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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.
Governor sees his proposal as just a start, as state's aging infrastructure will need billions.
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.
The DNR is trying to balance conservation of the walleye population with the needs of the winter resort business.
His visits to Michigan and South Dakota are preparation for PolyMet decision.
Dorothy Casserly was born with ink in her veins. She inherited it from her grandfather, who founded the Belle Plaine Herald in the late 1800s.…
New pollution limits and sewage treatment plants are too lax, environmental group says.
In the northeast, they are in good shape. Elsewhere, they've been taken over by invasive cattails.
Groundwater tainted with farm chemicals is not just a rural problem, as residents in Washington and Dakota counties are discovering.
The Minnesota Nature Conservancy is launching the $10 million fund.
Approval of controversial insecticide revoked.
A landscape changed by mining raises new questions about pollution decades in the future
Defying Republicans, he creates new panel to advise on environmental issues.
Starry stonewort, found in two lakes, chokes out even Eurasian milfoil.
Strategy includes hatchery, predation control and new panel.
The federal government has decided to undertake a comprehensive environmental review on how to swap about 50 square miles of state-owned land inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area with U.S. Forest Service land outside, a plan that has generated thousands of comments.
Foes rally against plan to build in Bayfield County; farmers cite their "way of life."
Walleyes fight on many fronts for their survival while Minnesota's most popular fishing lake has changed fundamentally.
A plan to recharge Lake Mille Lacs is already drawing skepticism.
DNR says that commercial fishing likely caused the death of protected species. State wildlife authorities said the step is unprecedented but was necessary
Despite the toll air pollution takes, Minnesota's air quality is generally rated good and meets current federal standards. Yet even low and moderate levels can contribute to illness and early death.
Invasive mussel is well established so lake cannot be treated
A national wildlife protection group wants to place moose alongside the polar bear as a tragic symbol of climate change by petitioning the federal government to protect it under the Endangered Species Act.
The migrating birds suffered oil contamination following 2010 Gulf spill.
Environmental groups launch an ad campaign to press Gov. Mark Dayton to get involved in the regulatory review of a contentious copper-nickel mine that's been proposed for northeast Minnesota.
The agriculture and environment bill that became a final hurdle in completing the 2015 legislative session includes a dozen provisions with far-reaching implications for Minnesota’s…
After feedlot feud, Pollution Control Agency's board became a lightning rod for agribusiness, GOP.
The worst avian flu outbreak in the nation's history has spawned a series of investigations by Minnesota disease researchers to figure out why this new and exceptionally deadly virus is behaving in such bizarre ways.
U student Dan Crawford has enlisted a string quartet to perform music made from scientific data on climate change.
Both houses passed it, but the final funding is not yet a done deal.
Bill says plants don't need to be insecticide free to carry label.
A garden plant labeled that way would no longer need to be free of insecticides, under a proposed change in state law moving through the Legislature.
Sandra Mueller always told her daughters that their father, Mike Dillon, was a lot of things. But he was never boring. He was a tinkerer,…
As state's lakes warm, walleye's cold water prey fish lose ground, and resort owners pay price.
Pollution pervasive in southern Minnesota, and growing worse, but waters in the state's central and northeast regions are much cleaner.
The St. Louis, the largest U.S. tributary to Lake Superior and an important wildlife breeding ground, is already contaminated with sulfate and mercury and now faces additional risks from a proposed copper-nickel mine nearby, said the national group American Rivers.
Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday put an end to Minnesota's ambitious moose research project out of concern that it is harming the animals it's designed to help.
Leona Meikle was on the phone, answering the oddest questions. With each one, she was beginning to understand how hard it would be to find…
Leona Meikle was on her way out the door when she saw her son lay his head down on the dining room table and begin…
High rate of radio-collared calf deaths could halt study of decline
The closely watched wolf population on Isle Royale National Park has dropped to just three — the lowest number recorded since scientists began tracking them more than 50 years ago and a sign that without human intervention, they will likely soon vanish from the island altogether.
Though it has slim chance of becoming law, the bill escalates a contentious environmental fight over a new and risky type of mining.
His proposal might be stalled, but the ancient way of protecting water supplies is making a comeback.
Gov. Dayton's proposal might be stalled, but the ancient way of protecting water supplies is making a comeback.
To slow the spread of white-nose syndrome, federal agency wants to restrict logging near breeding areas.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency revealed its proposed plan for protecting the state's official grain from pollution that comes off the Iron Range and from about 200 industrial plants statewide.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on Monday issued an unusually early alert, saying conditions across the state are ripe for more frequent and more intense fires this spring, thanks to an abnormally dry winter and record-breaking temperatures this month.
A $9 million federal grant to help farmers protect streams and rivers from chemicals was announced with fanfare. But sharp discord over the project reflects reflects a growing urgency about the best way to use $225 million a year in Legacy funding devoted to clean water
Houston County unable to agree on outright ban or an ordinance to regulate the sand-mining industry.
A small but growing number of bison producers — including billionaire-turned-philanthropist Ted Turner — want to preserve the great landscapes of the west by changing how America gets its protein.
Scenic river bluffs, trout streams are top concerns.
But the five-year, $5 million study doesn't fully answer question of whether the needle-shaped fibers in taconite dust are linked to mesothelioma.
The forests of central Minnesota are being cleared at an accelerating pace. Regulators are scrambling to protect them and the large watershed draining into the upper Mississippi.
Gov. Dayton proposes more, and better enforced, buffer strips along lakes and rivers.
Marla Spivak has become one of the country's leading champions for bees. Now she's fighting for their survival.
$26 million targets flood control, water quality and songbird protection.
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