DAN GUNDERSON MPR News 91.3 FM Moorhead — Northern prairies saw some songbirds return in the 1990s as farmers shifted cropland into grasses. Crop prices were poor then, so idling land benefited farmers and birds. Helping songbirds, however, is harder when wheat’s topping $7 a bushel. The rebounding grain market the past few years has led farmers to withdraw land from the federal Conservation Reserve Program and plow it back into crops — slashing the birds’ habitat.
John Enger MPR News 91.3 FM Cass Lake — Tim Reiplinger woke in the early morning hours one day last summer to hear his phone ringing and his neighbor on the line, yelling that Reiplinger’s boathouse was on fire. Reiplinger sprinted from his home, hoping to save his possessions. He pulled his truck from the fiery structure, but everything else burned. A retired firefighter, his gut told him this was no accident. It burned too fast to have a natural cause. The police and fire investigation confirmed it: another arson in Cass Lake. Reiplinger, 63, was saddened but not shocked.
Brett Neely MPR News 91.3 FM Washington —Road construction and pothole filling season is officially here.
Dan Kraker MPR News 91.3 FM Ely — For the past several months the debate over mining in Minnesota has focused on PolyMet Mining’s proposed copper-nickel mine, which is winding its way through the environmental review process. But Twin Metals has been quietly completing its plans for a second and much larger project, one that could be a massive underground mine just a few miles south of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. For nearly a decade, Twin Metals has been drilling deep holes thousands of feet below the Superior National Forest, searching for rich veins of copper and other met
Catharine Richert MPR News 91.3 FM ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s newly-enacted anti-bullying law is designed to help school kids, but both political parties think it could also help them this...
Lorna Benson MPR News 91.3 FM MINNEAPOLIS — Hungry children are hospitalized more often. They’re at a higher risk for developmental problems and their moms are more likely to be depressed. Yet, hunger rarely comes up when those kids and their families see a doctor. “We are blind to [hunger] as clinicians,” said Dr. Diana Cutts, a pediatrician at Hennepin County Medical Center who has researched the ties between food and health for more than 15 years.
Dan Gunderson MPR News 91.3 FM Fosston — Inside a white metal building in a northern Minnesota industrial park, sit some of Stephanie Anderson’s prized possessions: several old refurbished pieces of machinery that produce 100 pounds of yarn a day. “This came out of Washington,” Anderson said of one machine. “It was in storage for I don’t know how many years. The spinning machine came from Spain. And then our plying machine came from a carpet mill in Georgia.” At capacity, eight to 10 people are needed to run Northern Woolen Mills, which largely produces wool.
Tom Scheck MPR New 91.3 FM ST. PAUL — The prospects that the Minnesota lawmakers will pass medical marijuana legislation this session appear to be fading. Gov. Mark Dayton said...
Tom Scheck MPR News 91.3 FM St. Paul — A bill that aims to improve working conditions and pay for women is scheduled to be heard in a committee in...
Mark Zdechlik MPR News 91.3 FM St. Paul — Efforts by Minnesota’s Democratic legislators to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour have alarmed some business leaders, who say a higher wage would cost jobs and hurt economic growth. But proponents of a higher minimum wage say a significant wage increase is long overdue, and that workers and employers stand to benefit — a position backed up by recent studies. That support likely is strongest among workers like Bonnie Frederick, who works at D. Brian’s Deli in the St.