Voter ID could affect 215k voters; Invasives creep after Pagami Creek fire

Photo ID edict could hit 215,000 Minnesota voters

Star Tribune: “Elderly, poor and students among those most affected by a photo requirement.”

After Pagami Creek fire, worry accompanies forest renewal

“A year ago the Pagami Creek fire scorched 145 square miles of forest, mostly in the Boundary Waters area. Despite a striking amount of new growth, forest managers have major concerns, among them a huge loss of organic matter and the presence of invasive plants,” MPR News.

Dangerous fire conditions forecast for Northland

“While all reported wildfires in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness were reported to be controlled, contained or extinguished over the weekend, crews will be watching closely today as dangerous fire conditions are forecast for the region,” Duluth News Tribune.

Pedestrian deaths rise sharply in Minnesota

“Distractions, inattentiveness blamed for deadly collisions. Other traffic-related deaths are declining,” Star Tribune.

Shiny pair of boots send Vikings to season-opening OT victory

“The Vikings’ final 12 points came off the foot of rookie kicker Blair Walsh, including a 55-yard field goal that sent the game into overtime,” Star Tribune.

Advocates say dogs essential to wolf hunt’s success

“As Wisconsin prepares for its first wolf hunt, hunters say using dogs to track wolves is essential to the hunt’s success.Animal welfare advocates, however, say the state is not doing enough to protect dogs from potentially deadly confrontations with wolves,” Wisconsin State Journal.

Battleground state maps expand

“The selection of Paul Ryan as GOP VP nominee moves the needle on Wisconsin but few other states in the presidential race according to a dozen media outlets,” writes Smart Politics.

Breaking bonds: The chemistry of “Breaking Bad”

MN Daily chats with “Department of Chemistry professor and chair — and ‘Breaking Bad’ fan — William Tolman about the true elements involved in four of the show’s many dramatic chemical reactions.”

Steering a rover on Mars

New York Times: “As one member of the team that operates the remote rover Curiosity at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory put it, ‘Last night I drove on Mars, today I mowed the lawn — it’s completely surreal.'”

First Listen: Grizzly Bear, ‘Shields’

You can take the forthcomming Grizzly Bear album ‘Shields’for a spin on NPR Music. The group will be coming back to Minneapolis to play First Ave on October 1. NPR Music: “For a band with a firm grasp on pristine, precise production and immaculate vocal harmonies, Grizzly Bear can be inscrutable at times: Its members have been known to use their formidable studio chops in the pursuit of what can sound like puzzles waiting to be solved.”

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