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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.
Plans to manage pollution leaking from Minntac’s tailings basin don’t go far enough, agency says.
Audrey Huber practically levitated across the stage on the day she received her high school diploma — handed to her with great pride by her…
The weekly update from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that 577 people have been hospitalized for influenza so far during the 2014 flu season.
The federal government may have to start over in devising a plan to protect them in the Upper Midwest and beyond before the state is allowed to resume its three-year-old hunting season.
Little changes to road de-icing can have big effect, but state officials say there is a lots of room for improvement.
“My name was on the top of the list,” he says of detentions in Turkey.
Plains Indians tribes are adopting wild bison herds, hoping to revive the fading culture of their ancestors while also helping rescue an animal whose history is so deeply intertwined with their own.
White-nose syndrome, which has decimated bat colonies in eastern states, has been found at two sites in Minnesota.
The first year of a landmark study found higher mortality rates than normal and listed several causes. Researchers say more work is needed.
The chemical, which has been linked to bee die-offs, has not been widely discovered in streams and rivers until now.
Donahue was born on the eve of the Great Depression, and grew up the daughter of a country doctor.
More than half of companies in the Twin Cities will need to change their ways and start pulling out such valuable materials as aluminum, cardboard, plastic and steel. The law begins Jan. 1, 2016, for most commercial operations.
Seventeen DFL legislators rebuked the state Department of Agriculture late last week over its planned review of the controversial pesticides implicated in the decline in honeybees.
State says his bears are a risk to humans around Ely.
Detailed maps show that many farms lack protective “buffer strips” -- 50 feet of wild grasses, trees or shrubs required by state law — to keep runoff out of streams and rivers.
Across Minnesota, a determined counterattack is emerging against a looming threat to the northern forest — climate change.
Gov. Mark Dayton and top state pollution officials abruptly reversed a decision to publicly affirm a water-quality rule designed to protect wild rice after Iron Range legislators intervened in late February, according to internal records.
Neonicotinoid, common pesticide associated with bee die-off, doesn’t help yields, according to an environmental group's analysis.
One of the famous Isle Royale wolves, she had recently crossed the ice to the mainland.
NONFICTION: A third-generation farmer in the Kansas grasslands tries to work the land without contributing to its demise.
The 5-year-old lone wolf left Isle Royale for the mainland on an ice bridge that formed on Lake Superior this winter.
After four years and $22 million, PolyMet Mining’s proposed copper mine in northeastern Minnesota cleared a major hurdle when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave plans for the controversial project a passing grade.
Among Minnesotans who have an opinion on the issue, the largest group supports approval for a controversial copper mine proposed for the northeast corner of…
Next week, in a decision with far-reaching implications for the state’s mining industry and the preservation of its most famous plant, state pollution officials are expected to announce their recommendation for a “sulfate standard” — how much mineral salt Minnesota industries can discharge into the clear, calm waters across the state where wild rice likes to grow.
Both developments are likely to only confound a precedent-setting decision that faces the National Park Service
Wind turbines won't sprout near Red Wing for at least a year, state regulators decide.
Researchers continue to study environmental threats to the northern Minnesota animals.
Foes are leery of the long-term environmental costs of PolyMet mine; regulators say state laws would protect taxpayers.
Minnesota is trying to set the size of PolyMet’s financial guarantee in case water pollution, environmental calamities or mining company bankruptcies occur decades, even centuries, after a proposed mine opens.
Stingless wasps, the natural ash borer predator that were introduced in three sites in Minnesota two years ago, are reproducing, spreading, and killing ash borers, the state Agriculture Department reports.
The Mayflower United Church of Christ flipped the switch on one of the largest solar arrays in Minneapolis as a brazen and public strike against climate change.
New info on river flow could delay environmental review for months.
From the State Capitol to back yards, the fight is on to protect bees and other insects that make our food and ecosystem possible.
An estimated 1,300 to 1,500 people braved blowing snow and low temperatures to attend a five-hour DNR public hearing on PolyMet Mining's proposed $650 million open pit mine near Babbitt.
No cause has been identified as of yet, but the building that housed a grocery and several apartments is likely a total loss. A police squad car reported the fire at around 8:16 a.m. after seeing the explosion and seeing debris on the street.
The DNR released forecast of proposed copper mine’s potential impact on northeast Minnesota.
State Agriculture Department will review use and impact of a widely used chemical tied to the dramatic decline in honeybees.
PolyMet Mining says no expansion is planned, but industry analysts say the open pit mine could triple in size within five years, raising the economic and environmental stakes far beyond what PolyMet has discussed with state regulators.
The aim is to limit consumption by young women of mercury-tinged fish from the Lake Superior basin.