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March 5, 2018
Jan Malcolm, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health, and Randal Richardson, pediatric neurologist with Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, announced Monday that spinal muscular atrophy has been added to the newborn screening panel in Minnesota. They are standing next to a photo of Evie Keister, who died of the rare neuromuscular disease in 2014 at the age of two. (Photo courtesy Minnesota Department of Health)
Evie's legacy: More babies to be screened for spinal muscular atrophy
March 5, 2018 - 9:12pm
March 4, 2018
Christopher Crawford of the U.S. Geological Survey measures the amount of light reflecting off of Side Lake on Thursday at about the same time as a satellite passes overhead. Comparing Crawford’s observations with what the satellite sees will allow researchers to fine-tune the satellite. The project is part of a larger one  working to determine what happens to plankton during the winter, which may impact lake ecosystems all year. Steve Kuchera /
Fishing for data: Research may help predict impact of diminishing ice, snow on lake ecosystems
March 4, 2018 - 7:40pm
March 3, 2018
A tour group learns about the underground lab at the Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park in 2005. The park has been searching for a new lab tenant since two large experiments concluded there in 2016. News Tribune file
Work continues to find tenants for Soudan underground lab
March 3, 2018 - 12:40pm
March 2, 2018
A Friday satellite photograph appears to show most of Lake Superior now free of ice. NOAA photo.
Lake Superior rapidly losing its ice
March 2, 2018 - 6:31pm
February 26, 2018
Piles of debris are seen in St. Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands, on January 22, 2018. Disposing of tons of roofing materials and vegetal debris is a significant challange for the islands. Environmentalists opposed an Army Corps of Engineers plan to burn debris.  Washington Post photo by Bonnie Jo Mount
Mountains of trash left behind by hurricanes inflame debate in US Virgin Islands
February 26, 2018 - 8:39pm
The Beaver River along Minnesota's North Shore has been listed as officially impaired due to high turbidity or sediment levels. News Tribune file photo.
North Shore streams under stress
February 26, 2018 - 7:52pm
February 22, 2018
The northeastern Montana town of Glasgow, not far from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, pictured above, is - according to an algorithm - just about as far as you can get from anywhere. Washington Post photo by Jonathan Newton
Where is the middle of nowhere? Glasgow, Montana, data says.
February 22, 2018 - 7:59am
February 20, 2018
Jasmine Robertson (left) and Lisa Lancaster, both with the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation, get a feel for a Tesla Model 3 electric car at the energy conference at the DECC Tuesday afternoon. Bob King /
Electric cars have arrived in Duluth
February 20, 2018 - 5:48pm
February 19, 2018
Man (smoker) is holding cigarette in hand on black background. Smoke around.
Duluth researcher looking at effects of cannabis on giving up tobacco smoking
February 19, 2018 - 9:05pm
February 17, 2018
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
6-year-old tells NASA to make Pluto a planet again: 'You need to fix this problem for me'
February 17, 2018 - 11:22am
February 16, 2018
State planning gypsy moth treatments in Duluth, Lake County
February 16, 2018 - 8:17pm
A single bloody red shrimp, a foreign aquatic invader from the Caspian region of eastern Europe, was found in water samples taken last summer in Allouez Bay. It's the first such finding in the Lake Superior region. NOAA photo
Invasive shrimp found in Twin Ports harbor
February 16, 2018 - 8:16pm
Light from a Bear Paw Guides fishing shack reflects on the ice of Upper Red Lake on Jan. 27, 2015. Sam Cook / Forum News Service
The science of winter: Ice more complex than just frozen water
February 16, 2018 - 1:37pm
February 12, 2018
A timber wolf photographed in Duluth Saturday morning had part of a wire snare wrapped tightly around its muzzle. Officials were unable to capture the wolf as it moved through the city. The wolf was eventually shot and killed by a Duluth police officer. Photo courtesy of Kelly Looby.
Wolf, entangled in snare, shot in Duluth
February 12, 2018 - 5:27pm
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'They ate his body, nearly all of it': Suspected poacher mauled to death, eaten by pride of lions
February 12, 2018 - 2:24pm