Josephine Marcotty, Minneapolis Star Tribune
After a week of anxiety about reports that the Trump administration would freeze millions of dollars in grants for critical environmental projects, Minnesota officials said Friday they got word from Washington that all systems are go. "They have completed the review, and those funds have been unfrozen," said John Linc Stine, commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). "We made it clear," he added, "that upfront communication with states would be helpful."
Governments often take on the job of killing problem wolves that attack livestock in order to increase public tolerance for the predators and, in theory, to reduce poaching by frustrated citizens.
Only about one-third of the streams in Minnesota's farming regions will get the maximum amount of protection under new state buffer rules — a number that environmentalists say falls far short of what Gov. Mark Dayton's signature water protection law was intended to accomplish. State regulators are drawing up a map of the streams, ditches, wetlands and lakes that will fall under the new and highly controversial buffer law — the nation's first — enacted last year in an effort to reduce pollution from farm runoff.
ST. PAUL — Public spending on shelters for sexually trafficked youths in Minnesota will double to $3.3 million this year, as the state expands a pioneering effort to decriminalize prostitution...
It was the guano that gave them away. A bridge inspector found it in 2013 on an island under the I-90 Interstate Bridge near La Crosse, Wis. Piles of it. High above, tucked into a structural gap just a few inches wide and 50 feet long, were 3,000 little brown bats that for decades have used the bridge as a safe place to rear their young. But now the bridge is coming down, and, courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the bats have $20,000 worth of newly constructed condominiums - should they choose to use them
Gov. Mark Dayton plans to visit two mines in other states - examples of good and bad environmental outcomes - as he prepares to decide whether Minnesota should move forward with a controversial project proposed by PolyMet Mining Corp. on the Iron Range. The $650 million open-pit operation would be Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine.
After months of behind-the-scenes debate, state and federal regulators have conceded for the first time that some potentially polluted water from Minnesota's first proposed copper-nickel mine could flow north toward the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. As a result, the U.S.
Minnesota can now add a new name to its growing list of invasive aquatic species — starry stonewort. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Friday that the plant, actually an algae, has been found in two connected lakes, Koronis and Mud, near Paynesville in the central part of the state.
Starting as soon as this fall, America’s heartland could begin to look strikingly different to a monarch butterfly fluttering south for the winter. Oceans of corn would be dotted with islands of native plants. Homeowners would have fewer lawns — and a lot less mowing. Roadsides would grow thick with grasses and flowers. And more than a billion unruly milkweed plants would pop up along a 200-mile-wide corridor along I-35 from Duluth to Texas.
Flu in Minnesota continued its march across the state during the holidays, holding firm at a level considered widespread, according to the weekly report published Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Health. Hospitalizations for flu increased to a total of 577, compared with the 380 reported in the week of Dec. 24, maintaining the pace set during the brutal 2009-10 influenza pandemic, health officials said. “At this point flu is continuing with vigorous activity,” said Kris Ehresmann, director of epidemiology for the state health department.