability of peat bogs to store carbon and that Minnesota's geology is not appropriate for storing carbon dioxide underground. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/09/carbon_storage?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2008 08:29:11 -0500 New state park caught up in politics, money troubles A proposed new state park on Lake Vermilion in northeastern Minnesota appears to be running up against politics and the state's rocky economic picture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/02/statepark?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Minnesota joins lawsuit against the EPA. Minnesota will join a lawsuit to compel the federal Environmental Protection Agency to act on a U.S. Supreme Court decision that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses are air pollutants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/02/minnesota_epa?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2008 13:34:15 -0500 Big decisions ahead on ATV trails in Superior National Forest The U.S. Forest Service is about decide where ATVs can and cannot go in the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/18/forestroads?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Midwest carbon market talks get underway Five Minnesotans are sitting down with citizens from other states and a Canadian province to design a Midwest regional carbon market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/13/carbornegotiations?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2008 14:20:00 -0500 Biodiesel backers seek same boost as ethanol Minnesota already leads the nation in the manufacture and use of ethanol. Now the Legislature is considering a big boost for biodiesel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/12/biodieselboost?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Energy efficient house saves money with a small carbon footprint A new house in Duluth uses 25 percent of the amount of energy as an ordinary three-bedroom home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/06/energysaverhouse?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Lawmakers consider market-based program to tackle greenhouse gases The House Environment and Natural Resources Committee yesterday held the first debate on something that's a big part of the discussion about how to deal with global warming. It's called cap-and-trade, and it's a market-based program aimed at reducing greenhouse gases http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/26/captrade?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2008 03:30:00 -0600 Designing efficiency at Duluth conference More than 1,000 builders, architects, and homeowners are learning about energy-efficient design at a conference in Duluth this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/26/energy_conference?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2008 13:58:32 -0600 Legislative committee passes tough auto emission standards Minnesota is one step closer to adopting California's aggressive emissions standards for cars and trucks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/14/auto?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Legislature faces some hard choices in fighting global warming Minnesota has made commitments to reduce emissions that contribute to global warming. Now comes the hard part. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/12/legenviro?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2008 11:00:00 -0600 Some biofuels can add to global warming A new study by a Minnesota researcher says when biofuel crops are grown on land that's converted from natural prairie or forest, they'll not only fail to reduce global warming; they could actually make it worse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/07/biofuelscost?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2008 12:11:30 -0600 Pawlenty proposes lifting moratorium on new nuke plants The governor released part of his preliminary action plan on climate change on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/01/govclimatechange?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2008 16:30:00 -0600 Governor's climate group makes recommendations The Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group has approved a long list of suggestions on how the state can reduce its carbon footprint. Some ideas are more controversial than others, but they all mean changes in how we do things. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/24/climate?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2008 01:00:00 -0600 State task force to debate tough ideas for reducing global warming The Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group holds its last meeting Thursday. It could move the state toward big changes in energy use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/24/climategroup?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2008 09:47:34 -0600 Midtown Energy project faces new challenges A proposed wood-fired electric generating plant proposed for south Minneapolis is facing several hurdles, including closer environmental scrutiny. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/22/midtown?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Governor Pawlenty proposes a renewable energy plan Gov. Pawlenty wants to make low-interest loans available to small businesses and homeowners, to install renewable energy systems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/17/energyplan?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2008 17:00:00 -0600 I-35W bridge not the only one getting a second look The I-35W bridge isn't the only one in the news these days. Some people in the southeastern metro are concerned about the Highway 61 bridge that crosses the Mississippi River at Hastings, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/15/hastings?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2008 17:32:33 -0600 Student privacy an issue A professor at Bemidji State University, talks with MPR's Stephanie Hemphill about her concerns over student drinking, and her frustration with restrictions on notifying parents of at-risk students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/11/profsidebar?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2008 17:23:34 -0600 Binge drinking is not so new In spite of the headlines about the recent deaths of several college students due to binge drinking, it seems drinking on college campuses hasn't changed all that much over the last 20 years. But the serious problems that come with heavy drinking go beyond the tragedies that make the headlines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/10/binge1?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Environmental groups lay out legislative agenda The major environmental groups in Minnesota will push three main issues during the upcoming legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/08/enviro_agenda?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2008 23:23:58 -0600 DNR to meet with hunting, fishing and conservation groups The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources meets with hunting, fishing and conservation groups in its annual stakeholder round table in St. Cloud Friday and Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/04/dnr_meeting?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2008 09:26:01 -0600 Climate decision felt from California to Minnesota The decision by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to reject California's proposed tailpipe emissions standards may limit Minnesota's choices on dealing with global warming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/20/emissions?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2007 16:48:13 -0600 School bus rolls over in Eden Prairie No children apparently were hurt when a school bus rolled over here about 8 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Interstate 494 and Valley View Road. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/18/bus_rollover?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2007 09:23:11 -0600 Cities, environmentalists unhappy with new water quality rules The Citizens Board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is set to vote Tuesday on a major revision of the state's water quality rules. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/17/waterquality?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Xcel revises its long-range energy generation plan Xcel Energy is revising its 15 year plan for electricity generation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/15/xcel_plan?refid=0 Sat, 15 Dec 2007 12:15:00 -0600 Biomass power plant planned for Minneapolis It is unusual to build a power plant right in the middle of a city. This one would be fueled by wood chips. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/12/mplsbiomass?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Climate change group votes At a meeting Wednesday, the task force working on ways to reduce Minnesota's carbon footprint approved some ideas and sent others back to the drawing board. They had more questions than answers about many of the ideas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/05/committee?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Slowing down carbon emissions A task force is due to vote Wednesday on some measures Minnesotans could take to reduce our carbon footprint. One idea is to lower the speed limit on interstate highways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/04/speedlimit?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Debate over Northshore Mining air quality plays out in court Northshore Mining company and its critics argued in a St. Paul courtroom Thursday over air quality. The company wants a judge to drop part of a 30-year-old ruling on how much air pollution it can put out. The state and environmental groups say the standard shouldn't be dropped. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/29/northshoreincourt?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2007 16:37:55 -0600 Mayors tout jobs from green initiatives The mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul are touting the new jobs that can be created as the country moves to renewable energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/27/27mayors_green?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2007 09:12:18 -0600 Pawlenty, Doyle and other Midwest governors sign on to global warming pact Governors from six Midwestern states have agreed to set up a carbon trading market, called cap and trade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/15/govsgreenhouse?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2007 17:00:00 -0600 Minnesota's greenhouse gas emissions grow A new report says Minnesota and other Midwestern states produce more greenhouse gases than some countries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/14/midwestgreenhousegases?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2007 16:15:00 -0600 New fight over Big Stone power plant centers on carbon costs Backers of a proposed coal-fired power plant near Ortonville go back to regulators this week with a new plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/08/bigstoneredux?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2007 14:00:00 -0600 Groups hope to elevate climate change as campaign issue A new grassroots group takes a global warming challenge to the politicians. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/01/onesky?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2007 03:51:33 -0600 Turning from coal means more demand for nuclear and alternative energy sources New requirements to reduce carbon emissions in Minnesota are forcing utilities to re-think how they generate power. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/25/energyalternatives?refid=0 Sun, 28 Oct 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Study: Government must do better to protect Mississippi River The study released Tuesday by the National Research Council says the state governments and the Environmental Protection Agency should better coordinate efforts to protect the river and the northern Gulf of Mexico. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/16/missriver?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2007 11:02:59 -0500 Whistleblower highlights concerns about atrazine Science got tangled up in politics at the state Capitol Wednesday. It was a hearing on atrazine, a herbicide used on corn fields. One of the people who testified was a former state researcher who has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/10/whistleblower?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2007 20:19:25 -0500 New report questions the value of Iron Range mining jobs The Iron Range is poised to add more than 1,000 high-paying jobs in several new mining projects. But the report's author says the region should think hard about whether those jobs will fulfill the promises their backers are making. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/08/miningimpact?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2007 15:42:01 -0500 State agency taken to task for lax oversight of wetlands A legislative committee says the Board of Water and Soil Resources isn't using money and authority it was given in the last legislative session to protect wetlands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/03/wetlandsoversight?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2007 16:15:57 -0500 Steel plant prompts global warming worries A lawsuit against the Department of Natural Resources is challenging how seriously the state is taking its fight against climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/26/plant?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Profile: County Seat Theater in Carlton The County Seat Theater Company in northeastern Minnesota is representative of the dozens of community theaters in smaller towns and rural areas that have seen success over the years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/21/countyseatsidebar?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2007 01:00:03 -0500 New North Shore guidebook explains Minnesota's origins If you've ever walked along the North Shore of Lake Superior, you might have wondered how the rugged scenery came to be. A geologist and a naturalist have teamed up to write a guidebook for hikers in the eight state parks along the North Shore. