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MINNEAPOLIS—When U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and former Vice President Walter Mondale spoke at the University of Minnesota on Sunday, an event timed to the 15th anniversary of the death of Minnesota political icon Paul Wellstone, the subject was how Democrats could regain their lost mojo. The party is at a crossroads, promoters of the event noted, with Republicans controlling the White House, Congress and two-thirds of governorships and state legislatures nationwide.
DULUTH—"Brady" looks like any other law enforcement officer of his rank — an eager, aggressive disposition, a long snout and wagging tail. But unlike most of his fellow K-9 officers, Brady doesn't search for illegal narcotics or bombs. The 6-year-old golden retriever mix sniffs for zebra mussels. Brady's partner, Minnesota Conservation Officer Julie Siems, was showing off Brady's skills Thursday at the Pike Lake boat landing outside Duluth. Siems hid a rock encrusted with zebra mussels in the splashwell of a fishing boat.
DULUTH, Minn. — The Mississippi River starts at Lake Itasca clear and clean, and pretty much stays that way as it winds through northern Minnesota's forests and wetlands. But by the time the river flows into the Twin Cities it's been polluted so badly that it fails federal Clean Water Act standards for aquatic life and human use. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Wednesday, Jan. 25, released a report outlining what is fouling the water — namely runoff from farms and pollution from cities — and what can be done to solve the problem.
DULUTH, Minn.—The rusty patched bumblebee, a native of Minnesota and Wisconsin that was once common across the Midwest but which has declined rapidly in recent years, was officially declared endangered Tuesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It's the first species of native bee in the continental U.S. to be placed on the endangered species list.
DULUTH, Minn. — A new study by Rochester Institute of Technology estimates that nearly 22 million pounds of plastics enter the Great Lakes every year. Scientists at the university worked to track and inventory where and how much plastic enters the lakes and where it goes then, with their results now published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin. "This study is the first picture of the true scale of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes," said Matthew Hoffman, assistant professor in RIT's School of Mathematical Sciences and an author of the report.
Fueled by the cheapest November gas prices in years, Americans are expected to travel more for Thanksgiving this year than any year since before the Great Recession. AAA last week forecasted that 48.7 million Americans will travel for the holiday, the busiest Thanksgiving period on U.S. roads and in the skies since 2007. AAA said that between Nov. 23 and 27, a full million more Americans will travel at least 50 miles from their home compared to last year's Thanksgiving holiday.
DULUTH, Minn.—Minnesota drivers are slightly more likely to hit a deer on state roadways this year compared to last year, and Wisconsin drivers face about the same odds of a deer collision. That's the report from State Farm Insurance, which complies an annual list of the states where drivers are most likely to hit a deer, moose or elk. Minnesota again placed seventh out of the 50 states, with Wisconsin sixth, South Dakota fifth and North Dakota 11th.
Forest tent caterpillar numbers crashed in 2014, a year they should have multiplied, surprising forest pest experts but leaving Northlanders grateful and their trees intact. Even better news is that the number of leaf-eating north woods caterpillars likely will be down again this year just when it was expected they would peak. That's good for anyone planning outdoor reunions, weddings and camping trips in May and early June when billions of the caterpillars were expected to be writhing around the region. "My prediction for this year is that most people and most places will not be seeing FTC
DULUTH, Minn. — Carbon monoxide left no trace Thursday of the tragedy it brought the night before for a Rice Lake Township family, leaving two people dead and two others hospitalized in critical condition. The colorless, odorless, silent killer that authorities believe spewed from a small, gas-powered generator crept into a travel trailer where Michael Mechley was living with his three children. The toxic gas overcame and killed Mechley, 39, and his youngest daughter, Charlene, 11, who were pronounced dead at the scene at about 7 p.m. Wednesday. Karley N. Mechley, 15, and Noah J.
A Hayward man has been ordered by a Wisconsin judge to pay more than $16,000 in fines and refunds to his failed newspaper customers who were promised prizes and papers they never received. Joseph A. Morey, 39, former editor and publisher of the Columbus Pioneer News in south-central Wisconsin, was ordered by Judge James Miller to pay the money.