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July 4

Map: Where to fish along the Gunflint Trail

Here are a dozen lakes that offer lake trout, smallmouth bass, walleyes and northern pike.
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July 3

Trends in manufactured homes in the U.S. and Minnesota

Manufactured homes were the original “affordable housing” of suburban and rural Minnesota. Here's a look at the decline of sales here and in the U.S.
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July 3

Read the 1971 Baker v. Nelson decision

The Minnesota Supreme Court found no right to marry for same-sex couples in 1971 in a ruling that was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015.
July 2

Explore payments made to Minnesota doctors

Total payments in 2014 to doctors licensed to practice in Minnesota, summarized by the drug or medical device company making the payment, the form of payment (cash/cash equivalent or in-kind) and the nature of the payment (i.e. consulting, travel, speaking, research). Note: Some doctors may be listed at more than one address. This is a sub-set of Open Payments data released this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Click the doctor's last name to reveal further details. To search for doctors in other states, visit openpayments.cms.gov
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July 1

Map: Twin Cities taprooms

There are currently 25 taprooms inside the I-494/694 loop. As many as 10 more could open by the end of this year. A taproom is like a bar inside a brewery. It’s a place for folks to gather at the source and enjoy beer at its freshest and finest. Although the law allows it, most taprooms don’t serve food. The brewers are too busy making beer to mess with running a kitchen. But food trucks are a fixture of the taproom scene. There is usually one parked outside to feed your need for food. Where food trucks aren’t allowed, ordering in from nearby restaurants is often an option.
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June 30

Bike trails in the land of 10,000 lakes

Consider Minnesota the land of 10,000 spokes. Across the state, more than 1,500 miles of bike trails — some paved, some natural, all off highway — line abandoned railroad beds and cross public lands. Pedal along one for a close-up experience of a unique landscape. Here are some of the best in the state.
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June 26

Location of outhouse

Site of boat landing outhouse that the DNR intends on upgrading.
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June 26

Monitoring glucose via smartphone

Many patients with Type 1 diabetes continuously monitor blood sugar (glucose) levels. A do-it-yourself movement is giving patients ways to access their glucose data that manufacturers or regulators didn’t intend. Here’s one common setup:
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June 26

Graphic: Gay marriage and the courts

The Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry under the Constitution, striking down state bans on gay and lesbian unions. In the last decade, most states have legalized same-sex marriage.
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June 25

How solar gardens work

Here's a look at how community solar projects are being established in Minnesota and how a customer can get an offset on their electrical bill by buying a subscription in a solar garden project.
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June 22

A new weapon for cancer therapy

Comparing traditional X-ray treatments with a new method of using controlled photon beams for battling brain cancer.
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June 22

State marijuana prices compared against U.S. average

PriceofWeed.com, a website that asks people to anonymously submit the cost of marijuana they purchase in their area, has collected a lot of data on the street price of both legal and illegal marijuana around the U.S. over the last few years.
June 22

Nine charts that explain the state of marijuana in Minnesota

Everyone is talking about pot these days, thanks to new laws in a handful of states and a shift in public opinion in favor of legalizing the drug. The U.S. Justice Department has announced policy changes to relax enforcement in states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana and to assure banks that they will not be punished for offering financial services to legitimate marijuana-related businesses. Earlier this year, a bill was introduced in Congress to end the federal prohibition. Despite these changes nationally and Minnesota’s reputation as a liberal state, Minnesotans have been slower to embrace cannabis -- even while enrollment in the state's new medical marijuana program opens in July. In these slides, we use data to explore the relationship between the people, the state and the leafy green plant.
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June 22

Poverty in the Twin Cities region

Suburban and rural poverty in the metro area jumped 92 percent from 2000 to 2013 while it grew by 24 percent in the core cities, according to a newly released Metropolitan Council report. The Metropolitan Council defines poverty as 185% of the federal poverty threshold ($44,093 for a family of four in 2013).
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June 21

A bottleneck at Ranier

The Canadian National Railway route from the west coast of Canada to the Midwest runs directly through Ranier, Minn.
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June 19

St. Paul Park refinery

Minnesota's oldest oil refinery, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, is investing $100M so it can process additional Bakken oil.
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June 15
Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens spoke to the media outside the Archdio...

Clergy abuse timeline: How the Twin Cities archdiocese got here

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June 13

Cerkvenik, Iron Range lobbyist

A look at the client list of Gary Cerkvenik and income from clients in 2014.
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June 13

Minnesota DWI arrests

A new law that takes effect Aug. 1 will lower the threshold for gross misdemeanor drunk driving arrests for first-offenders to .16 percent from the current .20 percent. That could push nearly 60 percent of current misdemeanor DWIs in Minnesota into the more serious category, boosting gross misdemeanors by more than 70 percent.
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June 12

Bigger homes, smaller households

While homes have gotten larger in recent decades, the size of the average American household has declined. Here is a look at how an average new single-family home in 1973, when the U.S. Census Bureau began collecting this data, stacks up against an average new home in 2014.
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