By Stephanie Hemphill MPR News 91.3 FM ST. PAUL – Officials at the state Department of Natural Resources are setting aside a 20-year-old forest management policy that delays logging operations on some parcels of land to ensure that up to 15 percent of state forests grow old. At the same time, the DNR officials are placing boreal owls and northern goshawks on a list of species of special concern because of projected habitat loss in that same older forest ecosystem.
By Tom Robertson, MPR News 91.3 FM VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK – Nearly every week, Ranger pilot Steve Mazur flies a small, two-seater plane over the forests of Voyageurs National Park. His mission: to help biologists keep tabs on about 50 moose that live in and around the park.
By Dan Kraker, MPR News 91.3 FM DULUTH – On a frigid January morning, Rich Larson scales a big tamarack tree, breaking off branches as he climbs towards his target.
By Tim Pugmire MPR News 91.3 FM ST. PAUL – Despite a projected $1.1 billion Minnesota budget deficit, early childhood education advocates are pushing for a major investment in programs that help prepare disadvantaged children for school. It’s the latest in a growing list of education spending proposals that the new DFL-controlled Legislature appears ready to consider this session – a list that already adds up to several hundred million dollars.
By Dan Gunderson MPR News 91.3 FM WHITE EARTH – When 30 people gathered recently for an evening service at St. Columba Episcopal Church, they recited liturgy like thousands of other church congregations. But when they began singing, it quickly became clear that theirs was not a typical Minnesota prayer service. A visitor would have recognized the melody to “What a friend I have in Jesus,” but the parishioners sang in Ojibwe, thanks to the translations early missionaries made to help convert Indians to Christianity.
By Dan Kraker, MPR NEWS 91.3 FM DULUTH — It’s pretty easy to take drinking water for granted. Open the faucet and out it comes. But in recent days, major water main breaks in Minneapolis, Duluth and Sioux Falls, S.D., have highlighted the massive labyrinth of underground pipes that delivers water to homes and businesses.
By Stephanie Hemphill, MPR News 91.3 FM As the Legislature begins a new session, Minnesota’s moribund recycling rates are likely to be a target of new laws.
By Tim Post MPR News 91.3 FM ST. PAUL – Advocates of stronger anti-bullying measures in Minnesota say they’ll push again for a new bullying law during the upcoming legislative session. They have tried and failed several times in recent years to rewrite a law that is considered one of the weakest anti-bullying statutes in the nation.
By Julie Siple MPR News 91.3 FM ST. PAUL – Should food stamp recipients be allowed to use their benefits to purchase soda and junk food? Currently, it’s legal to buy soft drinks, chips, and cookies using food stamps, as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. But increasingly, public health experts concerned about obesity are raising questions about that policy, pitting them against longtime allies in the hunger prevention community.
By Sasha Aslanian, MPR News 91.3 FM ST. PAUL – More than a month after Minnesota became the first state to defeat a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage, some Catholics say it’s time to acknowledge how divisive that effort was within the church. Among them is Kathleen Nuccio of Colhasset, a cantor and choir member for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grand Rapids.