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Rep. Betty McCollum calls Trump Administration's decisions "inexplicable."
3M settlement also gives the city 180 acres of 3M farmland.
Transportation is now the leading source of carbon emissions in the state, and mile by mile, Minnesotans who worry about climate change are focusing on it as the way to cut greenhouse gases.
Case is first legal test of environmental rules for copper-nickel mining.
Interior Department ruling cheers mining supporters, greeted as "abominable" by environmentalists.
State's rules on tailings dams for metal mining haven't been changed since 1993.
The exchange at a congressional budget hearing came days after retired Forest Service employees expressed alarm about Twin Metals.
The weedkiller is found in Cheerios and other oat-based foods, snacks.
With funding in hand, the state will remove more than 6,000 rotting barrels of hazardous chemicals from the site.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals sided with the state Department of Natural Resources, saying it has adequately regulated groundwater use in the community.
Environmental group calls the federal court penalty inadequate.
The Star Tribune collected the names and stories of everyone who died after a physical confrontation with law enforcement in Minnesota since January 2000, and continues to update this database as new incidents occur.
An abrupt federal turnaround on lease approvals violates federal law, they argue.
Lois K. Gibson’s many letters published in the Star Tribune and its predecessors over nearly half a century document her deep engagement in the world…
Most said gameday treks to and from the new Allianz Field went smoothly.
The poor metro area ranking was the result of its bright nighttime lights and location in a flyway with a huge volume of birds pouring through.
The new standards are based on a model policy recently devised by the state's police oversight board, as well as a set of sweeping recommendations from a task force appointed last year by then-Attorney General Lori Swanson.
Bills in the House and Senate would create a state program to certify the professionals who apply salt to sidewalks and parking lots, so they know how to best control ice without using excessive salt.
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.