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Annual drinking water survey says supplies are safe overall, but finds need for prevention and vigilance.
Pollution pervasive in southern Minnesota, and growing worse, but waters in the state’s central and northeast regions are much cleaner.
Randall’s water emergency is the latest sign of an environmental problem in Minnesota. Nitrogen fertilizer is leaching into groundwater from farm fields, contaminating wells and costing taxpayers millions.
High nitrate levels in Adrian, Minn., and several nearby towns are making water unsafe for babies, pregnant women.
The hands-on owner of Hage Concrete Works wanted to experience at least one more season of bidding jobs, making new friends and assisting his crews, but he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on March 17 at age 74.
Those regulating feedlots have ties to them, drawing lawsuits.
State steps up efforts to make sure excess water isn’t being drawn, especially by livestock industry.
Common to the battles is a concern that the feedlots will deplete local groundwater, spill manure into waterways and produce odors that spoil rural living.
Miining companies are leveraging jobs and money to exert their will in the small communities of southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, where a sand rush has led to the permitting of more than 100 facilities in the past four years.
Study could take up to a year and will look at potential threats to groundwater
Minnesota Sands makes $130K payment to fund environmental impact statement.
Institutions hope troubles of archdiocese don’t impact them.
Brain worm infection caused a young moose to wander far south of its normal range late last year, where it died on a farmstead near…
They worry that a court decision made in December will trigger a backlash in Congress.
Twin Cities Catholics going to mass this weekend saw something waiting for them along with the bulletins and hymnals — fliers explaining their church’s bankruptcy.
The report in the Catholic Spirit online newspaper says litigation claims are expected to grow beyond the $5.3 million the chancery has reserved for them. Only two cases have been settled so far.
Ex-vicar general helped out despite Rev. Michael Keating's record of abuse allegations.
Documents show the Rev. Michael Keating's career was advancing as investigators gathered information about alleged improprieties.
The Rev. Michael J. Keating, 57, a University of St. Thomas professor, has been accused of sexual contact with a 13-year-old Twin Cities girl more than a decade ago, and of then giving her his car when she confronted him about the incidents eight years later.
An effort going into effect this summer already is facing a repeal effort.
One child died during the week, the third such flu-related death of the season among Minnesotans under 18. Last year’s influenza season produced no flu-related deaths among Minnesota kids.
In an unintended consequence of a state law, 65 percent of Aitkin County is covered in wetlands, largely to accommodate mine expansions to the north.
Returning the wolf to “endangered” status ends three years of hunting in the region.
Living-room Scrabble games were vicious in the Kleeman home, where Dick Kleeman taught his children to love writing and language. An education and political reporter…
The archdiocese commissioned the investigation in an effort to address accusations received by the chancery as Nienstedt fended off mounting criticism over the church’s handling of other sexual misconduct cases.
Leaders of Hendricks, Minn., say the efforts to clean up their lake are threatened by a giant 4,000-cow dairy farm proposed just across the border in South Dakota, on top of the area’s highest hill.
Companies in Improving Minneapolis Air campaign are testing more, disclosing more to address urban air woes.
Tiller Corp. says it’s now in compliance with state regulations.
Minnesota and other Upper Midwest states to receive more money for the federal pilot project.
Public concern over the plight of honeybees caused the Ag Department to revise its study.
A Wisconsin city’s plan to annex a “balloon-on-a-string” strip for a mine could mean a setback for similar jurisdiction maneuvers.
“We are pleased that the record has been corrected,’’ says Superior Silica Sands CEO.
Its Cascadian Farm unit began a campaign to help increase the insect’s failing population.
Trempealeau County regulators say the rogue operation has been dumping polluted wastewater into an unlined pond.
Dozens of outstate cities contend the new clean-water regulations are excessive and complying with them could cost millions.
More than a dozen agencies have been cut from the roster of enrollment subcontractors after concluding that the $4.7 million outreach effort lacked proper oversight in 2014.
Critics say state is choosing industry over kids’ health by not going after sulfate discharged into the St. Louis River and North Shore.
In e-mails sent from Rome, he expressed his love and affection for teen girl he is accused of sexually abusing. His lawyer said claims were “discredited.”
