Minnesota Public Radio features by Mary Losure http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=44 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:22:05 -0600 Minnesota Public Radio features by Mary Losure http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Frog researcher invited to tell his story At the state Capitol Monday, a University of California scientist presented an array of research showing the corn herbicide atrazine causes deformities in frogs -- and may pose threats to humans as well. Studies show the problems occur at atrazine levels commonly found in drinking water all across Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/25_losurem_frogresearch/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2004 10:00:00 -0500 The deportation of Taisto A. Elo In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, thousands of Arab and Muslim men now face deportation for immigration violations. In past times of conflict and fear, there have been other mass deportations. In 1950, in the grip of Cold War anti-Communist fervor, Congress passed the Internal Security Act, also known as the McCarran Act. It authorized the deportation of non-citizens who had ever been members of the Communist Party. In Minnesota, suspicion fell on the Finnish community. For decades, some Finnish immigrants had been labor organizers, radicals and socialists. In this report, Minnesota Public Radio's Mary Losure tells the story of Taisto Elo, a Finnish lumberjack targeted by the McCarran Act. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/29_losurem_taisto/?refid=0 Sun, 09 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Immigrants facing Immigration Court find little solace in Constitution The U.S. Constitution guarantees certain rights to all Americans. It says you can't be be deprived of your liberty without due process of law, for example. But under a legal doctrine that goes back more than 100 years, the U.S. Supreme Court has consistantly ruled that constitutional rights don't neccessarily apply to non-citizens. Millions of non-citizens who live in this country face a little-known entity: immigration courts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/09_losurem_democracy/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2003 11:00:00 -0600 The Enthusiasts: The treasure hunters The sport known as geocaching combines high-tech gadgetry with the ancient lure of treasure hunting. Geocachers use hand-held global positioning satellites, or GPS units, to search for objects hidden by other geocachers, who post the GPS coordinates and other hints on the Internet. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/27_losurem_geocache/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Minneapolis residents build rain gardens In most city neighborhoods, much of the rainwater that hits roofs, patios and driveways is shunted to storm sewers. From there, it washes pollution into rivers, lakes and streams. But in the Fulton neighborhood of Minneapolis, a few hardy gardeners are taking steps to change that. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/01_losurem_raingarden/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2003 06:00:00 -0500 Farmers sue executives over sale of corn plant to ADM A group of Midwest farmers has filed a class action lawsuit over the sale of their corn-processing plant to the agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland. The lawsuit claims ADM paid the corn plant's CEO and other executives millions of dollars in return for a deal that shortchanged farmers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/04_losurem_adm/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2003 15:57:00 -0500 Interview changes Somali immigrant's life The war on terror has changed the lives of immigrants across America. For a young Somali truck driver in St. Paul named Mohamed Mohamed, it's meant an open-ended stay in a Minnesota prison. Now, he faces the prospect of years more. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/30_losurem_mohammed/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Group wants 90,000 acres protected near BWCA An environmental group has identified nearly 90,000 acres in the Superior National Forest it would like to see designated as protected wilderness. Volunteers for the group Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness hiked and canoed into remote parts of the forest to find areas they say should be protected. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/12_losurem_bwcaw/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2003 15:12:00 -0500 Minnesota businesses launch effort to reduce ozone Minnesota business leaders have launched a plan to cut smog and ozone in the state's air. They hope to take action now to stave off federal sanctions that could be imposed within the next few years if Minnesota's air quality continues to deteriorate. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/02_losurem_ozone/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2003 15:52:00 -0500 Appeals Court Panel rules Somali can be deported A three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the federal government can deport a Somali immigrant from Minnesota to his homeland, even though Somalia has no functioning government. Attorneys for immigrant Keyse Jama say they will appeal, and the case could go to the U.S. Supreme Court. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/28_losurem_somali/?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2003 09:33:00 -0500 Solar Oven Society hopes to make a difference Lots of people want to change the world. The Solar Oven Society in Minneapolis wants to do it with a simple tool: a dark, heat-trapping box with a clear lid. For developing countries, it offers the promise of cooking with sunlight instead of wood. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/17_losurem_ovens/?