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A new science of valuing nature will shape our urban projects of the future.
No longer just a pipe dream, far-sighted water system set up parched towns for growth.
Far-sighted water system set up towns for growth
To many neighbors in this small Wisconsin community, the proliferation of giant irrigation rigs that arc over mile after mile of flat farm fields create an untenable drain on water that is tearing communities apart.
Cold Spring's quandary — protecting a trout stream while supplying water to a fast-growing employer — is just one of many challenges emerging across Minnesota as a state renowned for its abundant water confronts a difficult new fact of life.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $2,500 reward for information as the investigation is stepped up.
A handful of environmental groups have asked the state Court of Appeals to reject permits granted for Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine, a proposal by PolyMet…
The members, appointed by the governor, found common ground over better habitat, education, but split over how to reduce pollinators' exposure to neonicotinoids.
Managing landscapes can hold more carbon in soil, grass and trees, cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Permit approvals for PolyMet open a new chapter in an old struggle.
Legal case questioning mine's size should be resolved first, they say.
A long, contentious regulatory review ends with permits for the huge copper-nickel mine.
Agricultural groups lose court bid to end public comment period.
Ag groups say MPCA can't extend feedback period.
In 1956 Marlene Kayser was a senior in high school when she joined her first Democratic political campaign — the second presidential run of Adlai…
Most government regulators and food industry leaders say the pesticide poses no health risk in the amounts that people get in their food.
There are no known health risks to humans from the finding in a captive herd, the state Board of Animal Health said.
Bad weather shuts down trapping and transfer to the island.
Minnesota's proposal would provide $7.5 million to improve and expand loon nesting habitat and create a public campaign to reduce the use of lead fishing tackle in northern lakes, the leading cause of loon deaths.
Ohio class action says taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for health impact research.
Conservation groups say money is being used for infrastructure projects.
National Park Service officials hope to capture and transfer up to eight this fall in an effort to rebuild their population.
The rebuilding of the canopy comes with an eye toward climate change.
National Park Service lays out a plan for new chapter in long story of island's wolves and moose.
The federal government's sudden decision to reopen mineral exploration just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness was a resounding defeat for wilderness advocates. But for the mining industry, it means back to business as usual.
The mining industry won a major victory in Minnesota when the federal government lifted a controversial stay on minerals exploration in the area just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
A new proposal to manage floods on the Red River would reduce the highest levels that could flow through Fargo-Moorhead, but not eliminate them altogether, according to state officials.
Lake Superior algae bloom, hazy skies might become the norm, scientists say.
Will mining industry eclipse outdoor and recreation business in northern Minnesota? "If voters understand the huge benefit of mining, they will want to see it happen," Center of the American Experiment says.
An outspoken, devout Methodist homemaker from Shoreview, she was fired from her job at Northwest Orient Airlines in the 1960s because she was pregnant.
R.D. Offutt, a major supplier for McDonald's French fries, said the state's decision to seek an environmental study seems to be targeted regulation that will force it to take its business out of state.
Brad Kelvington previously oversaw public schools in the Aitkin district.
Millions of visitors have unintentionally left their mark.
Restraining order describes his struggle with depression.
Firm says it has right to defend Interior decision.
In all, three have been filed in federal court claiming harm to the BWCA.
They found the infectious bacteria, often in dangerously high concentrations, almost everywhere they looked.
A larger mine raises environmental risks of old tailings basin, say three environmental groups asking the state to reopen its review.
The wolves will be transported to the island over the next three to five years to replace the population that has declined from a peak of about 50 to the single pair that are left today.
Pork producer disputes state's authority in matter.
Pending approval, 100-acre facility would rise on edge of Birch Lake.
For two environmental targets — land conservation and parks and trails — Minnesota appears to be on track to meet Legacy Amendment's goals. The outlook for water is still cloudy.
Proposed limits on research would threaten lives, they say in a blistering letter to the federal agency.
He called it an extreme overreach by state lawmakers and a violation of the federal Clean Water Act.
New restrictions cite unsafe levels of PFCs from old 3M dump.
The agency will turn to the Legislature for guidance.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will turn to the Legislature for guidance.
Republicans object, but some farm groups say the proposal is reasonable.
Proposed laws would give legislators more control of fertilizer and wild rice rules.
New buses, more charging stations are key features.
Two of Minnesota's most cherished rivers and one in western Wisconsin were listed among the 10 most endangered U.S. rivers by a conservation group.
Environmental groups have now made it a primary focus of their request for a legal review of the project that is now awaiting a decision by state officials.
Frozen septic systems are emerging as an unexpected consequence of climate change in Minnesota — one that is bedeviling homeowners across the state.
Minnesota DNR request to stay an order restricting heavy water use is roundly rejected.
His love of Minnesota small towns and the people who lived in them provided his purpose in life, friends said.
Measures affecting farmers and fertilizer are likely to trigger a fight at the Legislature.
The $850 million might address drinking water, but damage to the environment "is forever."
Safety of tailings basin and risk to taxpayers are major questions.
DNR walks fine line between demand, forest health.
First spending priority will be fixing drinking water for city systems and private wells.
The money will be used to clean up drinking water and groundwater contamination in east metro communities.
A single bloody red shrimp found in Twin Ports Harbor.
MPCA issues a plan for the state's share of a national legal settlement.
Case over Washington County groundwater is one of dozens that loom for the Maplewood-based firm.
A startling Health Department report caused the company to seek a trial delay.
The company said a new state report casts doubt on health claims in the lawsuit.
The review contradicts that of an expert hired by the state attorney general's office in advance of a long-awaited trial next week between the state and 3M.
From blinking cups to orphaned purses, league and stadium officials shoot for zero waste.
Environmentalists and industry had opposed sulfate formula as unworkable, costly.
Suit challenges governor's decision to halt minerals exploration.
Regulators give their tentative blessing to Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine.
A free well-testing program for Minnesotans has become the latest target in the state's increasingly fractious battle over water and agricultural pollution.
Department of the Interior reverses Obama-era denial of Twin Metals copper-nickel leases.
In hearing on request to dismiss suit, company argues that the state agreed not to sue years ago.
Half would go for long-term water treatment after copper-nickel mine closes.