Recent content from Josephine Marcotty
For the first time since 1976, Minnesota has adopted a uniform framework for how the 21 cities and five counties along the river's banks will manage the river to protect the water.
They say U.S. agencies gave away land critical to both endangered predators.
The U.S. Forest Service approved a deal to trade land with PolyMet Mining Corp., a critical step that will allow PolyMet to dig a major open pit mine in northern Minnesota.
Two friends were out for a ride on New Year's Eve.
The dispute centers on the question of whether Minnesota has a say on dam construction.
Kishkis died Dec. 15, just six days shy of her 89th birthday.
The National Park Service has proposed transplanting up to 30 wolves to Isle Royale, a historic decision that concedes that extraordinary steps are needed to restore a healthy balance of predator and prey on the wilderness island in Lake Superior.
Regulators could block the industry in huge swath of the BWCA watershed.
With steely resolve, Becky Rom builds a campaign against mining. And once again, she has set many in her hometown of Ely against her.
After debate over jobs and land, the ban passed 3-2.
Cry for help from 13 environmental groups says decades of voluntary measures and light touch by feds don't work.
Minnesota pollution regulators propose for first time deadlines for Minntac tailings basin to meet goals
Proposed permit for the first time sets deadlines to limit pollutants.
Three environmental groups charge that Minnesota has failed to protect northern waters.
For the first time the company specified how much money it would offer as financial insurance against future pollution and reclamation costs: $253 million in the first three years.
Minneapolis tied for second place in a study of cities that would benefit most from boosting urban forests.
Research there will delve into decline in population of pollinators.
The decline also illustrates the often unexpected consequences for insects from the way people grow their food.
Commissioners voted 3-2 for language that would make it first county in the state to prohibit the industry.
Minnesota's opposition limits North Dakota's options.
After years of work, state won't issue permit for massive plan to divert Red River.
The Star Tribune examines the health of Minnesota's rivers and whether we can save one of our greatest natural resources, the Mississippi, before it's too late.
At the end, when she decided it was time to forgo more cancer treatments, Janice Johnson stayed true to the upbeat, generous and inclusive values…
Three more cases have been reported in the mysterious outbreak, which has sickened 17 since Sept. 9.
Levels of ag pollutants have fallen, but "microplastics,'' an environmental threat worldwide, are rising.
Twin Metals says new concerns don't give regulators the right to revoke long-standing leases.
State is reviewing new contamination standard for old 3M chemicals.
Taconite pollution rules under federal scrutiny.
Forest Service asks for public comment on Twin Metals plan.
Verdict is likely to serve as a stark warning to others.
POETRY: A collection of poems old and new about the honeybee.
The agency will take input from a wide range of people.
The company said it will help the state fight against pollution from agriculture.
Crews gained control of fire that spread to 1,000 acres.
On top of a fine, owners will get taken to school.
A novel study says government killing does not reduce private poaching.
The consumer revolt against neonicotinoids, widely blamed for the decline in pollinators, has been swift and surprisingly successful.
A trip to Europe in 1953 transformed Barbara Kaerwer’s life. And then she went on to transform the lives of many others. Kaerwer, an art…
The last two wolves on Isle Royale are so old and closely inbred that they are unlikely to successfully reproduce.
While most climate change research takes the stark global view, scientists at the University of Minnesota are thinking smaller. Like: What’s going to happen on…
Nearly a decade ago, eight governors shook hands on an extraordinary agreement to erect a legal wall around the largest source of fresh water on…
The state Senate majority leader advised commissioners they would risk losing state money if they passed a resolution to ban copper mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for the first time took a hard look at the all the state parks, trails, buildings, boat launches and monitoring wells it manages — and found that they need $342 million worth of work to get them all back into shape.
Investigators confirmed link to toxic insecticide dust in the first test of a landmark environmental law.
At April 19 hearing, execs will respond to concerns.
Tours will not be interrupted at Soudan Underground Mine, and the DNR said it will continue to follow decontamination procedures to prevent human transfer of fungal spores from the bats.
Federal agency has concerns about leases near the BWCA.
Twin Metals eyes land near Boundary Waters.
With the copper industry on its knees, analysts and economists say it's highly unlikely the $650 million open pit mine will be built any time soon.
The DNR commissioner certified that the environmental impact statement for the proposed mine in northeastern Minnesota meets all legal requirements.
The governor has been preparing for a summit Saturday in St. Paul to discuss how to tackle the state's water problems.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for information on who illegally killed three wolves in northern Minnesota, upping the…
Minnesota's moose population rose slightly in the latest count by state wildlife researchers, but not enough to place the species out of danger.
Only about one-third of the streams in Minnesota's farming regions will get the maximum amount of protection under new state buffer rules — a number that environmentalists say falls far short of what Gov. Mark Dayton's signature water protection law was intended to accomplish.
Health risk is extremely low, but the Health Department has launched a major review
When a moose goes down, scientists haul it out, seeking clues to the steep decline of a beloved North Woods beast. They've shown that saving it will require hard tradeoffs.
Fishing, rice harvesting challenge Minnesota's reading of an 1855 pact.
If your home was built before World War II, there’s a good chance it has lead pipes. Municipal water treatment removes most risks, but there…
Minnesota rules, chemistry and testing protect residents of older homes.
State issues air pollution alert blamed on El Niño.
Two mountain lions, 40 wolves and a porcupine are among the animals owned by a private wildlife center that are getting the boot in Anoka County over "health and safety concerns."
In a first, federal review finds widely used pesticide can damage pollinator colonies.
Seven facilities will get money for beds, medical care.
Fish kills are common, but this one drew widespread attention because it occurred in a popular trout stream near Whitewater State Park.
Wild pollinators declined across 23 percent of the country, study found.
Joel Quie used to tease his mother by saying, “Turn around, Mom, and let me see your wings.” Though the wings were imaginary, Gretchen Quie…
Agency heads say doing so would make the state legally vulnerable.
Ag runoff is costly pollutant, but safe practices can help.
Environmental groups question legal team hired by state for PolyMet lawsuits.
Minneapolis VA is taking steps to clean water system of Legionnaires disease bacteria. No illnesses have been discovered.
The University of Minnesota's Raptor Center has been busy caring for sick, hurt birds.
Medical groups have urged state to study impacts on local water.
The little brown bat among the species threatened by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease sweeping the country.
More consumer spending does not necessarily mean more garbage anymore.
The copper-nickel mine in northeast Minnesota would create about 350 jobs but presents new and greater environmental risks than taconite mining.
A researcher lauded by beekeepers files whistleblower complaint alleging retaliation.
More from Star Tribune