Chloride from de-icers (road salt) and water softeners does not break down in the environment, nor can it be effectively treated, meaning the pollutant builds up in lakes and streams. Here's a look at the flow-adjusted growth in chloride concentrations in rivers near the Twin Cities since 1985.
Minnesota lawmakers have proposed a statewide ban on the industrial solvent trichloroethylene (TCE), which is still in use despite being classified as a carcinogen and developmental toxin. A ban would fall heaviest on the 80 or so entities reporting emissions to the state pollution regulators.
Yes, Minnesotans, February was as snowy as you thought. In fact, when it comes to snowfall last month, we had more in common with Jackson, Wyo. than we did with our typical winter brethren in Chicago and Milwaukee.
Hospitalized influenza cases are based on disease reports of laboratory-positive influenza and specimens from hospitalized patients with acute respiratory illness submitted to MDH-PHL by hospitals and laboratories.
The four Minnesota landfills that serve the Twin Cities accepted 1.09 million cubic yards of compacted municipal waste last year. If Great River Energy's garbage burner in Elk River shuts down, that number will rise.
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There are over 200 agricultural wells owned by R.D. Offut in the Pinelands Sands Area that have permits to irrigate crops. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources gave the company notice that it would require an environmental study to proceed with three new permits.
The Fringe is centered in two Minneapolis neighborhoods: Northeast and Cedar-Riverside, with Red Stag Supperclub returning as Fringe Central, the official post-show hangout. There's also a new Minnesota Family Fringe at Celtic Junction in St. Paul, and a Family Central at nearby Can Can Wonderland where ticketholders can do mini-golf or other activities from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 2-5 and 9-12.