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/18/northshoreguide?refid=0 Sun, 23 Sep 2007 15:00:03 -0500 Group files lawsuit over air pollution from proposed steel plant An environmental group is suing the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, saying the agency's review of the Minnesota Steel Industries project was inadequate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/11/steelplantlawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2007 10:15:09 -0500 Activists demand action to stop dropping water levels on Great Lakes Some Great Lakes watchers say there's a human cause for recent record low water levels. They want quick action. But others say just studying the issue will take years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/06/stclairriver?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2007 03:00:25 -0500 Fire restriction tightened as drought continues in northern Minnesota Even as southeastern Minnesota is awash in flood water, officials have imposed a total fire ban throughout northeastern Minnesota because of extreme drought. Campers miss their fires, but they understand the need for the ban. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/20/firedanger?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2007 17:00:51 -0500 North Shore writer and artist conjure an "Agate" A new children's book by two northern Minnesota writers combines vibrant watercolors with a gentle message of positive self-esteem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/15/agatethemoose?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2007 06:00:00 -0500 Poet Louis Jenkins writes about life 'North of the Cities' Duluth poet Louis Jenkins writes prose poems -- short paragraphs that turn everyday life into sparkling bits of homespun philosophy and sardonic humor. His new collection is "North of the Cities." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/01/louisjenkins?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2007 13:00:00 -0500 Company seeks to reopen 1970s Reserve Mining case Northshore Mining Co. wants to reopen a 30-year-old court case that set important precedents in environmental law. The court ruling set up restrictions on the former Reserve Mining Co. Northshore Mining now owns the Reserve mine, and Northshore says it can't live with the restrictions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/31/clevelandcliffs?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2007 10:27:05 -0500 Finding refuge from the heat and humidity Minnesota is getting some welcome rain, after several days of hot and muggy weather. People around the region found lots of ways to deal with the heat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/26/hotweather?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2007 15:02:10 -0500 U.S. attorney announces Duluth drug ring bust U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose visited Duluth to announce that 28 people from the area have been indicted for selling cocaine and crack. Paulose says she's putting the word out that her office will not tolerate drug crimes in greater Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/25/duluthdrugs?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2007 17:45:00 -0500 Locals praise, and question, Lake Vermilion state park proposal As state officials lead a tour of what could become Minnesota's newest state park, the DNR and some local officials are excited about the idea. But it's far from a sure thing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/19/vermilionpark?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Jackson Project residents celebrate 70 years People in Hermantown are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Jackson Project, a back-to-the-land village built during the Great Depression. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/17/jacksonproject?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2007 16:45:00 -0500 Duluth shelter enters the music business A Duluth's battered women's shelter is holding a music festival fundraiser. Shelter workers say cuts in government funding are forcing them to be creative in coming up with their own sources of money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/12/shelterconcert?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 States and Ontario to share infectious disease information Several states and the province of Ontario have formally agreed to share information about infectious diseases. The agreement was prompted by the anthrax scare after 9/11, and by SARS and other fast-traveling diseases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/05/diseasinfo?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jul 2007 02:56:00 -0500 The New San Marco gives Duluth alcoholics a helping hand A new building for homeless people who are struggling with alcoholism hasjust opened in Duluth. Organizers hope the San Marco will not only improve the lives of the people who live there, but make downtown business owners happier too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/27/sanmarco?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jul 2007 12:00:17 -0500 U of M to take over Iron Range cancer study from beleaguered Health Department The University of Minnesota will take over management of cancer studies among taconite workers. The research was being planned by the Minnesota Department of Health. It's under fire for keeping quiet about deaths among retired miners from a rare form of cancer. The switch was announced during a legislative hearing Thursday night on the Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/29/mining?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2007 07:41:42 -0500 A miner's story Richard Eklund and his wife Jeanette talk about the disease they've been dealing with since he retired from the LTV mine. He worked with asbestos, and now it's eating away at his lungs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/21/eklundsidebar?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2007 17:00:00 -0500 Miners angered by Health Department delay Some retired mine workers are fuming at the Minnesota Department of Health's decision to withhold information for a year, about the death of 35 miners from mesothelioma. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/21/angryminers?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2007 15:15:00 -0500 State health commissioner defends decision to keep cancer death numbers secret Minnesota's commissioner of health is defending her decision to withhold information about deaths from a rare form of cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/18/deathnumbers?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2007 17:15:39 -0500 Scientists seek a safe level for taconite fibers The Minnesota Department of Health is launching a major study to try to determine whether there are particles in taconite that cause disease. It's one of two research efforts on taconite and health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/07/fiberstudy?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2007 12:00:00 -0500 Researchers look for links between taconite and mesothelioma The Minnesota Department of Health wants to find out whether dust from taconite can cause a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma. It's one of two major studies on taconite and health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/07/mesostudy?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Some frequently asked questions about taconite fibers on Minnesota's North Shore. Some frequently asked questions about taconite fibers on Minnesota's North Shore. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/07/fiberfaq?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2007 15:22:12 -0500 Resorters work as the smoke clears Resorters on the Gunflint Trail are recovering from the Ham Lake fire. They say they're ready for business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/24/resortersreturn?refid=0 Fri, 25 May 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Sue Ahrendt's blog of fire Campers and paddlers from around the country have been keeping up with the Ham Lake fire by checking on outfitters' blogs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/17/fireblog?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Returning to Gunflint Lake Even as the Ham Lake fire burns into Canada, life can start getting back to normal for many of the people who live in the Gunflint Lake area. Fire officials let them return to their homes Wednesday, nearly a week after they were forced out by the Ham Lake fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/16/returntogunflint?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2007 03:00:00 -0500 It takes more than firefighters to put out a fire It's not just those on the Gunflint Trail fire line who've been working hard for the last ten days since the fire started. Cook County safety and health workers, and volunteers of all kinds have been pitching in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/16/volunteers?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2007 06:36:03 -0500 Residents of upper Gunflint Trail to be allowed back briefly The Gunflint Trail fire has consumed 75,000 acres so far -- about half in the U.S. and half in Canada. Fire officials are now predicting if conditions remain the same, they could have the fire contained by Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/15/gunflint?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2007 13:06:59 -0500 Evacuation ordered in Gunflint Lodge area Firefighters are slogging through another day at the Ham Lake fire at the end of the Gunflint Trail in northeastern Minnesota. Officials evacuated the Gunflint Lodge neighborhood Thursday afternoon as smoke blanketed the area and the fire pushed forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/10/firethursday?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2007 14:47:41 -0500 Gunflint wildfire grows, prompts more evacuations The fire at the end of the Gunflint Trail continues to burn out of control. More homes and cabins were evacuated Wednesday, to allow firefighters to set a controlled burn. Officials are getting ready for a shift in the wind Thursday, which could push the fire to the east and south, and possibly toward resorts along the Gunflint. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/09/gunflintfireupdate?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2007 15:58:31 -0500 Losses mount on Gunflint Trail The Ham Lake fire is still burning, four days after it started, and with no end in sight. The fire didn't get a lot bigger on Tuesday, but in the afternoon, an intense area of flame and smoke kept people from visiting their homes and cabins in the burned area. The number of structures lost to the fire now stands about about 40. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/08/fireweds?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2007 00:01:00 -0500 Nursing homes say they're in a pinch Minnesota nursing homes are asking for help from the Legislature. A recent study shows one-third of the state's nursing homes are struggling financially and may go out of business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/11/nursinghomes?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2007 15:38:19 -0500 Concern rises over fibers in Silver Bay air The town of Silver Bay, on the North Shore of Lake Superior, has more mineral fragments in its air than the city of St. Paul. Scientists are concerned about their possible health effects. The MPCA and the Minnesota Department of Health are scrambling to figure out what to do about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/09/silverbayfibers?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Miners look for answers on taconite exposure Workers on Minnesota's Iron Range are hoping a new study will explain why so many of them are dying from a rare form of cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/05/mesotheliomastudy?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2007 18:00:00 -0500 Holy Cow! It's 30 years old! If you had to name the home of the oldest literary presses in Minnesota, you'd probably say the Twin Cities. But to be correct, you'd also have to mention Duluth. It's home to Holy Cow! Press, which is celebrating its third decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/26/holycow?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Women's poetry collected in new book Poetry readers in Duluth are celebrating the appearance of a new book. It's a collection of poems by Minnesota women, going all the way back to pioneer days. It's called "To Sing Along the Way." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/22/womenpoets?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2007 15:30:00 -0500 Finland greets St. Urho--and bids farewell to a piece of history People in Finland, Minnesota will combine their usual St. Urho's Day celebrations with a fond farewell to a piece of local history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/16/finlandhall?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2007 15:06:23 -0500 'Temporary' Damiano Center celebrates its 25th anniversary A soup kitchen in Duluth is observing its 25th birthday. The people who started the soup kitchen thought it was a temporary arrangement. But the need just seems to keep on growing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/12/damiano25?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Bill may increase commercial trout fishing on Lake Superior Commercial fishermen along the North Shore of Lake Superior could be allowed to bring more lake trout to market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/26/laketrout?refid=0 Mon, 26 Feb 2007 16:45:14 -0600 Little snow foreshadows more drought Although a big winter storm could dump several inches of snow on Minnesota over the next few days, the overall lack of snow this winter means the state's drought situation has not improved. And prospects for another dry summer are increasing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/22/drought?refid=0 Thu, 22 Feb 2007 17:00:00 -0600 Co-generation makes a big comeback With Minnesota's new renewable energy standard, utilities are turning to some surprising places to make renewable power. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/21/cogeneration?refid=0 Thu, 22 Feb 2007 16:30:00 -0600 Joseph Kalar's poems re-emerge from the Depression It's safe to say not many of us have ever heard of writer Joseph Kalar. A native of Minnesota's Iron Range, he wrote passionately about the lives of working people. A book of his poetry has just appeared -- more than 30 years after his death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/13/kalar?refid=0 Wed, 14 Feb 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Polymet project draws friends and foes Polymet Mining Company has a long way to go, to convince some people its proposed precious metals mine is a good idea. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/07/polymetmeeting?refid=0 Thu, 08 Feb 2007 09:00:00 -0600 It's pines vs. planes on Park Point The Sky Harbor Airport on Duluth's Park Point is under pressure to cut nearby trees to meet safety standards. But these are old-growth trees, and a lot of people don't want them cut. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/30/oldpines?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jan 2007 16:00:00 -0600 Feds plan to remove gray wolf from endangered list It's official: the gray wolf is no longer considered threatened or endangered in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. But controversy about wolves is likely to continue for years to come. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/29/wolfdelisting?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jan 2007 14:49:28 -0600 Northwest to take Mesaba under its wing Northwest and Mesaba Airlines announced Monday they have agreed on the terms of a merger. Both of the Eagan-based carriers are in bankruptcy. Under the plan, Mesaba would become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/23/mesaba?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jan 2007 08:10:35 -0600 Building a house from close to home A lot of people are trying to buy locally-produced food. Some look for locally-made clothing. But how about buying a house made of locally-produced timber? That's what's happening in Aitkin. It's affordable, very energy-efficient, and it's going up in an area facing a housing crunch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/05/aitkinhouse?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jan 2007 16:00:00 -0600 How well do Minnesota's wood industries compete? Loggers and mill workers are hoping for action in the Legislature this year aimed at making Minnesota's forest industries more competitive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/28/forestindustrycompetitiveness?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jan 2007 13:00:00 -0600 Duluth's "new" crib washes ashore A huge wooden crib has washed ashore in downtown Duluth, and city officials are trying to figure out what to do it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/20/duluthcrib?refid=0 Wed, 20 Dec 2006 16:00:00 -0600 DNR stuggles to place showcase ATV trail The Minnesota DNR is scrambling to find a place to put a showcase 70-mile ATV trail. Four counties are vying to host the trail. But public opposition continues to crop up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/14/atvtrail?refid=0 Fri, 15 Dec 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Ford elected St Louis County Attorney by 88 votes St. Louis County will have the first new County Attorney in a generation -- after Melanie Ford won by a margin of just 88 votes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/06/fordwins?refid=0 Wed, 06 Dec 2006 16:45:00 -0600 Environmental groups challenge certification of state forests Two environmental organizations are challenging the DNR's recent certification as a top-quality manager of state forest land. At issue is control of ATVs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/28/forestcertification?refid=0 Tue, 28 Nov 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Duluth debates church, state, and the Kroc Center It's down to the wire for the Salvation Army recreation center proposed for Duluth. Tonight the city council takes a close look at the plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/22/kroccenter?refid=0 Wed, 22 Nov 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Carlton County's historic songs Some kids in Cloquet have found a different way to learn about their history. They've been working all week with folksinger Charlie Maguire, composing songs about the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/16/historysongs?refid=0 Fri, 17 Nov 2006 16:00:00 -0600 How Duluth became a union town Duluth has long been known as a union town. A new book tells the story of how and why. It's called "By the Ore Docks: A Working People's History of Duluth." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/14/laborhistory?refid=0 Wed, 15 Nov 2006 15:00:00 -0600 The Border Patrol and Grand Marais Some people in the Grand Marais area are upset about plans to build a new office for the Border Patrol. The Patrol says it needs a new office to do its job properly. But critics say having a lot more Border Patrol officers around will threaten the quiet lifestyle http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/01/grandmaraispatrol?refid=0 Thu, 02 Nov 2006 00:01:00 -0600 Duluth's poet Duluth's poet laureate, Bart Sutter, begins a year of events to bring poetry to people this weekend. The city is hosting an inaugural reading for Sutter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/20/sutter?refid=0 Fri, 20 Oct 2006 16:00:00 -0500 The "roadless rule" and state land: a special case A California judge's ruling reinstating the "Clinton roadless rule" has complicated the debate about the use of forests in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/18/2006roadless2?refid=0 Fri, 20 Oct 2006 12:00:00 -0500 Untangling the roadless rule in Minnesota Forest managers in Minnesota are trying to work out what a California ruling reinstating the so-called "Clinton roadless rule" means for the Superior National Forest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/09/roadlessrulemn?refid=0 Thu, 19 Oct 2006 09:45:00 -0500 Edwards boosts DFL candidates during Minnesota stops Former VP candidate first stopped in Stillwater at a rally for 6th District Congressional candidate Patty Wetterling, then headlined a DFL rally in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/23/edwards?refid=0 Sat, 23 Sep 2006 18:04:23 -0500 Delivering windmills Dock workers in Duluth are getting used to handling a challenging new cargo: windmills for wind farms in Minnesota and North Dakota. Business in windmills is booming -- despite inconsistent federal support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/22/windmills?refid=0 Fri, 22 Sep 2006 15:58:40 -0500 Mixed signals on energy policy As U.S. consumers grapple with their dependence on foreign oil, the country is also sorting out its priorities in a national energy policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/07/energypolicy?refid=0 Mon, 18 Sep 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Coast Guard cancels "live fire" exercises The action comes as criticism builds on how the agency has handled public notification of its plan to establish permanent safety zones for the drills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/15/cguard?refid=0 Fri, 15 Sep 2006 11:39:39 -0500 Twin Ports soldier dies in Iraq A young soldier from just south of Superior has died in Iraq. A roadside bomb killed Kenneth Cross of South Range, Wisconsin, on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/29/crossobit?refid=0 Tue, 29 Aug 2006 17:30:00 -0500 Building bridges for ATVs A Twin Cities ATV club is installing a steel bridge on a trail in the Nemadji State Forest. They say it's their way of helping the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/15/atvbridge?refid=0 Tue, 15 Aug 2006 17:00:00 -0500 BWCA fires contained, but impact fears smolder The Cavity Lake fire is now just a scatter of smoldering vegetation. But some outfitters and resort owners are nervous about how it will affect their bottom line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/03/fireeconomy?refid=0 Fri, 04 Aug 2006 01:00:00 -0500 New Yorkers learn how to work the system ... in the Boundary Waters Officials in charge of the Cavity Lake wildfire are not only putting out a 50-square mile fire. They're also training some New Yorkers in the system they use to handle such long-term, large scale events. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/01/newyorkbwca?refid=0 Wed, 02 Aug 2006 00:00:01 -0500 The front lines of the BWCA fire More than an inch of rain over the weekend helped firefighters get better control of the Cavity Lake wildfire. As of Monday, it's about 65 percent contained. But fire managers say crews will be in the wilderness battling the fire for a good long time. We went out to the edge of the fire to see how it's done. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/31/workingtheline?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jul 2006 15:30:00 -0500 After the fire From a distance, much of the land affected by the Cavity Lake wildfire looks like it's burned to a crisp. But even in the blackened areas, life is not only surviving, but thriving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/26/afterfire?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jul 2006 16:45:00 -0500 Upbeat but vigilant at Cavity Lake Officials leading the fight against the Cavity Lake fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness offered residents some good news Friday, and some words of caution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/21/fridaycavityupdate?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jul 2006 16:50:00 -0500 Friday update from the Cavity Lake Fire Officials monitoring the Cavity Lake fire in the BWCAW reported Friday they were very pleased with progress. While the fire is spreading west into the wilderness area, it seems to be relatively contained to the west and southwest. That's where many homes and businesses along the Gunflint Trail lie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/21/fireupdate?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jul 2006 13:44:15 -0500 BWCA firefighters dig in for long haul On the edge of the Boundary Waters, firefighters breathed a sigh of relief Thursday as the Cavity Lake Fire grew only slightly. But they're digging in for a long stay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/21/battleplan?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jul 2006 10:35:37 -0500 New book brings life to the spirit of Gitchi Gumee A new children's picture book takes readers on a journey across Gitchi Gumee -- Lake Superior. In the process, they learn about respect and patience, taught by the spirit of the big lake itself, Gitchi Gumee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/19/gitcheegumee?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jul 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Duluth gets tough on butts Duluth was one of the first cities to institute a smoking ban. And that pushed a lot of people onto the streets. Now downtown Duluth has a new campaign -- against cigarette butts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/13/duluthbutts?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jul 2006 15:45:00 -0500 Duluth reprieves Saratoga Duluth has a brand new ordinance restricting live adult entertainment. But one Duluth business is challenging it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/11/duluthadultord?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jul 2006 18:00:00 -0500 DNR working fast on ATV trail system The DNR continues to designate ATV trails for the state's four million acres of forest land. And the process continues to be controversial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/10/atvtrails?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jul 2006 16:30:00 -0500 Eastman Johnson's legacy in art An art exhibit in Duluth portrays the lives of Ojibwe Indians, as white settlers were moving to Wisconsin and Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/30/eastmanjohnson?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jul 2006 14:00:00 -0500 Martha Anderson at 105 Martha Anderson of rural Gilbert turns 105 this week. She lives in her own home, cooks her meals, brings flowers to church, and refuses to use the elevator -- she says it's for old people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/22/andersonat105?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jun 2006 15:30:00 -0500 Bergson says he won't run again Duluth Mayor Herb Bergson says he won't run for re-election. Bergson says he's doing it to remove himself as a political obstacle in the city's fight over pension benefits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/14/bergsonnorun?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jun 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Heaney looks back - and forward A powerhouse in the DFL party is retiring. Judge Gerald Heaney has ruled from the federal bench -- and influenced Minnesota politics -- for 40 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/13/heanyprofile?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jun 2006 02:00:00 -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 Radar base could become vacation homes A developer wants to convert the former Finland Air Force Base on Lake Superior's North Shore into vacation homes. But the project has been beset by problems, including pollution left by the Air Force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/06/finland?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jun 2006 16:00:00 -0500 NorShor strip club plan raises hackles in Duluth Duluth's historic downtown theater is being turned into a strip club. After years of trying, the owner says he's finally found something that will pay the bills. But some of his downtown neighbors, including the mayor, are really upset. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/01/norshorstrippers?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jun 2006 16:44:00 -0500 Duluth looks for an investigator Officials in Duluth are trying to find someone to investigate Mayor Herb Bergson. Last year, the mayor gave a classified report to the publisher of the Duluth News-Tribune. The report's author, Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles, says that was illegal. But so far he hasn't been able to find anyone to investigate he matter. Now, the Duluth city council has instructed the city's purchasing agent to hire someone to conduct an investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/23/bergsoninvestigation?refid=0 Tue, 23 May 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Will Duluth get a Dylan Boulevard? A street in Duluth could get a new name tonight. City councilors will consider adding Bob Dylan's name to a few blocks of London Road. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/19/dylanblvd?refid=0 Mon, 22 May 2006 00:02:00 -0500 Possible compromise on ATV trails In Cook County, in northeastern Minnesota, some ATV riders and at least one environmental group are trying to find common ground on ATV trails. The unusual spirit of compromise could help both sides get what they want: trails for the riders, and peace and quiet for people on foot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/10/atvtrails?refid=0 Thu, 11 May 2006 08:00:00 -0500 Residents consider future of Grand Marais' harbor People in Grand Marais are arguing about their harbor. Some want to rebuild the marina on a grander scale. Others say anything much bigger would destroy the cozy feeling of the waterfront. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/01/grandmaraisharbor?refid=0 Tue, 02 May 2006 20:00:00 -0500 Jim Brandenburg's prairie National Geographic photographer Jim Brandenburg grew up on a prairie farm. Now he's started a foundation to preserve prairie land. A new show of his prairie photographs is on display in a Duluth gallery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/24/brandenburg?refid=0 Tue, 25 Apr 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Grand Marais gets growing pains Visitors to the tiny town of Grand Marais, on Minnesota's North Shore, enjoy the idyllic setting, the slow pace of life, and the friendly small-town feeling. But locals are embroiled in a divisive debate about how much development is good for their town. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/07/grandmaraisdevelopment?refid=0 Mon, 10 Apr 2006 12:00:00 -0500 New European chemical rules spur change in the US The European Union is expected to start requiring that businesses prove their products are safe -- or they'll be taken off the shelves. American companies are gearing up for the new rules, even as they say the U.S. system works fine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/29/chemicalrules?refid=0 Wed, 29 Mar 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Groups challenge forest certification Does the DNR have enough resources to prevent damage to state forest by OHV users? A group that certified the agency as a sustainable forest manager isn't sure. Two environmental groups say the certification shouldn't go through until the DNR shows it can do better. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/02/forestcertification?refid=0 Wed, 08 Mar 2006 00:00:00 -0600 Art centers help more than artists Many Minnesota cities take pride in their local arts centers. But what good do they really do? A new Humphrey Institute report says they not only offer crucial help to artists, they can even help revitalize neighborhoods and communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/27/artcenterimpact?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2006 04:00:00 -0600 Marine from Superior, Wis. killed in Iraq A Marine from Superior, Wisconsin, with only 15 days of active combat duty left in Iraq was killed by a roadside bomb there. Adam VanAlstine, 21, was killed Saturday in Ramadi outside of Baghdad, according to his sister. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/27/soldierdies?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2006 00:00:00 -0600 Boil order ends in St. Cloud The order to boil the drinking water in St. Cloud and nearby St. Augusta was lifted Tuesday afternoon after another round of water quality tests showed no E. coli contamination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/21/stcloudwater?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2006 15:03:15 -0600 Reading the story of "El Lector" A lost era, a time when immigrant workers rolled cigars by hand in southern Florida, comes to life in "El Lector." It's a new book for young people, written by northern Minnesota author William Durbin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/14/ellector?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2006 00:01:00 -0600 Researchers hunt beach-contaminating bacteria For three years the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has been warning swimmers and kayakers in Lake Superior when bacteria levels are dangerously high. The agency repeatedly posted a few Duluth beaches as being unsafe. A team of researchers has been trying to track down possible sources of the bacteria. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/07/beachesreport?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2006 18:32:57 -0600 Warm winter signals climate change So far it's been another one of those &quot;winters that wasn't.&quot; The Earth has just lived through the warmest year on record. Is it proof of global warming? Experts say there's growing concern. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/02/01_hemphills_warming/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2006 16:00:00 -0600 Neighbors argue over trail For years, a snowmobile club in Hermantown, just outside Duluth, has been trying to build a &quot;missing link&quot; between two long distance trails. Opposition seems to be growing as the area fills up with homes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/26_hemphills_snomotrail/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2006 16:58:00 -0600 Finding middle ground Northeastern Minnesota is a playground for a lot of people. Some like to canoe and hike and ski; some like to ride snowmobiles and all terrain vehicles. Government agencies responsible for the land are trying to find some middle ground between the two groups. Meetings on the North Shore this week will allow public input on the issue. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/24_hemphills_trailplan/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2006 00:01:00 -0600 Prescription for Change Companies are creating a host of ways to shift the cost of health care while encouraging employees to live healthy lifestyles. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2006/01/healthcare/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2006 00:01:00 -0600 A chronic problem Consumer-driven health care is becoming more and more popular among employers. But does it work for people who have chronic illnesses and have no choice about whether to get medical care? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/23_hemphills_confail/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2006 00:01:00 -0600 Water-soaked colors One of Minnesota's best-known watercolor artists has just published a book for children. It's called &quot;Noel,&quot; and it's a free-flowing poem by Tony Johnston about the sights and sounds of an old-fashioned Christmas. The softly colored paintings are by Duluth-based painter Cheng-Khee Chee. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/09_hemphills_chee/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2005 09:00:00 -0600 Duluth hospital goes organic The bland, boring mush we associate with hospital food could be changing. A Duluth hospital is adding organic fresh fruits and vegetables to the menu. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/23_hemphills_hospfood/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2005 16:42:00 -0600 Duluth artist rediscovered Duluth is rediscovering David Ericson, an early 20th century painter who combined influences of Whistler and Impressionism. A major exhibit at the Tweed Museum celebrates his work. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/15_hemphills_ericson/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2005 17:00:00 -0600 Vang sentenced to life in prison A St. Paul man convicted of murdering six deer hunters and attempting to kill two others after a trespassing dispute was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday with no chance for parole. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/08_hemphills_vang/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2005 17:46:00 -0600 Coal gasification gets environmental review The U.S. Department of Energy will prepare an environmental study on a proposed coal gasification project for Minnesota's Iron Range. But some environmentalists say the study will sidestep the biggest questions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/25_hemphills_powerplant/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2005 16:22:00 -0500 State finds urgent need for mercury reduction Minnesota needs to do a lot more to reduce mercury emissions in order to make the fish safer to eat. And relying on voluntary efforts won't be enough. That's the gist of a new report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/19_hemphills_mercury/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2005 16:34:00 -0500 'North Country' premieres on the Iron Range People who watched a preview screening of &quot;North Country&quot; Friday night gave the movie an enthusiastic thumbs up. About 500 people were invited. Most were extras and others who helped when the movie was shot on the Iron Range last winter. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/15_hemphills_miningmovie/?refid=0 Sat, 15 Oct 2005 10:00:00 -0500 Scientists hope lamprey 'perfume' can help reduce their numbers Researchers have identified a lamprey &quot;perfume,&quot; a pheromone that could be a big help in the fight against one of the most destructive invasive species. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/03_hemphills_lampreys/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Wellstone memorial dedicated About 400 people gathered in the woods outside Eveleth on Sunday to dedicate a memorial to Sen. Paul Wellstone and seven others killed in a plane crash nearly three years ago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/25_hemphills_wellstone/?refid=0 Sun, 25 Sep 2005 20:44:00 -0500 It's all about respect Minnesota's Iron Range is getting some national publicity as critics get a first glimpse at the new movie &quot;North Country.&quot; The film tells the story of the women who took jobs in Minnesota's iron mines in the 1970s ⦠and the men who tried to drive them out. It's based on the true story of women at Eveleth Taconite who sued the mine for sexual harassment. Women who worked in other mines on the Range say they faced harassment, too. But there were also good times, and men who were good friends. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/19_hemphills_hibtacsidebar/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2005 01:00:00 -0500 Explaining the Iron Range character The new Warner Brothers movie, &quot;North Country,&quot; being released in October, is based on a legal battle which took place in a Minnesota iron mine in the mid-'70s. Parts of the movie were filmed on the Iron Range. Range native Sally Mayasich gives a tour of her hometown to help explain the area's unique character. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/19_hemphills_mayasichsidebar/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2005 12:00:00 -0500 Not all the mines were bad Although some women who worked in the iron mines of northern Minnesota in the 1970s suffered harassment at the hands of their male coworkers, most of the mines weren't that bad. Three women who worked at Reserve Mining Co. in Babbitt remember it as a good place to work. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/19_hemphills_babbittsidebar/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2005 12:00:00 -0500 Working in the mines today Women working the Minnesota iron mines today say they don't face the same resentment and difficulties that their predecessors did years ago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/19_hemphills_femaleminer/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2005 12:00:00 -0500 Vang says he fired after hunter shot first In chilling detail, Chai Soua Vang - accused of killing six hunters and wounding two others - testified Thursday he started firing at them after he thought one shot at him and the others were going for more guns. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/15_hemphills_vang5/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2005 07:38:00 -0500 Early travel smooth in first day of Northwest mechanics strike Mechanics struck Northwest Airlines Corp. late Friday, resisting big pay cuts and layoffs that would have cut their numbers almost in half. The nation's fourth-largest airline pledged to keep flying with replacements. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/19_ap_nwastrikeday1/?refid=0 Sat, 20 Aug 2005 09:23:00 -0500 MPCA votes on Mesabi Nugget plant The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will decide today whether to issue permits for a proposed iron nugget plant in Hoyt Lakes on Minnesota's Iron Range. The Legislature put the controversial project on a fast track last year by exempting Mesabi Nugget from a full-scale environmental review. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/26_hemphills_nuggets/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2005 01:00:00 -0500 Mystery ship found The Benjamin Noble disappeared into Lake Superior an April 1914 storm, and it's been the target of a lot of unsuccessful searches over the years. But now a few people know exactly where it is. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/20_hemphills_superiorwreck/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2005 16:13:00 -0500 Redesigning Duluth People in Duluth are getting innovative ideas for the city and a team of designers has been in town for the last five days. They've been working with city residents to create a new look for the neighborhoods east of downtown. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/18_hemphills_charrette/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2005 16:40:00 -0500 Agencies propose wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup plan A partnership of federal, state and local officials proposed a long-term strategy Thursday for restoring the health of the ailing Great Lakes. The plan makes dozens of recommendations in a bid to solve some of the lakes' most pressing problems. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/07_hemphills_greatlakes/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2005 17:12:00 -0500 Happy campers A Flash presentation of campers in the Jay Cooke State Park, reacting to the partial state shutdown, which almost threatened their vacations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/01_newsroom_camperflash/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2005 16:51:00 -0500 Newborns at risk Doctors are saving premature babies at younger and younger ages, but among the life-giving high-tech equipment they use, there may be a hidden danger. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/08_hemphills_pvcnicu/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2005 16:42:00 -0500 Matt Lourey remembered at memorial service About 1,000 people joined State Sen. Becky Lourey and her family Friday afternoon for a memorial for Lourey's son Matt, an Army helicopter pilot who died last week in Iraq. A public service was held at a high school near Askov. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/03_hemphills_loureymemorial/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2005 17:41:00 -0500 Managing cormorants on Leech Lake Natural resource managers have killed more than 2,000 cormorants on a small island in Leech Lake. They think the cormorants are eating too many fish - especially the walleye and yellow perch people love to eat. Critics say there's not enough evidence to justify the killing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/27_hemphills_cormorants/?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2005 15:11:00 -0500 Free Range Film Festival invites entries Film festivals are all the rage these days, but what's a &quot;Free Range&quot; film festival? And where is Wrenshall, Minnesota? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/27_hemphills_filmfest/?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2005 10:00:00 -0500 Egg collection offers lessons A collection of eggs discovered in an Iowa farmhouse could teach lessons about birds of 100 years ago, and about what birds need from us today. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/20_hemphills_eggs/?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Selling wood to the world A fourth-generation family business in northern Minnesota is learning to Think Global. The lumber industry has been internationalized in the last five years. Small lumber companies find themselves competing with products from nations with low wages and minimal environmental rules. One family-owned lumber business in northern Minnesota thinks it's figured out how to compete in this fast-changing, complicated market. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/15_hemphills_globaltimber/?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2005 14:00:00 -0500 Power struggle With summer on the way, the demand for electricity goes up and so does the risk of electric power blackouts. A bill in the Minnesota legislature is designed to reduce that risk. But critics say it would turn too much control over to the federal government. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/17_hemphills_transmissionbill/?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2005 16:30:00 -0500 Phantom of the NorShor Duluth's Colder by the Lake Comedy Theatre presents an original satire, based on &quot;Phantom of the Opera.&quot; It's called &quot;Phantom of the NorShor,&quot; and the main character is a landmark theatre downtown. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/22_hemphills_phantom/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2005 11:43:00 -0500 Birch bark promises better health Birch bark has been used to make baskets and canoes for a long time, but a startup company in Duluth is marketing a new product made from it. A chemical in the papery bark is an ingredient in skin creams, and scientists are studying it for use in treating rashes, and even cancer. Native American healers have been using birch bark for years, and some of them are worried about the future supply. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/10_hemphills_birchbark/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2005 00:01:00 -0600 The Great Lakes Aquarium wants an on-going subsidy The people running Duluth's aquarium are asking the city for money -- again. The aquarium has operated in the red since it opened four years ago. This time aquarium officials say it will need a yearly infusion of cash from the city, and it will need the infusion indefinitely. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/07_hemphills_aquarium/?refid=0 Sun, 06 Mar 2005 14:00:00 -0600 Duluth artists help each other through tough times Hollywood actors have their rest homes; opera singers have fundraisers to take care of their own. Now, artists in Duluth are banding together to set up a relief fund, designed to help local artists facing financial crisis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/03_hemphills_artistfund/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Miles Lord calls for halt to taconite projects Retired federal judge Miles Lord is asking Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the Legislature to put a moratorium on new taconite projects on the Iron Range, until questions are answered about health concerns. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/23_hemphills_mileslord/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2005 15:30:00 -0600 The Zooks Society barters in Duluth How would you like to come home to a dinner of homemade pasta with a spinach and pesto sauce, with homemade squash soup and homemade applesauce? Without making any of it yourself, of course. A Duluth group makes this possible through bartering. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/15_hemphills_zooks/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2005 09:54:00 -0600 Hollywood comes to the Range Shooting is about to begin on the Iron Range for a movie about female iron miners who fought a landmark legal battle against sexual harassment. Some of the movie's stars, including Charlize Theron and Woody Harrelson, talked about the movie Wednesday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/10_hemphills_stars/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2005 09:10:00 -0600 Douglas County board debates power line In Wisconsin, the Douglas County board takes up the thorny question of whether to negotiate with the company that wants to build a controversial power line between Duluth and Wausau. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/02_hemphills_powerline/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2005 16:17:00 -0600 Movie stirs memories on Iron Range Warner Brothers holds auditions this weekend for a movie being made on the Iron Range. It's about a group of women who filed a lawsuit over sexual harassment at one of the mines. The lawsuit divided people on the Range, and the divisions are still there. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/28_hemphills_rangefilm/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2005 16:02:00 -0600 A tale of two theaters Duluth theater-goers suddenly have not one, but two new places to go for contemporary drama. And not just one, but two productions of the same challenging play. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/14_hemphills_newtheaters/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2005 11:00:00 -0600 Finalists for Kroc center money advance Duluth and St. Paul have moved a step closer to winning millions of dollars to build new community centers to be run by the Salvation Army. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/05_hemphills_krocfinalists/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jan 2005 16:39:00 -0600 Sharing pastors, staying alive Churches in small towns all over Minnesota are struggling to stay afloat. But some find creative ways to stay alive and independent. Some churches are returning to an old tradition -- sharing pastors. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/03_hemphills_churchindie/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jan 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Rachel's school diary What's it like for a teen who's been home schooled all of her life to plunge into high school life? One Duluth girl shares her reactions in a diary of her first months in school. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/24_hemphills_rachel/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Dec 2004 12:00:00 -0600 Reliving &quot;A Christmas Memory&quot; For some people, Truman Capote's &quot;A Christmas Memory&quot; is a holiday classic. It's the autobiographical account of a simpler Christmas celebration. That tradition is alive and well in Duluth, where a public reading of the story has taken place every year for three decades. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/16_hemphills_xmasmemory/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2004 13:00:00 -0600 Report: Kyoto treaty rejection hurts U.S. businesses An environmental group says American businesses are being hurt by the U.S. decision to opt out of international approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/14_hemphills_energypolicy/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2004 01:00:00 -0600 A dark time for Finns recounted in new novel In the early 1930s, Soviet recruiters persuaded thousands of Finnish-Americans from northern Minnesota to move to Stalin's Russia. They thought they were going to build a utopia, but many ended up as Stalin's victims. A Minnesota author, William Durbin, has written a new book for young people which describes the painful episode. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/07_hemphills_stalinbook/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2004 16:00:00 -0600 Wisconsin community says goodbye to three who were among six killed while hunting Robert Crotteau and his son Joseph, who worked together and spent much of their free time enjoying the outdoors together, were mourned together Saturday, days after both were killed in a confrontation with a hunter trespassing on their land. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/27_ap_funerals/?refid=0 Sun, 28 Nov 2004 08:57:00 -0600 Somber town remembers one of six slain deer hunters People filed into a church Friday morning for the funeral service of Mark Roidt, 28, of Rice Lake - the first held for a victim of Sunday's shooting. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/26_hemphills_funerals/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Nov 2004 18:10:00 -0600 Self-defense a tough sell in Vang case, law experts say The St. Paul man accused of killing six Wisconsin hunters and wounding two others on Sunday has agreed to be represented by public defenders. But legal experts say Chai Vang's attorneys will have a tough case. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/24_hemphills_legalcase/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2004 14:42:00 -0600 Hunting deaths spur concern about backlash People in northern Wisconsin are reacting with horror to the deaths of six hunters, after they apparently confronted a trespasser on their land. Some worry the fact that the accused killer is a Hmong man from St. Paul could encourage racist feelings in the area. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/23_hemphills_hunterreact/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2004 16:00:00 -0600 A Duluth soldier comes home Army Specialist Daniel James McConnell throught he'd be home, safe, from Iraq within weeks. Instead, his body is being flown back Friday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/18_kelleherb_duluthsoldier/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2004 14:00:00 -0600 Voluntary mercury pollution plan not working The Izaak Walton League says a voluntary effort to cut down on mercury pollution isn't working to keep the toxic metal out of the air in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/08_hemphills_mercury/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Nov 2004 14:55:00 -0600 New life for the old NorShor The NorShor Theatre in downtown Duluth is under new management -- again. The theatre has already gone through several incarnations - as vaudeville stage, movie theatre, and funky bar. Now it has a new identity - and the guys in charge say - a new mission. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/05_hemphills_norshor/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2004 01:00:00 -0600 Friction over political signs In Duluth, three teenagers have been charged with a felony for defacing political signs. Election fever is so high, campaign workers around the state say people are stealing and defacing lawn signs more than usual. Some people complain, civility seems to be suffering during this election season. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/27_hemphills_signwars/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2004 16:17:00 -0500 Ad makes waves A new ad attacking John Kerry is running on radio stations across northern Minnesota. It says if Kerry is elected president, people could lose their rights to go hunting and snowmobiling. The ad started running this week. The Kerry campaign is already saying the ads are inaccurate. Minnesota is a swing state, and the Iron Range could provide a big push for the swing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/21_hemphills_snomoad/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2004 00:01:00 -0500 KAXE thrives as an independent radio station In Minnesota's northwoods, life is still a bit rustic. But there's a hip, happening public radio station that sends the music of Greg Brown and Suzanne Vega across the swamps and through the trees. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/18_hemphills_kaxeradio/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2004 09:00:00 -0500 The Hidden Folk Lise Lunge-Larsen grew up in Norway. Her parents and grandparents filled her life with stories of elves, dwarves, and fairies. Now she shares those stories with children, and the adults who read to them. Her latest picture book is called &quot;The Hidden Folk.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/24_hemphills_hiddenfolk/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2004 13:54:00 -0500 911 call centers understaffed People assume when they call 911, someone will answer their call. And that's exactly what happens. What callers don't know is how long the person at the call center has been working. There's a serious under-staffing problem at many call centers. At a 911 call center near Duluth, workers are putting in 12-hour shifts, and they worry about their ability to do the job well. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/13_hemphills_callcenters/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 2004 17:30:00 -0500 The changing of the seasons Summer's over. The crowds are already thinning in busy tourist spots like Duluth. Up north, it seemed like summer never came this year. Some towns had their chilliest summer on record. Residents in the region have mixed feelings about the changing of the seasons. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/06_hemphills_seasonschange/?refid=0 Sun, 05 Sep 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Organic partners People are choosing organic food in a big way. Sales of organic food have been increasing steadily. For organic farmers, it's a mixed blessing. When you can't supply as much as the customer wants, it can be difficult. Some farmers are trying creative ways to fill the demand. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/16_hemphills_organicfood/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Aug 2004 15:59:00 -0500 Counting cormorants Cormorants eat fish. Some resort owners and anglers don't like to have to compete with the big black birds. They say there are getting to be too many cormorants. Some people are even advocating a hunting season on a bird that's currently protected. The DNR is counting cormorants all over the state this summer. There's never been a scientific count before now. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/09_hemphills_cormorantcount/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2004 00:01:00 -0500 What's happening to Duluth's beaches? The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has posted yet another beach in Duluth with a yellow warning sign. The water has high levels of bacteria, and the MPCA is advising people against swimming. Three other beaches were posted in recent weeks. It's the second summer of beach testing on Lake Superior. Scientists aren't sure yet what's causing the high bacteria levels, but they're beginning to narrow the possibilities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/21_hemphills_beachwarning/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jul 2004 17:00:00 -0500 Deer: the new eco-threat The white-tailed deer is a beloved part of the Minnesota scene. But new research suggests deer may be a prime culprit in a worrisome loss of rare plants in the woods. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/07_hemphills_deerprobs/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2004 17:18:00 -0500 Sinkholes sinking progress Sinkholes - those cavities in the ground that seem to open overnight - can wreck roads or destroy crops. In the tiny town of Askov in Northeastern Minnesota, sinkholes giving a major headache to the entire town. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/05_hemphills_sinkholes/?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jul 2004 05:00:00 -0500 Rain gardens seen as key to cutting pollution Cities across the country are spending millions of dollars to solve pollution problems caused by runoff from rains. In Superior, Wisconsin, the city is encouraging people to build rain gardens. The perennial gardens are designed to hold rainwater and let it seep gradually into the ground. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/23_hemphills_raingardens/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2004 15:47:00 -0500 Lynching anniversary remembered in Duluth Around the turn of the last century, many white people in the United States were eager to draw a thick, bold line separating the races. Sometimes they drew the line in blood -- by lynching thousands of black people. Most lynchings happened in the Deep South. So it was a shock when the headline, &quot;Duluth Mob Lynches Three Negroes,&quot; ran in papers from the Duluth News-Tribune to the New York Times in 1920. June 15 is the anniversary of the lynching. A few years ago, a citizens group began a campaign to build a memorial to the lynching victims in downtown Duluth. Duluth has regained its memory. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2001/06/lynching/index.shtml/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jun 2004 13:35:00 -0500 Who gets the lake trout? It's hard to make a living fishing on Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior. The few who do it say things would be better if they could catch lake trout. Right now regulations say they can only fish for herring. People who go fishing just for fun can catch lake trout, and they're taking more all the time. But the DNR says it's not time yet to let commercial fishermen go after the trout. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/24_hemphills_commercialfish/?refid=0 Sun, 23 May 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Trying to control the cormorant Some anglers aren't catching as many fish as they'd like, and they blame the double-crested cormorant. The big black birds with long necks are fish-eaters. Just like bald eagles, they were nearly wiped out by DDT in the 1970s. But now cormorants are back. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/14_hemphills_cormorantfishers/?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2004 08:00:00 -0500 Learning at home More and more families are choosing to home-school. In Minnesota, about 16,000 children get their education at home. For some families, home-schooling seems like the best way to help their children learn and develop their full potential. For others, it's a way of instilling religious and ethical values. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/15_hemphills_homeschoolers/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Apr 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Moose Lake grieves, and reflects on Iraq People in Moose Lake are grieving the deaths of two of their own, in the Middle East. Two recent graduates of Moose Lake High School died overseas in the past month. But the anguish and sadness about the deaths doesn't seem to be changing many people's minds about the war. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/08_hemphills_mooselake/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2004 17:18:00 -0500 Will sell or trade.... at least until Saturday Here's your chance to get that stuffed beaver you've always wanted. Or how about a wax statue of gunslinger John Wesley Hardin in his coffin? Tony Sheda is closing down his Trading Post, and he's auctioning off most of his treasures. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/02_hemphills_tradingpost/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2004 14:08:00 -0600 Patrons help public libraries Public libraries around Minnesota are getting less money from the state than in the past. They're responding by cutting services and buying fewer books. The Minneapolis library eliminated a quarter of its staff. The Le Sueur library stopped subscribing to half its magazines. The library in Thief River Falls parked its bookmobile. But at the same time, libraries are getting creative about finding more money. And people who are used to using the library for free, are stepping forward to help out. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/25_hemphills_libraries/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Duluth's monument fight goes on Duluth Mayor Herb Bergson today signed a resolution that could result in the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from city property. But the fight is far from over. Residents are circulating a petition asking for a referendum on the issue. The St. Louis County Board is offering to take over the monument, along with the lawsuit against it. And the former mayor is raising money to help pay legal expenses to keep the marker in place. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/17_hemphills_duluthmarker/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2004 16:51:00 -0600 An editor reflects Joel Patenaude recently left his job as editor of the Mille Lacs Messenger. He's heading back home to Wisconsin after spending 2-1/2 years covering what may be the most complicated and contentious issue in rural Minnesota - the lawsuit over the existence of the Mille Lacs Ojibwe reservation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/08_hemphills_paternaude/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 2004 17:10:00 -0600 A fight over land and history People around Lake Mille Lacs are waiting for a court ruling on a painful question -- does the Mille Lacs Ojibwe reservation really exist? Mille Lacs County says it doesn't. The Ojibwe band says the reservation was promised to its children forever. The court is expected to rule any day now. It's the latest chapter in a long history of friction and distrust. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/08_hemphills_reservation/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 2004 16:00:00 -0600 Kerry adds Minnesota to Super Tuesday rout John Kerry charged to victory Tuesday in Minnesota's Democratic caucus, adding to his near sweep of Super Tuesday states that pushed rival John Edwards out of the nomination hunt. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/03_mccalluml_supertuesday/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2004 05:59:00 -0600 Dancing to the sounds of the Duluth harbor Most people who visit Duluth spend some time sight-seeing on the waterfront. But the sounds of the harbor can be just as inspiring as the sights. A young composer has turned those sounds into music. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/10_hemphills_harbormusic/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2004 14:08:00 -0600 Ballet pays its way At a time when many arts organizations are struggling financially, the Minnesota Ballet has found ways of going from strength to strength. The Duluth-based company is gradually trying to wean itself from foundation support. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/30_hemphills_mnballet/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2004 15:00:00 -0600 Trying different ways to organize At one time, nearly half of American workers were union members; now it's more like one in eight. Union membership has dropped in part because so many manufacturing jobs have been shifted overseas. But labor leaders say it's also harder to organize workers than it used to be. They say the laws about forming unions are tilted in favor of employers. So they're trying some different ways of organizing. It's working at one non-profit organization in Duluth. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/26_hemphills_unionsneutrality/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2004 12:00:00 -0600 Snow day in Duluth Folks in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin are still digging out from a near-record snowfall, and the snow is still coming down. Accumulation at the Duluth airport was the third highest on record, for a 24-hour period. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/26_hemphills_bigsnow/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2004 17:20:00 -0600 State of the Unions Unions in the United States are working hard to make up ground they lost in the changing realities of the modern work world. At one time, half of American workers were in a union. Now the number is just one in eight. Minnesota Public Radio's Mainstreet Radio team examines &quot;the State of the Unions,&quot; in this series of stories looking at how unions have changed their organizing strategies. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/26_smithk_unionsintro/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2004 12:01:00 -0600 Victims unite to fight deadly disease Doctors expect the incidence of mesothelioma to increase in the next 20 years. It's one of the deadliest forms of cancer. It attacks the lining of the lung, and it's caused by exposure to asbestos. About 3,000 people are diagnosed with the disease every year. Now in Minnesota, doctors and patients are working to get the word out about mesothelioma. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/21_hemphills_mesothelioma/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Wesley Clark visits Superior Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark stopped in Superior, Wisconsin, over the weekend. The retired general has been gaining in the polls against front-runner Howard Dean in the last couple of weeks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/12_hemphills_clark/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2004 08:00:00 -0600 A change in the Duluth mayor's office Duluth Mayor Gary Doty is stepping down after 12 years on the job. On Monday, Herb Bergson will take the oath of office. Bergson promises a different style. But the city still faces some of the same problems it's been struggling with for years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/02_hemphills_duluthmayor/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jan 2004 14:55:00 -0600 Want to learn patience? Grow hazelnuts Hazelnuts - also called filberts - are rich in protein and vitamins. They're traditionally grown in Turkey, Italy, and Oregon. A man in northern Minnesota is growing hazelnuts. It's part of his attempt to live off the land. And he says hazelnuts are the perfect crop for a future of global climate change. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/26_hemphills_hazelnuts/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Dec 2003 15:00:00 -0600 Working to save the NorShor The last downtown movie theater in Duluth closed last month. But locals are trying to re-open it. A national historic preservation group is helping. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/26_hemphills_norshor/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Coal gasification: the arguments The federal energy bill will provide money to help build a new power plant in northern Minnesota. The plant would convert coal into gas to make electricity. But critics say the Iron Range isn't the best place to use the technology. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/21_hemphills_gasification/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2003 00:02:00 -0600 A tale of two hockey teams The college hockey season is underway. The women's hockey team at the University of Minnesota Duluth is defending its national championship. But you wouldn't know it by the size of the crowds. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/13_hemphills_hockeyfans/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2003 13:34:00 -0600 Duluth votes on levy The Duluth schools are in trouble. The district is short $6 million for next school year. The district is asking voters to raise property taxes to help close the gap. And Duluth is not alone. On Tuesday, voters in more than 60 Minnesota school districts will decide whether to raise their taxes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/03_hemphills_duluthlevy/?refid=0 Thu, 30 Oct 2003 00:01:00 -0600 John Blatnik's contradictory role Everyone involved in the Reserve Mining case knew the stakes were high. The question of where Reserve should dump its waste was a thorny issue in Minnesota politics for years. John Blatnik played a contradictory role. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/28_hemphills_reservemerritt/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2003 12:00:00 -0600 Miles Lord remains an activist The Reserve case was not only a turning point in environmental protection. Many of the people involved in the case also experienced it as a unique time in their own lives. Some say it was almost as intense as being in combat. The presiding judge in the case, Miles Lord, says details of the case come to his mind as if it happened yesterday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/28_hemphills_reservelord/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2003 12:00:00 -0600 Human health vs. environmental protection The Reserve Mining case started out as an environmental argument, but it was ultimately settled over the question of whether human health was at risk. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/28_hemphills_reservelehto/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2003 12:00:00 -0600 The legacy of the Reserve Mining case Lake Superior's water is famous for being clear and clean. But the lake was an early battleground in the fight over environmental protection. Reserve Mining Co. used to dump its waste rock into the lake. Tons of sediment poured into the lake every day for 25 years, turning the water gray-green and muddy. Duluth's drinking water, 50 miles away, was contaminated with a fiber that might cause cancer. The fight to stop the pollution was an early chapter in the history of the environmental movement. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/29_hemphills_reservehistory/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2003 12:00:00 -0600 UMD mounts an anti-racism campaign College campuses around Minnesota are dealing with issues of racism. Tonight at the University of Minnesota Duluth, students and faculty are gathering to talk about the atmosphere on campus. Some black students say they've experienced overt racism; others say they've felt welcomed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/22_hemphills_umdracism/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Sisters plan advertising campaign to reach more women The Benedictine Sisters at the St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth are running a series of ads to introduce themselves to the larger community. They're hoping to dispel stereotypes, and perhaps recruit a few new sisters. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/08_hemphills_recruitingsister/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Student neighbors in Duluth Duluth is home to three growing colleges and universities. Fewer than half of the students live on campus The rest crowd into residential neighborhoods across the city. That makes the traditional &quot;town and gown&quot; friction more complicated than usual. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/05_hemphills_duluthstudents/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2003 11:19:00 -0500 Protecting our power supply Last week's power blackout in parts of the Midwest and East Coast left most of us feeling lucky to have our lights on. But there's that nagging question about whether such a thing could happen here. What's the best way to safeguard our supply of electricity? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/21_hemphills_buzzbuzz/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Forest Service organizes fight against alien species People in northern Minnesota are gearing up to fight alien invaders. Plants that don't belong in Minnesota's forests are creeping in. This weekend, about a dozen people will spend a day learning about non-native invasive plants. The U.S. Forest Service is hoping to create a small army of amateurs to help them keep the weeds under control. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/15_hemphills_nonnatives/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2003 13:14:00 -0500 Cleaning up an old mess People in Ashland, Wisconsin are frustrated about how long it's taking to clean up pollution on their Lake Superior waterfront. The city wants to expand a marina and try to draw more tourists to town. But the shoreline is full of dangerous wastes from an old gas plant. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/15_hemphills_ashlandsuperfund/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2003 15:35:00 -0500 Getting the lead out All over Minnesota, people are bringing old fishing tackle back to the store. Two state agencies are teaming up with conservation groups to offer free lead tackle exchanges. There's growing evidence that lead tackle is poisoning loons and eagles. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/15_hemphills_leadtackle/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2003 15:10:00 -0500 Making music in the woods For lots of young people, summer means time to go to camp. There are different kinds of camps - hockey camp, language camp, Girl Scout camp. An increasingly popular option for talented young instrumentalists is music camp. On Madeline Island just off the south shore of Lake Superior, young people from around the midwest spend four weeks playing classical music. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/14_hemphills_musiccamp/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Music by the lake Young-Nam Kim is artistic director of the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute, sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. The first institute was held at the YMCA's Camp du Nord near Ely in 2002. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/14_hemphills_musicsidebar/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Two Harbors wrestles with development People in Two Harbors are debating a painful choice. A developer wants to build a tourism complex on a key piece of real estate. Many local people want to preserve their favorite place for a quiet walk along Lake Superior. Others question whether the city can afford what it'll take to keep the land as a park. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/30_hemphills_lighthousepoint/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2003 13:12:00 -0500 Duluth public housing reborn Duluth is tearing down its only public housing project. When the Harbor View Homes were built in 1951, housing for low-income people was separated from everyone else. That's changing now, and most residents are pleased. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/17_hemphills_harborviewhousin/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2003 16:03:00 -0500 New plan for national forests The U.S. Forest Service is planning to change how it manages the national forests in the northern part of Minnesota. The federal agency has designed a new plan, and it's asking the public for reaction. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/04_hemphills_forestplan/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2003 15:52:00 -0500 A new kind of iron ore People in Silver Bay are producing a new kind of iron. If the experiment shows the highly purified nuggets can be produced profitably, it could offer a new future for the struggling Iron Range. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/02_hemphills_drinuggets/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2003 13:30:00 -0500 Resorts changing to meet changing demands The Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start for the summer tourist season. Resorts and other tourist-oriented businesses are hoping for a summer season that will compensate for several years of struggle. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/27_hemphills_travelresorts/?refid=0 Mon, 26 May 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Shell Lake floods People living around Shell Lake in northwest Wisconsin are getting frustrated. Flooding has ruined several homes and threatens others. A drainage system that's supposed to solve the problem doesn't work. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/22_hemphills_shelllakeflood/?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2003 05:30:00 -0500 Librarians concerned about Patriot Act The Patriot Act was designed make it easier to track down and stop potential terrorists. Some librarians say it threatens the privacy of people who visit the library. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/19_hemphills_patriotlibraries/?refid=0 Sun, 18 May 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Garbage reborn as compost In Duluth, folks have moved beyond the back yard compost pile. The sanitary district composts on an industrial scale, using some surprising ingredients. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/05_hemphills_compost/?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2003 15:32:00 -0500 Pawlenty takes his no-taxes message to DFL country Gov. Tim Pawlenty took his no-new-taxes message to Duluth on Tuesday. A few protesters and some in the audience expressed reservations about the governor's plan, but Pawlenty stuck to his message. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/15_hemphills_govbudgetduluth/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2003 17:03:00 -0500 Duluth-Superior Symphony flourishes Times are tough in the classical music world. Orchestras around the country are cutting staff and operating in the red. But the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra expects to end the season with a balanced budget, and has boosted its audience by 40 percent in one year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/11_hemphills_dssosuccess/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2003 14:00:00 -0500 Davis Helberg retires as Duluth port director Duluth's port director is retiring. Davis Helberg has been in charge of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority for 24 years. As he leaves, he's concerned about the future of the port. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/01_hemphills_davisretires/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2003 15:19:00 -0600 Do taconite fibers cause cancer? Researchers from around the world are gathering in St. Paul to talk about the possible dangers in fibers in taconite ore. Those microscopic fibers are a lot like asbestos, and asbestos causes cancer. Organizers of this week's conference will try to determine whether taconite fibers pose a health risk. The answer could have a big impact on future mining projects, and the economy of northeastern Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/01_hemphills_mesothelioma/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2003 18:00:00 -0600 Moose research The moose on Lake Superior's Isle Royale are some of the most closely studied animals in the world. Moose on the mainland of Minnesota are not so well known. There are more than 4,000 moose living in Minnesota's Arrowhead, and nobody's studied them at all. But a team of researchers is trying to change that. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/06_hemphills_moosecollars/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2003 18:00:00 -0600 Taconite plants face pollution rule The federal Environmental Protection Agency is getting ready to issue new rules about what taconite plants in Northeastern Minnesota can release into the air. But some environmental activists are upset that the new rules don't say anything about mercury. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/03_hemphills_taconitepollutio/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2003 06:00:00 -0600 Florida musher takes on the Beargrease The John Beargrease Sled Dog race starts Sunday. Organizers had to change the date and location because there hasn't been enough snow. But the thin snow cover won't bother one musher. Dee Morris drove up from St. Petersberg, Florida with her nine huskies. It's her first race. It's also the first time her dogs have seen snow. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/28_hemphills_floridamusher/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2003 13:09:00 -0600 New herbicide debated Minnesota corn growers are waiting to find out whether they can use a new herbicide this spring. &quot;Balance Pro&quot; is used in 17 states. But not in Minnesota, Michigan, or Wisconsin. Critics say Balance gets into rivers and lakes too easily, and it could hurt wildlife or even humans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/05_hemphills_balancedebate/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Feb 2003 07:00:00 -0600 Walk a mile in my shoes It's a struggle for people to work their way out of poverty. One of the obstacles they often face is isolation. There's a deep divide between the haves and the have-nots. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/27_hemphills_poorwalk/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Nearly 300 lose jobs at Blandin Nearly 300 workers at the Blandin paper mill in Grand Rapids have lost their jobs. That's more than a third of the workers at the plant. Blandin's owner, UPM Kymmene of Finland, is shutting down two of the four production lines at the mill in Grand Rapids. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/08_hemphills_blandinlayoffs/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2003 18:20:00 -0600 Youth group steps forward Youth groups from St. Mark A.M.E. Church in Duluth share their &quot;stepping ministry&quot; with other young people around the country. Their pastor says the dancing also propels the young steppers to college. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/27_hemphills_stepping/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2002 12:48:00 -0600 In search of cheaper prescription drugs More and more Americans are getting around high prescription drug prices by going to Canada or Mexico for their medications. Now a small company in Duluth is helping people get Canadian drugs without having to travel. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/11_hemphills_canadianmeds/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2002 15:00:00 -0600 WIC ousts organics Low-income women can't use WIC vouchers to buy organic food anymore. A co-op in Duluth is trying to get the ruling reversed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/11_hemphills_wicorganics/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2002 17:30:00 -0600 Peshtigo: a tornado of fire revisited You've heard of the Chicago Fire, back in 1871. Unless you are from Wisconsin, you probably haven't heard of another fire, the same night, that killed more than five times as many people. The Peshtigo Fire, near Green Bay, Wisconsin, was the worst in U.S. history. Two new books bring it to life. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/27_hemphills_peshtigofire/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2002 15:00:00 -0600 Survivors of hell After the fire, shocked and badly burned survivors searched for their families. In this excerpt from <i>Firestorm at Peshtigo,</i> by Denise Gess and William Lutz, one survivor tells his devastating tale. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/27_hemphills_gess/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2002 15:00:00 -0600 A firefighter's view Father Peter Pernin rushed to the Peshtigo River, dragging a cart loaded with a wooden tabernacle containing the Holy Eucharist. In this excerpt from <i> Ghosts of the Fireground,</i> author Peter Leschak describes what it must have been like for the priest as he tried to save himself and the instruments of his faith. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/27_hemphills_leschak/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2002 15:00:00 -0600 Saved by the river Peshtigo's Catholic priest, Rev. Peter Pernin, wrote a dramatic account of the 1871 fire. He hoped it would help raise money to rebuild the town. In this passage, Pernin describes how he and others survive by throwing themselves in the Peshtigo River. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/27_hemphills_pernin/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2002 15:00:00 -0600 Habitat partnership Habitat for Humanity is trying something new. Some Habitat chapters are working with commercial developers. In Duluth, Habitat is pairing with a private builder to create an entire development. The new neighborhood will be a mixture of Habitat homes and houses that will be sold on the open market. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/14_hemphills_habitathomes-m/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Keeping dental mercury out of the environment If you were asked to name a source of mercury pollution in your community, what would it be? It turns out dental offices are the largest source of mercury in most cities' sewage systems. Mercury is known to damage the nervous system and impair childrens' mental development. Now, dentists in Duluth are leading the way in reducing the amount of mercury going into the environment. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/02_hemphills_dentalmercury-m/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Steel plant memories At one time, Duluth's biggest employer was a steel mill. More than 5,000 workers hammered out steel posts and barbed wire to fence the west, and steel for tanks and planes to win two world wars. The mill closed 30 years ago. The grandson of a mill worker is trying to capture some of the plant's history, before everyone who worked there is gone. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/23_hemphills_steelplant-m/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Worm invasion Most of us think of earthworms as benign creatures. Gardeners and anglers are especially fond of them. But scientists are beginning to learn worms aren't so friendly to forests. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/14_hemphills_worms-m/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Brig Niagara in Duluth The tall-masted sailing ship Niagara is visiting Duluth August 1-5. During the War of 1812, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry made his famous remark, "We have met the enemy and they are ours," from the deck of this ship. The replica is on a tour around the Great Lakes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/02_hemphills_ship-m/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 International researchers make a home in the north woods Physicists from all over the world come to the tiny town of Soudan, in Minnesota's north woods, to delve into questions about the origin of the universe. When physicists from England, Russia, and China mix with miners in flannel shirts and Sorels, a different sort of experiment occurs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/26_hemphills_minefolk-m/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 New approaches to septic systems Northeastern Minnesota has some special challenges when it comes to handling human waste. Health officials say most of the septic systems in St. Louis County don't function properly. Now, people are beginning to experiment with new kinds of septic systems that might work better than the traditional trench system. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/08_hemphills_newseptics-m/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Septic systems: changes ahead Nearly one third of homes in Minnesota use on-site systems to treat household wastewater. Many on-site systems, especially in northern Minnesota, don't protect groundwater and nearby lakes from contamination. People are trying new technologies, and health officials are moving toward new ways of monitoring the performance of on-site septic systems. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/08_hemphills_septicpolicy-m/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Debate of candidates for governor focuses on rural issues The three major party candidates for governor debated in Duluth, speaking at the Minnesota Rural Summit, a yearly meeting of rural economic development workers. This year the summit's focus was the link between health care and rural economic development. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/25_hemphills_govdebate-m/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Japanese technology builds Duluth home An unusual house is going up in Duluth. The beams and outside walls were built in a factory, using technology developed in Japan. It's only the second house to be built in North America with the Japanese system. The builders say the idea could be an opportunity for a new industry in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/12_hemphills_japanesehouse-m/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Duluth cracks down The Duluth city council is considering making it illegal to stand around in certain parts of the downtown. Some merchants say their customers are being frightened off by people who hang out downtown. The two ordinances are designed to make the city's center more attractive to residents and visitors. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/10_hemphills_panhandlers-m/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Electronic waste Minnesota is playing a leading role in the effort to recycle old computers. Monitors, old hard-drives and circuit boards contain heavy metals, including lead, which means they can't be thrown in a landfill or incinerated. Now a nationwide effort could lead to consumers paying up- front for recycling their equipment when it's done. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/08_hemphills_ewaste-m/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Women build homes Habitat for Humanity chapters around the country are building homes with a new kind of volunteer crew. A program called Women Build helps women develop construction skills, and gets more homes built for people in need. Two Women Build homes are under construction in Duluth. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/26_hemphills_womenbuild-m/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Northern politicians ponder new plan One popular prediction before the release of the redistricting plan was the political powerhouse of northern Minnesota would lose a lot of clout. The new lines turned out to be less traumatic for northern politicians than many expected. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/20_hemphils_northernseats-m/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Whose woods these are The Sierra Club is suing the U.S. Forest Service. The group wants the U.S. District Court in western Michigan to block aspen logging on the national forests in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. The Sierra Club says the Forest Service allows too much clearcutting of aspen, holding back re-growth of native pine and hardwood forests. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/05_hemphils_timber-m/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 New book preserves memories of old Duluth Everyone knows Duluth as the home of Canal Park and the Aerial Lift Bridge. But not many people know Duluth was once the ski-jumping capital of the United States. Two local history buffs dug up that nugget and other forgotten pieces of Duluth history. They've put them in a book that's a photographic tour of Duluth's old buildings. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/15_hemphills_buildings-m/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Duluth school hosts unique reading program http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/02_hemphills_reading-m/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Ventura calls for more investment in rural areas This week in Duluth, local government officials, university extension agents, and others working on development in rural areas of the world have been meeting and exchanging ideas. They heard from Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura Wednesday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/25_hemphills_ruralsummit-m/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Golf course proposal tests definition of 'public use' In Duluth the Parks and Recreation Commission is holding a public hearing on a controversial proposal to build a golf course and lodge on Spirit Mountain. The group approved the $24 million project last month, but people opposing it are still hoping the development can be stopped. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/11_hemphills_spirit-m/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Sam Solon marks 30 years in the Legislature Sen. Sam Solon has been fighting for his Duluth district in the state Legislature for the past 30 years. When he was first elected to the House in 1971, the longest special session in history produced the so-called Minnesota Miracle. As a member of the House tax committee, Solon worked on the law that shifted most of the costs of education from local districts to the state. Some say he pulled off other miracles over the years in getting state support for key projects for Duluth. Sam Solon is now battling cancer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/10_hemphills_solon-m/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Older Residents Settling in the Arrowhead New census figures show Minnesota is getting older. And some parts are older than others. Aitkin County in the center of the state has the highest median age in the state, 46.5 years. Cook County in far northeastern Minnesota is second, with a median age of 44. Cook County is taking steps to cope with its aging population and prepare for increasing numbers of elderly people in the future. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/24_hemphills_aging/?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 North Shore Girds for Development Minnesota's North Shore has remained comparatively free of the development pressures that have carved up much of Minnesota. Now, residents are concerned that efforts to protect the environment, will actually threaten the lifestyle of the shore. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200101/31_hemphills_northshore-m/?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jan 2001 12:00:00 -0600 A Rural Problem Even with today's drugs, AIDS is still a major problem. Worldwide, experts estimate more than 34 million people are living with HIV and AIDS, and in 1999 nearly 3 million people died from the disease. In Minnesota, most people with AIDS live in the metropolitan area, but there are about 400 people with AIDS living in other parts of the state. In rural areas, isolation and a lack of services can be major problems. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/01_hemphills_aids-m/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Big Chains Entering Gasoline Business Threaten Small-Town Stores Some owners of gas stations and convenience stores around the state are getting nervous as Wal-Mart's and Sam's Club stores begin selling gas at discount prices. Nationwide, nearly 2,000 discount stores and supermarkets sell gas, but so far Minnesota has seen only skirmishes in this latest assault in the gas wars. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200011/21_hemphills_gas-m/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Nov 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Profile: The 8th District Race In northeastern Minnesota, voters in the 8th district have returned Jim Oberstar to his House seat 13 times. This year he faces two opponents, because of a battle during the Republican endorsement process that prompted the loser to run as an independent. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/18_hemphills_8dist/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 The Sewage Solution Turning iron ore into taconite creates twice as much waste rock as taconite. Since the Evtac mine opened over 30 years ago, waste rock has been piled in one place. The pile is now a mountain a mile long, a mile wide and 150 feet high. It looks like a lunar landscape, and it's virtually sterile. Sewage sludge may bring it back to life. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/09_hemphills_sewage-m/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Rural School Keeps Local History Alive A celebration in a town north of Duluth celebrates Finnish history in Minnesota. Take the virtual tour with our slideshow. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200005/18_hemphills_finnish-m/?refid=0 Thu, 18 May 2000 12:00:00 -0500 New Front Opens in Anti-tobacco War Moose Lake becomes the first community in Minnesota to ban smoking in restaurants. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200004/06_hemphills_nosmoking-m/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Apr 2000 12:00:00 -0500