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 By Dan Kraker-MPR News    News    June 18, 2021 

Court affirms Line 3 approvals based on oil demand

The Minnesota Court of Appeals handed a major victory to Enbridge Energy this week, affirming state utility regulators’ approval of the Canadian company’s Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project. A three-judge panel ruled 2 to 1 that there is...

 By MPR News    News    June 4, 2021

Study shows lakes in state face drastic changes

Oxygen levels are falling in freshwater lakes in Minnesota and across the globe — a trend likely driven by climate change and human development, a new study suggests. The findings could be a sign that trouble is ahead for Minnesota lakes that provi...  Website

 By MPR News    News    May 21, 2021

Legislature to rely on special session, again

Minnesota lawmakers walked out of the state Capitol in broad daylight after the 2021 session came to an end. In most years, that alone would be a banner accomplishment. This year, it produced howls...

 By MPR News    COVID-19    May 14, 2021

Covid cases drop, as does vaccination pace

Active cases and hospitalizations are ebbing in Minnesota, but the vaccination pace remains at a relative crawl even as state public health leaders plead with unvaccinated adults to get their shots. More than 60 percent of state residents 16 and olde... Full story

 By MPR News    News    March 26, 2021

State find most old landfills are leaking chemicals, badly

Kirsti Marohn MPR News The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says contamination from PFAS — so-called “forever chemicals” — has been detected in groundwater at nearly 60 closed landfills, at amounts higher than the state’s acceptable...

 By MPR News    COVID-19    March 19, 2021

Baseball, gatherings and weddings make a come back

By John Enger / MPR News Almost exactly a year after they were put in place, Minnesota is easing back some of its COVID-19 restrictions, taking another step toward some semblance normalcy into the...  Website

 By MPR News    COVID-19    March 12, 2021

MN vaccine eligibility expands beyond seniors to younger people, some essential workers

Tim Nelson / MPR News The state will hit its goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Minnesotans age 65 and older weeks ahead of schedule, and is rolling out Covid-19 vaccines to a wider array of people. Gov. Tim Walz announced the expanded guidelines in... Full story

 By MPR News    News    March 5, 2021

Some envision normal - including a state fair

Vaccination acceleration may finally be here. The Health Department on Wednesday reported about 32,000 new vaccinations in Minnesota, nearly twice the number from last Wednesday. The seven-day trend is running at nearly 39,000 shots daily now, the...  Website

 By MPR News    Sports    February 12, 2021

League sets winter tourney schedule The Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors on Thursday approved a tentative plan for winter state tournaments, with many of those events being held several weeks later than usual to end the pandemic-affected season. Among... Full story


Ruling allows pipeline work

A federal judge says Enbridge Energy can proceed with construction on its contentious Line 3 oil pipeline, less than a week after a state appellate court panel also denied a request from Minnesota tribes and environmental groups to temporarily block...  Website

 By MPR News    News    January 22, 2021

Report says Minnesota's air quality is good - but not for everyone

A report out this month says Minnesota’s air quality is good overall, but isn’t the same in all parts of the state. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is required to report to the Legislature every two years on how clean the state’s air...

 By MPR News    Outdoors    January 22, 2021

Boundary waters crush brings changes

After a surge of visitors brought an increase in litter and damage to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness last year, officials are taking steps to head off similar problems this year. The Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota... Full story

 By MPR News    News    January 15, 2021

Signals point to unrest in state

The FBI says members of a far-right group that wants to foment a second civil war scouted out the Minnesota State Capitol ahead of a pro-Trump rally planned for this weekend. A memo to law enforcement...  Website

 By MPR News    News    January 15, 2021

Stauber condemns violence, urges calm

Minnesota Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber says he wants to move forward and heal the nation after this week's violent storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. On MPR...  Website

 By MPR News    COVID-19    January 8, 2021

State closures ease as cases ebb

The state will allow bars and restaurants to offer indoor dining again next week — with limits — and also allow for movie theaters, museums and other entertainment venues to reopen after being closed since mid-November. The new order, announced... Full story

 By MPR News    COVID-19    December 11, 2020

Vaccination details emerge

Minnesota is expected to receive 183,400 doses of CovidD-19 vaccines this month, and they’ll be targeted toward health care workers and the state’s most vulnerable residents, Gov. Tim Walz said this week. The vaccines will come from two makers, P... Full story

 By MPR News    News    November 27, 2020

Potlatch land sold for conservation

Kirsti Marohn MPR News A nonprofit organization has purchased more than 70,000 acres of northern and central Minnesota forest formerly owned by the paper and lumber giant Potlatch. Potlatch once...

 By MPR News    COVID-19    November 13, 2020

Dramatic case rise brings more restrictions

It has been a difficult few weeks in Minnesota, as Covid-19 continues its rampant spread across the state, leaving record-smashing case numbers and a devastating toll of hospitalizations and deaths. Gov. Tim Walz announced an effort Tuesday to tamp d...  Website

 By MPR News    COVID-19    November 13, 2020

Testing: the why, where and how of Covid tests

State health officials have said for months that accurate and accessible testing is a key tool in understanding and combating Covid-19 in Minnesota. The most commonly administered Covid-19 tests in... Full story

 By MPR News    COVID-19    November 13, 2020

Pandemic notes from around the region

Gov. Tim Walz made it clear Wednesday that the Covid-19 pandemic will get worse in the near term before it gets better. “We’ll be unfortunately announcing numbers today: positivity rates above 20 percent and unfortunately we are going to have... Full story

 By MPR News    COVID-19    October 2, 2020

Worried you might have been exposed to COVID-19? Here's what to do.

Story by Catharine Richert / MPR News Just after midnight, President Donald Trump revealed on Twitter that he tested positive for COVID-19 — a virus that has infected more than 7 million people nationwide. His diagnosis comes after a close...  Website

 By MPR News    Sports    September 18, 2020

MSHSL moves football, volleyball seasons to late fall

Minnesota high school football and volleyball are back on for the falls sports season. After an August decision to postpone those sports until the spring, the 20-member Minnesota State High School... Full story


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