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Greg Stanley

Reporter | Environment
Phone: 612-673-4882
Location: Minneapolis
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Greg Stanley is an environmental reporter for the Star Tribune. He has previously covered water issues, development and politics in Florida’s Everglades and in northern Illinois.


Stanley is a native of Milwaukee and loves the outdoors. He graduated from St. Norbert College with a degree in English.
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Keegan Lund, an aquatic invasive species specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, held up the shell of a native mussel covered i

Scientists map zebra mussel genome; now to cripple them

University of Minnesota breakthrough could produce new ways to battle the destructive mussel.
The state’s higher boater registration fees will fund a popular grant program for local lake associations to fight invasive species.

Increased Minnesota boat fees will pay for lake grants to fight invasive species

It's the first increase on a special surcharge for invasive species management in more than 20 years.
An estimated 50-inch lake sturgeon from 2016, with DNR volunteer Kayla Stampfle in Falcon Heights.

Minnesota sturgeon returning to ancient spawning grounds as dams are removed

Fish that have been cut off from some areas for decades are starting to return.
Nearly 100 aging, polluting diesel trucks could be taken off Minnesota’s roads over the next year as the state helps pick up the tab for replacing t

Minnesota will use VW settlement cash to get polluting diesel vehicles off the road

The MPCA will use nearly $4 million to pay businesses, cities and nonprofits to replace old diesel trucks with those that have cleaner-burning diesel engines.
Jonathan David Chapman

Photographer Jonathan Chapman, who saw beauty and developed talent, dies at 46

The last time Jessica Racer saw her father, Jonathan Chapman, they were at her brother’s baseball game. It was Father’s Day. Beyond the field stood…
MPCA environmental analyst Jeff Karen displayed some of the testing equipment in the St. Paul office.

Wildfires, lack of rain pose threat to Minnesota's air quality

Smoke from Canada could be especially bad this year.

Air pollution implicated in up to 4,000 Minnesota deaths a year

State researchers say risk is rural as well as urban.
Somali Museum Dance Troupe members, including Rami Mouhoumed, center, perform the Somali dance called Dhanto.

Somalia beckons back those who left, ambassador says in Mpls.

Ambassador Ahmed Isse Awad says skilled workers and investment are needed for country's "rebirth."
While loon populations are relatively healthy in Minnesota, they’re threatened by habitat loss as well as lead and mercury poisoning

State approves $4M to build National Loon Center in Crosslake

The center will need to raise $6 million before construction can begin.
A bee lands on a dandelion at a research lawn on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus. A new state fund aims to convert lawns to bee-friend

Program to pay Minnesota home owners to let lawn go to bees

Lawmakers set aside $900,000 for pollinators, plus money for nongame wildlife fund.

PolyMet Mining, DNR win a round with Minnesota appeals court ruling

Judgement settles one legal challenge to state's first copper-nickel mine.
University of Minnesota assistant Prof. Jacob Jungers checked the growth of Kernza wheat grass at a field on the U’s St. Paul campus. As a perennial

Novel crops can save rural Minn. drinking water, U scientists say

An experiment would give farmers a new cash crop while requiring less fertilizer near wells.
Emergency crews looked over a vehicle involved in an accident on East Lake St. in Minneapolis on Sunday night. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startri

Two injured after car crashes into Minneapolis bus shelter

A car crashed into a Minneapolis bus shelter Sunday night, injuring two people who were waiting inside. Both were taken to HCMC, with one in…
University of Minnesota scientist Kate Brauman says environmental threats are evident “right here at home — the benefits, the problems, the soluti

'People really do care,' says Minnesota researcher who helped write U.N. report on species extinction

U researcher Kate Brauman says the report also holds possible solutions.
Anglers hit the Rainy River as walleye spawn in spring. But this year, for the first time, the DNR imposed catch-and-release rules on the border river

PART 1: Along the Rainy River, ice and walleyes signal changing climate

Around the world, climate change is forcing people to revamp the way they fight wildfires and nurture their crops. In Minnesota, the same forces are changing the state's response to spring floods, the way foresters choose trees for timber and which lakefronts can have summer cabins.
Farmer Chris Gamer is pushing a plan to get the Midwest off of its reliance on corn and soybeans by introducing hearty hazelnuts as a cash crop.

