Spring Lake Park, Minn. Tanner James Pap, a native of Lino Lakes, Minn., died of a heroin overdose in his Minneapolis apartment in November 2012. His mother, Val Pap, recently told a packed church in Spring Lake Park that no one in the family even knew the 21-year-old was using drugs like heroin.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. – A growing awareness about Minnesota’s groundwater challenges is about to hit residents of Park Rapids in the wallet. Fees for city water are going up roughly 25 percent to help pay for a $2.5 million treatment plant. The new plant is needed because the city’s old water supply has become too contaminated with nitrates from fertilizer applied by farmers in the area.
Increased accountability could be on the way for Minnesota’s charter schools. But what shape that will take is going to be up for debate in the next legislative session. Critics of underperforming charter schools say state law isn’t tough enough. They’re pushing a measure that would flag poor performing charters for closure. If approved by the Legislature, it would pressure charter school authorizers, essentially the sponsors that offer funding and guidance to the schools, to close chronically underperforming charters. Since the first charter school in the nation opened in St.
Minnesotans won’t be asked to pay a 10-cent deposit on bottles and cans anytime soon. DFL lawmakers say there just isn’t time to consider such a big change this year. But some of them still hope there is time to address the state’s lagging recycling rates through other legislation. Opposition to a container deposit mounted even before anything was formally introduced. Trash and recycling haulers, grocers and the beverage industry all lined up against it.
Jesse Ventura shocked the world when he won the Minnesota's governor's race in 1998. It was a third-party victory some thought would launch a generation of independent leaders. The shock, however, wore off quickly. Ventura's win more than 15 years ago was the last in Minnesota for a third-party candidate in a statewide election. Since Ventura's single term as governor, the Independence Party he propelled briefly has routinely put up candidates for statewide office. None have come close to winning. That includes some high profile politicians such as former Democratic Rep.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. – When the Pelican Rapids School District needed to trim spending in 2010 after making painful cuts in previous years, district leaders didn’t want to cut teachers or academic programs. So they decided to give students Mondays off as a way to save on transportation costs. Since then, the move has saved the district about $100,000 a year, or just over one percent of its $9 million annual budget.
A new report calls Minnesota unemployment disparities between whites and people of color “intolerable.” The report by the state’s advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights assesses the effect of high unemployment among Minnesota’s minority groups and offers solutions.
By the end of today, the Minnesota Department of Health plans to have destroyed about 1.1 million archived dried blood spot cards and newborn screening test results from its archives...
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. – For much of the last decade, the U.S. military has relied on unmanned aircraft to perform some of its most perilous missions: capturing video from war zones to provide intelligence for troops on the ground or track terrorists. In the coming decade, drones might also be tasked with a wide variety of civilian jobs such as collecting video for agriculture or emergency management. Many of the analysts who scrutinize the images transmitted by such drones have received their training in the military training.
Joe Eisterhold ran his hands across a boat lift near Big Detroit Lake, feeling for tell-tale traces of juvenile zebra mussels. On painted surfaces, the tiny, destructive pests feel like sandpaper. “Gotta emphasize that people need to look at their equipment,” Eisterhold, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invasive species specialist, said as he felt around the lift. There were no signs of zebra mussels this day and nothing alarming at Big Detroit since an unconfirmed mussel sighting this summer. Still, vigilance is crucial.