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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.
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
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.
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.
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