Scientists breed hazelnuts as the next cash crop for Midwest farmers

After years of effort, scientists are closing in on the perfect hazelnut to help farmers and protect lakes.
Lewis Duckett

Minnesota vet Lewis Duckett, who spend a lifetime teaching, learning dies at 95

According to his wife: "One day he turned to me and he just said, 'You know? I've had a wonderful life.' "
The emerald ash borer has been discovered in Stearns County, meaning it continues to spread northward across Minnesota, despite the winter's extreme c

Ash borer found in Stearns County, continuing a destructive spread despite Minnesota's cold spell

The tree-killing beetle was found 50 miles northwest of what was thought to be the edge of the infestation.
In 2017, Minnesota researchers were netting and tracking bats in the hopes of fending off the effects of white-nose syndrome.

Grim new tally places many Minnesota bats at the brink of extinction

In just four years, white-nose syndrome has decimated four types of hibernating bats.
The upper Mississippi River between its headwaters in Itasca State Park and Bemidji. A new restoration plan aims to prevent costly future cleanup in t

Increasing pollution sparks plan to restore Mississippi River headwaters

Protecting the Mississippi less costly than future cleanup.
A former iron ore processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., would be used by PolyMet as part of a planned copper-nickel mining operation.

PolyMet receives last major permit to begin mining in northeast Minn.

Decision marks milestone for copper-nickel mine; opponents weigh lawsuit.
A bumblebee in Susan Damon’s pollinator-friendly in St. Paul in 2014.

Pollinator-friendly yards could get help from the state of Minnesota

Legislature considers subsidies for homeowners who convert lawns to clover and wildflowers.
A harvester blows out chaff as it loads sugar cane into a cane cart.

'Wicked problems' mean 'sustainably' produced food may not always be so, U research finding

U researchers examined environmental standards for producing sugar.
Sarah Strommen, 46, is the first woman to be appointed Minnesota’s DNR commissioner.

Minnesota's new DNR commissioner: Cool hand for a hot seat

Sarah Strommen brings a heavyweight résumé and a folksy touch to the high-profile job often under fire.
Hundreds of thousands of acres of grasslands and wild habitat in the Upper Midwest have been plowed up to plant corn and soybeans in the last decade b

Researchers: Biofuels mandate may cause more harm than good with plowed-up land

Researchers say higher demand for corn and soybeans has hurt the environment.
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan

Walz signs bonding bill that may resolve environmental funding dispute

A lawsuit had been brought by environmental groups over what they said was a raid on a state conservation trust fund.
Eagle sightings, once newsworthy, are now common.

Tax donations for Minnesota wildlife fund are falling despite program successes

Fewer Minnesotans give to program that helped saved state's bald eagles.

Firefighters corral thousands of gallons of nitric acid after Minneapolis industrial park spill

Spill at Hawkins was kept from reaching Mississippi.
The major new assessment is by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Red River increasingly polluted by sediment, bacteria and farm chemicals

A report by Minnesota regulators finds that water quality has been dropping as ag drainage increases.
White-tailed deer.

Deer with chronic wasting disease found near Brainerd

Discovered near Brainerd; Walz proposes $4.5M fix.
The proposed location for the Gold Line's Maplewood stop is between 3M and the freeway on a one-way frontage road that runs between Century Avenue and

Maplewood considers pedestrian bridge over I-94 near 3M for Gold Line bus access

The site for the city's rapid transit stop was selected primarily to serve the 3M campus and its roughly 12,000 employees.

Little Canada lands new BIX Produce headquarters with $190K incentive package

Suburb has signed a deal to bring a longtime St. Paul food processor to the city.

Controlled burns will fight buckthorn at Battle Creek Regional Park

Controlled burns are key tool for managing the invasive plant.
Roseville Police Chief Rick Mathwig, shown in December.

Roseville crime rate continues to climb even as Minn. sees decreases

Police seek more officers to stem the surge while statewide stats decline.
Inside the Vadnais Sports Center, athletes worked on their soccer skills.

Ramsey County Board commits to rebuilding Vadnais Sports Center dome

Ramsey County to replace collapsed structure at Vadnais Sports Center.
The scene where two pedestrians were struck and killed on Larpenteur Avenue and Woodbridge Street on the St. Paul/Roseville, MN border, Friday, Januar

Pedestrian deaths on Larpenteur Avenue have Ramsey County looking at options to slow traffic

Along with the county, St. Paul, Roseville and Maplewood have roles, resulting in a mesh of four different authorities having to weigh in.
AECOM envisions three towers overlooking St. Paul's waterfront that would include apartments, a hotel and condos and office space. Plans also call for

Ramsey County approves 6-month due diligence period with St. Paul riverfront developer

Deal creates plan to gauge progress on riverfront towers development.
Roseville Fire Department Firefighter Dan Concha made his way off of a fire truck after a medical call in November.

