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Greg Stanley

Reporter | Environment
Phone: 612-673-4882
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Greg Stanley is an environmental reporter for the Star Tribune. He has previously covered water issues, development and politics in Florida’s Everglades and in northern Illinois.


Stanley is a native of Milwaukee and loves the outdoors. He graduated from St. Norbert College with a degree in English.
Recent content from Greg Stanley
A Predator B unmanned aircraft in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Which agency wanted drone flown over Minneapolis protests?

U.S. Customs & Border Protection declined to answer questions
Metropolitan State University junior Sierra Grandy watered seedlings that students will use in a community garden, from tomatoes to peppers to apples.

Metropolitan State garden experiment helps students sow human connections

A community garden grown by students becomes an experiment in sowing human connections.
Camp Quarantine was too close to the epicenter of last night’s protests over the death of George Floyd, a Met Council spokeswoman said.

Met Council clears homeless 'Camp Quarantine' near smoldering Mpls. protest site

An estimated 100 people were living at the site a few weeks ago, well before this week's protests.
Paleh and her husband moved to Worthington in 2008 so he could work at the plant. She and her husband, and three of their four kids, are sick with COV

As virus loomed, Worthington pork plant refused to slow down

A week before JBS idled its Worthington pork plant, it was clear that meatpacking plants had become clusters of the virus. But until April 20, JBS was running the plant, which can slaughter as many as 21,000 hogs a day, at full tilt. JBS has made strides since shutting down, but workers say it was slow to react
A group of visiting students crossed the bridge at the opening of the lock and dam in Minneapolis. Plans to transform the lock and dam beside the Ston

Old river lock in Minneapolis could have new life as a park

Army Corps reviewing what to do with structure.
Paddling a canoe on Gunflint Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Boundary Waters, Voyageurs to open for day activities only

The decision to restrict access to the Boundary Waters during what is typically the start of the season was "particularly difficult," said Connie Cummins, Superior National Forest supervisor.
A storm sewer drainage pipe empties into the Vermillion River near 18th Street in Hastings.

University of Minnesota tests whether coronavirus is moving into drinking water

The sampling will start as soon as the project financing is approved by Gov. Tim Walz, with the first results expected by the end of May.
Arloine Morris was 89.

Arloine Morris, a hunter, angler and quilter, dies of COVID-19 at 89

She was one of the first victims of the novel coronavirus in Minnesota.
Hundreds rallied at the Capitol for a climate protest on Sept. 20. The challenges have grown more urgent since the first Earth Day.

On major Earth Day milestone, much of planet is on lockdown

A half-century later, it's easy to see some of the successes of the grassroots movement. Its legacy is less clear.

Minnesota researchers, cities seek cleaner ways to treat wastewater

Purifying method cuts energy use, emissions.
Activists say that the number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico was down 53% this season from last.

'Hole in the data': Coronavirus fight puts environmental fieldwork on hold

From monarch butterfly tracking, to river monitoring and wolf recovery, many projects face new hurdles.
Up to 45% of Minnesota’s moose population is infected with a parasitic brainworm, studies have shown.

Biologists racing to save moose find clues in the forest floor

Diet could be difference between life and death.
The Waters of Edina was one of four dozen facilities statewide reporting outbreaks of the coronavirus.

Minnesota details breadth of elder-care coronavirus cases

More than half of the 24 Minnesotans who have died from the disease lived in nursing homes or assisted-living centers.
Photos of the Asian carp caught in the Mississippi River near Winona by commercial fishermen.

Record 51 Asian carp caught in Minnesota, a sign it may be permanent

The DNR and researchers will be setting nets in the Mississippi River to catch fish and learn more.
A whitetail buck in the wild in Minnesota.

Minnesota confirms five more cases of chronic wasting disease, including one wild deer

Deer management zone set for Farmington area.
The state of Minnesota recently acquired more land, pictured here, to add to the Cannon River Turtle Preserve SNA in Red Wing.

200 acres of rare prairies, old-growth forests protected in Red Wing's Driftless Area

The land, which surrounds the Cannon River, will be open to the public.
A common bumble bee hovers over a wild flower in Minnetonka's Lone Lake Park, an area formed by a moraine left by a receding glacier in the last ice a

Thousands apply for up to $350 to turn their lawns into bee-friendly habitats

Trial program to plant native grasses and wildflowers was designed to save the rusty patched bumblebee.
The Xcel Energy Prairie Island Nuclear Plant north of Red Wing, shown in 2012.

Plans to retire coal plants in Minnesota could rely on extending nuclear power

Nobody knows the future of wind and solar power, but experts agree the technology isn't there yet to rely on those resources alone.
Stand on top of the scenic glacial hills at Glacial Lakes State Park and experience the vast, open prairie which once dominated Minnesota.

