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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.
"Financial assurance" is a final step in the company's long application to start mining.
Gov. Dayton ordered all state agencies to hit aggressive and specific environmental goals in the next decade and a half.
Minnesota farmers depend on chlorpyrifos, but dozens of studies say it harms kids.
Court filing cracks open 3M's internal research on PFCs, raises new questions about risks for residents.
MPCA cited repeat violations in Crookston, East Grand Forks locations.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed suit over groundwater contamination in Oakdale, other suburbs, alleging that the company caused $5 billion worth of health and environmental damages.
University of Wisconsin analysis refuels the debate over renewables.
Retired U Prof. Deborah Swackhamer says Trump administration is downgrading science.
New strategy relies on farmers to minimize the impact on water, placing farmers' yields above groundwater protection.
A survey of 1,000 homeowners shows thirsty turf is sucking down the metro's water. On average, residents watered 500 square feet of pavement.
The number of wolves in northeast Minnesota jumped 25 percent in the past year, most likely because deer, their favorite prey, saw a similar increase in population.
Judge Margaret Marrinan said the state has failed to protect the lake from excessive groundwater pumping and ordered the DNR to limit water use in the surrounding communities.
Twin Cities talk show radio host and producer Tammy Raasch had that remarkable combination of effervescence and doggedness that made her one of the best…
Neighbors opposed to a pending 4,700-hog operation measured air quality at other sites.
Wildfires, hot air and sun to create unhealthy air.
Breakthrough will help processors, farmers gauge true cost of raising crop.
Attorneys described the ruling as a turning point in the long-running battle over the project, one that could force negotiations.
Billions in spending aiding the fight against threats like runoff, warming climate.
Climate change means more native burrowing bugs survive to reproduce and harm tamaracks.
A national watchdog group says Wisconsin bear hunters are harassing wolves with their dog packs — then claiming state compensation when their hounds are killed.
Conservationists see it as a test of how the state will manage Minnesota's northern forests now that Gov. Mark Dayton has directed the DNR to increase timber harvests from state lands.
Drinking water for several hundred homeowners is at stake in recent standoff.
Scott Pruitt, the nation's top environmental officer, said Wednesday that he stands firmly behind continued federal funding for a landmark cleanup of Great Lakes pollution — a sharp contrast to the Trump administration's proposed budget, which would essentially kill the program.
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