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The hazardous industrial solvent remains in wide use despite high toxicity.
Tom Landwehr to head up fight to stop proposed copper-nickel mine.
Water Gremlin's pollution continued for more than 15 years, state officials said.
The lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan, prompted Minnesota's review.
Funding for a cleanup plan at the site in Andover has stalled in the Legislature.
Report spotlights two pollution cases in Minnesota.
Landmark conservation bill would safeguard land in northern Minnesota.
Cleaning up bacterial pollution will cost $4 million to $10 million over two decades, according to a new MPCA plan, the state's latest effort to solve a decades-old pollution problem.
3M last year settled a state of Minnesota lawsuit related to PFAS, and faces litigation in other states. Environmental and consumer groups immediately challenged the EPA's decision not to push immediately for lower limits on the chemicals in drinking and groundwater.
Police chiefs' association says state's highest court "missed an opportunity" to improve police professionalism.
Proposal drew opposition in southeastern Minn., where many wells are contaminated.
Maneuver to inject nature into modern law faces long odds.
Ex-EPA lawyer says Chicago office "suppressed" employees' PolyMet concerns.
As climate destabilizes, Minnesota could see polar snaps more frequently.
Part of Water Gremlin plant is shut down while health effects of toxins are studied.
Inadequate training for police who investigate sexual assaults, along with poor staffing and high turnover, plagues many police departments across the state – resulting in fewer charges against suspected offenders.
Police are less likely to interview witnesses, assign cases to a detective or forward them to a prosecutor if the victim was drinking, according to a Star Tribune analysis. When cases involving alcohol do reach prosecutors, suspects are much less likely to be charged with a crime or convicted.
A Star Tribune examination of more than 1,000 recent sexual assault cases shows pervasive failings by law enforcement — neglecting to interview witnesses, collect crucial evidence, or conduct criminal background checks on suspects. Many cases were never even assigned to an investigator.
New rules aim to improve the quality of rape investigations and build trust with survivors.
They noted that the original 30-day public comment period has overlapped with the 28-day partial government shutdown and winter holidays.
A Canadian Pacific locomotive jumped the track and punctured its fuel tank Tuesday night at a rail yard southeast of downtown St. Paul, dumping just…
Cities are warming faster than the rest of the landscape, they tell a panel of legislators.
State report clashes with scientists working with tribes, who say grain is imperiled.
As dozens more women have stepped forward to tell their stories, reforms are underway in Minnesota. Victim advocates and rape survivors say they are heartened by the pledges of reform by police leaders, prosecutors and lawmakers.
Gov. Dayton ordered the police board to draft improved training and investigation guidelines for handling of sexual assaults in the wake of a Star Tribune series documenting chronic breakdowns in rape investigations.
Utah's shift is a promising sign of how a state can do more to help rape victims get the justice that so often eludes them — if everyone involved is working with the same priorities.
Felons spend less time in prison in Minnesota, and the state says that's by design.
Foes of a 5,000-hog farm in Fillmore County flooded the meeting in Mabel, Minn., near the Iowa border.
State says it will protect nearby lakes and streams, but environmentalists call the permit inadequate.
Water worries prompt rare second hearing for SE. Minn. hog farm.
Many sexual assault reports in Minnesota are poorly investigated.
Most don't result in charges or convictions. This one was different.
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said she aimed new proposed rules to better balance the rights of alleged victims and the due process rights of the accused.
The attorney general's work group plans to have recommendations ready for the 2019 Legislature.
Recommendations include statewide model policy, specialized training.
In Minnesota, half of sex assault cases police send to prosecutors never result in charges. Prosecutors reject cases that include DNA evidence, witnesses, and sometimes even confessions, records show.
POST Board will prepare officer training standards and a model policy for sex assault investigations.
The Hennepin County attorney said he was surprised at how many cases seem to go nowhere.
Licensing agency chief plans actions to improve statewide accountability.
Minneapolis mayor was responding to a report showing chronic failings in sex assault investigations in Minnesota.
Lawmakers, prosecutors respond to report on breakdowns in assault investigations.
More than 160 people have died in forceful encounters with law enforcement in Minnesota since 2000.
The new law gives agencies 60 days to submit kits and requires victim updates.
All Minnesota law agencies would be required to establish rules.
Appeals Court upholds Richfield's firing of officer.
An Eden Prairie couple helped give students access to the Great Lake, but the North Woods center is $2.3 million short of its fundraising goal to make it happen.
A bill in the state House would set statewide standards for processing sexual assault evidence kits after untested backlog revealed in 2015.
The trail of debts and ill will left by a Pennsylvania events management company has some Minnesota participants in its fundraisers crying foul.
New reporting system, changes in culture needed, the report found.
Domestic assault, DUI will now trigger a license review for Minn. officers.
Rare appeal tests the power of public employee arbitration and handling of police misconduct.
The DNR is selling off less-desirable parcels, but demand has been slow.
Recommendations follow a Star Tribune series on police misconduct.
Court filing cracks open 3M's internal research on PFCs, raises new questions about risks for residents.
Two Minnesota lawmakers announce they will resign on same day following harassment allegations that reverberated at State Capitol.
Rep. Tony Cornish, facing allegations at the State Capitol, was accused of aggressive behavior toward his ex-wife in 1990.
"I believe he should resign" and apologize, says the former GOP House speaker.
Late Thursday, House Speaker Kurt Daudt suspended Sen. Tony Cornish's chairmanship and called for a human resources investigation of the allegations, which Cornish denies.
Benedicta Hernandez, an accountant from the Philippines embarking on a new life, was the first of her family to land in the Twin Cities in…
Despite video of incident, officer won twice in court.
Officers with convictions – which might have cost them their careers in other states – can exploit weaknesses in Minnesota's licensing rules to keep their jobs.
Board chief says there's "potential for some change" in light of Star Tribune series.
In Oregon, police officers can be disciplined for infractions that wouldn't even trigger a state review here. The northwestern state has become a national model for rigorous licensing, with lessons for Minnesota in police accountability and improving public confidence.
The agricultural workhorse river has been the focus of intense efforts since the 1970s to improve its water quality; close to $1 billion has been spent on it. But it's unclear whether that has paid off.
Over the past two decades, hundreds of Minnesota law enforcement officers have been convicted of criminal offenses. Most were never disciplined by the state. More than 140 are still on the job.
The state rarely sanctions police officers in domestic violence cases, a glaring weakness that police chiefs and victim advocates say needs to change.
St. Paul's Chris Coleman says a project related to the Ford site could be among those packaged for investors.
The MPCA says the air at Crossroads Elementary Science and Montessori School is not contaminated, and vapor mitigation is being installed.
The former police chief stood by the training of officer Mohamed Noor, who shot and killed Justine Damond. But not everyone is sold on the process.
As the tallgrass prairie has disappeared across much of Minnesota, the Dakota skipper has nearly vanished. Researchers at the Minnesota Zoo have been breeding Dakota skippers in captivity, and now, for the first time, the butterfly is being reintroduced into the wild.
The legislative auditor finds the credit doesn't pay for itself, but the increase is still being sought.
It's the latest change at Giants Ridge after an unflattering audit in 2016.
Environmental groups want to block a deal with the mining company proposed by the U.S. Forest Service.
White-nose syndrome has killed thousands of bats across Minnesota.
Proposal to ban mining on 234,000 acres of national forest open for scrutiny.
Recent threats against Jewish sites led over 200 from many beliefs to gather in St. Paul to denounce hate.