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Nearly half of the 24 Minnesotans who have died from the disease lived in nursing homes or assisted-living facilities, and outbreaks have now been reported in four dozen facilities statewide. The Department of Health released the names of 32.
Advocates hope global resolve over the pandemic is a model for climate action.
The new federal policy might not affect Minnesota as much as other states, because the state agency handles enforcement for the vast majority of federal regulations.
The MPCA needed to clearly address whether mining firm was "engaged in sham permitting," judges find.
Public water supplies aren't threatened by the virus, but some shoppers are acting as if they are.
Copper-mining opponents assailed the decision as a "slap in the face."
Residents developed Indoor Urban Farm plan for former Roof Depot site.
Council adopts resolution, defers BWCA group's competing motion
A new report shows that fast action is needed to control the contamination.
Local deer hunting chapter is the latest to shun Boise Forte businesses in backlash.
The job change is much like a homecoming for Ann Mulholland, a bird enthusiast whose love of nature deepened after she moved to Minnesota in 1991 and learned to fish, camp and harvest wild rice.
The state is inching closer to selecting projects to treat east metro drinking water.
Water softeners are a major source of the chloride poisoning in Minnesota's lakes, rivers and streams, but they're not top of mind for most homeowners.
City now its turns attention to air and water quality concerns.
New organization will target state and federal races.
The state Department of Natural Resources is fighting an appellate court's decision to reject three permits the DNR issued to PolyMet Mining Corp. for its $1 billion copper-nickel mine plan and to order a hearing on them.
PolyMet asked the state Supreme Court to reverse a recent appellate decision that blocked three permits it needs to begin construction on a $1 billion copper-nickel mine project.
She wouldn't say much about that time, but the rest of her life was an open book, brimming with family, friends and a deep Christian faith, her son said.
Geneva Polsfuss would never talk about her work as a World War II code breaker. All her family could ferret out was that she worked…
Heightened court oversight puts brakes on project permits issued by MPCA and DNR.
The MPCA is rethinking how to handle air permits for the toxic chemical.
For the second time in two days, a former Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) official defended her decision to delete e-mails related to concerns over…
Testimony by the email's author, a former MPCA assistant commissioner, and questioning by a lawyer for the mine opponents dominated the day.
John Linc Stine defended his handling of concerns that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's office in Chicago had with PolyMet Mining's water permit.
Former MPCA commissioner is expected to take the stand Wednesday.
Court documents say state agency wiped two regulators' computers clean.
The Star Tribune will challenge PolyMet's petition, Senior Managing Editor Suki Dardarian said.
They suspect "something in the building" may have played role in nearly 30 cancer cases.
Remediation at Oakdale disposal site may not be working, and the state ordered 3M to produce a new plan.
The court rejected three permits issued to PolyMet Mining Corp. by the state Department of Natural Resources and kicked them back to the DNR for additional review. The ruling is a major victory for environmental groups opposed to the $1 billion open-pit mine.
Environmental group says Minnesota is on "the brink of a public health crisis."
Cancellation of two federal leases could block the proposed copper-nickel mine.
The move launches the regulatory process for a mine that could alter forever the country's most visited wilderness and the communities surrounding it.
Former DNR commissioner says the mine would imperil the BWCA.
Aletta Brady created a web-based platform, called Our Climate Voices, to humanize the climate crisis by gathering and sharing personal stories.
Court's decision sends Minntac back to MPCA.
State now says that up to 24 children may have been poisoned by take-home lead dust.
The state's second copper-nickel mining proposal has generated huge debate over environmental risk.
Water tests for "forever chemicals" target Dakota, Olmsted, Stearns and St. Louis counties.
Conservation group says Trump administration must protect 274 species.
The PFAS chemicals that have plagued east-metro communities are also in firefighting foams used in several cities throughout Minnesota.
A popular stretch of the St. Croix River was found to be contaminated with phosphorus.
As cleanup of lead contamination continues, regulators accuse manufacturer of multiple pollution violations.
Judge approves lead cleanup plan and allows plant to open Tuesday.
Water Gremlin can partly reopen this weekend if court approves a cleanup plan
While some employees demonstrated with their children at the Capitol to reopen the plant, others who had worked there have spoken out about fears of illness and health risks.
Public health investigators founds that at least 12 children of Water Gremlin workers have elevated levels of lead in their blood. Workers can unwittingly carry the heavy lead dust home on their shoes, clothing and in their vehicles.
Warming winters, longer growing seasons and wetter weather all make Minnesota more hospitable to the invasive pests.
State Appeals Court keeps 3 permits for copper-nickel mine on hold during legal challenge.
The appeals argued Wednesday are at the core of the groups' effort to stop a copper-nickel mine they see as posing profound environmental risks for northern Minnesota. PolyMet Mining insists it can safely operate a mine that will also generate much-needed jobs.
Here are answers to common questions about the two planned mining projects in northeastern Minnesota and the controversies surrounding them.
The Star Tribune collected the names and stories of everyone who died after a physical confrontation with law enforcement in Minnesota since January 2000, and continues to update this database as new incidents occur.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals ordered the state's pollution regulators to reconsider a permit they approved for a mega-dairy farm in southeastern Minnesota.
Minnesota is one of the country's fastest-warming states, largely because of its northern location and warming winters.
MPCA wants to compare Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhood health statistics with contaminant levels.
The researchers don't know if the mutation is dangerous, but the point is that the battery nanoparticles are doing something unintended, the lead author said.
Faulty valve led to leak, say MPCA officials checking it.
Ramsey County tries to cut caseloads and "do better for our victims."
Across Minnesota, cities large and small are scrambling to upgrade storm sewers, culverts, roadways and drainage ponds as they find themselves deluged by ever-more intense storms and flash flooding.
Manufacturer's PFAS woes continue with this latest environmental finding.
Environmentalists questioned dam safety, other issues at $1 billion copper-nickel mine.
Rappaport always credited pure chance for her survival, her son said.
Environmentalists say agency chiefs tried to suppress concerns raised by federal regulators.
PolyMet near construction phase of copper-nickel site.
The hearing comes as the House considers dozens of bills to limit the "forever" chemicals.
The EPA's findings from the PolyMet case will be incorporated into a nationwide audit.
Regulators said Minnesota must find a way to cut the river's sediment levels in half.
Revelation is latest in pollution scandal that has triggered calls for investigation.
Angry neighbors say the MPCA should do more to protect the community.
The five-year grant, announced Tuesday, will fund basic research on the polymers, or molecules, used to make plastic plus community outreach.
Governor wants financial protections, union jobs.
Researchers suspect a key source of the microplastics might be clothing fibers washed into the water from household laundry. They are testing other Minnesota lakes to gauge the impact on wildlife.
In a letter to Gov. Tim Walz, the bipartisan group says opponents are making a last-ditch effort to block the copper-nickel mine.
Mine opponents have alleged irregularities in the way Minnesota approved the mine's water quality permit.
Minnesota judge cites possible irregularities by state and federal regulators.