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August 12

Infestation driven by climate change

Eastern larch beetles, a tiny bug native to Minnesota, have killed or damaged more than a quarter million acres of tamarack trees in the state. Scientists who studied the bug say the population is growing exponentially because longer, warmer summers now allow them to produce two generations a year, and warmer winters mean more of them survive to reproduce the next year.
Stage & Arts
July 29

How to navigate the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival

This year the Midwest's biggest performing arts festival will host 167 shows at 17 venues from Aug. 3-13 — in all, 850 live performances in 11 days. Click on a venue to get more information. The red icon marks "Fringe Central," the official post-show hangout from Aug. 3 through Aug. 12 at Grumpy's Bar & Grill. Day passes also can be purchased there on weekdays from 1 to 3 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m.-1 p.m. so you can skip lines at festival venues.
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June 30

An uptick, after a long decline

Top Workplaces
June 21

2017 national standard setters

These 102 Minnesota employers scored high enough to qualify as Top Workplaces against WorkplaceDynamics' national benchmark, although not high enough to crack the Top 150 Workplaces.
Top Workplaces
June 21

2017 Top 150 Workplaces

Minnesota employees surveyed by WorkplaceDynamics ranked these 150 employers as Top Workplaces for 2017.
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June 11

U.S. storm reports, warnings, precipitation

This map shows the National Weather Services current radar and storm reports for the last three hours and yesterday. Data is regularly updated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Top Workplaces
June 2

2015 Top 150 Workplaces

Minnesota employees surveyed by WorkplaceDynamics ranked these 150 employers as Top Workplaces for 2015.
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May 25

Cleanup projects in the St. Louis River Area of Concern

Minnesota is part way through the biggest environmental clean-up it's ever conducted, a St. Louis River restoration funded largely by the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy funds. The St. Louis River Area of Concern is one of 43 hot spots in the United States and Canada receiving special funding and attention because of the critical role it plays as the incubator for aquatic life in western Lake Superior. Now, however, the Great Lakes initiative is at risk because of budget cuts proposed by the Trump Administration.
Politics
May 12

Trump's team: Tracing the network of ties to Russia

The FBI and Congress are investigating possible coordination between people associated with the Trump campaign and Russian authorities during the 2016 election. Here are some of the people who have been drawn into the investigation:
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May 10

Bike trails in the land of 10,000 lakes

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. Then there are the many bike trails in the metro-area. We have some of the best urban bike options in the country. Pedal one for a close-up experience of Minnesota's many unique landscapes.
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April 27

Kettle River rapids

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April 20

Mayo tests induced hypothermia to aid Mars mission

Researchers at Mayo Clinic are studying hypothermia to induce torpor, a hibernation-like state, in astronauts to address challenges of a manned mission to Mars. Placing astronauts in torpor at intervals could reduce the weight of their spacecraft and the amount of power needed. It also could address psychological and physical risks of deep space travel.
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April 19

2017 Summer Road Construction

Drivers making their way around the metro have already encountered road work and lane closures this spring, but the Minnesota Department of Transportation has officially kicked off the 2017 construction season. Major projects such as the $46 million resurfacing I-94 and fixing more than 50 bridges between Brooklyn Center and downtown Minneapolis have already started. That project, which will have traffic share one side of the Lowry Hill Tunnel starting next month, is among the projects on this season's schedule. Use this interactive map to search what is happening in your area.
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April 13

Ten metro projects that will disrupt traffic in 2017

billion for 211 road and bridge projects that will be worked on statewide this year. Here are some of the most bothersome ones in the metro area.
Business
April 12

Involuntary 'bumping' rates on major airlines are declining

The number of people, per 100,000 passengers, that were involuntarily denied boarding flights because they were oversold in each of the last four years.
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March 30

Risk of famine grows

More than 20 million people in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen are experiencing famine or at risk of famine over the coming six months. U.N. agencies and humanitarian partners are ready to scale up the response to avert a catastrophe, but the necessary funds and access to do so are required immediately.
Outdoors
March 29

Bracketology meets Minnesota Outdoors: Who wins?

Amid the hoopla of March Madness, we present a bracket whose prize isn't the office pool, but information. Ducks square off with deer, walleyes with panfish, pheasants with turkeys, and bass with trout, among other "matchups."
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March 24

Civilian-generated complaints against Minneapolis police

The civilian-run OPCR investigates hundreds of public complaints against Minneapolis police officers every year and rules on their merit. (The url below leads to a portal with various data sets, including complaints filed per quarter, discipline meted out by the chief, and the review panel's recommendations on allegations ranging from bad language to excessive force.)
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March 20

Outstate vs. Metro: Transportation Funding

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March 16

Trump's budget proposal

This budget addresses only discretionary spending, which is set by congressional budget resolutions and makes up more than a quarter of the budget.
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