With five days left of the regular legislative session religious conservatives are renewing a call on lawmakers to propose an amendment to the state constitution that would ban gay marriage.
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This latest crop progress report says 47 percent of the Minnesota corn crop is planted, up from 28 percent a week ago.
Debate over new taxes to support building a new football stadium for the Minnesota Vikings is entering a critical phase as lawmakers decide what role tax payers should or should not have in funding the nearly $1 billion project.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture researcher in St. Paul played a key role in sequencing the genome of a fungus that threatens wheat production world wide.
The former home and estate of one of the Mayo Clinic co-founders was chosen as one of the most endangered historic places in the state in 2011, according to the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.
The Minnesota House has approved a bill that would allow Lutsen Mountain Corp., which operates Lutsen Mountains ski area and resort, to pump up to two million gallons of water per day out of the Poplar River. The move has angered conservationists that assert the draw down of the river will threaten trout populations.
As more adults are taking lower paying jobs out of their field, teens and young adults are finding summer jobs increasingly difficult to get. The unemployment rate for youth ages 16-19 today is almost three times what it was in 2001.
A proposal before the Minnesota Legislature would allow Lutsen Mountains ski resort to bypass Department of Natural Resource regulations and pump two million gallons of water per day from the Poplar River. A company official says it’s the most economically feasible way to make artificial snow, anglers say it threatens trout on the river. Environmentalists suggest pumping the water from Lake Superior, a suggestion Lutsen rejects as too costly.
It is too early to tell if the BP oil spill has caused harm to the birds, but some of the early indications give ornithologists hope.
Minnesota farmers made their best planting progress of the spring last week, but the pace is still far behind normal.