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2003 05:00:00 -0500 Plan now for climate change in Minnesota, scientists say Minnesota needs to begin planning now for the effects of global climate change, according to scientists who met Thursday at the University of Minnesota. The first step may be better monitoring of the subtle changes that are already occurring due to warmer temperatures. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/23_losurem_climate/?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2003 16:57:00 -0500 Owlman watches over Minnesota's boreal owls As winter turns to spring in the northwoods, the Owlman comes back. His real name is Bill Lane. His passion is northern forest owls. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/01_losurem_owls/?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2003 14:00:00 -0500 Birders' numbers don't add up to clout at Capitol Watching and feeding birds is one of the fastest growing hobbies in Minnesota and the nation. Yet birders, as birdwatchers prefer to be known, have little political influence. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/30_losurem_birders/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2003 12:07:00 -0500 Urban turbine comes to St.Paul Macalester College in St. Paul officially flipped the switch Wednesday on a 10-kilowatt wind turbine that will feed electricity directly into the college's power grid. The Macalester turbine is one of only a handful of urban wind turbines nationwide. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/23_losurem_turbine/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2003 16:11:00 -0500 After open-ended imprisonment, Somalis are finally freed The Department of Homeland Security's Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released three Somalis who were being held in indefinite detention in the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Rush City. A federal district judge in Minnesota ordered the release. He cited a 2001 Supreme Court ruling that found the indefinite detention of aliens is unconstitutional. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/17_losurem_detainees/?refid=0 Sun, 13 Apr 2003 12:48:00 -0500 Minnesota's weather may become like Kansas A climate change study released Tuesday by the Union of Concerned Scientists predicts that summer temperatures in Minnesota could rise by as much as 16 degrees Farenheit by the end of this century, meaning Minnesota's summers would be more like those experienced now in Kansas. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/08_losurem_warming/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2003 10:36:00 -0500 A different perspective on the war Viewers of the Arab satellite TV channel Al Jazeera can see the war from a different perspective from the one shown to American TV audiences. A number of native Arabs regularly watch the news from Al Jazeera at a deli in the Twin Cities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/26_losurem_arabtv/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2003 16:45:00 -0600 Labor organizes against the war Leaders of Twin Cities labor unions are organizing an anti-war campaign. Representatives of more than a dozen unions representing steelworkers, transportation and communications workers, clerical workers, hospital employees and others have formed a new group, <i>Twin Cities Labor Against the War</i>. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/19_losurem_labor/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2003 11:45:00 -0600 Students promise widespread walkouts at area schools Student organizers at the University of Minnesota say they expect students from 26 area schools to walk out the day after bombing begins in Iraq. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/19_losurem_protests/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2003 07:32:00 -0600 Federal regulators deny Xcel's application to build a private nuclear waste storage facility Federal regulators have denied Xcel's application to build a private nuclear waste storage facility http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/19_losurem_prairieisland/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2003 15:14:00 -0600 '94 debate over nuclear waste storage failed to change Minnesota's energy mix In 1994, Minnesota's largest utility, then known as Northern States Power, went to the state Legislature with a controversial request. The cooling pool where NSP stored spent nuclear fuel inside its Prairie Island plant was nearly full. The company wanted to store additional waste outside, in steel casks. After months of bitter debate, lawmakers granted permission for 17 casks. Nine years later, the casks are full and the company, now Xcel Energy, is back at the Capitol asking for more. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/04_losurem_nukewaste/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2003 14:10:00 -0600 MPR poll: Support for attack on Iraq depends on U.N. A new poll shows 75 percent of Minnesotans would support attacking Iraq if the U.S. has the full support of the United Nations. But without U.N. backing, Minnesotans' support for an attack drops to 45 percent. Another 45 percent say they would oppose an attack without U.N. backing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/25_khoom_bushpoll/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Feb 2003 00:02:00 -0600 Fate of hundreds of Somalis is in hands of appeals court In St. Paul a federal appeals court heard arguments on Wednesday in a case that could decide the fate of hundreds of Somalis in Minnesota and many more across the United States. The issue is whether the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service can deport Somalis to their home country despite the fact that Somalia has no functioning government. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/12_losurem_somali/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Feb 2003 16:24:00 -0600 Environmentalists' eyes on Coleman as Arctic Refuge fight nears For years, members of Alaska's congressional delegation have pushed for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife refuge. Minnesota's late Senator Paul Wellstone was a vocal opponent of those efforts. Now, pro-drilling forces backed by the Bush Administration are making a new attempt. Environmental groups say this time around, Minnesota's new Senator Norm Coleman could play a key role in the refuge's fate. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/11_losurem_anwar/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2003 07:50:00 -0600 Muslim men face INS bureaucracy After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft ordered the Immigration and Naturalization Service to begin tracking visitors from 25 mostly Muslim countries. Since the first anniversary of the attacks, male visitors from these countries have been required to report in person to the INS for special registration, or risk deportation. So far, more than 23,000 men have registered nationwide. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/10_losurem_sharjeel/?refid=0 Sun, 09 Feb 2003 15:00:00 -0600 King Day marchers called to action Community and political leaders issued a call to action in troubled times at Monday's Martin Luther King Day celebration in St. Paul. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/20_losurem_mlkday/?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jan 2003 17:30:00 -0600 Peace activists are on the move As many as 10 busloads of Twin Cities peace activists are attending a march in Washington, DC. They're part of what they say is a growing movement in Minnesota and the nation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/17_losurem_protests/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jan 2003 05:51:00 -0600 Wellstone learned to listen, lead during powerline protest The struggle over the power line caught the attention of a young Carleton College professor named Paul Wellstone. He later co-authored a book about it, <i>Powerline: The First Battle of America's Energy War.</i> The protest helped shape the man who went on to the U.S. Senate as a champion for the little guy against the power structure. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/18_losurem_wellstonepower/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2002 01:06:00 -0600 Today Powerline Blues Part 7: Stand under the powerline now and you can hear its buzz. The giant towers march across the fields into the far distance, dominating the landscape. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/09_losurem_powerline7/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2002 01:04:00 -0600 The towers are falling Powerline Blues Part 6: If Alice Tripp's surprise showing that September in her race for governor against Rudy Perpich was the faint rumble of thunder in the countryside, lightning had struck just a few weeks earlier. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/08_losurem_powerline6/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2002 01:03:00 -0600 Vote for Alice! Powerline Blues Part 5: In an April 1978 poll, the Minneapolis Tribune asked Minnesotans whether they sided with the farmers or the utilities. Sixty-three percent said they sided with the farmers. Among rural Minnesotans, support for the farmers ran at 70 percent. That spring, Alice Tripp decided to run for governor. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/09_losurem_powerline5/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2002 01:01:00 -0600 The 'people's governor' steps in Although faced with a situation in which law enforcement officials were reluctant to use force against their own neighbors, Gov. Wendell Anderson declined to intervene. But when the fall of 1976 turned to winter, a new governor took office: a former Iron Range dentist named Rudy Perpich. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/09_losurem_powerline3/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2002 01:01:00 -0600 Citizen Resistance In June 1976 the state of Minnesota issued a construction permit for the transmission line. Three days later, utility company surveyors arrived at Virgil and Jane Fuchs' farm. By the end of the day, Fuchs was under arrest. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/09_losurem_powerline2/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2002 01:00:00 -0600 Powerline Blues In the late 1970s, a mass protest swept through the normally conservative farm country of west central Minnesota. Farmers tried to stop construction of a 400- mile-long transmission line that would cross their land on the way from North Dakota to the Twin Cities. Powerline Blues looks back at the conflict through the eyes of people who lived it. It's a story of how a system they didn't think was fair turned ordinary people into radicals. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/08_losurem_powerline/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2002 01:00:00 -0600 Coleman outlines agriculture effort Sen.-elect Norm Coleman gave his first policy speech since the election on Tuesday night. The topic was agriculture. Coleman offered few specifics but received a standing ovation from members of the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/20_losurem_colemanag/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2002 11:29:00 -0600 Ethanol industry steamrollers opponents Ethanol supporters, such the nation's corn farmers, say it's a way to reduce this country's dependence on foreign oil and benefit the environment at the same time. Ethanol opponents doubt those arguments, but they're fighting a losing battle. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/12_losurem_ethanol/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2002 05:00:00 -0600 Ethanol plants reach settlement with EPA The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will require ethanol plants in Minnesota to install millions of dollars worth of pollution control equipment, under a settlement announced Wednesday in St. Paul. The agreement is expected to be a model for the ethanol industry nationwide. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/02_losurem_ethanol2/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Gopher state ethanol problems trigger national crackdown The Environmental Protection Agency is negotiating with ethanol plants across the nation to cut back air pollution. Testing at Gopher State Ethanol, a converted St. Paul brewery, showed levels of pollutants far higher than the industry had claimed. Those results triggered an EPA crackdown on ethanol plants nationwide. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/23_losurem_ethanol/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Under a shadow: Somalis after 9/11 Minnesota is home to one of the nation's largest Somali populations. As Muslim immigrants, they felt the shadow of suspicion fall on them after Sept. 11. Now, the after-effects still ripple through their community. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/09_losurem_somalis/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Selling Out to ADM? Farmers vote soon on whether to sell the state's largest ethanol plant to Archer Daniels Midland. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/21_losurem_ethanol/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Patriotism, some nervousness mark Fourth of July in Minnesota Law enforcement agencies across Minnesota are on alert;the FBI has issued a general warning for the Fourth of July holiday. The agency says terrorists may chose Independence Day because of its "political and cultural significance." http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/04_losurem_security/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 In era of global warming, the future may lie in peatlands Not far from Northern Minnesota's Boundary Waters canoe country lies another wilderness where almost no one goes. It's called the peatlands, and it covers one third of Northern Minnesota. If the world's vast peatlands flourish in warmer temperatures, they could help put the brakes on global warming. If they wither, they could greatly aggravate the problem. No one knows what will happen, but in northern Minnesota, scientists are seven years into some of the first experiments to find out. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/29_losurem_warmbogs/?refid=0 Sat, 29 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Global warming may threaten birds At an EPA workshop in Bloomington, one of the discussions about global climate change involves the fate of the region's birds in an artificially warmed world. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/21_losurem_birds/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 On the trail of the timberdoodle For most of the year, a peculiar little bird known as the American Woodcock lives hidden on the forest floor, camouflaged among dry leaves. But for a few weeks in the springtime, the male woodcock emerges from obscurity. As dark falls, he gives an odd, buzzing call, then launches himself skyward for a spectacular courting flight. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/20_losurem_woodcock/?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Picking battles - and trash - on the river Meet Chad Pregracke. He's been in Time, People, on CNN, and is attracting a wide range of corporate support; all because of his personal mission: fishing trash out of the Mississippi River. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/10_losurem_river/?refid=0 Fri, 10 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 As gypsy moths move West, officials step up spraying The Minnesota Department of Agriculture plans to begin aerial spraying to treat the state's largest infestation of gypsy moths to date. The imported moth is the nation's most destructive pest of trees and shrubs. It has not yet established itself in Minnesota, but has worked its way eastward as far as Illinois. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/07_losurem_gypsymoth/?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Arizona mine tailings sold as Minnesota fertilizer In most states, including Minnesota, manufacturers can sell fertilizer containing arsenic, lead, cadmium, and other heavy metals without disclosing those ingredients. In Minnesota, that means a product called Ironite is still on the market, despite high levels of contamination. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/22_losurem_ironite/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 The draining of Minnesota Minnesota has more than 20,000 miles of open farm ditches. Most were dug between 1910 and 1935 to drain millions of acres - one-fifth of the state - that were once wetlands. Today, century-old laws still allow farmers to repair, maintain, and improve this vast network, even if that means draining wetlands. Now environmental groups are filing lawsuits to challenge that, and they're winning. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/01_losurem_drainage/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Corps plan gets first hearing Interest groups with vastly different visions of the future of the Mississippi River turned out Tuesday night for a public meeting held by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps presented its latest version of a study on whether to expand the lock and dam system on the upper Mississippi. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/20_losurem_corpshearing/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Army Corps tries river study again The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers holds public meetings in Minneapolis and LaCrosse this week, to present the latest version of its study of the proposed $1 billion expansion of the upper Mississippi River's lock and dam system. The agency was forced to revise the study two years ago under a storm of criticism. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/19_losurem_armycorps/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 State to restrict ATV use The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced a plan for two state forests designed to limit the use of all-terrain vehicles to special ATV trails. The agency says it's part of a wider attempt to impose more stringent restrictions on ATV use in all state forests. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/06_losurem_atv/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Camp Coldwater Spring: Scene of a showdown Sen. Julie Sabo, DFL-Minneapolis, is urging both sides of a disputed highway project to come to a compromise to save the Camp Coldwater Spring near the intersection of highways 55 and 62. Sabo is the author of legislation passed last session protecting the spring. But the law has halted construction of a $16 million interchange. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/06_losurem_spring/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Lakeland's asbestos mystery The little town of Lakeland on the St. Croix River has a big problem. Someone apparently dumped several garbage bags worth of a rare and deadly type of asbestos on the city's beach. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/14_losurem_asbestos/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Somalis worried about mass interviews Somali leaders are deeply worried by an effort by the FBI and the Justice Department to interview immigrant men in the Twin Cities and elsewhere about the Sept. 11 attacks. They see it as one sign of troubling changes in the legal system of their adopted country. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/06_losurem_somali/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Questions about quarantine The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging states to adopt new quarantine laws to prepare for bioterrorism. The CDC has floated a model state law calling for strict quarantines and compulsory vaccinations. Minnesota's proposed legislation would give state health authorities powers greater than any they've used in the past, even during historic outbreaks of smallpox. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/26_losurem_smallpox/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Rally supports Somalis in Minneapolis A crowd of more than 200 people gathered in Minneapolis Thursday night to support Minnesota's Somali community. It's been hit hard by the federal crackdown on financial organizations allegedly linked to terrorism. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/09_losurem_somalirally/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Minnesota groups allegedly tied to bin Laden Government officials raided businesses in Minneapolis Wednesday after President Bush announced a crackdown on two financial networks accused of links to Osama bin Laden. The Treasury Departement has frozen the assets of 62 individuals and organizations in this country. In Minneapolis, police officers and customs officers shut down at least two businesses that many Somalis use to wire money to relatives overseas. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/07_losurem_terrormoney/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Senate debates conservation in farm bill http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/05_losure_senatefarm/?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Ag Department accused of poor pesticide enforcement A new report charges the Minnesota Department of Agriculture with failing its responsibility to protect the state's waters from pesticide contamination. A non-profit environmental group, the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, released the report Monday. It's based on two years of research by the environmental group. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/29_losurem_pesticides/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Surgeon General: U.S. is "underprepared" for bio attack U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher says the nation is "underprepared" for bioterrorism but is making rapid steps forward. Satcher spoke by satellite video Tuesday at a conference sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/16_losurem_bioterror/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Environmentalists want more 'green' in new farm bill http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/24_losurem_greenfarms-m/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Prospects bright for Alliant Tech Systems The prospect of increased military spending in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks has prompted a dramatic rise in the stock prices of some defense contractors---including Edina-based Alliant Techsystems. The company makes ammunition and precision guided munitions that may be needed as the nation goes to a war footing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/19_losurem_alliant/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Gambling on the Karst The geology of southeast Minnesota lends itself to sinkholes, where surface water disappears into groundwater. With the advent of large-scale feedlots in the region, there's concern that drinking water is just a sinkhole away from contamination. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/10_losurem_karst/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Affordable housing Monopoly A State Fair game played on what was billed as the world's largest monopoly board has raised more than $105,000 to support four groups working for affordable housing in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/03_losurem_monopoly/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 On a wing and a 'whoop' Beginning in the late 1990s, pilots in ultra-light planes led successful migrations of Canada geese, trumpeter swans and sandhill cranes. Now they're hoping to use the same technique to save an endangered species: the whooping crane. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/200108/20_losurem_cranes?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Last hope for the Karner Blue Once, a postage-stamp-sized butterfly known as the Karner Blue was found all across the Great Lakes states, from Minnesota to New York, but now its population has declined by 99 percent. The Karner Blue's last stronghold is in Wisconsin, where an unprecedented state-wide effort is underway to save it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/03_losurem_butterfly/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 A passion for elk Almost everyone has a hobby or two. Occasionally, people's hobbies grow into consuming passions. That's what happened to Mark Mattison after he bought his first elk. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/18_losurem_elk/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 A wilderness rebounds Two years ago, a Fourth of July windstorm swept through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with the force of a hurricane. Straight-line winds toppled tree trunks like dominoes, flattening more than a third of the million-acre wilderness. To many, the storm seemed like a catastrophe, but it's provided a rare opportunity for scientists to study how a wilderness recovers from a massive natural disturbance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/04_losurem_blowdown/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Hog Operation Ordered to Reduce Emissions A Renville County hog farm has agreed to pay a $125,000 fine and put high-tech covers on all 14 of its manure holding lagoons. Representatives of the ValAdCo hog cooperative and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reached the agreement Thursday night after a day-long mediation session. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/15_losurem_hogfarm/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 MPCA Backs Away From Frog Research The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's six-year-long search to find the cause of the state's widespread frog deformities appears to have come to a halt. Until this year, PCA researchers were at ground zero of an investigation that involved scientists nationwide. Now the agency's retreat is leaving what some scientists say is a critical hole in the effort to solve the mystery of the deformed frogs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/12_losurem_frogs/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Endangered Falcons Make An Encouraging Comeback For the first time in 40 years, peregrine falcons are nesting and raising young on the cliffs along the upper Mississippi River. They're taking back nesting spots that have sat empty since peregrine falcons were nearly wiped out by the insecticide DDT. It's one of the final stages in the spectacular comeback of the once endangered birds. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/08_losurem_birds/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 A Longer Life for the Stillwater Bridge? The U.S. Department of the Interior now says that it opposes the removal of the Stillwater lift bridge after a new bridge opens. Its previous determination that the 1931 bridge be removed as environmental mitigation had driven a wedge between environmentalists and historic preservationists, and has been another hotly-contested issue in an already controversial project. For state transportation officials, however, keeping the bridge might just be too expensive. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/02_losurem_stillwater/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Genetics' Next Frontier What's next on the genetic front? Transgenic livestock. Already, scientists are developing goats, sheep and dairy cows with transplanted genes for use in laboratories. Those animals are producing human pharmaceuticals in their milk, athough the products have not yet been approved for commercial use. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200007/21_losurem_genetics/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jul 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Last Chance for the Higgins' Eye Biologists on the upper Mississippi River are making a last ditch attempt to save a little-known endangered species: a small, mud-brown mussel known as the Higgins' Eye. Hoards of non-native zebra mussels infesting the Mississippi have devastated native mussel populations, and nearly wiped out the Higgins' Eye. Now, scientists are trying to evacuate the Higgins' Eye to tributaries of the upper Mississippi - places free of zebra mussels, where the native mussels can find refuge. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200007/14_losurem_higgins/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jul 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Changing Course: A Greener Corps? For the Army Corps of Engineers, the Mississippi River was usually seen as a navigation channel, not as an ecosytem. That may be changing as the government acknowledges its practices have harmed wildlife and damaged the river. But change for the Army Corps of Engineers doesn't come easily. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200007/04_losurem_sturgeon/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jul 2000 12:00:00 -0500 The Sins of Pig's Eye Some places are called landfills. Pig's Eye was a dump. Beginning in the 1950s, it was the unofficial drop-off point for more than a half-million tons of household junk, city garbage, lead acid batteries, barrels of toxic waste, and more. It's leaked pollution into nearby Pig's Eye Lake and the Mississippi River ever since. Now, the state is finally moving to try to contain the problem. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/19_losurem_dump/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 A Win for Wetlands Residents of the Phalen neighborhood on the east side of Saint Paul are celebrating a redevelopment project believed to be the first of its kind in the nation. They're dedicating what used to be a shopping mall. Now, it's being restored as a wetland. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200005/23_losurem_phalen/?refid=0 Tue, 23 May 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Whose River? For years, Midwest environmentalists have fought to stop an Army Corps of Engineers' plan for the upper Mississippi River. The Corps wants to spend $1 billion expanding the river's lock-and-dam system, so barges can move more freely. Environmentalists worry increased barge traffic would hurt the Mississippi's rich backwaters, which are critical habitat for migrating birds and other wildlife. But in recent months, the Corps' plan has been tainted by scandal. Now, environmental groups say for the first time in years, they have a good shot at defeating it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200005/17_losurem_river/?refid=0 Wed, 17 May 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Session 2000: Wolf Bill Signed; Lawsuit Next? Governor Jesse Ventura has signed Minnesota's controversial wolf-management bill into law. The legislation could ease the way for wolves in Minnesota to be taken off the federal endangered species list. But it faces strong opposition from some environmental groups, who may take the issue to court. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200005/16_losurem_wolf/?refid=0 Tue, 16 May 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Seeding the Future: Genetically Modified Organisms The debate over biotechnology seems to get louder with each passing month.Critics of bioengineered crops say they're a threat to consumers and the environment. Most scientists dismiss fears about the health risks of genetically-altered crops. But there is no scientific consensus when it comes to their environmental impact. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200005/16_losurem_gmo/?refid=0 Tue, 16 May 2000 12:00:00 -0500 X-Rays Shed Light on Frog Deformities A study of X-rays taken of deformed frogs lends new support to the idea that there are many different causes for the frog deformities found in Minnesota and many other states. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200003/29_losurem_frogs/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Mar 2000 12:00:00 -0600 A Shortage of Stone? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200001/26_losurem_mineral/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Renville County's Lagoon Blues Big factory-style hog farming first came to Minnesota in the early 1990s. Farmers in Renville County were among the pioneers of the new technology. They built two of the biggest and most controversial hog farms in the state. The farms stored millions of gallons of manure in open lagoons the size of football fields. Now both farms are in financial trouble. If they go under, Renville County taxpayers could be stuck with the cleanup. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199912/15_losurem_hogs/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 1999 12:00:00 -0600 End of the Road? The four oak trees that protesters of the Highway 55 reroute in south Minneapolis quite literally rallied around are gone; removed by state crews over the weekend. Members of the Mendota Medwakanton Dakota Community claimed the trees were sacred. But even with the trees gone, reroute opponents say they'll fight on. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199912/13_losurem_55/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 1999 12:00:00 -0600 The Road Too Travelled? Saint Paul city planners want to make a stretch of highway, known as Ayd Mill Road, into a connection to the regional freeway system. A group called Neighborhoods First! wants to dig up the road and turn it into a park. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199911/04_losurem_ayd/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 1999 12:00:00 -0600 The Seeds of Discontent Seed companies first introduced genetically-engineered corn and soybeans to the Midwest just four years ago. Farmers welcomed the new technology. This year, around half the soybean crop and a third of the corn crop came from genetically-altered seed. But now, some Midwest farmers are having second thoughts about the high-tech seed, and biotechnology companies are scrambling to contain a backlash in what was once a stronghold of bioengineering. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199910/18_losurem_seed/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 1999 12:00:00 -0500 What Price Success? Perham, Minnesota may be the french-fry capital of the world. It also may be an environmental disaster in the making, and some of its residents say politicians, local officials, and agriculture interests are using them as human guinea pigs. Second of two parts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199909/28_losurem_potato2/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Spud King's Success Comes at a Price - Part One Ron Offutt grows more potatoes than anyone else in the world. He grows potatoes that are perfect for french fries. Press reports call him the Sultan of Spuds and the Lord of the Fries, but his success has a price. Growing the perfect french fry has an environmental downside, as people in small towns near Offutt's potato farms have learned to their dismay. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199909/27_losurem_potato1/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Sep 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Back to the BWCA The July 4th storms haven't dampened the enthusiasm for the nation's most popular wilderness area. But decidings its future includes asking ourselves how much wilderness should a wilderness have? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199907/20_losurem_bwca/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The River vs. The Farm What happens when the Midwest's farming industry threatens one of the finest trout streams in the region? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/28_losurem_rush/?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500 A New Approach to End Floods Dams are out in a new view of how to prevent river flooding in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/17_losurem_river/?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Elders Speak Native American elders meet officials who want to route a highway over their sacred ground. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/22_losurem_hiway/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Highway 55 Revisited Protesters of expanded highway are back and armed with new support. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199902/04_losurem_highway/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Legislative Audit Criticizes Pollution Agency A report by the State Legislative Auditor finds &quot;numerous weaknesses&quot; in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's feedlot program. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199901/29_losurem_audit/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 1999 12:00:00 -0600 An Environmental Time Bomb? The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has allegedly been lax in preventing feedlots from killing fish and polluting water. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199901/25_losurem_hogreport/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Hope For Hemp Is industrial hemp the salvation of Minnesota agriculture or a link to the "drug culture"? Governor Jesse Ventura and the Minnesota Legislature are about to decide. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199901/06_losurem_hemp-m/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Rare Raptor May Restrict Clear-cutting The goshawk may be the tool needed by environmentalists to preserve old-growth forests. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199811/20_losurem_goshawk-m/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Clear-Cutting Moving Faster than Timber Reform Many feel as though commerce is outweighing the need to preserve old-growth forests. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199811/18_losurem_process-m/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Clear-Cutting Changes Wildlife Habitat As clear-cutting methods become more efficient, many are concerned the wildlife that depends on older, diverse forests will suffer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199811/18_losurem_wildlife-m/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Frog Deformities May Warn of Human Risk Part III of the series: Disappearing Amphibians. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199806/04_losurem_frogs03/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Vanishing Frogs of the Panamanian Rainforests Part II of the series: Disappearing Amphibians. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199806/02_losurem_frogs02/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Multiple Threats to Amphibian Populations Part I of the series: Disappearing Amphibians. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199806/01_losurem_frogs01/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Pollution Control Series - The New MPCA Philosophy and Its Impact Could the agency's approach itself be at the heart of many environmental problems? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199805/15_losurem_impact-m/?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Logging to the Limit The move to set aside more wilderness for motorized transport has focused new attention on timber-cutting around the BWCA. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199710/02_losurem_logging/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 1997 12:00:00 -0500 Controlling the Use of Personal Watercraft Part Two: Loud Splash in Still Water Lake shore residents speak out against personal watercraft. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199708/27_losurem_skis/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 1997 12:00:00 -0500 Frog Deformities Because of their permeable skin, frogs are sensitive indicators of environmental problems. The recent rash of deformities is raising awareness across Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199708/04_losurem_frog/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 1997 12:00:00 -0500 Finland Was a Poor Country Minnesota Public Radio's Mary Losure and Dan Olson produced this feature about the Finns who came to northern Minnesota at the turn of the century. The voices of early immigrants are from taped interviews preserved in historical archives. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199706/10_losurem_finnpoor/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 1997 12:00:00 -0500 Signs and Wonders To the believer, speaking in tongues is a way of communicating with God in a way that transcends words. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199606/01_losurem_signswonders/?refid=0 Sat, 01 Jun 1996 12:00:00 -0500