December 14, 2021
The Food and Drug Administration is updating its foodborne illness outbreak strategy following an independent review completed by the University of Mi

University of Minnesota study guides FDA's updated foodborne illness strategy

The study notes the federal agency's staffing levels are "not adequate."
December 12, 2021
Gilligan, the juvenile loon left behind on Crow Wing Chain of Lakes in northern Minnesota, is pictured in a small patch of open water Dec. 10. Rescue

Young loon left on Minnesota lake draws rescue efforts, international attention

Several other birds opted not to migrate and had to be captured, which is the hope in this case.
December 11, 2021
Billy Davis and Paula Robinson of the Bronzeville Community Development Partnership plan to install a coffee shop and EV charging station.

Without access to charging stations, Black and Hispanic communities may be left behind in the era of electric vehicles

Look at any map of charging stations in the United States, and in most of the big cities, what is immediately apparent are big blank spaces coinciding with Black and Latino neighborhoods.
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December 10, 2021
Waste Management’s Burnsville landfill, pictured in 2018.

State finds no risk to groundwater with Burnsville landfill expansion

The planned expansion has some city officials worried.
December 10, 2021
Lake Bemidji, seen here hosting Hockey Day in 2019, has lost an average of 19 days of ice.

As winters warm, Minnesota lakes have lost about two weeks of ice coverage over last 50 years

Lakes are freezing later and thawing earlier.
December 7, 2021
FILE - An Amazon logo appears on an Amazon delivery van.

Amazon's cloud-computing unit problems take down websites, services

Problems at Amazon Web Services' East Coast data centers impacted companies, including the Star Tribune.
December 6, 2021
Jumping worms have been found in some Minnesota forests.

Minnesota's forests at risk as invasive jumping worms spread

The worms, which lay waste to soil, have spread to forests throughout the Twin Cities area.
December 5, 2021
Among other changes, the University of Minnesota transformed the former Old Main Heating Plant, seen in 2016, into a much more efficient facility that

U campus cuts climate-changing emissions by half since 2008

The number puts the Twin Cities campus at No. 2 in the Big Ten 10 for carbon cuts. Its 51% drop in greenhouse gases was largely attributed to increased energy efficiency and greener power.
December 4, 2021
Survival: It’s not only honeybees that are struggling to survive the volcano on the Canary island of LaPalma. These abandoned cats searched for food

Honeybees survive under volcanic ash for weeks in Canary Islands

Beekeeper was amazed that his bees were still alive and buzzing.
December 2, 2021
A young, whitetail buck paused in high grass after crossing a county road.

DNR to lift ban on moving captive deer in fight to limit chronic wasting disease

Emergency action was taken in October after Wisconsin shipped deer to several states, including Minnesota.
December 2, 2021
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reports arsenic has been detected in about 40 percent of new wells in Minnesota since 2008.

High levels of arsenic found in well water in northeast Minn. township

Residents are scrambling for a treatment solution after a test found arsenic levels at 10 times the acceptable limit.
December 1, 2021
Located in northern Minnesota, the Lost 40 has preserved white and red pines that are more than 250 years old. A surveying error in 1882 saved these t

Walk among Minnesota's oldest and largest pines in this ancient forest that survived by mistake

The Lost 40 is one of the few places left in Minnesota where you can walk among giants — towering centuries-old pines.
November 30, 2021
In 2019, a snowplow made its way up the hill in front of the Cathedral of St. Paul, with the Capitol in the background.

St. Paul snow emergency? There's an app for that

A new mobile phone app shows where you can and cannot park during snow emergencies in the capital city.
November 27, 2021
The Grindstone River Dam in Hinckley is one of the dams the Minnesota DNR wants to remove.

Minnesota's river giants steadily returning after dams removed

Paddlefish and sturgeon are finding breeding grounds they haven't been able to reach for a century.
November 27, 2021
The “Big Woods” that once ruled the state are long gone, fractured into hundreds of parks and reserves.

How many of Minnesota's plants and animals can survive in small pockets of old forests?

Researchers aim to find how many species can live in small fragments of the state's old Big Woods.
November 27, 2021
Sen. Mark Koran, center, is the first chair of the new Legislative Commission on Cybersecurity. The bipartisan group of eight lawmakers elected Rep. K

New legislative commission begins work on studying Minnesota's cyberdefenses

Bipartisan group looking for vulnerabilities, policy ideas.
November 27, 2021
Brian Goldner, Talon Metals’ vice president of exploration, examined nickel-rich “drill core” in Tamarack, Minn.

Planned Minnesota high-grade nickel mine would be U.S. rarity

The Tamarack mine in Aitkin County, which would primarily produce nickel, will soon begin Minnesota's permitting process. It's likely to face a fight over environmental concerns.
November 25, 2021
Laurie Kigner of White Bear Lake is one of about 60 hosts for the Bee Network, set up a decade ago to support the work of the internationally regarded

Minnesota volunteers are trying to help save bees, one jar of honey at a time

Volunteer "ambassadors" make and sell honey with help from the University of Minnesota's Bee Squad.
November 24, 2021
A buttermilk-brined roast turkey, a recipe inspired by the Southern method of marinating chicken overnight in buttermilk before frying, and adapted fr

For some recipe apps, your personal information is gravy

Like a Thanksgiving turkey, popular recipe apps are stuffed - with creepy tracking technology.
November 22, 2021
The Biogen Inc., headquarters, March 11, 2020, in Cambridge, Mass. Concerns about safety risks of the controversial new Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm hav

Concerns grow over safety of Alzheimer's drug after death of patient

Concerns about safety risks of the controversial new Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm have intensified in the wake of the death of a 75-year-old woman who experienced…