One of the narrower parts of Duluth’s Park Point, as seen from the air last month.

Duluth's Park Point may be gradually crumbling away

The future is important to the more than 300 residential structures, hotels and other businesses that call it home, as well as the bustling shipping industry

No cash or spare change for the Salvation Army's red kettles? No problem

November 16
Douglas Schindler rang the bell Friday at a Cub Foods in Roseville. “People don’t carry cash. So we have to adapt,” said the Salvation Army’s
The Salvation Army adds mobile-pay technology in hopes of boosting donations in cashless society.

Are we ready for a global pandemic? What about our neighbors?

November 16
No country — including the United States — is fully prepared to respond to a deliberate or accidental threat with the potential to wipe out humani
Ebola. SARS. MERS. Influenza: Health security is tied to the response of all countries.
Local
November 18

Costly water contamination from chemicals has Bemidji seeking solutions

The PFAS chemicals that have plagued east-metro communities are also in firefighting foams used in several cities throughout Minnesota.
Local
November 18
George Host charged his Tesla at the ChargePoint e-vehicle station near Canal Park Lodge in Duluth.

As electric vehicle use grows, charging areas lag outside metro

To support the 10,495 reg­is­tered electric vehicles in Minnesota, more than 300 charg­ing stations of vary­ing ca­pac­i­ty are lo­cat­ed through­out the state with most clus­tered in the Twin Cities met­ro area.
Business
November 16
Twitter’s unveiling of its political ads policy did little to mollify its critics.

Which ads will be deemed 'political' under new Twitter ban?

Other messages that deal with hot-button issues such as abortion, school choice and climate change may or may not cross the line.
Business
November 16
An Apple employee demonstrated the facial recognition feature of the new iPhone X at an Apple store in San Francisco.

Biometric security features leave some people uneasy

New technology is pushed as a key selling point on the newest smartphones.
Local
November 15
In this Aug. 1, 1966 file photo, smoke rises from the sniper's gun as he fired from the tower of the University of Texas administration building in Au

Hamline, Metro State profs create a database to shed light on mass shooters

Minnesota researchers gather facts and dispel myths with the creation of a "Mass Shooter Database"
World
November 15
A paper boat floated in St. Mark’s Square as more tidewater swamped Venice on Friday.

Flooding in Venice is a harbinger for what climate change will bring to coastal cities, scientists say

"Dramatic situation" will become more frequent.
World
November 15
FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2011, file photo, two Koalas climb a tree at a zoo in Sydney, Australia. Conservationists fear hundreds of koalas have perishe

Saving the wildfire victims that cannot flee: Australia's koalas

Dozens have been rescued from Australia's wildfires.
Science
November 15
More than 7 million people around the world are estimated to have been infected with measles in 2018.

Measles erases body's previous protections from other infectious diseases

A measles infection destroys as much as half of the existing antibodies that protect against other viruses and bacteria, new research said.
Science
November 15
Researchers at the U’s Masonic Children’s Hospital will monitor brain growth and pain responses in 30 babies who listen to lullaby music and in 30

University of Minnesota will study music's healing power on preemies

The study is a collaboration with researchers from the U's schools of music, public health and engineering
Science
November 15
This 2018 fie photo shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration building behind FDA logos at a bus stop on the agency's campus in Silver Spring, Md.

Long-awaited cystic fibrosis drug could turn deadly disease into a manageable condition

The data was so persuasive that the FDA approved the three drug combination, Trikafta, five months ahead of the agency's deadline.
Science
November 14

Climate briefs: Clean energy grows, but not fast enough

Wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles are spreading far more quickly around the world than many experts had predicted. But this rapid growth in…
Nation
November 14
Spencer McCarty, a member of the Makah tribe, at his mother’s home in Neah Bay, Wash., Oct. 18, 2019. The Makah, the only Native Americans with a tr

Will whale hunting return to Pacific Northwest?

If approved, NOAA would exempt Makah from ban.
World
November 14

Facing a pollution crisis, Netherlands tells drivers to slow down

The Dutch government has announced a sharp cut in highway speed limits and changes in farming practices, as it struggles to address a pollution problem…
National
November 14
The Pentagon in Washington.

Amazon appeals $10B Pentagon contract won by Microsoft

Amazon is protesting the Pentagon's decision to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft, citing "unmistakable bias" in the process.
Science
November 14
An abandoned road is crumbling into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Adele Chiasson, a widow who lives nearby, said visitors “are shocked at the changes”

Magdalen Island residents perched along cliffs watch them crumble into the rising sea

The residents of the Canadian archipelago are facing more gut-wrenching choices, as extreme climate change transforms the land and water around them.
Science
November 14
The overall effects of warmer temperatures on grapes is increased sugar and lower acidity.

Adapting now in order to make wine in a hotter future

The overall effects of warmer temps on grapes are increased sugar content and lower acidity, creating wines that may be unbalanced, high in alcohol or otherwise changed in character.
Science
November 14
A shortage of vincristine may imperil cancer treatment, in-cluding for Hazel Crowfoot, 6.

Faced with drug shortfall, doctors scramble to treat children with cancer

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists tracks more than 200 medications in short supply, among them everyday necessities.
Science
November 14

Health briefs: Statins tied to risk of skin infections

Statins, commonly taken to reduce cholesterol, are known to increase the risk for diabetes, and diabetes increases the risk for staphylococcus infections of the skin…
Variety
November 14
In this Aug. 20, 2019 file photo, a relative embraces a young patient receiving treatment for dengue at the University School Hospital in Tegucigalpa,

Doctors: Warmer world is unhealthier place for children

Children are growing up in a warmer world that will hit them with more and different health problems than their parents experienced, an international report by doctors said.
East Metro
November 13
A boat cruising the St. Croix River is seen from the St. Croix River bridge in Stillwater in 2018.

State finds 56% of Minnesota's lakes and streams are 'impaired'

A popular stretch of the St. Croix River was found to be contaminated with phosphorus.