Roseville fire officials ask for up to $1 million to fill coverage gaps

Chief Tim O'Neill says his department is not equipped to handle multiple fires at once.
New Brighton Mayor Valerie Johnson, center.

New Brighton Mayor Valerie Johnson pleads guilty to DWI

Johnson apologized to city staff members and residents, saying she was reckless and will accept the consequences.
New Brighton Mayor Valerie Johnson, center.

New Brighton Mayor Valerie Johnson pleads guilty to DWI

Johnson apologized to city staff members and residents, saying she was reckless and will accept the consequences.
Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman’s housing nonprofit is behind again on property taxes and also owes three contractors more than $160,000, a

Nonprofit run by Ramsey County commissioner owes more than $160K, contractors say

Blake Huffman says he's winding down Journey Home Minnesota.
Colder Products Co., shown in 2002. The company wants to consolidate nearly 400 employees from three facilities around the St. Anthony Park neighborho

Roseville to offer $3 million in tax breaks to lure St. Paul manufacturer

St. Paul manufacturer wants to consolidate 388 workers at a new HQ.
For the first time, vehicles are producing more of the heat-trapping pollutants than power plants, according to a new report by the Minnesota Pollutio

Progress on greenhouse gas emissions, but not quite what Minnesota hoped

Report shows power plants made biggest cuts.
All but one Ramsey County golf course — the nine-hole Ponds at Battle Creek — has been returning an operating profit, a just-completed study showe

Study: Two of Ramsey County's golf courses need millions in upgrades

Irrigation and drainage systems need to be replaced at the Manitou Ridge and Goodrich golf courses, in White Bear Lake and Maplewood.
Trumpeter swans, like these pictured in a file photo from Alaska, were among the birds counted near Afton on New Year’s Day.

Annual bird count in Afton shows avian success stories over last 50 years

Volunteers counted every bird they could see, a tradition since the 1950s.
Minnesota Millionaire Raffle logo

Minnesota Lottery announces $1 million New Year's raffle winners

The winning numbers were sold at stores in Crookston and Ely.
Dozens of children and their parents played in the water in the expansion area of the Shoreview Community Center's indoor water park Friday afternoon.

Shoreview reopens indoor water park after $16M expansion

$16 million renovation at city's community center includes new pool and other amenities.

Maplewood needs a new mayor, City Council member after losing them to higher office

Mayor, council member have moved on to state and regional positions.
Neosha Thompson pushed her son Ivan, 4, around the Guidant John Rose Minnesota Oval on Wednesday as other skaters cruised behind.

Roseville Oval, 'a regional draw for the state,' seeks millions in aid for repairs

Giant outdoor rink needs $4 million in repairs, and city seeks help.
Cynthia Kuntz on Friday visited the memorial in Richfield near where her son Jonathan O’Shaughnessy was killed in July 2017.

Richfield, family compromise on memorial to shooting victim

Mother of shooting victim fought with Richfield to keep memorial items on site.
Janice Rettman

Ramsey County Board member Janice Rettman finishes her final term

After more than three decades in elected office, Janice Rettman took the microphone near the end of her final Ramsey County Board meeting last week.She…
Motor vehicle supervisor Tereza Bazac helps a customer at the Roseville License Center.

Local DMV offices bear brunt of costs from MNLARS system

More than 18 months after the state rolled out its glitch-ridden driver's licensing and registration system, local branches and offices that have navigated customers through the delays are wondering if they will ever get reimbursed for their extra hours and overtime costs.
The new building at Cedarholm Golf Course in Roseville.

Roseville to seek special exception to get liquor license at Cedarholm Golf Course

City hoped to sell alcohol from recently renovated municipal clubhouse.

Scammers may have gained access to personal information of Ramsey County clients

The scam targeted the e-mails of county employees in an apparent attempt to divert their paychecks.

Ramsey County approves $738 million budget, tax levy hike

Much of the increased levy will be used to keep up with the rising cost of salaries, benefits and programs.
Colin Miller, a manager at Bent Brewstillery poured a beer. Both the owner of the business and the city of Roseville are aiming to change a state law.

