This photo provided by Dan Bartlett shows comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) on Dec. 19, 2022.

Green comet zooming our way, last visited 50,000 years ago

A comet is streaking back our way after 50,000 years.

Twin Cities libraries embrace new self-service library hours — without librarians present

January 28
Kathy Defor looked through books after hours at Elko New Market Library.
In Dakota and Scott counties, patrons can access the library during extended hours just by scanning a card.

Anderson: Time is long past to stop jumping carp from invading more Minnesota rivers

January 28
A DNR biologist holds a silver carp caught in Pool 8 of the Mississippi River in 2020.
Sound and bubble barrier is possible at Lock and Dam 5 on the Mississippi. But the DNR wants to talk rather than act.
Politics
January 28
Majority Whip Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., accompanied by other House GOP leaders, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, J

Minnesota's Emmer, still a crypto booster, says Congress needs to step up oversight of regulators

The influential industry — and the collapse of FTX — present Congress with a conundrum.
Business
January 27
An Amazon Fresh grocery store stands in Warrington, Pa., on Feb. 4, 2022. In an email to Prime members Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, Amazon said that they ar

Amazon axes free grocery delivery on Prime orders under $150

Amazon is axing free grocery delivery for Prime members on orders less than $150.
Health
January 26
You can strengthen your grip by getting stronger, in general.

Why grip strength is a more reliable marker of how well you're aging

A wealth of research already tells us that strength is good for us.
Local
January 26
An undated photo taken from a wildlife camera placed through WI DNR Snapshot Wisconsin, a state-run citizen-science project, shows a family of otters.

Wisconsin trail cams show how human disturbance messes up animals' timing

Wisconsin study finds human-altered landscapes leave "less elbow room" for predator and prey.
Local
January 24
About 120 landowners met Monday in Lamberton, in southwest Minnesota, for a community meeting to learn more about carbon pipelines proposed for the st

'Carbon Express' pipeline runs into skepticism in Minnesota farm country

A massive project to store climate-harming emissions from ethanol plants hinges on landowners.
Local
January 24
A skidder moved logging debris at a Marty Johnson Logging operation Thursday on an Aitkin County land tract that is contracted for 40 acres of harvest

Minnesota counties are changing logging rules to protect endangered bats

Aitkin and Carlton counties are the first in Minnesota to update logging plans with northern long-eared bats in mind.
Health
January 22
Students wearing masks arrived at Morton School in Manhattan, on Jan. 4, 2022.

COVID, flu, RSV declining in hospitals as 'tripledemic' threat fades

So many patients sick with RSV had inundated Connecticut Children's Medical Center that they had to be treated in hallways and playrooms. Facing their busiest…
Duluth
January 21
Bison roamed around in a pen at Native Wise Farm on the Fond Du Lac Reservation near Sawyer, Minn.

Heeding call to 'Bring back my namesake,' bison return to Fond du Lac Reservation

David Wise, a descendent of Chief Buffalo, has brought the shaggy animal back to the Fond du Lac reservation.
High Schools
January 21
Max Vossen, Miles Dripps and Jasper Priest of Minneapolis South’s Dos Tigres team claimed their trophy for winning the Minecraft Bed Wars state cham

Into the action: High school video gamers cast aside anonymity

E-sports competition positions them to compete and win for their school.
Nation
January 21
After decades of confusing and sometimes contradictory research, recent evidence is making it clearer than ever that any amount of drinking can have n

Even a little alcohol can harm your health: 'Drink less, live longer'

Recent research makes it clear that any amount of drinking can be detrimental. Here's why you may want to cut down on your consumption beyond Dry January.
Local
January 21
University of Minnesota ReUse Program takes discarded equipment from all over campus, centralizes it into a warehouse and offers it back to other part

Trash at University of Minnesota's ReUse Program warehouse could be your treasure

The ReUse Program diverts hundreds of tons of material from landfills and incineration each year.
Local
January 20
Regulating casinos is one of several responsibilities for the state Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division.

Agency: Edina man, brother running illegal remote TikTok bookie business

Gamblers pay a 25% fee to have slots played for them at Minnesota casinos as they watch from around the country, according to court records.
Video
January 20

First Native American woman in space steps out on spacewalk

NASA's Nicole Mann emerged alongside Japan's Koichi Wakata to install equipment for new solar panels. Read more about her journey in space here.
Nation
January 20
NASA’s Nicole Mann and Japan’s Koichi Wakata ventured out on a spacewalk at the International Space Station on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023.

First Native American woman in space steps out on spacewalk

The first Native American woman in space ventured out on a spacewalk Friday to prep the International Space Station for more solar panels.
Outdoors
January 19
A trail camera operated by Jim Schubitzke captured this cougar walking past in August 2007 near Floodwood, Minn.

Hitting pause on the suggestion that mountain lions are moving through

A conservation group wrote they're 'heading east,' but signs continue to say they'll be uncommon in Minnesota.
Outdoors
January 19
Stebbins, a gray wolf in the exhibit pack at the Minnesota Zoo, walks through a patch of light in their enclosure Tuesday, March 15, 2022 in Apple Val

When humans kill a single wolf, it can decimate an entire wolf pack

The ripple effect from the killing of wolves by humans was less apparent when they die of natural causes.
Local
January 17
Lola Anderson works on a computer programming robot at her home in New Brighton. Anderson is among the students continuing online school post-pandemic

After online school boom, Minnesota districts phase out virtual options

Online learning is working for some kids, but is unsustainable in some districts.
Local
January 17
Bluefin Bay resort on Minnesota’s North Shore; clean, attractive condos in a well-managed resort atmosphere.

Maverick Minnesota lawyers looking for wastewater polluters target cities, businesses

A law firm that has targeted hundreds of businesses over violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act has a new focus: water pollution.
Science
January 17
Wildlife workers relocate Tristram’s storm petrels on Hawaii’s Tern Island, on March 29, 2022. Scientists are making a dramatic effort to save the

Moving species emerges as last resort as climate warms

In a desperate effort to save a seabird species in Hawaii from rising ocean waters, scientists are moving chicks to a new island hundreds of miles away.
Local
January 12
Wind turbine towers last summer in Lincoln County, southwestern Minnesota.

Minnesota DFLers push bills for carbon-free electricity by 2040

The 2040 standard would push utilities to ditch coal, natural gas and other planet-warming energy sources 10 years sooner than do current plans.

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