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Foreign fighters with Islamic State militants

Thousands of people from more than 90 countries have gone to wage Muslim holy war in Iraq and Syria in the last few years, and most have joined the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
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3:25pm

Methamphetamine tops drug seizures in 2014

Drugs seized by the Minnesota Drug and Violent Crimes Enforcement Teams. 120 agencies participate in the effort coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs.
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12:13pm

Looking for research funding

University of Minnesota academics are turning to businesses and other sources of private funding as federal funding for research declines.
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11:55am

Clear-cutting red pine plantations in Minnesota

A plantation of red pine trees north of Crosslake, Minn., is one of many sites destined for clear-cutting under a DNR plan to accelerate timber harvest on School Trust Lands. The shift in management has raised questions about DNR forestry values.
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11:54am

High stress increases doctor burnout

A national survey of doctors found increasing levels of burnout since 2011 – with administrative and recordkeeping responsibilities being top sources of frustration and pushing some doctors toward early retirement.
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May 21

Want to measure a big tree? Here's how

Trees in the Big Tree Registry of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are measured by circumference (in inches), height and crown spread. Below are the DNR’s guidelines for measurement.
Local
May 21

Census data show Minneapolis, St. Paul continue steady growth

Population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau today show steady growth across cities in the metro area since 2010, particularly the core cities. Percentage change in population between 2010 and 2014.
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May 21

Welcome to St. Paul's Lowertown neighborhood

Here's a look at fun things to do near the new Saints Ballpark.
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May 20

A look at the options for the line

Here's a look at various cuts and deferments that have been suggested for the Southwest LRT line.
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May 20

Working hard just to make rent

The federal government considers a home affordable when renters do not have to spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing. For someone working 40 hours a week and earning $8 an hour an affordable monthly rent would be $416.
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May 19

What military surplus gear does your police agency have?

City, county and state police agencies in Minnesota often get gear from the military. Look up by agency or item type.
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May 19

These are the worst bridges in Minnesota

As the Minnesota legislature prepares to open its 2015 legislative session on Tuesday, lawmakers in both major parties agree that more needs to be done to repair the state’s aging transportation infrastructure. About 1,200 of Minnesota’s more than 20,000 bridges are classified as structurally deficient — they’re safe, but need to be monitored, maintained and ultimately replaced. The map below shows the bridges with the lowest sufficiency rating. A lower rating indicates greater disrepair.
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May 18

Spreading pain from bird flu outbreaks

For every $1 million in direct losses from the death of poultry, the ripple effect leads to an estimated $1.8 million in overall economic losses, including $450,000 in wages. The clearest indirect impact is on farm suppliers and the trucking industry.
May 18

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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May 16

Getting to a St. Paul Saints game

There are plenty of ways to get to CHS Field – by car, bus, light-rail train, even bike. City officials point out that transit affords the easiest way to get there, without the hassles of parking; the Green Line’s Union Depot station is only a couple blocks from the ballpark, and several Metro Transit buses – notably Routes 21, 53, 54, 61, 63, 64, 70, 74 and 94 – also stop nearby. Cyclists can use two regional trails -- Bruce Vento and Samuel H. Morgan – to get to the vicinity of the ballpark, which provides bike racks. Parking is sprinkled throughout downtown in ramps and lots. If you drive, the ballpark can be reached from the north via Interstate 35E, from the east or west via Interstate 94, and from the south via I-35E or Hwy. 52.
Sports
May 16

Whole new ballgame in St. Paul

The St. Paul Saints begin a new era on May 21 when they officially open their new ballpark, CHS Field, in the Lowertown neighborhood. Here’s a look at a few of the new ballpark’s highlights:
May 15

Growing an acre of corn

What does it cost to grow an acre of corn in Minnesota? Here's a breakdown of expenditures and returns facing thousands of corn growers.
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May 15

Controlling reflux with magnets

The Linx is a medical device that looks like a small bracelet with magnetic-core titanium beads. The Linx is placed surgically around a patient's lower esophagus. The magnetic ring is designed to open up to make way for food and burps, but stay closed at other times to prevent stomach acid from entering the esophagus.
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May 15

INTERACTIVE: Earthquakes around the world

Map of recent quakes that are occurring in both the United States and around the world. The data is from the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS). Earthquake information is extracted from a merged catalog of earthquakes located by the USGS and contributing networks. Earthquake data will be available within a few minutes for California events, and within 30-minutes for worldwide events. Click on the Link opens in new window button to get in-depth information for each event. Please be patient while this visualization loads. Some maps can take longer than others.
May 14

Star Tribune 2014 Top 100 Workplaces

Minnesota employees surveyed by WorkplaceDynamics ranked these 100 employers as Top Workplaces for 2014.
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