Hybrid "brewstillery" in Roseville fights to add cocktail license

State law doesn't allow a maker of both beer and spirits to serve its products on the same site.
Loren Gafner

20-year-old driver in fatal drug deal in Andover sentenced to 13 years

Loren J. Gafner had pleaded guilty to second degree unintentional murder in the death of 17-year-old Tristan Robinson.
Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel looked over the charred remains following an early morning fire at the Hiawatha homeless encampment Friday, Nov. 3

Fire breaks out again overnight at homeless camp in south Mpls.

No one was injured, but officials are concerned that the fire risk remains.
Marylee Abrams

Maplewood recount breaks tie in favor of City Council incumbent

The tied race, which was set to be decided by a coin flip, was broken after election judges found Marylee Abrams five votes ahead.

Ramsey County to stop using contractors to manage health care for inmates

New division, permanent staff will replace contractors managing health care at four detention facilities.
St. Paul firefighters work the scene of a house explosion that left an 80-year-old man in critical condition.

House explosion rocks St. Paul neighborhood; 1 hospitalized

Gas leak is suspected in house explosion; man who was inside is in critical condition.
Skiiers readied to hit the trails in Battle Creek Regional Park in 2008. Ramsey County is looking to move forward with a $4.5 million park expansion,

Ramsey County looks to augment ski season in St. Paul

Wish list includes snow-making machines for Battle Creek Regional Park to improve cross-country trails.
The Minneapolis Park Board has reopened the bridge between Nicollet Island and Boom Island after renovations.

Minneapolis Park Board reopens bridge between Boom Island and Nicollet Island

The historic rail crossing needed nearly $2 million in structural repairs.

Maplewood election tie broken by coin flip, heads to recount

City Council incumbent Marylee Abrams and challenger Nikki Villavicencio found themselves each with 5,755 votes.
Pedestrians would be able to walk from Kellogg Boulevard over Shepard Road to the Mississippi River 80 feet below.

Ramsey County picks developer for skyscrapers along St. Paul's riverfront

The County Board has been trying to develop the empty site near Wabasha Bridge, the former site of West Publishing and the county jail, for years.
The emerald ash borer is eating its way across the Twin Cities.

As ash borer comes, Maplewood looks to tree sales for residents

Maplewood may try to emulate Minnetonka's popular annual tree sale.

November: St. Paul-based food processer looks to relocate to Little Canada

Bix Produce Co., long a North End institution, is planning a move to the Slumberland site.
Ramsey County will unveil the government's first solar panel park at Ponds at Battle Creek Golf Course in Maplewood. The county has installed 64 panel

Ramsey County's Ponds at Battle Creek Golf Course to run on sun

More than 60 solar panels are up and running at Ramsey County's The Ponds at Battle Creek Golf Course, the latest step by the county to power its entire park system with renewable energy.
A homeless man who did not want his named used made coffee near his tent at the homeless encampment beneath the cathedral's hill Oct. 15 in St. Paul.

'Incredibly difficult environment' prompts changes to Ramsey County, St. Paul homeless shelter

An emergency winter shelter for the homeless in downtown St. Paul will open earlier this year and stay open later than it did last year, as health officials and nonprofits race to handle a rising tide of homelessness.
Jack Serier, Ramsey County sheriff

Two Ramsey County sheriffs — one current, one ex — square off for the job

Incumbent Jack Serier faces Bob Fletcher, who held post for 16 years.

Anoka driver killed in head-on collision with SUV

A car crossed into the wrong lane of traffic on County Road 10 and hit an SUV head-on, police said.
Hockey gear flew at the conclusion of Hill-Murray's 3-1 win over White Bear Lake during Boys' hockey, Class 2A, Section 4 final Friday, March 2, 2018,

Ramsey County's Aldrich Arena to get $3.6M in upgrades

Ramsey County switching ice arenas from Freon-based cooling systems.
Ernie McGuire, 58, sat in his tent at a homeless encampment near I-35E this week. A caseworker has helped him find a room starting in November.

St. Paul homeless encampment to remain as winter approaches

With winter approaching, St. Paul and Ramsey County officials say they have no plans to relocate a homeless encampment of roughly 30 men and women near downtown. Instead, health officials are focusing on keeping the area clean and safe.
Maplewood city officials are considering a licensing process for landlords.

Maplewood to consider landlord license, fees to combat problem properties

Process would include inspections and penalties for problem properties.
The docks were full of boats in White Bear Lake, Minn., on August 10, 2018, when water levels at White Bear Lake were at a five-year high.

White Bear Lake groundwater pumping sustainable, Minnesota DNR says

The DNR has completed a court-ordered study, which shows that irrigation bans would have little effect on water levels.
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