Business writers took notice in 1973 when Patricia Louise LaBerge was promoted to a corporate position at General Mills that no woman had ever held:…
St. Paul Park plant discharged benzene into unlined lagoon.
The state Department of Natural Resources is changing course on a strategy to open more Scientific and Natural Areas to hunting and trapping, a high-ranking DNR official said Tuesday.
Former staffers Bob Djupstrom and Ellen Fuge lead fight to guard Minnesota’s 160 Scientific and Natural Areas from hunting and trapping. But three have already opened, and 10 more are under review for such a change.
Malone died July 22 in Omaha after a 27-year fight against leukemia and related health problems.
The Rev. Timothy McCarthy was the “kids’ pastor” who wore sneakers under his vestments and dropped profanities into his sermons. Girls had crushes on him,…
Chief Administrative Law Judge Tammy Pust recommended that the DNR stick to its decision to deny the renewal of Lynn Rogers’ state research permit. Rogers plans to appeal
Chief Administrative Law Judge Tammy Pust says the agency withheld documents from Lynn Rogers as he seeks to win back his research credentials.
A master of the human condition from years of professional social work, Merrilyn Belgum switched careers at age 60 to tell jokes.Often referred to as…
Gov. Mark Dayton rebuffed a group of mining opponents who delivered a moratorium petition to St. Paul as part of an Earth Day rally at the Capitol.
Three-year discussion will decide how many deer are enough for hunters, too much for the woods.
The state Pollution Control Agency said it needs more time to study variables in wild rice production and water quality before proposing any new rules.
Local Catholic church officials have released new details about a pair of abusive priests showing that one priest was accused of sexually abusing a brain-injured woman and another sexually abused a boy who did not want his community to know what happened.
Environmentalists quickly derided the optional standards as too soft, and mining interests faulted them as overreaching.
Archbishop John Nienstedt vehemently denied the allegations and will remove himself from public ministry. St. Paul police say church officials aren't fully cooperating.
In the winter of 1968, a pollution-fed algal bloom on Lake Minnetonka turned the water bright red, causing consternation to people who lived nearby and…
Archdiocese says she knew abused boy’s visits with priest violated rules.
Star Tribune exclusive: Archdiocese gave pedophile salary, disability benefits, expenses and consulting work.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis moved to block this week’s court order that Archbishop John Nienstedt testify about the church’s handling of clergy sexual abuse cases and release the names of all local priests accused of sexually abusing children since 2004.
The first release of a detailed financial audit shows that even with insurance, the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis spent nearly $9 million on settlements, victim therapy and priest support.
Ramsey County officials said they are reviewing a document received after they cleared church officials.
Ramsey and Washington county attorneys declined to prosecute archdiocese leaders accused of failing to report sex abuse and porn.
Roan traveled the world for more than two decades, bringing Nobel Peace Prize winners to Minnesota for annual public discussions that built a global following.
Authorities questioned the visit by the former vicar general and a deacon before arrest in abuse case.
From Minnesota to California, BNSF Corp. has drawn judicial penalties for misconduct.
But they were named in internal archdiocesan memo on parishes with history of clergy sex abuse.
The archdiocese’s publication of a list of metro priests deemed to have abused kids is unprecedented in Minnesota.
New release expands the lists of accused priests, but advocates say many names of abusive clergy remain secret.
Minnesota’s Catholic dioceses under pressure to make public the names of additional accused clerics.
Minnetonka priest has been renting townhouse to a former priest who admitted to child sex abuse in 1984.
A lawsuit involving a Minnesota priest claims St. Luke Institute and the archdiocese concealed threat to minors.
Dr. Bernard Quebral knew the destruction caused by the supertyphoon that lashed the island nation this weekend meant he needed to do more.
The Archdiocese will name priests who are known to have abused minors. Attorney calls move “public relations, not public safety.”
A Catholic priest who was sued more than a decade ago for alleged sexual abuse of a child was sued again Thursday on behalf of another victim for abuse that allegedly took place after the priest was moved to an Edina parish in the mid-1970s.
Church spent heavily to prevent expansion of time limit for lawsuits by childhood sexual abuse victims.
The case of a West St. Paul second-grader in the 1980s is the 18th in Minnesota since state law changed to allow more time for such suits.
A critic of Task Force contended archdiocese control will “neuter” investigation of possible sex abuse by priests.
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