Restoring former farmland: 'The system doesn't just bounce back'

U researchers try to understand underground biology of North America's grasslands.
Several species of bees, butterflies and moths have been brought to the brink of extinction in Minnesota over the past two decades. Above, a rusty pat

Cities could get power to ban pesticides as bee numbers fall

A measure introduced last week would essentially give cities their first chance in more than 30 years to have some form of local control over what pesticides can be used within their boundaries.
The puppies, as well as their mother, are doing well, rescuers say.

Rescued from northern Minnesota snowdrift, dog and puppies now doing well

Snowbelle and her litter of six pups are recovering and growing fast, according to Red Lake Rosie's Rescue shelter.

82-year-old man dies in Stearns County house fire

An 82-year-old man died in a house fire early Friday in Freeport, a small town in Stearns County. Neighbors saw smoke coming from the house…

Snowmobilers rescued after falling off cliff in northern Minn.

Deputies and first responders used ropes, toboggans and an ATV winch to get the two out.
A sign along the flooded Minnesota River on March 20, 2019, near Belle Plaine, Minn. As much of the state braces for the potential flooding of yet ano

As Minnesota River expands, erosion damage grows

As much of the state braces for the potential flooding of yet another spring, state lawmakers and pollution control managers are looking for new ways to stop or reduce erosion along the Minnesota River.
Herbert Chilstrom

Herbert Chilstrom, the ELCA's first presiding bishop, dies at 88

The Rev. Herbert Chilstrom, a Minnesota native and former Lutheran bishop, is being remembered for his faith, his quiet wisdom and for helping lead the…
The Mississippi River near the Hwy 169 bridge in Champlin has been in and out of flooding for weeks.

Record flow, ice jams on Mississippi could bring rare winter flooding in region

The problem stems from the state's record wet year in 2019.
A lone pine tree survived the plowing of this field south of Park Rapids, Minn., seen in a Jan. 28, 2015 photo. The mixed pine forests of central Minn

Minnesota's battle over wells, water and nitrates lands in one farmer's back yard

The DNR wants a study of vulnerable groundwater in Pineland Sands region.
PolyMet Mine in Hoyt Lakes, Minn. has been mired in a permitting battle for over eight years and the issue has become politicized in the state and par

PolyMet appeals ruling that blocked its mining permits

Mining company says the appellate ruling issued Monday could create an "endless loop" of review.
This year notwithstanding, Minnesota is getting less snow at the beginning of winter and more in April.

Climate change becomes another wild card in Minnesota winters

Much as rising temps and extra moisture have caused heavier rains in the summer, climatologists say they're causing more winter weather extremes too.
A seagull is mirrored in a thin layer of ice at lake Maschsee in Hannover, Germany, Monday Jan. 25, 2016. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

Why do inland cities like St. Paul have so many seagulls?

In the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul — more than a thousand miles from any sea, more than a hundred miles from a Great Lake and a few miles from the Mississippi River — seagulls gather in large numbers.
In 2015, Jim Northrup (center in green shirt) Todd Thompson (left with white headband) and Leonard Thompson (right with blue headband) talk with conse

Appeals court sides with Minnesota in Chippewa netting treaty case

The fight over tribal fishing rights could end up at the state Supreme Court.
Pedestrians came out to view the flooding at Harriet Island Regional Park in St. Paul and the flowing Mississippi River on March, 26, 2019.

Buying up floodplains could save billions, researchers say

In places where land is relatively cheap and the population is expected to grow rapidly, such as St. Louis County and central Minnesota around the Mississippi headwaters, the savings would be far greater — up to five times more — than allowing that land to be developed.
White-nose syndrome was discovered in Minnesota in 2015. Since then, the disease is believed to have killed more than 90% of bats in important hiberna

Facing a bleak outlook, Minnesota bat researchers give up on annual count

As fungus takes hold, researchers try a new tack: Leaving the bats alone.
Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan held a press conference in March to announce major energy and climate policy initiatives. Walz announced Mon

Walz announces climate change subcabinet

It will be tasked to catch state up to emission targets.
Children played with Beyblades in New York. The Minnesota Department of Commerce will ban certain knockoffs of the popular spinning battle toys.

Minnesota bans some 'spinning battle' toys for excessive lead

State investigators found 15 knockoff "spinning battle'' toys can be toxic to children.
The St. Croix River.

Minnesota says pollution rules would 'kneecap' water protections

Minnesota regulators say proposal would trample their enforcement rights.
Allan Lotsberg at Wilson Learning Corp. in 1984.

