Several philanthropies are pouring millions of dollars into dental care for working class and low-income Minnesota families, seeking to give poor kids the kind of healthy smile that will boost self-esteem and ease entry into the workforce.
In a sharp rebuke to the state DNR, Judge Margaret Marrinan said the state has failed to protect White Bear Lake from excessive groundwater pumping and ordered the agency to limit water use in the surrounding communities. The state, she ruled, has a broad duty to protect the lake and the groundwater as a public trust — in essence recognizing that Minnesota doesn't have an endless supply.
Male equivalents of the female birth control pill are coming closer to reality through research at the University of Minnesota and other institutions, and perhaps just in time, as pressure grows on men to take more responsibility for pregnancy prevention and family planning.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded nearly $1.8 million to three American Indian tribes in Minnesota to improve housing conditions and to stimulate local development.
Some Shakopee residents have rallied together to form a community watchdog group with a single, unifying purpose: a demand that the school board step down. They want all seven members to resign but say they'll settle for a few.