Special sessions aren't special in Minnesota, at all

Out of the last 10 Legislative sessions, only one two-year biennium in 1999 and 2000 had no special session called. William Lager | MPR News

The Minnesota Legislature is heading for another special session. But that's nothing new here.

Farmers testing new fertilizer alternative: bacteria

Pivot Bio scientists prepare corn roots to measure microbe colonization in this undated photo provided by the company. Courtesy of Pivot Bio

Farmers across the country are putting a genetically modified bacteria in the ground this spring to help corn plants use naturally occurring nitrogen. The goal is to eventually replace synthetic nitrogen fertilizer.

University of St. Thomas booted from MN sports conference

St. Thomas quarterback Dakota Tracy throws a pass against Monmouth College on Nov. 21, 2009. Photo courtesy Tommiesports.com

The St. Paul university, one of seven founding members of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, will be "involuntarily removed" from the league in 2021. St. Thomas football has dominated the conference in recent years.

Rivers rising in waterlogged central U.S.; more rain to come

Flooding in Kingfisher, Okla. is pictured Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Flooding following heavy rains was an issue across the state. Sue Ogrocki | AP Photo

Waterlogged parts of the central U.S. braced Wednesday for more rain, following days of severe storms that have battered Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma and caused at least three deaths.

Firefighters use CPR after newborn fawns pulled from a creek

Andover and Oak Grove firefighters, as well as Anoka County Sheriff's deputies, helped rescue a pair of newborn fawns found in a creek on Tuesday. Their efforts saved one of the fawns. Courtesy of Andover Fire Department

It's not the kind of rescue they're called to every day, but firefighters in Andover and Oak Grove made the best of what they had -- on a pair of newborn fawns.

Minneapolis park system drops to third best in the nation; St. Paul stays at No. 2

A view of the baseball field at Farview Park on Thursday, May 29, 2013 in Minneapolis. Jennifer Simonson/MPR News

The percentage of residents within walking distance of a park has fallen as the city's population has grown, causing Minneapolis to lose its top spot in the Trust for Public Land's annual ranking of park systems.

Governor signs bill to fight opioid epidemic

Gov. Tim Walz talks about the state two-year budget plan on Monday, May 13, 2019, at the State Capitol. Tim Pugmire | MPR News

Walz says the compromise bill "will help more families access the treatment they need and prevent addiction in the first place."

Judge allows copies of Noor trial evidence

This sketch shows inside the courtroom for ex-Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor's trial on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Noor is charged in the 2017 killing of 911 caller Justine Ruszczyk. Nancy Muellner for MPR News

A judge ruled Wednesday that evidence in the trial of a former police officer convicted of murder, except five graphic videos, will be released to the public this week.

Healing incarcerated women through storytelling and song

Elisha Minter, who goes by Mother Minter, tells a story about an eagle that thinks it's a chicken during a performance by the Black Storytellers Alliance inside the Women's Correctional Facility in Shakopee, Minn. on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Evan Frost | MPR News

A group of storytellers and musicians recently brought their performance to a new venue -- the women's prison in Shakopee.

3M, Lake Elmo settle for $2.7M, land transfer in drinking water lawsuit

This August 25, 2011 photo shows 3M headquarters in Woodbury, Minnesota. With over 80,000 employees, 3M produces more than 55,000 products, including: adhesives, abrasives, laminates, passive fire protection, dental products, electronic materials, medical products, car care products (such as sun films, polish, wax, car shampoo, treatment for the exterior, interior and the under chassis rust protection)[2], electronic circuits and optical films.[3] 3M has operations in more than 60 countries – 29 international companies with manufacturing operations, and 35 with laboratories. 3M products are available for purchase through distributors and retailers in more than 200 countries, and many 3M products are available online directly from the company. Karen Bleier | AFP | Getty Images

3M will pay $2.7 million into the city's water account, which pays for maintaining its water system, and will transfer 180 acres of farmland to the city.

Nevada poised to become 15th state to ditch Electoral College

The state Senate voted along party lines to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would give the state's six electoral votes to the winner of the presidential popular vote.

Mpls. cops seek 2 in connection to Bde Maka Ska pavilion fire

Investigators from the Minneapolis Police Department are seeking the help of the public in identifying two individuals in connection to the fire at Lola on the Lake pavilion early Thursday morning at 3000 E. Lake Calhoun Parkway. Courtesy of Minneapolis Police Department

Minneapolis police posted photos of a man and woman allegedly at the lakeside pavilion around the time the fire started and asked for the public's help identifying them. Investigators ruled out an early theory of a lightning strike.

Higher ed got less than requested, but also real money

People walk across the University of Minnesota green on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 in Minneapolis. Sam Harper for MPR News

Funding for higher education was the only budget bill state lawmakers passed before the end of the session. For the state's higher ed systems that means an end to the uncertainty over funding.

More than 1,000 Holocaust victims are buried in Belarus after mass grave discovered

The remains emerged at a construction site in January. "I think it's very late, but better late than never," said Marcel Drimer, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor.

Red Nose Day 2019: How does it work, why is it being criticized?

The goal is to raise money to fight child poverty by selling red foam noses and staging celebrity events. But some critics are raising questions about the campaign.

Self-harm is up sharply among girls -- what's behind it and how to help

Laurel Foster holds her phone in San Francisco. Foster is among teens involved in Stanford University research testing whether smartphones can be used to help detect depression and potential self-harm. Haven Daley | AP

The rate of self-harm went relatively unchanged prior to 2009, and then shot up threefold among girls ages 10 to 14 between 2009 and 2015.

Forest Lake school recognized for environmental sustainability

Environmental club members, Nicole Babineau and Graden Bloom, plant native plants in Forest Lake High School's pollinator garden. Courtesy of Devon Vojtech

Green Ribbon status is evidence that a school is working to reduce its environmental impact and educate its students about sustainability.

Surprise medical bills are driving people into debt: Will Congress act to stop them?

Lawmakers are discussing several measures to solve the problem of unexpected medical bills, which can wreak havoc in consumers' lives. Here's our guide to the current roster of proposed legislation.

Why carbon credits for forest preservation may be worse than nothing

Cattle graze in a burnt forest near Novo Progresso in the northern state of Para, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009. The Brazilian Amazon is arguably the world's biggest natural defense against global warming, acting as a "sink," or absorber, of carbon dioxide. But it is also a great contributor to warming. About 75 percent of Brazil's emissions come from rainforest clearing, as vegetation burns and felled trees rot. (AP Photo) Andre Penner | AP

The hunger for these offsets is blinding us to the mounting pile of evidence that they haven't -- and won't -- deliver the climate benefit they promise.

Trump scorches Democrats as Pelosi broaches prospect of 'impeachable offense'

The only agreement that followed a White House meeting between the president and Democrats was that the other side was responsible for the breakdown in infrastructure negotiations.

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