Allan Lotsberg, Minneapolis actor who played Willie Ketchem, has died

Allan Lotsberg, who played the beloved sidekick Willie Ketchem for years on WCCO-TV’s “Clancy and Willie,” died Nov. 7 at age 87. The affable local…
Jessica Hartshorn, a forester with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, points out a dead larch beetle under the bark of a tamarack tree in

DNR speeds up tamarack timber auctions as beetle decimates state's stands

If the mature tamaracks can be cleared before they are overwhelmed by the eastern larch beetle, younger saplings and other tree species can start to grow up to replace them.
Water Gremlin employees made their way into the lot as its doors reopened for production after being shut down for more than a week over lead concerns

Minnesota's showdown with Water Gremlin intensifies

As cleanup of lead contamination continues, regulators accuse manufacturer of multiple pollution violations.
A petition to ban lead in fishing tackle and hunters’ ammunition has been rejected by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), with offi

Minnesota won't ban lead ammunition, tackle for now

DNR commissioner says it's an issue best left for the Legislature.
Lead jigs can poi­son loons that mis­take them for peb­bles.

Minnesota is asked to ban lead in ammunition, fishing tackle

Fishing tackle is targeted, too, in campaign to protect loons and other wildlife.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking a federal grant to monitor for airborne PFAS at a handful of sites across the state.

Minnesota to test air for harmful PFAS pollutants

MPCA scientists believe harmful PFAS compounds may be airborne.
Gov. Tim Walz spoke at a news conference Wednesday about his plan to have Minnesota adopt California stricter auto emissions standards.

Minnesota to adopt stricter emissions standards for vehicles

Minnesota would be the 15th state to move in such a direction, following the lead of California, which is now in a fight with the White House.
Jeff Whitty, University of Minnesota researcher, took a stunned carp from the Mississippi near Genoa, Wis. It would later be implanted with a transmit

Can a $1 million light-and-sound show stop invasive carp?

Barrier of underwater strobe lights and sound, invented at the U, may be final chance to flush invasive fish from Minnesota's waters.
Javier Sanmiguel with his wife and three of four children.

911 calls show frantic moments when good Samaritan was shot in St. Paul

Victim's wife learned her husband had been shot as she talked to dispatcher.

Police find human remains in the woods of northern Minnesota

The body has not been identified.

Police crack down after string of brutal robberies in downtown Minneapolis

Groups targeted victims who were distracted or alone, often for phones.
John W. Webb

John W. Webb, author of groundbreaking geography textbook, dies at age 93

John W. Webb was 13 years old, growing up just west of London, when World War II broke out.At night, during the air raids, he…
The mower, now being development, is solar powered to combat climate change.

Minnesota teams look to have 'cowbot' ready for a pasture next summer

University of Minnesota team, Toro researchers are developing a robotic mower for farmers.
Sarah Stewart, from left, April Strzelczyk and Elena West sent up a camera to check on a nest of redheaded woodpeckers.

Anoka County oaks may hold clues to saving redheaded woodpeckers

Oak savannas may hold clues to saving the redheaded woodpecker.
A monarch butterfly rests on vegetation at Indian Mounds Park in St. Paul.

As monarch butterflies vanish, U investigates road salt as culprit — and cure

Too much sodium is toxic for butterflies and can delay or hinder their muscle development. But smaller amounts may prove beneficial.
Neighbors concerned about pollution from the Water Gremlin plant in White Bear Township demonstrated outside MPCA headquarters Thursday.

MPCA sued by residents over Water Gremlin violations

White Bear Township neighbors argue that the MPCA has refused to release public records regarding the company's emissions.
There were once an estimated 15 million sturgeon in the Great Lakes alone.

Minnesota's ancient lake sturgeon could get endangered species protections

Listing fish as endangered could test new rules.
Zebra mussels are a concern because they can compete with native species for food and habitat, cut the feet of swimmers, reduce the performance of boa

Zebra mussel mystery: How did they get into a northern Minnesota mine pit?

The Rouchleau Mine Pit in Virginia, Minn., is closed to the public and its waters have seen little, if any, activity, officials say.
In 2009, Meryl Miller, 89, walked past her prized flowers and the dug up lawn that contractors for the EPA are removing because of arsenic contaminati

EPA says cleanup of arsenic-laced Minneapolis Superfund site is mostly complete

The East Phillips neighborhood has been cleared of arsenic that had contaminated soil.
Beth Holbrook retrieves a cisco from a net the biologists set to determine the depth where the fish live.

As lakes warm, race is on to save Minnesota's cold-water fish

As lakes warm, scientists hope to nurture refuge waters for tiny cisco, a key food for game fish
Two Edina boys pull monster sturgeon out of Minnehaha Creek

Two Edina boys pull monster sturgeon out of Minnehaha Creek

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to know how a sturgeon, especially such a large and old one, ever get into that creek.
Keegan Lund, an aquatic invasive species specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, held up the shell of a native mussel covered i

Scientists map zebra mussel genome; now to cripple them

University of Minnesota breakthrough could produce new ways to battle the destructive mussel.
The state’s higher boater registration fees will fund a popular grant program for local lake associations to fight invasive species.

Increased Minnesota boat fees will pay for lake grants to fight invasive species

It's the first increase on a special surcharge for invasive species management in more than 20 years.
An estimated 50-inch lake sturgeon from 2016, with DNR volunteer Kayla Stampfle in Falcon Heights.

Minnesota sturgeon returning to ancient spawning grounds as dams are removed

Fish that have been cut off from some areas for decades are starting to return.
Nearly 100 aging, polluting diesel trucks could be taken off Minnesota’s roads over the next year as the state helps pick up the tab for replacing t

Minnesota will use VW settlement cash to get polluting diesel vehicles off the road

The MPCA will use nearly $4 million to pay businesses, cities and nonprofits to replace old diesel trucks with those that have cleaner-burning diesel engines.
Jonathan David Chapman

Photographer Jonathan Chapman, who saw beauty and developed talent, dies at 46

The last time Jessica Racer saw her father, Jonathan Chapman, they were at her brother’s baseball game. It was Father’s Day. Beyond the field stood…
MPCA environmental analyst Jeff Karen displayed some of the testing equipment in the St. Paul office.

Wildfires, lack of rain pose threat to Minnesota's air quality

Smoke from Canada could be especially bad this year.

Air pollution implicated in up to 4,000 Minnesota deaths a year

State researchers say risk is rural as well as urban.
Somali Museum Dance Troupe members, including Rami Mouhoumed, center, perform the Somali dance called Dhanto.

Somalia beckons back those who left, ambassador says in Mpls.

Ambassador Ahmed Isse Awad says skilled workers and investment are needed for country's "rebirth."
While loon populations are relatively healthy in Minnesota, they’re threatened by habitat loss as well as lead and mercury poisoning

State approves $4M to build National Loon Center in Crosslake

The center will need to raise $6 million before construction can begin.
A bee lands on a dandelion at a research lawn on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus. A new state fund aims to convert lawns to bee-friend

Program to pay Minnesota home owners to let lawn go to bees

Lawmakers set aside $900,000 for pollinators, plus money for nongame wildlife fund.

PolyMet Mining, DNR win a round with Minnesota appeals court ruling

Judgement settles one legal challenge to state's first copper-nickel mine.
University of Minnesota assistant Prof. Jacob Jungers checked the growth of Kernza wheat grass at a field on the U’s St. Paul campus. As a perennial

Novel crops can save rural Minn. drinking water, U scientists say

An experiment would give farmers a new cash crop while requiring less fertilizer near wells.
Emergency crews looked over a vehicle involved in an accident on East Lake St. in Minneapolis on Sunday night. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startri

Two injured after car crashes into Minneapolis bus shelter

A car crashed into a Minneapolis bus shelter Sunday night, injuring two people who were waiting inside. Both were taken to HCMC, with one in…
University of Minnesota scientist Kate Brauman says environmental threats are evident “right here at home — the benefits, the problems, the soluti

'People really do care,' says Minnesota researcher who helped write U.N. report on species extinction

U researcher Kate Brauman says the report also holds possible solutions.
Anglers hit the Rainy River as walleye spawn in spring. But this year, for the first time, the DNR imposed catch-and-release rules on the border river

Along one Minnesota river, ice and walleyes signal a changing climate

Around the world, climate change is forcing people to revamp the way they fight wildfires and nurture their crops. In Minnesota, the same forces are changing the state's response to spring floods, the way foresters choose trees for timber and which lakefronts can have summer cabins.
Farmer Chris Gamer is pushing a plan to get the Midwest off of its reliance on corn and soybeans by introducing hearty hazelnuts as a cash crop.

Scientists breed hazelnuts as the next cash crop for Midwest farmers

After years of effort, scientists are closing in on the perfect hazelnut to help farmers and protect lakes.
Lewis Duckett

Minnesota vet Lewis Duckett, who spend a lifetime teaching, learning dies at 95

According to his wife: "One day he turned to me and he just said, 'You know? I've had a wonderful life.' "
The emerald ash borer has been discovered in Stearns County, meaning it continues to spread northward across Minnesota, despite the winter's extreme c

Ash borer found in Stearns County, continuing a destructive spread despite Minnesota's cold spell

The tree-killing beetle was found 50 miles northwest of what was thought to be the edge of the infestation.